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Max Palmer

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June 2nd 2011
95 Posts
Getting back into the game and need advice
by Dwain Williams 4 years ago
I'll try to make it short as possible...thanks in advance. I have worked in wedding videography in the past and I'm looking to get back into it. Along with weddings, I'm also going to be doing sports
Re: Getting back into the game and need advice
by Max Palmer 4 years ago
I shoot weddings as well, and am trying to come off of the dSLR bandwagon (it's a great way to start though, which is why I did it). I haven't had a hand at shooting with many different cameras, but I
From Events to Documentary Films
by Brent Dunn 5 years ago
Hey everyone, I've been neglecting the forums and focusing on a documentary film I currently have in production. I've shot weddings and events for 8 years and needed something different. The film is c
Re: From Events to Documentary Films
by Max Palmer 5 years ago
Hi Brent- A sad tale to hear; my condolences to your wife and her family. I've been pretty fascinated with documentary shooting lately. I think it would be pretty cool to make one, but I've always won
Picking a camcorder to use in conjunction with my DSLR
by travis heberling 6 years ago
Hello everyone! I shoot mostly corporate and live event video photo. A studio that I am going to start shooting weddings for requires me to have a "traditional" video camera as a b or c camera to go w
Re: Picking a camcorder to use in conjunction with my DSLR
by Max Palmer 5 years ago
I was considering the AX100 too because of the attractiveness of it's large sensor for low light situations. I currently shoot with a 60D B cam, and a XF100 A-cam. While the 60D will take in more ligh
Converting old Soundbooth files- any solutions?
by Max Palmer 6 years ago
Hi everyone- I have a file that I made when I was still using Adobe Soundbooth CS5. My company has since converted us to CS6, and I'm using Audition. I can't open the Soundbooth file to edit it, and A
What is my job title?
by Mike Little 6 years ago
What a strange question. Particularly for a guy who has been around for a while before getting into video. My background is in print and web as a graphic designer art director creative director. I was
Re: What is my job title?
by Max Palmer 6 years ago
The best title (self inflicted one too) for someone in the creative world so far, was one that I told my boss I wanted to steal and use as my own official title in the company I work for: "Chief Solut
Field monitor for focus peaking on the 60d
by Max Palmer 6 years ago
So I've shot a few weddings now to build up my portfolio, and I'm continuously running into the problem of not being able to focus accurately with the 60D's screen, especially in bright sunlight. No s
Re: Field monitor for focus peaking on the 60d
by Warren Eig 6 years ago
I second Ryan. Check them out. The SWIT S-1071F is great because it offers all the features, plus built in cross conversion from HDMI to SDI. Warren Eig O 310-470-0905 email: warren@babyboompictures.c
In-house editing....in a cubicle?
by Joe Knapp 7 years ago
Okay, there is a subtle push to put everyone (including me) into a cubicle structure. Yeah... I know of no video creative that edits in this manner. The closest I've seen was a motion graphics animati
Re: In-house editing....in a cubicle?
by Max Palmer 6 years ago
I work at a large financial corporation, and I started here doing nothing but print design. But my background enabled me to be THE video guy in my business unit, and I'm still in the same kind of 8x8
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Problems transferring Canon MXF files
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
I have a Canon XF100, and every time I've used it and transferred the files, either with Canon XF Utility or copying the entire "CLIPS001" folder, I always get an error. The error in the finder says t
Need buying advice for Wireless Mic setup
by Nathan Jones 7 years ago
OK, heres my problem... My friend and I started an Improv group doing local comedy, and now it has exploded, and our venues are getting too big to just "project" our voices on our own. Does anyone hav
Re: Need buying advice for Wireless Mic setup
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
So I was able to take some advice here, and borrow some G3's from another department, who surprisingly had these things! They're working out really well. Although I posted in another thread about what
Wireless lav mics- how to avoid "audio spillage"?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Some of you may have seen my previous post last week about buying wireless lav mics. I happened to seek out another department in my company who just so happened to have two brand new Sennheiser G3's
Re: Wireless lav mics- how to avoid "audio spillage"?
by Chris Wright 7 years ago
What if you slightly modify the pitch range for one of the tracks, One of the voices would be a slightly higher or lower pitch,then phase cancellation can't appear.
No idea what to buy for wireless solution
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
First off, I am NOT an audio professional. But what I am doing is trying to produce a video at work, where I will need to have a setup with wireless mic's. My camera is a Canon XF100, with dual XLR in
Re: No idea what to buy for wireless solution
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Richard- point taken. I'm crossing my fingers!
Any forseeable issues combining footage like this?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
So at work, we're putting together a fun "end of the year" video, and we'll be formatting the entire thing like a mock newscast with some of our employees as the talent. What I want to do, is do all o
Re: Any forseeable issues combining footage like this?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
I will have to go do a dummy test for sure. I'm going to try and script it and have a single screen with prompts, and some ad-libbing of course.. Might not work if they have to turn and look into anot
Frustrated with Dynamic Link. Does it really just suck?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Hi guys- I don't use Adobe Dynamic Link often between Premiere and AfterEffects, but the few times I have, it always seems like a terrible pain. My system seems to become awfully unstable, and slow. D
Re: Frustrated with Dynamic Link. Does it really just suck?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Well, I guess it does come down to RAM! My company will be getting us new machines soon anyway, so then I will get an opportunity to stuff it chock full of memory. I guess what I'm trying to accomplis
Sounds level indicators- don't know how to trust them!
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Hi guys- I seem to have this problem all the time, let me see if I can explain this. I always wear headphones where I work, because I don't really have a choice. When I listen, no matter what software
Re: Sounds level indicators- don't know how to trust them!
by Angelo Lorenzo 7 years ago
There are different ways to measure amplitude. The peak meters are just that, they measure the peaks. One way of doing things is to compress your signal so it squashes the peaks, then to raise the ove
Editing techniques for cutting mid sentence?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
I posted a few days ago about a project I'm working on here at work (different edit question though). Basically, it's an interview style video, with 6 executives talking about their experiences. It wo
Re: Editing techniques for cutting mid sentence?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
That does make a lot of sense, thanks for the suggestion!
Getting a curved illustrator shape to "draw on"
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Hi guys- I have a logo design that I want to animate on. It has curved sections that I want to "paint on". Normally I'd just use the Writeon effect, but I also want to be able to scale or zoom out of
Re: Getting a curved illustrator shape to "draw on"
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Thanks Andrey- after fussing around yesterday, I was able to get the effect to work great with Trapcode 3d Stroke. But, that second method- you're saying that you can apply the stroke effect to a path
Rule of thumb for switching camera angles?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Hi guys- I'm currently going through footage that was shot for a multi person interview we conducted here at work. The footage was shot with two cameras. Since this is my first time doing this sort of
Re: Rule of thumb for switching camera angles?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
That's a great writeup Mark. Definetly gives me something to think about! The footage is in 1080i, and I'll most likely be outputting down to DVD, so I definetly have some wiggle room if I want to do
Good alternative to MPEG Streamclip?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
I've been using MPEG streamclip as the swiss-army knife of my video compression, and most importantly, the only tool I have that will convert files to Windows Media with the Flip4Mac Pro quicktime add
Re: Good alternative to MPEG Streamclip?
by Craig Seeman 7 years ago
Flip4Mac Studio series, which you seem to have, also works in Apple Compressor which is $50. You'd be using the same Flip4Mac interface to create the settings though. Episode is an excellent and much
Some questions about manual/automatic camera settings for my first time out shooting
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Hi guys- we just received our new Canon XF100 here at work, and I took it home last night to pour through the manual, study what everything does, and try and get the camera set up the way I think I wa
Re: Some questions about manual/automatic camera settings for my first time out shooting
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
So what would be the method of choice, if say, I was panning across a scene that went from an area that was darker, to an area that was lighter Let the camera auto-iris, manually adjust iris, or just
Weird audio channel issue happening with footage
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Hi everyone- I've just completed a major project (for me anyways) but the last glitch I can't seem to fix is this odd audio issue I'm having in Premiere. The clips I got were 8 channel XDCAM files, in
Re: Weird audio channel issue happening with footage
by Chris Tompkins 7 years ago
Can you remove the clip from the sequence In the Project Panel, Right Cntrl click on the media, and there, you can modify it's properties like mono stereo. Chris Tompkins Video Atlanta LLC
Alternative to Apple ProRes?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
I've heard a lot of people say that it's a good idea to convert raw footage to ProRes before working on it. Is this a good format for storing raw files (instead of, say, native MPEG2 MXF's) I don't ha
Re: Alternative to Apple ProRes?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
That's very helpful, thank you!
XDCAM MXF files with separate audio tracks- how to ingest?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
My company's production studio at our corporate headquarters did a shoot for us today, and the resulting files are MXF files, with 2 separate audio files for each clip. What is the easiest way to go a
Re: XDCAM MXF files with separate audio tracks- how to ingest?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
It most likely wasn't transferred properly, and that's my fault. I didn't know any better when I was copying it over. I'll have to remember this for next time! Thanks.
When and where to convert interlaced footage to progressive?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
I have some XDCAM footage that I got from a production facility, and it's 30i. I want to put it into a 720:30p Premiere project, and then link that into aftereffects to do some text and effects. Shoul
Re: When and where to convert interlaced footage to progressive?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Sorry, just read the forum rules. Update: Computer - Mac OSX 10.5.8 Software is CS5 suite Source is 1080:30i XDCAM MXF files Destination would be 720:30p This will be used on web and flash-based dvd d
Going crazy- first major production, not sure of format!
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
First time posting in the Compression forum. I'm new to video production, and I have a clip that we're shooting on green screen next week. The clip will be used in conjunction with an animated piece t
Re: Going crazy- first major production, not sure of format!
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
That's very helpful, thank you!
Script for a custom superscript size?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Does anyone know of a script that will allow us to set a size and baseline shift for a superscript character, relative to the text that it accompanies Obviously you can set it in the advanced type pre
Re: Script for a custom superscript size?
by Dwayne Smith 7 years ago
G'day Max Did you ever find a way to do this I looked into it a little, but it seems that superscript is a document-wide preference. I'd love to know if you managed to crack it. d.
Good places for green screening inspiration?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
So I'm soon going to be involved in one of my first chroma-keying exercises. I'm a corporate designer, and one of our clients is flying an executive in to be taped in front of a green screen for us to
Re: Good places for green screening inspiration?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Well, let me clarify- it's not my VERY first chroma key. Done it once before, but it was a fast-paced project, and had a LOT of keying (90 employees at my company, so 90 different clips). However, the
Is the AC130 a good camera to learn on?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
I'm trying to decide between two cams- the Canon XF100, and the Panny AC130. I've read about the differences between the two ad-naseum. My main concern now is whether or not one cam will be easier to
Re: Is the AC130 a good camera to learn on?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
I use MPEG streamclip for conversion right now. Is there something faster for AVCHD files
AVCHD or MPEG2 (mxf) better for CS5?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
I was about to pull the trigger on a Canon XF100, but lately I've taken more notice of the Panasonic AC130. I know the differences between the two, and I've read up plenty on the differences between t
Timing techniques for voiceovers on short pieces?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Most of my projects at work are emercials and informational pieces, ranging anywhere from a minute to 4 or 5 minutes. Most are animated, but sometimes I use video and photography. Either way, due to t
Re: Timing techniques for voiceovers on short pieces?
by Dan Fredley 7 years ago
Re-timing is normal and one of the most annoying parts of the job for me. We do scratch tracks, which help, but it's never perfect. Plus script changes usually happen almost all the way up to the day
Trying to figure out what formats I want to shoot in
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
We've just ordered an XF100 at work, and this will be the first professional level cam I've handled. I'm trying to figure out the best format to shoot in based on my needs. I will be trying to shoot a
Having trouble deciding which mic to buy for my basic setup
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Sorry, I'm long-winded- feel free to skip to the second paragraph... I've finally been given a budget for some equipment at work. I'm a designer trying to get a little bit into video and multimedia pr
Re: Having trouble deciding which mic to buy for my basic setup
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Thanks- I'm learning towards a shotgun mic, as I was also thinking it would double as a voiceover tool, which I do have to do pretty often (Currently use a snowball). Unfortunately, the only thing I h
Expression to make a boat "ride" on top of generated waves?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
So what I want to do is pretty simple. I have an animation of a man rowing a boat, and under neath I have a plain solid rectangle with some wiggle expressions on a wave warp effect, which create a nic
Re: Expression to make a boat "ride" on top of generated waves?
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Totally makes sense. I had completely forgotten I switched the wave effect, but not that I would have figured out the issue anyway. Thanks for the suggestion, and all the help!
Basic sATA drive setup for raiding and backup
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Hi all- Currently my workflow only consists of two LaCie 1TB FW800 drives, one which is backed up to mirror the other, every day. I want to get a more comprehensive backup procedure that allows me to
Re: Basic sATA drive setup for raiding and backup
by Max Palmer 7 years ago
Gotcha- I simply have no experience with raid setups, so this is allll new to me. So two drives in Raid 0 will mirror eachother (and show up as two drives in the finder ) Two drives in Raid 1 would si
Motion/broadcast graphics tradeshows or events?
by Max Palmer 8 years ago
Hi everyone- I'm interested in attending an event or two this year. I'm new to this area of design, and have never been to an event centered around interactive, motion graphics broadcast graphics, etc
Re: Motion/broadcast graphics tradeshows or events?
by Max Palmer 8 years ago
I'll check that out, thanks Walter!
Another boring "choose a basic camera!" thread.
by Max Palmer 8 years ago
Hi guys- I've been discussing with my manager about purchasing a camera for our department. I work on a small corporate in-house creative team, and we've spent the past year diving into video producti
Re: Another boring "choose a basic camera!" thread.
by Max Palmer 8 years ago
That looks like a great site for someone like me. I'll definitely look into signing up. Thanks for the tip!
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