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Michael Alberts

Editor of feature films, commercials, documentary, corporate.
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February 12th 2002
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HPX 300 Shooting LCD Monnitor
by Jerry Vogt 7 years ago
Any advice would be appreciated. I'm shooting an over the shoulder training of how to use a software program on an LCD monitor with my HPX 300. I have adjusted the syncro-scan so that the rolling hori
Re: HPX 300 Shooting LCD Monnitor
by Michael Alberts 7 years ago
ScreenFlow from Telestream is only $99. Would that be in your budget We use it for computer demos all the time. Works great with FCP for editing. Has lots of great features for zoom control and mark u
Easy setup won't change video playback
by Gabe Thorburn 8 years ago
Hello, I don't normally work on projects that require to me to change my easy setup back and forth often, and when I do, I set the easy setup and manually change my video and playback outputs under th
Re: Easy setup won't change video playback
by Michael Alberts 8 years ago
Annoying isn't it. It's been like that as long as I can remember. You just have to get used to changing it manually. I switch projects a half dozen times a day; SD, HD, 720, 1080, 23.98, 29.97, 24 etc
Red transcode for final cut pro
by Nathan Delannoy 8 years ago
Hello all, I have approximately 50hours of Red 4k footage that I would like to transcode to pro res 422 proxy for the non native offline stage of my edit, we'll be going online for color-grading. This
Re: Red transcode for final cut pro
by Michael Alberts 8 years ago
You'll want to rent or purchase a Red Rocket card for your MacPro. In this case time really is money. Which is cheaper, your time or the cost of a Red Rocket http: www.red.com products red-rocket Mich
How do I embed multiple language captions into a WMV file?
by Simon Malcolm 8 years ago
Hi there, This question may be completely 'out there', but is it possible in a Mac environment to do this to embed multiple language captions into a WMV file Does any one have any clues Thanks, Simon.
Re: How do I embed multiple language captions into a WMV file?
by Michael Alberts 8 years ago
One app that does this for QT files is iSubtitle from Bitfield. Don't know about WMV files however. If your looking for something more robust check out MacCaption. Michael Alberts Ambidextrous Product
Kona3 capture 1080sf23.98 to 1080i29.97?
by Justin Schultz 8 years ago
Searched around couldn't find a clear answer. Trying to bring in 1080sf23.98 to 1080i29.97 to work with other 1080i29.97 material using Kona3 and FCP and HDW-D1800 deck I actually called AJA and they
Re: Kona3 capture 1080sf23.98 to 1080i29.97?
by Michael Alberts 8 years ago
This is very simple to do as long as you have the HKDW-104 card installed in the 1800 deck. No, the Kona won't do this for you but the deck will. Just add the pulldown on ingest. Problem solved. Micha
Relink recently upgraded V2 Complete to old V1 Coremelt plug
by Michael Alberts 8 years ago
I recently upgraded my suite of Coremelt plug in's to the V2 Complete package. On my existing project however, on a newly upgraded computer, I can't seem to get the old V1 plug-ins (which are no longe
Re: Relink recently upgraded V2 Complete to old V1 Coremelt plug
by Roger Bolton 8 years ago
Hi sorry because the parameters changed significantly the V2 plugins are seen as new plugins by FCP. You can re-install the previous version to work on the old project. See here for details: http: www
Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by Jessica Continenza 8 years ago
Hey all, I've received some HD footage in mp4 fomat, with h.264 and AAC codecs. I've tried both mpeg streamclip and quicktime to convert the footage to be able to edit it in FCP, but neither software
Re: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by Michael Alberts 8 years ago
Any reason why you wouldn't use Compressor Just use the ProRes preset. Michael Alberts Ambidextrous Productions, Inc. www.ambidextrous.net
Screen capture mov HD
by Steve Watkins 8 years ago
hello big brains. what's your favorite program for live recording in HD of your screens thanks - Steve
Re: Screen capture mov HD
by Michael Alberts 8 years ago
Screenflow from Telestream Michael Alberts Ambidextrous Productions, Inc. www.ambidextrous.net
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How to render MPEG2 out of FCP?
by John Ranta 8 years ago
I teach Video Production, and am one of the managers for our community access cable channel. The video server for the cable channel only accepts mpeg2 files. I can't find an mpeg2 output format for FC
Re: How to render MPEG2 out of FCP?
by Michael Alberts 8 years ago
If you absolutely HAD to do this in one step you could simply create you're own specific MPEG-2 preset in Compressor and then simply use the "Share" feature in FCP and select that preset. This is a on
Timecode Display In Final Cut 7 Capture Tool
by Alvin Lowery 9 years ago
How Do You Display The Timecode Display In Final Cut 7 Capture Tool
Re: Timecode Display In Final Cut 7 Capture Tool
by Michael Alberts 9 years ago
Nor does the timecode display work during Edit To Tape, something we've been asking for since FCP v1. In addition, your audio meters don't work during capture or Edit To Tape. Michael Alberts Ambidext
Final Cut Pro + Canon 5D Mark II needs to render all the time
by gilberto sanchez 10 years ago
Hi! Im editing Canon 5D Mark II footage on Final Cut Studio 2 (Academic). And for some reason everytime I apply a filter, I need to render. Any filter like rays, smoothcam, needs to render every time
Re: Final Cut Pro + Canon 5D Mark II needs to render all the time
by Michael Alberts 10 years ago
You haven't said what your work flow is. That camera shoots in a h.264 codec. h.264 is not an editing codec. All your material must first be transcoded into ProRes or ProResHQ before editing. Only the
Does eSata render my Xserve RAID sellable?
by Tom Strodel 10 years ago
About three years ago, we purchased an Apple 5.2 TB XSERVE RAID ($12,000!!!) for use on a travel series we shot on HDCAM. At the time, we would use the XSERVE, with a Kona 2, for the conform step of t
Re: Does eSata render my Xserve RAID sellable?
by Michael Alberts 10 years ago
Bob Zelin "You can use your XServe RAID as a boat anchor. " I've just got to step in here. I can't stand by and see the lowly Xserve RAID box bashed within an inch of it's life and not give it some s
Mpeg2 and Time Warner
by Nate Stephens 10 years ago
I need some Mpeg 2 info. Over the Holidays the Time Warner Cable Rep did not grab our Betacam Sp Spot master while signing up the client..... So they begged me to upload the spot to their FTP server..
Re: Mpeg2 and Time Warner
by Michael Alberts 10 years ago
You could also have used MPEGstreamclip to mux the audio and video files together and send that file. TIme Warner should have sent you their specs as far as data rate and type of stream they want enco
Los Angeles shop
by Francesco Biagini 10 years ago
Hi All Sorry maybe it is not the appropriate space, but I ll be next week in LA and want to buy a duel adapter PCMCIA reader from Duel System, does anyone know a good shop in town where to buy it and
Re: Los Angeles shop
by Michael Alberts 10 years ago
2nd vote for Melrose Mac. I got mine there last year. I would give them a call first. 323-937-4600 Michael Alberts Ambidextrous Productions, Inc. www.ambidextrous.net
black levels below 0 IRE
by Bill Russell 11 years ago
This is something I've grappled with for quite some time without ever taking the time to get to the root of the problem. Final Cut once upon a time didn't do this, right .... Unrendered clips luma all
Re: black levels below 0 IRE
by Michael Alberts 11 years ago
We had far too many problems with blacks dipping below 0 in FCP even after using the Broadcast Safe filter. These were archival BetaSP tapes that mostly bit us in the behind. The occasional graphic as
Kona LS vs. Black Magic Deck Extreme for PCI
by Dennis Dean 11 years ago
I'm considering a Kona LS or BlackMagic's Deck Extreme for use with a Mac G5 Dual with FCP Studio 2. I'm migrating up to HD but need to keep good quality (analog) SD as I do so, and I'm wondering what
Re: Kona LS vs. Black Magic Deck Extreme for PCI
by Michael Alberts 11 years ago
Dennis Dean " One problem I've discovered is the G5 I'm using is PCI - which limits the cards it can take to SD, apparently" Totally incorrect. How do you think all us Kona users have been doing HD f
importing P2 material into FCP 6
by wendelien van oldenborgh 11 years ago
hello, why is my FCP version 6.3 (which i have with me on a G4 laptop) not showing any import possibilities for the P2 material I have shot I am working far away from home, and have used this format o
Re: importing P2 material into FCP 6
by Michael Alberts 11 years ago
Also make sure you don't have the FX Factory v1.0 FX plug-ins installed. Either upgrade them to 2.0 or trash them. If you don't have those plug ins installed what version of the OS and QT are you runn
Trouble with ProRes 422 playback
by Tim McLaughlin 11 years ago
Finally took the plunge into ProRes, but I'm having some issues. System Specs: Quad Core 2.5 G5 10.4.11 Quicktime 7.3.1 4.5 Gigs of RAM GeForce 6600 FCP 6.0.2 Kona 3 with Kbox (version 4.0 software) C
Re: Solved - Trouble with ProRes 422 playback
by Michael Alberts 11 years ago
You're right, is SHOULD change but it doesn't. I can't think of a time when it ever has. We have three systems here, one Kona2, one Kona3x and one Kona3. The view setting doesn't change on any of thos
KONA 3 Down Convert, Am I Going To Do This Right?
by Mike Boyle 11 years ago
Hello, I have a question regarding the FCP 6.0.2 Edit To Tape Print to Video command with a KONA3 (5.1). Before I rent the DIGIBETA at $400 day, will the output from my FCP timeline (Shot in HDV, inge
Re: KONA 3 Down Convert, Am I Going To Do This Right?
by Michael Alberts 11 years ago
$400 a day for a DigiBeta!!! Yikes. We never rent ours for more than $300 day now, but that's a Los Angeles rate. On another note, it would be good practice if you monitor the output of the Digibeta w
FCP workflow and HPX-3000?
by Michael Alberts 11 years ago
What is the suggested post workflow when editing material in FCP shot on the Panasonic HPX-3000. I love the images I've seen at demos of the camera. The full 1920x1080 10 bit image looks gorgeous. The
Re: FCP workflow and HPX-3000?
by Michael Alberts 11 years ago
Thanks for the info Barry. I found the link earlier for the Panasonic download of the AVC-Intra codec. I installed it and headed over to Birns & Sawyer where we are renting the camera. I did a camera
kona audio output problem
by Jas Sekhon 11 years ago
Have a problem while using edit to tape in FCP 6.0.1 i am using kona lhe driver version 4.0 the output i am giving is sdi. Theproblem is while i am using edit to tape in insert mode it is outputting o
Re: kona audio output problem
by Michael Alberts 11 years ago
In addition to what Gary said, also make sure you have the tracks in the sequence assigned to the proper channels. Right click in the audio track number area of the timeline and assign it to 1,2,3 or
FCP 6.0.2 and P2 files
by Ken Summerall 12 years ago
I just read on the FCP forum that someone was having trouble with P2 files after upgrading to QT 7.3 and FCP 6.0.2. He said that he cannot access media that was previously imported using Log and Trans
Re: FCP 6.0.2 and P2 files
by Michael Alberts 12 years ago
We upgraded last Friday to FCP 6.02 in order to eliminate some bugs, however we didn't see the mention of that update killing the P2 import function. Now that we've upgraded we're unable to import new
TC accurate edits during conversions
by Chris Lundy 12 years ago
I'm at a facility that does a ton of work using the the Kona 3. One of the gotchas we're consistently running into are TC accurate outputs when doing any type of conversion with the card. Here's a pri
Re: TC accurate edits during conversions
by Michael Alberts 12 years ago
In our case it seems that 8 out of 10 down converts from 720p 23.98 to SD 29.97 Digibeta is a filed off. Instead of First Frame of Picture starting at 1:00:00:00 it starts a file late. I always though
KONA 3, Sonnet D800 8TB, Mac Pro 8 core. Works great.
by Dan Riley 12 years ago
This is just a mention of a good experience for an upgrade. We were a G5, 2.5 dual, OS 10.3.9, OT 7.1.6, FCP 5.1.4, 1.6 TB MacGurus SATA with Sonnet card, Aurora Pipe Studio, ALL SD. ( I could not upg
Re: KONA 3, Sonnet D800 8TB, Mac Pro 8 core. Works great.
by Michael Alberts 12 years ago
RIP Aurora. We still thing the Pipe Studio was the best SD card BOB on the market. It had a few bells and whistles that the Kona series never will. Alas, we've had to upgrade all our systems to Kona 3
Outputting to Betacam SP
by Barry Lank 12 years ago
I need to make a betacam sp master of a 720p 23.98 project in FCP. I am downconverting through the Kona card to come out as 525 29.97 but am having a hard time carrying over the time code since the be
Re: Outputting to Betacam SP
by Michael Alberts 12 years ago
Just pre-black and code a minute or so on the BetaSP tape using the black code button on FCP. You could also do this manually on the Beta deck but you don't have a manual and we don't know which model
P2 card maintenance?
by Chris Bell 12 years ago
Is there any maintenance I need to do with my P2 cards I just finished a shoot where we had a dozen or so clips which were corrupted. I can't find any rhyme or reason to explain the problem. It worrie
Re: P2 card maintenance?
by Michael Alberts 12 years ago
What is causing you to think the files are corrupted What are you using to view the clips Are you using FCP to import the clips, if so what version Back in FCP v5 there was a setting in FCP that you n
Decklink : play quicktime movie through the card
by Yoannv 12 years ago
Hi all, I am searching for playing movie in Protools through a Decklink HD Extreme Card. In fact, in the pane pref, the option "Enable Legacy QT PLayout" is grey and I can't activate it. Anyone know h
Re: Decklink : play quicktime movie through the card
by Michael Alberts 12 years ago
The only card that I know of that can achieve this is the Auora Pipe series of cards. However, Aurora is on it's last throws and never came out with an HD card. ProTools users generally go with the Au
BCC problem with Chroma Keyer
by Vince Sanchez 13 years ago
I have been having a problem with the BCC chroma keyer in Final Cut. It started with version 3 and I've just upgraded and its still there. The problem is that when I apply the filter and set it to gre
Re: BCC problem with Chroma Keyer
by Michael Alberts 13 years ago
I solved my BCC4 Chroma Key issue as well. Apparently if you have FCP's playback control set to "Unlimited RT" the Keyer doesn't work. If you set it to "Safe RT" the Keyer decides to work. This may al
BCC Transitions & Filters Not Working in FCP 5.1.1
by Jeff Coleman 13 years ago
I just installed BCC 4.0 and RED 4.0 in 2GHz DP G5 PowerMac, OS X.4.7. I applied BCC wipe transition to cut point between two clips on a track in a FCP timeline and nothing happens. If I view matte, I
Re: BCC Transitions & Filters Not Working in FCP 5.1.1
by Michael Alberts 13 years ago
The 4.01 updated worked for me for about a day then I was forced to delete the FCP Object Cache file again, and again to keep it working. However, the BCC4.01 Chroma Keyer now only shows black in the
Multiple Codecs on the Same Timeline??? Yes!
by Sean ONeil 14 years ago
Well this is a surprise with FCP5. 10-bit Uncompressed Easy Setup. 10-bit Uncompressed sequence. I threw down a DV clip in the sequence. I got an orange bar - not a red one. And it plays back fine out
Re: One quick thing
by Michael Alberts 14 years ago
This feature is working with my Aurora Pipe Pro and Pipe Studio cards. Aurora doesn't mention this as a feature of their card so I've got to assume that it's FCP 5 doing the work and not the flavor of
WHat's your favorite mac virus software?
by John Barnard 14 years ago
I have problems and don't want to loose data
Re: WHat's your favorite mac virus software?
by Michael Alberts 14 years ago
Mac virus software What's that Michael Alberts Ambidextrous Productions, Inc.
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