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I attribute my success as an editor to the fact that I love to tell a story. I have a genuine love and passion for the business of television and video. My primary focus is to assist producers and directors in bringing their visions together, culmi... [more]
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So do you ever see a Graphics job posting with this?
by John Grote, Jr. 6 years ago
Just curious as the years go by of being a multifaceted editor because of our ever changing industry, have any of you ever noticed a job posting for a Graphic Artist that ever mentions "Editorial Skil
Re: So do you ever see a Graphics job posting with this?
by John Grote, Jr. 6 years ago
I understand and agree with most of what has been said. That being said I am a damn good editor who has over the years honed my craft and my skills of story telling, wether its spots or long form. Alo
Video Editing Nightmare (video)
by Marco Falcone 7 years ago
Hey guys, I made a video a while back called "Video editing nightmare" and I think if you are an editor, you'll find it amusing. Here you go, https: www.youtube.com watch v=sLZb8dyyPV4 _______________
Re: Video Editing Nightmare (video)
by John Grote, Jr. 7 years ago
I totally agree with Shane and Mark, it becomes pointless as it goes on. J. Grote, Jr.
Editor Peer Groups / Organizations
by John Grote, Jr. 7 years ago
Hello all, I was pondering the lack of Editor Peer Groups or Organizations, it seems that other than ACE or AICE but nothing that would rival the CAS in the audio world. I was wondering if there are o
Re: Editor Peer Groups / Organizations
by John Grote, Jr. 7 years ago
Thank you for the reply. I work in the DC metro area and there seems to be a void all together. I'm really not sure why we as a collective group in this country, do not seem to have some sort of Edito
Need Advice!!!!!
by Kevin Matluk 7 years ago
I am looking for some advice...For the past 2 years I have been working as a video editor for a television Network and edit primarily 15, 30, 60 second network promos and episodic promos, as well as 2
Re: Need Advice!!!!!
by John Grote, Jr. 7 years ago
Kevin, A demo reel is used to showcase what you have done in the past and things that you can do. In most cases it is the best of the things that you have done. I've seen demo reels that are just abou
I QUIT.... Working for nothing.
by Andy jackson 7 years ago
Anyone Else feel the same that the video industry has had its day. http: forums.creativecow.net thread 12 857674#858248 Your input would be much appreciated. Cheers Andy
Re: I QUIT.... Working for nothing.
by John Grote, Jr. 7 years ago
Old guy, well not that old, but old in this business. " Too many arts schools, even the best ones, don't teach you how to make a living with your craft. They don't want to cross that line into " trade
Cumbersome License & Registration Process
by John Grote, Jr. 7 years ago
Am I the only one that thinks that the Process of Buying and then waiting for that code and then having to have another code is quite cumbersome And of course I sent my request after 5pm for the code
Re: Cumbersome License & Registration Process
by John Grote, Jr. 7 years ago
My point is that I don't have to go through these hoops with Red Giant or a lot of the other plugin makers. When I pay my money I get the codes serial numbers in an email and I don't have to take two
Bad camera work
by John Grote, Jr. 8 years ago
More or less a rant but how many editors have been challenged with fixing bad camera work. I am working on a project that the person operating the camera has no idea to set any depth of field what so
Re: Bad camera work
by Andrew Kimery 8 years ago
Everything was in focus That's a problem I'd like to have. Many times all I get in focus is the wall just behind my subject. -Andrew 2.9 GHz 8-core (4,1), FCP 7.0.3, 10.6.6 Blackmagic Multibridge Ecli
How to edit documentary ?
by vineet das 8 years ago
Hi there Guys I am am new in editing documentary. I want to know about what are the key points i have to remember while editing a documentary (in terms of aesthetic). A video tutorial would be a great
Re: How to edit documentary ?
by John Grote, Jr. 8 years ago
Shane is so right. Why, why, why does everyone think that there is a magic bullet for this craft Why Is it because for a couple thousand dollars you can purchase equipment Really Hell does that mean i
Network HD Broadcast Delivery
by John Grote, Jr. 8 years ago
Good day all, I am trying to find either on the FCC site or even somewhere else, what exactly are the HD Broadcast Specs for the Networks. The networks in question are ABC, CBS and NBC. I am being tol
Re: Network HD Broadcast Delivery
by John Grote, Jr. 8 years ago
Well the all the little guys and up to the bigger guys have had to conform to survive, so why haven't the stations 5 years ago you could have delivered a show to Discovery on Digibeta and supplied the
New FCC Requirements
by Chuck Obernesser 8 years ago
Just a quick question. I am putting a local 1 2 hour show together for a client. I have done several in the past, but I was just informed today by the TV station that the show must be delivered by eit
Re: New FCC Requirements
by John Grote, Jr. 8 years ago
Hey Guys, The reason you are not getting a straight answer is they don't have a damn clue themselves. Welcome to the HD world. J. Grote, Jr.
Questions about delivering 16x9 TV spots to stations that can't broadcast an alternate 4x3 version
by Clay Showalter 8 years ago
How do you folks deal with TV stations (think super-small markets) that broadcast in both HD and SD, but can only handle a single version of a spot I have a 16x9 finished spot. If I deliver an HD vers
Re: Center cut safe
by John Grote, Jr. 8 years ago
Mark, you are missing the point, the company that i work for, i.e. the production company as you are calling it, is also the company in this case, the media firm who is buying the time and spending th
Expectations of a Freelancer (Cost of working remotely)
by John Grote, Jr. 8 years ago
Hello all, I have an interesting situation that I am dealing with a Freelance graphic artist. This person is working with us on a year long project and as we are in the beginning stages of the project
Re: Expectations of a Freelancer (Cost of working remotely)
by Sam Cornelis 8 years ago
Mark, you're right. I'd like to add that, when you are a starting freelancer: buy the stuff, the moment you are starting on a project where you are going to need it. There are a lot of nice things to
Cable / Network Electronic Delivery Standards
by John Grote, Jr. 8 years ago
I have to rant here for a moment. How many of you have to deal with different cable outlets throughout the country The reason I ask and my frustration is that there is no standard what so ever for ele
Re: Cable / Network Electronic Delivery Standards
by walter biscardi 8 years ago
John Grote, Jr. "What the hell happened to a universal standard Is it that hard to agree on one simple thing " As others have noted, the "standard" is that no one has a standard. Whether it's your lo
Demo Reel Forum
by John Grote, Jr. 8 years ago
Can you please clean up the member that decided to post every piece of work that he has done. If it were in demo reel form, I wouldn't complain, but I feel that posting every piece of your work in thi
Re: Demo Reel Forum
by Abraham Chaffin 8 years ago
Hello John, Thanks for the feedback. It should be cleaned up now. Have a great day! Abraham
Demo Reel Room
by John Grote, Jr. 8 years ago
This is a demo reel forum, not a room for you to post every piece of work that you have done piece by piece. J. Grote, Jr.
starting artists collaboration (videotracks for sound)
by pedro prates 9 years ago
hi! im looking for video artists wanting to create video tracks for music tracks. we support our collective in growth through collaboration, with our art combined bringing visibility to all our work.
Re: starting artists collaboration (videotracks for sound)
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
Hey Peter, This is the Demo Reel forum and if you have something that you want critiqued, than we will be obliged to do so. I'm not sure this is the right forum to post here for collaboration or tryin
Demo reel quesstions
by Patrick Corcoran 9 years ago
I want to mail out a load of resumes & DVD demo reels. Does anybody have advice on what employers look for with regards to type of DVD What KIND of work do employers look for in a video production ani
Re: Demo reel quesstions
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
Afternoon Patrick, I'm going to start with your last question first, Sharpie written DVD label Let me ask you this, if you were going through a stack of DVDs and most of them had nice labels and packa
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Freelance Billing Time for a Day and Weekly Rate
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
Good day all, Once again this question rears its ugly head. I work in the DC Metro Area and not that I am new to the area itself, I am new to the full time freelance world and trying to get a gauge of
Re: Freelance Billing Time for a Day and Weekly Rate
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
A day weekly rate is the norm here in the DC area from Discovery Channel, National Geographic thru many of the Post Houses here in the area. Funny though Discovery and Nat Geo and some of the Post Hou
Feedback requested on school assigment
by Stefan Daniƫls 9 years ago
Hey everybody, I made this leader of 30 seconds as an assigment for AE at school. It might not be very original but I hope you guys can give me some feedback about the overall feel of this clip. Worki
Re: Feedback requested on school assigment
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
Hi Stefan, Very nice, I like the concept and your execution. Simple, but with a little flair!!! Keep up the good work!!! J. Grote, Jr.
FCP Motion output for a Presentation
by Peter Rajotte 9 years ago
Can someone tell me what's the BEST output resolution I should use for exporting my Motion project that will be displayed on a large screen at a business conference I'm using just the graphics in FCP
Re: Delivery format
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
AMEN to that!!!! I've got the Staples Easy Button Right next to my keyboard. J. Grote, Jr.
Georgia looking to strengthen Non-Competes
by walter biscardi 9 years ago
We've had a lot of discussions on this forum about the validity of Non-Compete clauses and how they are generally un-enforceable unless the previous employer wants to keep paying your salary to keep y
Re: Georgia looking to strengthen Non-Competes
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
Wow Walter, Glad I don't work in good ole Georgia. Bad enough I had a clueless company in Baltimore try to enforce their will against me when I left. The bs non-compete that I had signed, had no time
What's this called?
by Stephen Mann 9 years ago
When you hear a unique few notes or a bar of music that identifies a product - for instance, the three notes of NBC. What is this called It's not a bumper or tag - those are more complete pieces of mu
Re: What's this called?
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
It is called a mnemonics. Sound branding such as the NBC sound usually accompanied with the NBC Peacock. Or at the end of the Intel commercials. http: en.wikipedia.org wiki Sound_branding Cheers, John
HR Requirements (Full of Crap)
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
Good day all, Every time I read a posting for an editor, graphic designer, audio engineer, (insert creative position here) it really pisses me off that a huge majority of these listings ask for a two
Re: HR Requirements (Full of Crap)
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
Bob, you are 100% correct! This is why to some degree, people like you and me get the calls to fix the show that the hiring company paid the college graduate half to do. So in the end the pay almost t
How do I pick a rate for myself?
by Ben Weinberg 9 years ago
Hello, I have been teaching very basic video editing to some people for pay, which has been fine. One of them asked me if I could be his go-to video editor for some of his more complex video jobs. Of
Re: How do I pick a rate for myself?
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
Please tell me where I can get $200 an hour because I'll move in a heartbeat. J. Grote, Jr.
CS5 audio problems
by Andrew Vallario 9 years ago
Hey guys, I just upgraded to AE CS5 (mac) and am having some audio issues. First off when I try to use .aiff files the audio preview plays from random parts of the clip, mostly from the beginning of t
Re: CS5 audio problems
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
Forgive me Todd, but I noticed that your post was from June. It's now the middle of August and is there nay resolution to this problem Cheers, John J. Grote, Jr.
Awkward Audio Looping
by Lillian Young 9 years ago
This has never happened before. I had a perfectly working comp, then I added a wav audio file and things went bezerk. My aiff files went out of sync, looped for no apparent reason, and in a place wher
Awkward Audio Looping Problems
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
Well I'm glad I'm not the only one that is not losing his mind. But I do have another problem and I think it has to do with the new Mac towers, because I have had an audio issue on AE 3 and AE 5 on di
Who owns the rights to footage I shoot?
by Jay Huubs 9 years ago
I know any rights or agreements are usually stipulated through a contract, but what happens when there wasn't a contract Long story short, I have shot footage and have produced (for a fee) copies of s
Re: Who owns the rights to footage I shoot?
by John Grote, Jr. 9 years ago
Forgive me but, "And a favor done last year doesn't mean you are always due a favor." Unless I misread your post (and I've seen others that have posted similar) you got paid to shoot something. If you
Customer support a waste of time
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
I have been on hold for 45 minutes and then when I do get someone, who speaks broken English and I can't understand half of what they are saying, I have to spend 10 minutes on the whole customer ID cr
Re: Customer support a waste of time
by Roland R. Kahlenberg 10 years ago
Dealing with corporate Adobe is like walking through a minefield within a maze. And case numbers mean nothing - they always get lost within the maze. Start another case number and you're likely to get
Need an AJA Kona installer Washington DC
by Alex Gerulaitis 10 years ago
I am consulting a customer in DC who plans to buy a Kona LHi with G-Tech storage, and he will need a local installer who will install and configure the LHi and the RAID controller in the system, and p
Re: Need an AJA Kona installer Washington DC
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
I would recommend MBS - Mac Business Solutions in Rockville. Ask for Sonny or Michael Ruth 301-590-2555. Cheers, John J. Grote, Jr.
Headline
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
Good day everyone, I do a lot of political commercials and at least half of them I have to incorporate headlines into. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions on how to bring them in I'm looking to g
Re: Headline
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
Understand that what we all do is an illusion or in my case, mind bending. I am an editor by trade and sometimes it how things are perceived and not what the headline may say. So a smoke transition co
Video Specs for ftp upload
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
How many of you have found it difficult to get either a straight answer about getting the correct specs for digital delivery, ie uploading your spot or piece to an ftp site for broadcast In this case
Re: Video Specs for ftp upload
by grinner hester 10 years ago
I'm sure that's just for approval files. Last time I checked, they still dug Debata masters with a minute of bars and tone, 8 secs of slate, two secs of black with show starting at one hour even... dr
Video Specs for ftp upload
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
How many of you have found it difficult to get either a straight answer about getting the correct specs for digital delivery, ie uploading your spot or piece to an ftp site for broadcast In this case
Re: Video Specs for ftp upload
by Petteri Evilampi 10 years ago
I that feeling... been there... Yep, it is now and then quite frustrating to try to find out delivery specs. Customers don t know what they want but after the delivery they seem to know very well what
How make a stunning demo reel?
by Luis Vargas 10 years ago
Hi all. this is my first post and would like to hear your opinions or concepts to build a demo reel. Which aspects should be considered when setting up a demo reel .. music, editing type, gender, unde
Re: How make a stunning demo reel?
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
Good day Luis, "I think a demo reel is not a basket where we put everything we've done" you are correct in your statement, a demo reel is where you put your best work. I tailor my reels to the people
Is this ok? or illegal?
by travis chan 10 years ago
I saw on a couple of my friends reels that they put content that they did not work on, but they did work on the same project. They just didn't work on the specific scene that they included on the reel
Re: Is this ok? or illegal?
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
At the end of the day, it usually comes out what you've done and what you can do. I have encountered a small number of people that try to pass themselves off as something they are not. And guess what
Music Library
by Ben Brodbeck 10 years ago
I'm starting a video production department for a local hospital (OSF St. Francis Medical Center - Peoria, IL.) and am trying to find a suitable production music library. Any suggestions on which music
Re: Music Library
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
One site to look at is productiontrax.com or the Music Bakery. Both these sites are ala cart music, so you don't have to pay for a blanket in the case of Killer Track. The other nice things about both
Post Production Demo Reel
by Kim Huston 10 years ago
Newfangled demo reel, updated and slightly more flashy than my previous one. What do you think http: www.youtube.com watch v=FlMO28GaIqc
Re: Post Production Demo Reel
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
Kim, What emotions are you trying to get me the audience to feel You have a lot of drama and action in your scenes and yet your song doesn't match the the feel. As much as people lump editing into the
Stock Footage
by Jon Kalizenski 10 years ago
Does anybody know of a quality stock footage website with reasonable prices. Iv'e checked out a lot of sites like Artbeats and I stockphoto and the prices are like $300 for a 15 sec clip. Thats pretty
Re: Stock Footage
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
Good day Jon, Depending on what you are looking for, I use iStock a lot they have a good selection of clips and they range from SD to 1080i. The other site is Pond5, they have some good stuff as well.
Gamma in the web site
by Rafael Amador 10 years ago
Hi all, I'm not much happy with the gamma of the picture. When I put together the clip I've uploaded with the one in the web site, the one one in the web-site looks washed out. Is displayed with lower
Re: Gamma in the web site
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
Good day Rafael, I'm not sure what we are supposed to be doing here Could you please be a little more specific as to your instructions Are we supposed to be looking at your website or something else W
pulling video from a surveilance DVD
by Amy Colson 10 years ago
Hi All, I need to pull some video footage from a DVD burned from a surveillance camera. I do not know any of the specs for how the DVD was recorded, only that I need segments between certain time code
Re: pulling video from a surveilance DVD
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
Amy, MPEG Streamclip enables you to make a file that can be brought into Final Cut. I have used this software many times and it works great. I'm haven't had to pull surveilance files off of a dvd, so
My footage exports as 4:3 but it's actually 16:9...what's wrong?
by James Carver 10 years ago
my footage is 16:9 but exports out as 4:3...is there a reason for this how do i adjust it example of what it looks like inside AE: http: jstylefilms.com images 1.png after exporting it looks like this
Re: My footage exports as 4:3 but it's actually 16:9...what's wrong?
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
Sometimes you forget those check boxes. Thanks for the reminder!!!! Cheers, John J. Grote, Jr.
International Spec and Standards
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
Good day all, I was hoping that I could get pointed in the right direction in finding any good resources for International Specs and Standards. I have a job that is coming up that will be done domesti
Re: International Spec and Standards
by John Grote, Jr. 10 years ago
And just like the real world, I expect a level of professionalism. J. Grote, Jr.
Low barrier of entry
by Bruce Frankel 11 years ago
It is a fact of life in the video biz these days: the barrier to getting in is low, so the number of people getting in is large. The law of supply and demand says an oversupply of a product or service
Re: Low barrier of entry
by John Grote, Jr. 11 years ago
Good day Bruce, What you are saying is quite prevalent in todays market. A couple years ago I had an interview at a company that was doing things for HGTV and they were a little taken a back when I ga
basic NLE for windows
by Michael Williams 11 years ago
I am in the process of setting up a corporate client with production gear to shoot basic corporate communications. They operate in a windows world and I want to get them a basic NLE that can be set up
Re: basic NLE for windows
by John Grote, Jr. 11 years ago
Hey Mark, Hell, let them buy what they want since they (the client) knows better. Its just like everything else, clients want the big red easy button. Clients don't want to hear that they have to inve
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