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Two tales of Customer Service
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
I thought this was an interesting comparison... just thought I'd share. I have two pieces of equipment out with their respective manufacturers being serviced right now.... a Zenmuse X5 camera from DJI
Re: Two tales of Customer Service UPDATE
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
An update... to the side of my post that had good customer service. My package from Fotodiox just arrived. Remember I sent them a light that had a problem with the dimmer. They determined it was not u
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Mike Smith liked this 3 months ago
yet another political post that will get pulled from Cow -
by Bob Zelin 4 months ago
hey - wait - it's about OUR industry ! from the mainstream press - Martina McBride and her husband are being sued by an unpaid intern for 1 Million dollars, for having to do "menial labor" - "Accordin
Re: yet another political post that will get pulled from Cow -
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
It's probably different because we're very small shop, but we've always taken a slightly different view of interns... Firstly, we rarely place interns, unless we have something that needs doing and ca
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Upgrading our suites, seriously need some advice...
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Hi guys... I'll probably post this in Premiere or elsewhere, but thought I'd ask in here first... hope this is not too long, bear with me. We're probably going to upgrade our two main suites this year
Re: Upgrading our suites, seriously need some advice...
by Mike Smith 5 months ago
Isn't BlackMagic still in that market ... https: www.blackmagicdesign.com uk products decklink https: www.blackmagicdesign.com products intensitypro4k http: no-trouble.com broadcast-video 143-intensit
Copyright footage
by Craig Cherry 5 months ago
I produced a sales video for a company and it worked well for them. A marketing person steps in and says they want to redo the video but they want to use the existing footage but a different producer.
Re: Copyright footage
by Blaise Douros 5 months ago
Send them an invoice for the appropriate footage licensing fee. If they don't pay, take them to small claims court. Unless they had you sign an ironclad work-for-hire contract for the first video, eve
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Mike Smith liked this 5 months ago
Animation approach?
by Riley Tate 6 months ago
Hi guys, I'm a bit of a newbie and i'm trying to figure out the easiest approach to make a girl i've drawn in illustrator move from a STANDING position hopping up into a SITTING driving position. I kn
Re: Animation approach?
by Mike Smith 6 months ago
If you're planning to do a decent amount of 2D animation, you might want to investigate Moho (Anime Studio) http: my.smithmicro.com anime-studio-pro.html or ToonBoom https: www.toonboom.com products h
Weird brightness flicker on background using Nikon D5300
by Marc Freebrey 12 months ago
Hello, I have recorded a couple of basic interviews and I have a brightness flicker in the background and I do not understand why. I do not understand why this is happening and how to stop it. This ha
Re: Weird brightness flicker on background using Nikon D5300
by Mike Smith 12 months ago
It's not really background only. That looks like oveall exposure fluctuation. Maybe there was a fluctuating light source out of frame... You could try using manual exposure, and making sure auto ISO i
Can't switch tracks of audio clips
by Chris McElroy 1 year ago
Oddly, with some audio clips, like music, I am unable to place the audio on the track where I want it. It seems to be locked into only tracks 5 or 6. Even when I put it there, I can't switch it to ano
Re: Can't switch tracks of audio clips
by Mike Smith 1 year ago
Stereo and mono ...
Advice on export settings
by Lynne Margulies 1 year ago
Hi; new to Premiere and completing first project. Client has asked for delivery in MP4 and MOV formats. Wondering if I could get advice on export settings to get the highest quality possible for these
Re: Advice on export settings
by Mike Smith 1 year ago
Me neither I guess talking to the client will be a good way to find out what s he wants. For many businesses, good enough so that people watch the story and don't get distracted by tech aspects is all
2D instructional animation video designing
by Joe Clark 1 year ago
Hello, I am an animator and also still learning few things. I want to design few 2D Instructional Animation videos for an company.But I am not much used to flash.As I have never designed any animated
Re: 2D instructional animation video designing
by Mike Smith 1 year ago
Probably Flash is not a good choice for you for animating anything much: its life expectancy is short now. After Effects will allow good animated graphics production. There are better tools for cartoo
create a professional animated marketing video
by Joe Clark 1 year ago
Hello, I am looking to create a Animated Product Marketing video that uses the same as this video How to use your taste card - YouTube I would like to be able to so the 3d shots with roadmap style mov
Re: create a professional animated marketing video
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
I'm reminded of an art director I used to know who once said, "Sure. I know Adobe Illustrator. The box is sitting right here on my shelf." So Joe, at the risk of being overly blunt: there's a LOT more
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Audio levels of a certain clip are inconsistent on different systems
by Marisa Thilman 1 year ago
Hello, I am an assistant editor on a feature documentary having some issues with a particular archival clip's audio. This clip was ripped from youtube originally and then we ripped the higher res DVD
Re: Audio levels of a certain clip are inconsistent on different systems
by Mike Smith 1 year ago
Is this legal - cleared with rights holders It reads like the source has quiet audio
How would you quote this?
by Elisa Llamido 1 year ago
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this and weigh in. I really appreciate it!! A few questions: 1. How would you quote the following job A perspective client owns a large demolition comp
Re: How would you quote this?
by Mike Smith 1 year ago
Well done !
Remove distracting 'sweeping' sound
by Keith Vickers 1 year ago
I have a clip in Premiere pro, there is some dialogue but behind the dialogue somebody was sweeping, it is very distracting. Is there a way to remove the sweeping while keeping the dialogue crisp
Re: Remove distracting 'sweeping' sound
by Mike Smith 1 year ago
If you want it badly enough, something like SpectralLayers Pro might help. It has excellent tools for selecting and manipulating elements in a sound file. Take a look at the first demo video on the pr
RENDERING video fast with MacbookPro: RAID or NOT?
by David Hidalgo 2 years ago
I want to have somewhere to save my files and also that will give me some more performance when reendering video. I have: MacbookPro Retina with MacOs Sierra, 2,3 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR
Re: RENDERING video fast with MacbookPro: RAID or NOT?
by Mike Smith 2 years ago
It seems likely that your bottlenecks for rendering might be better addressed through faster CPU and GPU and more RAM - it's not likely that disc performance is your current limiting factor, unless yo
Stock footage or music transfer
by Ken Cooper 2 years ago
Hey Guys, I have a 2 fold legal question about stock footage and stock music I can't find an answer to. As a production company I pay for the right to use a stock video or a stock music bed on a singl
Re: Stock footage or music transfer
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
You'll have to look through the licensing agreements that you have for the stock footage and music... but I suspect that when you purchased them, those rights went to you and are likely non-transferra
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Who owns the footage??
by Wade Pringle 2 years ago
Hi there I own my own small media company and I really am looking for some answers on copyright issues. My situation is this: I am asked to film and edit a client's video for there client so I am subc
Re: Who owns the footage??
by Mike Smith 2 years ago
Yes, UK based Todd. Though not so much the Colonies, I'd say, as the much-love offspring, now far surpassing the parents. I think you may be right, though, to hint that a good approach to Wade's issue
Contract for Future Success
by Patrick Reagan 2 years ago
I have a friend who is pitching a TV series to an executive. I agreed to give him a super discount to make a quick 30 second intro for the pilot. We agreed on a dollar amount for it, but if the series
Re: Contract for Future Success
by Mike Smith 2 years ago
Contract as early as possible - before starting ideally. Are you sure you do not already have a verbal contract - the discounted rate you agreed plus a credit in return for the work done You need to n
Does audio has a rate like frame rate?
by Nitai Lev-Oren 2 years ago
I'm asking this because I've heard if you shoot 30 fps or 23 fps you will have a problem with the audio Let's say you record on double system on a DSLR and you have an external recorder. the audio wil
Re: Does audio has a rate like frame rate?
by Mike Smith 2 years ago
I'm not entirely clear what it is that you are trying to achieve here. As I think Blaise tried to explain, the audio sampling frequency for your audio is normally unaffected by video frame rate consid
Opinions on Lumix GH4
by Miranda Shar 2 years ago
Hi, Im in the market for a new DSLR that shots relatively good video but is not too expensive. Ive heard that the Lumix GH4 is quite good. Any thoughts or suggestions on this Thanks
Re: Opinions on Lumix GH4
by Mike Smith 2 years ago
You probably know there are lots of reviews available of this camera for professional video, including this one by Philip Bloom. http: www.eoshd.com 2014 07 great-depth-review-panasonic-gh4-philip-blo
Shooting music video with DSLR... how can I make syncing easier and more accurate?
by Jon Melot 2 years ago
Hello all, I recently recorded a music video with a handful of DSLR cameras. I learned a TON with the first shoot and am now preparing for the second shoot. One of the things I need to figure out bett
Re: Shooting music video with DSLR... how can I make syncing easier and more accurate?
by Mike Smith 2 years ago
Your mastered audio is your key sync reference point. You'll want to make that a master track and align the other audio to that - bearing in mind takles will differ in expression and timing, and the s
Video vs Photgraphy Frame Rate
by Matt Kelly 2 years ago
I've always been a bit curious by the design of frame rate in photography, especially since it's so much slower than video. Why does photography have the option to have burst shots, when you could jus
Re: Video vs Photgraphy Frame Rate
by Mike Smith 2 years ago
When in video mode cameras will capture at much lower resolution - mostly in HD Video - 1920x1080,or around 2 megapixels - and some in variants of 4K , which might be 4096 x 2160 (roughly 8 megapixels
Audio too low after export
by Ahmed Sulaiman 3 years ago
Hi guys, I exported my project with these settings: Format: H.264 Audio Codec: Dolby Digital Channels: 6 Bitrate: 320 Channel Configuration: 3 2 (L R C LFE Ls Rs) I checked the box that says (Enable L
Re: Audio too low after export
by Mike Smith 3 years ago
Quicktime player issue Have you opened in PPro and checked the actual levels in the file that way Or open in Audition, which will let you see what the audio level is in your file.
"I understand your workflow, and you're doing it all wrong"
by Simon Ubsdell 3 years ago
After following this forum since its inception, I do wonder about this. I've always assumed that other people's workflows involve factors that I can't fully comprehend because I'm not personally there
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Re: "I understand your workflow, and you're doing it all wrong"
by Tom Sefton 3 years ago
I'd never be too proud to investigate whether someone else's ideas could speed up a workflow, especially if they have good experience. 9 times out of 10 we haven't got to the best workflow through tri
FCP X vs Premiere Pro CS6 ???
by Ken Bennett 3 years ago
I'm looking for a new NLE since I'm about done with Sony Vegas. Tell me why I should go with FPC X over PP CS6 I am not going to pay a monthly subscription for Adobe CC. I do everything from weddings
Re: FCP X vs Premiere Pro CS6 ???
by Mike Smith 3 years ago
Another Windows option to consider might be Edius https: www.grassvalley.com products edius_pro_8
Editing software research
by Dan Turner 3 years ago
Hi guys I'm a film lecturer currently researching what editing software is the most commonly used in the industry. Id be grateful for any input on what you guys use, and what you've found in other pos
Re: Editing software research
by Bob Zelin 3 years ago
Noah is of course correct. Everyone has given up on Adobe Premiere, and AVID Media Composer. And Davinci Resolve, and Vegas, and everything else. It's only FCP - X in the entire world, except for 3 pe
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Mike Smith liked this 3 years ago
USB 3 vs Thunderbolt?
by Michael Dominic 3 years ago
I am working in Premiere and After Effects on a feature documentary. I need a new drive and USB 3 is so much cheaper than Thunderbolt. Is there a big difference in performance I will be running the iM
Re: USB 3 vs Thunderbolt?
by Mike Smith 3 years ago
http: www.itpro.co.uk storage 22740 usb-vs-thunderbolt-which-is-better http: www.alphr.com features 382882 which-external-hard-drive-usb-3-or-thunderbolt
Should i buy a d5300 or a 5d m3?
by Cassio Melo 3 years ago
Hi .I m thinking on buy my first camera and i have this killing question on my mind. Should i buy a d5300 or a 5d m3 And all beacause of this: https: www.youtube.com watch v=Gjgh4RJasQc As i Can see t
Re: Should i buy a d5300 or a 5d m3?
by Mike Smith 3 years ago
To stir in extra thoughts, have you considered (for video) the sony alpha 7s2 or the Lumix GH4r If you are thinking stills-only, then you are comparing a mid-range Nikon with a much higher spec Canon
Request for Editor's reading list
by Anna McPherson 3 years ago
I'm embarking on development for post-production modules at college level. I wish to create a reading list for the students. May I ask those professional editors on the forum, which titles they wouldn
Re: Request for Editor's reading list
by Herb Sevush 3 years ago
Along with the Murch and Reisz books I would recommend - When The Shooting Stops ... The Cutting Begins: A Film Editor's Story by Ralph Rosenblum Which is less about theory and more about the working
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Client asking for historic files
by Stephen Ong 3 years ago
Hi I have a client today who has requested some historic working files. The work is white label for an agency so the design studio is requesting thre working files from me, so they can supply to their
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Re: Client asking for historic files
by Tim Wilson 3 years ago
Time to tell them that it'll cost EXTRA to redo it. LOL "Guys, I could do it from scratch faster than I can re-create something. Let me know if you'd like to also pay for the project files for the new
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DSLR and 24 fps questions...
by Bojan Bojović 3 years ago
Hello everyone... Here in Europe television is 25fps. I am shooting 24fps to achieve that "cinematic" look, but my videos are full of that famous 24fps judder. It is unbearable while panning and it is
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Re: DSLR and 24 fps questions...
by Mike Smith 3 years ago
It sounds good to be shooting at higher frame rate for faster motion within or across the frame, though I've found slo-mo cleanest on whole-number dividers of frame rates. But if your eye says it look
A truism
by Nick Griffin 3 years ago
Both of my college age daughters posted this on Facebook: "Choose a field you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life... because they're not hiring in that field." Kind of sounds like fi
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Re: A truism
by Mark Suszko 3 years ago
It's that joy you connect to, that's what enables you to make the effort every day and not lose energy from it, but actually gain some back. If you're doing something with no such fulfillment, I don't
adding custom fields to exported MP4's
by Steve West 3 years ago
Can I add custom metadata fields to my MP4 masters exported from Premiere through encoder
Re: adding custom fields to exported MP4's
by Mike Smith 3 years ago
Maybe it's possible in AME but I don't know how. Does either of these help, or have you seen the already http: www.lynda.com Premiere-Pro-tutorials Adding-custom-metadata-export 149702 154530-4.html o
Client's footage turned out to be not editable. Advice to getting paid.
by Edward Harby 3 years ago
Before this project, I worked with this client (director producer) on 2 other projects. Things were smooth for the first two projects. Yes the camera work was a little wonky but the length of the vide
Re: Client's footage turned out to be not editable. Advice to getting paid.
by Kylee Peña 3 years ago
Mark Suszko "Kylie, did you recently get "spliced" " The opposite, actually. Which is cause for double celebration IMO, so I'll accept your Mazel Tov and offer you an " Ole!" for my birth name in ret
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Interesting study and article from PageFair and Adobe on the impact of adblock software
by Jeremy Garchow 3 years ago
For those of you that create advertising content, it's worth a look. http: downloads.pagefair.com reports 2015_report-the_cost_of_ad_blocking.pdf Jeremy
Re: Interesting study and article from PageFair and Adobe on the impact of adblock software
by Tim Wilson 3 years ago
Bernard Newnham "Of course it blocks everything, including ads on this site, which I didn't mind at all and which were at times useful intros to equipment I didn't know about, and which I know pay fo
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Corporate Product Overview Video Pricing
by Nick DeTerlizzi 3 years ago
I am bidding on a company's video marketing business. They have their top ten products that need short 1 minute video overviews of each and then uploaded to YouTube and a streamable codec option for t
Re: Corporate Product Overview Video Pricing
by Mark Suszko 3 years ago
When I see these online, several things usually stand out, number one being crappy, off-mic sound, either from the on-camera talent or the off-camera narration. The second flaw is usually bad lighting
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Do you provide a "Warranty" in your contracts?
by Max Fancher 4 years ago
Hi There, I did a quick search but couldn't find this question asked before Question: What kind of warranty do you include in your contracts Toward the end of my contracts I generally include a simple
Re: Do you provide a "Warranty" in your contracts?
by Mads Nybo Jørgensen 4 years ago
Hey Max, Max Fancher "A client whom we're about to start working with has changed my very simple paragraph into a very long complex one. Their version basically says that they will have the ability to
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Corporate Client wants all footage
by Ken Cooper 4 years ago
Hi, I have a long time Corporate client who is now demanding they get all raw footage with each completed project. I do not want to do that. How can I handle that without any damage to the relationshi
Re: Corporate Client wants all footage
by Mike Smith 4 years ago
From your profile, (Hey)Joe, you appear to be a producer ... so, you'd be hiring input for projects for third party clients ..perhaps a different situation, or simply a provocative post
and finally......
by Steve Connor 4 years ago
So to sum up: Premiere Pro CC 2014 - excellent software, amazing speed of development from Adobe and a natural successor to FCP7, only issue is the subscription model that many people don't seem to li
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Re: and finally...... (more sales numbers, in retrospect)
by Douglas K. Dempsey 4 years ago
Per Bill's comments, I have posted often on this forum the fact that I use X for a high school video class, the 15-18 year old range Bill mentions. And I have noted that we have FCP7 and the full CS6
Informational video - brilliant and transformative - whatever the software.
by Bill Davis 4 years ago
I argue a lot about how it's not enough to focus on motion picture or TV editing, that there's a huge revolution going on in short form informational video was well. The sort, fast, powerful piece tha
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Mike Smith liked this 4 years ago
Public domain usage
by John Nelson 4 years ago
I was informed I recently posted my inquiry on Public Domain footage on the wrong forum and was suggested to try this one. Hopeful of a better response. :} I am a retired video guy who have two very m
Re: Public domain usage
by Mads Nybo Jørgensen 4 years ago
Hey Mike, My bad, you're right, in my haste to reply I missed the word "not" in there. Having said that, the example video from John had plenty of public archive footage in it. Which one should always
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Whats everybody's music source?
by Andrew Warren 4 years ago
Hello everyone, Last fall I moved into a videographer position at a university. We're pushing out a handful of videos each month, most for online distribution, but some for broadcast. I've always been
Re: Whats everybody's music source?
by Mike Smith 4 years ago
I've found some useful tracks at http: www.akmmusic.co.uk
Is it possible to manipulate filmed person moving?
by Erik Høirup 4 years ago
Hi, I am working on some greenscreenfootage, where the actor is movin her head too much in a certain direction. The client was present at the shot, and approved the takes, but now - after - they ask m
Re: Is it possible to manipulate filmed person moving?
by Mike Smith 4 years ago
Have you been looking at the puppet tool ...
masking within text animator
by Paul Dougherty 4 years ago
I've been asked to do some title animation that is unfamiliar to me. I've used and reviewed a good number of (the stock) AE animated text presets but haven't encountered this particular type of text a
Re: masking within text animator
by Mike Smith 4 years ago
Animation menu Animate Text Line Spacing should give you what you want ...
Change from color to black and white REVERSE PLEASANTVILLE EFFECT
by Rebecca Metcalf 4 years ago
HI I DESPERATELY NEED HELP I am trying to edit a video so that black and white "creeps in" or "melts into" the scene. The video will be moving, I don't want to isolate a color but slowly make the vide
Re: Change from color to black and white REVERSE PLEASANTVILLE EFFECT
by Mike Smith 4 years ago
So you could try a gradient wipe, using a custom gradient layer (photoshop file would work fine, though you could use a movie clip) that has a soft mix of black to white, maybe from using black and wh
Laughably OT: Can you ID an old graphics system?
by Jeff Markgraf 4 years ago
I just know there are a bunch of old-timers lurking here who can answer this. I'm trying to remember the name of what could best be described as a 2.5-D graphics system from the early mid 90s. It comb
Re: Laughably OT: Can you ID an old graphics system?
by Mike Smith 4 years ago
Maybe something from the ADO line - though they were quite high end ... http: en.wikipedia.org wiki Digital_video_effect https: www.youtube.com watch v=0rxuU_TaFiw
Soundtrack for Video
by Burair Al-Lawati 5 years ago
Hello, I have a 30 sec video project, and i need some music soundtrack for it. I feel if i buy a soundtrack it wont be perfect, what do you think if if ask a company for make a custom music And who do
Re: Soundtrack for Video
by Mike Smith 5 years ago
Where's your video, and what's your music brief ...
Still particles
by Marko Gogić 5 years ago
Hey, guys. I want to know if there's a way to create a particle field that's permanent. Without birth and death of particles. I just want them to be there in a field, still and not moving through the
Re: Still particles
by Mike Smith 5 years ago
Or make it in Photoshop or similar ...
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Effect too simple to find online
by Marc Wiltshire 5 years ago
I've looked at FAQ's and tried different ways of asking google, but no answers to this simple task. I'm an AE newbie. I have a static shot of a pint glass with beer pouring in it. I want to add a logo
Re: Effect too simple to find online
by Mike Smith 5 years ago
It sounds like your glass is static. So your Photoshop layer should work. You'd just want to play, perhaps with opacity or blending modes ... http: helpx.adobe.com en after-effects using blending-mode
youtube url changes when I reload an updated video
by Kevin Ryan 5 years ago
I work for a local government corporate communications department. We have a channel on youtube for the videos we create. It works really well. Our clients link to the youtube url from their webpage.
Re: youtube url changes when I reload an updated video
by Mike Smith 5 years ago
That's how youtube works. You could make a playlist with your videos (even just one video), and link to that. Then of course you can update the playlist to reflect your re-uploaded video. It's always
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