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Michael W. Towe

I have been in the production business for 19 years now. Nine of those were spent as the chief editor in a corporate production house for a Fortune 500 company.

After corporate down sizing did away with my job I ventured out on my own and formed ... [more]
Member Since:
October 22nd 2004
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What does this clip icon mean?
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
Working on a short and I have noticed this clip icon on a couple clips. Anyone know what it means Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post www.m2digitalpost.com
Re: What does this clip icon mean?
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
Disregard, I answered my own question It means the clip was shot high speed. In this case 120fps. I discovered that through finding this little gem put together by Larry Jordan. https: larryjordan.com
300 Takes, Batch sound syncing question
by Alex Maximov 5 years ago
Hello! This is my first time ever posting to this forum! I have been a very long time follower of it, but time came to finally post after 7 years of reading. I wouldn't post, but I can't find a soluti
Re: 300 Takes, Batch sound syncing question
by Shane Ross 5 years ago
Adobe offers a sync with waveforms. And then there's Pluraleyes, a separate app that works with all those apps. Really, this stuff needs to be planned for. Why did you slate if you weren't going to us
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Michael W. Towe liked this 5 years ago
Clip Skimmer
by Oliver Peters 5 years ago
Good power tip from MacBreak Studio: https: www.youtube.com watch v=a68tAO0w1K8 - Oliver Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC Orlando, FL www.oliverpeters.com
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Anders Utterstrom liked this 5 years ago
Re: Clip Skimmer
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
And to snark on your snark. With other edit systems I have to pay way more attention to whats to the right of my play head when making revisions. Something that the connected storyline lets me, for th
Camera Reference Clip?
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
Hey folks, I ran into an issue that I haven't delt with before and want to tap into your knowledge regarding it. I received a project from a client to do a finish edit. The project already had the med
Re: Camera Reference Clip?
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
So follow up on this as I did a little experimenting... I started the import and then quit FCPX as I am assuming this may have been what the client did. It gives me the warning that I have background
Crashing
by James Ewart 5 years ago
Anybody else have a problem with crashing when adjusting text colour with the CMYK sliders Fine with all other controls and never had cause to use them before as using my eyes or RGB has always been a
Re: Crashing
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
Can confirm it's crashing here too. Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post www.m2digitalpost.com
I really must be doing something wrong.
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
Hey Folks, So I am at my wits end with Premier and I am not sure what else to do. Here's the situation... I have a project that is a 26 minute broadcast show that was started on a PC version of PP. It
Re: I really must be doing something wrong.
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
Hi Dennis, Answers below... Dennis Radeke "Make sure your media cache is on a local drive and be sure to clear clean your media cache first. This will cause a rebuild possibly of the media cache initi
The dreaded A/V Output "none found" is back
by Georg P. Mueller 5 years ago
I am using an ultrastudio express to connect to my SDI HD monitor. Today it stopped working with X. I remember having exactly the same issue on another system running the mini monitor a while back. Th
Re: The dreaded A/V Output "none found" is back
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
In the past with BMD devices I have needed to reinstall the Desktop Studio software after installing X updates. Give that a whirl. Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post www.m2digitalpost.com
FCPX 10.2: Major Issues and really poor performance with XAVCS 50fps
by Manuel Colom 5 years ago
I mostly work with sony A7S XAVCS 50 fps files. All was fine with FCPX 10.1.4, but since 10.2 update here's the issues I've noticed: really poor performances and very sticky project timeline playback
Re: FCPX 10.2: Major Issues and really poor performance with XAVCS 50fps
by Bill Davis 5 years ago
Manuel Colom "In fact, I have great performance issues usin just one clip, no plugin, on my project timeline ... what about that Even though... how come I didn't have any issue with Neat Video in all
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Audio Setting Lost in XML
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
Hey Folks, I just had an interesting experience and I am wondering if any of you might have had it and solved it. I have a project that I have applied the Voice Over Enhancement effect to component au
Re: Audio Setting Lost in XML
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees!!! I was so focused on XML that I never stopped to think about a transfer library. Thanks for knocking me out of that! Mike Michael W. Towe President M2
Stuttering Playback With UltraStudio Mini Monitor
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
Just did the upgrade to Yosemite which meant an update to Blackmagic Desktop Video and an update to the Mini Monitor firmware. Now I'm experiencing stuttering playback for the first few seconds each t
Re: Stuttering Playback With UltraStudio Mini Monitor
by Michael W. Towe 5 years ago
Just tried that on my end but no joy, I am still getting stuttering. I am working with BMD tech support on it so I'll post what comes f that. Mike Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post www.m2digit
can I freeze a frame of an FCPX lower third template?
by Jenn Lindsay 6 years ago
Hi everyone! I sent my rough cut off, and the funder says he doesn't want the lower thirds to slide in. He wants them to be on screen fully when the clip begins. But I think the fcpx notion lower thir
Re: can I freeze a frame of an FCPX lower third template?
by Bret Williams 6 years ago
And if you can't, you can certainly sandwich it in between two duplicate video layers, and instead of fading in the graphic, simply fade out the top video layer. (past the build in point obviously).
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Michael W. Towe liked this 6 years ago
Event Manager X and Mavericks
by Steve Connor 7 years ago
Just a tip for those of you who use Event Manager X, it may not work under Mavericks, I upgraded yesterday and it now won't open even after a re-install Steve Connor There's nothing we can't argue abo
Re: Event Manager X and Mavericks
by Michael W. Towe 7 years ago
I had this issue the last time I upgraded Event Manager X and was given the following instructions from the AE folks. Go to your Library Application Support Assisted Editing folder. There you will fin
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Stroked line with an arrow.
by Michael W. Towe 7 years ago
Wondering if one of you can enlighten me on this. I want to do a line that draws on, simple with a mask and a stroke, but the line needs an arrow at the head of it. Here's a quick link to something li
Re: Stroked line with an arrow.
by Michael W. Towe 7 years ago
Perfect!!! Thanks so much for the help on this. I knew it was something simple that I was overlooking. Thanks again, Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post www.m2digitalpost.com
Why is Keyframing in FCPX so shite?
by Julian Bowman 7 years ago
I don't get it. It is attrocious. Why am I fiddling in the top right of the screen but the visual representation is on the timeline ONLY AFTER i open a box to see it, and then it is more clicks to see
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Matt Kemp liked this 2 years ago
Re: Why is Keyframing in FCPX so shite?
by Bret Williams 7 years ago
Nikolas B urle "I never liked Avids keyframing, but I've always liked working with the software." Let's face it, in video edits, quite a lot of the keyframing is simple linear moves. A push on someth
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Michael W. Towe liked this 7 years ago
Bold Statement Warning!
by craig slattery 7 years ago
Iam cutting a 1 2hour doco for television. 12 day edit, 18 contributors, actuality, over 700 clips EVERYTHING shot 3 cameras, even the PTCs shot 3 cameras. C300, Canon 5D MKIII, DV25 (stylistic choice
Re: Bold Statement Warning!
by Shane Ross 7 years ago
Bill. We've given up bashing FCX. We know it is very capable now. Besides, we have Adobe to bash now. FCX Who cares. I WANT TO OWN MY SOFTWARE, NOT RENT IT! :) Shane Little Frog Post Read my blog, Lit
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Michael W. Towe liked this 7 years ago
AE drives the NLE decision
by Oliver Peters 7 years ago
I edit and do training from time to time at broadcast facilities. What I've seen has been FCP in the commercial promo department and Avid in news. The general flow I've seen is to cut a base layer in
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Franz Bieberkopf liked this 7 years ago
Re: AE drives the NLE decision
by Michael W. Towe 7 years ago
Het Erik, The hit on one of the issue I have with Premier. There is so little support for third party effects an transitions out there. And the ones that do work either have some archaic way of implem
Searching a project, is it really that slow?
by Michael W. Towe 7 years ago
Hey folks, I am typing in the search box for my project to try and find a clip that I know has the name "Justin" on it. I type in Justin and it takes about 10 seconds for the name to actually type in.
Re: Searching a project, is it really that slow?
by Michael W. Towe 7 years ago
I would agree. That makes the search function very frustrating to use. Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post www.m2digitalpost.com
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Audition edited audio fileis just static.
by Michael W. Towe 7 years ago
Hey folks, So I sent a clip off to Audition for some editing on it and when I brought it back into Premier it play back fine. However when I export the file it is nothing but static. Any ideas what ma
PP CS6 on a MAC with Matrox MXO2LE loves to crash
by Michael W. Towe 7 years ago
Hey folks, Just curious if other with this configuration are having the same issue. I have Premier CS6 on a MacPro with a Matrox MXO2le attached. I am really rather surprised at how much Premier is cr
Re: PP CS6 on a MAC with Matrox MXO2LE loves to crash
by Michael W. Towe 7 years ago
I see the Matrox folks beat me to the punch, but what I think was the biggest help was switching the sound preferences. Since doing that the crashing has subsided considerably. Oh and sorry about the
Disappearing Media
by Michael W. Towe 7 years ago
I was editing along in Premier today on a project that I am about 3 days into. All of a sudden all of the media in my bins was no longer there. I restarted Premier and it all came back, but this has m
Avid Media Composer 6.5's drastic need to continue to update....
by Tom Laughlin 8 years ago
Hi, I had the opportunity to talk to a few Avid people this past week, but wanted to extend my thoughts and notes to you for future Avid Media Composer needs in upcoming versions. Please note that the
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Ella Currer liked this 5 years ago
Re: Avid Media Composer 6.5's drastic need to continue to update....
by Michael W. Towe 8 years ago
Can we add to the list a better handling of alpha channel information. Every time I apply an effect to a layer with a matte and is effects the background as well it frustrates the hell out of me. It's
HPX250 vs 5D MKii Green Screen
by Justin Crowell 8 years ago
Hi everybody, I'm shooting a fairly straightforward green screen video. It will be a large green screen ( 10'x8'), and I have some good lighting for it. Does anyone have any thoughts on which camera w
Re: HPX250 vs 5D MKii Green Screen
by Michael W. Towe 8 years ago
I have had a 250 for about a year as well and it works great for green screen stuff. The added bonus is that you won't have to deal with second source sound with the 250, that alone would push me in t
Question for Shotput Pro Users
by Michael W. Towe 8 years ago
Have any of you Shotput Pro users noticed a huge slow down in Lion or Mountain Lion I used to be able to offload a 32gig card in about 35 minutes in Snow Leopard. Since moving to Lion, and now Mountai
Re: Question for Shotput Pro Users
by Wolf Austad 7 years ago
Yes, there was a massive slowdown with ShotPut 4 and Lion and Mountain Lion. Not sure entirely if it was a version of ShotPut or a version of OSX, but doesn't matter now. I just downloaded ShotPut 5 a
HPX 250 delay in switching to playback mode.
by Michael W. Towe 8 years ago
Hey Folks, Quick question for you HPX-250 owners so I can decide if mine needs to go to the shop. Since the last firmware update I am having issues when trying to switch into Playback mode. If I load
Re: HPX 250 delay in switching to playback mode.
by Michael W. Towe 8 years ago
Update on this... Before sending to Panasonic I decided to reinstall the latest firmware update. I did this as it didn't seem to be a hardware issue with the switch. After reinstalling the update all
Locking keyfames in a Motion title
by Michael W. Towe 8 years ago
I have title I generated in Motion 5 and then saved out for use in FCPX, but I am having some issues with keyframe timing. It's a lower third with a bar that comes in from left to right over 30 frames
Re: Locking keyfames in a Motion title
by Michael W. Towe 8 years ago
Thanks Mark!! That was just the nudge I needed to have something to search for in the help files. All good now! Mike Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post www.m2digitalpost.com
Concentric Circles in HPX250 viewfinder
by Michael W. Towe 8 years ago
Had an interesting experience with my 250 today and I am wondering if anyone else has seen this. I was shooting some green screen footage and I could see some faint concentric circles in the viewfinde
Re: Concentric Circles in HPX250 viewfinder
by Michael W. Towe 8 years ago
Thought I would follow up on this as I figured out the issue. Turns out the Tiffen UV Protector lens filter I had screwed on was causing this. As soon as I popped it off the circles were gone. Interes
RAM preview problem in Motion 4 and 5
by jan maslow 9 years ago
I'd been using Motion 4 for about 6 months, and encountered this problem on the last project I did: When I pressed COMMAND-R to do a RAM preview, it rendered all but the last few seconds of a 4-minute
Re: RAM preview problem in Motion 4 and 5
by Michael W. Towe 9 years ago
The length of a ram preview is entirely dependent on the amount of ram available in you system. Once it fills up that ram it no longer has anyplace to render the frames to. My guess is it has filled u
Motion Template not working
by Michelle Orpe 9 years ago
Hi I just bought a motion template from motionvfx but when I open it in motion and try and play it, it won't play and when I try and change the text or drop pictures in the drop zone it is just very s
Re: Motion Template not working
by Michael W. Towe 9 years ago
Looks to be a fairly complex template with lots of blur and lighting effects going on. Chances are it's just taxing your system quite a bit which is causing the slow down. You can try setting the rend
Audio Filters: Apple vs Final Cut Pro
by Misha Tenenbaum 9 years ago
Hi Guys, This may be a simple question but does anyone know why the audio filters in FCP 7 are broken up into two categories, Apple and Final Cut Pro What's the difference between the two Thanks, Edit
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Michael W. Towe liked this 9 years ago
Re: Audio Filters: Apple vs Final Cut Pro
by Misha Tenenbaum 9 years ago
Thanks Ben, You nailed it. Editor - Trainer Post Production Supervisor www.MishaPost.com
Images claim to show Apple's Motion 5, Final Cut Pro X
by Alan Okey 9 years ago
Of interest: http: www.appleinsider.com articles 11 06 08 images_claim_to_show_apples_motion_5_final_cut_pro_x.html
Re: Images claim to show Apple's Motion 5, Final Cut Pro X
by Michael W. Towe 9 years ago
Can we please get solid support for ilustrator files as wel....please! Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post www.m2digitalpost.com
Issue with Illustrator file
by Michael W. Towe 9 years ago
Hey Folks, I had a bit of an issue with an Illustrator file and I am wondering if anyone has seen it before and can offer up a suggestion. I have a project with an Illustrator file I received from a c
Re: Issue with Illustrator file
by Michael W. Towe 9 years ago
I guess it just means a different mode of thinking when working in Motion, and hoping they fix that in a future release. Thanks again for the replies! Mike Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post ww
Elgato Turbo.264 HD
by Michael W. Towe 11 years ago
Is anyone using the Elgato Turbo.264 HD for encoding If so how are you dealing with doing gamma adjustments with this device I really love how fast it encodes but without the ability to do gamma corre
Re: Elgato Turbo.264 HD
by Craig Seeman 11 years ago
Matrox CompressHD is both fast and is much better than Apple's H.264 codec. Works in Compressor as well as Telestream Episode. See review on this site.
Slightly OT question for Elgato Turbo.264 HD users
by Michael W. Towe 11 years ago
I just picked up one of these and I am having some issues with it. I'm assuming that some of you may own it, and since Elgato isn't answering my question, I figured I'd try here. When doing encodes wi
ORange frames are giving me the blues
by Michael W. Towe 11 years ago
Hey Folks, So it seams that every time I try to use a mask on a layer in Motion I get random orange frames in the render. I'm running on a 17" 2.6 dualcore MBP with 4 gig's of ram and a Gforce 8600m G
Re: ORange frames are giving me the blues
by Michael W. Towe 11 years ago
Thanks folks, I appreciate you taking the time to answer this. I wound up just taking the graphic into Photoshop and cutting an alpha there. It's rather disconcerting though to think this problem exis
Motion tracking plug-ins for the Avid
by Chris Bové 14 years ago
Any tried-and-true motion tracking plug-ins out there other than Boris Need it for Avid Adrenaline HD 2.1.1 (HD 10801 project).______ -o-o- (=) ...Pixel Monkey (___)
Re: Motion tracking plug-ins for the Avid
by Michael W. Towe 14 years ago
I know it's not really the solution you are looking for, but the tracking in Combustion is out of this world. I do a lot of tracking of application screens into cell phones and it has made my file so
Removing Edits
by Liam Stephens 14 years ago
Hi All! Well i have inherited a film project and am doing the film output from avid express pro and have come across a lot of needless edits in clips. I can't seem to get rid of them the Avid help tol
Re: Removing Edits
by Michael W. Towe 14 years ago
Hmmmm the only way I can think of is what Michael suggested with the "Remove match frame edit's" option. At the edit points are there two small lines connecting the two segments If so are they white o
exporting into Photoshop
by hunter 14 years ago
What is the best method for exporting a video clip from Avid into photoshop for rotoscoping. I tried importing an avi into photoshop and got errors I wanted to import it as a film frames so photoshop
Re: exporting into Photoshop
by Michael W. Towe 14 years ago
If you have After Effects available to you I would suggest going that route. Export as a Quicktime or QT ref and then draw the matte with the pen tool with RotoBezier's active. Create your matte keyfr
Express vs. Symphony vs. Adrenaline (interfaces)
by Tom John 14 years ago
Hello, all, I've used various Avids intermittently over the last ten years, mainly landing in an Express Pro HD environment since 2001. My question is this: What are the real differences in user inter
Re: Express vs. Symphony vs. Adrenaline (interfaces)
by Michael W. Towe 14 years ago
If I had a nickel for every time someone told me how amazed I would be at the next version of this or that because they had insider information, my day would consist of watching reruns of The Flintsto
Which is the best AVID product for Promotions/Longform editing?
by Joseph W. Bourke 14 years ago
We're about to make the break from Discreet Logic Edit boxes (which are still running, by the way, almost seven years after their purchase) and move into the AVID world, because our corporate owners h
Re: Which is the best AVID product for Promotions/Longform editing?
by Michael W. Towe 14 years ago
Hey Joe, I would think that Adrenaline would be the box for you. It can do all of what you are asking and in a timely manner. As for not having to go to AE for things.... I am finding that with the ad
.mpa to wave
by jack entonces 14 years ago
So I used Sorenson to encode my timeline to mpeg to burn a dvd. this quality of video is GOOD. However, my burning software will not accept an mpa audio file. Only wave. How do i convert an mpa file
Re: .mpa to wave
by Michael W. Towe 14 years ago
Why not just export from the Avid as a .wav file Or am I missing something Cheers, Mike Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post www.m2digitalpost.com
Change Text Width / Height Independently?
by LJ Corwin 14 years ago
Hi, I am a little frustrated with Avid's Title Tool after having used Inscriber for many years. It appears that with Avid's Title Tool and with Marquee you can only pick a font size that keeps the hei
Re: Change Text Width / Height Independently?
by Michael W. Towe 14 years ago
What Kevin is suggesting is not in either of the text tools. He is suggesting that you create the title as normal, save it and throw it on the timeline. From there go into effects mode and then promot
Test for Avid Skills
by Judy Ranelli 15 years ago
I've been asked to make a simple test on the Avid to use when interviewing prospective editor employees. Any ideas for what should be on the test They don't have to be an expert, but they should be ab
Re: Test for Avid Skills
by Michael W. Towe 14 years ago
Excellent feedback David, but if they brought their settings with them I would immediately take away their disk or jump drive away before they had a chance to install them on my system!!! I have heard
Pro Animator Motion Blur has yellow edge?
by Michael W. Towe 15 years ago
Hi Folks, For some reason every animation I do in Pro animator that has motion blur gives me yellow edges on the object. It's almost is it there is a yellow light in the scene hitting it. I have check
Re: Pro Animator Motion Blur has yellow edge?
by Michael W. Towe 14 years ago
Just dropped it in the mail to you. Thanks for looking into it! Mike Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post www.m2digitalpost.com
WMV Playback Problem
by Chris Magid 15 years ago
After exporting a Windows Media File from our Adrenaline 2.1.8 for approval purposes the file does not playback properly on that specific machine. If it is played with the Avid open, the video is most
Re: WMV Playback Problem
by Michael W. Towe 14 years ago
I have to add a thanks as well. I have been experiencing the same thing but have been to busy to trouble shoot it. Ahhh, sometime when lurking you happen to stumble onto gold nuggets :-)Michael W. Tow
Sony DRU540a anyone using it?
by Michael W. Towe 15 years ago
Hi Folks, I am trying to trouble shoot an issue with Encore and think I have tracked it to my burner. Is anyone using a Sony DRU-540a burner successfully I keep getting lockups at different spots in t
Re: Sony DRU540a anyone using it?
by Michael W. Towe 15 years ago
No I have not, but I will. Thanks for the idea, Mike Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post www.m2digitalpost.com
How to make a DVD that runs easily on TV DVD players *and* computers... help!
by jim milina 15 years ago
okay here's my deal... i made a DVD using my Adobe Encore 1.5 and from what *I* can see and test it works fine on my television top DVD player *and* on my computer using suitable DVD playing software
Re: How to make a DVD that runs easily on TV DVD players *and* computers... help!
by Michael W. Towe 15 years ago
Hi Jim, What type of DVD media did you use I have found that DVD-R is the most compatable to the most viewers. Mike Michael W. Towe President M2 Digital Post www.m2digitalpost.com
Starting Up a Company
by Justin Spina 15 years ago
I'm looking in to starting up my own production company doing promotional videos as well as coporate videos and live events. Any advice on where to start I'm looking at getting the Canon XL-2 as well
Re: Starting Up a Company
by Michael W. Towe 15 years ago
The only other thing I would add to all of this great info is to align yourself with other in the industry around you who can provide services you can't. In my situation, and I do a lot of work for fo
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