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Kai Cheong

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Member Since:
October 22nd 2006
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Transcoding 5DMkIII footage on FCP 6/OS Leopard
by Kai Cheong 6 years ago
I'm looking for tips on batch transcoding 5DMkIII footage to ProRes on FCP 6.0.6 and OS 10.5.8 (Leopard). Because the new suite of MkIII software requires minimum 10.6 Snow Leopard to run, I'm having
Re: Transcoding 5DMkIII footage on FCP 6/OS Leopard
by Kai Cheong 6 years ago
Hi Michael, Thanks for the tips. I've just downloaded the trial version of Magic Bullet Grinder and it runs okay on my Leopard FCP 6. I think it just means I don't have the option to transcode to ProR
S.M.A.R.T. Status for external HDDs?
by Kai Cheong 6 years ago
I've recently gotten a 'S.M.A.R.T. Status: Failing' warning during one of my regular Disk Utility sessions on an Internal HDD I store part of my edit projects on. Sucks to see that but it gave me enou
First jobs in film
by John Loveland 6 years ago
Sorry if this is in the wrong forum. ITT: Your first job in filmmaking and advice for a neophyte in the field.
Re: First jobs in film
by Kai Cheong 6 years ago
I wouldn't exactly call what I do as 'filmmaking', but I'm currently a working editor-producer helping to co-run a small production house that produces corp marketing branding training videos and some
"Constipated Pipeline" (projects that linger)
by Daniel Stone 7 years ago
Hey guys, I did a search and even found an excellent podcast on doing business but I wanted to pick your brains a bit more on how production companies out there are doing business and managing their c
Re: "Constipated Pipeline" (projects that linger)
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
Our longest-running project was offloaded after... 3 years. It was pretty insane, because there would be lulls of months in between as clients flip-flop on decisions. Thankfully, most of our other pro
Feeling guilty for not "being accessible" when on vacation?
by Robert Glanns 7 years ago
I work in a small post-house, and I often work 10-11 hour days, often times on weekends. Because we're so small, our job duties among the employees tend to overlap a lot. Our editor can also to motion
Re: Feeling guilty for not "being accessible" when on vacation?
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
I can empathize. When I started out about 5 years ago, I was really workin' it - being woken up by clients' calls (they kept office hours which started early, whereas I would've ended an edit close to
25fps > NTSC DVD : Possible?
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
I'm just preempting a request that might come in the near future: I'm in PAL land and have a project that is fully edited (720P, 25FPS, 95% stills) and there might be a need to output this to an NTSC
Re: 25fps > NTSC DVD : Possible?
by Alex Asp 7 years ago
This is two-step process that will yield the best results, and you'll be using Compressor to achieve it. Step 1. Slow down your video and audio in Compressor to 23.96 fps and re-size to 720 x480. (Tak
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Social media making you money yet?
by Tim Wilson 7 years ago
What platforms are you using (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and how well are they working for you Assuming they are....
Re: Social media making you money yet?
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
Mike, your post reminds me of a recent hoo-ha about Malaysia's Tourism Board spending RM1.8 MILLION just on creating maintaning their Facebook accounts: http: www.themalaysianinsider.com malaysia arti
Examples of Great Talking Heads
by Drew Keo 7 years ago
Hi Guys, I am educating my agency on talking head videos, which they can then market to our clients (mostly CEOs C-suit types). I am desperate for examples of talking head videos that really work, som
Re: Examples of Great Talking Heads
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
Hi Drew, We do a lot of corporate videos and that means we get to interview a lot of people along the way. I'd say one of the most important tips in getting a good, credible talking head is to make th
Struggles Of An Editor
by Marina Wahba 7 years ago
Dear Editors out there ... This thread might not be a specific question but it's more about Editing as a career. I finished my Film course a few months ago and I got a job as a freelance editor in a s
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Re: Struggles Of An Editor
by Kate Perkins 7 years ago
How do you manage your speed I work very quickly, or so I've been told by bosses. Learning the keyboard shortcuts helps you work much faster. I use a few tricks that may help you. If you're editing in
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bachelors degree worth it in this field?
by Ty Yachaina 7 years ago
Hello, I currently have an Associates degree in Film Video production and have been working in the field for about 5 years. I find that most jobs i find and apply for ask for a bachelors degree. Thoug
Re: bachelors degree worth it in this field?
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
I have an Honours degree in Communication Studies - which meant I studied Advertising PR, Journalism, Research & Broadcast - before I chose to major (in Broadcast). To put it in the local context, I d
Fcp Unable to have clean Titles/Subtitles
by Pascal Begin 7 years ago
Hi someone, I'm trying to put titles subtitles on a movie that I made in dv. Canon xL1 to be precise 16:9 in the frame mode 29,97 frame rate. I did some little colour correction on the footage ans afe
Re: Fcp Unable to have clean Titles/Subtitles
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
Definitely heed the advice of rendering in DVCPro50 or ProRes. The other thing to look out for is to make sure your text are positioned on a 'round number' ie. not a sub pixel number with decimal - on
FTP upload fee
by greg lytle 7 years ago
I'm wondering what a fair rate is to charge clients for uploading material to an FTP site. Specifically, my client is asking for around 15 gigs of HD clips to be FTP'd to a third party. I uploaded 6.5
Re: FTP upload fee
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
Hi Greg, It sounds like a chargeable fee wasn't discussed with your client before you started on the uploading - I'm not sure how agreeable they'll be to any fee at this stage even if it's lower than
Flicker effect how to:
by Chris Reynolds 7 years ago
Hi there, I m trying to recreate the orange flicker effect shown in this clip especially around the beginning http: www.youtube.com watch v=nTDNLUzjkpg&feature=channel I'm unsure if I should be trying
Re: Flicker effect how to:
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
You could buy a stock footage of the light leak and composite into your video - either in FCP or AE. For example, from: http: www.istockphoto.com search text light_leak source basic Kai FCP Editor Pro
Workflow: Pluraleyes + FCP + 5D + H4N - Overambitious?
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
When we got our 5D setup, which was soon followed by the H4N, the next piece we bought to complete the puzzle was Pluraleyes. It has served me very well on syncing interviews, soundbites and music vid
Re: Workflow: Pluraleyes + FCP + 5D + H4N - Overambitious?
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
Hi all, Good to see such a vigorous discussion and thanks for all the tips. An update on my situation: I've learnt my lesson not to throw all I have at Pluraleyes and expect it to sync while I scoot o
still rendering problems
by Vasja Mihelcic 7 years ago
,ve got some mp4 files for editing.1. I changed the extension to mov. and star to work. When putt on time line i need to render it. 2. I used the compressor to change it in to prores 422 but still ren
Re: still rendering problems
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
If it's sound giving you problems, it might be because the audio wasn't transcoded when you sent the file through Compressor. Load the original .mp4 into Compressor, apply the ProRes setting, go to th
Apple Cinema Display Alternatives
by Jared Smith 7 years ago
Hey Gang, If apple would get a refurbished 24" ACD in stock I would go with it for the $550 price they have, but I just can't get on board with the 27" for close to $1000 so I need some suggestions. I
Re: Apple Cinema Display Alternatives
by Kai Cheong 7 years ago
+4 Dell monitors here. Bought 2 x 2409W's for my suite at work based on recommendations on the Cow. Love 'em. Kai FCP Editor Producer with Intuitive Films http: kai-fcp-editor.blogspot.com -- Now 'LIV
Scratch disks and organization
by Peter Joslin 8 years ago
Hello All, I'm new here so please bear with me if I make a mistake on any part. So I just bought a new iMac and 1TB Lacie External hard drive as an upgrade from my 2 year old MacBook Pro. I've decided
Re: Scratch disks and organization
by Kai Cheong 8 years ago
What codec are you editing in Are you experiencing drop frames, the spinning beach ball or frequent crashes If you're almost done with the project and not experiencing any peculiar troubles, then mayb
disrespectful users
by Wat Is Fictie 8 years ago
I just read the email from Creative Cow about moderators being phoned up by Creative Cow visitors. I think it's disrespectful and so rude to phone moderators. What are these people thinking
Re: disrespectful users
by Kai Cheong 8 years ago
I'm still a n00b, in the grand scheme of things here at the Cow, but I've also gotten a few emails spun off from the Cow asking for specific help, after I posted a related solution on the forums. Also
High-Speed Panorama for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games
by Kai Cheong 8 years ago
Would like to share something I've done recently which was VERY different from my usual work of TVCs and Corporates: a 4-projector panorama with purely Phantom high-speed footage of athletes in action
Re: High-Speed Panorama for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games
by Michael Beresford-Jones 8 years ago
Beautiful work Kai. You just have to love those Phantom blacks!! Its got to be my camera of choice at the moment. Keep it up
Normal speed clip to slow motion
by Eric Nicastro 8 years ago
I'm posting this in the cinematography forum too because I have a feeling this has both to do with shooting and post. I'll be shooting some football footage and want create a final clip that goes from
Re: Normal speed clip to slow motion
by Kai Cheong 8 years ago
I'm using Final Cut Studio 2 and recently worked with quite a few pieces of 50p footage in a 25p timeline we're in PAL land . What I found is that dropping the 50p footage in the 25p timeline and slow
3D For Me .
by Andy Stinton 8 years ago
It had to happen. I have a client who wants me to produce a short 3D video. After a fruitless Google search for 3D cameras ( coming SOON to a store near you) I find myself throwing myself at the mercy
Re: 3D For Me .
by Kai Cheong 8 years ago
Disclaimer: I have practically NO IDEA how these work - but I did discover this new gizmo off my Twitterlist... might give some ideas: http: www.amazon.com s ref=bl_sr_photo ie=UTF8&search-alias=photo
My least favorite sales technique
by Nick Griffin 8 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 Kai Cheong 8 years ago
Personally, I'm usually a little too quick to say 'no problem!' to clients' ask my director, he usually turns and looks at me with concern horror when I'm on the phone :P - because I know most things
What becomes of the broken hearted?
by Carol Lane 8 years ago
I'm curious how other folks handle this situation. A known and loyal client calls you in for a meeting because they want you to produce a video for them. They tell you that that you are getting the jo
Re: What becomes of the broken hearted?
by Kai Cheong 8 years ago
"It's not you, it's them" ;) Often, there are 101 variables that are neither within your control nor dependent on your professionalism, skill level, reel, wealth of experience, charm etc. I could empa
digitizing for documentary edit
by Derek Klein 8 years ago
I previously heard that the best way to cut a documentary was to digitize ALL footage. I was told to bring my footage in at 20:1 resolution for interviews and 10:1 for b-roll. My question is in FCP ho
Re: digitizing for documentary edit
by Kai Cheong 8 years ago
Hi Shane, To hijack Derek's thread: is re-capturing HDV fairly stable and successful in general - or there's still a fair chance that the TC will be borked What I've been doing with HDV footage so far
Vignetting overload?
by Mark Suszko 8 years ago
Maybe I'm old and unhip now. When I came up in the business, we struggled mightily to never show vignetting in our camera shots or in a final edit. But I can't get away from it now; every still graphi
Re: Vignetting overload?
by Kai Cheong 8 years ago
Over in this corner... Vignetting caused by Wide Angle lens adaptor = expand shot to remove. Magic Bullet vignetting = Used sparingly to create a certain look; almost always subtle & gradual. Kai FCP
'How to Succeed in the Age of Going Solo'
by Kai Cheong 8 years ago
http: online.wsj.com article SB10001424052748704825504574581900293220092.html Good article for those freelancing or considering going solo to read, from a more business academic perspective. Kai FCP E
Projecting app pro res 1920 x 1080, 29.97 .mov files at live event
by Magda Fernandez 8 years ago
I would like to project apple pro res 1920 x 1080, 29.97 .mov files at full resolution from a computer at a live lecture event. I will be onstage at a table with a screen behind me. I will have tech a
Re: Projecting app pro res 1920 x 1080, 29.97 .mov files at live event
by Kai Cheong 8 years ago
An alternative suggestion popped into my mind: Would you consider encoding your movie into a high quality H.264 .MOV instead It will cut down on the file size quite dramatically and if you spend some
Who's Production is it Anyway?
by Logan Parks 8 years ago
I was hired to shoot a 6hr conference with about 8 speakers. I did the job for what I feel was about half what I should have charged - for two reasons - which I explained to the client. 1. I wanted to
Re: Who's Production is it Anyway?
by Kai Cheong 8 years ago
We find that we usually get referred business from happy clients who recommend us to other businesses or friends who are 'looking to do a video'. More so then having our website & company 'advertised'
Uploading client preview videos
by Chris Tomkins 9 years ago
Hi I'm just wondering what other people do about uploading videos to the web for clients to preview A lot of my clients have internal IT situations where YouTube is blocked (not that we'd ever put a c
Re: Uploading client preview videos
by Kai Cheong 8 years ago
What's that you say Quicktime is non-standard In some settings it is. Know your client. True that. Most of the time, my clients need .WMV - Quicktime just doesn't come pre-installed in their workstati
Motivation Needed
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Hey everyone, I've complained about my job on the Cow many times. I've complained too much as a matter of fact. But I seriously need some advice here. My bosses are out of town on a 2-week trip. I am
Re: Motivation Needed
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
I'm with Marcello on this - break the task down into something very rational and organized. It's really a mental game - you just have to accept this is not an inspirational, life-changing, creative ed
PLEASE -Suggest Best Editing Book (( No history-just the meat of where and when to cut ))
by Brad Jenkins 9 years ago
I need some suggestions from some of you Pro's. What do you think the best book for practical Editing principles is Please, no history, just want the meat of "WHERE AND WHEN" to cut. Something with so
Re: PLEASE -Suggest Best Editing Book (( No history-just the meat of where and when to cut ))
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
I've read a few books on editing... but I don't think I've come across something that fits what you're looking for exactly. Probably because editing, being so diverse and dynamic, is really hard to pi
Old Editors vs New Editors
by Roy Schneider 9 years ago
Hi All: Over the years there has been numerous threads about Old School Editors vs New School Editors. The following is a link to an article that may sum it up the best way possible. Enjoy! http: www.
Re: Old Editors vs New Editors
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
I told myself that if and when I finally become a 'true editor' (I am not worthy... Yet), I'll tattoo an FCP logo - because it's the EDL of choice that enabled me to get into editing, on my own terms.
Editor questions
by Bruno Silva 9 years ago
Hi guys, I may be taking on the job of cutting a short film for someone. He simply asked me to do it and I said yes, that's where I am so far. What are some important questions I should ask regarding
Re: Editor questions
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
Are you expected to do the audio post as well either within FCP, Soundtrack Pro or something else - as well as the color grading Do you think you could manage on all fronts How many previews are you t
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Art of the Lack of Projects
by Jay Huubs 9 years ago
If I so may inquire, what do you do when you don't have any projects in the hopper I find it very easy to create and be inspired to create when I have an actual project to do. And that is when I actua
Re: Art of the Lack of Projects
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
I'm with Mark on the 'things to do when you're not working on a project' - I like to break out of the filmmaking editing media sphere & go do see some something different. Personally, I find that the
Rules of thumb for new Producers/Editors
by Timothy J. Allen 9 years ago
We have a few interns in our office this summer and I've been passing along a few "rules of thumb" that I hope will help them as they start their career. Some our tongue-in-cheek, but they all could h
Re: Rules of thumb for new Producers/Editors
by Mark Suszko 9 years ago
(These are to be read in Michael-Westin-Voice-Over style as in the TV show "Burn Notice") In no particular order: Always get the talent's business card, before they leave, or you will be re-doing thei
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Letus 35 Ultimate - shakiness
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
I'm predominantly a "preditor", but I do help sort out basic technical issues relating to cameras at work. Needing some help here from the camera pros about the Letus35 Ultimate adapter. We recently u
Re: Letus 35 Ultimate - shakiness
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
Thanks for the advice, guys. I'm gonna forward this over to my DP and maybe he'll have a better idea on how we could avoid this on our next shoots. Kai FCP Editor Producer with Intuitive Films http: k
Remote field monitor
by Neil Weaver 9 years ago
Does such a thing exist, or am I in dreamland A lot of my work is location based, me and a camera-op on highly mobile shoots - following people actually on the job -no actors, no set-ups. It often mea
Re: Remote field monitor
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
What we use on shoot currently is a lightweight 8" Ikan V8000W monitor, attached to our Sony Z1-P camera using component cables we got the 2m one - not too long or too short . It also takes S-Video an
Montage editing
by Neil Weaver 9 years ago
Hey all, Need some advice for a promo I'm editing. It's for a school and the brief is, no surprises, making it look like a brilliant, vibrant, well resourced place to study. I've got all the elements.
Re: Montage editing
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
I'm with Mike - Wow, no plodding VO with run-on sentences to cramp your style ! Awesome! Though that doesn't mean it should be without a structure. To add to the others' suggestions, as you scrub thro
Working with Non-Actor Actors
by Shaun Kendall 9 years ago
I've been told many times that you should not read a line for talent, unless it's a child, because most actors and actresses resent this it. But what about "non-actors", such as an employee of the bus
Re: Working with Non-Actor Actors
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
In many cases, when the client really doesn't have any budget for casting & talents, we have to use their own staff for re-enactments and dramatization. I'd say it's something fairly common that we de
Corporate Video Paperwork
by Ayodele Banjo 9 years ago
The corporate video business in Nigeria can be profitable but also tiring. This is becos the 'clients' keep feeling that this is their chance exercise the 'artistic' muscles that they feel have. This
Re: Corporate Video Paperwork
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
What we do is also to include the number of revisions for scripts as well as edit slots, plus what kind of animations motion graphics is provided in the quotation. Once the clients sign off on that, i
arabic and other languages
by Bonnie Ernst 9 years ago
I'm doing a corporate video that will need to be sub titled in Arabic, Spanish and maybe other languages down the line. Anyone out there who has done something similar Any advice I assume I can shoot
Re: arabic and other languages
by Kai Cheong 9 years ago
I've subtitled a corporate video before using Arabic subtitles. Just make sure you have a trusted and professional translator doing the work for you, esp. if you don't have an Arabic-speaking editor p
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