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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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Running Time for TV Commercials
by James Habitan 3 months ago
I know it's acceptable in broadcasting for commercials to various running times (15s, 30s, 45s and 60s), depending on what is being made. As an editor for television promos, that is what I have to kee
Re: Running Time for TV Commercials
by Mark Suszko 11 hours ago
He's right. One option I might suggest is to make the spot 45 seconds long, then add a 15 second fake ident or PSA "bumper" to it. Fulfills the 60 seconds but looks like a 45 and a 15.
Timelapse - 1 month period
by Joel Roberts 20 hours ago
Hey Guys, Can someone please advise of the best way to capture a time-lapse similar to this, over a one month period. https: www.youtube.com watch v=fr9rd8PjNRI (Not entirely related to FCPX I know, b
Re: Timelapse - 1 month period
by Mark Suszko 13 hours ago
A go pro is great for this, coupled to a power supply of some sort - but, there are advantages to using a webcam instead. Axis has been my go-to choice for this kind of thing in the past. Benefits: Th
Bladerunner II: Electric Boogaloo
by Mark Suszko 1 week ago
I had a mixed set of impressions on this. Saw it in an IMAX on Monday night with about ten people, and it was WAY TOO LOUD. I generally like Zimmer sound tracks, but this one feel to me more like a pa
Re: Bladerunner II: Electric Boogaloo
by Mark Suszko 15 hours ago
I think Gosling's acting relies a lot on the Kuleshov effect I didn't find the placement of the Joi surrogate scene that far off - it's behavior that would be in character for a flesh character love i
Need advice on tripod pan/tilt technique
by Jen Musselman 2 days ago
Hello everyone....I am a videography hobbyist who would like to improve her tripod game. For the past year, I've been filming a college choir regularly. However, despite filming about seven concerts n
Re: Need advice on tripod pan/tilt technique
by Mark Suszko 16 hours ago
Doing the pans and zooms in post can work - it works better, obviously, if your base shot is 4k. I do this in my ukulele concert gigs for my unattended cameras: shoot an HD wide shot, manipulate the p
Spiderman Homecoming
by Mark Suszko 3 months 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 Mark Suszko 1 day ago
Spiderman Homecoming is worth it for: "Guy In CHAIR!" alone. That, and the more awkward than usual 'Homecoming date meets the girl's dad" sequence.
How hard or how much time to do this?
by Larry Watts 5 days ago
I have about a minute of footage I follow shot of a Polar bear walking parallel to me. She is walking on grass and has a chain link fence behind her. I want to composite her walking on hard hard pack
Re: How hard or how much time to do this?
by Mark Suszko 2 days ago
I don't mind doing roto work, but it's always best to avoid it as much as you can. One trick that might work, since the bear is whitish, is to go into color correction and dial up a very high contrast
Capturing CRT TV screen
by Norbert Szabo 3 days ago
Hi, I am new to cameras and recording video and I need your help folks. - I have an analog SD video signal (composite s-video component) (both 50Hz and 60Hz) - There are few CRT TVs and monitors - Bud
Re: Capturing CRT TV screen
by Mark Suszko 2 days ago
Genlocking makes the cameras easy to cut between when using a switcher. it syncs the cameras to the same time base but does nothing about the CRT you're shooting. It's not going to help with your prob
Does any one know a MPEG Streamclip software that can convert a 10000px by 96px .mov to .mp4?
by vicky lu 5 days ago
Hi, guys: Newbie here. I've been working on some LED ribbon animation for stadiums. These ribbon animation is usually a long narrow strip. Since After Effects can only render these into .mov format, I
Re: Does any one know a MPEG Streamclip software that can convert a 10000px by 96px .mov to .mp4?
by Mark Suszko 2 days ago
Kevin, Mpeg Streamclip is indeed righteously good.. but if you're in the mac world, it's doomed by the next OS upgrade, which "breaks" it. So you might need to look deeper into Media Encoder just in s
LED light panels causing headaches. Any ideas?
by Matthew Hintermann 1 month ago
When televising live city council meetings, we augment the chamber lights with 4 LED light panels (similar to your standard Genaray or Ikan panels with adjustable temp. and brightness). Recently, one
Re: LED light panels causing headaches. Any ideas?
by Mark Suszko 2 days ago
It may be because of *contrast* . Walls behind the light sources may be too dark in relation to the lights hitting the talent. The eye's iris wants to open up, because of the relatively dark wall beyo
Creating a Video Team for a Social Media Platform
by Willis Omondi 7 days ago
I have this Unique scenario and requires me to put together a social media team comprising of a video team. What are your recommendations for putting together a video team for social media Also what t
Re: Creating a Video Team for a Social Media Platform
by Mark Suszko 2 days ago
Your first critical pick would be a writer and a producer. This could be one person doing both jobs, but they need to be experienced. Everything and everybody else, you could rent as needed. And the p
Infinite White BG and Canon XF100 orientation?
by Gerry Cast 3 days ago
Hi. I'm shooting a narrator against a 9 ft. wide, pure white background, and if I don't turn the XF100 sideways, I can't get the full body shot, head to toe. But when I do turn the camera sideways to
Re: Infinite White BG and Canon XF100 orientation?
by Mark Suszko 2 days ago
AE is the usual tool for this, but you could take a still from the video into photoshop, use the clone stamp and or gradient tool to extend the existing white and blend it out to fill all the frame sp
Cleaning up a washed out video (from bright back lighting)
by Justin Toney 2 days ago
I was forced to film an interview over a bright backdrop, inside a building. The subject was in an office and his window was behind him. Of course we tried everything to get out of that area but there
Re: Cleaning up a washed out video (from bright back lighting)
by Mark Suszko 2 days ago
The best thing would have been to get an HMI light in there at the shoot time, so your inside light and exterior were both at the same level and color temp. Or, You should have gelled the window, whic
Shooting footage inside a wall.. best work flow?
by Steve Berlowski 2 weeks ago
Here's an interesting one.. We are shooting a spot that will require us to get the POV of moving inside a wall.. around a tight corner.. down a drain Too tight for a Go-Pro. What's best way We may hav
Re: Shooting footage inside a wall.. best work flow?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Does it need to be a real, existing wall Or can you cut to a prop wall or even a sub-scale miniature
The Founder
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
The founder is about the "founder" of McDonald's. I knew Ray Kroc founded McDonald's and that is about all I knew about him. This film is about Ray Kroc and the McDonalds brothers and why it is called
Re: The Founder
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
For those Midwesterners of a certain age, your early teen money-making and character-building opportunities were: walking beans and de-tasseling corn, if you live out in the hinterlands.... or, workin
Question on live captioning services
by Neil Orman 4 weeks ago
Does anyone know if it's typical for the firms that provide live captioning services at events, to also offer .webvtt files at the end of those events allowing you to subtitle the event video recordin
Re: Question on live captioning services
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
I think it's typical that the live captioners add a modest upcharge to convert their transcriptions to VTT. If you're really hurting for budget, a trick I use for shorter projects is to upload the vid
On Screen Talent Wanted: for Salt lake City Talent; Leads; Sites to check?
by Ralph Chaney 2 weeks ago
Greetings, I've got a shoot in Salt Lake City. Part of it will include a Host-type person doing an introduction, then some voice-over work. Need someone solid who can hit lines and easily make variati
Re: On Screen Talent Wanted: for Salt lake City Talent; Leads; Sites to check?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
The broadcasting school in Salt Lake City churns out hundreds of such newsfolk annually, suggest you try the coms dept. at Brigham Young U
Lighting intervews
by Ben Edwards 6 months ago
Hi. Previously I was using open faced lights but have now got a couple or Fresnels. Was wondering roughly what diffuser level and type a Fresnel was equivalent to (compared to open faced). Ultimately
Re: Lighting intervews
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
"I learned it from YOU, dad!!!"
Gooble-gobble, training materials to transition
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
"One of us! One of us!" I find myself an FCPX guy in need of also learning PP CC in somewhat of a hurry. What would you say are the best Creative Cloud Premire training courses for someone in my posit
Re: Gooble-gobble, training materials to transition
by Yair Bartal 1 week ago
You may want to look at this one: https: www.youtube.com watch v=HoXKPou8at4&list=PLOVqmUlWq2N_uiWwiZeJRuzJwC6Bq8Xne
Product "How-To" Video Lighting Question
by Chris De La Fuente 4 months ago
Hey, I am a long-time lurker, but first-time poster! I have been working with a client of mine for a while now making product how-to videos. These are very simple, shot on a color background using han
Re: Product "How-To" Video Lighting Question
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
The reverse side of a roll of vinyl sheet flooring, primed with Kilz Latex and then painted, makes an excellent backdrop that's cheap yet also durable.
Learning how to use different cameras/lights on a budget?
by Elizabeth Johnson 2 weeks ago
Hi all, I'm adept at using a few cameras, including the C100, but I'd like to know how to work with more cameras. It's very costly to rent equipment, and I'd love to know if anyone has suggestions of
Re: Learning how to use different cameras/lights on a budget?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
I can't help you much with the camera side, but you can learn a lot of the basics about how to light, without owning any lights, or needing any large studio space, by modeling a scene in a 3-d animati
Bars, Tone, and Countdown
by Norm Kaiser 2 months ago
Hello all: I'm working with a station that requires bars, tone, and a countdown leader. The part I'm confused about...So I'm going to add bars and tone at 58:30:00...and then slate and countdown, etc.
Re: Bars, Tone, and Countdown
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Greg's description is pretty much the standard. There might be variations regarding stereo and surround audio tracks that could complicate matters but personally I think it's been years since we were
Fair Use vs. Licensing for Doc film
by Zachary Heffner 4 weeks ago
Hey All - Working on an ambitious doc project ( i'm a DP, so first time in producer's chair) and I am trying to figure out the best use practices for using copyrighted material in my film. Some things
Re: Fair Use vs. Licensing for Doc film
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
http: www.openculture.com 2015 01 bound-by-law-free-comic-book-explains-how-copyright-complicates-art.html
Four Months Worth of Movie GIF Reactions
by Scott Roberts 2 weeks ago
I've been somewhat absent from this beloved forum for a good chunk of this year, which makes me sad! Life has decided to become exceptionally busy for me in every way. From buying a new house and doin
Re: Four Months Worth of Movie GIF Reactions
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Welcome to fatherhood and the end of your freedom to enjoy your own time on your own terms for about 20 years. At least I'm sure you won't be one of those people that brings an infant to the theater,
Capturing Audio for a Large Talkshow
by Anthony Hudson 1 month ago
I'm looking for advice on how to go about capturing better audio for a talk show I am currently filming. Right now, we have a three camera set up and have just been using audio from one of the camera
Re: Capturing Audio for a Large Talkshow
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Two guys with very sensitive shotgun mics, one on each side, could handle this, each operator covering one half of the set. Not perfect, but better than a fixed camera-mounted shotgun. This would be a
Where do I find editing analysis videos?
by Reid Kimball 2 weeks ago
I am looking for videos of editors who analyze the editing techniques and thought processes used in editing the major TV shows and movies. For example, the video would go through most of the scenes of
Re: Where do I find editing analysis videos?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Have you looked at the AFI and ACE websites
best option for keying moving animal ?
by Larry Watts 3 weeks ago
I shot footage of a bear walking in a grassy area and want to key in a snowy background. What options do I have THX Larry
Re: best option for keying moving animal ?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
I think Jeff's right about the roto work, but you could perhaps get lucky and reduce some of the workload if you can create a hi-con matte by tweaking the color correction settings and using a luma ke
Video Licensing
by Sarah Rimassa 2 weeks ago
I recently created some online branded content for a pretty big international company. The content has a focused demographic, and will live on websites that relate to it(ie....content about bikes will
Re: Video Licensing
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
You don't want to seem greedy on this, certainly. Be sure to bill for the time, but you want to name a price that's still cheaper than the client having to go somewhere else to re-do it all from scrat
Autosave vault caper
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
I worked on a project on a Friday and made some edits on Monday and Tuesday, then decided I want to revert to the place I was at Friday. And quelle surprize; the vault is, well not "empty", but it onl
Re: Autosave vault caper
by Jeremy Garchow 3 weeks ago
Are your backups set to default location What happens when you try to restore an older version from FCP and not the Finder
Acoustics in a warehouse?
by Benjamin Stafford 2 months ago
Hello My brother and I are planning to open a blackbox studio space in his warehouse. The purpose of the blackbox studio is to let artists perform live, record TV shows, etc... I am now helping him to
Re: Acoustics in a warehouse?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
To get what you're asking for, you're going to have to build acoustically-dampened walls and ceilings inside the existing structure, and a silent HVAC system. And a lighting grid with supporting power
Is $250/minute for whiteboard animation worth it?
by Joe Clark 1 month ago
Hello, I am looking to have a whiteboard animation done, as all the top (Clickbank) sellers in my niche have such a sales page. I found a seller on oDesk, with testimonials of past projects(whiteboard
Re: Is $250/minute for whiteboard animation worth it?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
There are several levels of whiteboard animation, and different techniques; some of them fast and cheesy, others take a lot of manual labor and time but give a good-looking final result. The ones RSA
Playing a .mov clip through a projector
by Mark Ireland 3 weeks ago
I have a 60min film that I edited in Premiere pro and want to show at a movie theater via an HDMI cable through my macbook. I did a test run at the theater and during any motion shots, the image seeme
Re: Playing a .mov clip through a projector
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
I think ideally you are supposed to render your movie out as a DCP package and let the theater's playback system handle it. You may not have the thruput to make this work, coming out the mac thru a ca
How do you make money editing?
by Reid Kimball 1 month ago
Hello, I see more people talking about how hard it is to make money as an artist these days. The business models have changed rapidly because of the internet. We're all part of one huge experiment whe
Re: How do you make money editing?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Don't try to compete with the local TV station in a game where they hold all the winning cards. I'd say forget broadcast TV altogether, but, if that's an area in which you want to try and work, ad spo
Flickering LED lights Frequency Black lines
by Derek Charles 3 weeks ago
I have black lines that slowly roll upwards in the frame - Any way to get rid of these I use Sony Vegas Pro 13 You can see them on the wall here -
Re: Flickering LED lights Frequency Black lines
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
If those were captured in the camera, you may not have any good options. First be sure that you have all the codec and frame-rate settings absolutely correct. With luck, you set something wrong during
Beginner and filming wedding for experience! need tips
by Bryce Douglass 1 month ago
Hello, I'm filming a wedding for a friend. He's not paying me as he can't afford much and he's also letting me film to get experience for weddings so that I eventually can hire to film weddings. I am
Re: Beginner and filming wedding for experience! need tips
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Bryce, "looping" the vows in post would be a nightmare for you, especially if you're not an expert editor. Put the wireless on the groom and the receiver for it on ONE of the two cameras, then inside
What minimun Imac requirements do I need?
by Francisco Bech Gómez 1 month ago
Hello, I need to buy an Imac, second hand. Right now I have an old model from 2008, I am not aware of recent hardware improvements etc. I need to edit Panasonic GH2 and Black Magic PC 4k material, wha
Re: What minimun Imac requirements do I need?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
To expand on what Grinner said, it doesn't have to be brand new, though that's of course ideal. A two-year-old one should still be okay for 4K, as long as the RAM has been maxed-out. I don't know if t
senior citizen video sharing??
by Alan Balch 1 month ago
hello all, My church has asked me to reach out to former members of our congregation. I am supposed to ask them to shoot a video of themselves with their favorite memories from our church from their t
Re: senior citizen video sharing??
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Take most of it out of their hands, and do the interviews via skype or google hangout, etc. and record it at your end.
How much do you charge for a wedding?
by S. Lorraine Roman 3 weeks ago
A poll: how much do you charge for a wedding I know that there is no black-and-white answer, that it all depends on the situation (your standard of living, clients' budgets, length of day, deliverable
Re: How much do you charge for a wedding?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
A good place to start is to know your day rate and thus hourly rate. Look in archives of the biz and marketing forum of the COW for an exhaustive set of how-to's and discussions on how to set a proper
DaVinci Resolve 14 for Final Cut Pro 7 Users
by David Lawrence 4 weeks ago
Lost count of how many times she says "Just like in Final Cut Pro 7" but I found myself smiling quite a lot. At $299 it's a no-brainer no matter what your current NLE of choice. https: www.youtube.com
Re: DaVinci Resolve 14 for Final Cut Pro 7 Users
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Maybe I'm thinking about it from the wrong end.... does a nodal compositor like Fusion work with any of those Noise Industries FX factory plug-ins
How much is too much for an explainer video
by Joe Clark 2 months ago
Hello, I'm trying to gauge opinion on small business video explainer and introduction videos as it's something we get asked about quite a lot but frankly we just can't do as the margins aren't there.
Re: How much is too much for an explainer video
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I see a lot of businesses doing these on the web, very few of them do it at all well. The audio is almost always terrible, second, the lighting is generally poor, as is the camera work. Third, the wri
How to get wrinkles out of polyester green screen Trevira cs Fabric
by Lennart Holterman 2 months ago
Hello There, I was wondering if anybody has experience with: getting wrinkles out of polyester green screen (Trevira cs Fabric) Hope somebody can help Greetz Lenny
Re: How to get wrinkles out of polyester green screen Trevira cs Fabric
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
You may have to put a little mechanical stress on the fibers by stretching as you steam them. I read somewhere the heat limit on this material is 60 degrees centigrade.
Qmaster mess
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Tried to make a DVD off the timeline in FCP7 and it flamed out, saying it cant find QMaster. What do I do
Re: Qmaster mess
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I was doing the old "share" from the timeline bit.
Don't you hate it???
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Just an exasperated rant I thought I'd share... We're prepping for a big location shoot tomorrow... and found this little blue screw in the bottom of the main camera case... It's not too unusual for s
Re: Don't you hate it???
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Rich, I HAVE done this, long ago, as an April Fool prank on our engineer; knowing he just finished putting a camera back together, I planted a handful of "extra" screws under it, so when he picked up
The viability of starting a production business - should a new guy head toward or or away?
by Nick Ryan 2 months ago
Hey all! I've got a question for all you established business gurus. I'm wondering what the current climate of the production world is, and if it's foolish to head into it if I'm already established i
Re: The viability of starting a production business - should a new guy head toward or or away?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Rich, steer the kids into careers in copyright law and IP litigation, and they will be able to pay for a very nice retirement for you later :-)
Panic over Mpeg Streamclip compatibility with High Sierrra
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
If I had another kid, I would name him or her "Mpeg Streamclip", I love that software so much. I might even get the Squared 5 logo tattooed on me, somewhere. Use it every day, and recommend it to many
Re: Panic over Mpeg Streamclip compatibility with High Sierrra
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I'm gonna miss it like I miss my dad's '68 Mustang. Any suggestions on replacements The client base is locked into seven-year-old Windows Media Player, and for reasons I can't get into here, getting t
American Football game video production behind goal posts
by Andre Anthonio 3 months ago
I need help making decisions to improve my sports video production capability and work flow. I shoot American Football games with one manually operated single camera (Canon XHA1) at the 50 yard line.
Re: American Football game video production behind goal posts
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
If you can't find tripods that size, and a single pole or guyed extension ladder isn't stable enough, you might want to look at an unconventional use of hunter's tree stands, which are pretty affordab
music rights for internal corporate video?
by barbara daly 2 months ago
I have a client who wants to create an employee video using a pop song but changing the lyrics and singing it karaoke style. The video will be used in-house only, sung by current employees. It will be
Re: music rights for internal corporate video?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
There is no such animal any more as: "internal use only". EVERYTHING finds a way to get "into the wild", i.e. some idjit or a member of his family WILL post the video somewhere, and it WILL get on the
Need ways to improve these video testimonials - new backdrop idea?
by Adam Barefoot 2 months ago
So i am a full time media specialist for an online school and film 13-15 student stories every year at our graduation. i am looking to switch up the look this year since the past 25 have been the same
Re: Need ways to improve these video testimonials - new backdrop idea?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Greg's on the right track, I would add that throwing a gobo pattern onto the backdrop, whatever that is, can help a lot. The simplest one I use most often is to use a pen to randomly punch various siz
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create a professional animated marketing video
by Joe Clark 2 months ago
Hello, I am looking to create a Animated marketing video that uses the same as this video How to use your tastecard I would like to be able to so the 3d shots with roadmap style movement animation. Al
Re: create a professional animated marketing video
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Joe, if you work for these guys, you really should tell them to just buy an ad.
Using videos edited while employed at a business in portfolio without permission?
by Jarrod Brown 3 months ago
Sorry if this is in the wrong section, if someone could point me to the right section to put this in I'd greatly appreciate it So a bit of context, I work at a small video production business in Melbo
Re: Using videos edited while employed at a business in portfolio without permission?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Rich's idea should work... you don't want to come across as ethically "complicated". The other options include, flat-out asking the current place for permission to extract short clips, which yes, may
Rant with a question
by Roy Schneider 2 months ago
Good Morning Everyone: I hope everyone is doing well. This will most likely come across as a rant in the form of a question (sorry it is so long). I had n eclectic client approach me to create an inte
Re: Rant with a question
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Then they send you the link to a copy of "Avatar". and say: "Do that. For no extra cost."
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