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James Dow

30 years as Video Producer/Director/Photographer/Editor....All the hats.
Currently 1 man band in corporate shop. Presently shoot on P2 with HVX200A and post on FCP.
Member Since:
February 4th 2004
204 Posts
100 posts
Location:
Illinois
ATEM to Atomos Inferno recording via SDI troubleshooting needed
by James Dow 4 weeks ago
i'm trying to record on the Atomos Inferno. I'm connected via the ATEM's SDI output. The Inferno doesn't recognize the input source. Do I need a convertor Please advise. Thanks, JPD JPD
Re: ATEM to Atomos Inferno recording via SDI troubleshooting needed
by James Dow 4 weeks ago
Just got it to work. Used convertor to get to HDMI in on the Atomos. Still not sure why the SDI wouldn't work going into the Inferno. JPD JPD
Anyone using the gaffgun? (The gafe tape dispenser)
by Steve Metoyer 3 years ago
Is anyone here a one man band shooter like myself I work weddings, church corporate events often alone or with a small crew of 2-3 other shooters. I am always look for ways to be more productive on an
Re: Anyone using the gaffgun? (The gafe tape dispenser)
by James Dow 2 months ago
Hi Mark. I bought the Gaffgun. LOVE IT! Great for old knees and backs. PD JPD
Using laptop HDMI output with ATEM switcher
by James Dow 2 months ago
I can't get the ATEM to recognize laptops connected via HDMI. Any suggestions as to what the issue might be I'm just trying to mix powerpoint slides with several cameras. Thanks, JPD JPD
Re: Using laptop HDMI output with ATEM switcher
by James Dow 2 months ago
I forgot to mention....I set the system to 1080i59.94 because that seemed to be the only setting that was recognizing the laptop via one of the HDMI inputs. The SONY cameras don't have that setting as
Can't use a jib for the concert? How about this?
by Mark Suszko 2 years ago
https: www.kickstarter.com projects 1332617026 wiral-lite-the-easy-cable-cam-for-impossible-film ref=6kd4tw&utm_source=jellop&ja=z2aimakj&utm_term=3.jellop-ads.com&utm_content=Wiral-RHS-CL6&utm_source
Re: Can't use a jib for the concert? How about this?
by James Dow 5 months ago
Have you used that rig JPD
Anyone using LiveU Solo streaming?
by James Dow 5 months ago
If so, what do I need to purchase in the way of modems cellular plans to make this work well Thanks, JPD JPD
Seeking suggestions for economical angled floor stand for confidence monitors
by James Dow 6 months ago
I see lots of $600+ options out there. Any suggestions for something that looks good, but is less expensive Thanks, JPD JPD
Re: Seeking suggestions for economical angled floor stand for confidence monitors
by James Dow 5 months ago
Thanks for the suggestions. JPD JPD
Conversion question, maybe: embedding mpeg 4 into powerpoint presentation?
by Mark Suszko 6 months ago
I already know I can solve this by converting everything to video and editing it, but that's not the problem I'm trying to solve. Client wants to embed mpeg 4 videos into a PowerPoint slide show. I kn
Re: Conversion question, maybe: embedding mpeg 4 into powerpoint presentation?
by James Dow 5 months ago
What version of Powerpoint are they using MP4s shouldn't be a problem. JPD JPD
What Lectern mic should I be looking for?
by James Dow 6 months ago
I do A V for meetings that are usually in high school gyms. I'm currently using Countryman M4HP5RF18E (19") lectern mics on a podium. Usually the presenters are bad about adjusting the mic position be
Re: What Lectern mic should I be looking for?
by James Dow 5 months ago
I'm very careful on the speaker placement, so I'm pretty confident its not that. I have a Behringer Feedback Destroyer Pro, but I'm not sure how good that model is. Any thoughts on that In regards to
Basic formula for sweetening sound in a video edited using FCPX
by James Dow 10 months ago
I'm thinking my audio could always be improved on most of my FCPX edits. Typically, I will have a lavalier (TR50) track from an interview, maybe some B-Roll Nat sound, wav files of any production musi
Re: Basic formula for sweetening sound in a video edited using FCPX
by James Dow 6 months ago
Hi Ty, So if I purchase a Schoeps CMC641for use on a boom pole, would this also be a good mic for use on a podium, to feed mixer to powered speakers for meetings Just trying to justify the cost to my
"Humble but scrappy" PA system for a small band
by Mark Suszko 6 months ago
I'd like opinions and buying suggestions from pro people who've been around PA systems a long time... I'm in a 9-member ukulele band, mostly acoustic, though some of us play amped acoustic-electrics o
Re: "Humble but scrappy" PA system for a small band
by James Dow 6 months ago
Hi Mark. I've been using JBL EON powered speakers fee by a Mackie 12 channel mixer. For the crowd size your talking about I think a Passport (which I also have) might be a little light. You can probab
Can you change the color of Title Safe Zone Marker?
by James Dow 7 months ago
I'm sure there's an easy way...just not sure how. Thanks, James JPD
Re: Can you change the color of Title Safe Zone Marker?
by Paul Figgiani 7 months ago
I built FCPX Title and Effect versions that support basic color customization. 4 colors (blue, yellow, white, and red). I also included a clip sequence opacity control slider. 1.78:1 supported aspect
To fade or not to fade
by Rich Rubasch 4 years ago
Since a lot of our videos end up on the web do you add fades front and back Seems we still should. Most players display a thumbnail with a play icon prior to starting. If there is no fade the user cli
Re: To fade or not to fade
by James Dow 10 months ago
Neil Young said that it was better to burn out than it is to fade. Is there a good burn out transition JPD
Sources for great royatly free music?
by Pierre Langer 10 months ago
Hello everyone, I am doing more and more video production and also doing my own sound design for it (including some field recording). I am mainly using BOOM Library and the asoundeffect platform for t
Re: Sources for great royatly free music?
by James Dow 10 months ago
I'm a fan of Shockwave-Sound.com (Lynn Publishing) They are based in Norway, so my credit card always adds an international transaction fee. Usually a track is less than $40.00. This includes a pretty
Audio path question
by James Dow 11 months ago
If I wanted to add a Compressor Limiter and a Behringer Feedback Eliminator in between the mixer output and powered speakers, what should the correct signal path be Thanks, James JPD
Re: Audio path question
by James Dow 10 months ago
Thanks Ty and Richard. That's how I did it, now I just need to get more familiar with the controls on the C L and Feedback Eliminator. Do you have any suggestions for initial settings if must of what
Wireless Antenna Extension Cable for Audio Rack
by James Dow 2 years ago
Is a regular bnc video cable ok to use for an antenna extension, instead of the short bnc extension that comes with the Shure rack antenna extension kit Thanks, James JPD
Re: Wireless Antenna Extension Cable for Audio Rack
by Richard Crowley 2 years ago
Does "regular bnc video cable" mean 75 ohm coaxial cable like RG59 How long is this cable RF applications typically use 50 ohm cable. But if the cable is very short (perhaps less than 1ft) you could p
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DBX 166ss Compressor/Limiter/Gate and Behringer Feedback Destroyer Pro Installing question
by James Dow 2 years ago
I'm running a Mackie ProFX12 mixer into JBL 615 powered speakers. I just acquired a dvx comp limiter gate and a Behringer Feedback Destroyer Pro. What is the preferred way to route the signal Thanks,
Re: DBX 166ss Compressor/Limiter/Gate and Behringer Feedback Destroyer Pro Installing question
by Richard Crowley 2 years ago
Without knowing the application, we don't really know how you are using the system. Of course the mixer would be at the beginning of the signal chain, an the powered speakers at the end of the chain.
Format Question for old-Timers :)
by James Dow 2 years ago
I can't remember...will a Beta SP machine play back a Betacam tape It's been a few years. Thanks, JPD JPD
Re: Format Question for old-Timers :)
by James Dow 2 years ago
Thanks! JPD
Better call Saul on AMC
by Mark Suszko 2 years ago
This prequel series to "Breaking Bad" is like a post-graduate course in the art of film making. The shot composition, the lighting - it's breathtaking, even when it'd for a momentary, "throw-away" sho
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Re: Better call Saul on AMC
by James Dow 2 years ago
Saul Good man. Gotta Love it. JPD JPD
Live event audio latency
by James Dow 2 years ago
I do a lot of "high school gym meetings" projecting video from Playback Pro, a live camera and Powerpoint presentations via a Kramer VP 728 and or a Kramer VP724DS. I'm wanting to connect the two Kram
Re: Live event audio latency
by James Dow 2 years ago
Thanks Vince! JPD
P2 Cards, Can you use a E - Series and a R - Series in the same Camera?
by Dean Kubasek 3 years ago
Just recently got a HPX-170, and was wondering if you can you use a E - Series in one slot and a R - Series in the other without problems
Re: P2 Cards, Can you use a E - Series and a R - Series in the same Camera?
by James Dow 3 years ago
No, that is fine. That's what I do. JPD
Problems with P2 Cards in HVX200A
by James Dow 3 years ago
I still have several HVX 200As that I use mostly for documentation of meetings, etc. I have recently had issues when trying to export the footage to external hard drives. I get the prompt "Failed to E
Re: Problems with P2 Cards in HVX200A
by Patrick Donegan 3 years ago
Did you ever figure this out And the "Failed to Export" message: what method are you exporting FW Device FCP X 10.2.3 - user since FCP 1.25 iMac mid 2011, MBA mid 2012 iPhone 4 HVX-200, Shure wireless
Traveling into Manila, Philippines
by Eric Strand 4 years ago
Hey COW, has anyone had experience bringing gear into Manila I'm talking about 2-3 pelicans with a Mac tower, monitor, Movi M5. The Philippines are not an ATA Carnet country, although it sounds like h
Re: Traveling into Manila, Philippines
by James Dow 4 years ago
It's been about 3 years since I flew into Manila with a tripod bag, camera case and a pelican full of miscellaneous gear. I did have a list of all of my items and their serial numbers. I had no carnet
Very nice montage set to "uptown funk"
by Mark Suszko 4 years ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=M1F0lBnsnkE
Re: Very nice montage set to "uptown funk"
by James Dow 4 years ago
Fun stuff. Haven't thought of The Specials in a LONG time. JPD
Football banquet video
by Gary Dahn 5 years ago
First, I should probably come clean right off the bat: I'm nothing more than a rank amateur. I do love the editing video I shoot but I'm just a Dad with a consumer camera and iMovie. No one is going t
Re: Football banquet video
by James Dow 4 years ago
Kenny Chesney's music publisher would like to speak with you. :) JPD
Video Playback Software for Mac OS X
by Steven Sokulski 8 years ago
Hello! I used to peruse these forums back in my early days on Final Cut Pro, but was glad to see there's a gathering place for folks working on live video events here, too. My question is this: Any re
Re: Video Playback Software for Mac OS X
by James Dow 4 years ago
What Vince said. It is amazing. JPD
Gaff Gun - why did I not know about this sooner?
by Mark Suszko 5 years ago
My back, knees, and pants seams rejoice: https: www.facebook.com video.php v=10152810236608518&fref=nf
Re: Gaff Gun - why did I not know about this sooner?
by James Dow 4 years ago
Hello Mark. Does this Gaff Gun really work as advertised in the demo If so I'm ordering one today!! JPD
Advice on using HDMI for live projection
by James Dow 4 years ago
I do A V for a lot of meetings in rural areas, usually in high school gyms or outdoor pavilions. Usually I'm projecting a Powerpoint presentation to one projector, and then several video monitors. For
Re: Advice on using HDMI for live projection
by Michael Boitnott 4 years ago
I echo the previous posters advice about HD 3GSDI. We use that for many of our HD shows. We tried to go with HD cat6 to DVI, but we never got it to function properly. Plus many of our switchers and ca
Constant crashing of Premiere CC
by James Dow 5 years ago
IS this the CUDA issue that I've seen other posts about When it crashes I get this...... Process: Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 3098 Path: Applications Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 Adobe Premiere Pro CC 20
Re: Constant crashing of Premiere CC
by James Dow 5 years ago
@Dennis.....well I think all is now good. Media Exports that were crashing are now working. I haven't had a chance to recreate some of the editing scenarios that were causing the crashes. I will post
Whats everybody's music source?
by Andrew Warren 5 years ago
Hello everyone, Last fall I moved into a videographer position at a university. We're pushing out a handful of videos each month, most for online distribution, but some for broadcast. I've always been
Re: Whats everybody's music source?
by James Dow 5 years ago
I've had lots of luck with Shockwave-Sound.com.......although my credit card company always thinks its a fishy transaction when I pay, due to the billing address in Norway. JPD
Teleprompter suggestions?
by Stacy Formby 5 years ago
Does anyone have ideas on lightweight, easy to setup Prompter solutions After years of hiring this job out when we need it, I think its time to look at getting a rig ourselves. We're Mac and iPad folk
Re: Teleprompter suggestions?
by James Dow 5 years ago
I hav an old beam splitter Prompter hood. The old monitor is a perfect "tray" for my iPad. I use the Teleprompt + app, which allows me to import scripts as text files. I can control it from my iPhone.
Cutting A Music Video?
by anna holck 5 years ago
When editing a music video, what would you say the rules are to cutting on the beat, lyrics, and other stuff Like, what if you want someone in your music video to run or something like that.. do you s
Re: Cutting A Music Video?
by James Dow 5 years ago
Anna, You might want to post this question in the "Art of the Edit" forum. Mark Suszko is great at offering suggestions and explanations pertaining to edit theory. Its a music video, so there are no r
Basic Light for shooting interview
by Joao Carlos Schwalbach 5 years ago
Hi, I am looking to buy a set of lights (a set) to shoot interviews indoors. I want a simple kit. Is LED good for this Any recommended kit Thank you joni
Re: Basic Light for shooting interview
by James Dow 5 years ago
I recently jumped into using LED lights, after years of using ARRI kits and Lowell RIFAs. A good LED kit is pretty pricey. I went with a less pricey IKAN kit that has 3 fixtures that you can control t
Sony A7s - Strange Light Banding
by dan hopkins 5 years ago
Hey guys, I've only been using the A7s for about 2 weeks now, and all of my initial tests were great. However, I just did a very basic documentary interview shoot and at first glance the footage looke
Re: Sony A7s - Strange Light Banding
by James Dow 5 years ago
I had pretty much the same thing happen on my initial recording with my new A7s. I wasn't recording in S log 2, but it was definitely an artifact of the florescent lighting in the room. JPD
? about XAVCs files from Sony A7s
by James Dow 5 years ago
I recorded several clips in XAVCS on my new Sony A7s. When I look at the files on the camera I see both XAVCS and mp4s of the clips. When I try to import from SD card, or from Hard Drive backup Premie
Re: ? about XAVCs files from Sony A7s
by James Dow 5 years ago
Good to know. Thanks for the heads-up. JPD
FCP sequence was DVCPRO 1280 x 1080..29.97…Need to output for computer playback and internet posting..
by James Dow 5 years ago
What export settings should I use to make this look as good as possible I usually work in DVCPro 720 at 24P but I was provided with footage that was 1920 x 1080..and I screwed up my sequence. the edit
Re: FCP sequence was DVCPRO 1280 x 1080..29.97…Need to output for computer playback and internet posting..
by James Dow 5 years ago
It was the 1280x1080 that was looking funky. JPD
Error copying P3 cards...Failed to copy a file. It rolled back. Anyway to salvage clip?
by James Dow 5 years ago
Trying to copy clip from P2 via the P2CMS software. It was the last clip on the card. It says it "Rolled Back." Never had this happen before. Any way to salvage that clip Thanks, James JPD
Re: Error copying P3 cards...Failed to copy a file. It rolled back. Anyway to salvage clip?
by James Dow 5 years ago
It wouldn't let me repair the clip. JPD JPD
Timeline Frame Rate question??
by James Dow 5 years ago
I screwed up and shot some interviews on my HVX200with the record setting at 1080 30p. My b-roll will all be at 23.98 fps. I'm on FCP 6.7...what is the best way to make this work Thanks, JPD JPD
Re: Timeline Frame Rate question??
by James Dow 5 years ago
Thank you for the suggestion. I've never used Cinema Tools might have to try that. Thanks, JPD JPD
Lenses for GH4
by James Dow 5 years ago
I've been shooting with an HVX200a for years but now I want to jump into DSLR video. I was about ready to plunk down the $$ for a Canon C100, as I already have some nice lenses. Now I'm intrigued by w
Re: Lenses for GH4
by James Dow 5 years ago
Thank you Bill! JPD
Newly-found, cheap reflector bounce card material
by Mark Suszko 5 years ago
I found this stuff yesterday by chance in my Menard's store: it feels like foam core that's been coated with a reflective matte silver finish. One side has a subtle grid printed on it, the other side
Re: Newly-found, cheap reflector bounce card material
by James Dow 5 years ago
Save Big $$$ at Menards! JPD
LED Location light kits
by James Dow 5 years ago
I've been packing around an ARRI kit for many years, mostly for interviews. I'm wanting to pick up an LED kit, and will be spending about 3 grand. Is anyone using IKAN products How do they compare to
Re: LED Location light kits
by Micah Wolf 5 years ago
Hi Jason, I use Ikan LED lights almost everyday, I personally like them. They may feel a little on the cheap side but I really like the product. I use the IB500 3-Piece Light Kit as well as have two o
Legalities of filming private property from public property (a barn).
by Stephen Pickering 6 years ago
So that subject title is confusing I'm sure. I recently shot some scenery footage of rolling hills and cornfields. Of course the one shot we really like has a few barns and silos visible. There aren't
Re: Legalities of filming private property from public property (a barn).
by James Dow 6 years ago
Hey Mark...I am a revenue stream for our Association so they let me go where the work is. It's been a fun gig. JPD JPD
Problems with spanned clips
by James Dow 6 years ago
After years with no problems of any kind with P2 media I've recently had several issues. I get the red exclamation mark on spanned clips. They will play in the Log and Transfer window, but they won't
Re: Problems with spanned clips
by James Dow 6 years ago
I have not tried that. Thanks for the suggestion. JPD
New Teleprompter Software Recommendations?
by David Wheeler 6 years ago
Mark's recommendation from four years ago was prompter software from Presentation Prompter from http: presentationprompter.com I have a teleprompter from Prompter People and really have grown to hate
Re: New Teleprompter Software Recommendations?
by James Dow 6 years ago
I have an old Listec Prompter that I had quit using. The monitor was old and had limited inputs. The software was no longer friendly with my newer Mac laptops. Several months ago I started checking ou
Apple Compressor Question..Need to transfer P2 to AIC
by James Dow 7 years ago
Can I use Apple Compressor to transfer P2 media to Apple Intermediate Format for use on Final Cut Express I shot something for a friend that said that had Final Cut Pro...turns out he has Express. Tha
Re: Apple Compressor Question..Need to transfer P2 to AIC
by Shane Ross 7 years ago
You first need to import the files into Final Cut Pro...converting the MXF into Quicktime. Then you can take those files into Compressor...or simply Media Manage them to AIC. Compressor won't work wit
FCP Version 6.0.0 Log and Capture Issues
by James Dow 7 years ago
Ok...the project from hell that requires me to go back through 8 years of Mini DV tapes...Dropped frames...abort of Log and Capture...I've unchecked the "abort" boxes in the A V setup area...any other
Re: FCP Version 6.0.0 Log and Capture Issues
by James Dow 7 years ago
It seems ok now...trashed preferences..restarted....to answer your question, Shane, I was capturing to a Seagate "go-Flex" drive, via USB 3.0, just to make files out of the old Mini DV tapes...I will
Photoshop files in motion don't look right
by James Dow 7 years ago
I'm pretty new to Motion...trying to do the "Keep the Kids in the Picture" type treatment to some old photos. I separated my picture elements to different .psd layers, then imported to motion (all lay
Re: Photoshop files in motion don't look right
by Simon Ubsdell 7 years ago
Note also that Motion doesn't necessarily preserve the scaling or positioning of the original PSD layers depending on the canvas size, which may be what you are encountering here if you are seeing stu
Suggestions for lower third GFX at the same time as subtitles.
by James Dow 8 years ago
I'm editing a piece that I shot in the Philippines. The Filipino spoken English, with some strong dialects, will be very hard for my audience to understand. Any suggestions for handling lower third GF
Re: Suggestions for lower third GFX at the same time as subtitles.
by James Dow 8 years ago
I like the idea, as well as the analogy. Thanks Mark. JPD JPD
"House of Lies" effect
by Nick Griffin 8 years ago
Did anyone else see the pilot for "House of Lies," a new half hour comedy from Showtime If not and you have access to it through On Demand (or some similar service) it's well worth checking out if onl
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Re: "House of Lies" effect
by James Dow 8 years ago
My DVR is getting pretty full...haven't had a chance to view the last several episodes. @Nick...I'm sure it is labor intensive, i.e. expensive, so it might not be mimicked (sp ) much. Still very cool.
Lighting case for airlines?
by Bob Knapp 8 years ago
Does anyone have any recommendations for a hard shell case for lighting stands small tripods backdrop stands I'll need to check this on airlines. It doesn't need to me padded. I'm just looking for som
Re: Lighting case for airlines?
by James Dow 8 years ago
I'm usually a one man band production guy. My usual routine is as follows... HVX200a in a Kata airline trolley bag that I always try to keep with me. Often the smaller regional jets with the small ove
Bringing equipment into Canada
by Thomas Miller 8 years ago
We have a shoot coming up in Calgary and are bringing a bunch of our gear from the United States. Has anybody shot in Canada recently who knows the regulations and carne stuff bringing cameras and lig
Re: Bringing equipment into Canada
by James Dow 8 years ago
Not Canada but.... I recently was heading out for a shoot in Guatemala. Most of my gear I carry-on, in a rolling suitcase type equipment case, which the TSA loves going through in great detail. I was
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