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I worked in all facets of local television for 19 years; production, operations, management. I left in '99 to start my own commercial production company.

We primarily do spots but also some marketing video work and shooting and editing for other independent producers.
Member Since:
April 12th 2001
456 Posts
100 posts
Location:
Lethbridge, Alberta
adding chapter markers within YouTube video manager
by Dennis Roliff 1 year ago
Hi all, I run FCP 7 on an older Mac Pro desktop ( 2008 ). I do some videos for YouTube and a particular video that I produced recently of a piano recital, I added chapter markers so that there would b
Re: adding chapter markers within YouTube video manager
by Jim McNally 7 months ago
Just came across a very simple way to get chapter marker style functionality within YouTube. In the description box type out the times you want as "markers". 00:00 marker 1 00:35 marker 2 01:10 marker
Trying to add object with shadow to AE
by Jim McNally 5 years ago
I'm struggling to add a C4D file with a shadow catcher into an AE scene. I'm sure it was working before I updated recently but maybe I'm just doing it wrong. I'm running AE 13.2.0.49 and C4D Lite 16.0
Re: Trying to add object with shadow to AE
by Jim McNally 5 years ago
It now appears that it's the object buffer that is randomly changing. It shows up solid and then if I RAM preview or move the cursor it goes semi-transparent. Is this more a bug Jim McNally The Commer
Loudness Radar accuracy
by Jim McNally 5 years ago
I haven't had much success with the accuracy of the loudness radar in Premier. If I set my audio to read -24 on the master channel output it is failing the monitoring with the broadcaster. Sometimes o
Re: Loudness Radar accuracy
by Jim McNally 5 years ago
I wish the world was still using the good 'ol VU meter! Life was simpler then. What does -24LKFS equate to on the VU meter scale Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Losing MXF audio files
by Jim McNally 7 years ago
I started a new project in Premiere Pro and wanted to load C300 MXF files. The files came into the bin with the second half of the audio missing. The audio plays fine in the Canon XF utility and shows
Re: Losing MXF audio files
by Jim McNally 7 years ago
Thanks for the replies. It is a lot of footage but I actually did wait until all was done. The clips with the out of sync audio start at my 88th file and come in fine in CS5 but not in CS6. It is some
Repositioning still images in the Program Window- Keyboard shortcuts ala After Effects?
by Aaron Rosapepe 7 years ago
I am currently adjusting hundreds of images to fit a new 2.40 mask that I am now using over a 1920X1080 sequence. Each image must be adjusted individually. When you highlight an image in the compositi
Re: Repositioning still images in the Program Window- Keyboard shortcuts ala After Effects?
by Jim McNally 7 years ago
Try double clicking the image itself in the program window and drag to the new position you want. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Missing Mp4 Files from BPAV folder
by Paul Zwicker 9 years ago
Sony EX3 camera:\ I cannot find any Mp4 files on my Sony SxS card. All other files are there except the Mp4. Every clip is like this-missing that file. I just checked the card and did a test recor
Re: Missing Mp4 Files from BPAV folder
by Jim McNally 7 years ago
Lucas, can you do a SDI dump out of your camera I used a Matrox box to send the signal out and then playback the clip and record as I would a tape source. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commer
Sorting order in Icon view
by Jim McNally 8 years ago
I prefer to work in Icon view over List view in my bin. However my footage is completely random in the Icon view and makes it difficult to find shots. Is there a way to keep the sort criteria determin
Re: Sorting order in Icon view
by Jim McNally 8 years ago
That's perfect! Thanks Rupert, that makes life so much simpler now. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
550D FCP workflow using Log and Transfur
by Ben Edwards 8 years ago
Ive spent a while googleing and am getting close not not quite there. It looks like Canon do a 'E1' plugin for some of there DSLRs to allow Log & Transfer to work with DSLR files. It is not supported
Re: 550D FCP workflow using Log and Transfur
by Jim McNally 8 years ago
Ben, follow this link to the details of how to set that up. http: philipbloom.net 2010 03 22 final-cut-plug-in-to-import-footage-directly-into-pro-res-with-fix-to-make-it-work-with-rebel-t2i-550d Jim
T2i transcoding
by Rusty Shackleford 9 years ago
Is there any software for log & transfer but can automatically remove the left channel of audio and perhaps duplicate the left Or is there an easy way to automate that
Re: T2i transcoding
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
They are probably in stereo mode. Deselect stereo and then you can treat left and right separately and do want you want with the right channel. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory
FCP Log and Transfer
by Stephen Smith 9 years ago
I mainly use the Log and Transfer window for P2 footage. I have a T2i and used the hack for the Cannon plug-in to Use the Log and Transfer window for my footage shot with the T2i. It works great. Howe
Re: FCP Log and Transfer
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
Can you move the original folder FCP should lose track of it. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
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What to set ISO to when reading light meter?
by Dominick Pietrzak 9 years ago
This might seem like a silly question, but I don't know what my ISO setting should be on my light meter when checking for f-stop. I am using a PMW-EX1 with a Letus 35mm Adapter and Zeiss glass, if tha
Re: What to set ISO to when reading light meter?
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
The meter can still be useful for lighting ratios but for actual exposure the ultimate decision is inside the camera which you can already see with the zebras. The days of having to have one to nail y
Best practice of Format/CODEC export?
by Thomas Brigantino 9 years ago
Greeting everyone, Anyone know what is the best format and codec to use to keep file sizes down to a minimum Resolution of the clip is 1920x1080. Thank you! t.
Re: Best practice of Format/CODEC export?
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
Try h.264 Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Field Report - South Sudan
by Ronald Borden 10 years ago
Hi all, Borrowing on an earlier post on use of the Ki Pro in the field, I thought I'd share my experiences with the Ki Pro on a documentary shoot in Africa. I have an F model Varicam and have been sho
Re: Field Report - South Sudan
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
Thanks for this Ron. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Critique my T2 setup
by John Young 9 years ago
I'm about to get my first check from my first freelancing job. Then I am putting all that money towards buying a Canon T2 setup. Here it is: http: www.bhphotovideo.com wl 3609E323F8 I am looking for s
Re: Critique my T2 setup
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
You will need to add a variable ND filter for your lenses. The build of the 50 1.8 is really cheap although the image is okay. The 1.4 focus ring would be better for video work. Focusing from the rear
Traveling to Montreal for Video shoot
by Jason Brown 9 years ago
Can anyone answer whether I need any special permit to travel to Montreal (from US) to do some videotaping I'll be shooting 2-3 days in a hospital - interviews with doctors. Traveling with a PDW-700..
Re: Traveling to Montreal for Video shoot
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
As long as you have permission of the facilities you shouldn\'t have any issues. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Camera frame rate effect on audio
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
For years my camera recording 29.97 frames of video happily captures the audio in perfect sync. Now with DSLRs, more shoots are being done at 23.98. When using a digital recorder such as a Zoom H4N is
Re: Camera frame rate effect on audio
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
Great, thanks for your response Sam. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Camera Carry-On
by Bill Evelyn 9 years ago
Hello, I am flying commercial later this week, my first trip with a camera since before 9-11. Back in the day, I used to carry-on all my video cameras without any problem, checking the rest of my equi
Re: Camera Carry-On
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
Ya, some of those overheads are pretty tight and especially if there is something in there already. I have a metal Fuji lense case from years back that I might have to place the portabrace bag in. Sti
EX3 24p - matching a B camera
by Glenn Baker 9 years ago
I have been shooting with an EX3 in 1080 24p. I want to get a consumer HD camcorder to use as an occasional B camera for certain field shoots. How do I make sure I get a B camera that will be compatib
Re: EX3 24p - matching a B camera
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
The build of the T2i is cheaper than the 7D, a little lighter and more plastic has been used. The video quality has been described as equal however. The 7D has a few more features for still photograph
dvd to final cut pro lossless codec
by Hey Chong 9 years ago
Hi, I am trying to rip a dvd into a format that I can use in Final Cut Pro. However, I need it to be great quality as it is going to be shown on a movie theater screen.(It is the trailer for a film fe
Re: dvd to final cut pro lossless codec
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
Mpeg streamclip will turn it into prores file for you. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
No audio from compressor
by Richard Adams 9 years ago
Hi, I feel like I would have been better to have come to fcp knowing nothing instead of having an Avid background. OK, my friend gave me his camcorder mini disks. I imported the vob's to compressor an
Re: No audio from compressor
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
Might have been a setting in compressor that killed the audio. Prores is the codec you want to work with. Try Mpeg streamclip to do your conversion. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfa
EX-3 VCT-14/Shoulder Mount
by Mark Rule 9 years ago
I've been working on a camera mount for the EX-3 for a little while now (see pictures). I'd be interested to know what EX-3 operators think. The idea was to have a mount that utilised the VCT-14 style
Re: EX-3 VCT-14/Shoulder Mount
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
I have the Cavision box and follow focus. http: www.cavision.com pictures EX3 EX3fullset_1.htm Using the standard EX3 lense. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Old canon lenses
by Trevor Ward 9 years ago
I have an old Canon AE1 and a couple of lenses. They aren't great, but they offer a variety that I might like. Will these lenses work with the 5D or 7D For video and photos I know I won't have the AF
Re: Old canon lenses
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
No those lenses have a different mount than what fits current cameras. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
What is WRONG with my MAC G5?
by Christopher McDonell 9 years ago
Hi all, I've posted several times about a number of problems I've been having that remain unresolved and would like to appeal once more for any possible solutions. I have a 6 year old 2GHz PowerPC G5
Re: What is WRONG with my MAC G5?
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
If it is any consolation, I checked my activity monitor with Firefox on this machine and it is at 71% on Creative Cow. On my other G5 it started at 93 and is down to 44 but still fluctuating. Perhaps
HD exporting to DV. What sequence-compressor settings?
by Xavier de Champs 9 years ago
I want to export some Full HD footage 1920 x 1080. I edit in a full HD timeline. Then create new sequence with DV settings. Then I add the HD sequence into this DV sequence (size it down), and export
Re: HD exporting to DV. What sequence-compressor settings?
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
I would create an SD timeline but use the Prores 422 codec. Then take your HD clips and drop them straight into the SD timeline. You can scale them to full frame or leave letterboxed. See what you thi
Work flow
by Robert Medrala 9 years ago
I'm moving into a tapeless work flow. I transcode my AVCHD MTS files from my Canon into ProRes for editing in FCP. I'm planning on archiving my clips on Blu-ray disks. Is there any advantage to archiv
Re: Work flow
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
I agree with Norman, save the original for sure and the converted too. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Offloading CF cards
by joseph wilkins 9 years ago
Does anyone have a better system for offloading CF cards than simply dragging and dropping, then checking the file size matches I wish there was some way of the computer (mac) automoatically verifyin
Re: Offloading CF cards
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
Use Shotput Pro. It copies to three simultaneous locations and verifies. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Canon 550d to FCP won't recognize SDHC Card
by Tim Young 9 years ago
So I'm new to DSLR workflow and am trying to figure this out on my own. I did read about the EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 which doesn't support the Canon 550D, but then I found a workaround that I feel I setup
Re: Canon 550d to FCP won't recognize SDHC Card
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
What work around are you using If it is configured wrong you will see the error you are getting. Search http: www.philipbloom.com for the correct way. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercial
best 2TB hard drive for storing massive amounts of video?
by Nick Natteau 9 years ago
I will be upconverting dozens of SD tapes using my IO HD and Final Cut Pro and was wondering what's the best 2TB hard drive I can get I will need at least 2TB, at least 7200rpm. Initially I could add
Re: best 2TB hard drive for storing massive amounts of video?
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
I swear at Western Digital. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Converting 23.976 to 29.97 with 3:2 pulldown using Compressor
by Matthew Boylan 10 years ago
When working with 23.976p footage, I know that many capture cards will add 3:2 pulldown when laying video off to tape, but what if you don't want to go to tape What if you just want a 29.97 file, but
Re: Converting 23.976 to 29.97 with 3:2 pulldown using Compressor
by Jim McNally 9 years ago
Does this method going through compressor give a better result than if you brought the 23.976 clip into Cinema Tools and used conform to change it to 29.97 Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.comme
ati HD 4870
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
I just installed an ATI HD 4870 card to solve a problem of HD video not playing smoothly on two monitors with the original Nvidea GT120 card. Now I have a mouse that stutters and freezes all over the
Re: ati HD 4870
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
I'm dual booting so I have 10.5.8 and 10.6.2. I am running two Samsung monitors, DVI on one and Mini-Display on the other. So I started swapping monitors. Samsung on the Mini-Display was fine, Samsung
Welcome Mark Spencer to the Motion forum team
by Ronald Lindeboom 10 years ago
Hello Everybody, We are pleased to welcome Mark Spencer to the Cow's Motion forum team. Mark is a published author who writes for Peachpit, he runs the popular http: www.applemotion.net website, and h
Re: Welcome Mark Spencer to the Motion forum team
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
Welcome Mark! I had to revisit two of your MacStudio topics today in the middle of a session to get me through. Really invaluable. Thanks, Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
iMovie and HDV
by Deborah Freeman 10 years ago
Hi Everyone: I am attempting to import a Sony GV-HD700 into iMovie, but am simply getting a blue screen on the import. It shows the timestamp and can control the device. However, the same blue screen
Re: iMovie and HDV
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
Is your camera turned on when you load your programs In Final Cut, if the camera is turned on after the software then you need to refresh the source. I would think iMovie would work the same way. Jim
seinnheiser mic transmitter to mac
by Dan Newton 10 years ago
Hey I got a little problem -- my company just got the seinnheiser ew 345 G2 wireless mic what would I need to know is if what do i need to get to connect to the transmitter to the mac -- as i want to
Re: seinnheiser mic transmitter to mac
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
The transmitter is in the mic itself, the receiver is what you want to connect to the Mac. I can't see the rear panel of the receiver but it probably has an XLR output connector on it. You will need t
Snow Leopard preferences resetting
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
Every time I bootup in Snow Leopard, my desktop photos and audio preferences reset themselves. I've repaired permissions and reset PRAM. Any other suggestions Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.co
Re: Snow Leopard preferences resetting
by Pasi Koivisto 10 years ago
In Mac OS X 10.5 and later, while started up ("booted") from the Mac OS X 10.5 installation disc, a user's home directory permissions can be reset using the Reset Password utility. My 2-bits Pasi -- E
Temporary use of PCI express card, now I can't see HD in BAY #2…
by Phil Muri 10 years ago
Howdy Cowpokes, I recently needed to temporarily install a PCI Express card to use an external RAID via eSATA. On the first try, the RAID didn't mount on the Desktop, so I downloaded a driver from the
Re: Temporary use of PCI express card, now I can't see HD in BAY #2…
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
Look in the Hard Drive System Library Extension folder and see if you can see it there. Remove it to the desktop first before deleting to see if that fixes anything. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory
Optimising for Smooth Playback in Quicktime
by Alex Meddick 10 years ago
Hi All, Most of the time I have the luxury of playing my 1920x1080 footage out of final cut through HD-SDI. The results are obvious great. There are occasions where I need to play these same files usi
Re: Optimising for Smooth Playback in Quicktime
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
Just went throught this myself and narrowed problem down to the graphics card. I would start there and see if you can upgrade. I had stuttering on playback when running dual monitors. With only one co
How to uninstall Snow Leopard & install Leopard?
by L. Stewart 10 years ago
I have a new Mac Pro with Snow Leopard installed and due to software compatibility issues I need to change to Leopard (10.5.6). Can anyone give some guidance as to how to proceed with this Do I need t
Re: How to uninstall Snow Leopard & install Leopard?
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
Just did the same thing today. I tried to roll back my MacPro which came with 10.6. My Leopard disk was 10.5 which wouldn\'t load on the hardware of the new Mac Pro. So I took an internal drive to
Lighting effect for rain
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
A local theatre company is looking to create a rain effect on stage. Any suggestions for how this might be achieved Is there a device that moves gobos back and forth Jim McNally The Commercial Factory
Re: Lighting effect for rain
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
Thanks for all the helpful suggestions...even about the underwear! Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Installing old Leopard alternate boot with Snow Leopard
by Kinga Brooks 10 years ago
Hello, I have a tower Mac Pro with Snow Leopard running on it. Unfortunately one of the software that I use doesn't have yet a Snow Leopard update. So I am thinking maybe I can install older version o
Re: Installing old Leopard alternate boot with Snow Leopard
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
Just did the same thing today. I tried to roll back my MacPro which came with 10.6. My Leopard disk was 10.5 which wouldn\'t load on the hardware of the new Mac Pro. So I took an internal drive to
Multiple lights in motion
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
I am creating pools of light on a stage using a spotlight effect. Adding a second light to the first causes the first light to turn off its effect. To retain the effect of the first light I have to mo
Re: Multiple lights in motion
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
I'm in Motion 4. I ended up trashing the prefs and now it seems as if things are doing what they are supposed to be doing. thanks, Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Quicktime triggered automation
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
This is probably not the right forum but I'm stumped where I might find this so please re-direct me if there is a better one. A client wants me to shoot a video clip of an actor for a museum. The quic
Re: Quicktime triggered automation
by Jim McNally 10 years ago
Thanks for everyone's input. Jim McNally The Commercial Factory www.commercialfactory.com
Workflow question
by Jim McNally 11 years ago
I'm getting up to speed on the P2 workflow. From what I've learned so far it seems that P2CMS is the preferred method of moving content from a card to a hard drive as it verifies the content transfer.
Re: Workflow question
by Jim McNally 11 years ago
I see in FCP's Log & Transfer window there is an "Archive to Folder" feature for renaming and moving cards to an HD. How does this feature stack up in offloading the data files and verifying Jim McNal
Which codec: animation or dv, will provide the highest uality when working with dv?
by Sebastian Knight 12 years ago
I want to know which codec provides the highest quality, when working with DV, animation or Dv What are the pros and cons of animation when working with Motion 3 and Final Cut Pro 6 Thank You in advan
Re: Which codec: animation or dv, will provide the highest uality when working with dv?
by Jim McNally 12 years ago
The animation codec will give you very good results. Jim
Warning for Flip4Mac uses; Don't install QuickTime7.2
by Neil Ryan 12 years ago
Telestream have confirmed that when encoding WMV files with uncompressed audio sources after installing QT 7.2, you will receive "Inconsistent Audio Sample Rate" error and the encode will fail. This a
Re: Warning for Flip4Mac uses; Don't install QuickTime7.2
by Jim McNally 12 years ago
I encountered this as well. I found by altering my sequence setting to 44.1 instead of 48, allowed the qt file to be converted to wmv without the error popping up. Jim
Compressor doing half a job
by Jim McNally 12 years ago
I've just loaded the FCP2 Suite and setting up some droplets for compressor again. I have a :30 spot that when I run through my batch it comes out at :15 and cuts off the last :15 I'm thinking it is a
Opening psd files
by Jim McNally 13 years ago
My iMac has developed a problem with opening psd files from the finder or iPhoto or Aperture. Typically clicking on the file from any location would load Photoshop and open the file. For some reason w
how much is my Media 100 worth?
by Michelle De Long 14 years ago
Hi, Long time Media 100 user-since 1997! Yikes. We have changed to FCP and have one Media 100 that we would like to sell. It is a little sad for me since this was my very first NLE system. I cut my te
Re: how much is my Media 100 worth?
by Jim McNally 14 years ago
My situation is similar to yours in when i started with M100 and now happily cutting away with FCP. When I retired my M100 last fall the going rate on e-bay was about $65 so my landfill is now the pro
Has anybody switched to FCP? Any opinions?
by Jerome Robbins 14 years ago
I have been editing with Media 100 XR 8.2 on a Mac G-4 1.44 OS 10.3 for 4 years, I also use DVD Studio Pro. I am thinking of upgarding to the G-5 and am considering a switch to Final Cut Pro at the sa
Re: Has anybody switched to FCP? Any opinions?
by Jim McNally 14 years ago
I started with M100 back in '97. Quality was always great but for commercials the workflow essentially consisted of using it to capture footage so After Effects could work it's magic. Then once the sp
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