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Allen Film and Video creates innovative film and video projects for corporate and industrial use as well as projects for DVD and the web, music videos and documentaries.
Member Since:
January 6th 2008
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FS700 & Atomos Inferno
by KC Allen 11 months ago
I've looked all over the interwebs and even called ATOMOS (they haven't called back). I'm aware that Sony cameras need to shoot SLOG2 at two to three stops overexposed to keep the blacks from being no
Recommendations for Night Vision capability
by KC Allen 4 years ago
I operate a couple of different companies, one of them being a hunting show for the web. I've got a couple of opportunities ahead of me that will require the ability to shoot at night using infrared c
Re: Recommendations for Night Vision capability
by KC Allen 4 years ago
I kinda figgered. I don't yet raise revenue off the property I need the night camera for, so spending a bunch of money doesn't sit well with me. Otherwise I'd pick up an A7S and be done with it. KC Al
Can't import SxS XDcam footage into FCP-X with the plugin...
by Dan Hodlick 6 years ago
We just got a few of the 300k1's. Love the cameras, not a fan of what I'm dealing with importing the footage into FCP-X. The footage is 422@50, and I've downloaded all the most recent drivers and soft
Re: Can't import SxS XDcam footage into FCP-X with the plugin...
by KC Allen 5 years ago
The EX series has two different ways to offload data... one through the XDCAM transfer software and the other through FAM settings in the camera, which is what you use if you want to transfer from the
What exactly does "Media Needs to be Restored" mean
by Chris Babbitt 6 years ago
I have seen this a few times, and I have restored it and gone about my business with no issues, but what is really going on I had an issue today with a nearly new SanDisk Extreme 32gb SDHC card (I hav
Re: What exactly does "Media Needs to be Restored" mean
by KC Allen 5 years ago
When you do your ingest, if you rename your card (either in the Sony transfer software or on the desktop itself) the camera can't read it properly. When you're asked to restore your media, the camera
Jib with EX1 and Mattebox question....
by Tom Laughlin 5 years ago
Looking at getting the Philip Bloom's recommended Kessler Pocket Jib "Traveller". I know this works with most DSLRs, but has anyone here ever used it with an EX1 I know the "10 pound" weight capacity
Re: Jib with EX1 and Mattebox question....
by KC Allen 5 years ago
I think if you get the Camera Platform Extender you'll be more happy with using it with the EX line of cameras, but it still may not be enough jib. You always should consider getting something more th
Quality of an mp4 is different than an mov?
by David Green 11 years ago
Hi, I am using compressor 3 to compress a DVCPRO HD Quicktime MOV file into a lower res, H.264 .mp4 file for the web. My goal is to use the .mp4 wrapper, because I have read that it is more compatible
Re: Quality of an mp4 is different than an mov?
by KC Allen 8 years ago
In Compressor 3, there's a preset for YouTube. Duplicate the preset, change the file extension to mp4 instead of mov, enable the frame controls but leave everything the same in that tab. Leave the fil
Live Switching + Camera Capture
by KC Allen 9 years ago
We're starting to do a lot more event capturing... conventions and so on. We need to come up with a solution that would enable us to continue to capture to the cameras for possible editing later, but
Re: Live Switching + Camera Capture
by KC Allen 9 years ago
As a matter of fact, we have not been able to find anything that is affordable, in regards to the amount of this kind of work we do. We typically shy away from event production, because either it's no
Live Capture + Camera Recording
by KC Allen 9 years ago
We're starting to do a lot more event capturing... conventions and so on. We need to come up with a solution that would enable us to continue to capture to the cameras for possible editing later, but
Snow Leopard does not like XDCAM transfer
by Leon Khasminsky 10 years ago
After upgrade to 10.6 XDcam transfer would not show thumbnails - "No Image Available" Other then that, it works fine. Any comments Leon
Re: Snow Leopard does not like XDCAM transfer
by KC Allen 10 years ago
Sony released a new Snow Leopard software in August. Did you get that one, or is that the one that crashes KC Allen Allen Film & Video "My name is actually spelled KC...really...it is..."
EX-3 Sunrise Timelapse Suggestions
by Andy Bissonnette 10 years ago
I am shooting a timelapse of the sunrise at a beach next weekend and really only have one chance to get it. I am using the EX-3. My first question is: would you recommend a circular polarizer Would it
Re: EX-3 Sunrise Timelapse Suggestions
by KC Allen 10 years ago
I did a morning time-lapse over an oil well a year ago. I started off with an auto-iris, and then decided against it and I was glad I did. It partly depends on how long you intend to shoot. If you're
XDCAM 350 & EX1 working together
by KC Allen 10 years ago
Sometimes when I use the footage from my cameras in the same timeline, the footage from the EX1 appears to be strobing. It doesn't always do it, but it happens 75% of the time. Both are filming using
Re: XDCAM 350 & EX1 working together
by KC Allen 10 years ago
Tough to describe. The footage is jerky, particularly during movement like jib dolly or handheld movements, but it can even look a little uneven when locked down, although it's tougher to notice it. K
Can't kill a trial FxPlug!!
by KC Allen 11 years ago
I downloaded and installed the Topaz Enhance FxPlug for FCP6. I don't want to keep it and I can't get rid of it. A pane comes up telling me that my trial license has expired. I've trashed preferences,
Re: Can't kill a trial FxPlug!! Never Mind
by KC Allen 11 years ago
I e-mailed Topaz Labs also, and they gave me a solution. I had done a search for all Topaz files, but my MACs didn't bring them all up. MAC does a lot of redundancy as far as folders (preferences, lib
Awards
by KC Allen 11 years ago
I was reading a post in the AVID forum from 2008 about the Telly awards. I've always had the opinion that they're not worth a whole lot since you have to pay to submit and then you have to buy your ow
Re: Awards
by KC Allen 11 years ago
I'll have to look into that. I'm not from a large town but we have several larger cities within 100 miles that may have AdFeds. You're right - getting your wares in front of agencies would help my biz
Need Crash Cam compatible w/XDCam
by KC Allen 11 years ago
I use both the XDCam HD as well as the XDCam EX1. I need a small "crash cam" for shots that I don't want to subject my expensive cameras to. I'd like to stick with Sony, I need 1920x1080 and I'd like
Convert file to .flv -help
by Ben Lithman 11 years ago
Hi I am doing some work as a video editor, I am new to it (using FCP). I've been asked to deliver a video in a .flv format. However i can't see any export options in FCP, Compressor or Quicktime that
Re: Convert file to .flv -help
by KC Allen 11 years ago
I disagree. You sign up for these posts to get help and advice from peers, not to be knocked down and dragged about when the respondent doesn't know the circumstances behind the scenes. If one can not
Premiere Pro gets an update - where's ours?
by Steve Connor 11 years ago
I note Premiere Pro CS4 has been announced, nice new features, not enough to tempt me away from FCP but at least they are pushing forward with development. It feels like FCP is not going forward at al
Re: Premiere Pro gets an update - where's ours?
by KC Allen 11 years ago
As a self-taught FCP guy who knows that a course or two would help out immensely, I can't imagine the time it would take to go back to Premiere and use it like a Pro. I moved away from Premiere in 200
XDCam HD workflow killing me!
by alan hotchkiss -- email bouncing user requested notifications 11 years ago
hey everyone. I'm trying to edit a project using a mix of footage shot with both the XDCam (HD 1080p 24- 35 Mb s VBR) and the JVC GY-HD 200 (HDV 720p 24). Since most of my footage was shot on the JVC
Re: XDCam HD workflow killing me!
by KC Allen 11 years ago
There is a way to transfer XDCAM footage to FCP using firewire via log & capture, right from the camera. I rarely use it, preferring to use the XDCAM transfer software, but in the case that firewire c
2 yr time lapse
by Dale Roberts 11 years ago
Hi... A company wants us to do a 2 year HD time lapse and a sequence every 3 months of the construction progress. At the moment I think stills is the best way to go. The problem is the actual place wh
Re: 2 yr time lapse
by KC Allen 11 years ago
Same thing here - we used a Canon EOS 20D up on rafters to capture one shot every 20 minutes at a plant that was building an auto parts press over a 6-week span. The still camera worked great, the sho
To HDV or not to HDV or just cough it up for the EX1
by John Berardi 11 years ago
I am in the process of buying a camera. The EX 1 or 3 is a real tempting option. They seem to be the best under 8 thousand out there. The price however is heavy. I understand for what you are getting
Re: To HDV or not to HDV or just cough it up for the EX1
by KC Allen 11 years ago
I have used the V1U camera, but I now own the EX1. My perspective is this. The V1U had really nice footage. It was good enough to match the footage I shot with my XDCam shoulder-mounted 350, which is
problem with importing images
by Brett Juchniewicz 11 years ago
For some reason, some of the JPEGs that are in a folder of mine won't import into FCP. Is there a dimension limit as to how big a picture can be before it's too large to import
Re: problem with importing images
by KC Allen 11 years ago
They may be corrupted files. If you can open them in photoshop, you might try saving them as PNG files which seem to work better for me in FCP. I've never had a problem with files being too large to i
DIssolving multiple key layers as one
by Ritchie Sax 11 years ago
Hello, I am having a problem dissolving key layers in and out from black. My problem is that I can see the key fading in with the dissolve. I would like to dissolve all layers up from black together.
Re: DIssolving multiple key layers as one
by KC Allen 11 years ago
Two things you could do. You could NEST the various layers of the timeline and apply one dissolve to the group of layers. The layers are still editable by double-clicking the nest. The other thing is
Jpegs:great in browser,bad in canvas
by Mort Korn 11 years ago
Jpegs I imported look great in browser. When I place them in my timeline they look blurry and pixelated. Any ideas
Re: Jpegs:great in browser,bad in canvas
by KC Allen 11 years ago
Try using PNG files. They're compressed but you can choose whether to interlace or not. PNG files always look great to me, but you could also use TIF files, which are larger and uncompressed. Photosho
handbrake?
by suzin daly 11 years ago
I am not sure where to go with this question, I need to rip movie DVD, legally. I do a local TV Show where we talk to independent film makers and show their films. I tried Handbrake which is easy only
Re: handbrake?
by KC Allen 11 years ago
Has anyone tried DVDxDV It's not free, but I've been pretty pleased with it. You can choose which chapters of the DVD to rip. Rips to QT movies which work well in the FCP timeline.KC Allen Allen Film
Dead but Decorative
by KC Allen 11 years ago
I have a video production company, and we're moving into an industrial location that used to be a factory but is now a "mall" of tech companies. The walls are cinder block and paneling and the ceiling
Re: Dead but Decorative
by Dan Brockett 11 years ago
Hi KC: More than you will ever want to know about constructing acoustically inert environments http: www.acoustics101.com There are a lot of tricks to the. Forget egg crates, they are terribly in effi
Am I allowed to show brands?
by Philippe Orlando 12 years ago
Hi, Am I allowed to show brands in my film In other words, can I show the DELL logo on the laptop used by one characters Can I show the brand and model of the vehicle they drive or it's a no-no Thanks
Re: Am I allowed to show brands?
by KC Allen 11 years ago
If you're doing a documentary, some of those news rules can apply. Here are a couple of websites I found regarding this issue. http: www.centerforsocialmedia.org resources fair_use http: www.photosecr
New Business
by jenna gordon 12 years ago
Hi, I'm new to Creative Cow; a production friend recommended it to me. I recently got out of the reporter gig and am trying to get into video production; mainly for medical videos. I'm planning to buy
Re: New Business
by KC Allen 12 years ago
I agree mostly with everyone here. Royalty-Free music has a nice catalog of stuff too - we buy the StudioCutz library. We also get Digital Juice's StackTraxx, and occasionally visit MusicBakery.com fo
ATTN Advertisers...Ron is on the money, save yourself a pile of $$$
by Bill Campbell 12 years ago
Great opinion by Ron.... I was on the fence about NAB and Apple's departure made the decision easy...I'm going to take the money I was to spend on my team at NAB and buy some new equipment....that I s
Re: A contrary view
by KC Allen 12 years ago
(Ron Lindeboom) - "But the part I will always miss by not going anymore is the people. That was the part that both Kathlyn and I liked best. That we will miss." That's what we'll all miss. I was in ra
those of you with web shows
by grinner hester 12 years ago
I reciently launched a web show and it's doing fantastic as far as views but being such a newism to advertisers, I find it challenging to sell sponsorships the same as a network or station would. Whil
Re: those of you with web shows
by KC Allen 12 years ago
I also have a web show, and I'm experiencing the same thing. Advertisers aren't willing to pony up real money for web space because they're savvy - old savvy. Many advertisers are used to the pay-per-
Diffusion Nets (??)
by KC Allen 12 years ago
I feel stupid for needing to ask this, but I need one of those nets that drops the brightness of a background. Like when a person goes to the door and opens it to find someone waiting outside...right
Re: Diffusion Nets (??)
by KC Allen 12 years ago
You know - I'm still new at this, so I'm going to ask a favor. I went to the website, but just like before, I really don't know what to look for. Emre found some stuff online for me. Would you mind po
Cable Spots Follow Up
by Aaron Cadieux 12 years ago
Hello again, I am curious as to just how much I should be charging for these type of spots. Below is a link to a short reel of commercials that I did all of the visuals for, and some of the writing fo
Re: Business is about more then price!
by KC Allen 12 years ago
I agree with Ron...it's tough to compete with free, and you have to do everything you can to make your value higher than that of cookie-cutter cable. We did just that in NW Ohio and it wasn't long bef
Billing for Render Time
by Tim Kennedy 12 years ago
Wanted to get some advise on how companies regard billing for Render Time. I'm an After Effects Artist and I set a hourly or day rate to create, design, animate. Should I consider the render time as b
Re: Billing for Render Time
by KC Allen 12 years ago
There's no such thing as added value. I learned that a few years ago. If it's worth something to someone, they'll be willing to pay for it. I worked in radio and the sales gerbils always wanted me to
Microdolly gear?
by Jason Jenkins 12 years ago
I'm looking into getting a jib arm and a dolly. I've never seen the Microdolly stuff in person, but it looks pretty impressive on their website. Anyone here have any experience with Microdolly gear I
Re: Microdolly gear?
by KC Allen 12 years ago
I gotta chime in here. I went to NAB looking for a dolly track and thought Microdolly would be the way to go. Then I found the Indie Dolly. It's priced a lot less, the track is thicker and more sturdy
Wire Effects? Where to Start?
by AccountClosedDueToNoRealnameUsed 12 years ago
We're looking to start using wire effects for some videos, but we're not sure where to start. We basically want to use them for flying and related effects. What is the actual term to describe this Als
Re: Wire Effects? Where to Start?
by KC Allen 12 years ago
One of the biggies is CableCam, but I believe that they don't sell their product, they rent themselves out. I went to NAB in Vegas last year and found another company called Noblet Enterprises, who ha
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