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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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Batch Editing 1200 files to add intro and outro, any solution?
by Cristian Ruffini 3 days ago
Hi there creativeCow ! I need to find a solution to be able to batch add the same intro and outro to 1200 videos. As easy as it sounds, add the Intro at the beginning of each clip and the outro at the
Re: Batch Editing 1200 files to add intro and outro, any solution?
by Mark Suszko 2 days ago
Set up a template in Motion... Import to FCPX. Create a template project that already has the intro and outro in it, then add the clips to the template
What to do to create a Promotional video for a Mining Company
by Fahad Minhaj 1 week ago
Hello People, Not sure where to start but I recently got contacted by a Mining company and they would like to make a promotional video. This is what they want to achieve: Intro which consist of video
Re: What to do to create a Promotional video for a Mining Company
by Mark Suszko 3 days ago
There are particular safety and operational concerns shooing in a mine, especially an underground one. (you didn't specify type) Noise in any mine operation is TERRIBLE, ALL THE TIME. The sound you ge
A milestone, of sorts....
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
I just wanted to take a sec to share a little good news with my friends in the B&M forum. Hopefully I will sound at least a little bit humble and grateful, and not braggadocios, as that is what I trul
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Michael Rubin liked this 3 weeks ago
Re: A milestone, of sorts....
by Mark Suszko 3 days ago
Todd, you made me look good this week: I used your "one-light HMI trick" for a sitting portrait-style interview setup, in a room full of "challenges". Imagine the darkest shaft in an anthracite mine,
Business steps for a video project.
by Ciaran MacRiocaird 5 days ago
The business side of things gets confusing to me. I'm just wondering what steps different people take with a client for a typical video production project. (e.g: like a promo video) I'm trying to nail
Re: Business steps for a video project.
by Mark Suszko 3 days ago
I agree with both Nick and Greg. But they didn't talk much about getting to your "step1". Getting a meeting with a client is usually harder than any actual job they throw at you. There's gate-keepers,
Ghost In The Shell
by Mark Suszko 5 months ago
I know I'm early, but the squee factor was too high. This Manga and anime' series was easily as seminal in modern pop anime culture as "Akira" was. (warning for prudes, there is some very slight "arti
Re: Ghost In The Shell
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
This property was cutting-edge cyberpunk when it came out 20+ years ago. The landscape today takes what was once cutting-edge for granted as unoriginal. That's one strike against the movie; if you fee
best practices in setting graphics timings in bin?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
So I have some long lectures where I need to add many, many powerpoint slides. I'm looking for keyboard shortcuts, procedures, etc. to pre-set the duration of each targa file slide while it's in the b
Re: best practices in setting graphics timings in bin?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Bob, I've been doing variations of your technique since God was an intern. But this is not the situation I'm in. I've got a one-camera timeline and a bunch of slides and I just want to be faster and m
Competitive pricing for a chroma-key
by Jack Steiner 1 month ago
I'm opening a chroma-key studio very soon in Europe.. Chroma-key studio will be 1000 square meters with a length of 20 feet and a professional high-end lighting setup, two make-up rooms and extra prop
Re: Competitive pricing for a chroma-key
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
I detect an underlying assumption that owning a greenscreen studio space is an automatic money machine as in, "build it, and they will come". There is no logical reason to believe such a thing will ha
The Mac Pro future. Finally some sense from Apple!
by Chris Harlan 4 weeks ago
Videoguys has the scoop on the future of the Mac Pro and it is startlingly brilliant! http: www.videoguys.com blog apple-plans-release-late-fall-osx-licensed-systems
Re: The Mac Pro future. Finally some sense from Apple!
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Wouldn't it be cool if the next Apple workstation used a modular, plug-together, Lego-like architecture, where you could stack RAIDS, cooling systems, Graphics and memory in multiple combinations Woul
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Ghost In The Shell, unshelled
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
The original thread and my review here: https: forums.creativecow.net readpost 267 8004
Pick your brain
by Rich Rubasch 4 weeks ago
Hey Mark Suzko...can you email me offlline Have something I want to pass by you. rjr@tiltmedia.com Nothing to see here...moving on... Rich Rubasch Tilt Media Inc. Video Production, Post, Studio Sound
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Re: Pick your brain
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Email sent. Brain on stand-by.
Netflix Iron Fist
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I binged the first season over the weekend and really enjoyed most of it. I knew zero about this Marvel comics character before the show, but this series is well- executed and fills in the newbie view
Re: Netflix Iron Fist
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=f9OKL5no-S0
Insurance for a 3 day shoot - subcontractors covered ?
by Richard Jacana 1 month ago
I have to hire 4 contractors for a 3 day shoot. Was wondering what type of insurance is normally required. I'm responding to an RFP and they mention "insurance" I presume liability insurance, don't ne
Re: Insurance for a 3 day shoot - subcontractors covered ?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
You may want to check in your state: some states have a "prompt payment act" clause in government contracts which says that if you offer an early-payment discount, they MUST take advantage of that dis
CHALLENGED! Making transition from FCP7 to FCPX
by Jerry Jones 1 month ago
I've been working in FCP7 (and prior) for over 15 years. Two things to request: 1) For those of you who have been on this journey, what are the 3-5 most important things you had to learn to help you m
Re: CHALLENGED! Making transition from FCP7 to FCPX
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
My two cents includes this: X really seems built around an emphasis on the pre-edit workflow: on detailed logging and careful organization and cataloging of assets. For people used to just hopping on
LinkedIn Question
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I know some (many ) of you are LinkedIn users. I am a cursory user of only the mildest degree, so I had a newbie question... When a person sends you an invitation, and you decline it, does that person
Re: LinkedIn Question
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
OK, just test it with someone you know in your family. Ask them what response they get. Or is that too easy
Cost effective phantom power?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
While perusing ebay chasing a couple of different mics, I come across a long line of phantom mic power supplies for sale, all of them from different makers but looking identical, priced in the $20-$30
Re: Cost effective phantom power?
by Ty Ford 1 month ago
Hi Mark and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum. In addition to what's been said. Phantom Power circuits come with different voltage and current ratings. Most people think 48 V DC is Phantom Power. I've al
RIP Rock and Roll's CREATOR
by Nick Griffin 1 month ago
Rest In Peace Chuck Berry. You truly created the music and style that started it all.
Re: RIP Rock and Roll's CREATOR
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
http: snltranscripts.jt.org 77 77rreview.phtml
Join me today in my heroic struggle against the subscription model!
by Simon Ubsdell 2 months ago
Enough is enough is ENOUGH! My electricity supplier has heaped infamy upon tyranny by asking me to pay a monthly subscription for my power. And at last I have decided that this cannot stand. I cannot
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Jason Jenkins liked this 4 weeks ago
Re: Join me today in my heroic struggle against the subscription model!
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I think I just read somewhere the island of Kawaii in the Hawaiian chain is now 100 percent solar 24 7. Nights they used to switch to diesel generation but Elon Musk sold them on a bank of Tesla super
How to budget a Cooking Show ?
by Robert Bengraff 2 months ago
I have been asked to put numbers together to produce five 5-8 minute outdoor, roaming host food show. I am currently under NDA so I can't give too many details, but think outdoor festival, tailgaters,
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Re: How to budget a Cooking Show ?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Hi, Bob, I heard you saw your shadow so there's another month of complaining about the cheapskate newbies destroying the industry ahead Actually, I've installed (and had to RE-install) enough toilets
Kong: Skull Island
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Apocalypse Now as a comedy with giant monsters. Sam Jackson as Ahab and Kong as the Whale. John C. Reilly as Ben Gunn the Maroon from Treasure Island. Sprinkle a dose of Avatar and puree In a blender.
BEAST RATINGS: Kong, Beauty and the Beast, and Logan
by Scott Roberts 1 month ago
I've seen a few movies in the last few weeks, and they all share a common theme... Beasts! Here's my thoughts on Kong: Skull Island and two other pretty hairy movies. KONG: SKULL ISLAND Premise: Mark
An Overview for a Beginner
by Chad Greene 2 months ago
I have a new freelancer coming in to help me who has never touched FCPX. I want to send him some articles or videos that will help him understand the basics of FCPX. What articles or videos would you
Re: An Overview for a Beginner
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
And hang up their skateboards in the hallway cupboard, we don't want any accidents in here.
The Mechanic - a 60 second documentary.
by Orlando O'Mahoney Morris 2 months ago
I made a 60 second documentary for a film competition, the film is about Bo Hare, a mechanic who takes joy in the artistic nature of working on classic cars. https: www.youtube.com watch v=h6oVWtugUyo
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Re: The Mechanic - a 60 second documentary.
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
It's pretty. Nicely shot, edited, directed. Good pacing. Good sound. I didn't personally care for the music, but it's fine, despite that.
Tim Cook says Apple "will do more in the pro area"
by William Davis 2 months ago
https: 9to5mac.com 2017 02 28 apple-annual-shareholders-meeting Cook also hinted at Apple s product pipeline by promising Apple will do more in the pro area. Cook called out the creative field as espe
Re: Tim Cook says Apple "will do more in the pro area"
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
My tired old song: add auto audio transcription and open and closed-captioning to FCPX, or give us a plug-in App that does that seamlessly and largely automatically. Captioning isn't just for the deaf
Wedding Video - Amateur or Professional?
by Vincent Simoneau 2 months ago
Hey Guys, So I normally tend to work on shorts and features in the narrative space. However, I've been asked at multiple times to shoot people's weddings. I however, am not equipped to shoot weddings.
Re: Wedding Video - Amateur or Professional?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
(Traditional coverage) ..."it's too predictable and in my view, is too fake." Now that makes me laugh. I have never seen or shot two weddings that went exactly the same, EVER. Something always goes wr
go 4x pro
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I'm planning to put 4 go-pros on a small platform, facing the cardinal directions, the platform on a stand in the center of a ring of around 9 players, jammed into a living room, for an "in the round"
Re: go 4x pro
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Conventional cutting, removing spherical distortion and re-framing the shots, perhaps adding motion.
Classes/tutorials/resources for making animated explainer videos?
by Neil Orman 3 months ago
I'm a video producer and have a decent knowledge of After Effects, which I use to create basic motion graphics, titles, and animated maps mainly (I work at a think tank that covers foreign policy). Bu
Re: Classes/tutorials/resources for making animated explainer videos?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
You're very welcome. And if the science-related show ever needs a scriptwriter for "explainer" videos, I did that for three years for NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace. Check out their old
2017 Oscar Predictions
by Scott Roberts 2 months ago
A good chunk of people will be tuning into the Oscars this Sunday to see the inevitable parade of liberal arts majors trying to one-up each other with politicized speeches. Another chunk will watch to
Re: 2017 Oscar Predictions
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Kubo is brilliant, but I liked Moana even better.
Dealer Show Recap Video Tips
by Boe Beito 2 months ago
Hi folks, I'm an internal, one-man-band video guy at a medium sized company that makes snowmobiles. I generally shoot interview and instructional content. We have a dealer show at a convention center
Re: Dealer Show Recap Video Tips
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
If you can, get an arm so th on-camera light is actually a foot or more off to the left or right: this looks much more flattering. Better yet to have an assistant with a monopod hold that light.
Small Company Corporate Video Camera
by Jacob McConnell 2 months ago
Hello, I have been asked to find a couple options on buying some video equipment so we can shoot some corporate videos. We are a manufacturing company, so it would basically be machinery running, and
Re: Small Company Corporate Video Camera
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I'm going to give you two answers. Answer one: this is a bad idea overall and your money is better spent hiring a guy or gal who already has good gear to come in and shoot on just the days you need th
Documentary question - where to position subject??
by John Smith 2 months ago
Ongoing debate here. About to begin production on a small doc centered around a single person. This person - call them the "primary subject" will be the main interview. There will be a number of subse
Re: Documentary question - where to position subject??
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
The monitor shot has all manner of ways to "fake" it. You really just need five minutes or so of the subject in the background talking about "anything". If you find you don't have tight enough DOF con
Advice for how to make archival text pop on screen?
by Noam Osband 3 months ago
I'm finishing a piece and I have a few archival images that have text I want the reader to read. I've used masks to shade the background and have highlighted only the text. That said, any other editin
Re: Advice for how to make archival text pop on screen?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
http: char.txa.cornell.edu language element color color.htm
Amazon's Sneaky Pete is a really excellent show.
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Ribisi really shows his acting range in this, and all the character actors in it do an amazing job. Vic, the heavy, is played by Brian Cranston, as a guy meaner than Walter White ever was. The simple
Re: Amazon's Sneaky Pete is a really excellent show.
by Nick Griffin 3 months ago
Completely agree!!! Sneaky Pete on Amazon is one of the best shows in recent years. BRILLIANT writing with more twists and turns than a plate of spaghetti. Cranston co-wrote the pilot, directed one of
Film School Retrospective: 10 Years Later (roughly)
by Scott Roberts 3 months ago
A recent conversation I had got me reflecting on my film school days, a subject I've gone back and forth in my head on as to whether it was a stupid degree or a completely enriching experience It cou
Re: Film School Retrospective: 10 Years Later (roughly)
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
I think I saw the KEM editing table from one of your classes at the state property used equipment auction warehouse one time. It looked like every editor to work with it had autographed it somewhere o
Matchmoving a dolly zoom with greenscreen
by Axel Nordman 3 months ago
Hello, I need some advice on how to go about to plan the visual effects, matchmoving and execution for this shot: https: drive.google.com open id=0Bw_DOei-S1wOUW54bjJmZXQ2ZGs The challenge is that we
Re: Matchmoving a dolly zoom with greenscreen
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
I have never done this shot, but it seems to me all you really need is the foreground and background "plate" shots on separate layers. Then I would add the critical part of the effect, the lens distor
Looking for assistance with choosing Video Editing Software
by Chris James 3 months ago
I'm looking for a good video editor program (windows). I'm a beginner and Wondershare Fimora trial version that I'm using looks ok, very uncomplicated, but $59 is more than I want to spend. Any compar
Re: Looking for assistance with choosing Video Editing Software
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Try the free version of Resolve 12 for windows https: www.blackmagicdesign.com products davinciresolve edit
Coen Super Bowl Mercedes spot
by Oliver Peters 3 months ago
http: www.creativeplanetnetwork.com news produce watch-super-bowl-ad-directed-coen-brothers 617174 I wonder if they cut it, too. Is so, Premiere - Oliver Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC Or
Re: Coen Super Bowl Mercedes spot
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
You know, it's a pretty conventional spot. They spent extra money on casting, but there isn't anything horribly original in it. The controversial Budweiser spot takes more chances.
How to achieve this zoom effect?
by Dondré Gumbs 3 months ago
Hi everyone! So I wanted to ask a question on how to achieve this zoom effect: https: www.youtube.com watch v=skkQ-jBz4ek Examples are at 0:17, 0:18, 0:44, etc. I actually talked to the editor of the
Re: How to achieve this zoom effect?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
What he said, just adding that you can get some funky looks by intentionally mis-using the new morph cut in FCPX between two dis-similar frames.
Anyone work with a Matthews Matthpole?
by Victor Osaka 3 months ago
Anyone here use these products I can't find a way to adjust it so it won't slip.
Re: Anyone work with a Matthews Matthpole?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
There's a couple tricks to using autopoles. One is, don't rely on just spring action to generate the tension. Use your arms and a tight grip to expand the pole segments and really jam them at the wall
Installer too old
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
After 3.5 hours on line with a very patient Apple assistant, I got my paid=ro copy of Mountaiun Lion OS downloaded, so I can put it in a partition on my Yosemite-driven imac. However, when I hit the b
Re: Installer too old
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Roger nailed it - the clock trick doesn't work now, at least, it didn't for me: Apple Store refused to function until the clock was restored. What's killing me is how long this is taking to resolve, b
Screencaputre
by Marten Köpp 3 months ago
Hello guys, I don't know if this is the right forum but I ask it anyway. I am working on some productmovies and need to capture some screens. To get this done I am looking for portable screencapture s
Re: Screencaputre
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
You already have it, if you use a mac.
Tutorial Recommendation for Final Cut Pro X 10.3.1
by Jan Laidlaw 3 months ago
Hello I have used Final Cut Pro 7 for a few years, and just purchased Final Cut Pro X 10.3.1 Most of the tutorials I'm finding online are for older versions of Final Cut Pro X and I want to get quickl
Re: Tutorial Recommendation for Final Cut Pro X 10.3.1
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
I also suggest my friend Larry Jordan's package, recently revised and updated, it assumes no current fluency in x and starts you from scratch building good habits.
Looking for (short) stock footage at low price
by Catalin Buda 3 months ago
Hi guys I need several stock videos for a short corporate video I'll be editing. I checked Shutterstock, Adobe Stock and Pond 5 and I see that the price for stock footage is around $45-70 per clip. My
Re: Looking for (short) stock footage at low price
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
"Good" methods No. fifty bucks a shot for HD stock when and where you need it sounds pretty fair, considering the cost to go shoot it yourself. If you don't have the budget for the stock, but are stil
Exporting for phone and tablet?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Client likes the version of a video I made for their Facebook page. Now they want dedicated versions for phones and tablets, with captioning on off options. Never made anything specifically for phones
Re: Exporting for phone and tablet?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Thanks. I'm also interested in how it's set up on the servers to send the various versions to their assigned platforms
Time-lapse over a long period
by Miguel Zamora 4 months ago
Hello All, A client wants to do a time-lapse video of the INT. of a warehouse being constructed over about a month. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a camera that can handle low lighting situatio
Re: Time-lapse over a long period
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
As to battery, what about running it from a deep-cycle marine (car) battery
concealing text that is baked into the video clip
by raju bhai 4 months ago
Hi, I am using fcp 7, prores 422 i have some clips from an old project that i don't have the source files for anymore, so the text layer is already baked into the clip. I want to know what my options
Re: concealing text that is baked into the video clip
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Don't mask the white letters: luminance key them.
Filming an artist and gallery
by Gene Weglarz 4 months ago
I have a project filming an artist and his paintings, inspirations, technology (fractals), etc. I have pushed for a storyboard of a timeline; working with Dali, learning with Dali, early works, lesson
Re: Filming an artist and gallery
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
This may be one of those jobs where the story is uncovered by finding it in the interviews. Your subject isn't a linear thinker; neither was Dali. Throw out the conventional shooting script; you can't
Questions on setting up a greenscreen around a house
by Charlie Knott 4 months ago
I am currently in pre-production on a short film of mine that introduces a wide variety of technical approaches, all of which I am willing to test out to see what is achievable. My story is reflective
Re: Questions on setting up a greenscreen around a house
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
There are several CGI-based solutions for making the "ocean". And the 3-d printed model may be cute, but can't have the flexibility in resolution of a CGI version. If you have enough scans of a house
Understanding Day Rates
by Charles Williams 4 months ago
I was recently working as a PA on a gig and I had a conversation with one of the crew members about possibly getting my work. After the gig was over I emailed him telling him to keep me in mind for fu
Re: Understanding Day Rates
by Ned Miller 4 months ago
You didn't mention what end of the biz you want to enter and where you are, I'd need to know that to suggest a range. As a DP and or Producer I often ask new people their rate, and when there's time I
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Lens, lighting a filter setup for 70's style effect
by Ollie Inglis 4 months ago
Hey guys, Was wondering what would be the best way to achieve a diffused, 70's look to video. The look I want to achieve looks like this: How do the colours look so old school and effective What is cr
Re: Lens, lighting a filter setup for 70's style effect
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
You might also experiment with multiple layered copies adding diffusion to one, adjusting opacity on another, and playing with the blending modes.
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