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Producer/Director, "Discoveries...America" 60 minute HD series currently airing on Comcast's INHD & INHD-2
Member Since:
July 14th 2003
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Recover files from Dead Edit drive
by Jim Watt 2 weeks ago
I'm editing a 1 hr program using as my main edit drive an 8 TB Thunderbolt G-Raid. This morning it would not power up, nor of course mount. Checked the power supply and it's fine. Can I take the two d
Re: Recover files from Dead Edit drive
by Jeff Pulera 2 weeks ago
I'd only move the drives to another G-RAID enclosure as the RAID 0 is a hardware RAID done inside the enclosure so I don't know what else is going to read them assuming drives are good. Thanks Jeff Je
Sony PMW EX-3 for sale
by Jim Watt 2 years ago
For Sale...$1,750 Sony PMW EX-3, Purchased in 2008, 1202 hours Firmware version 1.20 We've taken good care of the camera and it still makes great pictures, but does show normal wear. Many accessories
PPCC 2018 won't import .mov files from SD card in new Inspire 2
by Jim Watt 2 years ago
Just made a series of test movies with a new DJI Inspire 2. Recorded 4K ProRes on an SSD drive and to an SD card. When I try to import the files into PP CC 2018, the SSD files come in fine, but the H2
Re: PPCC 2018 won't import .mov files from SD card in new Inspire 2
by Tero Ahlfors 2 years ago
You probably recorded to an unsupported H264 format. You can see what the original files have with MediaInfo.
Can you force viewers to look in a specific direction using VR - Video360?
by Anders Møller-Nielsen 2 years ago
Is it possible to set reset the viewer s parameter (X Y axis) so he will be forced to look in a particular direction in your 360-video I am using Adobe Premiere Pro for editing.
Re: Can you force viewers to look in a specific direction using VR - Video360?
by Jim Watt 2 years ago
In Adobe Premier you can use the Skybox pluggin "Rotate Sphere" to position a specific cut where you want the viewer to focus. Granted the idea of 360 video is to have a viewer look around, however wh
Frame.io integration within Premiere
by greg janza 2 years ago
I've been using frame.io for awhile as my main client video review site as well as a collaboration tool with my business partner and it has been working very well. However, I only recently realized th
Re: Frame.io integration within Premiere
by Jim Watt 2 years ago
We've been using it since April with the Premier interface and love it, particularly since they introduced sharing files that don't need a password, which make some of our clients very happy. Jim
Frame rate for "OJ Made in America"
by Jim Watt 2 years ago
I'm DP on a doc that starts next week and my plan is to shoot 24P for the interviews (FS7) and for B-roll shoot 30P just to get a little crisper shot than I would in 24P. My producer really likes the
Re: Frame rate for "OJ Made in America"
by Craig Seeman 2 years ago
I would test the 30p in 24p timeline before you commit. There may be temporal artifacts that might look feel odd depending on the content. If you just want crisper you could shot with a faster shutter
4K to 1080p Auto-Follow Subject Plug-in?
by Matt Bauer 2 years ago
Hi! I'm not sure if there is a relevant thread here, but I am pretty desperate for an answer. I film single (motivational) speakers onstage as they give presentations. They will often walk around the
Re: 4K to 1080p Auto-Follow Subject Plug-in?
by Jim Watt 2 years ago
Use a 1080 timeline, then just key frame your speaker as they move to keep them in the frame.
error importing footage
by Jim Watt 2 years ago
Since I installed Premier pro 2017 when i import clips through the finder I get this error "Error: Premiere Pro version 1.1 is not compatible with the Premiere Pro Plug-in version 6.0.2.". Any suggest
DJI Zenmuse X5R Gimbal & Camera/recorder
by Jim Watt 3 years ago
Nearly new, less than 20 hours, perfect condition: DJI Zenmuse X5R Gimbal & Camera recorder with 1, SSD card, card reader & case. Caps for all openings: no lens. $2,200 OBO Direct email: jwatt@bennett
mac book pro early 2013 and 4k video
by Doug Chapin 3 years ago
I saw some people have been editing 4k video on the same machine as mine I have a 2013 mac book pro 2.7 ghz i7 16 gig 500 ssd I think Paul N has the similar setup i have been shooting on a phantom 4 p
Re: mac book pro early 2013 and 4k video
by Jim Watt 3 years ago
Not sure what to tell you. I'm using an early 2012 MBP I7 processor 1600MHZ and I get decent playback of 4K in PP. This is with a mix of formats. H264 from our Inspire, XVAC-I from FS7 and XAVC-S from
Venezuela
by Jim Watt 3 years ago
Has anyone worked traveled to, Venezuela recently. We have a shoot there in a couple of weeks & thought I'd see if anyone has a clue on how the customs folks are these days. We haven't been there for
and...?
by Bob Cole 3 years ago
How'd the trip go
Catalyst Browse update - and no transcode option
by Bob Cole 3 years ago
I updated my Catalyst Browse this a.m. and now cannot find the "Transcode" setting. Has anyone else experienced this Am I missing something Bob C
Re: Catalyst Browse update - and no transcode option
by Jim Watt 3 years ago
You might want to consider investing in Edit Ready which is an excellent transcode program and it's only $45 or so and it's faster than Catalyst Browse by quite a bit. Great to have as a backup. Jim
Corrupt MPEGHD422 files
by Jim Watt 3 years ago
Shooting job for the last 3 days, on Sony FS7, 1080 30p recording on 128GB "G" cards. On two different clips, both about 2 to 21 2 hrs in length, on two different days and I think two different cards
Re: Corrupt MPEGHD422 files
by Jim Watt 3 years ago
Hi Mark, Very familiar with PP cache issues and that could have been the case on the producer's laptop, but not on my MacBook Pro nor my IMAC, so again, it's a big unknown. I'm editing all day today s
Corrupt MPEGHD422 files
by Jim Watt 3 years ago
Shooting job for the last 3 days, on Sony FS7, 1080 30p recording on 128GB "G" cards. On two different clips, both about 2 to 21 2 hrs in length, on two different days and I think two different cards
Re: Corrupt MPEGHD422 files
by Jim Watt 3 years ago
Yes the entire root folder was transferred to the hard drive.
Black magic Design Video Assist for sale
by Jim Watt 3 years ago
I have a Blackmagic Design Video Assist recorder monitor for sale. In excellent shape works great. One small rub mark on screen, inch long on side. Retails for $495 Selling for $250 OBO Thanks...Jim W
All zoom & iris controls lost after using metabones speed booster/adapter on Sony FS7
by Jim Watt 4 years ago
Hi, I just used a new metabones speed booster adapter on my Sony FS7 with a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 lens. When I replaced the 70 x 200 and the metabones on the camera with my kit lens the 28 x 135, I've l
Re: All zoom & iris controls lost after using metabones speed booster/adapter on Sony FS7
by Jim Watt 4 years ago
Pat, I and most of my friends who are using FS7's don't use support for the 70 X 200, though I do use one if I use the doubler and also for my sigma 50 X 500, but it's a beast and the weight concerns
Video Assist setup issues
by Jim Watt 4 years ago
I'm setting up a new Video Assist unit with my Sony A7R II and have run into a couple of issues that I can't solve. 1. I haven't been able to determine which set of firmware I have and can't find anyt
4K video assist monitor?
by Jim Watt 4 years ago
I Just bought the BMD 1080 video assist monitor and wonder if anyone is talking about a 4K version in the near or not-so-near future Thanks...jw
FS& record light on for card B/recording on Card A
by Jim Watt 4 years ago
Using FS7 shooting a network piece this week using Lexar 64GB 1333 cards. Shot b-roll on card A switched to card B for interview. As I'm rolling on interview, record light is on and indicating I'm rec
Missing audio
by Jim Watt 4 years ago
Started a new project in PP 2015, played down about 12 minutes of VO recorded in Audition, in a number of different clips. Closed the project for the night and reopened in the morning. VO clips are st
Re: Missing audio
by David Medzorian 4 years ago
I wanted to thank you for your post. I was having the exact same problem and it began about the time I installed the update to Smartsound (5.8). I un installed it and voila!!! All my waveforms are bac
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C300 glitch and green holes
by Ernesto Brelièreovsky 5 years ago
Hello, I've shot over three days on the C300 using two 16GB CF at 25 fps with constant camera settings. On one of the sessions, an abundant glitch that makes the footage unusable appears. I've uploade
Re: C300 glitch and green holes
by Jim Watt 5 years ago
When i go to the Canon site, I can find no XF utility for OSX 10.9.5. When I select "Utilities "I get the message "no utilities for the OS". Are you-all using PC's or am I missing something. Thx....Ji
How are people doing DSLR audio?
by John Bauwens 6 years ago
So how is everyone doing DSLR audio currently I just got to the party and was looking for a way to run XLR mics into a T3i, preferably with sync sound. I was checking out the tascam dr-60d. Are there
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Re: How are people doing DSLR audio?
by Jim Watt 6 years ago
If you want excellent audio the Tascam DR60D is the way to go. with a cage you have a very slick easy to use configuration. You can double record with a sync tone into your camera and the quality of t
OSX 10.8.5 problem wi deckink minimonitor
by Jim Watt 6 years ago
I recently needed to do a reformat & reinstall of OSX on my MacPro 12 core and in doing so downloaded OSX 10.8.5 since that's what you get in the process. Now my Decklink mini monitor, is not giving m
Can't open Premier Pro CC nor After Effects CC
by Jim Watt 6 years ago
After downloading Creative suite CC I can't get Premier pro CC nor After Effects CC to work. When I open PP the first screen appears as I suppoe it should, but there is a fairly long pause before it s
Re: Can't open Premier Pro CC nor After Effects CC
by Todd Kopriva 6 years ago
I recommend contacting Adobe Technical Support: http: www.adobe.com support contact You can also bring questions here, where Adobe staff who are familiar with the downloading, installation, and activa
Using Production premium cs6 on more than one computer at a time
by Jordan McGehee 7 years ago
Hello all, I am thinking of upgrading to CS6 production premium. However I have a question. I know you can install it on two of your computers. However, according to Adobe you cannot run the installat
Re: Using Production premium cs6 on more than one computer at a time
by Jim Watt 6 years ago
If I own adobe CS6 production premium, and have also in addition purchased a Cloud version of the creative suite, will that allow me to use both the Cloud version and the boxed version on 2 machines a
Tips on using the unsharp mask
by Elliott Powell 7 years ago
I've been messing around with the unsharp mask with only mixed results, so I'm wondering how other people get the most out of it. Thanks!
Re: Tips on using the unsharp mask
by Jim Watt 7 years ago
Elliott, To an extent Dave is right in that you should shoot the sharpest video you can. On the other hand with Canon DSLR's specifically we do shoot with the in camera sharpening set at ")" and sharp
Importing PP project files
by Jim Watt 7 years ago
I'm relatively new to AE, since the beginning of the year...I've been importing my PP CS6 project into AE to build opens for my programs, however I have never been able to get the clip descriptions to
Kona drivers for 6.0.2?
by Jim Watt 7 years ago
Anyone know when the drivers for the 6.0.2 update will be out thx...jw Producer DP, HD series, "Discoveries...America", "Discoveries...Ireland", "Discoveries...Spain", "Discoveries...Argentina", Disco
Re: Kona drivers for 6.0.2?
by Tom Daigon 7 years ago
Keep checking back here or on Twitter to be informed when they release the drivers. Tom Daigon PrP After Effects Editor www.hdshotsandcuts.com http: www.youtube.com watch v=XRIg6h-LIm0 (Best viewed at
Audio issues with CS6 Kona 3
by Greg Jones 7 years ago
I just installed the Aja drivers and I notice there is a lot of audio dropout. Anyone else experience this. I have a Mac Pro 2,1 with a Kona 3 Greg Jones D7,Inc.
Re: Audio issues with CS6 Kona 3
by Jim Watt 7 years ago
I've seen a few of the Premier errors, but the Kernal panics were full blown semi transparent box in middle of screen telling me I had to restart. Repairing permissions seems to have solved all of the
AJA CS6 drivers enable VO
by Jim Watt 7 years ago
Just did a couple of tests with the new driver for VO and it works fine. Settings in audio hardware preferences need to be changed to Kona 3 and I'm inputting VO thru the AES XLR input so that too nee
Re: AJA CS6 drivers enable VO
by Erik Naso 7 years ago
I was surprised by the lack of codec choices available for tape or SDI capture. I hope this changes in the future. Sure would be nice to capture with DNxHD or ProRes. Blog http: www.eriknaso.com My Vi
Lock and load error message
by Jim Watt 9 years ago
I'm editing on a MacPro 2 x 3 GHZ Dual quad core with the latest FCP, Apple & QT software and have run into a couple of issues with Lock & Load. Original video is XDCAM EX HQ 1080 60i, 29.97 FPS appli
Re: Lock and load error message
by Jim Watt 8 years ago
It's been a while, but I started using frames instead of X and that seemed to solve the issue. Have since switched to CS 5.5 and their warp stabilizer is terrific and mocha is even better, did try loc
At Wits End: Crashing (With Report)
by Jamie Hall 8 years ago
Hello all, I am losing my mind. My FCP 7.0.3 has been crashing more than cars without winter tires in Canada. I struggle to get any real work done. It crashes during renders and sometimes without anyt
Re: At Wits End: Crashing (With Report)
by Jim Watt 8 years ago
Thanks Steve or is that "Chicken Little" :) There is indeed a supply issue for hard drives in general. In my very humble opinion I think the " sky rocketed" description may be just a little excessive
xdcam EX multiclip needs render to view & edit
by Jim Watt 11 years ago
I'm doing a 3 camera multiclip edit with XDCAM EX 1080i 29.97, 35 mbs vbr, footage and when I put my multiclip on the timeline using safe rt dynamic I get a red bar and it needs rendering to view. In
Re: xdcam EX multiclip needs render to view & edit
by Jim Watt 8 years ago
I still run into this from time to time, but trashing preferences seems to work. Never did really find the exact fix, though I very seldom see it happening anymore and I'm doing 2 & 3 Hr multicam show
Encore menu highlights not showing
by Jim Watt 9 years ago
So I'm tearing out what little hair I have because I can't figure out why my menu highlights show in a preview in Encore, but when I burn a BD folder and put it on a BD-RE disc to test it they're not
Color Tools' luma levels & curves
by Jim Watt 9 years ago
I have been using Color Tools and specifically Luma Levels & curves on 2, 1 hour programs. At first I was very impressed that when you applied this to a clip it automatically brought down the highligh
Crashing Mac Pro wi
by Jim Watt 9 years ago
Editing one hour show with XDCAM EX 1080 60i HQ VBR video on Pro Res HQ timeline. Machine is Mac pro Dual quad core 2.3 GHZ, 10 GB ram, FCP 7.0., Newest QT and pro app, & Kona III card. Video drive is
Re: Crashing Mac Pro wi
by Jim Watt 9 years ago
Thanks..I'm using 7.0.3, just missed the key stroke. Producer DP, HD series, "Discoveries...America", "Discoveries...Ireland", "Discoveries...Spain", "Discoveries...Argentina", Discoveries...India", "
FCP 7 Strange behavior digitizing
by Jim Watt 9 years ago
In the last few days I've run into a strange behavior while digitizing DVCPRO HD tapes. I'm using a Kona 3 card in a MacPro dual quad core, wi 10 gigs of ram & an Xserve Raid for video drive. Digitizi
Nano Flash digital files for Varicam
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
I presume everyone is aware of the Nano Flash recorder and how well it works with the Varicam for digital files & compact flash is a lot less expensive than P2. Also ran some tests with my HDC20A, 108
Re: Nano Flash digital files for Varicam
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
Tom, I'm probably not the one to answer this definitively, however that said, this is what little I know. I set my Nano Flash to record 720p and check the "record PSF box, but don't check the remove p
lookup tech support in the dictionary & ???
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
With the nano Flash recorder there isn't really much need for tech support, but when a customer emails Dan Keaton for an answer to what was actually perceived as an issue, but wasn't. the response was
Re: lookup tech support in the dictionary & ???
by Mark Suszko 10 years ago
I had a similar pleasant experience with the makers of the Scan-Do Pro Ultra, Communications Specialties. Had an issue and got an email response back from the VP in 20 minutes... during lunch. Pretty
audio file I can't open
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
Received an audio file from a producer for some spots we're doing, but I can't open it in any program i have and when I asked him about the file he claims all he does is right click on it in Windows 7
Re: audio file I can't open
by Arnie Schlissel 10 years ago
If it was me, I'd call the producer and say: "the file you sent us is incompatible with our software. Please send me a .wav or .aiff file. We cannot work with any other audio, as it will be of too poo
combining clips from Nano Flash
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
Ran into an interesting situation...shooting with 3 cameras, 2, recording on S X S cards, the third recording to Nano Flash in 35mbs format. I have a 1 hour continuous take recorded. On the SXS cards
Re: combining clips from Nano Flash
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
That's the step I was trying to avoid, but you brought up an interesting time saver. I could just make it a reference movie and save quite a bit of time I think. thx...jw Producer DP, HD series, "Disc
HDC20A for trade in on Varicam 3700
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
I have an HDC20A DVCPROHD camera that is eligible for the Varicam 3700 trade in deal. $5K for my camera and you still save $20K on the 3700! What a deal! Jim Watt
Re: HDC20A for trade in on Varicam 3700
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
According to the flyer I just received from the "Cow" it is. I think it goes until the end of the month. Jw
Prioritize my wish list
by Jeff Mueller 10 years ago
Hi: I have a new Event Video business, not strictly limited to events but my three gigs so far have all been weddings. I've actually been in the Film Video industry for a long time but am new to this
Re: Prioritize my wish list
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
Jeff, Don't let mark frighten you. In my opinion the situation is not so desperate. i've produced and shot high end television shows for 45 years and camera failure is about the last thing you need to
HD to DVD settings
by Bob Mark 10 years ago
I have been using 1920x1080 30p footage to make a DVD from Vegas. The video looks very soft and the moving titles look funny. I understand that Vegas does not do a good job of rescaling HD to MPEG2 fo
Re: HD to DVD settings
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
Bob, We use compressor and have for the last 9 years to convert HD to DVD and it works beautifully. Well enough that a lot of screen manufacturers used our DVD's to demo their screens until Blue Rey a
unreleased music
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
A friend asked me to shoot his wedding and wanted to use a couple of popular pieces of contemporary music in the DVD. I explained to him that it's very illegal to use unreleased music in any sort of p
Re: unreleased music
by Chip Thome 10 years ago
It could be just as illegal, but I am not a lawyer, so take it for what it's worth. If the song is being performed, the venue or performer needs to have a license to perform it. Most commercial instit
text not maintaining format after save
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
I'm doing a fairly simple motion menu with a reflective box and a movie playing in about a third of the frame and text down the left 2 3rds. My work flow is to open a similar file, delete the text, re
Re: text not maintaining format after save
by Jim Watt 10 years ago
I tried the text editor and have the same problem. It's not that I want to maintain the format that I have made in word or the text editor. I'm losing the formatting I make in Motion, which looks fine
Is That All There Is?
by Dale West 11 years ago
Has the clock run down Has the thread pulled off the spool Whats the deal Today marks one month since a new thread was started on this forum. I'm stunned, I'm heart broken, I'm still stupid! This is o
Re: Is That All There Is? Should I buy a used Varicam?
by Jim Watt 11 years ago
We're basically "screwed" with a camera that's not all that popular for clients these days. Our "H" model sits on the shelf while the Sony XDCAM's go crazy, as do we, working them. Sure the $2,200 day
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