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Mark Spano

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Canon C300 AVID MC8 and AMA - plugins won't install
by Olaf Steel 6 months ago
Hi everyone - I know there are many posts about this issue, but so far I have not gotten to the bottom of it. The issue is that I can't AMA link to Canon C300 footage. The footage folder structure is
Re: Canon C300 AVID MC8 and AMA - plugins won't install
by Mark Spano 2 months ago
Honestly I do not know. The C300 Mk II is relatively new, so perhaps it's only supported in the newest AMA plugin release. Olaf's original issue was with C300 Mk I footage, which has been supported fo
File: Canon XF AMA plugin
by Mark Spano 2 months ago
zip file Canon XF AMA plugin (older Mac OS) https: f1.creativecow.net 10154 canon-xf-ama-plugin
Any basic advice on exporting an OMF?
by Noam Osband 5 months ago
I'm done with this 23 minute doc and I'm sending it to the sound guy. I've never done an OMF out of FCP 7 before. I read Larry Jordan's description of it and I feel confident about it technically. Tha
Re: Any basic advice on exporting an OMF?
by Mark Spano 5 months ago
Hi Nick, If you have a project in 23.976p in FCP 7 and you export an OMF, the resulting OMF comes out in 24.0p. That's bad! The only solution to fail-proof audio exporting from FCP 7 is AAF through Au
Correct Channel Order for 5.1 Master
by Guy Fixsen 5 months ago
Hi. I'm just about to make the final video file masters of a feature film mixed in 5.1 and I'm wondering whether to make the ProRes masters with audio in the form L,C,R,Ls,Rs,Lfe (as protools produces
Re: Correct Channel Order for 5.1 Master
by Mark Spano 5 months ago
Proper 5.1 order according to SMPTE and the only order you should ever use: Ch1: L Ch2: R Ch3: C Ch4: LFE Ch5: Ls Ch6: Rs Anybody who tells you different is attempting sabotage
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Is there something like FCP Control-U to reset AVID layout?
by Nancy Stillwell 5 months ago
I am returning to AVID after a 13 year absence. I am looking for a way to tidy my layout. Something like Windows reset current workspace in Premiere or Control U in FCP. When I start a project the win
Re: Is there something like FCP Control-U to reset AVID layout?
by Mark Spano 5 months ago
Shane's advice is correct. Also note that once your workspace is saved, you can assign it to a keyboard shortcut. My F5 F6 F7 keys are assigned to the best Source Record layout I use in three differen
Finding a playout solution for our chapels
by Jason McKay 5 months ago
Hi, First time posting to this forum, I hope this is in the right category (wasn't sure where else to ask it). I work for a funeral home and we are updating our AV equipment. I am trying to find a goo
Re: Finding a playout solution for our chapels
by Mark Spano 5 months ago
You could make this happen with: - a projector with HDMI input - an iPad - Google Chromecast
How To Make Mono Tracks Into Stereo Using Audacity
by Rich Hanes 6 months ago
I am sure you are all familiar with the software Audacity. While I was fiddling about with it one day, I discovered this little trick that makes otherwise flat-sounding mono-tracks sound like stereo.
Re: How To Make Mono Tracks Into Stereo Using Audacity
by Mark Spano 5 months ago
Look, nothing's really "wrong" with doing this. There's always a possibility that this is not a good idea, sure, but for a quick effect, it can pass. However, there could be some issues here, if the o
Broadcast Aggregator or Distributor
by Mike Hall 6 months ago
The company I work for has several movies. We are signing up with an aggregator to get them on to iTunes, Netflix, etc. Does anyone know if there is a similar service for getting the films to broadcas
Re: Broadcast Aggregator or Distributor
by Mark Spano 6 months ago
It's an interesting idea. I don't think a service like this exists, primarily because it's a lot of work wrangling everything that broadcasters want, and every one is different. What they will require
did NOT know where to post this
by Charles Ferran 6 months ago
So, sorry if this is the wrong place. I'm a Graphics guy at a TV station, my boss keeps bringing up the fact that he wants to do 'those 3D reenactments you always see on the big networks' Like when a
Re: did NOT know where to post this
by Mark Spano 6 months ago
I don't know. But I think you're right - he's crazy.
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5.1 routing in quicktime
by Andrea Hofmann 9 months ago
Hi, I have been doing some tests regarding export of quicktime mp4 container - with different video codecs (H264 Prores) and 5.1 routing (PCM AAC). As far as I know these 5.1 routing standards exists:
Re: 5.1 routing in quicktime
by Mark Spano 8 months ago
It's simple really. ALWAYS order surround channels this way: 1 - Left 2 - Right 3 - Center 4 - LFE 5 - Left Surround 6 - Right Surround This is SMPTE specification for surround channel layout. Any oth
Does HD production increase quality on SD broadcasting?
by Daniel Appelt 10 months ago
Does HD production increase the quality of SD channels I work at a public access channel, and we have SD channels. I'm trying to encourage the board to invest in HD equipment, but they don't see the p
Re: Does HD production increase quality on SD broadcasting?
by Mark Spano 8 months ago
The simple broad answer is "no". The main reason why HD equipment doesn't improve the SD quality is because HD is square pixels and SD is rectangular pixels. The scaling effects going from HD to SD ar
When can we start ignoring SD safe title?
by Kevin Reiner 8 months ago
Hello all, I've been producing TV spots for close to 20 years, and I am wondering when we will all just say "screw it, SD is dead and if the end user can't see my logo or price point, then I don't car
Re: When can we start ignoring SD safe title?
by Mark Spano 8 months ago
It sucks, yes, but it's not up to us. It's up to networks and their specs. If they say it must be center-cut safe, then you gotta comply. For what it's worth, though, I've been able to do my center cu
If I have a movie file already exported in 23.97p but I need it in 29.97i, can I just use Compressor?
by Noam Osband 11 months ago
I have a huge timeline which often gives me the dreaded out of memory error when exporting. I finally got it to export....but discovered the client needs it in 29.97i. Can I get good results by just t
Re: If I have a movie file already exported in 23.97p but I need it in 29.97i, can I just use Compressor?
by Mark Spano 11 months ago
Shane's notes in this thread have an inconsistency, just pointing out that for HD outputs, they should be UPPER (odd) field first. SD outputs are the only time you would use lower (even) field first.
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Major playback latency with IOxt on Shared Storage (ISIS and SAN Fusion)
by Pieter Viljoen 1 year ago
Been having issues with playback latency in Avid 8.2 AND Avid 8.3 on 10.9.5 with latest AJA drivers. When we have a lot of comps (from 5-20 layers on a single shot,) then I get it. However, we have a
Re: Major playback latency with IOxt on Shared Storage (ISIS and SAN Fusion)
by Mark Spano 1 year ago
So you're saying going back to MC 8.1 on 10.9.5 shows no sluggish behavior I may have to give that combo a try. I only have used MC 8.3 and 8.3.1 and have had the sluggish playback issue since then. B
Media Composer Third party i/o device for voice over
by Tara Palmer 1 year ago
Hi, I'm trying to buy a third party i o device for my new macpro running Avid media composer 8.3 dongle version that allows you to do voice over via a mixing desk. It seems that all of the third party
Re: Media Composer Third party i/o device for voice over
by Mark Spano 1 year ago
Thunderbolt. Gotcha. I can't personally vouch for it but this might be your all in one: http: www.motu.com video-products hdx-sdi-thunderbolt
Very Strange Issue with Recovered Tascam Wav
by Ryan Dreyer 1 year ago
Hi everyone, we recorded a session using a Tascam DR 60DmkII and the PA tried to free up space on the card by deleting the 3-4 tracks (unused) but keeping 1-2 tracks. Well, they were linked somehow an
Re: Very Strange Issue with Recovered Tascam Wav
by Mark Spano 1 year ago
I can guess how it might have happened. Lots of recorders record 4 tracks at a time, and have set that a mixdown records onto tracks 3&4. This file sounds like what you have recovered is all four trac
No Compressor preference files, "this computer" missing in cluster list
by Remington Swales 4 years ago
I have installed Compressor and when I go to submit my jobs the only option I have under "Cluster:" is the virtual cluster I created through Qmaster. I have no option to select "This Computer" as my c
Re: No Compressor preference files, "this computer" missing in cluster list
by Mark Spano 1 year ago
Try Digital Rebellion's Compressor Repair.
HDSR Deck has no internal video screen
by James Lenouail 1 year ago
Hello, I have a 5500 and for some odd reason I can't get a video screen displayed when playing a tape. I thought these decks play an internal screen for viewing purposes. Can someone possibly help me
Re: HDSR Deck has no internal video screen
by Mark Spano 1 year ago
What's DBC Could be someone turned on the internal signal generator Can you find them in the menu (VTR Setup 702) and cycle through them and see if the screen updates
Problems Encoding SD Video For Blu-Ray Release
by Tim Sutton 2 years ago
Hello all, I'm currently preparing a Blu-Ray disc for an independent release of a webseries (using DoStudio Indie if that's at all relevant). I am fortunate enough to still have access to all of the o
Re: Problems Encoding SD Video For Blu-Ray Release
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
From reading your description, it sounds like you don't like what the original source looks like (29.97i). You deinterlaced it for the DVD release, and you like this look. Now you're going back to the
What is the Industry Standard
by Lisa Robinson 2 years ago
A coworker of mine and I are having creative differences. Does anyone know if there is an industry standard when using standard def video in an HD project. Should it be blown up to fit the screen or n
Re: What is the Industry Standard
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
There is no standard. Just by turning on your HDTV, you can surmise this. Many prefer pillarbox, as that preserves the original aspect of the source. This is true for most SD TV shows that are remaste
Exporting 5.1 interleaved .wav from Compressor
by Anton Petersen 2 years ago
Will the Dolby Digital 5.1 codec in Compressor interpret an 5.1 interleaved .wav file correctly when exporting from Compressor Or do I have to import each discrete channel separately and assign them t
Re: Exporting 5.1 interleaved .wav from Compressor
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
You should go into Compressor with individual stems rather than an interleaved file. So I would open the interleaved WAV in QTPro, and Export to AIFF, using Discrete Channels. This will give you separ
Apple Compressor ADDING interlacing to clips??
by Mac Caudill 2 years ago
I generally like Compressor but this is weird so I am clearly missing something. I'm using Compressor 3. I have several QT movies of old VHS tapes (interlacing was removed in FCP) and the frame rate i
Re: Apple Compressor ADDING interlacing to clips??
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
Compressor is likely misinterpreting your source file. When you drop the file into Compressor, check the Inspector and make sure it shows Progressive. Then apply your preset, and make sure in both Vid
Footage too fast - need to go from 25fps to 24fps with MPEG Streamclip
by brad hebert 2 years ago
Someone must have encoded these files incorrectly, because I can tell they are slightly faster and the audio is higher than it should be. They are 25fps. I'm thinking the problem might be solved if I
Re: Footage too fast - need to go from 25fps to 24fps with MPEG Streamclip
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
Do you have Final Cut Studio If so, open your file in Cinema Tools - there's a Conform option there that will fix your files, and you can batch conform a whole folder of files in seconds.
SRW Deck Locking/Syncronizing (not what you think)
by Carlin Belkowski 2 years ago
Hello all, I'm new to this site so just wanted to say a brief hello. From reading through some of the responses on this forum it seems there are many knowledgable people who may be able to answer this
Re: SRW Deck Locking/Syncronizing (not what you think)
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
If two decks need to be synchronized by timecode, this can be done only if the code matches on both and you can roll in. For example, I used to have to work on a show that had its split tracks laid ou
An unusual proposition - some advice wanted, please!
by Dylan Hargreaves 2 years ago
Hi all, An unusual situation has presented itself and hopefully some of you guys can offer some advice. I work mainly making short online promos, commercials and corporates, but over the years have pr
Re: An unusual proposition - some advice wanted, please!
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
I don't know anything about it, but it sounds like you'd have to buy infomercial time. I don't see how it gets broadcast any other way, and even then, not sure if it would need to have any qualificati
How To Replace Audio Without Re-Compressing Video???
by jon swanson 6 years ago
I have a .mov clip that needs the audio replaced I would like to do this without re-compressing the video Is there any way to do this without losing video quality If anyone could help that would be aw
Re: How To Replace Audio Without Re-Compressing Video???
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
Sounds right, considering how large the file is. Maybe you have slow disks Better to save to a different disk than the one where your sources are, to ensure fastest save. It's basically taking however
60p Output, from…?
by William Carr 2 years ago
Recently I posted here about an art project requiring a looped video to display at 60p, in which I wanted to make sure my Sequence s 1080 59.94 was analogous to the exhibition gallery s 1080 60p proje
Re: 60p Output, from…?
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
Yeah - sorry I do not know much of MPlayer's looping capability. You think the simplest things would work, but sometimes they just don't. Good luck
What DNxHD setting for my Canon 5D footage conversion?
by Allard DePallerd 2 years ago
I plan on converting my 5D mark III h264 footage to DNxHD, because I read it will be easier for my NLE to work with (and some other advantages)and will be virtually lossless. I plan on converting it w
Re: What DNxHD setting for my Canon 5D footage conversion?
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
This is not necessarily true. You have to think deeper about what is going on with each of these formats. A temporal compression codec like H.264 in 5D files means that you can achieve a bit higher qu
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Kona 3 test signal problem
by Neil Patience 2 years ago
Hi All I have a Kona 3 card with a K3 breakout box. For some reason I cannot change the test pattern. I can select all the options but just not change the test pattern. I am using software version 10.
Re: Kona 3 test signal problem
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
if I remember correctly, this problem used to exhibit itself when you attempted to change this value using a non-Administrator level account. Maybe that's it. Otherwise, I would still point to somethi
Laying in footage based on recording time
by Arturo Glass 2 years ago
If I shoot a bunch of footage on a Sony FS700, Is there a simple way to lay all the footage into a timeline with it automatically spacing the shots out based on their actual time of recording Basicall
Re: Laying in footage based on recording time
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
What you want to do is very easily accomplished with SequenceLiner. I used to do this all the time before I moved to Avid, which has this capability built in (with the feature AutoSequence). But this
Making 5.1 Blu-rays & tearing out hair
by David Dean 2 years ago
Hi, everyone - for the past three days I've been trying to burn a 5.1 surround sound Blu-Ray. I think I'm doing the right things but it's not working at all. I'm starting by exporting a 6-track Quickt
Re: Making 5.1 Blu-rays & tearing out hair
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
I do it similarly to you, but not in the same order, and it works. Open Compressor 3.5.3 Clear any prompts or existing jobs Click the button that says "Add Surround Sound" Click each speaker icon and
Compressor Custom Templates
by Aaron Gentry 2 years ago
Hello, first, let me apologize if something on this topic is posted in another thread. I had a look, but didnt see anything. I am new here and I didnt see a Compressor forum, only "Compression techniq
Re: Compressor Custom Templates
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
If the folder isn't there it's because you haven't created any custom presets. Either make a preset, or just copy over your other folder.
Closest value to flat volume?
by Carlos Robles 2 years ago
Does anyone know what the value closest to flat response is if using the audio outs from the FSI monitor I have it set to 20 right now. I have no other device to hook the output to to test this. Thank
Re: Closest value to flat volume?
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
Your question does not make sense unless there is context. The idea of 'volume' is merely a control to determine how loud something is. There's no such thing as 'flat' value to loudness of sound as it
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Uploading spots to Hulu- questions about their specs
by Lisa Olshanski 3 years ago
Hi All- I need to send some :30 spots to Hulu and their specs ask for ProRes, CBR 15-30Mbps. But I read in the Apple documentation that ProRes is VBR and you can't change the bitrate. Has anyone uploa
Re: Uploading spots to Hulu- questions about their specs
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
On that site, do yourself a favor and download the PDF (link on the upper right of the page) instead of looking at the badly formatted web page. The PDF says ProRes HQ preferred, and properly places a
Betacam SP 16:9 ??
by Mark Greenberg 3 years ago
I have a Sony beta sp tape that is labeled 16:9 letterboxed. when I ingest encode the content as a 16:9 digital file it is stretched horizontally when viewed in after effects or various media players.
Re: Betacam SP 16:9 ??
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
Beta SP is a 4x3 format. If the tape is labeled 16x9 letterboxed, this is a misnomer. It is likely that this tape was made from a 16x9 source, and if it is letterboxed, it should have been labeled 4x3
Stereo or Mono for radio production?
by Lara Van Meer 3 years ago
Hello everyone, I am preparing an interview for an internship in a Radio. I would like to know, when you record the voices for the trails or the skits, you record it in Mono, right And for the backgro
Re: Stereo or Mono for radio production?
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
For sources, think about what you're trying to capture. When you listen to a person speaking, you're generally isolating in on their voice, and hoping to hear that above any background noise or room n
Dolby E for QT file output
by Jeffrey Moorbeck 3 years ago
We received a program for air recently and it is file based. It is a QuickTime with a 5.1 surround mix. For air we need Dolby E encoding. I sent the audio to our ProTools person as they have a plug-in
Re: Dolby E for QT file output
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
Ah - glad it was an easy fix!
Window Dub Project
by Matt Kerstein 3 years ago
I have a client who wants to view all their raw footage. It was digitized in 2007 from HDCAM 1080i to 10 Bit uncomp.. Now they want go back and be able to view all 12hrs of raw with a a Timecode windo
Re: Window Dub Project
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
If you can have both sides use a QuickTime Player to view your files, then you could use something like QT Sync to insert a timecode "text" track into the file, which takes zero seconds to do since it
Adding timecode on an audio track in a 5D mark iii
by Jeff Mack 3 years ago
I cant seem to find info on the workflow for sending timecode from my field mixer to aan audio track on the 5D iii and then how you bring that clip into say FCP and utilize the timecode. It's probably
Re: Adding timecode on an audio track in a 5D mark iii
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
FYI - FCP has no way of using audio LTC in your clips without some third party tool. However, this functionality is built in to Avid Media Composer, in the form of the Read Audio Timecode command. Ext
Pro Tools files to Avid
by sandy shapiro 3 years ago
Hi, Anyone know how to export a mixed sequence to Avid without bouncing down Our files are offline once we bring them into Avid. We want to make cuts and additions to the audio w o using the bounce. T
Re: Pro Tools files to Avid
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
If you can consolidate your audio edit to fewer than 24 tracks, you can export an AAF to pass to the edit. The editor can load your AAF, make changes, then export an AAF back to you. From there, you c
Frame Accurate capture using Format converted video via the FC output SRW5500 and TC
by jay agoglia 3 years ago
Hi All, I would like to ask the experts about the SRW5500 TC options when using the SRW to convert the format of video. The tape format (in this case) is 23.98 psf 1080i The FC format is set to 59.94
Re: Frame Accurate capture using Format converted video via the FC output SRW5500 and TC
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
jay agoglia "1) This is assuming I am converting to SD. If I am converting to 1080i 29.97 or 720P 59.94 than what is the secondary reference signal. what changes from the above guidelines " Bi-level
File: pulldown PDF
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
pdf file pulldown description https: f1.creativecow.net 6356 pulldown-pdf
Clocked and unclocked broadcast delivery
by Andrew Crosby 3 years ago
I just got a delivery spec question from an acquaintance, and this one has me stumped. It's calling for one clocked and one unclocked version. Anyone know what that means Timecode burn in Not sure why
Re: Clocked and unclocked broadcast delivery
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
Clocked usually means "to the clock" or show length to exact time. Usually it means laid out so that when played, each show segment is an exact clock time and they add up (usually to something like 22
BT-LH2170 for color correction?
by Rob Nimmo 3 years ago
Hi, I am looking for a cheap but good monitor for doing some basic color correction in Resolve. I was wondering if this Panasonic monitor is a good option: http: www.panasonic.com business provideo BT
Re: BT-LH2170 for color correction?
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
I have a Panasonic BT and I think it's a bit overpriced. I prefer grading on the FSI monitors, which have a lot more features and nicer panels.
AC3 Conversion outside of Compressor
by John Morehead 3 years ago
Hello everyone, First time poster on CC. I apologize if the problem I will post has already been addressed. I couldn't find anything in the archive. I work at a planetarium and I am trying to convert
Re: AC3 Conversion outside of Compressor
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
Are you sure you can't install FCS I've seen many people on the forums who are using Mountain Lion and FCS3. The alternative would be just installing Compressor (v4 from the App Store). It's $50 and w
29.97 to 23.98
by Stephen Franciosa 3 years ago
I have a 29.97 clip which was originally shot at 23.98. Every 5 frames looks something like this: A.B.C.D.D. Meaning I have a duplicate 4th frame every 5th frame to compensate. Im trying to convert it
Re: 29.97 to 23.98
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
Actually, no compressor program will get you back there. But it isn't as hard as you think. If the cadence is like you say (A B C D D A B C D D) and it is consistent throughout, here's what I have don
Kona 3G Capture Desktop
by Michael Bekkers 3 years ago
So, We're working on this schoolproject and we're running into this issue. The card we have is the Kona 3G Capture card. We have installed the card into a Mac Pro and it works fine with the RGB output
Re: Kona 3G Capture Desktop
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
Michael Bekkers "we want to output our desktop to the RGB cables. We don't know if it is possible, but we do suppose it is." Yes, it is. What you want is to install the drivers for the KONA 3G but no
Having drift in video with playback with Aja Kona Lhe card in FCP7
by James Vincent 3 years ago
reposting this in this section see if anyone here can help Ok here is the dealio. MacPro's with Aja Kona Lhe cards running FCP 7. Aja Cards are up to date to 9.1 software. So whatever settings in the
Re: Having drift in video with playback with Aja Kona Lhe card in FCP7
by Mark Spano 3 years ago
If your throughput is compromised, audio will gradually lose sync with video. So much so that you can hit stop and play again and they will be in sync again and slowly drift out further and further. S
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