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Mike Cohen

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Specialist in medical education and training, surgical video production, distance learning, multimedia based education, project management.
I dabble in book publishing, cooking and DIY projects. Any excuse to buy tools is a good one!
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April 11th 2001
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Is it necessary to match shots in editing like this?
by ryan elder 2 weeks ago
Basically, most movies will match shots when it comes to reverse shots in editing. For example if character A is talking to character B, and the editor shots an OTS shot of character A, he or she will
Re: Is it necessary to match shots in editing like this?
by Mike Cohen 2 weeks ago
Insert shots depend upon the context. If two people are talking about what they are going to eat, you might show an over the shoulder shot of a menu. If the couple are talking about a problem with the
Latency issue for live event projection with Livestream HD31?
by Anthony Popolo 3 weeks ago
I'm doing a multicamera event and projecting the feed to large screens IN THE SAME ROOM as the event (singers and speakers). I'm running 3 cameras (JVC GY-HM700) through a Livestream HD31 switcher (ru
Re: Latency issue for live event projection with Livestream HD31?
by Mike Cohen 2 weeks ago
I am familiar with Livestream for sending video out on the web, and there can be up to a 10 second delay between real-time and the stream. I suspect the Livestream switcher is not intended for a live
A technical editing critique of Letterman's "My Next Guest"
by greg janza 6 months ago
I stumbled onto this video which gives a detailed editing analysis of David Letterman's new Netflix show. I have a huge amount of respect for Letterman and I think his new show is a great second act f
Re: A technical editing critique of Letterman's "My Next Guest"
by Mike Cohen 3 weeks ago
Speaking of unmotivated camera work, lately I have noticed on Meet the Press they have a couple of fast jib or dolly like shots per episode. It is during the discussion at the big table with 4 guests
Bulk change Text appearance?
by Marc Nibor 3 weeks ago
I have around 200 (almost) fininshed titles in a projekt and now I need all of them to have a 10.0 dark grey stroke. Is there any way to do that other than going into each single title and do it manua
Re: Bulk change Text appearance?
by Mike Cohen 3 weeks ago
That is a brilliant idea!! Mike
Moving clip on sequence crashes Premiere
by Mike Cohen 4 weeks ago
I have not yet tried to uninstall and reinstall. Using CC 2018 on MSI laptop, i7-5700 2.7ghz, Win 10, 64-bit, 16gig ram, GTX 970M. Happens no matter the video format. Always within 10 seconds of addin
Re: Moving clip on sequence crashes Premiere
by Mike Cohen 3 weeks ago
I have uninstalled and re-installed Premiere using the CC app installer widget. Same problem still happens - moving a clip on the sequence results in Not Responding. Mike
Binge Watching Report 2018
by Mike Cohen 3 weeks ago
Netflix A Very British Scandal High Grant gives a rare dramatic performance (with some comedy to take the edge off) in the true story of Jeremy Thorpe, a member of Parliament who, in the 1960s and 197
Re: Binge Watching Report 2018
by Mike Cohen 3 weeks ago
I agree about Better Call Saul. I have watched this on AMC via DVR, so I binge watch over 10 weeks! It is gradually becoming Breaking Bad, and each season has been quite different in story and tone as
More Livestreaming Questions...
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Hi gang... I asked a little about this before, but it now warrants a follow-up... A very quick re-cap... a couple of times a year we shoot a multi-camera event for a multi-national corporation that is
Re: More Livestreaming Questions...
by Mike Cohen 3 weeks ago
We have live streamed events. Our vendor would switch using multiple AJA SDI input dongles with Wirecast. They streamed to a CDN with the stream behind a pay wall on a private website. The issue with
documentary film - titles suggestions
by Amelia Kaczynska 3 weeks ago
I'm looking for titles of documentary films in which landscapes are used - in Herzog's style - as representation of character s inner state of mind. I will be happy to hear ( read :P ) your suggestion
Re: documentary film - titles suggestions
by Mike Cohen 3 weeks ago
Not documentary, but Terrence Malick uses a lot of nature shots with sound and music to reflect the character's place in the world. Watch The Thin Red Line and The New World - some beautiful scenery t
Jack Ryan - the series
by Mike Cohen 3 weeks ago
Amazon Prime has a newly released Jack Ryan series. Influenced by the Tom Clancy character but rebooted into the present day, the Jack Ryan is facing ISIS instead of the Russians. A few years ago ther
Re: Jack Ryan - the series
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=AQhmAWyBkIs Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
This article is a brilliant piece of work and the video is well worth watching...
by Ronald Lindeboom 1 month ago
https: bigthink.com philip-perry 47-of-jobs-in-the-next-25-years-will-disappear-according-to-oxford-university Check it out. It is a worthwhile article on the fast changing future... Best regards, Ron
Re: This article is a brilliant piece of work and the video is well worth watching...
by Mike Cohen 3 weeks ago
Ronald Lindeboom "Already there are robots that are doing surgery. So the idea may not be as outlandish as it might first appear." Surgeons do surgery - the robot is a sophisticated tool. The AI requ
Any ideas on how to fix this footage?
by Ernest Rosado 4 months ago
I was given some event footage to edit (footage I didn't shoot), and it all came out with distortion like this: https: streamable.com 7tp2v Any clue if it's possible to clean this up And how I would e
Re: Any ideas on how to fix this footage?
by Mike Cohen 4 weeks ago
I agree with Mark in that it reminds me of analog tape bad sync problems. It also seems to be poorly compressed but the greenish artifacting could be a sync issue. Did you contact whoever shot this
Deposits
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
Whenever I send an agreement to a client, it includes a deposit amount. But I'm wondering if I'm not going about it the right way. Normally I ask for a credit card to pay the deposit when they sign th
Re: Deposits
by Mike Cohen 4 weeks ago
More important than a deposit is explaining to the client in writing the purpose and refund policy. I have had projects that were cancelled at the 11th hour but we already rented equipment and reserve
Advice on capturing projector
by Nathan Gadd 1 month ago
Hi there, I've been running into a few problems trying to live capture the feed from a laptop to a projector. It usually just involves powerpoints, but occasionally people use the setup to browse othe
Re: Advice on capturing projector
by Mike Cohen 4 weeks ago
As Mark pointed out, it is best to capture the laptop signal and in my experience we use a dedicated capture device - KiPro, Ninja, Pix - there are many options. A laptop generally has a computer-cent
How can I avoid 'hard cuts' in editing?
by ryan elder 1 month ago
I am editing a short film, and I am experiencing trouble in editing from scene to scene. Basically it feels like the cuts are too 'hard', or not sure how to put it. Basically when transitioning from s
Re: How can I avoid 'hard cuts' in editing?
by Mike Cohen 4 weeks ago
The cuts are a little quick when changing locations - not sure you need transition but you can use the actions to help. I was taught to edit on the motion - let the car move out of frame, for example.
2001: A Space IMAX
by Mike Cohen 4 weeks ago
I was excited to finally see 2001 on the big screen. Luckily my local digital IMAX theater was nearly empty so I was able to sit dead center. Somehow they were able to fill the screen top to bottom an
Re: 2001: A Space IMAX
by Jeff Pulera 4 weeks ago
Hi Mike, Glad I saw your posting or I'd have missed this opportunity - going to see this tonight in Milwaukee area after work! I like sci-fi movies, but somehow have only seen bits and pieces of this
How did the filmmakers get this shot back then?
by ryan elder 2 months ago
My DP said I should get the steadicam for a lot of the shots I want, but I kind of want to save money if I can and not sure if I need it, but will get it, if it's a must for certain shots. However, in
Re: How did the filmmakers get this shot back then?
by Mike Cohen 1 month ago
on a perfectly smooth floor you could use a wheelchair with a person holding the camera
What aspect ratio should I shoot with, when mixing historical footage?
by ryan elder 2 months ago
I am directing a documentary film project and have to decide on an aspect ratio. I will be shooting interviews intercut with historical footage. I already have a lot of the historical footage chosen w
Re: What aspect ratio should I shoot with, when mixing historical footage?
by Mike Cohen 1 month ago
Shoot for your intended audience - HD or 4K or whatever, and use the historical footage in a box on a black background or some graphic made to hold it. Zooming in on something that is not scanned from
Can this type of shot be pulled off with a gimbal?
by ryan elder 2 months ago
I was going to shoot a short film but the steadicam operator became unavailable, and I am wondering how to pull off the camera movement only two weeks before the shoot. My DP suggested that we order a
Re: Can this type of shot be pulled off with a gimbal?
by Mike Cohen 1 month ago
As other have said, re-creating what you see in a Hollywood movie can be a challenge. There is a reason blockbuster movies cost a lot of money - they don't try to do a $50,000 dolly shot for $120. Try
Solo
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
Right out the gate, I have to say I really enjoyed the film Solo and I'm not sure why there seems to be so much hate for the film. I'm not sure if it has more to do with it having lots of problems dur
Re: Solo
by Mike Cohen 4 months ago
Jeff Hinkle "And Mike, that entire set of books is fantastic. I need to re-read them one of these days." No spoilers please - I don't want to know if Empire or Jedi were finished on time!
Boss handed me a box of external hard drives and said "archive all this video somewhere"
by Randy Hansen 4 months ago
Literally, the title states what happened. I've worked here for about 9 months. The other day, the boss walked in with a box of a dozen or so external hard drives from the past decade containing video
Re: Boss handed me a box of external hard drives and said "archive all this video somewhere"
by Mike Cohen 4 months ago
Check out Gentibus - it will scan your hard drive and create a searchable catalogue of folders and files. It won't organzie anything but it may be a good first step just to know what you have.
Opening Premiere Pro cc2018 project files in Premiere Pro cc2017
by Joseph Freeman III 4 months ago
I have a project (ProRes) which forced me to upgrade to cc2018 due to the format the project was submitted for VFX, color correcting and audio cleanup. Having been burnt from the problems from the cc2
Re: Opening Premiere Pro cc2018 project files in Premiere Pro cc2017
by Mike Cohen 4 months ago
good to know - thanks
Editing Big TV shows
by Oliver Peters 4 months ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=7ojMQlP1cR8 - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
Re: Editing Big TV shows
by Mike Cohen 4 months ago
Kind of interesting but the camera work is almost unwatchable. You could remove the on-cam bits with the editor and make it a better video. Mike Cohen
How to become better at editing when you don't have a lot to edit or film?
by Scott Fleener 4 months ago
I live in a smaller city and I am making the best of it however I'm wanting more practice with editing especially with the. Adobe Cloud. Any suggestions on how to become a better Videogrpaher, Editor,
Re: How to become better at editing when you don't have a lot to edit or film?
by Mike Cohen 4 months ago
Get some friends and shoot anything you can. Improvised scenes with an iphone is a good way to start. Current technology allows anyone to shoot and edit video without investing large sums of money. Se
This one thing...
by Oliver Peters 4 months ago
Just ran across this from This Guy Edits. https: www.youtube.com watch v=Pr-YtQlSU_I - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
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Re: This one thing...
by Mike Cohen 4 months ago
I have seen lot of "editing" reels which are a bunch of cuts of different shots from different projects, not showing any actual editing. If you take out the clips from mainstream movies this guy isn't
Client video review collaborative websites
by Dennis Dean 4 months ago
This is part of business for me so hopefully this is the correct forum. I'm looking for suggestions for websites that allow me to upload raw footage for my clients to view. Preferably with some kind o
Re: Client video review collaborative websites
by Mike Cohen 4 months ago
Vimeo Pro has such a feature where you can make comments and they are tied to the time on the video, but not to the actual timecode. We have started experimenting with mycircle.tv which allows you to
Shooting a conference video
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
Hi all, I'm bidding on a conference video shoot. Our camera needs to be positioned in the back of the ballroom which is 100 feet away. There will be people speaking from a podium and also a few panel
Re: Shooting a conference video
by Mike Cohen 4 months ago
Mark Suszko "Ballrooms are often horrible places to shoot. " Mark says it best. Going into a live event with anything other than the right tool for the job will be a bad result. If the speaker is at
Ready Player One
by Mark Suszko 6 months ago
You know what you signed up for when you watch a Spielberg movie. You're asking to have your emotions thoroughly and professionally wrung out. Problem with this movie is; there's not much water in the
Re: Ready Player One
by Mike Cohen 6 months ago
Scott Roberts "I'm in my early 30s, and I was 9-years-old when Jurassic Park came out. IT WAS WORLD CHANGING! And I had the Jurassic Park bed spread, action figures, t-shirts, thermos, collectable sp
The Editing of Star Wars: How Cutting Created a Classic
by Mike Cohen 6 months ago
I recently read this book by Linton Davies. Davies discusses editing techniques used in cutting Star Wars (the original non-numbered one, which is simply known as "Star Wars" to us geezers) as well as
Re: The Editing of Star Wars: How Cutting Created a Classic
by Mike Cohen 6 months ago
The book does mention removing the Luke backstory stuff on Tatooine to speed things up. Lucas has discussed the concept of entering a story after it begins and letting the audience figure it for thems
can someone here explain Reddit to me
by Bob Zelin 8 months ago
Hi - I know that Reddit is one of the most popular web sites in existence. But I just don't get it. It's not Creative Cow It's not Provideo Coalition it's not FCP X It's not Red User.net it's not any
Re: can someone here explain Reddit to me
by Mike Cohen 6 months ago
It is a rabbit hole - beware the jabberwocky. A lot of the most popular Reddit content seems to repeat every so often. The forums are all over the place from news to things you cannot talk about with
Premiere Not Responding
by Mike Cohen 7 months ago
Every time I try to use Premiere CC 2018, usually when doing anything on a sequence, the program locks up (Not Responding - no other message). I have updated to the latest CC version. I wait for a pop
Re: Premiere Not Responding
by Eric Merklein 7 months ago
Have you done a diagnostic on your drives
Re: project ownership
by Sam Lesante Jr. 1 year ago
Hi fellow cows, If anyone can help me out here that would great. So we have an employee, not a freelance person, an employee, employed by us. We agree on a project that they are going to take full con
Re: project ownership
by Mike Cohen 1 year ago
Does the employee get a paycheck That is his "credit" unless the client asks for his name to be on the video. On the rare occasion when a client has added my name to the credits I have been humbled an
Premiere crashing - CC and CS6
by Mike Cohen 1 year ago
I have a MSI laptop - i7-5700HQ 2.70ghz, 16gig ram, windows 10, GTX 970M Used to run Premiere CC 2015 with no issues. Now with Premiere CC 2017.0. v11.0, Tanq I can import video and start working on a
Intensity Shuttle USB 3 on an iMac
by Adam Read 3 years ago
Can anyone please confirm if the Intensity Shuttle USB 3.0 version will work on an iMac using its USB 3 port I am moving over to a Mac from a PC, and would rather use the same device, than have to buy
Re: Intensity Shuttle USB 3 on an iMac
by Mike Cohen 3 years ago
Danny Hays "First of all, OSX doesn't support the USB3 Shuttle. I assume your mac has a USB3 port." This is confusing. Does OSX support the Shuttle USB 3 or not I'm thinking of buying one to capture
Star Wars... a rant (no spoilers)
by Todd Terry 3 years ago
Hey kids... Ok, this has pretty much nothing to do with business or marketing, but wanted to rant to my friends in here. Ok, I'll ask "Is this good business practice" right off the bat here...to justi
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Re: Star Wars... a rant (no spoilers)
by Mike Cohen 3 years ago
Some sequences were shot in IMAX - the link has some movie stills if you have not seen any of the trailers or the movie http: i0.wp.com bitcast-a-sm.bitgravity.com slashfilm wp wp-content images ZZ327
If Bob Zelin was a Movie Reviewer
by walter biscardi 3 years ago
Appropriate that this reviewer is named Movie Bob. I swear if the Cow's own Bob Zelin was a movie reviewer, this is exactly what it would sound like..... http: thedailybanter.com 2015 07 this-absolute
Re: If Bob Zelin was a Movie Reviewer
by Mike Cohen 3 years ago
WOW. I will have to watch this whole thing some time, but nicely done and probably very accurate. But let's see how a movie like this could come to pass. Adam Sandler still has some clout given his bo
Canon AVCHD
by Mike Cohen 3 years ago
Everything you shoot comes off the card as numbered MTS files. If you just transfer each card to a named folder on a hard drive, and import with media browser, all is peachy, except for the fact that
Re: Canon AVCHD
by Mike Cohen 3 years ago
Thus far I have been bulk renaming files, by adding a prefix (ie, XYZ-project_saturday_cam1_001.mts) and then importing the files as files, not using media browser. I'm sure somewhere an AVCHD enginee
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