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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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Mac Shuts Down During Rendering
by Ken Bennett 1 week ago
My Mac is either rebooting or shutting down when I try and render my project. I rendered a MP4 with H.264 Fast mode and I get a file that is fine. There are a few playback issues, stutters etc. that a
Re: Mac Shuts Down During Rendering
by Mark Suszko 6 days ago
If it's heat-related there are free apps to take manual control of the mac's cooling.
Too many projects in one library
by Oliver Peters 7 days ago
Is there a prevailing thought about how many Projects should be in any given Library I saw a post over at FCPco from a doc editor who had 27 Projects (alternative versions, archived, etc) and this was
Re: Too many projects in one library
by Mark Suszko 6 days ago
Am I doing it wrong I make a new library for every new job that comes in, and keep all related media and projects together with it. It just seemed more intuitive to me that way, but I'm willing to be
Apple and VR (or how I learned to stop worrying about Motion and love After Effects
by Andrew Kimery 6 days ago
In a recent threads some users have lamented Adobe making VR tools and hoped Apple would skip over this market segment, but by bringing in Tim Dashwood (of 360VR Toolbox fame) and announcing at WWDC t
Re: Apple and VR (or how I learned to stop worrying about Motion and love After Effects
by Mark Suszko 6 days ago
VR is a big shot in the arm for old roller-coaster rides, which now suddenly can become virtual space dogfights, Indiana Jones mine car chases, a Fantastic Voyage thru the circularity system... all on
powerpoint with dual displays, one extended, one mirrored on mac
by Theo Buchinskas 1 month ago
So, this is what I am trying to do : Macbook Pro with two outputs, one to go to main screens, one to the DSM. Output of laptop screen is mirroring to one of the displays, extending to the other. (this
Re: powerpoint with dual displays, one extended, one mirrored on mac
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Can you take the ppt into keynote and re-save it
Meetings in 4 Rooms must be recorded & live streamed with DSK on EACH with ONE operator
by John Ferguson 3 weeks ago
I am needing to develop a system that will record 4 rooms (one camera each), record & live stream, and downstream key each output. The trick is, I can only have one operator. I am thinking of getting
Re: Meetings in 4 Rooms must be recorded & live streamed with DSK on EACH with ONE operator
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Why not add the DSK at each of the cameras http: www.markertek.com product burst-hdlg burst-electronics-hdlg-hd-sd-sdi-color-logo-generator
How to Restore A Deleted Library?
by Ken Bennett 2 weeks ago
I may have accidentally deleted or moved a Library. How do I restore If I try and load from my backup, all I get is the RED Missing File icons. If I load from where it was moved or copied to, I get th
Re: How to Restore A Deleted Library?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
I can't help with the problem, but I'd like to ask how folks use the Library. Every time I start a new video project, I create a new Library, and I keep the projects and events together in it, as well
Freelancer in need of charging advice
by Chris Campbell 2 weeks ago
Hello Creative Cow, So I'm recently getting my toes wet in freelancing without my contract company and would love some tips on how to write a proper invoice for my client. Most recently I've got one I
Re: Freelancer in need of charging advice
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
You should bill hourly or by day rate.... but if the client wants a flat price, it's not hard to convert the hourly into a "package price". The trick is in doing an accurate enough estimate that you d
Question on 3D animation cost
by Joe Clark 2 weeks ago
Hello, I created the 2D games for mobile phones and know I have an idea which need a 3D dimension and my lack side is that I don't know how much financing I need for the game. In Russia this industry
Re: Question on 3D animation cost
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Sounds low. What you'll want to do is script out and storyboard the scenes in exquisite detail, including their overall timing, and any key audio dialogue. Then take that to an animator and show them
What would really make you excited ...
by Simon Ubsdell 3 weeks ago
... about the next version of FCP X Whether you're a diehard FCP X aficionado or someone who's still sitting on the fence, what would be the feature, or set of features, that would really set your wor
Re: What would really make you excited ...
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
"it's better than good - It's finished". Now, DGMW, this is 180 degrees from my personal POV. But a lot of what I see in the news biz is like that. It used to be that time was the major driver in how
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Spiderman Homecoming
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
The best since, and perhaps in some ways, better than Raimi MGuire's first one. Smoothly and seamlessly updated in subtle ways, I was impressed by the well-developed villain, miles away from the corny
Re: Spiderman Homecoming
by Mariebelle Miguello 1 week ago
I still haven't seen the movie but I agree 100% on that part about RDJ. Mariebelle Miguello
Re: project ownership
by Sam Lesante Jr. 2 weeks ago
Hi fellow cows, If anyone can help me out here that would great. So we have an employee, not a freelance person, an employee, employed by us. We agree on a project that they are going to take full con
Re: project ownership
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Did you grill the guy at all about how and why he comes to this idea that he has automatic credit on a client project I'm asking; is this guy redeemable, once educated You generally don't get any cred
Client mailed me back my external harddrive incorrectly and it broke...
by Jason Caridi 3 weeks ago
I mailed an event video client of mine a 2GB Slim Seagate external HDD with the raw footage I owed them. I mailed it with bubble wrap and marked it fragile. When I received it back, it was just shippe
Re: Client mailed me back my external harddrive incorrectly and it broke...
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Take the hit and learn from it, to add the cost of a drive to each job, going forward. Or maybe seek a cloud-based transfer solution next time. Of course, you also clone a backup of everything *before
How would you price this?
by Patrick Sheppard 3 weeks ago
Hi all! I've been on this website many times now, and am now posting for the first time to ask a question. An extended family member reached out to me asking what the going rate is for video editing.
Re: How would you price this?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
If I had to guess, just based on the description, this is at least a three-day job, i.e. 21 hours, billed hourly, because there are so many unknowns that could rack up wasted time. Since it's for char
How do I get around "General Error" when exporting a large video file on FCP7?
by Ben Hunt 1 month ago
Hello tech friends, I have a 3+ hr large video file I'd like to export from Final Cut Pro 7 to a self-contained Quicktime Movie. However, after multiple attempts and much troubleshooting, I am still g
Re: How do I get around "General Error" when exporting a large video file on FCP7?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
You can simulate the track-based, FCP-7 style of editing in FCPX, but it's not what FCPX was optimized for. Kind of like using a stapler as a hammer, or a screwdriver as a pry bar: it will work, more
Compressing a quicktime file
by Terry Flaxton 4 weeks ago
Hi I have put this post in Compression but I thought it may be best here: I need upload a high quality H264 or Mp4 of a quicktime pro res file that is an FCP Studio Output file. The high quality is ab
Re: Compressing a quicktime file
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Other tools I've used include mpeg streamclip and FLV crunch, both free.
Good mic to use with cell phones for Facebook Live?
by Neil Orman 4 weeks ago
I'd appreciate any suggestions on mics that can work with cell phone for Facebook Live-type events. I work at a place that's starting to use Facebook Live a lot, but the cell phone-based audio is weak
Re: Good mic to use with cell phones for Facebook Live?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Check out the mics section at Sweetwater: they offer some shotgun and lav mics customized for iPhone use, as does a search on Amazon. Another option that may work for you is, for round-table discussio
Had a video subtitled, but they're too fast to read...
by Corbin Gross 4 weeks ago
Hey there, C'Cow. I've got this recruiting video made of talking head interviews with about 70% B-roll overlay, advertising warehouse jobs across the country for an apparel wholesaler. The intent was
Re: Had a video subtitled, but they're too fast to read...
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
It always takes longer to say something in Spanish than it does in English. I learned by experience. This has to be accommodated in the planning before the shoot, so the shots have longer "handles" on
why my wife is awesome (and why so many of you are losers - including me)
by Bob Zelin 4 weeks ago
Hi - today, I discovered that when I went to my website - bobzelin.com, I could see the pages, but I could not see any of the images (the facilities that I built). This is a Google Sites website that
Re: why my wife is awesome (and why so many of you are losers - including me)
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Wives are awesome. Mine makes everything she touches, better in some way. She makes ME a better person than I otherwise am, and makes me strive to be worthy. She helps make our kids better than we are
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issues with my 60fps footage encoded to 3fps
by Shane Trowbridge 4 weeks ago
I'm working on a project where I want my subjects to look stop motion. I shot on a canon c100 mkII. I shot 60fps with shutter at 210. After the shoot I re encoded all my clips to 3fps to get the look
Re: issues with my 60fps footage encoded to 3fps
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
The guys that do "real" time lapse sometimes use a plug-in or app that reduces the flicker from frame-to-frame iris changes. I don't recall what it's called, but a google search on terms about that ma
Better call Saul on AMC
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
This prequel series to "Breaking Bad" is like a post-graduate course in the art of film making. The shot composition, the lighting - it's breathtaking, even when it'd for a momentary, "throw-away" sho
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Re: Better call Saul on AMC
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Besides being lovingly shot and edited, shows like Saul and Breaking Bad break fresh ground in that they concentrate on the creation of the villain from a good person... most shows are mostly about th
Netflix "GLOW"
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
I've binged the first 6 episodes and I liked the depth and pacing of the story. The acting chemistry among leads Brie, Gilpin, and Maron is great. Who knew Marc Maron couls ct Given, he's again basica
Why no 21:9 iMac Pro?
by Oliver Peters 1 month ago
Friday afternoon musing... Seems like Apple should offer this option for the creative market. AFAIK, LG is making Apple's displays and they offer this. So a 34" ultrawide 4K display on an iMac Pro wou
Re: Why no 21:9 iMac Pro?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I predict the next mpro will be modular, so they can keep selling you upgrades and crossgrades and customizations, without having to actually make a lot of different models.
Making a video for a client who plans on using it to sell (commercial use)
by Quincy Berry 2 months ago
Hey, I was wondering if someone could school me on this situation, I spent the last hour or so trying to google my situation and I can't find anything solid, here we go. I have a client friend. I make
Re: Making a video for a client who plans on using it to sell (commercial use)
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
If you're going to succeed in this, you have to let go this obsession about what he does with what you've sold him, and how much he will make. I once worked on a video for a law suit that gained a the
Blu Ray decode in-house
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Sorry for cross-posting, but anyway: I have a 2-hour BluRay we made on our FCPX system that now needs to be "ripped"; i.e. converted back into stand-alone mpeg 4 files I can put on a portable drive fo
Re: Blu Ray decode in-house
by Bouke Vahl 1 month ago
Very easy. Use FFmpeg. (Drag FFmpeg and the files into your terminal window) ffmpeg -i input.m2ts -codec copy output.mp4 Bouke www.videotoolshed.com
Blu Ray decode job
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I have a 2-hour bluRay we made on our FCPX system that now needs to be "ripped"; i.e. converted back into stand-alone mpeg 4 files I can put on a portable drive for the client that originated the proj
Re: Blu Ray decode job
by Nick Meyers 4 weeks ago
also look into Make MKV i read somewhere once that chaining the .mkv extension to .mov will make the subsequent conversion to ProRes a lot easier. and i'd give that a try as the one time i converted m
Wireless Transmission Systems
by Randy Davis 1 month ago
We're looking for a reliable transmission system for each of our sony f-series cameras. Does anyone have any advice on a system that will allow us to transmit the video and audio signal to a monitor o
Re: Wireless Transmission Systems
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Teradek is your one-stop shop for this.
Flying and batteries
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
This has come up in this forum a couple of times before, so I thought I'd share a real-world story.... I had to fly to a shoot in Las Vegas last week, all of the gear was checked in big Pelican cases
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Re: Flying and batteries
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Is it bad that while reading, I heard this in Jerry Seinfeld's voice "...and what's the deal with airlines and our lithium ion batteries Am I right " TSA reserves the right to be entirely arbitrary an
Netflix: Three Percent is "Tudo Bom"
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
3% is the title of a Brazilian-made Sci-fi show I found on Netflix yesterday. It's dubbed into English. I liked it; it was structured in a very book-like manner. Some of the plot, you may consider pre
DVD director's commentary
by Bob Cole 1 month ago
I've been using streaming rather than DVDs for awhile, but I just watched a DVD with a director's commentary, and realized how interesting that can be. Have you found a particular DVD commentary more
Re: DVD director's commentary
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
The director commentary tracks in the BMW 'The Hire" series with Clive Owen are all astounding.
How would you quote this?
by Elisa Llamido 1 month ago
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this and weigh in. I really appreciate it!! A few questions: 1. How would you quote the following job A perspective client owns a large demolition comp
Re: How would you quote this?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I might ask the client, if he's sensitive to costs, if there is any pre-prod work he wants to do on his own time dime, before handing it off to you. If you can have him pre-filter that 1Tb of footage
Which FCPX Audio plugs will improve off-mic recording?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Client handed me footage shot (vertical, of course) with an iPhone. I'm dealing with audio that's not unusable, but it does sound "off mic" and a bit hollow. Entertaining suggestions of which of the e
Re: Which FCPX Audio plugs will improve off-mic recording?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Thanks, Noah, which "freebies" in particular If I had money I'd buy Izotope. I don't have that kind of money right now, nor do my clients. So the freebies will have to do for now.
What non-Adobe options for full-featured DVD authoring like DVDSP?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
What are you using, if not the Adobe product For full-featured authoring that includes menus, interactivity, branching, data storage - everything DVDSP used to provide
Re: What non-Adobe options for full-featured DVD authoring like DVDSP?
by Chris Sebes 1 month ago
I'm also still using DVD Studio Pro on a 5,1 Mac Pro running Sierra. I never got into Adobe's DVD authoring solution. I did use it once for a Blu-ray I needed to burn, but that was about it. I took to
Final nail in FCP 7s coffin?
by Al LeVine 2 months ago
During its Platform State of the Union keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple told developers that macOS High Sierra will be the "last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compr
Re: Final nail in FCP 7s coffin?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
"sunk-costs fallacy": i.e. "I spent a grand on this ten years ago, and by jingo, I'm going to use it until they pry it from my stiff hands". Another take on that is, a grand divided into ten years equ
Hmmm....no comments on the Apple WWDC the other day
by Rich Rubasch 2 months ago
iMac Pro, now in gray....powerful but still not upgradeable especially in the PCI world. Really liked the built in 10 gig Ethernet....hoped for that on the trash cans. Liked the new Apple Speaker. Oth
Re: Hmmm....no comments on the Apple WWDC the other day
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Ninety percent of the cost is spent chasing the last ten percent of capability. I think a lot of people not on the very "bleeding edge" are willing to use that's being offered because first if all, it
$10,000-$12,000 Equipment Budget for New Job
by Boe Beito 1 month ago
Hey folks, I posted a similar thread a couple years ago. It was more conceptual then and (surprise, surprise) the budget my company promised didn't materialize. I'm excited to have accepted a new posi
Re: $10,000-$12,000 Equipment Budget for New Job
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Bill's not wrong. You need a large, aircraft-hangar-like space and giant softlight banks to adequately light cars. Or you accept the very fine stock footage and digital models Detroit has already paid
Contract for several social media videos
by Jordon Herdman 2 months ago
So I have an upcoming contract that requires 4 different videos to be filmed and edited at different times of the month, maybe over 2 months. Each shoot could possibly have 1 or 2 videos made out of i
Re: Contract for several social media videos
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
My variation on Greg's advice is to get a separate contract on the shooting first, then one for the edits. One reason for this is: any expenses you incur in the shooting won't have to wait for a bunch
Examples of MCU to super wide shot with presenter
by SD Bedford 2 months ago
I'm looking for examples of something similar to this if anyone has some to share, I can't find this on-line but have seen it many times in TV commercials (this is for a corporate): My presenter will
Re: Examples of MCU to super wide shot with presenter
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
You could cut on a 45 or 90- degree turn, going to the bigger shot on the turn. This hits the eye with the unexpected "bigness" coming after the close-in shots. You don't need two cameras to do it: yo
Gilliam did it
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
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FCPX export options stay grayed-out; can't share to file.
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Slightly older version of FCPX, I have a bit over 6 hours of HD footage painstakingly assembled into a 2-hour rough cut that I wish to export as H.264 or Prores 422, but all the options to export or s
Re: FCPX export options stay grayed-out; can't share to file.
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I never have a problem like this if I follow Shane's Law and copy the P2 cards off to folders in my AV drive before importing them. Only when I work with footage where it's not being copied over on im
Tripod Tilting Problem
by Nick Karner 2 months ago
Hi everyone. I have Manfrotto MA055CX3 carbon legs and a 501hdv fluid head. I shoot a lot of shows and I'm usually center in the auditorium. For a while now, I've had a weird problem. If I'm shooting
Re: Tripod Tilting Problem
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
If that doesn't fix it, you may have some barrel distortion in the lens on wide shots. It can look like you have keystoning happening.
Greenscreen Transparent Bottle
by Joe Obuchowski 2 months ago
Hi, I am wondering if anyone could give some advice for shooting and keying out where the subject is a plastic bottle. The layout is hands in shot (greenscreen) picking up and moving the bottle around
Re: Greenscreen Transparent Bottle
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
It may work if instead of keying, you use a different composite blending mode. When you light something like a wine or beer bottle, it's a common trick to paste white paper across the back to bounce t
Bricklayers and Sculptors
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
There are two different types of editors: Those who lay one shot after another like a bricklayer builds a wall. And those who discover the shape of their film by sculpting the raw material like a scul
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Re: Bricklayers and Sculptors
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I have to disagree about dissolves - they remain an essential part of visual "grammar".
Alien Coversthesameground
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
A much more coherent plot line than Prometheus, this basically incorporates the movie you WANTED to see - Shaw and David fro Prometheus go to the alien Geneer's Homeworld to ask WTF... -into another b
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Re: Alien Coversthesameground
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Well, in the first one, it was dumb to split up into too-small teams. To be fair, Ash the android was working against them. If that sounds familiar, you've seen the new movie.
Guardians 2
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
No, not the thing with owls. The thing with a de-aged Kurt Russel, and a current-aged David Hasselhoff, the talking tree and five post- credit bonus scenes, with two cameos by Stan Lee and one each by
Re: Guardians 2
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I have high hopes for Wonder Woman as well as Justice League. Answering earlier comments, I think it's less about the director and more about starting from a script that has a rugged, logical structur
parade float ideas
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Say you wanted to make a parade float on a used semi trailer chassis. And instead of the traditional built-up prop structures, you used video all over it, a rolling glass box in effect. How would you
Re: parade float ideas
by Jeremi Stoker 13 hours ago
Was curious to know if you had decided on a method for this and if you had started to put anything into motion. I'd like to see the final result if you pull it off.
Smile Cam
by Tim Carnie 3 months ago
I have been tasked to come up with a way to do a smile cam at a live event a live action board game. When a player lands on a specific square, the camera zooms in on their face, there is video of a sh
Re: Smile Cam
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Many less expensive prosumer HD camcorders have a gimmick still effect like this built-in, you could have the camera op trip it, then you just need adaptors to get the HDMI or other connector to match
Cheapest LANC camera
by Dunwoody Lampton 3 months ago
Configuring a three-camera studio for high school student productions. Researching the most inexpensive camera camcorder that must have LANC capability. Thanks.
Re: Cheapest LANC camera
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Blackmagic's pocket size form factor cameras run right at $999 each at Beards N Hats. That's the cheapest *modern* camera I could find on a quick search. You could find a lot of standard def used camc
Text Covering Face
by James Habitan 3 months ago
I know that it's a big no-no to have text cover someone's face in a video, but I'm in a situation at the moment where I'm placing a text containing someone's name next to the person in question but it
Re: Text Covering Face
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
In the sample you gave, it would be better to fly text above the heads or along the very bottom. Across the face looks bad. You could go unconventional, if the material allows, and stack the type up t
How to Change 17 Views into 2 Views in a Multicam Clip
by Ken Bennett 3 months ago
I shot a wedding with 2 cameras. 2nd camera was roaming so it was turned on and off during the ceremony. When I create a Multicam Clip, I end up with 17 Views. Is there a way all of the 2nd cameras sh
Re: How to Change 17 Views into 2 Views in a Multicam Clip
by Doug Metz 3 months ago
Ken Bennett "I select all the clips for camA and camB and create a new Multicam Clip and use audio for syncing. The Angles are all set to Automatic." Step 1: Delete your current Multicam clips Step 2
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A monitor in a VR headset ?
by Jacob Giacometti 3 months ago
Hello, As an independent macro film maker, I am trying to get my hands on a HDMI monitor that sits in a kind of VR Headset (not for 3D, just for 2D monitoring). Or am I being dumb and just any VR head
Re: A monitor in a VR headset ?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Look at the fatshark goggles used for FPV flying, see if these might fit the bill.
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