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SFX or music cue?
by Nick Griffin 4 months ago
Any idea where I can get a Law & Order style of "dum-dum" punctuator without being in violation of their copyright Thanx for any and all responses.
Re: SFX or music cue?
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
It's not answering Nick's question... but here is a fun little article about the sound.... http: www.nydailynews.com entertainment tv examining-legendary-dun-dun-sound-law-order-article-1.2790190 I ha
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recording location sound to DAW
by Manik Möllers 8 months ago
Hello, I have question related to recording location sound for a film. I am thinking about recording directly into my daw (pro tools or nuendo) without a field recorder so I am able to better isolate,
Re: recording location sound to DAW
by Richard Crowley 8 months ago
Unless you have an unusually portable and field-friendly combination of computer, keyboard, mouse, screen and audio interface, virtually all people who have actually tried it find that using a compute
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Batch Reassign Audio Tracks?
by Tj Alston 10 months ago
Hi Everyone, Apologies if this is the wrong forum to post, but I couldn't find a more general audio forum. I have hundreds of audio video files, each of them containing 8 discrete tracks of audio. Eac
Re: Batch Reassign Audio Tracks?
by John Fishback 10 months ago
I'm not sure if this would help, but checkout Sound Devices Wave Agent. Certain NLEs may also allow this batch change of metadata.
Adjusting light temperature
by Raf Zimon 11 months ago
Hi, Can someone suggest the best way product to adjust color temperature to whatever number I need Let's say I shoot in a place that has overhead fluorescent lights at 5000k and my LED lights are 5600
Re: Adjusting light temperature
by John Fishback 10 months ago
Thanks, Todd. I did mean CTO.
Creating a love greeting card that opens in fcpx
by Jim Kehoe 10 months ago
Hey guys! First off forgive me if this is more of an apple motion question, just not sure... but happy New Years everyone! I'm looking to create a lyric video to one of our new songs and want it to be
Re: Creating a love greeting card that opens in fcpx
by John Fishback 10 months ago
A 3D Motion project might be best. I've never done this, but an approach might be to have both pages of the card one atop the other. Be sure the anchor points of the inside edges of both coincide. The
Audio of imported video contains cracks that the original doesn't have.
by Leon Zandman 10 months ago
I've recorded a live concert video using my iPhone 6S. It sounds pretty nice, even though some parts are too loud and get distorted a bit. I've imported this video into Final Cut Pro X and noticed the
Re: Audio of imported video contains cracks that the original doesn't have.
by John Fishback 10 months ago
Excellent. I'm glad it worked out.
.mlv files
by Rikki Blow 10 months ago
i've been given a variety of video files for editing a project. among them are .mlv files. i've not come across these before, but looking around, i assume they're something to do with magic lantern. i
Re: .mlv files
by Warren Eig 10 months ago
If these are mlv Magiclantern RAW files use RawMagic available in the App store. Easiest way to covert to cinemaDNG. No command line. I do this all the time. Once I have them converted as a file seque
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Sound baffles in new studio
by Mark DAgostino 10 months ago
I've been tasked with outfitting a small studio in our new regional headquarters in Baltimore. The studio is 12'x18' and 12' high. I am having a grid put in and using all LED lighting. The floor is ca
Re: Sound baffles in new studio
by John Fishback 10 months ago
Is this studio for audio, video or both Does it need to be isolated from environmental noise (internal or external to the building) Regardless, there are two parts to preparing a room: sound isolation
Silly concept BMD
by Dan Powers 12 months ago
The fact that you cannot record audio only with any BMD product is stupidity. Buy a $2000 device and it requires you to have a video input connected and must also record the video is an unfathomable d
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Re: Silly concept BMD
by Bob Zelin 11 months ago
Audio to SDI 4K - $280 https: www.bhphotovideo.com c product 1082829-REG blackmagic_design_convmcauds4k_mini_converter_audio.html zoom H4N Pro - $199 https: www.bhphotovideo.com c product 1253811-REG
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Lighting for Webcast with Screens as Backdrop
by Chris Herlevic 10 months ago
Hi everyone. I have a client I am setting up a webcast for and he wants to use 3 screens as the backdrop playing back a looped animation. Has anyone else done this before My concern is the lighting wi
Re: Lighting for Webcast with Screens as Backdrop
by John Fishback 10 months ago
I'm not an expert, but some things to consider are create separation from the background by moving your talent forward. Displays usually are 5.6K so use daylight lights on your talent. Have dimmable i
Why do Events still exist?
by Oliver Peters 12 months ago
When FCPX started, Events were the basic data container, like bins are in Avid Media Composer. Then Apple unified Events into a Library. Right now Events seem to serve very little function other than
Re: Why do Events still exist?
by Scott Witthaus 12 months ago
I do like events as an organizational tool, but I would love to be able to group them into folders too. Scott Witthaus Senior Editor Post Production Supervisor 1708 Inc. Editorial Professor, VCU Brand
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Audio Setup Advice
by Dan Sudkamp 10 months ago
Hello all, I'm looking for some advice on audio setup for a production this week with some budget-related hurdles. The production is a Q&A session between an off-camera adult and 3-4 on-camera grade s
Re: Audio Setup Advice
by Richard Crowley 10 months ago
You did not mention what camera you are using (what mic preamp quality, what input connections, etc.) And assuming you don't have a mixer available since you didn't mention it. I agree with Mr. Kownac
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Video Breakup
by David Van Hooser 10 months ago
I'm having an issue with FCP X 10.3. Can't find a solution in any forums. I'm working on an 84 minute feature film. All looks good on the timeline, and when playing back from the timeline. But when I
Re: Video Breakup
by Anton Antokhin 10 months ago
Have you tried using Compressor instead of the Share menu
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Sennheiser MKH416T Power?
by Nick Griffin 10 months ago
I have an older 416T that may or may not have been damaged in a fire. The power supply I had for it (which contained two 9 volt batteries) WAS destroyed in the fire. Does anyone know where I can get t
Re: Sennheiser MKH416T Power?
by John Fishback 10 months ago
Some, but not all mics can use 48v Phantom power. So, don't connect to 48v unless you are sure your mic can handle it. See this post from Sound Devices for more for more info. Here's a low cost 48 v t
ADR. Possible to add reverb on dialouge if small background noise?
by Evelin Gyllenram 12 months ago
Hi all! We have a home studio, accoustically treated, on a quiet location, but it is not completely soundisolated. We are living in thailand, and sounds from birds and sometimes roosters do go through
Re: ADR. Possible to add reverb on dialouge if small background noise?
by John Fishback 10 months ago
Ty's suggestions are excellent. If you can't record ADR at the location, do you have room tone - just the sound of the location without dialogue If so, adding that under the ADR wou;;d be a first step
How to select next or previous clip in timeline by shortcuts?
by Wu Zhengjiang 11 months ago
I know ; and ' jump to next and previous clip. But these shortcuts don't select the clips. When doing color correction, it is very handy if I can select next clip by shortcuts, just like in DaVinci Re
Re: How to select next or previous clip in timeline by shortcuts?
by Jeremy Garchow 11 months ago
You can also explore the Select Above and Select Below shortcuts that will select clips above or below your current selection. Command up and command down are the default shortcuts. Also, if a playhea
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Flow transition in altered in Sierra
by Phil Snyder 11 months ago
I recently upgraded my OS to Sierra 10.12.2. Since then, I've noticed that the Flow Transition in FCP X does not create the same type of transition as it did under the 10.11.6 El Capitan OS. Instead o
Re: Flow transition in altered in Sierra
by Phil Snyder 10 months ago
Sharri, I've spoken to Apple Pro Apps. They did tests and got the same result. They're working on getting it fixed in a future update.
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Motion/FCPX Template That Animates Like This?
by Brian Ballmetal 10 months ago
Hello, I'm looking for a MOTION FCPX template that animates informational text like the video below. Key factor being that each line has it's OWN independent background box that is exactly the size of
Re: Motion/FCPX Template That Animates Like This?
by John Fishback 10 months ago
If you have Motion5, here's a way from Ripple Training to do what you want.
Shielded xlr cable/connector
by Mark DAgostino 11 months ago
I'm looking for recommendations for shielded xlr cables for handling EMI. I appreciate any suggestions. Mark D'Agostino Video Producer Creative Media Productions - Exelon Baltimore, MD MacPro,2.7 Ghz
Re: Shielded xlr cable/connector
by John Fishback 10 months ago
In the recording studio using a star-point grounding scheme is often preferred. I learned this years ago when John Storyk designed our studio. His tech people explained star-point grounding. This is w
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Not cutting it when the cutting gets tight?
by Bob Cole 11 months ago
I'm editing on a 16GB mid-2014 MBPro with solid state system drive, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2048 RAM, OSX 10.10.5 (Yosemite), and a CalDigit T4 RAID (with 3TB free). The only oddity in my system is tha
Re: Not cutting it when the cutting gets tight?
by John Fishback 11 months ago
I have a 2012 Macbook Pro which runs FCPX flawlessly using 1080P ProRes 422 footage. I use Color Finale Pro for grading. It's a terrific app that has color wheels and vector color as well. If you want
Odd raw footage -- liney with motion.
by Anastasia Antonova 1 year ago
Hi guys, I have recently been using the canon xf300 for my work and cannot understand why my footage has weird lines whenever there is motion (both by the camera and by subjects) I am looking at the r
Re: Odd raw footage -- liney with motion.
by John Fishback 11 months ago
You can use the free JES Deinterlacer app if you know you'll be exporting for use on computer monitors and need de-interlaced footage.
FCPX 10.3.1 compresses audio
by Nelson Torres 11 months ago
After upgrading to FCPX 10.3.1 any audio (aiff) comes in very compressed sounding. I check the original file and it sounds fine, but when playing in timeline or playing source inside FCPX it sounds ve
Re: FCPX 10.3.1 compresses audio
by John Fishback 11 months ago
What you describe sounds like your 2 channels are out of phase. The most noticeable effect of that is the cancellation of bass. Is that the case Played back in stereo out-of-phase channels it will sou
codec change not working
by Alina Mnatsakanian 11 months ago
Hi, I'm trying to change the codec from PAL to HDV 1080i60 and it's not working and it gives me a out of memory message. What is the problem Thanks, Alina
Re: codec change not working
by John Fishback 11 months ago
Not sure what you're asking. PAL like NTSC is a television system, not a codec. You'd find HDV in both PAL & NTSC. Do you want to end up in PAL or NTSC (1080i60 implies NTSC) And if you want to end up
FCPX3 - audio crossfades
by Oliver Peters 11 months ago
What the current cheat for creating audio-only dissolves crossfades on the same storyline - Oliver Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC Orlando, FL www.oliverpeters.com
Re: FCPX3 - audio crossfades
by John Fishback 11 months ago
Also, see Ropple Training Solution.
many stills in project
by Craig Alan 11 months ago
I am doing a project in which I am exporting edited stills from Aperture. These will be a large portion of the visuals for this project. What is the best workflow for doing this What size, codec, orga
Re: many stills in project
by Noah Kadner 11 months ago
PNG is typically a safe bet. Noah FCPWORKS - FCPX Workflow FCP Exchange - FCPX Workshops XinTwo - FCPX Training
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FCPX - Cant update to 10.3.1.
by Colin Ryan 11 months ago
Running El capitan 10.11.6 on Mac Pro 2010. My FCPX doesnt want to update from 10.3 to 10.3.1. There are no updates in the app store and I dont know how to do this manually. My MBP has same elcapitan
Re: FCPX - Cant update to 10.3.1.
by John Fishback 11 months ago
Have you checked your "Purchased" tab in the app store
TC Burn In App
by Eric Santiago 1 year ago
Ive been testing QT Change and cant seem to get the TC Burn In to work. Is there another app that can do batch TC Burn In on image (DSLR footy) I dont care if the TC is correct just something that let
Re: TC Burn In App
by John Fishback 1 year ago
Source Timecode is a free FCPX plugin from CoreMelt that now works.
Where's your footage coming from?
by Tim Wilson 1 year ago
A little bit of general conversation to throw in the mix: Are you shooting it yourself Are clients bringing it to you Are you part of an editorial team on the post side of a production, production com
Re: Where's your footage coming from?
by Shane Ross 1 year ago
Eric Santiago "I also acquire the best and worst formats." "They were the best of formats, they were the worst of formats." -A Tale of Two Cameras. Shane Little Frog Post Read my blog, Little Frog in
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software for graph loudness analysis/statistics
by Grzegorz Kwiatkowski 2 years ago
Do you know any software on PC that analyses a wave file and gives back a report statistics in a form of a loudness graph I mean a graph with loudness distribution across the whole waveform lenght. Th
Re: software for graph loudness analysis/statistics
by John Fishback 2 years ago
Checkout Izotope. I think they have a loudness program. Also, Waves. I'm not sure if either run on PCs.
Tips for adding background music to dialogue driven videos?
by Victor Osaka 2 years ago
I don't understand why so many film shorts and videos seem to have background music over powering the dialogue. Do you guys find this to the case also Are there any guidelines for editing audio backgr
Re: Tips for adding background music to dialogue driven videos?
by John Fishback 2 years ago
Another way of using a compressor is to apply it to the music track(s) and use side chain keying that "listens" to the dialog track to the compressor. Then, the compressor is keyed by the dialog and "
Advice / Feedback on mic pre amp and audio interface selection for animated show
by Emmet Blake 2 years ago
Ok, so I am working on an animated comedy show. I have been researching my audio options for a mic pre amp, audio interface and mic. The key for me is quality V.O. so the show does not sound amateur,
Re: Advice / Feedback on mic pre amp and audio interface selection for animated show
by John Fishback 2 years ago
We've done a bunch of voice recording the ADR for animated shows. Each voice actor was recorded separately and various takes were recorded of each cue. Often, the recording sessions happened in variou
Ursa 4K RAW
by Ali Quintana 3 years ago
I am very much interested in this Ursa Cam. How ever, I really want to record in 4K RAW and the onboard cards will not record a lot of min and are very expensive. Does any one know of an external devi
Re: CFast addition
by John Fishback 2 years ago
AFAIK, URSA doesn't "output" RAW from any BNC connector. It records it internally to CFast 2 cards, or this SSD adaptor which replaces the CFast 2 cards.
Removing background noise
by Melanie Easton 2 years ago
Hello, Not sure if this is the right place for this question (please point me elsewhere if this isn't the right spot to ask). I've been given a bunch of footage to edit together for a charity. It's a
Re: Removing background noise
by Bruce Watson 2 years ago
Melanie Easton "...recorded while a big party event was happening in the background. Unfortunately, whoever recorded this did so on a camcorder with no external mic or sound recorder and the intervie
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Christmas Stock Music
by Tanya Goehring 2 years ago
Hi guys, I'm wondering if any of you have any suggestions for where I can buy good (I realize that is subjective), upbeat Christmas music I'm doing a little ad for a holiday show and am having a very
Re: Christmas Stock Music
by John Fishback 2 years ago
Killer Tracks has a lot of holiday music.
Baselight
by David Mathis 2 years ago
Anyone in here have experience with Baselight I have thought about it, just expensive at this point. Hoping they make an edition for Final Cut Pro X, not sure if that will happen. I do like Resolve bu
Re: Baselight
by John Fishback 2 years ago
I, too, am very happy with Color Finale. While it doesn't have the breadth of Resolve's capabilities, it now adds tracking using Core Melt's SliceX (which uses Mocha tracking). It's great having all t
is Creative Cloud one way ticket?
by Craig Alan 2 years ago
Will the subscription model be a regrettable decision in the long run Let's say one wanted to buy in. Let's say 3 years down the road one wanted to buy out. You could continue paying month to month un
Re: is Creative Cloud one way ticket?
by John Fishback 2 years ago
Checkout Affinity Photo. It's $49 and does everything I need it to do. It also has a lot of vector capability, although, there is also Affinity Designer which is their vector program.
Audio and video not in sync after compression
by Nathan Lehner 7 years ago
Hi everyone, When I compress a sequence to an mpeg4, the audio and video in the mpeg 4 file are not in sync Am I missing a step A setting messed up -Captured HDV footage to prores 422 -Edit in prores
Re: Audio and video not in sync after compression
by John Fishback 2 years ago
I still use DVDSP where you'd use your 29.97 mv2 and ac3 to create the track on the DVD. DVDSP works in Mavericks. I haven't tried it in Yosemite.
Adding audio delay to monitor out
by Chad Terpstra 2 years ago
Hi there. I'm using a 2013 MP with a BM Ultrastudio Express to output HDMI to a plasma screen. With every setup I've had with this particular monitor, the audio coming out of either the USE or direct
Re: Adding audio delay to monitor out
by John Fishback 2 years ago
Here's a link to an audio delay line. Google audio delay line to find other options. http: www.bhphotovideo.com bnh controller home O=&sku=889746&gclid=Cj0KEQjw4ZOwBRDoxpjAvPXAl5MBEiQAEek_3r2s8Gz0yBQ4
Time to change the forum names (episode 26)
by John Rofrano 2 years ago
I know we debate this about every 6 months but it continues to cause problems and it happened again yesterday which is, someone being confused about the Final Cut forum names here at the COW. The scen
Re: Time to change the forum names (episode 26)
by John Fishback 2 years ago
Your idea makes sense to me. But, is there a debate anymore that justifies having the forum named that How about FCP X Basic and FCP X. That worked forever for FCP.
Best way to set up with new MacPro
by Tristan Olson 3 years ago
Hey Guys, Just upgraded to new MacPros and am looking for the best most affordable option to hook up our FS monitors to them. Previously, we had AJA or BM cards, but I am hoping that we can do it with
Re: Best way to set up with new MacPro
by John Fishback 2 years ago
If you intend to use DaVinci Resolve (and maybe the same for Fusion) I believe you will need a BM I O solution.
Capture from Microphone
by Matt Silverman 2 years ago
Hi, I'm trying to capture from a microphone into a Decklink4kExtreme. Little trickier than I expected. Hopefully someone here can sort this out. Mic is a Shure SM7B going into a Cloudlifter pre-amp. I
Re: Capture from Microphone
by John Fishback 2 years ago
Feed the black to the video input. If ref in is needed feed black to that, too. That should work. But, try it and find out for sure.
Premiere Ultra Key vs. After Effects Keylight - which is better?
by TL Westgate 2 years ago
I've been using Keylight in AE for years. Now at work they want to change the work flow to Ultra Key in Premiere. I've always looked down my nose at Ultra Key. So I'm seeking feedback from real world
Re: Premiere Ultra Key vs. After Effects Keylight - which is better?
by John Fishback 2 years ago
I'll throw out another option - Hawaiki Keyer. Check it out. It looks like a very powerful keyer. In a head-to-head with Keylight, I think it wins. It works with FCPX, Motion 5, Premiere Pro and After
looking for a video that was posted here - maybe by Bill Davis.
by Neil Goodman 2 years ago
Looking for a video that was supposedly all one take, taking you through the ins and outs of a sports training facility in Denmark or somewhere like that. Its all presented as one take and has insane
Re: looking for a video that was posted here - maybe by Bill Davis.
by John Fishback 2 years ago
Around 4:00 you can see the shadow of a cameraman with gimbal stabilizer of some sort.
Avid to move to Boca Raton to be closer to Bob Zelin
by Tim Wilson 2 years ago
At least that's my working theory. That, or Avid needs a steadier supply of Entenmann's Crumb Cake. Relatively rare in Boston thanks to the Dunkin Donuts mafia, but not even the nuclear apocalypse wil
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Re: Avid to move to Boca Raton to be closer to Bob Zelin
by John Fishback 2 years ago
And pythons!
BMCC: Monitor Recommendations
by Boris Riabov 2 years ago
Hello, I have the 2.5 Black Magic Cinema Camera, and I've been researching possible monitors to purchase. I believe my best route would be to buy an HDMI Monitor + Converter, as opposed to an HDMI SDI
Re: BMCC: Monitor Recommendations
by John Fishback 2 years ago
SmallHD has very good monitors. The ac7 starts around $600. BM has their new Video Assist which has a 5" 1920x1080 monitor built in for $500. You don't need the recorder, although, you could use it to
BMPCC Steadicam/Ronin
by Terry Leahy 2 years ago
Hey Y'all! I run a dual BMPCC set up, shooting mostly in RAW for my commercial clients. I pretty much exclusively create web content for clients so awesome looking HD footage is all I need. I have a M
Re: BMPCC Steadicam/Ronin
by John Fishback 2 years ago
We have an 11-16 Tokina we use with our URSA. It's a terrific lens.
Looking for advice on focus and zoom control
by Clara Pais 2 years ago
Looking for advice on how to program controlled focus and zoom on a Canon 70D, though open to suggestions on other DSLRs and HD cameras. I want to program the camera to zoom in from a wide shot to a c
Re: Looking for advice on focus and zoom control
by John Fishback 2 years ago
Make sure the lens is parfocal. If not, you'll need 2-axis control for both a zoom and focus motor.
Blackmagic Pocket and
by Nicole Day 3 years ago
Hello, I just purchased a Blackmagic Pocket Camera and also an Anker Astropro 2 to supplement the battery life. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to attach the battery to a rig of some sort. So
Re: Blackmagic Pocket and
by John Fishback 3 years ago
Velcro to a cage We use a long power cord and put the battery in a pocket.
Mobile Lighting Kit for under £2000/$3000 (go LED or not?)
by Dave O'Donnell 3 years ago
Our company has decided to invest in a lighting kit and I've been given the task of purchasing. It will mainly be to light interviews for DSLR Sony a7s in a badly lit basement space, but also at times
Re: Mobile Lighting Kit for under £2000/$3000 (go LED or not?)
by John Fishback 3 years ago
If the windows aren't in the shot you can easily black them out. John MacPro 8-core 2.8GHz, 16 GB RAM, OS 10.9.4, QT10.1, Kona 3, Dual Cinema 23, ATI Radeon HD 5870, 24" TV-Logic Monitor, ATTO Express
Matching drone footage to BMCC footage
by Ali Quintana 3 years ago
What shutterspeed does the BMCC have I need to film with a drone and match my BMCC footasge filmed with 180 shutter angle to the drone footage. Any tips on how to match the drone to the BMCC footage I
Re: Matching drone footage to BMCC footage
by John Fishback 3 years ago
My sense of this is, after shooting in the same fps, do your matching in post. Direction of light is important if the drone footage is of the same subject as the BMCC. I don't think achieving a good m
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