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John Christie

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Been editing in Vancouver for over 25 years. Started in news editing, moved to linear production editing, then Avid and finally FCP for the last 5 years.
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January 22nd 2002
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Are Schools that Don't Support FCP X Part of the Problem?
by Tangier Clarke 5 months ago
Folks, I've been talking to various friends I went to school with (LMU) about FCP X and although many favor it and just as many if not more still want nothing to do with it (often without ever having
Re: Are Schools that Don't Support FCP X Part of the Problem?
by John Christie 5 months ago
I teach editing and post-production at Capilano University in Vancouver. We focus entirely on Avid as it's the one being used mostly by the film and TV business here in Vancouver. We do have Premiere
Quicktime files created recently are now corrupted
by John Christie 3 years ago
Hi All Not really an FCP issue, but I'm looking for the brightest minds out there. I exported a bunch of QT files from After Effects and edited them together in Premiere a few months ago. Now when I g
Re: Quicktime files created recently are now corrupted
by John Christie 3 years ago
Hi Shane Good old Prores, generated out of After Effects. Cheers John
Does anybody know about this new plugin?
by Daniel Brown 4 years ago
I wish a had bookmarked this article, so I apologize in advance for not having more information. I read an article and watched a video on this new plugin. (I cannot remember if it was just for Mac or
Re: Does anybody know about this new plugin?
by John Christie 4 years ago
Check out mCinegraph from Motion VFX: https: www.motionvfx.com mplugs-90.html
No Communication !!
by Timothy Barksdale 5 years ago
Folks, Before I had to leave town for a week, I have been working with Kona support on this and have not heard back from them today. I need to solve this ASAP, please. I am using an older MacPro- Mac
Re: No Communication !!
by John Christie 5 years ago
Just curious why you would use a RS232 adapter. The JH3 has a 422 port doesn't it (Been a while since I worked with one) Also, not all 422 cables have all the pins active. You might want to check the
AVid to Resolve - wrong timecode in resolve
by John Christie 5 years ago
Hey Davinci people I have a test sequence of about 15 shots, when I send them from Avid to Davinci via AAF, about half the clips don't make it. The shots have the time code converted to 33 or 34 hour
Re: clip not (re)conforming with hour 24 and beyond in Resolve & Avid
by Alex Frasse 3 years ago
Hi Scott, I know this thread is from a while back but I've run in to a similar issue and was wondering if you might have some input. I'm working on a film that is shooting on an older model of the Arr
Performance/crashes under network load?
by Karel Voners 5 years ago
Hi, I was wondering if there is any history with FCP and stability issues regarding network traffic and FCP itself I have a main editor on an iMac with a few G-Raids, this iMac is connected over 1Gb t
Re: Performance/crashes under network load?
by John Christie 5 years ago
Karel We've seen similar performance issues when doing the same thing. It "shouldn't" be a problem, but FCP doesn't seem to be happy when you do this. I don't have any solutions. We only did this with
Soccer. ..F*** No. Why not many in N.A. give much of a sh**
by David Cherniack 5 years ago
a) it's painfully slow but more importantly. . b) referees' horrible calls all too frequently decide the game. Case a) above in today's game. I fell asleep in the 1st half. Case b) above in today's ga
Re: Soccer. ..F*** No. Why not many in N.A. give much of a sh**
by John Christie 5 years ago
Bret Williams "Have you tried trashing your preferences " Brilliant, drop the mike, leave the stage.
FCP 7 killed in Yosemite?
by Al LeVine 5 years ago
It's just a beta (so real buggy) but this article seems to suggest FCP 7 is finally dead in the Yosemite Developer Preview... Curious if this will work itself out or not. For reference, I remember FCP
Re: FCP 7 killed in Yosemite?
by John Christie 5 years ago
Hi Neel All I did was install and open Final Cut 7 and load up a clip. The original link was mine. I wouldn't put any trust in FCP 7 and Yosemite. I was just curious to see if it would work, I don't p
Will Yosemite be the one that breaks FCP7?
by Mark Suszko 5 years ago
So, who'd going to bell the cat, and try the beta version of the new OS to see if it breaks FCP7 FCS3
Re: Will Yosemite be the one that breaks FCP7?
by John Christie 5 years ago
Dave, I'm glad someone got the VisiCalc reference :)
Thunderbolt 2 vs. Thunderbolt 1
by Don Scioli 6 years ago
Much has been made of the Thunderbolt 2 inputs on the new Mac Pro which I have on order. As I look to order external drives for the Mac, I notice the only Thunderbolt 2 drives now out are the expensiv
Re: Thunderbolt 2 vs. Thunderbolt 1
by John Christie 6 years ago
I have a 2 year old iMac i7 (still drooling over the new Mac Pros) I'm not running FCP X, but FCP 7 runs nicely with ProRes HD, both on a 6 drive Pegasus and a 4 drive OWC raid using a Lacie Tbolt to
Home built PC but not really quite equivalent to new Mac Pro
by Phil Hoppes 6 years ago
Well, it did not take too long before someone has published a "Hey, I can build a PC cheaper than a Mac" article relative to the new MacPro. In reading the article they really did not even come close,
Re: Home built PC but not really quite equivalent to new Mac Pro
by John Christie 6 years ago
Herb Sevush "I'm not monogamous when it comes to operating systems - I can be had, all they have to do is whistle." To steal from Lauren Bacall, "You know how to whistle don't you. You just put your
Audio out of sync recording to tape
by John Christie 6 years ago
Hi folks Here'a an odd one. Nothing seems to have changed from our usual workflow but . . . Recording to HDcam SR via a Kona 3 in FCP 7.0.3, the audio is 7 frames delayed from the picture. We zapped t
How can I find black on my timeline?
by Craig Moorhead 6 years ago
I'm editing some pretty long pieces with lots of cuts - an hour or more - and I'm wondering if there's a fast way to scan the timeline for gaps between cuts
Re: How can I find black on my timeline?
by John Christie 6 years ago
How about just using the down arrow to jump to every transition. You could quickly scan the entire timeline that way. But as Shane pointed out, nothing better than watching the whole thing again. In m
disappearing smoothcam renders
by Mick Kalber 6 years ago
I read a thread about this from several years ago, but found no ultimate solution there. We are running FCP 6 on a new iMac with a Promise Pegasus 18TB thunderbolt raid array. We are doing a HUGE proj
Re: disappearing smoothcam renders
by John Christie 6 years ago
I've run into this a lot. Not a fix, but I switched to doing my smooth cam work in After Effects. I export the file from FCP and use the warp stabilizer in AE. I've also found it works much better tha
Compression. A study in loss.
by Jeremy Garchow 6 years ago
http: www.youtube.com watch v=icruGcSsPp0&sns=em
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Re: Compression. A study in loss.
by John Christie 6 years ago
Andy Branner "Sure. He up and downloaded that 1000 times. Mmmh-hmmm..." If you look on Youtube, there are 1000 versions of the file.
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Presents!!!
by Chris Harlan 7 years ago
Oh, Tim can we have some Please What is Merlinpeen without a present or two I say, unless I get horribly beat down by the powers that be, that we exchange an OT gift or two. All should be welcome: Hap
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Re: Presents!!!
by John Christie 7 years ago
Every year my wife does an amazing job of decorating the tree, weaving lights in and around the branches. I shot this with 2 gopros and a Panasonic 160. And yes, I know the color correction isn't perf
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Calling all thunderbolt users,
by Brooks Tomlinson 7 years ago
I was talking with a friend, and we have noticed how any device you ever attached externally at one point has to be unpluged and plugged back in. Has anyone noticed this with thunderbolt Does anyone u
Re: Calling all thunderbolt users,
by John Christie 7 years ago
I have had a Promise Raid on my iMac for over a year. I've never had to unplug it. Maybe 3 times I've had to turn it on and off to get it to connect. But I only have one TB device connected. It sure b
Avid continues to sink - another declining quarter
by Craig Seeman 7 years ago
http: scri.com avid-q2-revenue-continues-declining-trend If the death of legacy helped Avid it was to slow the decline at best . . . like bailing a sinking ship by throwing them a spoon maybe. Sorry i
Re: Avid continues to sink - another declining quarter
by John Christie 7 years ago
Maybe Blackmagic will buy them. They seem to be doing well with incorporating "legacy" systems into their world. Imagine a seamless interface between Media Composer and Resolve! Cheers John
Symphony 6.0 with Kona 3 card
by Adam Corey 7 years ago
Thinking about taking advantage of the Symphony upgrade pricing. There are some pretty good deals for both the software only and with the Nitris Hardware. I currently have a couple of Kona 3 system ru
Re: Symphony 6.0 with Kona 3 card
by John Christie 7 years ago
I've just been researching this myself. It seems you can't output closed captioning through a Kona from Avid, you need the Nitris for this. We output all our shows from FCP 7 through Kona 3s to HDcam
Will Teranex decode closed captioning?
by John Christie 7 years ago
Hi folks The new Teranex products look amazing! Does anyone know if they will be able to display HD closed captioning The preliminary specs say they can pass it through, but don't mention decoding. Ch
Re: Will Teranex decode closed captioning?
by John Christie 7 years ago
Thanks Juan The Teranex already looks too good to be true for the price. But we're always hoping for more, right Cheers John
Hyperdeck shuttle 2 dimensions
by John Christie 7 years ago
Hi folks Can anyone post the physical dimensions of the Hyperdeck Shuttle I couldn't find it anywhere on the Blackmagic site. I'm just trying to think about mounting opportunities on my camera. Cheers
Re: Hyperdeck shuttle 2 dimensions
by John Christie 7 years ago
Perfect Jay, thanks! You'd think BM would want to promote those numbers!
Thinking selling my DVX100B to get HD camera but ?
by Scott George 8 years ago
I love my DVX's and thought i might like to try an HD without jumping in too deep so i bought a panasonic HDC-TM90. The footage looks so much sharper on the DVX that you would think it was the HD when
Re: Thinking selling my DVX100B to get HD camera but ?
by John Christie 8 years ago
I have an HMC40 and an HMC150, both are great cameras. As a replacement for a DVX 100, I'd consider the HMC150 first. The size and form factor is closer the DVX100. If "client appeal" is important, th
DVX100 to Soundcraft Series Four Soundboard
by Sean Healy 8 years ago
I am hoping that someone will check my thinking because I am paranoid that I am forgetting something in preparation for an upcoming stage event. I am going to connect a DVX100B directly into a Soundcr
Re: DVX100 to Soundcraft Series Four Soundboard
by John Christie 8 years ago
I would add that if you have the Zoom recorder, have it record the room sound on just using it's internal mic. Position it right in front of the Sound board as that's usually the suite spot for audio.
Blackmagic Intensity flickers to black and then crashes FCP
by John Christie 8 years ago
Hi folks Just built up a new system, 8 core Mac Pro, 10.6.4 and FCP 7.3. After a few minutes of playing, the output on the Decklink starts to flash to black and FCP is likely to crash. We have 3 or 4
Re: Blackmagic Intensity flickers to black and then crashes FCP
by Kristian Lam 8 years ago
Hi John, The best way to tell is to move one of the known good guys into this Mac Pro. If it works fine, then the card in question will need to be RMAed. regards Kristian Lam Blackmagic Design
AVCHD footage looks interlaced when unwrapping
by Stephen N. 9 years ago
Hey guys, I own a prosumer camera-Panasonic HDC-HS300. Not a bad camera for being HD prosumer except when transcoding unwrapping. When footage is played back on the camera itself it looks buttery smoo
Re: AVCHD footage looks interlaced when unwrapping
by John Christie 9 years ago
Interlaced ALWAYS looks bad on a computer monitor. You can choose to live with it on your computer, and it will look fine when you're finished edit is played back on a TV monitor. Or, if you're final
Lock and Load misbehaving
by John Christie 9 years ago
Just bought Lock and Load, but it's not behaving nicely I'm editing on a 3.06 GHZ iMac, 10.5.8 with 6GB of RAM, editing in FCP 7.0.2. My source and timeline is 720P 24fps Pro Res. I add the filter and
Re: Lock and Load misbehaving
by paul kelleher 8 years ago
I'm using L and L frames cuz I had the 99% xml problem, current file size is about 60mb. My problem is the filter will not "stay". I apply the filter, track motion in the viewer, ( sometimes track mot
Transcoding from AVCHD (HMC150) 1920x1080 to ProRes(LT) 960x720 or 1440x1080
by Isaac Brillant 10 years ago
Hi, I saw a post from last year by Noah Kadner, about transcoding to Prores vs DVCProHD... I'm hoping you (Noah) can clarify this for me, since you seem to be the expert on this topic I spoke with CIN
Re: Transcoding from AVCHD (HMC150) 1920x1080 to ProRes(LT) 960x720 or 1440x1080
by John Christie 10 years ago
Hi Isaac That is correct, you have to keep the whole file structure in the PRIVATE folder intact. You can delete clips while the card is in the camera as the metadata will be correctly updated. Cheers
Can you "re-digitize" from AVCHD to Prores and maintain timecode?
by Isaac Brillant 10 years ago
Hi, I plan to buy the HMC tomorrow and have a question about transcoding and re-digitizing offline sequences. I've been getting mixed answers to this question, but maybe someone here has some firsthan
Re: Can you "re-digitize" from AVCHD to Prores and maintain timecode?
by John Christie 10 years ago
Isaac Brillant "So, when you opened log & transfer, and changed the preferences to transcode as Prores HQ , and selected the offline sequence and asked it to batch capture, were you batch capturing f
FCP log and transfer woes
by John Christie 10 years ago
I've installed all the possible versions of drivers I can find and I can't get SxS media to import into FCP 7. I can see the card, but Log and Transfer won't recognize it. I'm running 10.6.2 Is that t
Re: FCP log and transfer woes SOLVED
by John Christie 10 years ago
OK, I figured it out. I needed SxS Device Driver v1045050 and XDCAM_EX_Log_and_Transfer_Plugin_1_0_0 Sony really needs to streamline their websites, I got one file form the Canada site and one from So
Kona 3 output defaults to bars
by John Christie 10 years ago
Hey Folks Even though I change the default output of the Kona card to be black in the Aja control panel, it always changes back to color bars. It's a pain as I'm starting to get some burn in on my pla
Re: Kona 3 output defaults to bars
by John Christie 10 years ago
Hi Bob That was it, logged on as admin and it "stuck" Thanks guys John Christie
Jam synching 2 PMW-EX3s
by John Christie 10 years ago
Hi Folks We're looking at using 2 EX3s on an upcoming series. I'm assuming that you can jam code from one camera to the other once or twice a day to keep both cameras running accurately. Does anyone d
Re: Jam synching 2 PMW-EX3s
by John Christie 10 years ago
Thanks guys After reading your posts and doing a little Googling, I'll probably go with to Denecke SB-3 syncboxes. Anything else to consider TC-wise when using EX3s Cheers John Christie
XServe RAID upgrade to 750GB drives
by Steve Covello 11 years ago
This is more of an Apple Discussions or hddguru.com question but I've received no answer from either on my posts, so.... I've looked in the archives but nothing specifically addresses the model I own
Re: XServe RAID upgrade to 750GB drives
by John Christie 10 years ago
Hi Joe We stocked up on 750s a while ago when we heard that IDE drives were being phased out. I'd look at buying a bunch if you can find them to squeeze a few more years out of your Xserve raid. Cheer
OT: AJ-HD1400 Capture issue (again)
by Jeremy Garchow 12 years ago
Not a deal breaker, but I thought I had it figured out, but alas I am foiled again. When batch capturing from a 1400, why do I have have to take the deck off of remote, spin up the tape so it catches
Re: OT: AJ-HD1400 Capture issue (again)
by John Christie 11 years ago
Make sure the deck doesn't default to EE in stop mode. We switched that in the menu settings and our deck has been much happier. Also as mentioned before, keep your deck set to full control in remote.
MultiBridge Pro to DigiBeta Audio Problems
by Eli Kabillio 12 years ago
Outputting to Digibeta via SDI, I am getting a "condition error" on the Digibeta deck and the audio tracks become distorted - sound hot. The levels are correct coming out of FCP and appear correct on
Re: MultiBridge Pro to DigiBeta Audio Problems
by John Christie 12 years ago
Disconnect the video output from your Dbeta deck to the blackmagic while outputting. It's a sync reference issue with the dbeta deck.
Anyone Anyone Anyone
by Michael Belanger 12 years ago
I haven't seen a single BM person answer these questions in the past few days. Can they please answer these questions soon.. Mike B
Re: Anyone Anyone Anyone
by John Christie 12 years ago
Manufacturers don't like forums like this. It means they're discussing potential shortcomings in a public space. When was the last time you saw a response from Apple in the FCP forums You'll always ge
Multibridge 6.3
by Andres Posada 12 years ago
We urgently need a new set of drivers, 6.2 has too many flaws. Component, composite, and s-video inputs do not work at all. Likewise analog audio inputs. When I bought this hardware, Multibridge Pro,
Re: Multibridge 6.3
by John Christie 12 years ago
I've just noticed that I have no analog in on my Multibridge Pro since installing 6.2. However, I'm also running 5.1.4 FCP. Is 6.2 strictly for FCP 6.0 or is it compatible with 5.1.4 Cheers John Chris
Multibridge audio delay when editing to tape
by John Christie 12 years ago
Hi There 2 problems with audio: I'm trying to output a show 720P 24 in a 59.94 timeline, downconverting to SD through the Multibridge Extreme. I've had a few dropped frame issues and when I try to do
Best Beta SP to work with Decklink Extreme PCIe
by oregonsurf 12 years ago
I just ordered the Decklink SP Extreme PCIe. I export alot of motion graphics and 3D work (digital format), finally will get to export to BetaSP. I'm worried about loosing too much quality though. I u
Re: Best Beta SP to work with Decklink Extreme PCIe
by John Christie 12 years ago
The PVW 2800 has better frequency response than the UVW 1800 as well as a jog knob and insert and assemble controls on the deck. For graphics, that little extra bandwidth can help preserve details. Bu
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