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Effective Video Proposals
by Greg Ball 17 hours ago
I see lots of posts here on the Cow from people who screwed themselves over by not being in agreement on their deliverables with their clients. I just wrote an article for ProVideo Coalition on writin
Writing Effective Proposals
by Greg Ball 2 days ago
I see lots of posts here on the Cow from people who screwed themselves over by not being in agreement on their deliverables with their clients. I just wrote an article for ProVideo Coalition on writin
Re: Writing Effective Proposals
by Greg Ball 20 hours ago
Hi Rich, Thanks for the kind words. our layout is in portrait. You can fit more on a page. Great tip about not using decimals when possible. We try to do that too. However the deposit may include deci
Duplicate or Snapshot
by Greg Ball 3 weeks ago
So I just finished the first rough cut of my video. I'm expecting client changes. In FCP 7 I would just copy the sequence to a new sequence and call it Sequence 2. I see that you can either Duplicate
Ah Ha!!
by Greg Ball 3 weeks ago
I just found another article. So my understanding after reading that article is that you either duplicate or snapshot your project to keep that as the original, and you make your changes to the Origin
Morphing Plug In?
by Greg Ball 3 weeks ago
I have 6 different room designs that I would like to have each morph into the next one. They are all the same size. Is there a FCP X plugin that allows us to morph one image into the next Greg Ball, P
Re: Morphing Plug In?
by Greg Ball 3 weeks ago
Morphing between still images is what I'm hoping to do within FCPX. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Aspect Ratio
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
We created 3 VR360 videos for a client. They say that the "aspect ratio is not correct" How can that be We created 1080P files. Thoughts Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ba
Re: Aspect Ratio
by Greg Ball 4 weeks ago
Noah, I wasn't looking for someone to diagnose the video. I was simply asking if the samsung 360s require a certain aspect ratio. Thanks abyway. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https
Medical Device Marketing Video
by Joe Clark 1 month ago
Hello, I am designing an animated video for a medical company so, I am looking for some help in making the Medical Device Marketing Video .I have spent nearly 2 days reading through the many posts on
Re: Medical Device Marketing Video
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
I have to agree with Terry. Joe you continue to look for some creative ideas, but you rarely if ever respond when someone tries to help you. Perhaps you should share who you are, what your experience
Organizing and Transcoding
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
I'm woking on a large project that includes: Footage that we shot (XDCAMEX) and footage someone else shot that includes MP4 footage and Drone footage. The MP$ and drone footage is not easily skimmable
Re: Organizing and Transcoding
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
Yes DJI Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Samsung VR Goggles and Phone
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
We've created a VR 360 animation to be used on Samsung VR devices at a trade show, and I have a question. Does our client always need either a wifi connection or cellular service to view this 360 vide
Re: Samsung VR Goggles and Phone
by Noah Kadner 1 month ago
Nice- looking forward to seeing more of this stuff appear on the Mac. :) Noah FCPWORKS - FCPX Workflow FCP Exchange - FCPX Workshops XinTwo - FCPX Training
Best Camera for Ultra Slow Motion?
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
I have a client looking to demonstrate a golf swing and the impact of the driver hitting a golf ball in ultra slow motion. We'll be shooting this in front of a green screen. ny suggestions for a camer
Re: Best Camera for Ultra Slow Motion?
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Thanks Todd. That's what they told me . We would need to use their Tech. Also I'm wondering about lenses. Do these use DSLR canon lenses Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ba
music rights for internal corporate video?
by barbara daly 2 months ago
I have a client who wants to create an employee video using a pop song but changing the lyrics and singing it karaoke style. The video will be used in-house only, sung by current employees. It will be
Re: music rights for internal corporate video?
by Steve Brame 2 months ago
This has always been such a grey area, and I love these posts, always hoping that something more definitive will come out in one. One thing you can definitely count on - if you use client directed cop
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Greg Ball liked this 2 months ago
Switching monitor signals
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
I have a client with a trade show booth. They want to play a video on their monitor, but switch between the playback and a live camera feed of people in their booth. Is there a cheap way to do this Gr
Re: Switching monitor signals
by Steve Kownacki 2 months ago
A regular TV monitor Why not just use the hdmi inputs and switch there I found this on amazon. There are also hard-switch-type for under $30. Otherwise probably a real switcher for about $900.+ Steve
create a professional animated marketing video
by Joe Clark 2 months ago
Hello, I am looking to create a Animated marketing video that uses the same as this video How to use your tastecard I would like to be able to so the 3d shots with roadmap style movement animation. Al
Re: create a professional animated marketing video
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
My bad... I immediately looked for a link. I'M SO OLD SCHOOL!! I believe that Video Hive has different templates with animated characters and backgrounds to use in After Effects. You can also try Go-A
Advice for a request for music change
by Dave Bowman 2 months ago
Hi everyone, I wonder if someone can offer me some advice on this. I've created a video of a large estate house for a customer and cut it to music - music I chose as it was suitable for the video . So
Re: Advice for a request for music change
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Knowing that you were cutting to the music, did you let your client hear the music and approve it before you started cutting I always let the client hear the music first, if I'm using music that way.
Training videos billing
by Jarrod Cecil 6 years ago
I've seen various rates for training videos, but I thought I'd come here first for advice. The project is finished and I invested 13 hours of in-office screen capture and VO recording of their softwar
Re: Training videos billing
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Great information from everyone here. I have to agree with Todd on the fact that it appears no rates were discussed or agreed on prior to the work. That's where all issues usually lie. Once you have a
Rant with a question
by Roy Schneider 2 months ago
Good Morning Everyone: I hope everyone is doing well. This will most likely come across as a rant in the form of a question (sorry it is so long). I had n eclectic client approach me to create an inte
Re: Rant with a question
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Roy, Do you have an agreement If so, what does it say about revisions Do you offer a couple of rounds and define what those revisions consist of For me, I'll continue to make revisions as long as the
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Need ways to improve these video testimonials - new backdrop idea?
by Adam Barefoot 2 months ago
So i am a full time media specialist for an online school and film 13-15 student stories every year at our graduation. i am looking to switch up the look this year since the past 25 have been the same
Re: Need ways to improve these video testimonials - new backdrop idea?
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
I actually like either a white seamless paper background, or any other colored backgrounds that match the school colors. I also like a black background (limbo set). The challenge with these background
My New Edit
by Yogendra Singh 3 months ago
Hi Guys, I am a wedding photographer in India, trying my hands on editing wedding films highlights. I think I am editing good but I do not get appreciations I expect. Here is one of my latest edits. C
Re: My New Edit
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Hi Yogendra, not bad for your first video. Here are some suggestions: 1. You need to use better and larger titles so they can be read easily. Keep titles on screen so the viewer can comfortably read t
Real Estate Video
by Joe Clark 3 months ago
Hello, I wanted to share a fairly recent property video creation. I shoot real estate (stills, video, 3D tours, aerial) all around the island, and I'm continually working to hone my craft. So far, I'm
Re: Real Estate Video
by Greg Ball 3 months ago
Where's the link to the video Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Client mailed me back my external harddrive incorrectly and it broke...
by Jason Caridi 4 months ago
I mailed an event video client of mine a 2GB Slim Seagate external HDD with the raw footage I owed them. I mailed it with bubble wrap and marked it fragile. When I received it back, it was just shippe
Re: Client mailed me back my external harddrive incorrectly and it broke...
by Greg Ball 3 months ago
Todd - I'm thinking he meant a 2TB drive. There's not a lot of raw footage you can put on a 2 GB Thumb drive. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Had a video subtitled, but they're too fast to read...
by Corbin Gross 4 months ago
Hey there, C'Cow. I've got this recruiting video made of talking head interviews with about 70% B-roll overlay, advertising warehouse jobs across the country for an apparel wholesaler. The intent was
Re: Had a video subtitled, but they're too fast to read...
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
To Mark's point where he says that the difference in timing " has to be accommodated in the planning before the shoot, so the shots have longer "handles" on them to help the timing work out". That's n
How to Make YouTube Compilation Video?
by Joe Clark 4 months ago
Hello, I'm not sure what section to put this in so moderators please move it if necessary. I'm looking to create some YouTube compilation videos to add to my website - either as fair use, or after con
Re: How to Make YouTube Compilation Video?
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
I'm not a lawyer but you really can't add any videos to your website as "fair use" You ALWAYS have to get written permission. The copyright owner has to give you permission to republish the video or d
Pricing for corporate event photo
by Kevin Smith 7 months ago
Hello, I about to do an estimate for a 5 billion dollar corporation that is buying out an aeronautical company. They one full day of shooting and to own all of the footage. My estimate is going to be
Re: Pricing for corporate event photo
by Greg Ball 6 months ago
Kevin, Your rates should be based on what you feel you need to charge given your level of experience, expertise, and what you need to earn to make a living. It has no bearing on the size of the compan
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Work-for-hire contract or release for cameraman on film
by Roy Stevens 6 months ago
Hi I shot a short film and a friend shot a couple shots that were used. Does anyone have or know where I can get a standard contract or lease for him to sign I've been on the internet but things seem
Re: Work-for-hire contract or release for cameraman on film
by Greg Ball 6 months ago
Hi Roy, I'm not a lawyer, but my understanding is any contracts or releases must be written and agreed upon prior to your shoot. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediai
What to do to create a Promotional video for a Mining Company
by Fahad Minhaj 6 months ago
Hello People, Not sure where to start but I recently got contacted by a Mining company and they would like to make a promotional video. This is what they want to achieve: Intro which consist of video
Re: What to do to create a Promotional video for a Mining Company
by Greg Ball 6 months ago
We've actually produced this exact video for a mining company client. What we did was shoot the CEO portion here at their HQ, and then hired crews on location to shoot everything else. As Nick suggest
Glyph versus OWC Mercury Elite Pro versus G-raid Refurbished
by Greg Ball 6 months ago
I need to purchase a new external drive to edit using esata on FCP 7. I've always used graids. But I'm hesitant to purchase a refurbished drive or a used Graid. Do any of you have opinions of a Glyph
Re: Glyph versus OWC Mercury Elite Pro versus G-raid Refurbished
by Warren Eig 6 months ago
Just be weary with OWC external power supply. I have twenty external drives for them. When the power supplies started to fail, they wanted $20 a piece to replace. No rhyme or reason for the failure. I
Keynote in FCP 7 split screen
by Greg Ball 7 months ago
I have a presentation I'm working on that has the presenter on the left side of the screen and Keynote slides on the right side(Split Screen). At this point the slides are 720 X540. Sometimes they'll
Re: Keynote in FCP 7 split screen
by Greg Ball 7 months ago
Dave, perhaps I didn't communicate this properly. The client has already created the powerPoint slides that were used as part of the show. I believe I solved my problem by exporting each of 28 slides
Video with Alpha Channels
by Greg Ball 7 months ago
My graphic artist gave me several animations of an iPhone and iPad He gave them to me with alpha channels. I'm trying to key these over a matte background, and no matter what composite mode I try, I c
Re: Video with Alpha Channels
by Greg Ball 7 months ago
Hi Shane, The video as given to me keys perfectly. But it's an .h264 with an animation codec. I'm editing this on a 720p prores sequence. I tried converting the videos to prores444 but it didn't key.
Shipping... a laugh
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
Thought some might enjoy a smile on a Monday morning. I bought a set of ND filters from DJI for my little Mavic Pro drone. They are tiny, smaller than a dime. Here are the filters... and the box they
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Greg Ball liked this 8 months ago
Re: Shipping... a laugh
by Steve Kownacki 8 months ago
Space. The final frontier... Steve
Strange client request. Any thoughts??
by Greg Ball 8 months ago
Hi guys, Hope you're all well. I have a potential client who wants us to deliver different still graphics and video clip files to stretched ultra-wide LCD (LED backlight) bar cut displays. 1 3 cut dis
Re: Strange client request. Any thoughts??
by Greg Ball 8 months ago
Thanks Simon. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
External Drives for FCP 7.03
by Greg Ball 9 months ago
I've always used G-Raid 2 TB drives with eSata connections. But lately they are hard to come by. I like them because they are totally quiet and very reliable. I have a Mac late 2010 2.4 ghz Quad Core
Re: External Drives for FCP 7.03
by Greg Ball 9 months ago
Thanks Shane. I don't believe I can move to Thunderbolt on this mac. The OWC Mercury Elite and Elite Pro drives seem to get mixed reviews. What do you know about these Glyph drives https: www.bhphotov
Low Res copy of B-Roll for client
by Ken Cooper 9 months ago
I have a new client 2 states away...we shot 2 cameras for 3 days at their manufacturing plant. TONS of 30 second b-roll clips. They want to see a low res version of all the clips. Do I charge them to
Re: Low Res copy of B-Roll for client
by Rich Rubasch 9 months ago
We do the same. We create sequences of Broll usually categorized by where we were shooting....exteriors, shipping, assembly line etc. Our encode settings are 320 x 180 one pass 600kbps and mono audio
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Greg Ball liked this 9 months ago
using 25 fps stock footage in 29.97 timeline
by Greg Ball 9 months ago
I have a client buying stock footage for a project I'm working on in FCP 7. The whole project is 29.97 fps. The footage they are buying is 25 FPS. Can I use their 25 frames per second stock footage cl
Re: using 25 fps stock footage in 29.97 timeline
by Greg Ball 9 months ago
Thanks Shane. The sequence is 29.97progressive, not interlaced. Does that make a difference Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
How to charge client?
by Adam Evans 10 months ago
To all of you freelance independent business video editors out there... How often do you: Use a contract request full or partial payment upfront or how else do you avoid getting stiffed
Re: How to charge client?
by Mark Suszko 10 months ago
Be it a full-on contract or a deal memo, GET IT IN WRITING UP FRONT. I recommend payment in thirds, and work doesn't start until the first third clears the bank. The first "third" needs to cover any o
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Greg Ball liked this 10 months ago
Training Video Cost vs Script?
by Samantha Harris 10 months ago
Hey guys! I'm new here and having a bit of a tricky time estimating what to charge for an employee training video. Essentially there are three, five-minute videos. I'd only need to film the owner for
Re: Training Video Cost vs Script?
by Greg Ball 10 months ago
Hi Samantha, As usual Mark has given you tremendous advice. I've shot and edited more corporate training videos than I could ever possibly count. For your pricing, it really depends on what the end vi
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Approximate cost of creating a 12'-24' studio space?
by Boe Beito 11 months ago
Hi folks, I apologize for the lack of detail, but I'm working on budgeting a photo video initiative for my company and I'd like to get a ballpark figure that I can include in my proposal. Here are the
Re: Approximate cost of creating a 12'-24' studio space?
by Greg Ball 10 months ago
Hi Bob, One thing I haven't seen mentioned in Air Conditioning. Where are you located Early in my career I worked for a large insurance company. Our studio was located in the parking garage. Although
How to distribute video to paying customers
by Patrick Miller 1 year ago
Hey everyone, For years now, I have been filming the 8th grade graduation for a local school. I put together a montage, interview the students, film the ceremony, etc. I have always pre-sold DVD's of
Re: How to distribute video to paying customers
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
How about putting it on a thumb drive Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
A wedding video contract without a business license?
by Kago Ai 1 year ago
A couple who wants me to shoot their wedding video wants to have a wedding video contract. I am a young videographer who is testing the waters, and I have just done just a few cash-deal craigslist job
Re: A wedding video contract without a business license?
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
You don't need a license to report your earnings. But you should ALWAYS have a contract that includes everything you're providing. For example, location(s), length of time you'll be there. Meals, park
Good bit rate, file size for 1920X1080 video
by Neil Orman 1 year ago
We had a videographer recently record an event for my employer, and afterwards she asked me to give her an idea of what bit rate and file size I wanted from the raw video. I'd appreciate any guidance
Re: Good bit rate, file size for 1920X1080 video
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
She just needs to give you the raw footage. Send her a small USB hard drive and let her put the raw footage on the drive and send it to you. Never accept compressed footage. That's not what you paid f
Keeping image in iPhone frame
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
I had someone create an iPhone frame with Alpha channel for me, so I can change the screens and also have a finger tap buttons. That all works fine. However the first animation has the phone flip over
Re: Keeping image in iPhone frame
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
So is there anyway to do this in motion I'm not editing on FCPX yet. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
SONY DIGIBETA CAM DVW A500 On Sale
by Ling Chua 2 years ago
SONY DIGIBETA CAM DVW A500 ON SALE. Selling at $200. Price is negotiable.
Re: SONY DIGIBETA CAM DVW A500 On Sale
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
Does this work Also can you share more about who you are where you're located and something more about you Most people (including myself) are skeptical about someone selling equipment here the same we
Mac Question
by Greg Ball 3 years ago
I have a MacPro5,1 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon with 16GB of memory. I edit on FCP Since USB3.0 seems like one of the newest ways of editing and using G-raid drives, I'm wondering how I can go about ad
Re: Mac Question
by John Rofrano 3 years ago
Greg Ball "Since USB3.0 seems like one of the newest ways of editing and using G-raid drives, I'm wondering how I can go about adding USB 3.0 to this mac."I also have a MacPro 5,1 and I purchased thi
HD video looks HORRIBLE when put on DVD through DVDSP!!
by Ben Con 3 years ago
Hi, I recently shot a video on a Sony XDCam PMW-EX3. I shot it 1920x1080i 60. I edited it in Final Cut Pro (7) and Exported using a variety for formats: MPEG-4, H.264, Prores 4444, Prores 422, ect. Al
Re: HD video looks HORRIBLE when put on DVD through DVDSP!!
by Greg Ball 3 years ago
Just export your video out of FCP 7 as a self contained quicktime. The bring that into compressor. Use 90 minute best settings, and turn frame controls on. Adjust your bit rate to work best.
Looking for beautiful footage Costa Rica or Central america.
by Greg Ball 3 years ago
I'm looking for the best sources for stock footage like the footage shown here: http: www2.crocodilebay.com welcome-to-the-sanctuary-at-osa-peninsula-a2014 Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
Is this a badly framed wedding shot
by Martin Gleeson 3 years ago
No idea where to post this, but as the shot I'm considering is from a wedding (event) video,I thought I'd try here. Apologies if this is not the most appropriate place. Would you consider this a badly
Re: Is this a badly framed wedding shot
by Greg Ball 3 years ago
Martin, your partner needs to talk with the photographer ahesd of time so everyone can get the shots they need. I'm sure the photographer wouldn't be happy if your partner was invading his frame. Ever
SHooting in PAL Sony EX1
by Greg Ball 3 years ago
Hi Guys, A quick question. In the menu on the Sony EX1 you can choose Country for NTSC or PAL. The menu gives the option of shooting at 25P If I switch to PAL will it actually record in PAL Format at
Re: SHooting in PAL Sony EX1
by Greg Ball 3 years ago
My question is can we shoot in PAL I guess your answer is yes. Correct
Sony EX1 playback?
by Greg Ball 3 years ago
I have a client looking for me to shoot a media training session. I can take an SDI to DVI feed for video playback, but can't take audio the same way. Is there a way to get audio playback out of the E
Re: Sony EX1 playback?
by David Speace 3 years ago
You could take audio out of your earphone monitor out! Dave Speace Producer Director DP DZP Video Windows 7, 64 Bit, i7 8 Core, 16Gb Ram, GeForce 4800
Slow Mo with Optical flow?
by Greg Ball 3 years ago
We shot a 2X4 hitting a window. We shot this at 1280X720 60P. I want this to look vey cool in slo mo 29.97. When I put this clip in Motion 4, the wood seems to warm, and the glass sems to also warp at
Re: Slow Mo with Optical flow?
by Stephen Smith 3 years ago
I agree with Mark. I use both Twixtor and Optical Flow and they have very similar results. However you are in luck, Twixtor offers a demo version where an X appears over the footage so you can see for
Meals on video shoot
by Greg Ball 3 years ago
I'm working on a proposal for a fairly large project. One item we ALWAYS include in our proposals and agreements is that the pricing does not include shipping, mileage or meals. The client is responsi
Re: Meals on video shoot
by Mark Suszko 3 years ago
Bury the cost of meal per diem allowance in the budget. Make sure there actually is a contractually stipulated meal break of Y duration in the contract after x hours of work. You can follow union prac
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Super Slo Mo with EX1?
by Greg Ball 4 years ago
I need to shoot a super slow mo shot of a 2X4 being shot out of a cannon at an impact resistent window. Will my EX1 do this if I shoot at 720P 60 For the slowest possible shot what shutter settings wo
Re: Super Slo Mo with EX1?
by Brent Dunn 3 years ago
No, no such feature as super slow mo with this camera. You can rent Sony's FS100U cam which has this feature up to 640 fps. Or if you have the budget there is always the Phantom at 2000 fps Brent Dunn
New Internal HD... Mavericks?
by Greg Ball 4 years ago
Hi All, I have a Mac with the following profile: Mac Pro Model Identifier: MacPro5,1 Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz Number Of Processors: 2 Total Number Of Cores: 8 I ha
Re: New Internal HD... Mavericks?
by John Davidson 4 years ago
I would do a clean install of mavericks on the new HD. Then I would drag drop anything I needed from the old HD rather than migrate everything. It's good practice to do this, even if it results in you
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