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John Cummings

Cleveland-based freelancer with over 25 years of pro experience. Sony F5/F3/Osmo Pro owner/operator.
Member Since:
August 18th 2006
220 Posts
100 posts
Location:
Cleveland, OH
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Laurel Andrews
Off Topic: Does anybody know what happened to b-roll.net?
by Bob Mark 2 years ago
I though some of you might be members there. The forum page is gone and my new virus software describes it as an attack site. Thx. Bob
Re: Off Topic: Does anybody know what happened to b-roll.net?
by John Cummings 2 years ago
Looks like they moved it to facebook at some point: https: www.facebook.com the.brollnet Sorry, couldn't figure out link command. J.Cummings DP Lighting Cameraman cameralogictv.com
I'm Stuck-Missing Files?
by John Cummings 3 years ago
I'm a camera guy helping out a local charity with a video and new to AE. I purchased a slideshow sequence for AE off a site and it sorta works, but it's showing color bars in the background. It looks
Re: I'm Stuck-Missing Files?
by John Cummings 3 years ago
Thanks Emre. I took a closer look at the download Pkg and finally noticed the missing files in a folder. All relinked and rendering now. I think I need new glasses. Issue resolved. Thanks! J.Cummings
Premiere Issues after a big upgrade
by Todd Terry 3 years ago
Hello all... I'm usually over in other forums (Business Marketing, Cinematography, etc.), and rarely venture in here because, well, I just never have any Premiere issues. But now I do. I'll have to pr
Re: Premiere Issues after a big upgrade
by John Cummings 3 years ago
Hi Todd- Updating the Bios on those boards, updating drivers and a fresh install of Win 10 is great advice, especially after installing major components. Updating to CC is even better advice. Cloning
problem with Canon 5D Mark III video shooted on a slider
by Khrystyna Gladka 6 years ago
Hello! I have noticed very ugly (probably, I can call it "judder") effect in a video that appears when I am shooting with a canon 5D mark III on a slider. My settings were 25 fps, 50 shutterspeed, so
Re: problem with Canon 5D Mark III video shooted on a slider
by John Cummings 5 years ago
My bet is you had the image stabilization enabled on the lens That's a big no no when shooting on a tripod or slider. J.Cummings DP Lighting Cameraman Sony F5 HDX-900 cameralogictv.com
Red Giant Looks not showing preview on Premiere Pro CC ?
by Soumendra Jena 7 years ago
We used to use the Looks on Premiere Pro CS6 since last year and it was the best color grading tool for us. Now we just got the update for CC and installed. Looks installed and showing on effects pane
Re: Red Giant Looks not showing preview on Premiere Pro CC ?
by John Cummings 7 years ago
Yup, just noticed that same problem yesterday. Weird. Did an Adobe update kill the Looks plugin J.Cummings Cameralogic Inc. Chicago Cleveland Sony F3 HDX-900 cameralogictv.com
Cheap general purpose camera?
by John Cummings 7 years ago
I'm a working DP and my wife is a staff video producer for a nonprofit. For most jobs, she hires a pro DP for her projects, but more and more finds a need to have a cheap, small, easy to use, no-brain
Re: Cheap general purpose camera?
by John Cummings 7 years ago
Thanks guys. I was hoping there would be a chorus of people saying you need to check out the "XYZ" camera! I'll look at the Canons and the Sonys. I think the Kodaks probably aren't what I'm looking fo
Exporting and uploading for re-edit
by John Cummings 7 years ago
I did a little video for a local nonprofit and the national organization asked to use it for their national campaign. From what I can gather, they're only going to change out the graphics using FCP. T
Re: Exporting and uploading for re-edit
by Ivan Myles 7 years ago
DNxHD and AVC-Intra are similar to ProRes. You could also use uncompressed 4:2:2 YUV; the file will be about 11GB.
Exporting DNxHD footage is blowing out bright whites (making turquoise!)
by Stephen Pickering 7 years ago
Here's a link to a video with the obvious problems: http: youtu.be oaptxbXqji0 t=17s (at 17 seconds the motorcycle lights are turquoise- and throughout.) This problem is not seen in the first export b
Re: Exporting DNxHD footage is blowing out bright whites (making turquoise!)
by John Cummings 7 years ago
Not to derail the thread Stephen, but I love the opening music...what track is that J.Cummings Cameralogic Inc. Chicago Cleveland Sony F3 HDX-900 cameralogictv.com
Rule of Thumb for amount of ram for a given system
by EricBowen 7 years ago
Often times editors are spending a significant budget on an editing workstation and do not account for the correct amount of ram such a system should have. The concept to remember now especially with
Re: Rule of Thumb for amount of ram for a given system
by John Cummings 7 years ago
Eric, I understand the amount of ram is important...but what about the timing, speed and quality of ram. For example: my non-overclocked motherboard specifies 1600MHz ram but will accept up to 1800 or
Graphics question
by John Cummings 7 years ago
I'm considering upgrading to a Intel "Haswell" series MB processor that offers integrated graphics. Is it possible (or desirable) to use the onboard Intel graphics to drive the computer monitors while
Re: Graphics question
by John Cummings 7 years ago
Maybe I'll dink around with it after I build it and report back. Thanks all. J.Cummings Cameralogic Inc. Chicago Cleveland Sony F3 HDX-900 cameralogictv.com
Using a TV monitor as a preview in Premiere
by Phil Lister 7 years ago
Is there a way to use a TV monitor while editing with Premiere I don't mean where you see the software interface screen, but like in the old days when using Firewire and just seeing the video itself o
Re: Using a TV monitor as a preview in Premiere
by John Cummings 7 years ago
Just for the benefit of all, how did you fix it J.Cummings Cameralogic Inc. Chicago Cleveland Sony F3 HDX-900 cameralogictv.com
C Disk filling up?
by John Cummings 7 years ago
Win 7, 32GB ram. PP 5.5 CS disk set up like this: C: OS, Programs (internal 160GB SSD) E: Projects (internal 7200 Hard Drive) D: Captured Video and Audio (7200 2-disk internal raid 3Tb) G: Video and A
Re: C Disk filling up?
by John Cummings 7 years ago
That got me all straightened out. Thanks all! J.Cummings Cameralogic Inc. Chicago Cleveland Sony F3 HDX-900 cameralogictv.com
scanning old photos to use in a 2K documentary, PPP?
by Paco Bech 7 years ago
Hello, I have to scan old photos to include them in a documentary, the documentary is being edited as a 2K premiere CS6 project. Is there a standard PPP I need to scan the pictures to use them in a 2K
Re: scanning old photos to use in a 2K documentary, PPP?
by Jeff Pulera 7 years ago
The scanning dpi needed will depend on the size of the photo being scanned. As the other poster mentioned, video uses pixels and not "dpi", so you need to figure out the math before scanning. Your sca
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John Cummings 8 years ago
Hi Laurel...Anything I can do to help with that HDX900 or any other camera, feel free to message me. Cheers-John
Laurel Andrews 8 years ago
oh yes first question :i also have the goodmans book but man do i get lost with all the info i just need one sample excercise explained then i am gonna be a for away.Say for instange i dont want my co [more]
Shoot, Edit, Uh oh...
by Rich Rubasch 9 years ago
Ok, a producer approaches a camera guy and asks if he will shoot some segments for a 1 2 hour show. Camera guy will get paid once the sponsors kick in some money. No contract is signed. Post house agr
Re: Power to the COW
by John Cummings 9 years ago
Just curious Rich, what if the cameraman showed up in your lobby demanding the original media and insisting you delete any and all footage off your servers J.Cummings Cameralogic Inc. Chicago Clevelan
AF-100 Zooms
by John Cummings 9 years ago
While I wait for my AF-100 to arrive, I'm trying to figure out what zoom would best fit my needs. Since I've decided to go all PL mount, it looks like the two RED-branded zooms are reasonably priced (
Re: AF-100 Zooms
by John Cummings 9 years ago
Jeff Regan "It's great not having to change lenses all day long, a lot of clients like changing the focal length during interviews--harder to do with primes." Exactly my situation. I rarely spend all
Panasonic AF-101
by yaron harel 9 years ago
Hello all, we just receive our new Panasonic AF-101 camera, we tested it under lab condition to figure it out the camera abilities and we want to discover if there is some "secrets" that we not found
Re: Panasonic AF-101
by John Cummings 9 years ago
This is getting to be like a tennis match. I'll call it 40-30 McLoughlin. Amador's serve up next... J.Cummings Chicago HDX-900 HDW-730S DXC-D50 847-220-3172
2700 Natgeo?
by Robin Probyn 10 years ago
I know this info is hard to come by.. I heard the Varicam 2700 is not a Natgeo approved camera is that true nuts if it is.. Thanks
Re: 2700 Natgeo?
by John Cummings 10 years ago
I would find that surprising considering a large part of "Planet Earth" was shot on the earlier 720p version of the same camera with the same 2 3" chip and worse compression. But then again, you never
My least favorite sales technique
by Nick Griffin 10 years ago
It's that time of year again here in the Mid-Atlantic... Memorial Day weekend, time to open the pool. (Yea, yea I know California and Florida. Here in the colder climes we actually have to go without
Re: My least favorite sales technique
by John Cummings 10 years ago
"Reminds me of a job interview I was in once. Head guy told me I was over qualified. I told him "yeah but I don't plan on doing my best." LOL,I almost spewed coffee on my monitor. J.Cummings Chicago H
ALEXA vs. RED?
by Pat McGowan 10 years ago
Anyone
Re: Alexa vs. Red?/ Daniel
by John Cummings 10 years ago
Having made it this far reading this thread, I must say my head hurts a little. My thanks to Fred for making me read his last post three times. Now, I think I'll take De Bayer (aspirin). Since I don't
NanoFlash Review
by Ernie Santella 10 years ago
I recently got a Convergence NanoFlash for my aging HDX900. Love it. Works flawlessly. I've had no issues at all on any shoots. http: www.convergent-design.com Products nanoFlash tabid 1666 Default.as
Re: NanoFlash Review (PAL Varicam)
by John Cummings 10 years ago
Wow, that was a great deal. Sorry boys...as you were... J.Cummings Chicago HDX-900 HDW-730S DXC-D50 847-220-3172
looking for feedback on Music Video
by Joe Kaczorowski 10 years ago
I have produced shoot edited a music video for a contest and am looking for views and feedback. It was chosen as a finalist and now I have until May 15th to get the most views to become the official m
Re: looking for feedback on Music Video
by John Cummings 10 years ago
Personally, I would have liked to see it build more...to see her in more trouble...cables tightening around the neck...across the face...over the eyes. Maybe cables coming out of the ground. I guess I
EX3 rolling shutter?
by John Cummings 10 years ago
Was shooting a client's EX3 yesterday, and one scene called for an over the shoulder of an actor watching a TV...it just happened to be an old CRT TV. I was surprised by the picture on the TV rolling.
Re: EX3 rolling shutter?
by John Cummings 10 years ago
Thanks, that was so...insightful. Care to offer some wisdom about the fix J.Cummings Chicago HDX-900 HDW-730S DXC-D50 847-220-3172
Budgeting for shooting in Italy
by Cheryl Beckley 10 years ago
I'm putting together a budget proposal for shooting an HD documentary in Italy next year. I've contacted the Italian film commission and a local commission to find out what kind of fees, permits and a
Re: Budgeting for shooting in Italy
by John Cummings 10 years ago
Do yourself a favor and hire a local fixer and driver that know the area and local customs and can cut the red tape. They can make everything happen and take care of any problems that will pop up. Wor
Larger sensors
by James Mulryan 10 years ago
Does anyone know when Panasonic is going to challenge Arri, Red and Sony with a big sensor Seems like they are getting way behind on this curve, maybe they have no intention of competing in that marke
Re: Larger sensors
by John Cummings 10 years ago
This will kill DSLRs. Can't wait to see who comes up with a shoulder mount camera like this first. J.Cummings Chicago HDX-900 HDW-730S DXC-D50
Covering One's Behind
by Aaron Cadieux 10 years ago
Hey All, Another question. I have a friend in a unique situation. If a video editor works as an employee for a company, and that company repeatedly uses copyrighted music to which they DO NOT own the
Re: Covering One's Behind
by John Cummings 10 years ago
Aaron- Don't get your hackles up, I wasn't trying to imply your question was stupid, although I see now that my post could have been interpreted that way. For that, I apologize. In fact, my post had n
HMI Flicker in Pal Land
by Bob Pierce 10 years ago
Hi There, I'm working on a project for a client in Austria. We're shooting hi def, 720 50p in order to make the footage pal-friendly. We're shooting here in the US with HMI lighting (Kobold 400 - GREA
Re: HMI Flicker in Pal Land
by John Cummings 10 years ago
I may be wrong, because I've never tried it at 50p, but I don't think you'll have a problem with HMIs...especially using an electronic ballast like the Kolbold. They cycle at a much higher rate than s
Experienced DP just replaced by Flip Camera ($229)
by Ned Miller 10 years ago
Please excuse my rant, it's cathartic. I was scheduled to shoot today some talking heads for one of the country's largest Fortune 100s, but was cancelled a couple of days ago with: "We're going to sho
Re: Experienced DP just replaced by Flip Camera ($229)
by John Cummings 10 years ago
I didn't want to tell you this, Ned, but I got the call to operate on the flip gig. I'm looking for a decent ac and dit for the shoot... J Cummings Cameralogic Chicago cameralogic.tv HDX-900 HDW-730S
ABC News - Cutting Workforce 20% - Suprising No One
by Timothy J. Allen 10 years ago
ABC News has announced today that they are cutting 20% of their staff. According to a spokeperson, to keep content flowing..."The network will rely more heavily on digital journalists who produce, rec
Re: ABC News - Cutting Workforce 20% - Suprising No One
by John Cummings 10 years ago
"Today, if you want real news, you have to treat the Net as a wire service -- and you are the news director pulling the stories, along with the trusted anchors, etc., who are also you..." How true. Wi
Focusing with a track dolley
by john shand 10 years ago
Hello, im using a canon xh a1 and a track dolley. I am trying to achieve a shot where by the track is facing my subject head on and i want to do quite a quick track to the persons face. Im just having
Re: Focusing with a track dolley
by John Cummings 10 years ago
LOL--like Todd said! J Cummings Cameralogic Chicago cameralogic.tv HDX-900 HDW-730S DXC-D50
Thought this would come close to the Nano
by dano motley 11 years ago
but it seems to do hdv at 1080i and only 895 from B&H. anybody use one Dano http: www.focusinfo.com fsh200.asp
Re: Thought this would come close to the Nano
by John Cummings 11 years ago
"So...keep in mind that there is a difference between "overpriced" and "out of my price range". Well said. J Cummings Cameralogic Chicago cameralogic.tv HDX-900 HDW-730S DXC-D50
Shooting From a Car
by Marc Chapuis 11 years ago
Just want to pick everyone's brain on some ways to accomplish shooting some motorcycles from a moving car. Here's the set-up. I want to be able to shoot a group of motorcyclists while they are cruisin
Re: Shooting From a Car
by John Cummings 11 years ago
If you want mounted options, you'll limit your opportunities for cool angles. If I were you. I'd rent a minivan that has sliding doors on both sides (as well as the big hatch in the back) Put a wide a
Ken Burns-The National Parks
by John Cummings 11 years ago
I know some think Ken Burns is God, but why in heaven does he still shoot 16mm film The eagerly anticipated National Parks series landed on my Plasma display tonight, and it looked like hell. Bad (and
Re: Ken Burns-The National Parks
by John Cummings 11 years ago
Hey Tim, I'm glad you cleared that up for us less-technical types..;-) Slide rules aside, my point is that it didn't look as good as it should have. I'll put 80% of the problem down to transmission is
Banding when shooting lightning
by Paul Bean 11 years ago
Hey Guys and Gals, A friend of mine shot some storms the other night with his EX-1 and was disappointed to see horrible banding and glitching on every lightning strike. Here is a clip of several strik
Re: Banding when shooting lightning
by John Cummings 11 years ago
I don't know...looks like two issues. Going frame by frame, I do see the "partial frames" that look like cmos rolling shutter...but the fine horizontal black lines look like something else to me...not
Tripod Legs
by kyle powers 11 years ago
Need tripod for my EX3. Down the road I'm anticipating up to 25 pounds total weight (Cam + Letus, etc). I need to choose between: http: www.bhphotovideo.com c product 382500-REG Sachtler_1263_DV_12SB_
Re: Tripod Legs
by John Cummings 11 years ago
Not overkill...just smart. I think a 25-pound payload will be pushing the limits of the DV12 head, regardless of the advertised 30 pound maximum payload. Also, you may want to consider that the DV12 h
Advancing your career
by Chris Raines 11 years ago
So I've been an editor in news for 5 years since I graduated college, first as the overnight editor at my last market, and now as the Chief Editor at my current market. My question is, how does one m
Re: Advancing your career
by John Cummings 11 years ago
"J Cummings, how did you make your transition " I have an old news reporter friend that was freelance producing corporate videos in milwaukee. Fed up with news, I sold my house, bought camera gear and
Convergent Design Nano Flash
by David C Jones 11 years ago
Hi All- I see the nanoFlash is now shipping. Is this a game-changer for the EX3 I mean, with the EX3 and the nanoFlash do you basically have a camera with almost same image quality as say, the 48K Pan
Re: Convergent Design Nano Flash
by John Cummings 11 years ago
Sorry...didn't mean to sound snobbish. But the question struck me funny...sorta like putting a wing on a Mazda and calling it a Lamborghini. For the record, I want a Nano badly. Zoom zoom. J Cummings
EX3 owners in Wisconsin
by William Mims 11 years ago
Are there any EX3 owners in the Wisconsin area that might be interested in multi-camera work with me William Mims Entertainment. Mims
Re: EX3 owners in Wisconsin
by John Cummings 11 years ago
Plum Moving Media in Milwaukee has a few... J Cummings Cameralogic Chicago cameralogic.tv HDX-900 HDW-730S DXC-D50
Trade-in Your Varicam for a Varicam!
by Jeff Regan 11 years ago
Panasonic is offering a huge trade-in allowance towards the purchase of an HPX3700 Varicam. Just trade-in any working 2 3" camcorder and $30,000 will be applied to a $60,000 HPX3700! This would lead m
Re: Trade-in Your Varicam for a Varicam!
by Chris Bell 11 years ago
Steve, I am sure the 3700 makes nice images, but my market is moving to larger sized imagers. I hope your R D folks in Japan are seeing this transition and are hard at work on new camera. Also, the la
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Screwed by a freelancer
by Neil Weaver 11 years ago
I post this as a cross between a cautionary tale and rant. I've just been royally screwed by a freelancer and would like to know if anyone else out there has suffered a similar experience. I was recen
Re: Screwed by a freelancer
by Don Starnes 11 years ago
Mike, The following rant isn't directed at you per se (we've never met and I assume that you are a good fellow); I'm directing this to Producers in general. I'm just taking the opportunity here to get
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Field Monitor
by Tom Prigge 11 years ago
Today I hooked up the HVX200P to an external monitor in the field--not a real monitor, actually an old 13" TV VCR. Did it so the client could see the interview. I shot in 720 30p. The image on the TV
Re: Field Monitor
by John Fishback 11 years ago
Michael is right. If you have a monitor capable of showing widescreen it will. However, there might be a way to adjust the composite video out of the 200. I don't know the HVX200 well, but we own an H
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The new HPX-300
by Erich Roland 11 years ago
I ve spent some time looking at the stat s of the new 1 3 HpX-300. This camera truly is ground breaking in bringing just about all the features one could want into one camcorder (tape aside). If the
Re: The new HPX-300
by Erich Roland 11 years ago
hey Gary, thanks for the input. Its an interesting dialog, and its an eye opener to me how many different perspectives there are out there. Yes, the "one size fit all" idea maybe old school, but I sti
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Stereo shotgun mic recommendation
by Eli Hollander 11 years ago
Any recommendations about short shot-gun stereo mics Anyone using the Sony ECM-680S with EX1 Any comparisons between the Sony and the Audio Technica Any other ideas. Thank you.
Re: Stereo shotgun mic recommendation
by John Cummings 11 years ago
Sanken CMS-10. Beautiful sound, small size, switchable to mono. Also came with a nice rycote cover. At about $2K it's not cheap, but I've been very happy with it.J Cummings Cameralogic Chicago cameral
Betacam question
by John Cummings 12 years ago
I have a little project that I'm going to shoot on BetacamSP...in widescreen. Now, a probably silly question: Can all Betacam playback decks handle a widescreen picture Any issues with output for digi
Re: Betacam question
by John Cummings 12 years ago
Thanks, Matte...kinda what I thought. I try to never assume that I'm actually as smart as I think I am. JohnJ Cummings DP Chicago www.cameralogic.tv
News HD B-roll Package Question
by Daniel Stone 13 years ago
I'm filming a b-roll package for a client with a Varicam. I'm going to downconvert and submit the final on BetaSP. My question is 16:9 or 4:3 - I know our local stations broadcast in 'fake-d' (upconve
Re: News HD B-roll Package Question
by John Cummings 13 years ago
The safest bet would be 4:3, no 24p. They usually don't want it to look like handout video. Another option is to give them both, one right after another with a slate at the head telling them that both
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