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Micah McDowell

Video editor/musician
Member Since:
October 27th 2008
362 Posts
100 posts
Location:
Jackson, MO
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I need a change; what would you do?
by Micah McDowell 7 years ago
Well, I'm to that point... my current job is something I'm having a hard time enjoying anymore and I want a change. I've been working for the same organization since graduating college majoring in vid
Re: I need a change; what would you do?
by Micah McDowell 7 years ago
Mark, thanks for your insight. You bring up some points that make this an interesting situation. I originally got into my job as a volunteer (it is a large church... non-profit). I loved the work and
This may be a dumb question... expanding Mac Pro RAID
by Micah McDowell 7 years ago
I've got a Mac Pro with one 1TB boot drive and three 2TB drives in a RAID 5. I'm moving the boot drive to the second optical bay and adding a fourth identical 2TB drive to the RAID array. In OS X 10.6
Re: This may be a dumb question... expanding Mac Pro RAID
by Micah McDowell 7 years ago
Yes, I do have an Apple RAID card installed. That guide is exactly what I needed; didn't know I'd be using Terminal commands for this one. I now have the new drive added to my RAID set. Thanks!
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What to make of the new Canon EOS M?
by Micah McDowell 7 years ago
I've been watching the release of the new EOS M and my first impression is that it's ideal for cinematography. Mirrorless, quick autofocus, shorter flange focal distance so we can use all the classic
Re: What to make of the new Canon EOS M?
by Justin Katz 7 years ago
I do not think that DSLR video is fading anytime soon. The EOS M will take EF lenses thanks to the adapter, shown in this article. Also having the same the Digic 5 processor as the EOS 7D and 60D is t
Why are camcorders with DSLR sensors not available?
by Benjamin GS 7 years ago
I am currently educating myself whether I want to buy a camcorder (like the Canon Vixia HF S30) or a DSLR (like the Canon T3i). There are of course several differences. However, from what I learned, t
Re: Why are camcorders with DSLR sensors not available?
by Micah McDowell 7 years ago
One more thing keeping those big sensors out of little Vixia camcorders is that they're diametrically opposed to the needs of the consumer market. Pros like us that frequent this website generally und
Check out this contest... post a pic of your edit suite!
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Thought you all might be interested in the Videoblocks "Vote for your favorite video editing setup" contest on Facebook... Not sure if one can still enter, but you post a picture of whatever it is you
Re: Check out this contest... post a pic of your edit suite!
by Andrew Rendell 8 years ago
I wonder if the winner will turn out to be the one with the most "friends". Anyway, had a look, made a comment and given you a vote, partly because you asked but mainly because it's great to see a nic
Best Mac computer for designer?
by Jessica Chapman 8 years ago
Hi there, I know this question has been asked so many times, I've checked google, but I'm still not certain about what to get...I'm a little clueless when it comes to tech specs :( I am a graphic desi
Re: Best Mac computer for designer?
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
For what you need, I'd consider a loaded 27" iMac. The IPS high-resolution display is wonderful for graphic design, and a similar quality monitor would probably run a grand if you bought it separately
looking for good sound effects
by Scott Mc 8 years ago
I am producing a series of animated videos, with a lot of 3D text effects. I am having a hard time finding good sound effects. Most are so over the top dramatic, I am looking for more subtle, interest
Re: looking for good sound effects
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Yep, homemade sound effects are fun and cool to do. Another place you might find something is http: www.freesound.org . There's a TON of user-submitted free sound samples and effects that cover just a
entry level camera and lens?
by Matt Campbell 8 years ago
I'm wanting to get into the DSLRs just like loads of other people. I looking to spend under $1000. I'm really interested in the Canon T3i and Nikon D5100. This is most for personal use, but will be sh
Re: entry level camera and lens?
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
With pretty much any lens on a large-sensor camera, you'll have to practice your follow focus skills Of course, the more you stop down the iris, the wider your field of focus, regardless of which lens
Shooting for the first time..
by zeke meginsky 8 years ago
Hi, I'm doing some shooting later today with a camera I haven't used. I read a lot of the manual. Any quick general suggestions or pointers Thoughts on white balance and presets It's a regular digital
Re: Shooting for the first time..
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Two questions, though it's probably too late to help: what model of camera What are you shooting Without those answers, it's hard to give advice. Hope all goes well.
Different type of lenses?
by Zach Rohrer 8 years ago
I should know more about lenses so I m kinda embarrassed to ask this. I'm a young film maker just making his way into the film world so I've seen a lot of cool stuff and I'm learning more each day! Bu
Re: Different type of lenses?
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
One thing to remember; your comparison between the RED primes and Fujinon zoom is apples to oranges. A high-end zoom that would work on RED would be way more than 20 grand... from what I've seen, Cook
Been offered second-hand Mac Pro, need advice
by Gareth Randall 8 years ago
Since I've been doing more 3D and HD work in Motion I've been wanting to upgrade my 2006 MacBook Pro, but I just haven't had the cash for a brand-new laptop or desktop. A friend has just upgraded to a
Re: Been offered second-hand Mac Pro, need advice
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Nnot that this would be the best option, but keep in mind that you can buy a brand-new quad core iMac for $1199.00. It'll run circles around your MBP, maybe even benchmarking similarly to the Mac Pro
Wich lens for 550d video making??(On a vry tight budget)
by sunny zorawar 8 years ago
HI wud love ur advice guys....n wud truly appreciate it..... m goin to start a small production....vry vry vry tight budget.... :(( goin for a 550d canon body.... ( PLUS a tripod,homemade shoulder sup
Re: Wich lens for 550d video making??(On a vry tight budget)
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
There's lots of information already on the COW about budget lenses, so feel free to search around the forums a bit. For your budget, I would get the kit lens, and a Canon 50mm prime lens as well. Use
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fwiw
by Sam Cole 8 years ago
. . . . For What Its Worth This NEW FCP X forum is rather hilarious (in a positive way). I am wondering how Adobe Premiere users reacted when there was announced new versions . . . or Avid - who have
Re: I heard FCPX may be radioactive?
by Craig Seeman 8 years ago
Ubillosium 10 has a half life that is double the time between paid Avid upgrades. Jobsium 35 half life is a function of Gatesum minus market share. Exposure is measured in MiliTunes which is downloads
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what should I buy for family videos for 3-4k?
by Doug Buckser 8 years ago
G'day, Our video camera is about six years old and a friend recommended replacing it with a DSLR which shoots video. I would be very grateful to hear your thoughts on whether that's a good idea. At pr
Re: what should I buy for family videos for 3-4k?
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
I'd agree, the 60D would be perfect. You've got a great collection of lenses; get the 60D body and you'll be good to go. Unless you've already got one, you may consider getting a good camera mounted s
Canon 7D With Older FD Mount Lenses
by Jim Biffle 8 years ago
To Everyone, Recently my father sent me a couple of FD mount lenses he had for a Canon FTQL camera that I want to use with my Canon 7D. I have an adapter that enables me to mount these older lenses to
Re: Canon 7D With Older FD Mount Lenses
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Nice look you've got going there in your sample videos. Just one note... you can't focus to infinity (distant objects) with the FD lenses and your adapter, correct They may work great for close-up mac
AF-100 With Tokina 28-70 at Virgin River Canyon
by Erik Naso 8 years ago
On the way home from spring break we drove through The Virgin River Canyon. The clouds were so beautiful I had to shoot them. I purchased a well liked lens from ebay, the Tokina AT-X Pro 28-70mm f 2.6
Re: AF-100 With Tokina 28-70 at Virgin River Canyon
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Absolutely beautiful footage! I've been thinking about picking one of those Tokinas for my Canon... how do you like it Also, is it parfocal (when you zoom in and focus, does it appear to hold focus wh
Canon 60D stuttering video
by Joseph Sierchio 8 years ago
I just bought a Canon 60D and shot some video with it for the first time. The video stutters and lags. I'm using a Transcend 32GB SDHC card with a 10 rating. Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong B
Re: Canon 60D stuttering video
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
What frame rate shutter speed did you shoot at
The Flip is gone! Can I come out of my bunker now?
by Ned Miller 8 years ago
Check this: http: www.prdaily.com Main Articles 7894.aspx Good for business Now it's Skype. A buddy's client just had what in years past were traditional interviews shot all over the country by profes
Re: The Flip is gone! Can I come out of my bunker now?
by Mark Suszko 8 years ago
Tell you what I wanna do... when the flip HD cams are getting blown out at insanely low prices, I'm going to buy like, a bucket full of them, 20 or more, when they become affordable, and arrange them
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Flipped out
by Mark Suszko 8 years ago
http: blogs.wsj.com deals 2011 04 12 rip-flip-camera-cisco-restructures
Re: Flipped out
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
On one hand, I'm absolutely surprised that they can't figure out how to make money from those little cameras, considering how many seem to have flown off the shelves. Flip has almost become a generici
Premiere Pro and Production Premium CS5.5
by Dennis Radeke 8 years ago
Thought people would like a link with their morning coffee. http: www.adobe.com products creativesuite production.html
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Re: Unhappy with Adobe
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
I wonder how far back that offer goes We bought in January.
What happens to 'progressive' when I export to a lossy/losless format
by Allard DePallerd 8 years ago
When I export my footage (progressive 1920x1080 30p) to a quicktime movie... with a lossless lossy codec (eg Photo Jpeg or Animation), the output file doesnt seem to be progressive or interlaced anymo
Re: What happens to 'progressive' when I export to a lossy/losless format
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Well, the file HAS to be either progressive or interlaced.. it can't just be neither. I'm guessing that Mediainfo can't identify the interlacing or lack thereof from the metadata of those file formats
Upgrade trading-up and Apple policy question
by Mark Suszko 8 years ago
Well, I got the word our new editing macs will be delivered late next week, with FCS 7, Motion 4, etc. and Leopard. Just in time to get obsoleted this April, according to the rumors. Can't be helped,
Re: Upgrade trading-up and Apple policy question
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
I think the usual policy is a 14-day grace period, but that's generally for OSes, not pro apps. Some say that they've gotten the Apple Store to allow them to return exchange the software for the newes
AJa lhe/Adobe premiere/dslr
by Joel Arvidsson 8 years ago
Hi is it possible to edit dslr footage and output with aja lhe without doing any rendering If I choose an aja preset in premiere I get the picture but have to render. If I pick the dslr 1920x1080 pres
Re: AJa lhe/Adobe premiere/dslr
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
True that it's not fast to transcode, but it is faster than I anticipated, and easy too. I suppose it's render first on import, or render later... in my workflow rendering first seems way more efficie
Major audio video sync problem in CS5
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Ok, we've got two brand new Mac Pro systems (8 core 12GB RAM RAID 5 AJA KONA LHi). Both machines have the same issue: Several 35 to 40 minute clips were captured from miniDV tape via Firewire with Pre
Re: Major audio video sync problem in CS5
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
@Alex... the problem occurs in both the source monitor and in the timeline window. Will check soon to see if it loops at the same point every time; not at that machine at the moment. I'm guessing it m
OK - I'm Switching - What's Missing?
by Richard Walton 8 years ago
I shoot mainly macro (insects) in natural light. My previous production set up was based on Canon's XL H1, EF Adapter, and EF100mm F2.8 Macro. Post production using FCP 6.06 and Telestream Episode 5 w
Re: OK - I'm Switching - What's Missing?
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Your 100mm EF lens will be equivalent to a 162mm... roughly 1.6x crop factor, not the 7x (actually closer to 8X) that you had on the XL. Might need some new glass, or prepare to have to get way closer
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Canon XL
by Blade Cleveland 8 years ago
Was giving a Canon XL and would like to know the best setting to use for a short film if any or will they pretty much work the same.
Re: Canon XL
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Could you be specific as to which Canon XL Could be an XL1, XL1s, XL2, XL-H1, or The first thing I'd consider for a "filmic look" is frame rate. The XL1 and XL1s have "frame mode", which is a lousy si
T3i Release
by Bob Tanner 8 years ago
I'm looking into buying a Canon T2i, but I wanted to know if anyone knows around when the T3i would be released Thanks, Zevie
Re: T3i Release
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Interesting... looks as if it has a ton of consumer-ish features added but no real improvements other than the articulating LCD screen, manual audio gain (which can be done on T2i anyway with firmware
Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
by Michael Lorushe 8 years ago
I found a really old Pentax stills camera with a Pentax 50mm f 2.0 prime lens in my house not too long ago. So the other day, I tried mounting it on my 550D; of course it didn't fit but I was pleasant
Re: Considering getting a few old prime lenses off ebay,,,
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
It appears that every lens that seller has listed is specifically what you do NOT want to use on a Canon 7D or T2i. They are all Canon FD lenses (FD being the mount that Canon used before the modern E
What is your take on this?
by Tom Laughlin 8 years ago
It's actually been a while since I've been back on this site, so it's good to come back and see all the traffic. Ok, recently I've been in talks with a friend who is selling his DVX-100, which I've no
Re: What is your take on this?
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Sounds like that'd be a great deal at $600, as long as it's in great condition with no issues. You can use any MiniDV tape brand you desire (it used to be rumored that the lubricants of different bran
How does one make an MPEG-1 these days?
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Just upgraded to a new Mac Pro system, and I'm now in a quandary. I occasionally have to encode for some older presentation software that seems to like 720x480 MPEG-1 files at 3 megabits sec and balks
Re: How does one make an MPEG-1 these days?
by Craig Seeman 8 years ago
Telestream Episode can encode MPEG1 with good flexibility. I suspect Squeeze does also. I don't doubt the reason you're not finding much support for it in the "Suite" type apps from Apple and Adobe is
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Just got a new Mac... time to optimize AE
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Hello all, after pleading at work for years, we just received two new Mac Pro editing systems (2.4GHz Dual Quad, 12GB RAM, internal 1TB system drive plus three 2TB drives in RAID 5). Now, I'm playing
Re: Just got a new Mac... time to optimize AE
by Kevin Camp 8 years ago
you might start here: http: forums.adobe.com thread 543440 in particular the link to 'try recommended memory settings...' also, as you make changes, you can (and should) view the cpu activity with som
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Categorical forum listing seems to be no longer categorical
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
For some reason, when I go to the main forums list, it now seems to lump everything together alphabetically even though I have it set to categorical. It shows the categories Cinematography, Events, an
Re: Categorical forum listing seems to be no longer categorical
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Glad to hear it... just wanted to make sure it wasn't some obscure COW setting I messed up on my end. I'm getting excited for the upcoming new features I've heard about!
Hardware Question
by Bill Reilly 8 years ago
I am working more and more in the HD world. My problem is I have an older system. I'd like to know what I can do with what I have. What I have is the following Dual 2.3 Power PC G5 4.5 gigs ramm GeFor
Re: Hardware Question
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
It might be worth it to max out your RAM if you find a good deal on it (though I'm fairly confident that your system only supports 8GB total... only the G5 Quad supported 16GB). I doubt that's your li
Multi-cam monitoring at a live event
by Ayodele Banjo 8 years ago
hi guys Can anyone give me info on any portable system that can be set up at a live event to monitor at least 3 cameras so that the director can have a degree of control over what the camera guys are
Re: Multi-cam monitoring at a live event
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Depends on what you mean by monitoring. Also depends on which cameras. Are these three cameras being switched live, or just three cameras recording separately Do you just need to see the output, or do
HDR Video
by Anish Patel 8 years ago
Hi, I was wondering if it is possible and feasible to shoot a low budget HD feature film using High Dynamic Range Video. What are my options I have heard that it requires two digital cameras and a bea
Re: HDR Video
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
What is your reason to shoot in HDR And what do you mean by HDR Every new camera that has been released lately generally has a "higher dynamic range" than previous technology. If you want the super-st
Going too darned far?
by Mark Suszko 8 years ago
http: www.steadicam.com smoothee_home.html
Re: Going too darned far?
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Ugh, really That seems pointless... ...and mind you, I use my iPhone for practically everything EXCEPT video. It's just not a good idea except for bragging rights. Though, when they come out with an i
Twitter connection; is it working?
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
I'd been using the Twitter connection on the account settings "extras" tab to cross-post my Creative COW posts to Twitter. Used to work like a charm. However, I just noticed that it no longer works an
Re: Twitter connection; is it working?
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
And boom, it works great. Very cool, and I do like the ability to turn it on off at will. Thanks again.
Open Source HD Media Player
by Carlton Rahmani 8 years ago
Spotted it earlier, can't find the thread it was on: Looking for a open-source freeware media player for Windows 7 that I can view HD without any lag on. I'm sure I don't have to tell any of you all w
Re: Open Source HD Media Player
by Micah McDowell 8 years ago
Perhaps you're looking for VLC media player It's open-source freeware, opens just about anything, and is worlds apart from Windows Meda Player.
32bit or 64bit
by varun saxena 9 years ago
Dear all, Can i run CS5 optical flares 1.2 & pro presets on mac, and also how can i know my mac is run on 32bit or 64 bit. Kindly do the needful. Varun saxena
Re: 32bit or 64bit
by Micah McDowell 9 years ago
Snow Leopard is 64-bit capable, but it depends on which Mac you run it on as to whether it actually boots in 64 bit mode. Check out this page for all the gritty details.
what are YOU doing with your G5 computers
by jason levy 9 years ago
I've got a pile of dual processor G5 computers that are gathering dust because they don't run FCP any more (though the iPhone 5 probably will). Trying to think of something useful to do with them. Wha
Re: what are YOU doing with your G5 computers
by Micah McDowell 9 years ago
Wow, I didn't think that it was possible for FCP7 on a G5, no way, no how. I was pondering the exact same question of what to do with my trusty dual 2.7 G5 last night. Do I drop a few hundred in it to
Anti virus for mac
by Duane Giliam 9 years ago
HI I could only find a post dated 2008 regarding this topic. I was wondering if there was any updates regarding needing to get antivirus for mac. Thanks Duane http: www.leapyearfilm.co.za
Re: Anti virus for mac
by Micah McDowell 9 years ago
I've been running the same system for five years with absolutely no protection and no issues. I've tried to get a Mac virus: it's not going to happen. My work PCs, on the other hand...
High-end looking clipart.
by Tony Esposito 9 years ago
Where is the best place(s) to get the higher end looking clipart that people use in mostly the AE projects I wanted a silhouette of a podium then a male silhouette speaker comes up behind it. I have t
Re: High-end looking clipart.
by Micah McDowell 9 years ago
I'm a frequent user of iStockphoto.com .
An Invoice from Boba Fett
by Scott Roberts 9 years ago
Haha, this is making its rounds on the internet, someone created an invoice from Boba Fett to Jabba the Hutt for capturing Han Solo.
Re: An Invoice from Boba Fett
by Mark Suszko 9 years ago
TO B. Fett From: H.C. Blektharg, Huttcorp operations and finance. Re: recent billing statement Dear Mr. Fett; Re; the recent invoice you have submitted, some issues have come to our attention requirin
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