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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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mTracker 3D
by Mathieu Ghekiere 3 weeks ago
Has anyone seen this I saw the trailer a couple of weeks ago, and it looks very impressive. I've been wanting to have a good 3D tracker for FCPX for a while, I'm not sure if this one also works with a
Re: mTracker 3D
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
I've looked at the demos and they show you can import the new 3-d models that come in the latest FCPX build, like the flying bug alien robot thing, so not just text. Apparently, it only works in one p
Mouse Lags During Outputs
by James Villeneuve 3 weeks ago
Hi there. I've been having a weird problem lately with FCPX. When I'm outputting a video either as a master to the hard drive or directly to Vimeo, my mouse cursor becomes pretty much unusable. It lag
Re: Mouse Lags During Outputs
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
I had something like this happen when my system resources were just down to nothing. Just clearing out my downloads folder basically solved it for me.
New multicam clip failing to sync
by Dominic Kabel 3 weeks ago
I am trying to create a new multicam clip in fcpx, I select all the clips i'd like to use, right click, select new multicam clip, leave everything on auto, and click okay. The synchronising clips gets
Re: New multicam clip failing to sync
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Is the audio really clean on all the tracks, of is the app struggling to match waveforms In cases where the audio is bad, I've had luck pre-treating a duplicate clip to enhance the audio using sharp E
Sidebar....Switch
by Rich Rubasch 3 weeks ago
Hey Oliver....I see you mentioned Switch in the FCP update thread. Can you tell us how you use Switch in your day to day workflow Is it indispensable to your workflows Any specific features you don't
Re: Sidebar....Switch
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
That looks incredibly useful and the price is right. Now I have something to replace Mpeg Streamclip with, once they pry that out of my hands.
Pricing on a small job
by Jenn Lindsay 4 weeks ago
Dear geniuses, A small academic association has asked me to edit together footage (A cam and b-roll audience shots) from an academic conference--two different keynotes and a panel discussion. The orig
Re: Pricing on a small job
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
You may not like my answer because it is never simple or right IMO to tell someone like you: "Charge X dollars for this." That's not because I'm trying to be a pedantic jerk, but because I'm such a st
specs for video shot on cell phone or tablet
by Lisha Rigney 4 weeks ago
Hello to all, I'm securing content for a television music show and am asking recording artists to submit performances they've shot on their phones tablets during safer-at-home stay-at-home times. Wond
Re: specs for video shot on cell phone or tablet
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
The first thing I'd ask them to do is download an app like Filmic Pro, and let them use it to set up recording settings, rather than using the default iphone video recording app. For the ones with mon
dust spot on video clip
by Art Smith 1 month ago
I'm using Final Cut Pro 7 and have a dust spot on video clip. Unfortunately the distraction is strategically placed on the nose of my interviewee. Is there someway I can mask out the distraction in FC
Re: dust spot on video clip
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I'm guessing the new healing brush tool or the sensei-powered AI blemish remover or similar tool. Which is an easy way out but we were assuming you demanded to do everything inside of seven.
Using News footage in a promotional video
by Craig McNicoll 1 month ago
Good afternoon, I'm hoping for some advice. I am making a promotional video commentary video on Covid-19 that will likely end up on YouTube and Facebook. I would like to use some news footage. What ar
Re: Using News footage in a promotional video
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
No, it does not. You want to contact each news outlet and get their permission as well as their rate card for the usage. Don't be scared to ask; it occasionally gets them to cut you a better deal beca
Where to download Final Cut Pro 7
by Fay Gartenberg 1 month ago
Hello, Does anyone know where you can download FCP7 software I don't have a disk drive to install anymore. Thanks!
Re: Where to download Final Cut Pro 7
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I was as die-hard for seven as anyone but yeah, if your machine can run it, no reason not to get the free version of Resolve because it is enough like Seven you will like like it was a the version eig
green screen field of view & distance calcuator?
by David Patterson 1 month ago
I'd love to find an app that allows me to determine how large a green screen I will need for shooting talent, while calculating the lens field of view and factoring in the distance of the talent to th
Re: green screen field of view & distance calcuator?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Just curious if you couldn't model this situation in Sketch-Up It will work with real-world dimensions, and doesn't require artistic skills. If the point is to show the client the situation, that kind
Motion Track a static shot with crop
by Devin Terpstra 1 month ago
I have multiple clips of dancers shot with a static camera. I want to put all the dancers on one screen at the same time so they dance together. The problem is they are really small since the camera i
Re: Motion Track a static shot with crop
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Another way to skin this cat is in Apple Motion by making each box a dropbox. Drop-boxes contain additional sub-controls in the Inspector that allow you to adjust the source scale and position inside
my audio has squinched
by Ty Ford 1 month ago
I was messing with roles and now I can have audio on one track OK, but the other are minimized and I can't figure out how to turn off whatever I clicked on to get here. I can click on tracks in the ro
Re: my audio has squinched
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Welcome to the FCPX forum, Ty... Do you mean they are minimized or just rendered muted by highlighting them and pressing the V key
Green screen recommendations
by Oleksandr Kocherhin 2 months ago
Hi guys, I'm suffering with Greenscreen already several months. So I would appreciate any recommendations. As you can see on the right side there is a spill on the head and arm. My setup: - 2 daylight
Re: Green screen recommendations
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
My friend Larry Jordan does a lot of specific FCPX tutorials online, including on good keying. You can find some of his lessons free online; others, available inexpensively at Larry's web site. Others
Lamp Model - "Beyond Construction" Lamp
by Harrison Marchant 3 months ago
Hey there! I'm a 17 year old student studying Art and Design for one of my A levels. I've made a proof of concept for my lamp I'm making for school but unfortunately due to these trying times that is
Re: Lamp Model - "Beyond Construction" Lamp
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
The video's not bad, it could be tightened-up in the editing and narration, the wording could be more active voice. This looks like something that could be 3-d printed in sections to make as long a st
does any video editing software have feature to add in/out transition effects all all medias it once ?
by kevin john 2 months ago
Hi Guys, This is my first post here, forgive me if i posted in a wrong section or if my question is a silly one. I create videos by joining images .Currently i am using kinemaster where i add a backgr
Re: does any video editing software have feature to add in/out transition effects all all medias it once ?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I'm curious about what you're doing - it sounds like you're doing stop-motion animation. Is that the case Adding dissolves is kind of a round-about way to do it. We can probably com up with a better w
How is everyone doing?
by Jeremy Garchow 2 months ago
I just came off my first production since February. It was grueling. Long, hot (really hot) 90+ degree, 100+ degree heat index, days in the sun, a little rain everyday, mud, sweat, and tears (from sun
Re: How is everyone doing?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I'll buy your drinks Bob; you can pay me back with BTS stories:-)
Podcasting?
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Hi everyone, Does anyone here know much about producing live podcasts I'm trying to work with a client who wants us to produce these on a bi-weekly basis. Thanks. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innov
Re: Podcasting?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Lot of great suggestions already. Mine is, if there are multiple people in different locations, use skype and headphones or a hardline phone to conduct the conversation, but have each remote participa
Need to replicate this edit :)
by William Wu 2 months ago
Hi, just wanted to ask whether anyone knows the title preset and transition effect is used in this clip: Would really appreciate any help :)
Re: Need to replicate this edit :)
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
There's an effect in FCPX called "scrape" that looks like this somewhat. I suppose it could also be found in Apple Motion. it simulates playback head damage on old VCR read write heads.
Composing a town in 4k made by pieces of 2k footage
by Lasse Schwanenfl├╝gel Piasezky 3 months ago
Hi! I am trying to compose a town in a 4k environment, by putting together 4 pieces of 2k footage of houses. But once I've exported the total 4k composition and zooming in on the individual 2k house t
Re: Composing a town in 4k made by pieces of 2k footage
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
One thing to check is, in your inspector, see if the "Spatial Conform" option is set to "NONE", not "Fit." Second suggestion; build this in Motion or AE.
Video Problem?
by Jim Hart 3 months ago
Hello. I am new here and I am not quite sure where to post this. I have a Canon 1DX Mark II and I shoot all my video in 4K60FPS. The video is butter smooth and I have never had any issues over the pas
Re: Video Problem?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Is this video interlaced or progressive
Thinking about making the switch to FCPX
by Cal Thorley 3 months ago
Hi there. Just after a few opinions if you'd be so kind. I'm an ex FCP legacy user. Hung round for the initial release of FCPX but as the bulk of my work is a TV series at a time, not being able to pl
Re: Thinking about making the switch to FCPX
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
FWIW, some people *do* just throw stuff onto the FCPX timeline, ignoring the very detailed pre-logging process. And it works pretty great. I know that's not the official paradigm, but a lot of what I
Rendering out two files simultaneously?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
So I have a program that's an hour long and my deliverables are a prores422 file and an mp4. Currently I've been rendering them out one at a time in PPro but how can I batch render these simultaneousl
Re: Rendering out two files simultaneously?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Simple enough that even I should be able to follow it, thanks Blaise. :-)
Instant Dialogue Cleaner?
by Pierre Drahcoh 3 months ago
Hello, I'm looking for a way to keep only the voices in a short video and remove basically all kinds of background noises. In another topic (see below), someone mentioned something called "Instant Dia
Re: Instant Dialogue Cleaner?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Izotope is the popular heavy gun for this... There is a cheaper alternative, and you can buy the modules buffet-style as you decide you need them. They also let you try them for free. While they have
How to tape oneself giving scripted message, using laptop
by Neil Orman 5 months ago
Hi, I have to advise our layman (non-video person) CEO, at the nonprofit I work at, how to videotape himself using a laptop, and also, if possible, use the same laptop as a teleprompter. Is that possi
Re: How to tape oneself giving scripted message, using laptop
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
If you're prompting at arm's length on a laptop, you should reduce the size of the prompter screen output from full-screen to something smaller. This will fix the "eyes travel too far left and right"
Craigslist Ad - Just for fun
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Don't we have an interesting industry Through the years we've had actors do things that seem very normal to us, but probably a little wacky to the rest of the world. Dance with no music playing. Girls
Re: Craigslist Ad - Just for fun
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
Easy to say when you're at the Ape x of your career...
Best practices for live-capture in Premiere Pro CC?
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
How do you guys do it most reliably I'm on an iMac here and I have a capture utility from Blackmagic to bring in a live signal via SDI but I haven't used this setup in actual "combat" yet. Looking for
Re: Best practices for live-capture in Premiere Pro CC?
by Chris Gomersall 4 months ago
Good communication between the computer operator and the floor director is necessary. Also, backups need to be done immediately because there is no raw media. I've done it a few time on green screen s
Teleprompters a dime a dozen now
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
Back in time, when puppies were the oldest animal, I had a side business running a teleprompter rental opertor service. Prompters were expensive and complicated rigs, not quite as exotic as steadicams
Looking for a decent USB lav mic to use on my Mac.
by Bill Thomas 5 months ago
Hi All! I have checked Amazon but don't always trust their reviews. Just looking for a basic usb lav mic for maybe $100-$200. I know that's the lower end of professional mics, but that's all I can spe
Re: Looking for a decent USB lav mic to use on my Mac.
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
I would get the lav you like, without worrying about USB, then use a USB mic adaptor on it. Icicle is one such, but there are more. The plus is, works with any and all mics so, flexible for future use
Breathy interviewees
by mark thompson 5 months ago
Are there any good techniques to help people that make breathing sounds when being interviewed I tend to have breathing sounds when I speak. For me it is very easy to fix that in Audition but it is te
Re: Breathy interviewees
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
What about gating
Teleprompter for Seeing Zoom Conferencing Faces in Vivid Color
by Greg Ondera 5 months ago
Friends - I have a situation in which a teacher wants to lecture with a teleprompter, not to read text but to have face to face contact with a large audience. Is there a teleprompter system in which w
Re: Teleprompter for Seeing Zoom Conferencing Faces in Vivid Color
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
The scan converter we use is By Hall Research, model SC-VGA-2B. When you look for scan converters and scalers having this specific inverting reversing feature, several identical-looking boxes come up.
Trouble seeing/getting automatic subtitles for Youtube video
by Neil Orman 5 months ago
I have an interview-based video, which I uploaded to Youtube, and I'm trying to get to the automatically generated subtitles so I can fix any issues. And for some reason I can't see or get to these au
Re: Trouble seeing/getting automatic subtitles for Youtube video
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
So I found this and it looks like auto-caption is still there, they just make you go thru a bunch more steps to work with it now... and no longer offers .srt and .vtt file options, meaning more conver
Handling hundreds of client submitted videos/media
by Stephen Pickering 5 months ago
Hi there, We're working on a project for graduating seniors and wanted to allow each student (potentially hundreds) to supply their own photo or video (it would just be one or the other. We thought ab
Re: Handling hundreds of client submitted videos/media
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
For a multiscreen music video project, what I've been doing is creating a dedicated facebook group, the members upload videos there in a discussion thread, and I can right click and pull those down lo
How do you properly value your content when negotiating licensing fees
by Leo Ramirez 4 months ago
To keep a long story short, I made a video a few years ago, it went viral, and I licensed it for a TV commercial. Now I've been contacted by another agency for a new commercial for a very (VERY) large
Re: How do you properly value your content when negotiating licensing fees
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
The snarky answer is: you already know: "...ask friends, colleagues, and other content creators what they normally charge for licensing Would you base it off your previous experience creating commerci
Recording Interviews Remotely
by Rich Rubasch 5 months ago
Hi all; Has anyone done interviews remotely I know there are internet tools to do it via internet but there are pitfalls too. I'm thinking about using an iPad kit with external mic and send the kit to
Re: Recording Interviews Remotely
by Mark Suszko 5 months ago
I find most civilians don't get that the screen-side camera on iPhones and iPads is actually of a lower quality (this may be different on the latest model , IDK). So when I ask people to record remote
Ending the quarantine...
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
This is soooo well done.... https: youtu.be Bpg-QbgoOIo T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Re: Ending the quarantine...
by Mark Suszko 5 months ago
It's a little weak in the Middle Eight, but it's got a good beat and you can dance to it, I give it a 70.
Dumb Garage Band question on fading sections of individual tracks
by Mark Suszko 1 year ago
At the risk of ridicule for using GB and not Logic or something else, I come, hat-in-hand for advice... I'm goofing around in the latest version of Garage Band, making a multi-track vocal project. It'
Re: Dumb Garage Band question on fading sections of individual tracks
by Mark Suszko 5 months ago
Baby steps, Ty, LOL. I have level controls figured out in GB now; you turn on the automation window and now every track has rubber-banding, so that's all good. In my virtual band projects I'm now maki
Shooting multiple presentations including PowerPoint
by Greg Ball 11 months ago
Hi there, I'm working on a project where there will be 7 presentations going on at the same time in different rooms. That means a total of 7 Cameras and operators each day. Each presentation will have
Re: Shooting multiple presentations including PowerPoint
by Mark Suszko 7 months ago
Unfortunately no, but they all work on the same general principles. The AJA KiPros have XLR's right on the back so I can use analog audio inputs from hardwire or wireless mics or cameras, separate fro
Explainer Video Software
by Kevin Gonzales 7 months ago
Hi All: I didn't know where to put this as there is no listing for Explainer Video Software so... I am getting into Explainer Videos and was wondering if any one can recommend a good software for this
Re: Explainer Video Software
by Mark Suszko 7 months ago
I saw the example when you made your first post. I looked over the example platforms. I get it. But... I stand by what I said. I don't think it moves the needle with an audience. But nobody is stoppin
I am trying to fix badly distorted audio from a video in Premiere Pro, is this possible? I do not have Adobe Audition.
by Siobhan Mellor 7 months ago
I am trying to fix badly distorted audio from a video in Premiere Pro, is this possible I do not have Adobe Audition. The video was shot in front of a speaker, so as you can imagine the audio is reall
Re: I am trying to fix badly distorted audio from a video in Premiere Pro, is this possible? I do not have Adobe Audition.
by Mark Suszko 7 months ago
Is the audio just too loud and thus distorted Premiere has built-in filters that can help somewhat, so can Audacity, but if the raw audio you have is all smashing the DB meter at full-scale the entire
What is this setup/how much does it cost?
by Eren Aksu 8 months ago
Hi everyone, Looking for help trying to determine what this setup is and what it would cost from an AV and Screen quality stand point. Example: Another Example: Best, Eren
Re: What is this setup/how much does it cost?
by Mark Suszko 7 months ago
So it's at least 2 screens the one on the right could be just printed out or could be a still projection. The main and right side screen are alternating displays for IMAG (Image magnification) as well
Just for fun... Memory lane, a past life
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
Just thought some in here might be amused by this... Last summer I bought a new (to me) house, and had the pleasure (read: horror) of moving. Every time I've ever moved my home or office I've always s
Re: Just for fun... Memory lane, a past life
by Mark Suszko 8 months ago
In my boxes of memorabilia is a dub of a PSA shot in my studio with a super-young freshman Illinois state senator. Very articulate guy, out of an assembly-line parade of about ten legislators coming t
Youtube intro templates
by Andy Warywoda 8 months ago
Is their a resource where I can find some intro templates for youtube I'm launching a YouTube channel and want to get a solid intro for my videos. Thanks
Re: Youtube intro templates
by Mark Suszko 8 months ago
MotionVFX.com
Workflow Suggestions Please - Mixed Media Doc
by Peter Foxman 8 months ago
Hi there, longtime reader first time poster! I'm working on a documentary that is mixed media. Shot over a long period of time. There is a mixture of SD (720x576, 720x486) and HD (1920x1080, 720p). I'
Re: Workflow Suggestions Please - Mixed Media Doc
by Mark Suszko 8 months ago
You have what you have. And you don't have the money to make it higher rez. The proper answer from a business standpoint is, pause the project and go raise the money to do it right. Yeah, that doesn't
Ideas on content delivery
by Rob Gutermuth 8 months ago
Hi all, I have been an event videographer for years now - and I have been starting to deliver my product on Thumbdrives, but now I want to go one step further and be able to offer a completely downloa
Re: Ideas on content delivery
by Mark Suszko 8 months ago
You can't "tech" your way around human nature: if it's worth pirating to someone, they're going to find a way around your encryptions anyway. My take is, instead of fighting that human nature, leverag
Lighting for a web commercial question
by Olivier Prudhomme 8 months ago
Web commercial for yoga outfit. Will be shot in a yoga studio 4 actors : 1 teacher 3 students 1 scene: yoga class, teacher facing students It is a $5000 budget job so no room for joker or M10 or 8 I w
Re: Lighting for a web commercial question
by Mark Suszko 8 months ago
I saw the dojo picture. Posting the images does work here, I do it alltime. Make sure it's a jpeg and not overly big. Are you shooting reversals at all, or is it all from one angle only
Animate objects with audio - Variating a second project using parts of the first
by Terry Maloney 8 months ago
Hello, I am making a music video. I like having images (circles, squares, etc.) get bigger, brighter or rotated when the assigned note is hit. The image will be the same for all 24 notes. I am using o
Re: Animate objects with audio - Variating a second project using parts of the first
by Mark Suszko 8 months ago
Sounds like it might work. You won't be starting completely from scratch but I imagine a good deal of the work, including the timing, will have to be re-done to almost that point. Keepingg the groups
who edits your program for commercial broadcast?
by mark thompson 8 months ago
not sure of the correct forum but if anyone knows or knows a good place to find more information... So you make your doc to a set time for continuous display but you get a chance to put it on a commer
Re: who edits your program for commercial broadcast?
by Mark Suszko 8 months ago
I think the sales department at the network or station will have something to say about this. The criteria are different for PBS and commercial broadcast, and what PBS will do to a doc shown in the "p
Seeking advice on event video setup
by James Dow 1 year ago
I'm switching HDMI video from SONY A7s and GoPro with a Blackmagic Design ATEM switcher, and mixing in Powerpoint slides. I'm converting the Camera HDMI with Blackmagic Up Down Cross convertors so tha
Re: Seeking advice on event video setup
by Mark Suszko 8 months ago
Hey, JPD, contact me offlist, got a lead on something, might be fun for you to shoot.
Happy New Year to the COW; bring on 2020!
by Mark Suszko 9 months ago
I give thanks for another year of existence of a key resource for my continuing education. I have found answers here, I've found inspiration here, and I've found friends here. All of which help make m
Best lighting temp or other settings for using a green screen and a lightboard together?
by Adam Leonard 9 months ago
Hey everyone, So we recently switched to more-tweakable LED lights. Generally it's great, but I'm having some trouble finding the right settings for the setup to use both the green screen and the ligh
Re: Best lighting temp or other settings for using a green screen and a lightboard together?
by Mark Suszko 9 months ago
I wouldn't consider h.264 as an acquisition or editing codec, especially not for green screen work. It's a delivery codec. I'd acquire the footage uncompressed or maybe using ProRes 422, preferably 42
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