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Marc Brak

Filmmaker
Member Since:
October 23rd 2005
97 Posts
Straightening a Video - HELP!!
by Nick Dale 11 years ago
Hi all, I am in need of urgent help and I fear that there is nothing to be done, although I hope I am wrong. One of my videographers returned some footage to me yesterday but for some reason the camer
Re: Straightening a Video - HELP!!
by Marc Brak 11 years ago
I'll add to the festive niceties :) It may also be a perspective thing, such as when you're filmping a stage from slightly off-center. The 'transform' tool in the motion tab lets you skew the corners
FCP Removing Handy Cam look with out De-interlace
by Joseph Ryan 11 years ago
Hi I am using FCP (5.1.4). What I was told a while ago was, if I wanted to get rid of that handy cam look (tinny look) I should De-interlace (Effects, Video Filters, Video, De-interlace) my footage. T
Re: FCP Removing Handy Cam look with out De-interlace
by Marc Brak 11 years ago
No, it does record progressive. It may output a 50 fps interlaced signal, but since the two interlaced frames per second are created from one 'whole' (progressive) frame, the fields (the lines of whic
Does FCP misinterpret the colors of my footage?
by Marc Brak 11 years ago
Very, very strange problem: FCP seems to misinterpret the colors of my footage! I import it, export it again (uncompressed), and voila: the colors are off. The problem seems to be not in the exporting
Re: Does FCP misinterpret the colors of my footage?
by Marc Brak 11 years ago
I am using a JVC 15" CRT monitor, so it's a downconverted signal from my decklink to my SD crt monitor. This downconversion might account for a slight color shift in viewing, but it does not explain w
How color accurate is my monitor solution?
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
Dear Pros, I am working on a project that was shot & edited in DVCProHD. Final output will be SD broadcast, so i'm monitoring on an SD CRT monitor (15" JVC, component in), using a Blackmagic Decklink
Re: How color accurate is my monitor solution?
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
Thanks guys, that's the confirmation I needed ;-)
changing all clips tc
by Brendan Thompson 12 years ago
I need to remove 3 sec. from every start time of a clip in my bins. In Avid I would select all clips and modify -- decrement. How would I go about doing the same thing in FCP I know how to do it to on
Re: changing all clips tc
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
I'm sorry, but you're welcome ;-)Screw it, let's do it!
Playback window issues
by John Deas 12 years ago
So I finally made the switch to Final Cut Pro from Adobe Premiere and I need to figure out why in my playback window everything looks like it needs to be deinterlaced when I have it all rendered alrea
Re: Playback window issues
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
What kind of footage are you using and what are your sequence settings (file easy setup) How did you render And did you in fact deinterlace the footage How Screw it, let's do it!
A/V out of sync in FCP yet fine in QT
by Kerryn Potgieter 12 years ago
Hi, I'm having a problem with clips captured using FCP 6 DV PAL 48 kHz The audio becomes progressively out of sync (on quite short clips way under 5 minutes in length)when played back in FCP either in
Re: A/V out of sync in FCP yet fine in QT
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
When it gets out of sync, is the audio behind the video, or the other way around Is there a red or green render bar over the footage What are your timeline settings Do they match the footage If not, g
OT - It doesn't solve your problems, but it'll make you smile...
by Carsten Orlt 12 years ago
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Re: OT - It doesn't solve your problems, but it'll make you smile...
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
How much! Where can I get one! :)
The simplest tasks cripple my octocore! Please help!
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
What gives I was checking out the dutch product pages for final cut studio, which feature some nice quicktime movies showcasing the software. Like this page: http: www.apple.com nl finalcutstudio soun
Re: The simplest tasks cripple my octocore! Please help!
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
And another strange thing that has happened several times now: when i go to this page http: www.apple.com nl finalcutstudio finalcutpro i get a strange kind of "echo" on my computer screen. So I'll be
Help me understand audio linked to video in specific tracks
by Kevin Dearing 12 years ago
Hi, I've just upgraded from Premiere 6.5 and am having a bit of a hard time getting my head around some things - forget 5.1 audio for now.. I've imported a bunch of SD video using CS3's device control
Re: Help me understand audio linked to video in specific tracks
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
Is it mono Premiere can't put mono sound on a stereo track so it creates a new mono track.
Shooting documentary with XL2
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
Hi all, just bought a second hand XL, really looking forward to start using it! It will be used for web video mainly, BUT to give myself some proper camera training AND have fun while doing it, i'm pl
Re: Shooting documentary with XL2
by Craig Alan 12 years ago
I think the xl2 was (is) a great choice if you need 16x9 SD footage. Nice optics, better audio, and more knobs and buttons rather than menu items than Sony's pd170. But I have also found that it requi
Kona LH audio output issues
by Shane Ross 12 years ago
I am trying to output DVCPRO HD 720p 23.98 to betasp. Now, the picture I see, and it is great. Audio...well, that is a bit low. I am connected to a UVX-1800 via Component and the two audio outs. Tone
Re: Kona LH audio output issues
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
Wouldn't that cause sync problems 'Cause the video signal goes directly from the Kona to the UVX-1800 deck, while the audio signal has to take a detour through the mixer
monitoring audio w/ Kona LH or Kona 3 ?
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
I'm thinking of getting a Kona card. I also want to use it for monitoring audio. To keep the neighbours happy, I monitor audio using studio headphones mainly, and do my final mix on a pair of KRK Roki
Re: monitoring audio w/ Kona LH or Kona 3 ?
by Jeremy Garchow 12 years ago
Jeremy Garchow "That buzzing has pretty much gone away fro me. It used to happen more with my Kona2 and computer. The MacPro (2007) and the latest drivers have seemed to really taken care of it. " Ap
Ideas for new style of edutainment web videos?
by Bill Moore 12 years ago
Hi folks. I work for a marketing company producing short web videos for a website that they are creating. The website has aspirations to be sort of like CreativeCow, but for Marketers instead of A V p
Re: Ideas for new style of edutainment web videos?
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
We did a pretty neat 'edutainment' video recently, if that's what you wanna call it :-) For a government office that's about to upgrade their website & online service, we did a cool little three minut
ACD 23 + MXO... or Dell 24 + AJA LH ?
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
cross-posted this to the Matrox MXO forum... hope that's allright I'm building a edit post suite to expand my business from web video into the realm of broadcast (commercials, music videos mainly). I
Re: ACD 23 + MXO... or Dell 24 + AJA LH ?
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
For HD, many folks seem to believe the ACD MXO seems to be the ONLY hi-quality low-budget option. I believe Shane Ross wrote in a review that he would trust it for monitoring HD broadcast projects! Ot
Film a tv, then put a movie in it... in post. How?
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
In a week, we'll be shooting a short film about a woman watching TV. The old movie she's watching will be shot separately. The objective is to 'put' the old movie 'inside' the TV in post. But how do y
Re: Film a tv, then put a movie in it... in post. How?
by Benjamin Thompson 12 years ago
I worked on a project very similar not too long ago. We did have a shot where we dollied back (I believe that it will work the same for your dolly move). I tracked the footage using position and scale
weird widescreen export
by Peter Malof 12 years ago
Putting together a demo from miscellaneous AVI footage from various contributors -- some wide, some not, some captured by my camera (from VHS tapes), some given to me as AVI files. I didn't worry abou
Re: weird widescreen export
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
Ik had something like that once. Right-click the footage in the bin - 'interpret footage' then choose the right format. Hope that works!Screw it, let's do it!
Footage won't import... but plays in VLC?
by Marc Brak 13 years ago
Hi there... I just received 2 hours worth of captured dv footage (36 PAL avi files, 16:9). I now need to edit these with Premiere Pro 1.5 or 2.0. But it seems like i'm missing some kind of codec, beca
Re: Footage won't import... but plays in VLC?
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
I didn't do it myzelf, I went back to the guy who captured it for me and told him to use a different codec. What he told me he used was FFDSHOW codec. Sonfig it so it will also decode DV. He changed i
What would you ask a superstar feature film editor?
by Marc Brak 12 years ago
I have been given the opportunity to write a (long!) interview about the craft of editing with one of Europe's top feature film editors! Talk about a learning experience! The audience for the intervie
Re: What would you ask a superstar feature film editor?
by Mike Cohen 12 years ago
Another fascinating book is "When the shooting stops, the editing begins." The author talks about saving the careers of Woody Allen and William Friedkin, whose first movies were utter disasters after
Edit In Low Quality - Export With High Quality
by pmcgoohan 13 years ago
Hello, I'm new to Premier Pro, and video editing in general, so apologies if this has already been discussed but I can't find it if it has. I was wondering if it is possible to edit using small low qu
Re: Edit In Low Quality - Export With High Quality
by Marc Brak 13 years ago
The best help anyone can give you on this is really: don't do it. Divx wasn't designed for editing, nor were mpeg, wmv or any other distribution format. So it just won't work properly, if at all. Just
4:3 to 16:9
by davidquad 13 years ago
hi i have shot footage on a sony pd 150 in 4:3. I have framed for widescreen, by letterboxing the viewfinder with masking tape. what is the best way to output to show it widescreen I have edited in pr
Re: 4:3 to 16:9
by Marc Brak 13 years ago
Well, try and export a 4:3 video as 16:9 and it will look stretched. So, really all you can do is export as 4:3, then import into a 16:9 project, upscale to fit the canvas, and export again (as 16:9).
jagged edges
by Jenny Himmelrick 13 years ago
This is the second video I have uploaded into my promiere pro 2.0 and both videos have had problems with jagged edges on the images when there is movement in my shots. I'm pretty sure that this has no
Re: jagged edges
by Marc Brak 13 years ago
DVD is Mpeg2 format, so yes it is compressed. When you export to dvd there are many different presets you can choose from, ranging from low quality to high quality... you might want to experiment with
Best way to produce a trimmed untouched video?
by gertret 13 years ago
I have this 39min HD video that I captured with Premiere CS3 from my Sony HC3. I want to cut about 5 min of clips, which I already did using the In and Out buttons in the Source Monitor and created a
Re: Best way to produce a trimmed untouched video?
by Marc Brak 13 years ago
As far as I know, mpeg2 is a compressed format meant for viewing, not for editing. So when you export to mpeg2, PPro will always recompress, and you'll lose quality. Best option IMO would be to export
Why is the Frame Size cropped in Sequence
by anandabrata ghosh 13 years ago
Hi, I created a new project and I am getting the frame size to be cropped , as against the original, from both left and right by 25%. When I checked in the sequence panel, I saw that although the opti
Re: Why is the Frame Size cropped in Sequence
by Marc Brak 13 years ago
Harm is right, the framesize framerate don't match. It's either PAL or NTSC. If you're filling an NTSC canvas with PAL footage, it would have to scale down, because it has almost 100 lines more height
Industry Standard?
by Tyler Leisher 13 years ago
Is Adobe Premiere and the Adobe suite of programs the standard video editor for the Film and TV industry Or is it more of Final Cut Pro I'm trying to decide on what software hardware I want to buy, an
Re: Industry Standard?
by Marc Brak 13 years ago
I'm about to go from Adobe to FCP for the same reason - industry standard. But i'm surprised to hear that Adobe is actually better Could you explain what makes Premiere better than FCP
laptop to beamer: everything plays but the video!
by Marc Brak 13 years ago
Hi, a very frustrating thing happened last week. I produced a couple of videos for a conference, that were to be played off a laptop and projected on a big screen with a beamer. So everything worked f
Re: laptop to beamer: everything plays but the video!
by Marc Brak 13 years ago
Thanks a lot guys, that's some great food for thought. About using tape or harddrive playback only, any recommendations for an affordable solution Oh and by the way more and more people are embedding
different menus, continuous background music?
by Marc Brak 13 years ago
Hi there, i am doing a concert dvd for a band. The dvd has different menus (song selection, member bios, etc) and a background tune. Problem is, i want the tune to continue playing while browsing the
Re: different menus, continuous background music?
by Marc Brak 13 years ago
Wouldn't it perhaps be possible to load a new visual layer containing the other menu over the one containing the background audio perhaps even by using apha to make it "appear" It could be a state of
AVI's play back bumpy!
by Marc Brak 15 years ago
I am authoring a DVD featuring a movie in m2v format and some bonus materials in AVI format. The m2v playback is fine but out of 4 AVI's only one plays back correctly. This is the shortest one, app. 2
Re: AVI's play back bumpy!
by Marc Brak 15 years ago
Yes! They each have a title screen, and that's the part where it goes wrong, the rest of the movie plays back fine. Only one of the four avi's plays back fine, including the title screen. All titles w
MPEG-2 and After Effects...?
by Marc Brak 15 years ago
A documentary i'm working on features a title scroll with big RED text in it. As an .avi file, the red fonts looked crappy, but when i export as mpeg-2 (.m2v) it looks great.. and as it is going to en
Re: MPEG-2 and After Effects...?
by Jonathan Miller 15 years ago
What exactly do you mean by "crappy' Could it be that the .avi looks bad because you're looking at it's fields, then you're rendering out of AE without fields Just curious. Jon
Overdubs out of sync!!!
by Marc Brak 15 years ago
Weird problem just happened... i tried to record a vocal track over an audio backdrop in the Audition multitrack recorder. This audio track already featured the same vocal parts i am trying to dub. Bu
Re: Overdubs out of sync!!!
by Marc Brak 15 years ago
I'll just try and place my old soundcard into my new computer, see if it works. Thanks!
[Novice] Creating a semitransparent text box?
by Marc Brak 15 years ago
Hey all, after having found my way around premiere pro on my own i am now starting w After Effects. And that's a tougher nut to crack. So what i'm trying to do i'm sure is really simple, but i can't f
Re: [Novice] Creating a semitransparent text box?
by Colin Braley 15 years ago
Well AE does have a rectangular mask tool you could try for this. Or you could create a small solid (Ctrl + y), lower the opacity, and change its position scale until it is where you want it. If you k
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