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Mike Thomas

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August 2nd 2010
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How is grading in Resolve better?
by Mike Thomas 1 year ago
My grading experience is limited to using the basic tools found in most NLE's. I'm looking for reasons that Resolve is better in this department than say Sony Vegas which has a lot if not all the same
Re: How is grading in Resolve better?
by Tero Ahlfors 1 year ago
Mike Thomas "My grading experience is limited to using the basic tools found in most NLE's. I'm looking for reasons that Resolve is better in this department than say Sony Vegas which has a lot if no
Vegas pro vs Adobe Premiere
by Jayden Watson 1 year ago
(I am sorry if this is not a question for this forum, I will delete it if so, I am just curious) Which is better, premiere pro or Sony Vegas I have had experience with both editors, and I do like them
Re: Vegas pro vs Adobe Premiere
by Mike Thomas 1 year ago
I'm currently debating myself though between Vegas and Dacinci Resolve. My first two micro budget features were edited with Vegas. The movie linked below was my first movie and first time editing anyt
PC Build Suggestions for Resolve editing
by Mike Thomas 2 years ago
I'm not a big computer guy so I've been researching what I need in my next pc. I plan to use Resolve. I'm shooting 1080 ProRes now but may eventually shoot 4k and may experiment with raw. I don't need
Do I Need to Have my Monitor Calibrated?
by Mike Thomas 3 years ago
I just bought a used Panasonic BT LH 2170PJ production monitor off ebay that I've been told works fine but has 2800 hours on it. I haven't received the monitor yet but this will be my first expensive
Re: Do I Need to Have my Monitor Calibrated?
by Mike Thomas 3 years ago
thanks for the info fellows. I also learned from a Panasonic guy that the life expectancy for a Pany screen is 20K hrs so I don't feel like my monitor is that "used" now. Just fyi. Thanks again for th
Which hmi light?
by Mike Thomas 3 years ago
I'm going to buy at least one hmi, probably a par, to use on future feature film projects. I've not worked with them before and have it narrowed down to a 575 or 1200. I realize this is a general ques
Re: Which hmi light?
by Mike Thomas 3 years ago
I post a question about hmi's and all anyone wants to talk about is LED's. lol. That's revealing though and has me looking more into LED's. I actually bought several Dracast 1x1 panels a few weeks ago
No job for Vegas users?
by Sandra MarszaƂek 3 years ago
Hi everyone. I wanted to ask you one thing. Have you ever heard something like "If you're using Vegas than you can't have this job project. Sorry" I've lost several job offers just because I'm using V
Re: No job for Vegas users?
by Mike Thomas 3 years ago
It may be that people associate Vegas with "amateur" regardless of whether you are or not. Or it may be that they have had previous bad experiences with Vegas and refuse to deal with the issues that m
When to send in monitor for calibration?
by Mike Thomas 3 years ago
I just bought a used Panasonic BT LH 2170PJ production monitor off ebay that I've been told works fine but has 2800 hours on it. I haven't received the monitor yet but this will be my first expensive
Which mic to use?
by Mike Thomas 3 years ago
I will be shooting dialog of several kids inside a camping tent. The only mic I currently have is a Rode shotgun which I know from experience is no good too close to the subject (too bassy). I don't w
Re: Which mic to use?
by Mike Thomas 3 years ago
So what would be a hyper-cardioid mic that's equivalent in price performance to a Rode NTG3
What is DME track and why is it needed
by Mike Thomas 3 years ago
If a distributor asks for a DME audio track for your movie they're distributing what exactly are they expecting and why do they need it
Re: What is DME track and why is it needed
by Mike Thomas 3 years ago
THanks for the help. Making 3 separate tracks makes sense. I was confused because it's called "a" DME track...as in one track.
Vegas Refuses to "recapture offline Media"
by Mike Thomas 4 years ago
I've had to fire up some older projects to do some rendering. Do to my archiving sloppiness I had to "recapture" some misplaced video. I know how to do this and I've been doing it but for an unknown r
Re: Vegas Refuses to "recapture offline Media"
by Mike Thomas 4 years ago
So you're saying I wasn't going about it the right way What's weird is that my 'lasso twirling' worked perfectly on all but one particular project. I will always remember "replace" in the future!
Can anyone identify this video light?
by Mike Thomas 5 years ago
I would like to buy a video light for my still photography just like the one being used in the video below. At minute 12:30 you can see the photographer's assistant holding the video light. It's not a
Re: Can anyone identify this video light?
by Mike Thomas 5 years ago
Thanks for that link Rick! I guess I'm not the only one wanting a DIY Ice Light. lol. After further research I've decided to buy a Lowel ID-Light- http: www.bhphotovideo.com c product 185678-REG Lowel
SpectraLayers, Sharpening, Color Grading and other questions...
by Mike Thomas 6 years ago
Vegas is my first and only editing software and i like it a lot. I tried out Adobe Premier once and laughed out loud at all the steps required just to do a simple picture crossfade. I'm really getting
Re: SpectraLayers, Sharpening, Color Grading and other questions...
by Mike Thomas 6 years ago
Here's another feature film cut on Vegas to add to your list- http: www.youtube.com watch v=ruaUIyrFMMU Redemption Ride, my first feature (first film project of any kind actually!)
Cheapest Easiest hardware config to get started?
by Mike Thomas 6 years ago
I've downloaded the free version of Resolve and I'd like to try it out on a DSLR video project just to see if this software is right for me. The software won't open; I get a "no CUDA acceleration hard
Re: Cheapest Easiest hardware config to get started?
by Mike Thomas 6 years ago
Thanks Dwaine. Between your info and the config guide I'm now reading I think I'm all set. Great forum. Thanks!
Vegas can't handle big projects
by Mike Thomas 9 years ago
I've loved Vegas all through the editing process but now that my HD feature length film project is ready to be put together and rendered out...I'm coming to the stark conclusion that this software sim
Re: Vegas can't handle big projects
by Mike Thomas 7 years ago
also...DVDA is confusing at first but nice once you have it figured out.
External Recording on DSLR-myth or reality?
by Mike Thomas 7 years ago
For I don't know how long now I've been reading rumors of recording uncompressed clean video from a dslr. Seems like every time a new model comes out that's the big talk. "This camera promises a clean
Re: External Recording on DSLR-myth or reality?
by Brent Dunn 7 years ago
Zoom H4n has great audio. Yes it works. Brent Dunn Owner Director Editor DunnRight Films DunnRight Video.com Video Marketing Toolbox.net Sony EX-1, Canon 5D Mark II Canon 7D Mac Pro Tower, Quad Core,
monitor for DSLR focus - the Goldilocks Solution
by Bob Cole 7 years ago
I'm looking for a compact, lightweight monitor for hand-held videography with my Canon 60D. I currently use the Zacuto Pro on the camera's LCD, which works, but the limited resolution of the camera's
Re: monitor for DSLR focus - the Goldilocks Solution
by Mike Thomas 7 years ago
For my last film I used a Zacuto EVF with my GH2. The EVF has a digital zoom focus assist feature. Through the use of a homemade bracket and an old manual shutter release cable I was able to rig it up
Panasonic GH2 & HDMI import
by mike albertini 8 years ago
Hi, I'm thinking of getting a GH2...I've been reading about them but have a question concerning HDMI import... I have a Mac Pro (4-core) 1st Gen 2006-2007 - 11GB ram Radeon 3870)...and have read that
Re: Panasonic GH2 & HDMI import
by Mike Thomas 7 years ago
I use a Metabone adapter which works fine. When you use an adapter you will lose the ability of the camera and lens to communicate...which means no auto focus. It also means that you will have to use
Any confirmed Canon 5D Mark 3 rumors?
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I'm planning to load up on Canon equipment in the next 6 months and was wondering if anyone has heard any confirmed reports about a 5D Mark 3 in the near future. Seems like there's always rumors and f
Re: Any confirmed Canon 5D Mark 3 rumors?
by Colin McQuillan 8 years ago
A let down for some but leaves hope for the future. I too was hoping for a $5-10K EF mount competitor to the AF-100 and NEX-FS100. Even though Canon shot high with a competitor to the higher end F3, i
Need Lighting Tutorial Suggestions
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
Up to this point my set lighting skills have been poor to average at best. I need to really crack down and learn some serious lighting skills for my diy filmmaking. I need recommendations for online v
Re: Need Lighting Tutorial Suggestions
by viking jonsson 7 years ago
light science and magic, really good stuff
film grants in Ohio?
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I've heard that there are government grants available for filmmakers but does anyone here have any actual experience with them I've googled it but I'm not finding much. I'm an experienced filmmaker an
Re: film grants in Ohio?
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
Yep, there is already discussion on this topic there. Thanks for the re-direct.
how to record guitar and singer?
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
Tomorrow I start filming on our new project and I have a scene in which a guy sits in the doorway of a garage and plays and sings a song on his guitar. I'm thinking that I need to mute the guitar stri
Re: how to record guitar and singer?
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I took your advice and the song sounds great! Thanks a lot!
Need to decide whether to buy
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
So I'm preparing to shoot another film project and I'm thinking of learning AE in order to add things to my footage such as signs...instead of making actual signs then filming them as I've done in the
Re: Need to decide whether to buy
by Todd Kopriva 8 years ago
Here's a very simple tutorial that I made that shows how to use mocha for After Effects: http: www.video2brain.com en videos-4351.htm This should give you an idea of how easy it is to do the sort of s
Auto Leveling Wonder
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
Hello. I just bought a Marantz 661 field recorder for a low budget feature I'll be shooting. I was surprised to find an auto leveling feature on the recorder so I tried it out and it worked great. I'v
Re: Auto Leveling Wonder
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
Thank you Bill. That's the kind of explanation I was needing to hear.
Ping Pong Ball FX Question
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I will be shooting a film soon and am thinking about writing a scene into the script which would have 4 boys playing competitive ping pong. What is the difficulty level of adding in the flying ball in
Re: Ping Pong Ball FX Question
by Tudor "Ted" Jelescu 8 years ago
It all depends what you want to do, how you want to shoot this. In theory, introducing a ping pong ball in a shot shouldn't be too hard, however, if slow motion, bullet time and or extensive camera mo
Canon 60D vs. Panasonic GH2 comparison
by John Frey 8 years ago
I thought some of you might find this "moire on roof" shot comparison test between the Canon 60D and the Panasonic GH2 interesting. http: vimeo.com 20565849 John D. Frey 25 Year owner operator of two
Re: Canon 60D vs. Panasonic GH2 comparison
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I have the new Zactuco EVF coming for my GH2. I think I'm gonna have the best DSLR setup imagineable. Now if I could only get the confusing menus memorized better.
60fps with GH-2?
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
Can someone tell me how to set the GH-2 to shoot 60fps The specs says it has it but all I can find on the actual camera menu is the "80%, 160%, 300%, etc mode. Thanks.
Re: 60fps with GH-2?
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
You'd think they could just make it so you could go to a screen and click 720 60p. Anyways...I'm a bit technilogically impaired so forgive my next question but why doesn't my 60fps footage play back i
Recording Dialog in a locust field?
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
Hey All, my recording experience is limited and one thing I've encountered and can't seem to solve is how to record good dialog outdoors in summer with those darn locust churping so loud in the trees.
Re: Recording Dialog in a locust field?
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
Thanks for the tips. I actually wasn't joking when I suggested using a shotgun (firearm) to quiet them. A guy I know suggested using a M80 firecracker which are very loud firecrackers. I just wondered
Shotgun Mic Recommend Needed
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
My only experience is with a Rode NTG-3. I'm thinking of buying a Sennheiser ME-66 K6 shotgun mic for $500 for a micro budget feature film shoot. Unfortunately I can only afford one mic. The Rode was
Re: Shotgun Mic Recommend Needed
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
There's actually a lot of older posts similar to mine so I guess I shouldn't have asked. Thanks for the input though. I just bought a used Sennheiser ME-66 on Ebay so I should be good.
Best Codec for Editing DSLR
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I imagine this is an old question to ask but I couldn't really find an answer in past posts so... I have a GH-2 and am wondering what the best codec is for editing my footage on my Windows Sony Vegas.
Re: Best Codec for Editing DSLR
by John Frey 8 years ago
Vegas 10d and Premiere 5.03 and 5.5 handle footage from the GH1 and GH2 just fine. John D. Frey 25 Year owner operator of two California-based production studios. Digital West Video Productions of San
Cheap HMI lights on Ebay
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I've been eyeballing some of these cheap though new hmi lights on Ebay. Does anyone have any experience using this equipment that I could get an opinion http: cgi.ebay.com ws eBayISAPI.dll ViewItem&it
Re: Cheap HMI lights on Ebay
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
Great answer--thanks so much!
Lens Adapter Suggestions
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I just ordered a Panasonic GH2 and I need suggestions for a lens adapter. I want to buy Canon eos glass. So basically all I need to worry about is that I get an adapter with its own aperture ring if I
Re: Lens Adapter Suggestions
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I have the Fotodiox EOS to MFT adapter- works like a charm. The Birger ain't out yet and will cost a fortune- though it will give you control of aperture supposedly. NOAH, how are you adjusting your a
Premier vs. Sony Vegas
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I use Sony Vegas to edit my feature films I'm producing. This is the only editing software that I've used before. How does it compare with Adobe Premier
Re: Premier vs. Sony Vegas
by Angelo Lorenzo 8 years ago
Although I've not used Sony Vegas much, let me stick to what I believe helps me as person who uses Premiere Pro to earn a living: -The Mercury playback engine in Premiere is phenomenal. The right Nvid
Is After Effects right for me?
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
After watching the new movie, "Monsters", I'm convinced that I need to learn special effects. Where do I begin Is AE what I need I currently use Sony Vegas for editing, will AE work well with Vegas or
Re: Is After Effects right for me?
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
Thanks for the replies and thanks especially Michael for all the links! I'm buying the program for sure now. I'm sure I'll have many more questions down the road! Thanks.
Premier vs. Sony Vegas
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I use Sony Vegas to edit my feature films I'm producing. This is the only editing software that I've used before. How does it compare with Adobe Premier
Re: Premier vs. Sony Vegas
by Cory Petkovsek 8 years ago
I've used a lot of Vegas, Premiere and AE. Vegas is pretty good. Premiere CS4 sucks hard due to instability and clunky interface. CS5 is a little more stable, but still the interface is clunky. AE is
Affordable Zoom Lens Suggestions AF 100
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
Decided to buy the AF100. I'm looking only for fast affordable zoom len suggestions. I would prefer to use my Canon EOS lens. Is there an adapter available that would allow the use of these lens If I
Re: Affordable Zoom Lens Suggestions AF 100
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
Can't rent without getting some lens suggestions first Steve.
AF 100 verses Sony EX camera
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
How would the AF100 stack up against the Sony EX1 EX3...besides not needing a 35mm adapter with the Panasonic I realize that the Panny has a sensor A LOT bigger than the Sony but is it really that imp
Re: AF 100 verses Sony EX camera
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
So in conclusion you're saying if I had two HD cameras, one with a small sensor (with a DOF adapter) and one with a large sensor, there would be no difference in picture quality (assuming everything e
Recording Audio in camera
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I'm trying to work out how I'm going to shoot my next ultra-low budget movie. Question: Would it be practical if I didn't hire a sound recordist but instead only used a boom pole operator, sending the
Re: Recording Audio in camera
by Guy McLoughlin 8 years ago
I would either rent or buy a Sound Devices mixer like the 302 or MixPre. This along with a good pair of headphones for your boom-op, like the industry standard Sony 7506 ( they are under a $100 ) woul
Recording Audio in camera
by Mike Thomas 8 years ago
I'm trying to work out how I'm going to shoot my next ultra-low budget movie. Question: Would it be practical if I didn't hire a sound recordist but instead only used a boom pole operator, sending the
Re: recording Audio in camera
by ernesto Quintero 8 years ago
We figured it out. When you dial in the frame rate it automatically cancels out audio and you have to record audio externally....but the LCD indicates that you are recording audio, which makes it conf
Sony Vega vs Avid Shootout
by Mike Thomas 9 years ago
Hello. I recently completed my first feature film having used Sony Vegas for editing(my first editing software). I've really thrown myself into filmmaking and am planning another feature film for next
Re: Sony Vega vs Avid Shootout
by Mike Thomas 9 years ago
Thanks for the reply! I have no interest in being an editor for others and I don't plan to have clients of any sort. I'm producing and editing feature length films only...so I guess my question is as
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