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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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You are the first beta-test forum of the new system
by Ronald Lindeboom 1 day ago
I just got off the phone with our head of engineering, Rob Elder, and he told me that the new COW starts with you. This forum has been chosen to get the first swing of the bat and we look forward to y
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Re: You are the first beta-test forum of the new system
by Mark Suszko 9 hours ago
I can't comment: they made me sign an NDA... I think. Or maybe that was just a ploy to shut me up....
Having a difficult time
by Greg Ball 7 days ago
Hi guys, I need some advise and encouragement. Business has been extremely slow. I've tried several different ideas but nothing has worked. One of my biggest challenges is that clients don't want to p
Re: Having a difficult time
by Mark Suszko 10 hours ago
It's more work, but making multiple, single-purpose web sites based around a particular use case may get more customers than the 'Chinese menu" buffet single web site. Though I like the current one ok
Adding viewer interactive element to Videos
by Timothy Gienapp 5 days ago
Any advice on how to create videos that measure a person's reaction time. When they see a specific item appear on the video they would click the mouse or space bar. Depending on how long it took them
Re: Adding viewer interactive element to Videos
by Mark Suszko 14 hours ago
This could be built in Visual Basic. The modules for the various timing, display, and scoring functions are probably already written. A trip to GitHub is in order... and a sixer of red bulls for your
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Stan Lee
by Todd Terry 1 day ago
Well, we lost Stan Lee as everyone probably knows by now. Can't be too sad for someone who lasted 95 years and led such an amazing life. One thing that struck me... I just scrolled through an online g
Re: Stan Lee
by Mark Suszko 14 hours ago
One of the fun things in Marvel movies is finding Stan's Hitchcock-like cameos. I hoped he banked a few before he left us. Also, he's going to have a sit-down with Jack Kirby now for sure.
todays politics and AVID/FCP/FCPX/Davinci/Premiere/Vegas and the name change of this forum
by Bob Zelin 5 days ago
Hi - I know this is a very volatile subject, and I expect it to be removed. But the "current" title of this forum has not changed to "Apple Talk" and STILL has the word "Debates" in the name. We all o
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Re: todays politics and AVID/FCP/FCPX/Davinci/Premiere/Vegas and the name change of this forum
by Mark Suszko 5 days ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=XU3qfDtWFmk
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Charging Batteries: leave on charger or no?
by steve hobbs 4 weeks ago
So I hear different views on this one. When charging batteries for cameras, lights, etc. is it better to leave them in the charger or take them off once fully charged
Re: Charging Batteries: leave on charger or no?
by Mark Suszko 6 days ago
Depends on the battery chemistry and if it's a "smart" charger, i.e. a "balancing" charger. LiPo batteries with multiple internal cells use special circuitry that evens-out and matches the voltages in
How should I invoice for a fixed price project?
by Chris Park 6 days ago
Hi there! First of all, thanks so much for sparing your precious time for me :). I'm a motion designer in Sydney with about a year of experience in the industry but have never done a fixed price freel
Re: How should I invoice for a fixed price project?
by Mark Suszko 6 days ago
You're probably right that the short turn-around time makes it impractical to break the payments down into a down payment and a final. Though that's always the best way to go IMO. So you are going to
Sound activated plugins for FCPX
by Evan Brindle 7 days ago
Hi all, I'm after a method to use the location sound (person talking) to effect the subtitles on screen. Anyone got any plugins they can suggest Many Thanks
Re: Sound activated plugins for FCPX
by Mark Suszko 6 days ago
In Motion, you can animate a behavior that's linked to an audio source, then publish that to FCPX. I made a plug-in that way once to blink the screen to black on the loud drum beats of an incoming mus
"No, you can't close this Library"
by Mark Suszko 1 week ago
This has been happening to me the last few days. I want to close a library but the option is grayed-out. What'sup
Re: "No, you can't close this Library"
by Jeremy Garchow 1 week ago
Trash prefs.
A difficult client.
by Paul Guarri 1 week ago
Hi, I was asked to work as a finishing editor on some projects. I will work at the client's place. I must be available for about two or three days per project but they don't have a schedule. They told
Re: A difficult client.
by Mark Suszko 1 week ago
This is a ridiculous ask on the part of the client. Nobody can afford to work like that for more than a week: the client is preventing you from being available to do other jobs. In labor law cases set
The Other Side Of The Wind
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Okay, I saw it. Been wanting to see it for years, and very appreciative that Netflix has it. The new documentary about the movie: "They'll Love Me When I'm Dead", is a true tour-de-force, and I recomm
Tiering" the levels of service
by Duane Hurd 2 weeks ago
I've heard about "tiering" the levels of service offered to internal clients. (Gold silver bronze, etc). Who out there does this and how do you tier your services Duane Hurd Manager Creative Services
Re: Tiering" the levels of service
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
That's an interesting way to go about it. If you're telling them their project only rates a bronze-level service, though, does that provoke them into going off to DIY it without you We once went thru
To fade or not to fade
by Rich Rubasch 3 years ago
Since a lot of our videos end up on the web do you add fades front and back Seems we still should. Most players display a thumbnail with a play icon prior to starting. If there is no fade the user cli
Re: To fade or not to fade
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
There is; the iconic piece-of-film-stuck-in-projector-gate-melts-to-white. https: www.youtube.com watch v=AyTtFNGzFsE
Maniac on Netflix
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Starts slowly but picks up after the second episode. Fun and twisty adult sci fi comedy-drama about two psychologically damaged people with broken lives who join a hybrid VR prescription drug therapy
fcp 7 audio/video drift/sync
by Ted Coakley 3 weeks ago
I have a clip (.MOV, ProRes 422 HQ, 720x480, 48kHz, 29.97, 16-bit Integer (Big Endian), Stereo) that plays just fine in Finder and in QuickTime Player (versions 7.6.6 and 10.3), but in FCP 7.0.3, the
Re: fcp 7 audio/video drift/sync
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
In all the banter about frame rate, anybody check and match the audio SAMPLE rates
First Man
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
I think the key to a good bio pic is: did you feel like you got into the head of the subject of the movie Did you get a feel for what it was like, to be that person I don't know that I did at all with
Re: First Man
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Exactly: when it's supposed to emulate combat camera footage, or the view from the helmet cam of someone out on EVA, it's appropriate. When it's a dinner table scene... not so much.
OS Mojave vs. Audacity
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
I was helping someone with an audio project and they upgraded to Mojave before we started. I used a USB a d audio converter for audio capture from an analog source. The mac audio controls panel read t
Re: OS Mojave vs. Audacity
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Good to know, thanks. Must be a problem specific to my friends' install.
How does one make locations look good?
by ryan elder 3 weeks ago
For my next project I would like to make the locations and the production design look really good, since I didn't feel they looked that good in my previous works. I thought maybe I should just spend t
Re: How does one make locations look good?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
blah blah blah, can't do this, can't do that; you are freaking Hamlet over here. Always with an excuse not to do something. It's trolleriffically boring. Look, I've always tried to cheer new people on
Loved then, loathed now: 70's and 80's movies seen in today's light
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Molly Ringwald's talked about what time has done to her and John Hughes' oeuvre. You can point to a lot of films from the 70's and 80's and what was just funny or unimportant then, can seem horrific n
Re: Loved then, loathed now: 70's and 80's movies seen in today's light
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
It's never been about the quality of the effects. They elevate good material, but they can't save bad material. if the script and acting and everything else is good, the audience overlooks the FX.
Just A Quick Question
by David Mathis 2 weeks ago
Once the forum name is officially changed how can we get more participation This is a sincere question. I love this forum and want to see it thrive.
Re: Just A Quick Question
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
You ever read "Stone Soup"
stabilizing to one point
by Greg Vitale 3 weeks ago
Hey guys, It's been quite a while since I've dusted off the video editing and i'm having a hard time finding something i want to do. I feel like it should be simple enough and probably a plugin i'm mi
Re: stabilizing to one point
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
It's very easy in Apple Motion to use the tracker to do this. Then publish or export the vid to fcpx. You *can* use FCPX plug-ins to stabilize footage in a general way, automatically, as in shaky foot
decent training out there?
by Andy Engelkemier 3 weeks ago
We have a Canon 6D for photos. I'm not sure about it's video capability, but that's what we have now, and people keep shooting garbage with their iphones then giving to me to edit. I'd like to do a li
Re: decent training out there?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
There's a ton of free online training out there on lighting for film and video. But one place I point people to when they are starting out is the online interactive lighting setup made by Lowel. It's
New, maybe last, season of Netflix's "DareDevil" is magnificent, see it while you can.
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Some magnificent storytelling going on here and Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin performance just keeps getting more nuanced and brilliant. Emmy bait for sure. See this series now because it looks like Mar
Exported movie too long
by Xavier Van Muylder 3 weeks ago
hi all, I suppose a very stupid question for experienced FCP users, but I simply can't find the solution. My Sequence is 2min30sec long, but when I export, the movie is almost 3min12sec long, with bla
Re: Exported movie too long
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
It sounds like you may have made an error in marking the end point of the timeline. Go to the timeline's end, and mark an in-point ("I") where you want the thing to end, then hit the right-arrow or th
What do you think of these lens zooms?
by ryan elder 1 month ago
I wanted to do some fast zooms for a few shots in a current project, kind of like the fast zooms you see in older movies, during certain reveals. I did some practicing on the zooms, but what do you th
Re: What do you think of these lens zooms?
by Gary Huff 4 weeks ago
You have money to fly people in and purchase all this gear and yet not be able to afford a filming permit
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Apple Compressor 4.4.1 - TGA Image Sequence
by Burhan Aksendir 1 month ago
I m using the latest version of Compressor 4.4.1. Whenever I select any video and try to export it as a TGA Image Sequence, I always get this error: Failed: Failed to write the image file. Is there a
Re: Apple Compressor 4.4.1 - TGA Image Sequence
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Too late to help, but wanted to add that Photoshop can batch convert a folder of tiffs or whatever into targas or whatever.
What format does one present your storyboards in to your DP and crew?
by ryan elder 4 weeks ago
When it comes to doing storyboards I was thinking about learning how to use frameforge and doing it that way, to present them with more clarity. But how do you present them to your DP and crew, after
Re: What format does one present your storyboards in to your DP and crew?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
I don't normally disagree with Gary, but Storyboards can be very helpful, particularly for inexperienced teams. They don't necessarily need to be highly detailed or fancy. Somewhere I still have a lit
Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
What!?!? It's just a support forum? Then I must be in the wrong place; forget everything I said :-)
Zebra Stipes: Using a Gray Scale
by Thomas Hanser 4 weeks ago
Can a grayscale card (Kodak) be used to determine precise exposure, with your zebra stripes set to 70% I was taught that zebra stripes will appear on correctly exposed Caucasian skin. But why not use
Re: Zebra Stipes: Using a Gray Scale
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
I'd suggest that rather than just a gray card, you get an actual color bar chart to use on set: part of the chart is specifically made to calibrate exposure. And if you can afford it, get a Macbeth ch
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FCP 7 to Premiere Pro CC 2018
by Tudor Applen 1 month ago
So I have this ancient project from more than a decade ago. Back in 2009, I got dis-heartened and didn't complete a personal project despite a huge investment. Fast forward to now... My wife wants to
Re: FCP 7 to Premiere Pro CC 2018
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Apple Compressor should be able to convert the DVC Pro in batches. MPEG Streamclip can do them one by one but it's free. But I think Mojave may have killed it.
Corporate vids: Should I use one library and one event for all footage/projects?
by Dave Smith 4 weeks ago
Hi, I started using FCPX's Libraries as the main 'container' for each corporate video I'm producing for my company. Then I realized I have to duplicate footage into the next movies Library in order to
Re: Corporate vids: Should I use one library and one event for all footage/projects?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
The great thing about Lawrence's suggestion is, it reduces the storage overhead because you're not making multiple copies of the footage over and over for each new thing you make. Saves a lot of drive
And Desktop Adobe Rush overview from the "Premiere" FCPX site ;)
by Craig Seeman 4 weeks ago
http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 2120-first-look-adobe-rush And an oops on Adobe and ProRes RAW In other Adobe news, the first updates showed that Premiere now supported ProRes RAW. That inform
Re: And Desktop Adobe Rush overview from the "Premiere" FCPX site ;)
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Still funny, though:-)
Share waiting on stabilization that won't complete
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
So on my timeline I have two hours' worth of 2-track video of a conference. The B cameraman did a lousy job and pretty much all his shots needed to have stabilization engaged. I patiently waited for e
Re: Share waiting on stabilization that won't complete
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
For giggles, I went ahead and commanded the share over the objections of the pop-up warning; it's rendering out now, I'll look it over when done. In the dialog box for the share, in the area underneat
Can I keyframe the high pass and low pass filters?
by Noam Osband 1 month ago
I am using the high pass and low pass filters. I want to adjust the DB level. I can move the one keyframe I see when I drop in the effect, but I can't add any keyframes. So I can't actually raise the
Re: Can I keyframe the high pass and low pass filters?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I don't think high pass and low pass are necessarily the filters you want, if you're just wanting to smooth out the dynamic peaks and valleys. I used to use a freeware called "Levelator" to treat my a
Using Photos and Videos for Political Facebook videos
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
I'm creating a Facebook video and website video for a congressman. No charge. I'd like to use photos videos of his opponents and also some key areas that he's been involved in. I'm wondering what we c
Re: Using Photos and Videos for Political Facebook videos
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
You can use what his campaign has paid for and owns and gives you. News clips will need clearance and a fee from the TV station and or network. Same for newspaper stills. Screen-capping the other side
Do I have to deal with a union?
by Paul Gustafson 1 month ago
I have been contracted to film some interviews at a convention center in another city. Is there a website that I could see to find out if a union person is required to be on site I know in NYC it is.
Re: Do I have to deal with a union?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Couldn't hurt. Not knowing before going is much worse.
Converting DV/DVCPRO 50 clips to Apple Prores
by Doug Jones 1 month ago
Hi all: I'm hoping some Finals Cut Pro genius can help me. I have been uploading archival video clips to Shutterstock successfully for months. The codec of my clips is DV DVCPRO 50. My Final Cut Pro i
Re: Converting DV/DVCPRO 50 clips to Apple Prores
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
To add to the good suggestions here, FFmpeg now has a GUI front end; for a few bucks, it will replace mpeg streamclip in cases where your OS upgrade kills that app. But I'd first go with batch convert
Moving away from DVD for Recital type events. Any advice on digital file delivery that won't leave me broke?
by Anthony Popolo 2 months ago
Hi, I've been filming school shows and dance recitals for over ten years and have been selling them and distributing to students via DVDs. Some kids bought them, some didn't. No problem. I hate that I
Re: Moving away from DVD for Recital type events. Any advice on digital file delivery that won't leave me broke?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
You *could* add to the existing DVDs you make, a "Bonus material" folder containing the High-def version of the show in MPEG4 or h.264 or h.265 format, or just burn the files to DVD with a note on the
How do I create depth of field?
by Marc Echstein 2 months ago
Hi everyone. I am busy compositing a 3D animation. I have a grayscale Z-depth pass (white is closest to camera, black is furthest - see attached image), and I need to use that to create depth of field
Re: How do I create depth of field?
by Dirk de Jong 2 months ago
Marc Echstein " I have a grayscale Z-depth pass (white is closest to camera, black is furthest - see attached image), and I need to use that to create depth of field in FCPX. What is the best method
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Looking for Mobile Phone Production Setup
by Cameron Dozier 2 months ago
My boss asked me to put together a mobile phone production rig. She wants something to hold the phone, a little mixer for it and mount for the mixer, some sort of lav, preferably wireless, and a grip
Re: Looking for Mobile Phone Production Setup
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
One additional thought; a Manfrotto Fig Rig would be a great way to hold all the bits together in an easy-to-hold system. I have a DIY version made from an old bike rim with slotted angle iron spot-we
Is it bad to use footage from other movies, when making a documentary?
by ryan elder 2 months ago
I am making a doc type of project right now, but I don't want to just show interviews only, as that can be quite boring, especially compared to other docs how it's done. The project is on war and poli
Re: Is it bad to use footage from other movies, when making a documentary?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
http: www.openculture.com 2015 01 bound-by-law-free-comic-book-explains-how-copyright-complicates-art.html
FCPX Captions
by Oliver Peters 2 months ago
I have been using FCPX to QC closed captions created by an outside vendor. I imported the .scc file over the image and I've noticed a number of anomalies. This is a 90-minute feature. In approximately
Re: FCPX Captions
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I'd be curious to read your follow-up messages on how you found and fixed this problem. At a guess, I'd posit that there's an extra space or invisible character in the bad caption lines somewhere, or
FCP X hits 3.5 Million users?
by Bill Davis 2 months ago
Atomos CEO Jeromy Young says so in a live interview from the IBC Floor. Slip of the tongue Judge for yourself. If true, that s kinda crazy growth acceleration. https: m.youtube.com watch v=OvKw3msZ6h0
Re: FCP X hits 3.5 Million users?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=wRxHYHPzs7s Revel in your time...... We've been singing this song since the DV video format came out. We had a good ride. Like it, don't like it, it's gonna happen anywa
Green Screen [DSLR] - Epic Rap Battles Of Hiissttoorryyyyyyyy
by Michael Cassidy 3 months ago
TLDR: I'm looking for some advice on Canon 70D settings for work with Green Screen and some pointers about zooming from a full body shot to a close up face shot. Hi there I have a pretty modest Youtub
Re: Green Screen [DSLR] - Epic Rap Battles Of Hiissttoorryyyyyyyy
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
If you shoot in 4k, you have more options for re-framing the shots in post while still keeping decent resolution. But my advice is to shoot the full-body shots, then manually bring the camera in close
Latency issue for live event projection with Livestream HD31?
by Anthony Popolo 2 months ago
I'm doing a multicamera event and projecting the feed to large screens IN THE SAME ROOM as the event (singers and speakers). I'm running 3 cameras (JVC GY-HM700) through a Livestream HD31 switcher (ru
Re: Latency issue for live event projection with Livestream HD31?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Depending where you live, you should be able to rent it. I can vouch for the ease of use of the Edirol (Roland) as well as the Panasonic.
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cannot share from FCPX 10.4 to Youtube anymore
by Billy Young 2 months ago
Hi Guys, In the past I could Share to YouTube, about a year ago, but for some reason that is not working anymore, When I go to the Share Menu in FCPX, I select YouTube, configure the settings in the D
Re: cannot share from FCPX 10.4 to Youtube anymore
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Try creating a blank new YouTube account for testing purposes. Be sure you've nuked all the cookies in your browser of choice as well. then try a test load, the way you used to.
Vimeo Stock Footage
by David Mathis 2 months ago
Vimeo is now in the stock footage game. This looks to be interesting and might offer a great value. Love to hear your thoughts! https: vimeo.com stock
Re: Vimeo Stock Footage
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
How fast easy can I find what I need, and can I afford it
Mock Up Software
by Alan Balch 5 months ago
Anybody know an online tool I can use to create a mock-up of a green screen studio I've found a couple of sites like planyourroom.com and livingspaces.com but they're not quite what I need. I'm lookin
Re: Mock Up Software
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I use Sketch-up for this. I think they make a version now that's customized for the film-maker, but I make do with the free basic online version.
Lighting a room for green screen
by Alan Balch 4 months ago
I'm in the process of trying to figure out how to best light a room for green screen. The room I'm trying to light is 10' wide, 20' long and 10' high. My main question is whether or not I should try t
Re: Lighting a room for green screen
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I'm assuming you mean you're lighting one wall in that room, not the entire room. I get very good base lighting on my green blue screens with a couple of big Lowel Rifa softlights. At home, I get the
Art Doesn't Pay - redux
by Oliver Peters 2 months ago
https: digitalfilms.wordpress.com 2018 09 04 art-doesnt-pay https: www.redsharknews.com production item 5734-frame-io-gives-back-to-the-video-community-with-tips-and-advice-videos-from-its-talented-pr
Re: Art Doesn't Pay - redux
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Preach it, brother Bob. I've seen first-hand examples of very gifted people who have natural talent, and squandered it, wasted it.... and I've seen more "average" people who got good by just sticking
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