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Ken Maxwell

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July 6th 2010
46 Posts
Cinematic plugins for FCP7?
by Vanessa Lee 5 years ago
Does anyone know of any good (preferably free) cinematic plugins for FCP7 I wanted to have presets in FCP to quickly get a sequence or clips into various film-look without having to use Motion of Afte
Re: Cinematic plugins for FCP7?
by Ken Maxwell 5 years ago
I didn't mean to be flippant, above, it is just that "cinematic" is so subjective. It can mean so many things to so many people that it is almost impossible to define, let along build a plugin to sati
Micro-SD card - serious supply backup
by Todd VanSlyck 7 years ago
I figured this was the best place to post this. I ordered a Lexar micro-sd card almost 2 months ago from B&H (a high-performance 600x class 10 card) for use in my GoPro 3. It's on back order from the
Re: Micro-SD card - serious supply backup
by Ken Maxwell 7 years ago
I believe that GoPro is now recommending SanDisk.
JVC GY-HD200U Lens Problem?
by Evan Cox 7 years ago
This is a pretty general camera lens question but it is a JVC camera so I figured I'd check here. The company I work for has a JVC GY-HD200U camera with the Fujinon Th16x5.5BRM Lens. When I get a tigh
Re: JVC GY-HD200U Lens Problem?
by Ken Maxwell 7 years ago
Evan - Sounds like an out of focus back focus. Check out this page for a correct proceedure to re-focus the back focus: http: www.mediacollege.com video camera focus back-focus.html Good luck. P.S. Yo
Blueish glow on stage dancers
by Jonny Cates 7 years ago
I do ballet job twice a year, and have not seen this before. During this particular dance number, the stage lighting was very dark and blue, and a sort of double image or "bluish glow" showed up on th
Re: Blueish glow on stage dancers
by Ken Maxwell 7 years ago
What I see is an out of focus shot creating an over-all chromatic aboration effect. Nothing in the frame is in focus, including the guys on their knees who are relatively still. Low light with high co
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HDV Capture wierd problem.
by Sohrab Sandhu 7 years ago
I am trying to capture HDV 720p30 being played through a Sony HVR M10U. I am using a firewire to connect VTR with the Imac. Log & capture window seems to be communicating fine but there is no preview
Re: HDV Capture wierd problem.
by Ken Maxwell 7 years ago
I am having the same basic problem, but with a JVC BR-HD50U and powerbook with FCP 6 as well as additional problems. I just had the firewire in the HD50 repaired and have, in the interim, successfully
HD200 renders yelllowish colors quite odd - any ideas?
by Ian Liuzzi-Fedun 8 years ago
I can't necessarily explain it but my HD200 renders yellowish colors in an odd fashion. This causes skin tones to be messed up and this camera just doesn't match the others that I have. I have played
Re: HD200 renders yelllowish colors quite odd - any ideas?
by Ken Maxwell 8 years ago
How are you viewing the camera . . . LCD, viewfinder, broadcast monitor How do color bars look Have you auto white balanced the camera What do you mean "renders yellowish color" Was the camera acciden
Any tips for shooting from a Cessna plane?
by Diego Barraza 8 years ago
I will be shooting from a Cessna top winged plane window next week. No budget for giro, any tips for low budget stabilization for Cannon 7D. My plan is to use a inflated rubber ball to cushion the jit
Re: Any tips for shooting from a Cessna plane?
by Ken Maxwell 8 years ago
I guess we know. Hope that the re-shoot re-write goes better for Diego. NEXT!
Can you play / capture tapes shot on a JVC100 with a JVC250?
by Samuel Smith 8 years ago
I have some tapes shot on a JVC 100, I believe in 24f. Can they be played and captured on a JVC 250 Some cams are finicky this way; just wanted to make sure, and I didn't find an answer in the search
Re: Can you play / capture tapes shot on a JVC100 with a JVC250?
by Ken Maxwell 8 years ago
Wrong. I have a GY-HD100U and a GY-HD200UB and either HDV or SD tapes are interchangeable with them, either way. . . 100 200 or 200 100. I personally don't know about the HD250, but I understand that
Feet on greenscreen
by clyde villegas 8 years ago
In positioning talent for green screen, he is placed as far away from the green screen as possible. But his feet will always contact the green floor as he's standing on it. How do I remove the shadows
Re: Feet on greenscreen
by Ken Maxwell 8 years ago
Light the floor from a different angle (direction) so as not to have a reflection glare bounce toward the legs.
How to light subject (interior shot) and expose for background through window (exterior)?
by Steven Belcher 8 years ago
We're shooting a series of interviews inside a building but want to expose for the city exterior through the window. I was going to cover the window with ND... but is there a better way to do this We'
Re: How to light subject (interior shot) and expose for background through window (exterior)?
by Ken Maxwell 8 years ago
P.S - Or shoot at dawn, or twilight, or night (if you have a pretty cityscape out the window), and forget the ND. Just watch out for reflections from the window glass.
Tips for shooting music video
by James Houghtaling 8 years ago
I've been asked to shoot a promo video for a local 4 piece band. They will be in a recording studio playing to a studio track of one (or more )of their songs. I've still got to have a sit down with th
Re: Tips for shooting music video
by Ken Maxwell 8 years ago
I don't think I would touch it with the proverbial "10-foot pole". If these guys are going into a recording studio they've most likely rented the smallest studio around (cheapest). There most likely w
Chroma Key lighting in tiny rooms
by Bob Cole 8 years ago
More and more, I'm getting called upon to shoot a location chroma key in a tiny space. I usually use Mole Nooklites, which are great with their permanently-attached barndoors, both for evenness of pat
Re: Chroma Key lighting in tiny rooms
by Ken Maxwell 8 years ago
Bob, Mark, Todd, Steve - I couldn't agree more than with your comments. My remarks were not intended to criticize, but to simply say that we all have a sophisticated technique that has revolutionized
Why is 24 fps the "be-all, end-all" frame rate at which stories should be told? Why not 30 fps?
by Vic Noseworthy 8 years ago
Hi cinema folks, I've always wondered why 24 fps is purported to be the only way to create a true, cinematic feel in filmmaking. I understand that it evolved that way, for whatever reason; but why is
Re: Why is 24 fps the "be-all, end-all" frame rate at which stories should be told? Why not 30 fps?
by Ken Maxwell 8 years ago
Mark - Hear, hear!! Now if we could just get some people to say "shooting video" rather than "filming video" it would be a better world.
polarized light sources
by Bob Cole 8 years ago
Has anyone had experience using polarized light sources to reduce reflections from shiny and irregularly-surfaced objects I believe I recall reading about still photographers who used polarized lights
Re: polarized light sources
by Ken Maxwell 8 years ago
http: www.bhphotovideo.com c search Ntt=rosco+polarizing+filters&N=0&InitialSearch=yes
What is this sound effect called?
by Marco Falcone 8 years ago
I'm been trying to search & find this sound for a very long time. It's not much of a sound, but a frequency of bass. It is featured is almost every movie to either give out intense motion, loud noises
Re: What is this sound effect called?
by Ken Maxwell 8 years ago
Around here it's called a "Pedal-Tone Suspension". . . a colored fundamental tone "suspended" through a musical (or dramatic) passage. It can be generated by a low register musical instrument or synth
Capturing better video from a JVC GY-HD100u
by Brooks Willig 8 years ago
Howdy. I have a JVC GY-HD100u i bought back in 2006. Recently the FireWire port went out on it so I'm stuck with recording to tape. I've been thinking about gettin some external flash recorder and cap
Re: Capturing better video from a JVC GY-HD100u
by Ken Maxwell 8 years ago
The cost for repairing the HD100U firewire is $300-$400. If you like the camera and it does the job for you, keep it and get it repaired. Not many of us have the need for a boat anchor these days, nor
Best Interview Chair
by Rich Rubasch 9 years ago
Looking for options of the best chair for studio use for interviews. I envision an armless chair with lower back support and a decent amount of vertical adjustment, with swivel but has a swivel lock.
Re: Best Interview Chair
by Ken Maxwell 9 years ago
I would suggest that the most important consideration in an interview is that the person being interviewed be comfortable. Get a comfortable small chair with arm rests, make them feel at home and fram
Using 2 separate mics with G-HM440
by Melissa Cohen 9 years ago
Hi I apologize if this question was already answered. I have the GZ-HM440 camera and am trying to get two separate channels of audio while recording. Is this possible The two microphones I have are th
Re: Using 2 separate mics with G-HM440
by Ken Maxwell 9 years ago
Another possibility would be to get a stereo "Y" adapter from, say, Radio Shack and connect one mike to one sided of the "Y" and the other to the other side. Good luck.
Matching footage to CGI
by Kevin Burke 9 years ago
Hi, I'm a motion graphics artist working on a commercial whose production is going in an unusual order...the CGI will be created BEFORE the live footage is shot with an actor. I would like to find a g
Re: Matching footage to CGI
by Ken Maxwell 9 years ago
I hate to say it but, in my opinion, whomever specified the work flow for this project has it 100% wrong. One has great flexibility in matching computer art to photography, but much less flexibility i
Ever Wish You Had A Chair, Stool or Even Knee Pads?
by Steve Crow 9 years ago
Okay, I turned 50 this March so I am not as young as some of you guys and gals but I frequently find myself with the camera mounted in a pretty low tripod position or I'm trying for that low, low shot
Re: Ever Wish You Had A Chair, Stool or Even Knee Pads?
by Ken Maxwell 9 years ago
All of the clients that I have (national tv, regional tv and local) are substantially more impressed by one who is imaginatively prepared for various shooting situations than one who is not. I carry w
GY-HD100U viewfinder hue problem
by Ken Maxwell 10 years ago
Suddenly my viewfinder has shifted hue toward amber. LCD is correct. Just a shift in the V F. A second viewfinder demonstrates the same shift. Does anyone know of a hue control for the viewfinder Than
Re: GY-HD100U viewfinder hue problem
by Ken Maxwell 9 years ago
Dan - FYI Yesterday I had the LCD door function of toggling the image between the LCD and VF when the LCD door was closed opened fail. The only way that I can now toggle the image is via the "display"
I have an issue with shooting a car rearview mirror
by Jon Hutton 9 years ago
I am part of a team shooting a short this weekend, the majority of the film takes place in a car and several of the shots are looking at the rearview mirror to the passenger in the backseat. We will b
Re: I have an issue with shooting a car rearview mirror
by Ken Maxwell 9 years ago
I think that I would approach this project a couple of different ways. 1) Invert the camera and place it close to the roof of the car, so that you are shooting down at the mirror. Tip the mirror to se
Budget lighting for new production group
by Russ Hull 9 years ago
Hi all- I'm starting a new production group with minimal funds... Looking to put together a light kit that could fulfill our most basic needs as we get off the ground and work towards getting more fun
Re: Budget lighting for new production group
by Ken Maxwell 9 years ago
I didn't see any fresnels in the lighting kits that you referenced, only soft lights, stands and green screen material. Fresnels are important to quality lighting, but you don't define the kind of pro
Fire Alarm
by Zen Freese 9 years ago
Hello All, I'm producing a music video in a hotel room, and the director has requested we use fog. We've talked to management, and although they want to help, they can't disable the smoke detector in
Re: Fire Alarm
by Ken Maxwell 9 years ago
Depending upon the manufacturer, and with client (hotel) approval, why don't you have the hotel maintenance people simply remove the sensor's cover and disconnect the unit until you are finished All i
Mounting Arri 16mm SR2 in car interior
by John craven 10 years ago
Hello, Wondering if any of you all have some good advice for mounting an Arri 16 SR2 in a car interior. It is for a music video that is all contained in a car interior, so we will be having many diffe
Re: Mounting Arri 16mm SR2 in car interior
by Ken Maxwell 9 years ago
Oh. That's different. If you are using the car as a camera platform I would suggest either a gyro stabilized mount or, lacking that type of mount, shoot from an SUV with rear seats folded down and mou
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