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Director and founder of Hand Crank Films, a Simply Beautiful place to work.
Member Since:
October 9th 2002
172 Posts
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Bellingham, WA
FS7 Monitoring WITHOUT a Monitor
by Max Kaiser 4 years ago
Broke my monitor today in the middle of a 5 day shoot. Anyone know how I can turn on my SDI or HDMI monitoring (like so I could connect a DP6 or something to use) without use of the monitor screen to
Audio Render Files on Export in CC
by Max Kaiser 6 years ago
I've seen some posts sort of alluding to this, but, ever since moving to CC I suddenly have tremendous audio previews on export that I never had under CS6. A 5 minute project is taking 1 2 hour to out
Re: Audio Render Files on Export in CC
by Max Kaiser 6 years ago
Mina - I never did get a clear answer on this. I did find that by exporting to Media Manager - i.e., the "Queue" option - the problem went away. It seems it has a problem with using a direct export. H
Ways to maximise customers online media
by Olly Lawer 7 years ago
Hi, I've been trying to find good resources on online media marketing, AKA Video Marketing, with very little success. The books I've come across encompass online media as a way to market a brand (and
Re: Ways to maximise customers online media
by Max Kaiser 7 years ago
Olly, I feel your pain! At Hand Crank we've been really trying to get into this stuff, and it is not that easy to find out about it. The reason is that it literally changes every day. Youtube, Google
Another Travel Rate question
by Greg Ball 8 years ago
I realize that this question has been addressed different ways, but I'm wondering how to go about giving a client a budget for international travel fees. If you were traveling from the US East Coast t
Re: Another Travel Rate question
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
This is a good question, and I too am interested in what going rates are for per diem's, etc... We charge $125 day for per diem when away shooting per person, and $175 on travel days. When we've gone
SAN ity check
by Mark Suszko 8 years ago
When you offload your NLE's footage to centralized storage like a SAN, do you keep the native codec, or transcode it to something else, and if so, what do you find works well in the space vs quality v
Re: SAN ity check
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
We've really struggled with this as we've grown, and as data has grown. RED raw footage can eat up some SERIOUS disk space, and prorezing all that hdslr footage can, too. Here's what we do with our SA
What do you do when you're slow?
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
No, not slow like short bus, but slow like when biz is slow...what types of things do you do to keep yourself busy Thought it would be interesting to poll. Do you: Market New website, etc. Work on ree
Re: What do you do when you're slow?
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
Thanks guys, these are really good posts. Bob, it is hard to imagine you ever being slow, but I'm sure it occurs to all of us. Wait, this sounding like something that can only be fixed in a late night
Media Management and Projects?
by Stephan Walfridsson 8 years ago
I have not bought FCP X yet. But I have read the online manual quite thoroughly and I am a bit concerned confused regarding how FCP X handles source media, projects and timelines. As I understand it t
Re: Media Management and Projects?
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
Interested in revisiting this thread a few months down the line... I've edited a few projects with FCPX now and there were some things I REALLY like - like the SPEED! However, it feel flat on its face
Poptent: A New Twist in Our Industry?
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
Hey fellas, Anyone seen this Poptent site (http: www.poptent.net) They dangle a decent sized carrot - usually around $7.5k or more for a commercial, in front of content creators to create a commercial
Re: Poptent: A New Twist in Our Industry?
by Alex Priest 8 years ago
Hey Todd, You make a great point--coming up with ideas is not at all easy. That said, if you define spec work that broadly, almost the entire advertising industry is based on spec (RFPs, by that defin
Keeping track of employees' projects & progress
by Rob Grauert 8 years ago
At my job we need to figure out how to keep track of everyone's projects, progress, ETA, etc. It has to be something we can all glance at to see what everyone is up to. A dry erase calendar seems like
Re: Keeping track of employees' projects & progress
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
Farmer's Wife is also really cool, but on the higher end of the price spectrum. Max Kaiser Director Hand Crank Films http: www.handcrankfilms.com Various Intel FCP 7 OS 10.5 RED XDCAM 7D
Payment terms for editing network tv show
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
Hi there, We're being asked to edit a network tv show (for a small network, mind you, not a biggie) and the payment terms are sort of tough on us. They are 25% down, and then the remainder when the sh
Re: Payment terms for editing network tv show
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
YES! That would a be a great find! Also, thanks for all the responses. The client is actually pretty cool, and was quick to work with me to make things work out better for us. Really, I wasn't too con
Calling Dr. Zelin.... and other brilliant thinkers
by Steve Martin 8 years ago
Hi Bob (and other bovine) Like many, we were waiting patiently for the FCP "upgrade." I don't want to get into a discussion of the merits of the new FCP - that's been well documented and will continue
Re: Calling Dr. Zelin.... and other brilliant thinkers
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
Cool. I will go back and take another stab at it. I did have ALOT of problems last time around trying to do raw dslr editing of any given length, but again, I had the AJA hooked up. Max Kaiser Directo
Machine Room Setup
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I didn't see any other forums for "machine rooms". Anyhow, I'm considering putting all of my macpros in one room - like I've seen Biscardi do
Re: Machine Room Setup
by Eric Jurgenson 8 years ago
Check this out: http: forums.creativecow.net readpost 132 860682
XSAN and Premiere Pro
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
Please forgive my reposting this question since I had previously posted it within a thread of this forum but decided it really needs its own header. Does anyone have any experience using Premiere Pro
Re: XSAN and Premiere Pro
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
Alex, I think I'll go with the first suggestion and give that a whirl. I'm guessing that when we archive the project we can lose the media caches and then just rebuild them in the event we need to un-
Premiere Pro CS5 + P2 Media + SAN environment
by Corey Sullivan 8 years ago
Is anyone aware of issues with using editing P2 media in Premiere Pro CS5 on a SAN I'm working with P2 media on Premiere Pro CS5 connected to a 24 TB SAN with an 8gb fiber optic connection, and there'
Re: Premiere Pro CS5 + P2 Media + SAN environment
by Max Kaiser 8 years ago
Anyone have experience with XSAN and dSLR footage on Intel mac Just looking for some pointers on organizing all those pesky metadata files for best archiving consolidation of projects and, of course,
Buying lights for large green screen
by Max Kaiser 9 years ago
Hi folks, I'm in the process of buying lights for a pretty big greenscreen cyc. The screen is about 14' tall, and forms a curved corner with 20' on either side. What I'm trying to figure out is how ma
Re: Buying lights for large green screen
by Max Kaiser 9 years ago
Anyone I guess what I'm looking for is some kind of standard math like - you'll need so many watts of kino power at a certain distance from the screen and at a certain height... Again, I was thinking
XSAN to MetaSAN
by Max Kaiser 10 years ago
Hi Folks, I'm a 3 seat (4 with server) XSAN user with a 5.6TB XRAID and 2gb FibreChannel network who is looking to move to something new, but trying to maximize the value of what I've already got. Tha
Re: XSAN to MetaSAN
by Max Kaiser 10 years ago
Bob, Thanks for the post - you've kept me out of trouble before! I guess I really just need to do some more research on expanding my existing XSAN network. I knew I could add a promise drive, but I th
Internal Marketing Workflows
by Kevin Colber 11 years ago
Hey gang- I am outputting some video to be run on a loop from a PC to several LCD's scattered throughout my clients office. I was thinking using some sort of h264 compression to make the files more ma
Re: Internal Marketing Workflows
by Max Kaiser 11 years ago
Unless you want to do HD. We have a lobby screen running every day for the last year off of a MacMini. It plays HDV files beautifully (cannot handle much more since drive speed is only 5400). Also, co
Rush Charges
by Max Kaiser 11 years ago
Hi guys, I've searched for this topic and haven't found, so please redirect me if necessary. How do y'all account for rush projects. You know: I MUST have this tommorrow. And, you can do it, but you'v
Re: Rush Charges
by Mark Suszko 11 years ago
Old sign in the shop: "Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on MY part". In an in-house situation you pretty much have to just take what they give you and hopefully you have som
Production charges
by Nicholas Johnson 11 years ago
Hi there, I'm news to the whole contract production arena and have a company inquiry about my video services for a short promo video - any basic pay rates or breakdowns any one can help me out with Sh
Re: Production charges
by Max Kaiser 11 years ago
We bill line items. It takes awhile, but once it's all entered in Quickbooks, you can put an estimate together fairly quickly. Also, it allows the client to see very transparently where their money is
Footage gets darker after 14 frames during render
by Max Kaiser 11 years ago
I'm having a strange render issue - any quicktime footage in my comps gets darker after 14 frames. This happens even when I create a new project with no color management, drop in some fresh footage an
Re: Footage gets darker after 14 frames during render
by Max Kaiser 11 years ago
Hi Kevin; Yeah it's a strange one... is color managment turned off.... Yup, there's no color management. did you try rendering to a non-quicktime format like an image sequence of some sort (the photos
2GB RAM limit on Decklink Extreme
by Mike Procunier 12 years ago
Any word on an update to 6.2 that will address this Earlier posts said it would be released about a week after 6.2.
Re: 2GB RAM limit on Decklink Extreme; Kristian and Luke?
by Max Kaiser 12 years ago
Please do let us know. Just got the card and this issue is a real bummer. Max Kaiser Hand Crank Films www.handcrankfilms.com Quad G5, 4.5 GB RAM FCP 5.14 OS 10.4
Problems installing Decklink
by Max Kaiser 12 years ago
Hi there, I've just been shipped my second Decklink card which is not working for me. The first time, none of my machines (a quad g5, an eight core, and a four core) would recognize the card. Nothing
Re: Problems installing Decklink
by Max Kaiser 12 years ago
I got the decklink sp and put it in the 4th slot.
AppleTV and Compressor
by Max Kaiser 12 years ago
Hello - does anyone know the correct settings for using compressor to make content for AppleTV. I've been trying to do it by setting the specs to what the tech specs for AppleTV say - H.264 1280x720 2
Re: AppleTV and Compressor
by Max Kaiser 12 years ago
Matt, What you say sounds correct. I tried the "Get Info" and recreate method but it always gets rejected even when I match the specs exactly (1280x720, H.264, 24fps, AAC music LC) no good. Also, the
xdcam hd and fce
by Max Kaiser 12 years ago
I have a client that would like to use fce to edit some xdcam hd footage I shot for him. Is this possible using v3.5 I don't know what codecs he has, and he's not too savvy on the whole thing. If not,
Re: xdcam hd and fce
by Max Kaiser 12 years ago
sorry - I should clarify - I'm talking about Final Cut Pro Express here (FCE). Thanks, Max
Pops in FLV audio
by Max Kaiser 13 years ago
I'm getting some pretty bad pops in my audio using Squeeze 4.5 and the Sorenson flv (not 8) encoder. Anyone know the magic settings to make these go away I'm compressing hdv footage where the audio or
Re: Pops in FLV audio
by Max Kaiser 13 years ago
Never mind. Just read a post on sorenson's site saying this a documented bug and to downconvert our audio to 44.1 until they have a fix out. MaxMax Kaiser Hand Crank Films www.handcrankfilms.com Dual
FLVs Just Don't Look Good Anymore
by Max Kaiser 13 years ago
Hi there, I've been using flash as my video delivery for the web for quite some time. Originally, when I was in the DV world, I would just export to the Flash MX2004 PRO 1.2 codec directly out of FCP
Re: FLVs Just Don't Look Good Anymore
by Max Kaiser 13 years ago
Thanks guys, but none of these things did it. What did do it, and I wanted to post for anyone else who is going through this is: I called Sorenson and talked to a very nice, helpful tech there. He sai
Buying a BetaSP Deck?
by Max Kaiser 13 years ago
I know it seems crazy but I'm thinking of buying a BetaSP deck for commercial delivery. Comcast here in Seattle demands we deliver on SP and I'm tired of the hassle of paying $50 for a transfer at the
Re: Buying a BetaSP Deck?
by Max Kaiser 13 years ago
You guys are great - that is just what I needed to know! Thanks, Max
Levels for Broadcast
by Max Kaiser 13 years ago
Hi there. I'm desperately trying to figure out what are the proper audio levels to provide in sort of a weird situation. Presently, I produce television spots to be played via Comcast. Comcast demands
Re: Levels for Broadcast
by Max Kaiser 13 years ago
Thanks to all. Unfortunately, I don't have my own analogue tone receiver (or deck) so I'll take some different tone down to the station. I can understand a difference in digital and analogue tone "0"
New Imports Are Greyed Out
by Max Kaiser 14 years ago
I can't figure out why when I import .psd into a document I've been working on for awhile, suddenly all imports are greyed out. When I open a new document and import that same .psd it works as usual,
Holy Smokes!
by Max Kaiser 14 years ago
I know this may not be the right place to post this, but, I just had to. I bought an extra monitor and a 9800 SE card to facilitate better motion work. I plugged both monitors (a g500 21" sony, and an
Re: Holy Smokes!
by Rich Rubasch 14 years ago
Probably blew the high voltage transformer...happened on my Samsung 27 inch one morning...just blew. Same deal...easy to see because of the big black hole in the side of it. Paid a guy $80 to replace
Dual Display
by Max Kaiser 14 years ago
Been trying to beef up my Dual G5 for motion and... Just got a Pro 9800 SE AGP card. Then got another monitor (Apple 17" ADC) to add to my original regular CRT. I am able to connect them both to the 9
Re: Dual Display
by Max Kaiser 14 years ago
Thanks for all the confirmations. Looks like I'll be getting the 9200 PCI card! Max Kaiser Hand Crank Films www.handcrankfilms.com Dual G5, 1.5 GB FCP 4.1, w Render Plug-in 10.3.1
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