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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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Shooting a conference video
by Greg Ball 4 days ago
Hi all, I'm bidding on a conference video shoot. Our camera needs to be positioned in the back of the ballroom which is 100 feet away. There will be people speaking from a podium and also a few panel
Re: Shooting a conference video
by Mark Suszko 16 hours ago
Ballrooms are often horrible places to shoot. The house lighting is often poor, of the wrong color temp, there are sometimes windows and backlighting to deal with, and or placed in unfavorable places.
FCPX export options stay grayed-out; can't share to file.
by Mark Suszko 12 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 16 hours ago
Hey Chris, I've been too busy to respond until just now, but I wanted to say it was providential that you posted your response when you did. The moment it went up, I was in exactly the situation you d
What's this two camera angle technique called and more examples?
by Kris Williams 3 weeks ago
Im planning some shots for a short film and I'm wondering... 1) Do you know the name of the shot where there are 2 or 3 cameras filming the same object but from a slightly different angle I suppose it
Re: What's this two camera angle technique called and more examples?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
One old music video comes to mind: Wang Chung "Everybody Wang Chung tonight", which may not be the first time this was done, but it's the first one I remember seeing. It's a cheat in that it's actuall
Convert XML file of captions to .srt?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
How
Re: Convert XML file of captions to .srt?
by Andreas Kiel 2 weeks ago
Another possible option: I've created one new app (and added a feature to X-Title Caption Convert). For these betas I will use Dropbox. New: X-Title Caption Export Easy way to convert one or more Capt
Putting a video onto a TV screen in a clip
by Michael West 3 weeks ago
Hello all: I need to edit a video onto a TV screen in a clip. The scenario is God is watching TV and changing channels. The actual on-screen time won't be so long that motion tracking will be necessar
Re: Putting a video onto a TV screen in a clip
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
You're welcome. The distort tool and the multipoint mask will be your friends here. Avoid having to track matte this. If you shoot a locked down "plate" shot of the TV area, a little wide, at 2k or 4
Avengers: Infinity War (Spoiler-free version)
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Well you certainly get a lot of movie for your dollar on this one. Marvel's interlocking Avengers movies have created a star-spanning meta-story that's akin to a modern-day Wagner's Ring Cycle. Is it
Re: Avengers: Infinity War (Spoiler-free version)
by Scott Roberts 2 weeks ago
Mark Suszko "So, how many of the previous Avengers movies could you have missed and still "get" Infinity War " I think you probably need to have a basic understanding of who Doctor Strange is as well
Pixellization effect
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
I haven't yet installed R15 so I haven't seen a list of the built-in FX in Resolve that don't require Fusion. I'm particularly interested in Pixelization effects to superficially make someone look lik
Create a traditional animation-look (Animating in "2s")
by Nailuj Cequeña 4 weeks ago
I am looking for a way to animate a motion but only every 2 frames. What I'm trying to achieve is a motion not so "smooth" but more of like a traditional 2d animation. Basically, there's a new drawing
Re: Create a traditional animation-look (Animating in "2s")
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
If using existing motion footage, "posterize time" would do this. For original stop-motion, or drawn-paper animation on twos, I suggest Boinx iStopmotion.
Smoke Effect in Final Cut PRO
by Constantinos Savva 4 weeks ago
Hello professionals. I need your advice. Trying to create smoke effect in a video very similar to bicycle scene in music video "Get Low" where the bicycle appears from inside smoke. Any suggestion for
Re: Smoke Effect in Final Cut PRO
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
It's not true 3-d, I like to call it: "2-and-a-half-D". They are 2-d planes, like panes of painted glass, inside a 3-d volume of space, like a fish tank. But if you get the proportions and angles righ
Floating Object Illusion with Moving Camera?
by John Greska 4 weeks ago
Hello, I'm very new to the forum so apologies first off if I post in the wrong place. So I'm familiar with (one of) the general concepts of how to make an object appear floating. You take a video with
Re: Floating Object Illusion with Moving Camera?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
People with money solve this problem with a motion-controlled camera setup that can repeat the exact path and camera settings in realtime from take to take. People with less money use planar tracking
Brand Positioning for a Creative Company
by Julius Gintautas 1 month ago
Good day, everybody! Long time reader, first time writer. I have an issue with a brand positioning tag line. I am team member of a medium-sized creative company, which primarily provides film making,
Re: Brand Positioning for a Creative Company
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
If it needs a graphic to make you understand what it is, that's bad writing. It is not a crime to put the actual job you do in the name.
Molly's Game
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Finally got around to this one over the weekend. Classic Sorkin, so if you like him, you'll like this. He's always about the snappy, frenetic, super-intelligent dialog, and in the scenes between Elba
Brockmire is back for Season 2 on AMC
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
This is not for everybody... but I find the monologues and bon-mots absolutely side-splitting. Very dark humor.
How to export captions I made in Premiere Pro CC?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
I created a caption file within Prem Pro, and I want to export the captions as an .SRT file. I'm new at Premiere so it's not immediately obvious to me how I export just the captions, not as a video fi
Re: How to export captions I made in Premiere Pro CC?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Thanks, Andreas. Took me a minute to navigate to it, but it worked.
Creating Closed Captions - from transcript
by Matt Davis 1 year ago
I've seen many tutorials on creating closed captions. They all copy and paste the transcript into captions line by line. Is there any way to import ALL of the transcript at once, without having to cop
Re: Creating Closed Captions - from transcript
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Well, you could mitigate that fear somewhat, by making a render with just a still graphic and the audio. Doesn't change the timing. I use Youtube to generate my transcripts a lot, since it's free. But
Any Powerpoint users out there?
by Nik Alhazred 1 month ago
I know how to export an entire powerpoint presentation as a video, so that's not what the issue is. I'm doing a very.... very long video where the client wants to have his entire powerpoint presentati
Re: Any Powerpoint users out there?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
I regret to say I don't have permission to show you samples. While they're technically public domain, accessing them outside the current user base is something I'm not authorized personally to do. Tha
P2 ingestion
by Robert Jones 1 month ago
I finally switch FCP to FCP X and am having trouble with getting media from the card to the browser. The audio and video streams are not linked but come in as separate files so I cannot trim them toge
Re: P2 ingestion
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
It's a "best practice" I learned from Sean. You have a choice when setting up, to keep source files in place wherever they were, or to copy them into the project. Suppose you choose to economize on dr
FCP X Titles exporting as one letter instead of full word
by Andrew Shelley 1 month ago
Hey there, I am having a recurring glitch in FCP X 10.4 I edit using a lot of titles. Since upgrading to 10.4, a glitch keeps happening where some of my titles are changing from the full written word
Re: FCP X Titles exporting as one letter instead of full word
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
My guess is you have a "build" behavior or a "fade in" type behavior set in the Inspector that is time dependent, and slicing the graphic to shorten it makes the reveal timing clash with the new durat
IVC GY-HM650u streaming to teradek
by Justin Toney 1 month ago
I need to stream video to my teradek device to show video on a projector screen since I cant utilize a video path to the projector. Is there a way to get the delay down so it's not noticable I'll have
Re: IVC GY-HM650u streaming to teradek
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Probably not, IMO. And the more devices you chain together for this hookup, the more potential delay you introduce. Have you tried tweaking the settings on the Teradek in terms of reducing the compres
Tripod repair
by Harry Bromley-Davenport 1 month ago
I have a older (around 2006) Manfrotto tripod with a ding in one leg which needs removal - or the leg needs replacement. Can anyone please advise of a repair place Preferably in LA, but elsewhere is o
Re: Tripod repair
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Nobody's answered yet so I'll suggest a DIY solution. Might work, might not. If the leg is metal, take a high speed metal drill bit sized just a tiny fraction smaller than the dimple, drill out the ce
'Winning' NAB vs winning new users
by Andrew Kimery 1 month ago
With the fast and furious updates to Resolve, BM has been 'winning' NAB for a number of years now, but that show floor success doesn't seem to be turning into a boatload of new customers using Resolve
Re: 'Winning' NAB vs winning new users
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Cheer up, Bob - it happens to a lot of guys. -Upgrades, I mean;-)
Lost In Space finds awesomeness
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I am amazed a what I'm watching here in the Netflix reboot of the 60's camp TV show. All the characters are wildly different from the originals, and they now have depth, intention, and interesting bac
Family business question
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
A little off-topic, maybe. I'm working on a script about a guy marrying into an already-existing, successful family business, and I'm looking for insights into the social and inter-personal dynamics o
Re: Family business question
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Probably nobody will ever see my screenplay but my relatives. That's okay. I'm enjoying the creative experience. In my story, the guy marries into a family business that's very down-to-earth and pract
Pond 5 and FCPX
by Scott Witthaus 1 month ago
kinda cool http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 2062-stock-footage-company-pond5-announce-app-for-final-cut-pro-x Scott Witthaus Senior Editor Visual Storyteller https: vimeo.com channels 1322525 M
Re: Pond 5 and FCPX
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
That sounds loonie.
As excited as I am about the 10.4.1 release......
by Steve Connor 1 month ago
Great to see an update to FCPX and I can't wait to start using it, but just look at the Release notes for Resolve 15!! They really are steaming ahead with it, I think Adobe should be very worried! Wha
Re: As excited as I am about the 10.4.1 release......
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
"With many companies now having full in-house media departments even if I work on a project solely on my own system, I'm often asked to collect the project and send it to the in-house folks so that th
Bulbs for old Lowels?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Having trouble sourcing replacement Tungsten bulbs for my old Lowel Omni light kits. Someone got alternative sources
Re: Bulbs for old Lowels?
by Harry Bromley-Davenport 1 month ago
http: www.bulbconnection.com ViewEquipment bcrw eit 1009 item.html You could try these people. They had an obscure old bulb for a music-desk lamp I needed. Harry.
Ready Player One
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
You know what you signed up for when you watch a Spielberg movie. You're asking to have your emotions thoroughly and professionally wrung out. Problem with this movie is; there's not much water in the
Re: Ready Player One
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
One somewhat decent Young Adult scifi book that could be made into a workable movie, I think, is Max Barry's "Jennifer Government". With a strong female lead, It could stretch the cyberspace and futur
Picking your brains on vers 15
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I've actually postponed my FCPX purchase to try this new version 15 out and see if I like it. But I can't get to downloading it for a little while. So I'm wondering how you users of 14 like this upgra
Re: Picking your brains on vers 15
by Andi Winter 1 month ago
14.3 is very stable indeed. except the raw-projects. and yours wasn't i guess
Best video camera for a ski resort?
by Tom Vayianos 1 month ago
Hello all, TLDR: The ski resort I work for is buying me a new video camera. As this will not happen again in the near future, I want to make sure we get the best we can for the best price. Budget is $
Re: Best video camera for a ski resort?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Don't forget to buy a UV filter and a set of screw-on polarizers and ND filters to deal with the bright white outdoors. Add a monopod for run-and-gun work. A brace of 4K action cams and mounts and acc
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The Editing of Star Wars: How Cutting Created a Classic
by Mike Cohen 1 month ago
I recently read this book by Linton Davies. Davies discusses editing techniques used in cutting Star Wars (the original non-numbered one, which is simply known as "Star Wars" to us geezers) as well as
Re: The Editing of Star Wars: How Cutting Created a Classic
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
But does it rip the lid off Tashi Station, and the Biggs Darklighter controversy Lucas seems to have kind of retconned himself as the editing genius of this movie, but I think there's enough evidence
A technical editing critique of Letterman's "My Next Guest"
by greg janza 2 months ago
I stumbled onto this video which gives a detailed editing analysis of David Letterman's new Netflix show. I have a huge amount of respect for Letterman and I think his new show is a great second act f
Re: A technical editing critique of Letterman's "My Next Guest"
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
IMAG is a unique case and you can't really do IMAG well and expect it to also cut well for conventional use
NAB news
by Ronny Courtens 1 month ago
Apple announces these updates for NAB: http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro articles 2058-apple-announce-updates-to-final-cut-pro-x-compressor-and-motion-for-nab-2018 - Ronny
Re: NAB news
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
This is a great and much-hoped-for update for me in terms of the captioning. It doesn't include free built-in transcription, but baby steps, right I like that I only have to caption the show once and
Way OT: Burn DVD for set top box
by Scott Witthaus 2 months ago
Yes, someone is asking what's the best software for burning a DVD for a set top player on the latest OS. All advice appreciated. Scott Scott Witthaus Senior Editor Visual Storyteller https: vimeo.com
Re: Way OT: Burn DVD for set top box
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I keep an old FCP7 suite with DVDSP just for these kind of jobs, but If it doesn't need menus, I export a DVD from the timeline in FCPX. We also use Roxio Toast for authoring something that needs rudi
Transition between video clips - fast forward effect
by Dan McGuire 2 months ago
Hi, I have a scene in a documentary where the idea is my character quickly goes through some old videotapes - some are VHS - some are minidv - and culls through some old interviews in which various pe
Re: Transition between video clips - fast forward effect
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
You combine a speed change with some distortions and a rolling bar effect. In FCPX, I would combine a speed ramp with the "bad TV" effect, using keyframes to ramp up the amounts of distortion and roll
Trending freelance
by Rich Rubasch 2 months ago
Is anyone else seeing the trend toward a higher percentage of freelance workers in both post and production, directing and writing, than staff We have seen even our larger corporate in house slim down
Re: Trending freelance
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
A freelancer HAS to charge "more"; they need to also cover all the things a salaried person's company covers for them: the health care, insurance, taxes, etc. so a freelancer's bill is going to look "
Streaming TV Shows 2018
by Mike Cohen 2 months ago
As many of us know streaming services now have a lot of original programming. Some is original content at least partially funded by Netflix, Amazon or Huluever, while some is from BBC or other non-US
Re: Streaming TV Shows 2018
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
"Patriot" is a show I discovered thru a mention on the COW, and Kurtwood Smith is awesome in it.
Teaching several visual effects classes question. What top 5 visual effects students should know
by David Andrews 2 months ago
I am teaching a college level class. I have several visual effects classes. Some students have great skills and others barely.. Our primary tool is After Effects. What would you all consider the top 5
Re: Teaching several visual effects classes question. What top 5 visual effects students should know
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Keying, both green blue chromakey and luma keying. This would be partly a how-to light-and-shoot course, partly screenwork, because lighting for a good key, and shooting usable "plates" is 90 percent
Cannes cans Netflix
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Sorry for the punny headline, but it's a serious story. Netflix original films are no longer being accepted at Cannes. I think that's a huge mistake. Theatrical distribution these days is certainly no
Re: Cannes cans Netflix
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Those rules look blatantly like they are geared to protect and promote physical movie theaters, and give them a monopoly, or at least a strong advantage, on content distribution, full-stop. It's prote
Krypton
by Mike Cohen 2 months ago
I happened to see a promo for this new show - I never watch SyFy channel, but I gave it a shot. Perhaps the success of Gotham and Supergirl has made the folks at DC think about exploiting their other
Re: Krypton
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I was a big fan of the rebooted Galactica (well, not the ending, but most of the rest of it) as well as the Caprica spin-off, which was unique and original and just hitting it's stride when it got can
Picture darkens on zoom - how to fix?
by Jen Musselman 2 months ago
Hello, I regularly film concerts for a school choir - in fact, last fall, some folks on this forum were invaluable in helping me improve my tripod game! I'm hoping that someone can give me a tip on ho
Re: Picture darkens on zoom - how to fix?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I expect nothing but a progress report on this one and the next one:-)
Need to turn a windowless office into a professional video studio
by Anna Green 3 months ago
I'm in a bit of a strange situation. I'm a video producer at a relatively popular web publication. We shoot a lot of little lifehack how-to videos (mostly close-up, tabletop stuff showing hands manipu
Re: Need to turn a windowless office into a professional video studio
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Just to add an alternative view, I recently got a new kit for my own simple home studio needs. I went to Amazon and got a 3-light softlight kit with a boom arm and stands from LightDow, I'm using it w
Lighting a lectern in a conference room with no spotlights
by Mark Pirres 3 months ago
Hello there, We have to video speakers in a conference room which will be equipped with a lectern. The room has a series of floor to ceiling windows and apart from those, it will only be lit by rows o
Re: Lighting a lectern in a conference room with no spotlights
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
That is a horrible scenario; no shooter would do it that way by choice. Even your still photo tells the story; the back-lighting from the windows is so strong, the still camera's iris had to clamp dow
Lighting a person with a baseball hat on
by Mark Crews 2 months ago
We just shot some interviews with guys wearing hats. We had a soft box directly beside the camera to get even lighting on their face instead of having to light on the left and right of the subject tha
Re: Lighting a person with a baseball hat on
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Agree the catchlights are a feature, not a bug. Also agree the softlights could have been set 45 degrees off-axis or a little more, especially if the subject wears glasses.... THEN you'd possible have
DVD Export Shennanigans
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Exporting DVD from the timeline, using the standard presets, nothing fancy, the resulting disc will open and run in VLC but not in Apple DVD player or in a real hardware consumer DVD player. What migh
Re: DVD Export Shennanigans
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Imported SRT to the project, dragged it to the timeline, adjusted position on the timeline to get the timing right. On export, used the metadata settings.
Anybody doing Family or Business Legacy videos? Comments please...
by Bill Thomas 2 months ago
Hi all, We are a small production company and have been doing video and editing for 30 years and (similar to other posts I've read here) we feel like dinosaurs! We try to stay current with pro equipme
Re: Anybody doing Family or Business Legacy videos? Comments please...
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
NDA's are not a big thing for interview or event recordings, long as it's not something criminal. They were typical when I did deposition work, and I have signed a few since then. You just have to rea
creating a short 3D intro in Motion - your thoughts
by Matt Anderson 3 months ago
If you have seen the Marvel movie openers you will kind of understand what I am trying to do here - only not copy them... I have a ton of pictures I want to scan through in a fast pace as the camera p
Re: creating a short 3D intro in Motion - your thoughts
by David Cooper 3 months ago
Hi Matt, I would create the slideshow of pictures as a single motion project. The 3d text with camera motions I would create as a separate project. When you change text to 3d you have the option to se
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How to key out a background object that people walk in front of?
by Erin Herbst 2 months ago
Hi everyone! I'm still getting my bearing with AfterEffects, but have a recent project working on a YouTube series requiring green screen. When we filmed this, the director insisted that we have an ea
Re: How to key out a background object that people walk in front of?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Butting in with a probably useless two cents, and AE is not my forte', but the problem I see in your comp is: nothing's got a shadow, or a reflection, so everything and everyone looks like it's floati
What would you do?
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Happy Monday everyone. So here's a different situation. I know you've all heard about the tragic bridge collapse in Miami this past week. We were hired by one of the construction partners to shoot and
Re: Follow-up What would you do?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
What does the contract say Personally, I'd give a clone to them, but only charge them for the portable drive and labor time to make the transfer. Or send it to cloud storage with password protection a
Solution for odd projector setup issue for live event
by Derek Bowshier 2 months ago
The setup: We have 3 - 34'h x 14'w (Cinemascope) hanging silk screens we need to project onto. The initial plan was to use 3 projectors to rear project only each screen. But we found due to our limite
Re: Solution for odd projector setup issue for live event
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Go back to three projectors, use a triple-head-to-go unit to split one master video over the three projectors. Build the video as a comp in AfterEffects to fit the dimensions you need, play it out of
Final Cut 7 killed by high Sierra...how I solved the problem
by Wendy Peter 2 months ago
This is a follow up to a question I posted about a month ago, as to what my options were with the death of Final Cut 7 after I upgraded to high Sierra without thinking it through. I am sharing this ju
Re: Final Cut 7 killed by high Sierra...how I solved the problem
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
But did you get back Motion and DVDSP Losing DVDSP was a huge deal to me.
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