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Mark Suszko

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30 years writing, directing, shooting, editing corporate video, government video, commercials, PSA's, DVD's music videos, forensics and the occasional wedding.

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Pee-wee's Big Adventure
by Stephen Smith 10 months ago
I had my girls watch Pee-wee's Big Adventure for the first time. I've love introducing them to the films I grew up with like The Goonies. One of my daughter's review was, "Dad, that was weird." Oh wel
Re: Pee-wee's Big Adventure
by Mark Suszko 22 hours ago
"I meant to do that".
Looking for a lockable, intersecting mask.
by Tangier Clarke 4 days ago
Folks one thing that is sorely missing from FCP X is a lockable mask. Does anyone have any leads to a plugin I am trying to now have to go the compound clip route as that presents it's own cumbersome
Re: Looking for a lockable, intersecting mask.
by Mark Suszko 3 days ago
Would using drop zones help this problem
The Cheese Grater is back
by Craig Seeman 2 weeks ago
The Cheese Grater is back with 8 PCIe slots. The Kremlinologist can examine the FCPX screenshot. Afterburner. Things that make you go hmmm.
Re: The Cheese Grater is back
by Mark Suszko 3 days ago
I read elsewhere that the SSD memory in this cheesegrater is not an m2 connector but a proprietary variation on the standard connector, so if you want to add or upgrade the SSD's, Apple will be your o
embed timecode into still using export frame function?!
by Susan Dempster 4 days ago
Desperately need to embed source timecode into a still image (jpeg or tiff) using the export frame function. It's not enough to have the source timecode in the file name, I need timecode embedded into
Re: embed timecode into still using export frame function?!
by Mark Suszko 4 days ago
Sound like something FFMPEG might be able to do Ask their forum
Seq header duplication
by Walter Coles 5 days ago
I'm trying to burn a dvd using FCP 7 DVD Studio Pro. The video was made with FCPX (latest version) and imported to an older Mac Pro that has FCP 7 on it. When I try to burn i get this message "Formatt
Re: Seq header duplication
by Mark Suszko 4 days ago
I might try breaking all the links in the DVD project and then re-establishing them. You might have a link that goes someplace it shouldn't. Did you import an asset twice somewhere
Apple dropping codec support...repercussions
by Shane Ross 5 days ago
So, Apple in it's infinite and ever-forward thinking wisdom, dropped support for many many legacy codecs. The excuse was that they weren't 64 bit compatible and they are moving to all 64-bit processin
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Re: Apple dropping codec support...repercussions
by Mark Suszko 4 days ago
At least some small part of this is not a 64 bit issue but a business issue, in that Apple is cutting some codecs they had to pay licensing fees to use, as I understand it. Keeping some older OS syste
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Advice on making a 30 second shoot for a new coworking space/hotdesk centre
by Ciaran MacRiocaird 5 days ago
I am doing a video on a 30 second co-working space next week. It is a building where lots of self employed people students or anyone who needs a computer, high speed internet access and an office desk
Re: Advice on making a 30 second shoot for a new coworking space/hotdesk centre
by Mark Suszko 4 days ago
They're pretty basic, but thanks. I've been doing this a while. The "Save This Script" tutorials I co-authored with Morley are handy for new commercial writer-producers and I think they are written in
Converting GoPro shot for viewing in a headset?
by Mark Suszko 5 days ago
Monoscopic, GoPro fisheye shot. What do I need todo to it in FCP or Motion to play it in fake stereo on one of those Google Cardboard type headsets that leverages a smartphone for playback Or is After
Re: Converting GoPro shot for viewing in a headset?
by Mark Suszko 5 days ago
I knew it wouldn't give any real depth cues and that it was just a gimmick. I mean, with time and skill and some great roto work and compositing, I probably could break it into 2 or 3 layers. That jus
X-men Dark Phoenix
by Chris Wright 7 days ago
doesn't need much in here. you can name it in two words, Beautifully - Dark.
Re: X-men Dark Phoenix
by Mark Suszko 5 days ago
No need to laugh: these are eternal evergreen plots because they mirror human nature and human history. The key is as always in the creative execution, putting a fresh or artful spin on the old tale.
Why are you not watching IFC's "Brockmire"?
by Mark Suszko 7 days ago
Hank Azaria is closely drafting and catching up to the skills and delivery of Bryan Cranston and Bob Odenkirk in this very offbeat show about a derelict baseball announcer on the road to addiction rec
Re: Why are you not watching IFC's "Brockmire"?
by Mark Suszko 5 days ago
I think IFC streams it for free
Finally getting around to Star Trek: Discovery
by Mark Suszko 5 days ago
I wasn't ever going to join CBS' streaming service, but I was gifted recently with the DVD set for season one and have been binging it. I find that the critiques from the online fanboys were considera
Backlit greenscreen
by Greg Sage 1 week ago
I've built a few greenscreens, and it's always been a pain to light them in tight spaces battling flags, hotspots and all the rest. Meanwhile, the light itself is generally coming from large softboxes
Re: Backlit greenscreen
by Mark Suszko 6 days ago
Yeah, its not a new idea: there are photos in an old CINEFX magazine in my collection of the Original-Star-Wars era ILM shooting motion controlled models against blue and orange back-lit chromakey bac
Is it too early yet to discuss "Endgame"?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
My 2-word review: "Bittersweet satisfaction."
Re: Is it too early yet to discuss "Endgame"? spoilers now-if you haven't watched it by now you don't care, lol
by Mark Suszko 7 days ago
IMO it was important from a moral and story-building point of view to show that for the good guys, simple revenge just never tastes sweet. Any victory won that way is hollow at best, and corruptive at
LED Projector fans: used one?
by Mark Suszko 1 week ago
Looking at adding one of these to a sort of trade show display as an eye-grabber, and wondered if you have any user experience stories to share about them. These are spinning wands with LEDs on them,
Anybody here use an LED projector fan display?
by Mark Suszko 1 week ago
Looking at adding one of these to a sort of trade show display as an eye-grabber, and wondered if you have any user experience stories to share about them. These are spinning wands with LEDs on them,
To hire or to coach an editor
by Nicolette Hurnen 1 week ago
Hi there I've recently filmed a documentary at Ihumaatao, New Zealand about the injustices that have happened and continue to happen to the the Kainga Iwi (tribe). (Here's an article I wrote on the ma
Re: To hire or to coach an editor
by Mark Suszko 1 week ago
You raise an interesting point but I'm not sure I entirely agree with what I'm understanding to be your premise; that only a Maori editor can "legitimately" edit a Maori-related program. Forgive me if
Looking for a new lighting instrument
by Ty Ford 2 weeks ago
Hi, I have an audio studio in which I ve installed a charcoal muslin back drop and very simple 5-point lighting. Here s an example of what that looks like. Pretty simple. https: www.youtube.com watch
Re: Looking for a new lighting instrument
by Mark Suszko 1 week ago
The tiny one I bought for uke videos was just over twenty bucks on Amazon, three years back; I looked it up and it was a Rainiers RGBW 10W LED PAR can, but they have replaced that model with one that
Cross-posted: VR attraction ideas needed
by Mark Suszko 1 week ago
What I have is some old archival POV footage of a trotting horse race, from the late 30's, taken from the rolling gate truck, and nearly the same shot, taken the same way, on a GoPro from just a coupl
Re: Cross-posted: VR attraction ideas needed
by Tom Sefton 1 week ago
A - it s not cheap unless you can program in unity or unreal B - it s not cheap unless you can create a VR environment in fusion or mystika or nuke, and even then, you need A - someone who can export
Need ideas for a VR experience
by Mark Suszko 1 week ago
What I have is some old archival POV footage of a trotting horse race, from the late 30's, taken from the rolling gate truck, and nearly the same shot taken the same way on a GoPro from just a couple
Fave 5 to 7 inch external cam monitor?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
I'm looking for one that's got SDI in without breaking the bank.
Re: Fave 5 to 7 inch external cam monitor?
by Nick Griffin 2 weeks ago
Well Mark, I've always loved the Flanders stuff because of the many, many, many features. So good to be able to check things in the field like waveform and audio levels as well as a decent focus assis
avoid green spill from grass
by Josh Williams 2 weeks ago
Hi there, I have recently shot an interview in a field with the subject sat fairly close to the grass. As I often am, I was travelling fairly light. I had an assistant holding either a bounce when it
Re: avoid green spill from grass
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Black or gray cloth, ticks all the boxes for ease of use, economy, flexibility.
Any opinions on the MacPro first look today?
by Rich Rubasch 2 weeks ago
Looked like the MacPro is back....priced to start around the iMacPro but upgradable....8 PCI slots Awesome! And lots of room for growth in the RAM and GPU department....plus Apple's own video card....
Re: Any opinions on the MacPro first look today?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
The modularity appeals to me, suggesting that later upgrades and life extension might be easier to do than before. It would be exciting to see some additional hardware options from secondary suppliers
Liking the FCPX noise reduction plugin
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
This was a recent add to the video plug-ins, and the other day, it saved my butt on a shot where the lens lost focus and went a little soft. We've had sharpening tools before, and generally you can't
Re: Liking the FCPX noise reduction plugin
by Brett Sherman 1 week ago
I've done this before with the Neat Video plug-in. Another tip is to limit the sharpening with a mask. For example just on a person's face. For me this helps avoid the "artifacted" look that sharpenin
Blade cut
by Bo lau 2 weeks ago
When i use the blade cut (B) shortcut to cut in between clips it always misses the exact location. It automatic finds the location before but in the last year it doesn't find it. You now have to zoom
Re: Blade cut
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Something I really miss from the FCP7 days was, when you used the blade button, if you had multiple layers or tracks of video on the timeline, you could just tap that button repeatedly and each press
assistance with choosing video editor
by Robert Gillmer 2 weeks ago
I am trying to assist my daughter to create music videos, particularly the multi screen type and I need help determining which would be the best to go with. I have used Final Cut Pro X, but my Mac cra
Re: assistance with choosing video editor
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
She can also try Hitfilm and Filmora 9 in addition to Resolve. Multi-screen videos are something any editing or compositing software can do these days. If she's going to do a lot of that, the process
Reducing glare on a lightboard?
by Adam Leonard 3 weeks ago
Reposted from the Studio Design forum because that one seemed a little quiet, and I need an answer soonish. So I'm working at a mid-sized university putting together a lightboard studio. It's mostly d
Re: Reducing glare on a lightboard?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
No, sorry, not nearly complex enough.
In search of free plug-in to correct gopro type fisheye
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
There used to be a free plugin for this from Alex4D but all the links I find for that are dead ends now. Maybe FCPX has one built in but I haven't found it I'm not in love with the idea of uploading t
Re: In search of free plug-in to correct gopro type fisheye
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Merci beaucoup; votre aide est appr ci e!
Which lighting kit for semi beginner?
by Nurdin Orlic 1 month ago
Hi. I've been shooting videos (https: www.youtube.com channel UCXp...pb3zwKwuwuzA9Q) for the last year (mostly outside) and I caught myself in buying quite a lot of gear, but not the lights (which I s
Re: Which lighting kit for semi beginner?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
To an extent, the answers you get depend on your own intentions. For example, you mention weddings, but are you wanting to get into *serious* wedding video, or just a few gigs Because if it's only a o
3d video
by Bob Cole 4 weeks ago
Whatever happened to 3d videography Mostly dead, or completely Where do you go beyond 4k... except into the next dimension I ask because the other day I looked through some good binoculars, and was im
Re: 3d video
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
It's having trouble gaining traction in TV drama applications, and will, until glasses-free displays are dirt cheap and have supporting bandwidth... but 3D is apparently doing well and growing in the
What is this effect called?
by Ken Scharlach 1 month ago
Hi! Has anyone here seen this effect before I'd like to replicate it in Final Cut but I just don't know how you'd call something like this. Would really appreciate any help!
Re: What is this effect called?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Look at the solarization effect
Thanks Apple!
by Bill Davis 1 month ago
Just reading some of the posts on other forums about the iP -licensing issues regarding embedded tech in Premiere when my email pinged with a link to fat digital check for a recent gig. A gig was exec
Re: Thanks Apple!
by Herb Sevush 1 month ago
Bill Davis "my email pinged with a link to fat digital check for a recent gig. A gig was executed rapidly and smoothly thanks to FCP X. Which has caused me to be EXTREMELY grateful in a few areas. "
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What We Left Behind: Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Documentary
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Saw this at a Fathom Events screening last night and was entertained and impressed. Beyond a conventional fan doc, the B story was worth the price of admission by itself: a group of the show writers a
Licensing Fee for Interview Clip
by Alex Lorenz 1 month ago
Hi, Does anyone have any suggestions for how to determine a licensing fee This would be for a segment of an interview with a B-list celebrity (closer to C-List, but has an entry on Wikipedia). The per
Re: Licensing Fee for Interview Clip
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Is there any other footage of this person online as stock, and if so, what are THEY charging
Remove wrinkles from a dress
by Gates Bradley 2 months ago
I've searched around online, but haven't found a good technique. I've been tasked with removing the wrinkles from a dress, in motion. The shot is about a second long, and the camera rotates around and
Re: Remove wrinkles from a dress
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
This might be a job for the new content-aware fill feature...
Deep Glow on green screen footage causes transparency
by Noah Green 1 month ago
When creating 3D projects I usually export the subject out of Cinema 4D in an mp4 format and with a green backplate. I then remove the green with Keylight, pre-comp, then apply deep glow. This sets th
Re: Deep Glow on green screen footage causes transparency
by Andrew Somers 1 month ago
When creating 3D projects I usually export the subject out of Cinema 4D in an mp4 format and with a green backplate. I read that sentence three times to make sure I wasn't missing something. First, st
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International Version Kit
by Camille Greatorex 1 month ago
Hello folks, Do you ever had to work with an "International Version kit". Our customer is asking one to declinate the video in other coutries (india china). So as i understand, it's a package that you
Re: International Version Kit
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Sounds like you mean an EPK, "Electronic Press Kit", which we also sometimes calle a VNR (Video News Release). It's a collection of clips and other visual resources like stills and maybe graphs and ch
leaving eyes blue in a desaturated 'black and white' image
by Ruby Gold 1 month ago
Hi there. I have a portrait of someone that I'd like to make a black and white image but with the blue of his eyes as the only color. I have an antique version of PS - but it works okay for me. I did
Re: leaving eyes blue in a desaturated 'black and white' image
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Eyes layer on top, And check the blend mode and opacity.
Blacking out large windows
by Rich Rubasch 1 month ago
We have a shoot in a 7th floor building with large floor to ceiling glass windows. We want to be able to use the view and other than ND on all the windows is there any other material you have used to
Re: Blacking out large windows
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Todd's given you your best two answers, I think, until someone comes up with a spray-on squeegee-on peel-off liquid ND filter material. Maybe I should work on that idea... hmmm... or a bunch of extra
Game of Stunt
by Nick Griffin 1 month ago
There's been a lot of chatter since Sunday about how a Starbucks cup with lid was "accidentally" included in a shot of this week's Game of Thrones "The Last of the Starks" episode. Katy Kay, the BBC's
Re: Game of Stunt
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I think it was just an honest mistake but I'm surprised someone didn't spot it and get it rotoed-out in the final stages. Thing is, and I know this from personal experience, you can look at something
Is It Time To Reconsider Final Cut Pro X?
by Gerry Fraiberg 1 month ago
Oliver Peters presents a good case in this article. Factual and objective writing is why I've been following Oliver for years. https: digitalfilms.wordpress.com 2019 05 04 it-is-time-to-reconsider-fin
Re: Is It Time To Reconsider Final Cut Pro X?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Back in the before-time, when God was just an intern and puppies were the oldest animal, I was messaged that the IT supervisor had a problem and could I come see him... I had to justify my "intensive"
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Youtube audio and video out of sync?
by James Culbertson 1 month ago
I don't usually use YouTube as a distribution medium. But a client had me upload a 2.5 hour interview to his YouTube Channel and the audio and video is out of sync (starting in sync, but gradually gro
Re: Youtube audio and video out of sync?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Do you see it on youtube at your end, or is this only something the client is experiencing If the latter, I'd put it down to a bad connection or problems in the client's computer like not enough RAM.
Live Band Videos - General Thoughts and Ideas With Production
by Ritchie Mellor 1 month ago
Hi all, I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this, but it isn't really about specific programs or techniques, but wanted a bit of help from the community on your thoughts on our band videos
Re: Live Band Videos - General Thoughts and Ideas With Production
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I get what you are saying... just a couple of things... As for the video effects.... Ritchie Mellor "The guys in the band love it..." The guys in the band are wrong ... kill those effects. Umm, and do
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Teradek Bond audio drift issues
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Got spanking-new backpack Bond units from Teradek . Our live shots have audio that drifts out of synch and keeps drifting. Back in my early NLE days, you'd see this with mixed sources that didn't all
Re: Teradek Bond audio drift issues
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Update: we finally found an answer in the buffer settings of the Teradek receivers, and now the audio stays locked to the video. Putting this in here in case someone in the future comes across the sam
Does anyone have the scopes on Game of Thrones black point?
by Richard Herd 2 months ago
I understand why it was so dark, but what did the scopes look like What was the editor and colorist seeing Thanks
Re: Does anyone have the scopes on Game of Thrones black point?
by Jeremy Garchow 2 months ago
Richard Herd "What was the editor and colorist seeing " Snow. Jon Snow. Because, you know, Winter Finally Showed Up.
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iPhone footage quality?
by Andrew Crittenden 2 months ago
I'm curious to see if there is anybody that has done much shooting on an iPhone XS Max, and what their experience is, good and bad. Also, is there a different cell phone that shoots better footage Any
Re: iPhone footage quality?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Filmic Pro is very popular, yet dirt cheap.
Advie on which media to use for End Product
by Andy Howard 2 months ago
Hi all, I am a (very) part-time amateur videographer in Ireland, who mainly works with schools youth clubs covering recitals concerts drama musicals etc. For the past 10 years or so, I have always pro
Re: Advice on which media to use for End Product
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
How big is X-Box gaming in Ireland Because every X-Box *is* also a BluRay player. And your customers are kids, so... they probably have one As to the piracy, your fears are legitimate. Even BluRay can
Challenge: mic for quiet VIP speaker
by Jon Goin 2 months ago
A VIP speaker at international conferences has a quiet voice. His Schoeps CCM41 and Audix M1280B mics have LED reading lights on the booms and need to be away from his mouth. He can't wear a headmic o
Re: Challenge: mic for quiet VIP speaker
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
The Schoeps is a very sophisticated and expensive mic. Can't imagine it not working out. My suggestion: "PZM" Pressure Zone Mic, AKA Boundary Mic. PZM was a brand, but also a general descriptor. My f
Ethics of internet reviews
by Bob Cole 2 months ago
I don't know where else to post this comment on the COW, so if this is inappropriate here, please move it. I would like to recommend Larry Jordan's latest essay on his website. The title is "The Peril
Re: Ethics of internet reviews
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I generally take a dim view of "advertorial" content anyway: I can't trust it. I'll skim it, if the topic is of interest to me, but always with a suspicious, jaundiced eye. I know it's sometimes a nec
Collaboration - how do you make it work?
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
When you're working as part of a team, how do you approach the issue of collaboration When a team-mate suggests an idea, how do you respond Is your immediate reaction to subject it to the most robust
Re: Collaboration - how do you make it work?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
To even start a meaningful collaboration, between client and editor, the client has to see the editor as a creative partner and not just a human remote control interface. I feel that I'm there to appl
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