Michael Cummins: Activity About Images
Michael Cummins

Member Since:
September 24th 2008
92 Posts
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Knoxville, TNd
Avid Bin File changes to Document file
by Nancy L. Sutton Smith 3 years ago
I moved a lost sequence out of Avid Attic into the Avid project, worked on it all morning, closed it without closing the project, and now it appears as a Document instead of an AVID Bin File as it was
Re: Avid Bin File changes to Document file
by Michael Cummins 3 years ago
Can't say for Mac, but on Windows the bin files saved in the Attic typically have no extension. I always have to add the .avb to the filename once I copy it out of the Attic. Your OS could be trying t
Using Drobo 5N for AMA linking and onlining full res media
by Michael Cummins 5 years ago
I'm considering using a Drobo 5N for nearline storage to hold all our full resolution file-based media. Currently our process is to: - Backup card media to two duplicate external USB3.0 drives - AMA t
Gradual Scaling?
by Michael Cummins 7 years ago
Hey guys, We've got some 4:3 SD footage we're needing to uprez for an HD production. We're needing to do a trick that a machine some of the bigger post houses back in the day used to have but is no lo
Re: Gradual Scaling?
by Mato Kokotic 7 years ago
http: www.mediafire.com yq8m4bdwhy62wy9 Try that, just replace video with yours. You were right, displacement is a thing to do. However two instances needed for left and right side (one displaces with
MojoSDI Not Working w/ New Workstation
by Michael Cummins 8 years ago
Having an issue getting the MojoSDI to work with my new computer. Can't find anything the fits with previous posts. Just upgraded from an HP xw8400 with MC 5.0.3 and MojoSDI to a newer custom-built co
Re: MojoSDI Not Working w/ New Workstation
by Michael Cummins 8 years ago
Just tried it. Selected the Legacy driver, shut down the comp, cycled power on the MojoSDI, and booted back up. It seemed to fix the issue at first. I was able to see input from our D-Beta deck. Video
Moving MC5 to New Comp; Missing Paperwork w/Product Key
by Michael Cummins 8 years ago
Need some help. My company is about to get a new media server on Monday, which prompted the upgrading of our third edit bay's computer from an old HP xw8400 to a new 8-core 16GB machine. Computer arri
Re: Moving MC5 to New Comp; Missing Paperwork w/Product Key
by Glenn Sakatch 8 years ago
I believe if you were to use the "unregister" button on avid, leaving the checkbox "remove all information from this computer" unchecked, then relaunch avid, and register, that information will appear
Audio Dropout Error- Can You Identify?
by Michael Cummins 9 years ago
I posted this in the Canon Cameras forum, but I'm also posting this here in case someone recognizes it as a MixPre or Sennheiser G2 problem. Okay, so I've been seeing more and more of these audio drop
Re: Audio Dropout Error- Can You Identify?
by Michael Cummins 9 years ago
Michael posted: "If the cable powering the prompter's LCD display got too close to the cables, would that cause an issue " Ty posted: "I think the disruptions would be more constant. Maybe just someth
XH-A1 Audio Dropout Error- Can You Identify?
by Michael Cummins 9 years ago
Okay, so I've been seeing more and more of these audio dropout errors, and I'm not sure if it's an issue with the wireless Sennheisers (G2 kit), the Sound Devices MixPre, the tapestock I'm using (Maxe
SFX On Location: Punching through a concrete wall?
by Michael Cummins 9 years ago
Need advice: Working on an indie project that involves a character punching through a concrete wall (smooth, not block). The wall will have to be constructed on location and possibly be easy enough to
Re: SFX On Location: Punching through a concrete wall?
by Fred Jodry 9 years ago
One of those hard to get and specific materials to look for would be good- looking but hopelessly brittle wood. You might take rotted termite wood and laminate a thin layer of bass or balsa wood or "w
Weird Local Network Issues
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
At my studio we have a MacPro (running OSX 10.5.8) and two iMacs (22" running 10.5.8 and a 24" running 10.5.6). When they're all in the studio I can transfer files between each, share screens, etc., f
Re: Weird Local Network Issues
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
Well, I got the 24" iMac updated to 10.6.8 (the second time I ran Software Update). Chris, I checked the MobileMe account, and you're right. It wasn't turned on for the MacPro. After doing that 24" ca
Forum for Swift 3D questions?
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
Wondering what the proper (or best) forum for posting Swift 3D questions. Saw a couple in the Adobe Flash forum, but didn't really get the connection.
Re: Forum for Swift 3D questions?
by Ronald Lindeboom 10 years ago
The most logical one is the Adobe Flash forum as that is the forum that most users of Swift 3D frequent. Best, Ron Lindeboom
Creating Stroke-like Effect
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
I have a mask path that is needing an animated stroke. The Stroke effect comes close, but I'm wanting it to consistently have a diamond shape that elongates and stretches out as it follows the path. I
Re: Creating Stroke-like Effect
by Kevin Camp 10 years ago
3d stroke from trapcode is similar to stroke and has a taper property (among other options). that's probably what you've seen before. Kevin Camp Senior Designer KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW
Rotating Around a Null's X-Axis in 3D
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
I'm needing some help here. What I'm trying to do is have a band or wheel composed of 20 individual video plates rotating around a null point's x-axis in 3D space, as if you're looking straight on at
Re: Rotating Around a Null's X-Axis in 3D
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
Well, you're right! That was easy. For some reason I assumed it was going to be trickier than that.
Canon XH-A1 issues, where is the bad chain link?
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
Just finished shooting in one of our factories that had a LOT of ambient noise from nail guns, metal stampers, saws, etc. Now, before you roll your eyes, let me say that this isn't about removing back
Re: Canon XH-A1 issues, where is the bad chain link?
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
Well, gentlemen, you're advice has been taken. I just received the Sound Devices Mixpre from B&H today. Had a bit of play time with it going over the features in the manual. The PortaBrace for it will
Map Wiggle's Position to Separate Layer's Position
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
I've got a logo with a circle in the middle what wiggles slightly with the hit of the audio's bass drum. When the drum hits, the circle also expands quickly and contracts slowly. The circle is just a
Re: Map Wiggle's Position to Separate Layer's Position
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
Tried that. It doesn't effect the position or anything. I tried using the shape layer's position picwhip to select the wiggle, but it will only let me select either the wiggle amount or wiggle speed.
JVC GY-HD200UB Clarifications
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
I'm looking for some hard-cut information on the JVC GY-HD200UB camcorder. I've been using the Canon XH-A1 for over a year now, but have been looking into a different camera for either my company's ne
Re: JVC GY-HD200UB Clarifications
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
Excellent! That's what I was waiting to hear! "Great camera. Fully compatible with FCP." Haha. Thank you everyone for your feedback. If my office decides to get another camera this year or early next,
Setting White Preset on XH-A1
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
I have two XH-A1s that we use in house. They're supposed to be the exact same model (one was bought several months after the other, early last year), and they seem to have entirely the same specs exce
Re: Setting White Preset on XH-A1
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
Huh. Didn't know that.... Thanks for your help! You've just opened up a whole new feature for me!
Start From the Beginning: I/O
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
I've found this is one of the weak points of my experience knowledge base. What exactly are I O devices used for and what benefits do they bring over recording to tape or flash storage I've also heard
Re: Start From the Beginning: I/O
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
But again, the XH-A1 doesn't have that SDI out; it only has component video out. Am I right in thinking the component out will not provide the same uncompressed signal as the SDI will if fed into an I
Canon XH A1 and Final Cut Pro. Loggin Problems
by Uriel Reyes 10 years ago
Hey guys and gals; First time trying to log HD video from Canon XH A1. My signal setup when recording on camera was set to: HD - 24F - 1080i 480i. When logging to Final Cut Pro 5.0.4, I changed my Aud
Re: Canon XH A1 and Final Cut Pro. Loggin Problems
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
I think he means that effectively capturing HDV was not supported until 5.12. In my experience, just because something isn't officially supported doesn't mean you can't partially get away with it.
Location Monitoring Headphones
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
We're needing to get some noise-canceling headphones for when we shoot in some noisy factories. One of the cows mentioned Remote Audio's HN7506 Blockout headphones. While those would definitely do the
Re: Location Monitoring Headphones
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
Sounds like the way to go. I poked around the davidclark.com website for awhile buy couldn't find anything. Do you have a link for the "outers" you mentioned
A1 Broken Mic, Need Help
by Lloyd Claycomb 10 years ago
My first post here, although I've been a CreativeCow fan for many years. My mic has been loose on my A1 for a while, and through carelessness it just got worse and has nearly come off. Here are 4 pict
Re: A1 Broken Mic, Need Help
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
A trip to a certified repair center would definitely be worth it, but if that's just not possible, I'd carefully open it up. You can locate the screws yourself, but it might be a rewiring issue. My fi
Ancillary Support Forum?
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
So I've been doing some research on our next tripod purchase, and thought I'd check and see if there were any previous topics on the COW Forums. Surprise! There is no forum for tripods or camera suppo
Re: Ancillary Support Forum?
by Tim Wilson 10 years ago
While we don't have a specific forum for this stuff, people talk a lot about this stuff in the Cinematography forum. Even if there's not an existing thread that speaks directly to your needs -- and go
What do guys like me get paid?
by Stephen Maples 10 years ago
Forgive me being new here. I've gone over some of the recent threads here and don't feel they quite match up with my situation. I'm about to be offered a salary position with a major corporation I've
Re: What do guys like me get paid?
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
(wrong thread)
Body Pack
by Mark Dannunzio 10 years ago
Hello, I am looking for a Lav. wireless mic system for my video camera. Is there a particular vendor that you would recommend I would need the receiver to be fairly small so it can attach to my camera
Re: Body Pack
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
We use the Sennheiser EW 100-ENG G2 system. This series is definitely the best out of all the radio lavs I've used (which, I'll admit, isn't very broad). I'd recommend the EW 112-p, which includes a t
Oh No It Didn't... Did FCP Just Delete My Media?!
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
After wading through countless posts about basic problems with reconnecting media and using media manager.... I have a project with a sequence that just went 90% offline. I'm using a quad-core MacPro
Re: Oh No It Didn't... Did FCP Just Delete My Media?!
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
Quick update for anyone who was following: We ended up finding the old files (before they were copied and renamed for better organization) in the Final Cut Server library, and were able to recopy, rec
AE Color Issues (I know, I know...)
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
I'm posting this in both the AE forums for more attention. I'm running a Mac with CS3 and FCP6. I've had that classic trouble of AE exports seeming darker than I'd expect. The past two days I've been
Re: AE Color Issues (I know, I know...)
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
In short, no. Knowing that CMYK and RGB were two different color profiles, I looked for a "convert to RGB" option in the adobe export dialog, but couldn't find anything similar. I figured it'd come ar
AE Color Issues (I know, I know...)
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
I'm posting this in both the AE forums for more attention. I'm running a Mac with CS3 and FCP6. I've had that classic trouble of AE exports seeming darker than I'd expect. The past two days I've been
Re: AE Color Issues (I know, I know...)
by Todd Kopriva 10 years ago
http: forums.creativecow.net thread 202 882561#882562 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
Old school but very creative
by Mark Suszko 10 years ago
http: www.youtube.com watch v=rmkLlVzUBn4 This could easily be used as the underlying technique for some quirky TV commercial. I suppose you could simulate the printed stills using AE, but I don't kno
Re: Old school but very creative
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
Sounds like it'd be easier using polaroids.... *smirk*
Video Scopes to aid in Color Correcting
by Michael Cummins 10 years ago
I've got a keyed out talent and a background in an AE CS3 comp. I've got the key pretty darn close to perfect using Keylight, but in some shots it's shifted the color due to using the despill bias whe
Re: Video Scopes to aid in Color Correcting
by Todd Kopriva 10 years ago
Have you tried using the scopes and other color correction tools in Color Finesse, which comes with After Effects --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Preparing FCP Media for FCSvr Upload
by Michael Cummins 11 years ago
Hey everybody. I need some brainstorming help. We've invested in Final Cut Server (*cue* long sigh) and need to get all of our media ready to upload. Here's the problem. The projects from the past wer
Re: Preparing FCP Media for FCSvr Upload
by Michael Cummins 11 years ago
I know that. I'm wondering what to do about the large source clips containing hundreds of individual shots that need to be independently uploaded as assets in Final Cut Server.
Intensity Pro Pref Pane is grayed out
by Michael Cummins 11 years ago
I have an Intensity Pro card installed in a MacPro. We've been using it for about half a year now and have never had an issue with it. Recently, due to some FinalCut Server and FCP capture issues with
Re: Intensity Pro Pref Pane is grayed out
by Michael Cummins 11 years ago
No, it wasn't. We checked inside, and the card was secure. We removed it, inspected for any damage, and replaced it in the same slot. Worked fine after that! Sheesh....
Canon XL-H1A log and capture to FCP...any issues? other questions.
by Rich Krysz 11 years ago
HI, I am considering purchasing the Canon XL-H1A. I know at work i was using the Canon XL-2 SD camera and it had issues with drifting sync when capturing clips in Final Cut Pro (my final cut pro is re
Re: Canon XL-H1A log and capture to FCP...any issues? other questions.
by Michael Cummins 11 years ago
Are you talking about the XH-A1 As far as I know, the sync issues have been dealt with. I've had no audio trouble capturing into FCP6 with 60i. Overall, I love the camera. It shoots HDV 1080 (1440x108
Deck Capturing Odd Framerates
by Michael Cummins 11 years ago
We've been having trouble with FC Server, and found that it was a problem with the video framerates of some of the media we've captured. Using a Sony HVR-M15U, we captured HDV1080i60 footage from mini
Re: Deck Capturing Odd Framerates
by Michael Cummins 11 years ago
Thanks for the response. Glad to know I'm not the only one in this boat. UPDATE! I ran some tests to see if I could pinpoint the problem and it is, in fact, an issue with Final Cut Pro. I shot a quick
Breaking Bezier Handles
by Michael Cummins 11 years ago
When creating a bezier mask, is there a way to "break" the bezier handles, as in Flash I just need the two handles of one control point to act independently of each other.
Re: Breaking Bezier Handles
by Jim Johnson 11 years ago
Howdy, Two ways to break the tangents: option+drag a handle or right-click on a handle and choose "Break Handle" from the menu. Once you break the handles, they will stay broken (independent). If you
Garbage Mattes and Keys
by Michael Cummins 11 years ago
I've got a sequence from FCP6 that I've brought into Motion 3. It involves an individual against a mostly white background, fairly evenly lit. We've had success with using luminance keys in the past,
Re: Garbage Mattes and Keys
by Michael Cummins 11 years ago
I've found a fix that seems to work just fine. Just needed a little "out-of-the-box" thinking. I duplicated the image, garbage matted the problem spot, and applied the Match Move behavior to my analyz
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