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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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Big Shark
by Stephen Smith 5 days ago
Tommy Wiseau who directed the Room has a new film coming out called Big Shark. It looks beyond bad which is his specialty. Check it out: https: www.youtube.com watch v=jeuSLaKHZSo Plus, it that isn't
Re: Big Shark
by Mark Suszko 1 day ago
Hey, I'm a crazy person with a singular vision too! Wanna invest in my movie
Exposed Lav or not
by David Weathersby 2 days ago
I know this is an odd topic but I was with a few documentary filmmaker friends of mine and they were having a discussion that got a little heated. On one side was the directors and cinematographers wh
Re: Exposed Lav or not
by Mark Suszko 2 days ago
Micro-thin headset boom mics make me cringe, no matter the application. I only accept them on aerobics instructors.
How to force-reload FCPX?
by Mark Suszko 1 week ago
My FCPX is crashing immediately on start-up, and I thought it might be a good thing to re-install it, but the App store says I'm all caught up on updates... there's no option to re-install or re-updat
Re: How to force-reload FCPX?
by Mark Suszko 2 days ago
Update: solved this in a simpler way: just trashed every related file from the week prior to the bug occurring, and all is well. So it was definitely some kind of corrupted file that kept insisting on
Recording PowerPoint and speaker as inexpensively as possible
by Bob Cole 5 days ago
I got a request to shoot and edit speakers who are using PowerPoint. It is for internal use, so quality has to be adequate, not broadcast. My first reaction was labor-intensive: Shoot the speaker and
Re: Recording PowerPoint and speaker as inexpensively as possible
by Mark Suszko 4 days ago
This stuff has been my bread and butter for years. I've done it every way that it can be done, probably. The current workflow I use, when it's long-format, multi-hour stuff we need done cheap, is: A K
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Premiere audio breaking MacBook Pro speakers
by Tom Sefton 1 week ago
https: forums.adobe.com thread 2565401 Co-owner at Pollen Studio www.pollenstudio.co.uk
Re: Premiere audio breaking MacBook Pro speakers
by Mark Suszko 5 days ago
Haggis Kidney pudding Spotted Dick Black Pudding White pudding Jellied Eels Toad In The Hole a corn dog smothered in gravy Periwinkles Stargazy pie Marmite Laverbread Scotch Eggs Rumbledethumps Some o
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The Widows
by Mark Suszko 6 days ago
Fun spin on the caper movie trope; a crew's last heist goes horribly bad and they all die. To survive financially, their widows take on the next planned job themselves. What I liked about this was tha
cheap, seemless gray backdrop equivalent?
by Jon Iverson 1 month ago
I've been trying to take a few portraits of myself and family in my home. Unfortunately, the walls don't do well and I am looking for a cheap background that I can put up and take down easily. I initi
Re: cheap, seemless gray backdrop equivalent?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Another option for you is to go to the local home improvement store and find the materials for a "V-Flat". You have a couple of options here; two 4x8 panels of wallboard, you paint the back sides of t
All the little things that I miss in Fcpx - that become a big deal
by Mauricio Lleras 2 weeks ago
Long time reader here. Noticed this forum has been getting quiet lately so I thought I'd stir it up a little in hope of some great discussion as always and also maybe finding out if some of the things
Re: All the little things that I miss in Fcpx - that become a big deal
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Not too many complaints, but something inexplicable that happens to me randomly is, the timeline magnification will suddenly decide to snap back re-set to fully zoomed-out, unbidden (unless I'm uncons
FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
Netflix has a documentary called FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. I've never heard of this festival so I really didn't know anything about the subject other then what I watched in a trail
Re: FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
I don't know that I have an answer to that human behavior question, Stephen. I'll hazard a guess, though, that the credit card and the festival were aimed at a particular kind of "douche-bro" archetyp
Conversion question, maybe: embedding mpeg 4 into powerpoint presentation?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
I already know I can solve this by converting everything to video and editing it, but that's not the problem I'm trying to solve. Client wants to embed mpeg 4 videos into a PowerPoint slide show. I kn
Exporting Tall Videos
by Paul Nicholson 2 weeks ago
In Premiere Pro CS6, I am attempting to export a series of 2048x1536 pixel videos to suit my iPad in portrait mode. The videos are backing tracks I have made minus guitar and vocals with lyrics+chords
Re: Exporting Tall Videos
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
I'm wondering if you can instead make PowerPoint type slides with an attached sound file, in the screen proportions you want, to get around the h264 coding issues.
Cancellation Terms and Fees.
by Greg Ball 2 weeks ago
Hey all, We've been hired to shoot a week long corporate conference in June, 2019. I'm hiring a large crew of freelancers for this, and also booking my time for the week as the director and project ma
Re: Cancellation Terms and Fees.
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
This is all based on the customer being the one that disrupts the schedule. If you have an internal emergency of some sort, and YOU suddenly can't do it, I think you've gotta eat it.
lighting in front of seamless
by Andrew Ramsey 3 weeks ago
Hey there, Looking for some advice on how best to light something similar to the screenshot attached. It will be two talking heads, not just one. Similar gray seamless background. I've attached a pic
Re: lighting in front of seamless
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Your diagram doesn't show any fill lights or fill bounces, only keys and hairlights. When I shoot two people near each other, I try to arrange the keys to double as fills for each other. Or consider o
Best iPhone lens for sit down interviews
by Kent Kitzman 3 weeks ago
Hi all, I'm doing a super-low budget project for a non-profit. We are doing a series of sit down interviews that we are planning to just shoot on my iPhone. I'd like to get a decent lens to make these
Re: Best iPhone lens for sit down interviews
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
I would second advising the use of a camera app like Filmic pro, to get complete control over the phone camera, and of course you want to add external audio to it as well. Shotguns and lavs suitable f
How to do these effects in FCPX to animate objects like masks?
by Brandon Fields 3 weeks ago
Hey guys! I'm new here but I've wracked my brain trying to figure out how to do these effects in Final Cut Pro X. I'm not sure if it's just a user error and I'm not getting a basic technique down or F
Re: How to do these effects in FCPX to animate objects like masks?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
This is fairly easy to do in Motion, which you then port over to FCPX. I can think of a couple ways to do it, depending on the exact shot. For example, an eyeless skull sitting on a desk, that otherwi
I can't get back out of my compound clip
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
One of those "simple yet embarrassing" things that happens when you use an app without formal training - I have four tracks stacked on my timeline, I highlighted three of them and right-clicked to col
Re: I can't get back out of my compound clip
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Thanks!
Getting ready for a major software re-do, looking for tips
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
My iMac's about 6 years old and after babying it along with old FCP7 and an older OS, I'm getting ready to nuke everything on it and start from scratch. I want to re-set to factory condition, wipe and
Re: Getting ready for a major software re-do, looking for tips
by John Rofrano 3 weeks ago
You haven't really given us any solid technical information about your hardware or OS so I will speculate from what you did tell us. A 6 year old iMac in 2019 would be a 2013 model. Apple's latest mac
4:3 TV safe area confusion
by Bryce Douglass 4 weeks ago
Hello, I have a documentary that I'm editing. I shot it in 1920x1080 I have an interview with three people at a table. Some of them were talking and conversing back and forth so I needed all three on
Re: 4:3 TV safe area confusion
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
You using it as a boundary mic
Returning Hard Drives
by Chris Littman 4 weeks ago
Hi there Cow community. Longtime lurker here. I have an etiquette question. You know all those hard drives of footage that get sent around from post house, to production company, to client, to cinemat
Re: Returning Hard Drives
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Erase the drive. I Guarantee the owner will suddenly call you, looking for it and the files, and some change orders, within 24 hours. It's like voodoo, every time. More practical answer; That you have
Make eyes open
by Steve Adams 1 month ago
I have video of an asian girl, below, where the eye opening is so narrow it's difficult to tell if the eyes are open or shut: I'm looking for some way, with PPro CC2017, to get some white or gray into
Re: Make eyes open
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
There is some new technology out there that uses "Deep Learning" to teach an A.I. to map faces and heads onto other bodies, and you could certainly limit such an application to eye replacement, and pe
Filming laws when being hired by other people/businesses
by Bryce Douglass 1 month ago
I know this forum isn't for legal advice but hope someone here can give their opinions based on experience. I have my own filming & production business. I also get hired as a part time employee by oth
Re: Filming laws when being hired by other people/businesses
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
The most basic thing you can do in the absence of paper releases is to roll audio video on the person while you're mic'ing them up, as part of the sound check, ask them to spell their name, give a pho
The continuing power of the talking head
by greg janza 1 month ago
There's a fair amount of criticism about using talking heads in videos these days. There seems to be a feeling that the standard talking head is a stale stylistic choice or that it's inherently boring
Re: The continuing power of the talking head
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
People will forgive a lot, if the content is compelling enough. And an eternal truth is that humans are innately fascinated by other humans. From carnival "freak" shows of old, to Kardashians today, i
Making life-story Documentaries for Terminally ill. Need advise please
by Chris Lafosse 1 month ago
Hi all So I am beginning a little documentary production venture (mini life-story docs for terminally ill) and was wondering if you could advise on the basic equipment needed with a limited start-up b
Re: Making life-story Documentaries for Terminally ill. Need advise please
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I think oral history interviews are among the most meaningful work I've ever done in my career. These are the things that have lasting value and speak to people of the future. I get to do it two ways;
Ain’t your grandpas TV Production studio any more, I suppose.
by Bill Davis 1 month ago
Yes, it s pretty much a LumaForge marketing video. https: youtu.be w3fKC1ZqnPE But it still signals the promise is that smaller virtual studios can now more easily do stuff like this on more of a DYI
Re: Ain’t your grandpas TV Production studio any more, I suppose.
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Blown-out whites on a phone don't look any better on a bigger screen.
Dedolight LEDs + Battery Power quandary...
by Tom Turner 1 month ago
I m reconfiguring my lighting set-up, and have purchased a bi-colour Dedolight DLED3, with the DT3-BI-BAT power supply. The supply has a Max Power of 45w, and an input voltage of 10.8 - 18v DC 4,2 - 2
Re: Dedolight LEDs + Battery Power quandary...
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
The amps available sounds insufficient. What does the labeling on the battery pack say is the MAh rating
Replacing temp stock music?
by Mark Smith 1 month ago
I have a couple of project that use stock music from Pond 5 . I used the watermarked pond 5 cuts in the projects and now have to replace with purchased version of same cuts. Could I Delete the pond 5
Re: Replacing temp stock music?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
This will be Mr. Smith's solution, ...right after he gets his time machine worked out. It's brilliant to do *before* you start. And you'd better believe I'm writing this one down for my own use in the
Work-Flow suggestions.
by Tim Maddoux 1 month ago
We have 8 DVD live concerts of a national comedian created over many years. Each DVD was created in PP so there is a project file for each. I have been charged with going through all of this content a
Re: Work-Flow suggestions.
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
So indeed, sounds like you're just "slicing a salami". I expect the "slices" need a canned intro and outro, and probably a bug or lower third on each Once the whole salami is sliced up on the timeline
Creating customisable bullets
by mark boundy 2 months ago
Hi CC community, The issue I have is that I am I am creating a fair number of presentations in FCPX with bullets on them. I would like to be able to make a motion template which when you drag and drop
Re: Creating customisable bullets
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Maybe a different approach to generating the bullets What if you just make -one- bullet, and treat it as a particle generator source effect In the generator, you can then type a number or use a slider
Making a new Apple ID
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Getting ready to upgrade my OS and apps (bye, FCPStudio, Old Friend!). What I want to do is create a new Apple ID before using the newfangled App Store iTunes nonsense that I haven't used at home in y
Re: Making a new Apple ID
by John Rofrano 1 month ago
If you do a clean install, I believe the two options you are presented with are sign-in with your Apple ID or Create a new ID. That is one way. Here is an article from Apple that explains 3 ways of cr
Is this rendering time reasonable or unreasonable?
by Gabriel Fendas 2 months ago
I'm rendering a 3 hour long video at 256x144 pixels, and it's taken like 4 hours, Premiere Pro says 6 hours left, and Premiere Pro keeps increasing the estimate. This is annoying me greatly. This seem
Re: Is this rendering time reasonable or unreasonable?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Are you sure you have enough system memory freed up to handle the rendering That's where this kind of problem happens to me; when my available system memory or the media drive I'm rendering to are too
Thoughts on 2019
by Steve Connor 2 months ago
I hope everyone had a great holiday break (if you were lucky enough to get one!) So here we are in 2019, amongst other things we should see a new Mac Pro this year, I'm certainly looking forward to se
Re: Thoughts on 2019
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Good overview. Might want to find-and-replace on one word; changing "empathize" to "emphasize".
Is it Adobe or Premiere Pro?
by David Mathis 2 months ago
I just came across this on You Tube today. Thoughts https: www.youtube.com watch v=FONLVQuxhoQ
Re: Is it Adobe or Premiere Pro?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I'm sure you're right, Oliver. And probably part of the success you see can be attributed to better practices and better setups. Our guys are all self-taught on Abobe, and our budgets, low. The gear i
Avoid Banding & Supplement Existing Light in Airplane Hangar
by Adam Worth 2 months ago
Hello - I m shooting directing editing a low budget music video in a large hangar 10,000 sq feet. It has existing overhead lighting that I m forced to use because the budget doesn t allow for re-light
Re: Avoid Banding & Supplement Existing Light in Airplane Hangar
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Look at it as a creative opportunity. I wish I knew what kind of music this was... Here are off the top of my head, some cheap ideas... A big space like that, one thing I might try is, let it go dark
Very pedestrian question about a simple camera
by Mat Heath 7 months ago
I'm not sure this is the right place to post. If I'm out of line, please let me know and I'll try to follow the correct protocols. I have a very simple need. I am a psychologist and I want a camera th
Re: Very pedestrian question about a simple camera
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
A dashcam for cars can be set up to record without audio, and to run off a 12 volt power supply transformer that runs off the house current of the office.
Black and White video shoot
by chris pike 2 months ago
The last couple months I have been using my computer and cell phone with color off. I really think it has helped settle my mind and spirit. When I turn color back on, it is shocking and the colors way
Re: Black and White video shoot
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Evil or not, color or not: it gets billed the same.. :-)
Full FCP 7 Assault - Out of Memory, Dropped Frames, Playback Trouble suddenly.
by Marc Israel 2 months ago
Hi. I'm suddenly having a lot of problems with a documentary film project I m working on in FCP 7, and quite likely all the issues are related. First, I am getting the much feared and dreaded out of m
Re: Full FCP 7 Assault - Out of Memory, Dropped Frames, Playback Trouble suddenly.
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
"David, I m in Los Angeles. Why do you ask " To see if you're Canadian, because you're starting to sound like you might be Ryan's alt. I don't think there's anything left to discuss here. You've made
How do I light a 3-person scene?
by Hafeez Zainalabidin 3 months ago
Hey all, I'm fairly new to grip work so I'm a bit stumped by this. So I'll be shooting this scene involving 3 subjects, all of which are situated behind a table with a black backdrop behind all of the
Re: How do I light a 3-person scene?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Sorry I saw this so late. You should tell us what you came up with. You're shooting just one camera the whole time, from a fixed position Or does the one camera move at all This is important to know.
Business at a crossroads ...
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Hi friends... I'm coming to the group here looking for some advice, wisdom... or just to talk me down off the ledge. My tiny company is coming to a crossroads, and I just don't know which way to turn.
Re: Business at a crossroads ...
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
His operation is already pretty lean, from what I can see. Your point about freelancers is well-taken, however, I think there remains a need in larger projects for an overall coordinating point of con
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Manager's Book Club, chapter 1
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Welcome to Mark's Book Club! (LOL). I've been working on a long series of lecture videos about "Lean Management" and "six-sigma" techniques these last few weeks. One of the presenters gave out a link
Re: Manager's Book Club, chapter 1
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
In Lean management, there are 8 areas of "waste" that are continuously addressed. Transport Moving people, products & information Inventory Storing parts, pieces, documentation ahead of requirements M
Oliver Peters on the evolution of the edit suite
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
A fascinating piece looking at how far we have come from the early days of tape editing: https: digitalfilms.wordpress.com 2018 12 02 five-decades-of-edit-suite-evolution Simon Ubsdell tokyo productio
Re: Oliver Peters on the evolution of the edit suite
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Ah, memories... I can recall that the overall design of many of the early edit rooms evolved from live-TV Control Rooms, where the multiple workstations for audio, switcher, edit controller, and graph
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What is the single most important skill an editor needs to develop?
by Simon Ubsdell 3 months ago
I'd be fascinated to hear your thoughts, but first here's mine: You need to be able to watch and listen for the first time every single time you hit play. In other words you need to develop your own p
Re: What is the single most important skill an editor needs to develop?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
This is a fun and educational thread and I appreciate the discourse. As you talked about going to and from low and high "energy", and gave examples, I could think of a few more: the use of color, and
Equipment advice — A good monopod for a gimbal (Ronin S) ?
by Jacob Giacometti 3 months ago
Hi everyone, Let's see if we can find a good monopod to attach the Ronin S gimbal on, in order to really maximise its potential and create even more amazing shots. I just don't know anything about mon
Re: Equipment advice — A good monopod for a gimbal (Ronin S) ?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Frankly, a pan head and a 2x4 would do as well for that... might not look as sexy but the price is right... https: www.tested.com art movies 454928-low-budget-camera-tech-sam-raimis-evil-dead
Long Term Plan
by Steve Weng 3 months ago
One of the biggest thing that always in the back of mind is how long can I physically be an event videographer. I just turned 30 and I am in good shape. I don't mind waking up early hours to cover eve
Re: Long Term Plan
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
I did wedding work on the side to supplement the income for my growing family, but yes, you get to a point where the time you can spend with the wife and kids becomes more important than the extra inc
Combining 2 particle flows from different angle to look like liquids flowing into one another
by Michael West 3 months ago
Good morning: Is it possible to make 2 particle flows coming from different directions (say, left to right and right to left) mix and meld and integrate into one another like 2 streams of liquid runni
Re: Combining 2 particle flows from different angle to look like liquids flowing into one another
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
What if in addition to the two particle streams firing into each other, with an attract gravity modifier, to bend them into downward arcs, you layer a third stream emitter that's the "mixed" version,
Future MacOS/FCPX won't support DNxHD/HR or CineForm among other codecs
by Andrew Kimery 3 months ago
"In Final Cut Pro, you might see an alert that legacy media files won't be compatible with future macOS releases. Legacy media files are compatible with macOS Mojave, but they won't be with future mac
Re: Future MacOS/FCPX won't support DNxHD/HR or CineForm among other codecs
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
I think my new retirement plan will be a company that does nothing but update and transcode people's files to keep them playable in the current tech standards. Seems like job security. https: www.yout
Is there a name for this style of documentary?
by David Andrews 3 months ago
I have been doing documentary type projects for years. Several years ago I started to eliminate the old voice over and basically wrapped the story around interviews only. This seems to be a trend that
Re: Is there a name for this style of documentary?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
First-person narrative
Tools to make an interactive video
by Héctor Moreno 3 months ago
Hi all, a client has asked me to provide an interactive video, specifically a "choose your own path" video. I have researched online and there are several companies that provide great tools in order t
Re: Tools to make an interactive video
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
I did an interactive game show once on DVD that had the "choose your adventure" type branching in it. It had something like six sections, each section started with an introductory scenario, then the h
Final Cut Update
by David Mathis 3 months ago
So, it looks like there will not be version 10.5 anytime soon but there is a very nice update that just came out today. http: www.fcp.co final-cut-pro news 2129-apple-update-final-cut-pro-x-to-10-4-4-
Re: Final Cut Update
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
I'm happy to see .srt files working in the captioning now... that saves me some cross-conversions. I'm hopeful this "extensions" approach will lead to a flurry of third-party providers adding in inter
Charging Batteries: leave on charger or no?
by steve hobbs 4 months 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 3 months 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
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 4 months ago
There is; the iconic piece-of-film-stuck-in-projector-gate-melts-to-white. https: www.youtube.com watch v=AyTtFNGzFsE
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