Creative COWSIGN IN :: ADVERTISING :: ABOUT US :: CONTACT US :: FAQ
Creative COW's LinkedIn GroupCreative COW's Facebook PageCreative COW on TwitterCreative COW's Google+ PageCreative COW on YouTube
Mark Spano:ActivityAboutPopularFilesImages
Mark Spano

Member Since:
September 29th 2004
631 Posts
100 posts500 posts
Location:
NY
HDSR Deck has no internal video screen
by James Lenouail 3 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
AMA-Linking C300 footage in Avid MC 8.3 without INDEX files?
by John Northrup 4 weeks ago
Hello, I was given a few drives full of C300 media that had been heavily rearranged. I rebuilt the folder structure (Card CONTENTS CLIPS001) and added the INDEX files wherever they existed (about 20%
Re: AMA-Linking C300 footage in Avid MC 8.3 without INDEX files?
by Mark Spano 4 weeks ago
You should still be able to AMA link the individual MXFs, using the MXF (generic) AMA plugin. However, I know no solution to having them come in as spanned clips again instead of individually, which i
Move between cuts without activating the trim mode
by Rodrigo Avila 1 month ago
Hi! I hope someone can help me, i activate my keyboard to move between cuts in the timeline with A and S letters but everytime i try to move the trim mode is activated automatically. Do you know how c
Re: Move between cuts without activating the trim mode
by Mark Spano 1 month ago
Dale Mings " I tried what you suggested about the setting in the FF and Rew tab in composer settings, checking the box that reads "ignore track hilight", but it still pays attention to hilighted trac
Importing video
by Amir Abed 1 month ago
Downloaded Media Composer 8 free trial. I'm having trouble importing video. I get an error message when opening the application."No media can be written to any mounted drive. Please check write permis
Re: Importing video
by Mark Spano 1 month ago
check it - it's the first pinned topic in the Media Composer forum http: community.avid.com forums t 101235.aspx
Problems Encoding SD Video For Blu-Ray Release
by Tim Sutton 4 months 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 4 months 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
Audio Suite on MC 8.1
by Francisco Antunes aka Chicão 4 months ago
Hi there. I moved from MC 5.5 directly to 8.1. I'm facing a issue with the Audio Suite effects. I use a lot either the "Time Compression" and the "Time Shift" to be able to fit audios in a 30 sec comm
Re: Audio Suite on MC 8.1
by Mark Spano 4 months ago
Time compression expansion in MC is so cumbersome it's ridiculous. When you see how it's done in Pro Tools, anyone would wonder why they just don't port that over. That said, you could do your TC E as
What is the Industry Standard
by Lisa Robinson 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 4 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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
Linking Audio to Video in Sequence
by Wanja Luke 6 months ago
Hello, I found a lot of articles on this but none of them really answered how to deal with the problem. I synced audio and video in MC6.5 using autosequence and the claps. Now I want to link the video
Re: Linking Audio to Video in Sequence
by Mark Spano 6 months ago
Autosync is the way to do this, but I think you didn't necessarily have to autosequence and sync that way first. First, if there's matching time code on all the clips, then you can just Autosync by so
Deliver DCP to Doremi Server on DVD or Hard-drive
by Leonardo Tenan 6 months ago
I need to deliver a 5 minute video presentation to different theatres. I created a DCP file on Premiere Pro CC (the 6 of them: 2 mxf, 2 xml, assetmap, volindex), and burned it to a DVD (regular Maxell
Re: Deliver DCP to Doremi Server on DVD or Hard-drive
by Mark Spano 6 months ago
I believe Doremi may require your hard drive be formatted as EXT FS instead of FAT or HFS. You can get a plugin for EXT formatting through Paragon - trial or buy for cheap. Check with the folks you're
Footage too fast - need to go from 25fps to 24fps with MPEG Streamclip
by brad hebert 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 months 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 6 months 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
Digitbeta Digitize (FCP) - blended frames and combing?
by Robert Haynes 8 months ago
Hi. I'm trying to digitize a digibeta using FCP and the resulting file has blended frames. It's a consistent pattern with 3 clean frames and 2 blended frames, 3 clean frames , 2 blended frames etc. I'
Re: Digitbeta Digitize (FCP) - blended frames and combing?
by Mark Spano 8 months ago
If it's done through proper 2:3 pulldown, then yes, it will have blended frames as you've seen. This is the preferred method of putting 24p material in a 29.97i container. Each frame of 24p is duplica
An unusual proposition - some advice wanted, please!
by Dylan Hargreaves 8 months 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 8 months 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
Extreme Reach HD Delivery. How do YOU do it?
by Carlos Robles 1 year ago
So for a few years I have been delivering spots to Extreme Reach from After Effects that have been shot and edited in 29.97. I would then render them out of After Effects in ProRes with the interlace
Re: Extreme Reach HD Delivery. How do YOU do it?
by Mark Spano 8 months ago
Now I realize you're asking about Premiere. I don't use this editor, so I don't know if it automatically adds 2:3 pulldown. Sorry for the misdirection
How To Replace Audio Without Re-Compressing Video???
by jon swanson 5 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 9 months 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 10 months 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 9 months 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
Blended Frames on 23.98 - 29.97 ProRes Conversion/Capture
by Jalal Karim 10 months ago
Hi there, We are having an issue on capturing ProRes @29.97i from a 23.98 master. Workflow explained: HDCAM SR master in 23.98PsF on SRW-5800 captured off of the Frame convert 1080i 59.94 to quicktime
Re: Blended Frames on 23.98 - 29.97 ProRes Conversion/Capture
by Mark Spano 9 months ago
23.98p properly converted to 29.97i should definitely have blended frames. It's part of how 2:3 pulldown works. It goes like this: every frame A B C D in your source 24p gets duplicated alternately tw
What DNxHD setting for my Canon 5D footage conversion?
by Allard DePallerd 10 months 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 10 months 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
Kona 3 test signal problem
by Neil Patience 10 months 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 10 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 12 months 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 11 months 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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
+1
24 fps footage in a 1080p/29.97 project
by Dan Brother 1 year ago
Hi. I'm editing a 1080p 29.97 project on a Media Composer (V6.5.2) and we received footage that was shot at 23.98 fps. They're MXF files shot to a card. I know in the past, mixing resolutions didn't w
Re: 24 fps footage in a 1080p/29.97 project
by Mark Spano 1 year ago
Shane, What is "proper pulldown" for 23.98p to 29.97p I know Avid can do proper 2:3 pulldown for 23.98p to 29.97i, but progressive to progressive offers less than optimal results in my view (a pattern
Uploading spots to Hulu- questions about their specs
by Lisa Olshanski 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
Ah - glad it was an easy fix!
Dubbing digibeta to DVCPRO
by Eric Strand 1 year ago
Hello COW, Is it possible to dub a digibeta tape from a Sony DVW-A500 deck to a Panasonic AJ-HD1400 I directly connected the SDI ports and the Panasonic wasn't seeing the Sony deck. I'm assuming you c
Re: Dubbing digibeta to DVCPRO
by Mark Spano 1 year ago
This is correct. SD-SDI and HD-SDI are totally different signals. You need a device that can up-convert the SD-SDI signal to an HD-SDI signal. Upconverters can be relatively cheap these days. A good c
Problems Cloning Dolby E
by John Christie 1 year ago
Hi folks I posted this on the HD High End forum, but not much traffic over there . . . Have a problem cloning Dolby E from SR to HDcam We output to a Sony SR with Dolby E and it plays back fine throug
Re: Problems Cloning Dolby E
by Mark Spano 1 year ago
only other thing I can think of is some sort of timing issue. Make sure both decks are receiving the same reference signal and that it is selected (i.e. Servo Ref = EXT Ext Ref = SD). Also, the system
Window Dub Project
by Matt Kerstein 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 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 1 year 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 2 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 2 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
Exception:DISK FILE ALREADY EXISTS, filename:
by Rachel Shore 2 years ago
Hi All, I'm assisting on a show with multiple projects. One of our bays is having difficulty opening some of the projects. It seems when we try opening specific projects, we get this error: Exception:
Re: Exception:DISK FILE ALREADY EXISTS, filename:
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
That usually does it for me. Can't think of anything else to fix it. Next step would be to create a new project on that space and copy the bins over to the new project.
Quicktime Police
by Matthew Skeris 2 years ago
My system is running v5.5.3, for the time being. I want to install and run demo software on the same system, but it requires a more recent Quicktime version than the one officially required in the Avi
Re: Quicktime Police
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
Why not just clone your boot drive and do the demo install QT update on the clone This will save you tons of potential grief.
Frame Accurate capture using Format converted video via the FC output SRW5500 and TC
by jay agoglia 2 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 2 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 2 years ago
pdf file pulldown description http: f1.creativecow.net 6356 pulldown-pdf
Clocked and unclocked broadcast delivery
by Andrew Crosby 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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.
exporting a 23.98PsF QT file from FCP
by Michael edmunds 2 years ago
So I know this is not new information and I have searched this forum with no luck so I'm hoping to find out by directly asking. I am delivering a finished QT with the following specs "Apple ProRes HQ
Re: exporting a 23.98PsF QT file from FCP
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
What Shane says is correct, and you should follow his instructions. To elaborate on the other part of your question: there is no such thing as PsF in file formats. PsF is only created upon output over
AC3 Conversion outside of Compressor
by John Morehead 2 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 2 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
Audio Tech Specs for Delivery of TV Spot
by Sarah Johnson 2 years ago
Hi, I have a question regarding audio tech specs for delivery of a TV commercial. In the paperwork that I've been given, it lists a bunch of specs, most of which I'm used to seeing, except it says...
Re: Audio Tech Specs for Delivery of TV Spot
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
ATSC A 85 is a guideline for using loudness measurement for audio as opposed to the traditional peak RMS. The -24 + - 2 number means that a loudness measurement of -24 LKFS should be the target. The p
Monitor for Control Room/Edit Suite
by Larry Zapotocky 2 years ago
We are upgrading our studio and need a temporary SDI monitor for Multiview from a Ross switcher (when the control room is finished we will be putting in a larger monitor). This monitor will eventually
Re: Monitor for Control Room/Edit Suite
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
happy here with FSI - great monitors, price, and features.
Mapping Audio on input HD CAM SR and D5
by jay agoglia 2 years ago
To the Cow experts, I need to know if there is a way to map audio channels on input (via sdi) onto an SR tape being recorded. I have a D5 and an HD CAM SR The goal is to take channels 7 and 8 from the
Re: Mapping Audio on input HD CAM SR and D5
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
Input mapping over SDI isn't going to work, but if you have access to the machines, it's rather simple to achieve what you want. Send your SDI signal to the D5, making sure the system is set correctly
29.97 to 23.98
by Stephen Franciosa 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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
Discrete L&R Mono vs Stereo
by Scott Smith 2 years ago
I have a level of confusion on this, when it is something I thought was simple and understood. What is the difference between two discrete "mono" channels of left and right vs stereo I recently sent a
Re: Discrete L&R Mono vs Stereo
by Mark Spano 2 years ago
yes, guessing that your friendly post house is using FCP to lay off. FCP will take what is known as 'discrete' or 'mono' channels in a QuickTime source file and automatically pan them all center in a


FORUMSTUTORIALSFEATURESVIDEOSPODCASTSEVENTSSERVICESJOBSNEWSLETTERNEWSBLOGS
LinkedInFacebookTwitter
© 2015 CreativeCOW.net All rights are reserved. - Privacy Policy

[Top]