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Falling seriously out of love with Apple
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
It occured to me recently that out of the entire Final Cut Studio suite, about the only part of it I'm still using these days is FCP. It just seems that Apple are really dropping behind the curve on d
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Re: Falling seriously out of love with Apple
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
Rafa, if you're still following this and I wouldn't blame you at all if you weren't, I've tinkered some more, got into the Open GOP settings, done some tests and it's made no discernable difference. T
Spare batteries for 550D/Rebel T2i
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
So I'm planning on buying some extra batteries for my 550D and was all set to get some non-Canon like-for-likes from Amazon when I read a review from someone saying the ones they had bought (an Opteka
Re: Spare batteries for 550D/Rebel T2i
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
"That is a new expression for me, never seen that being used before." Must be an English thing - I dread to think what images it conjures up for you guys then! I would also agree with you Phil about g
29.97 & 25
by Iris Wakulenko 7 years ago
HI there - I started a project early on in the year before firmware was released for Canon 5D. I've had three different camerapeople with 3 different cameras (2 x 5Ds and a 7D) on it and now have NTSC
Re: 29.97 & 25
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
One of Britain's biggest post-production facilities uses the freeware Mpeg Streamclip for all its compression these days simply because it does a far better and quicker job than Apple's Compressor. Us
Good Lens for Canon 550D
by Ben Edwards 7 years ago
Hi, I am getting a Canon 550D and found a second hand 17-85mm Canon EFS lens to use with it. It seems the zoom ring goes through the whole range in around 1 4 of a tern which is great for stills but f
Re: Good Lens for Canon 550D
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
I've got a 550D and have an EF 50mm that goes up to f1.4. It's amazing under low light conditions but it is tighter than a nat's chuff - equivalent to something like 80mm on a 5DmkII. I recently bough
Motion Tracking in CS5
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
Has something changed in motion tracking in CS5 I'm trying to add a precomped graphic to a shot of a computer screen but when I select motion track, it pops me into the layer panel of the precomp. Thi
Re: Motion Tracking in CS5
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
Sometimes, I just embarrass myself. It's been a while since I used motion track and I think I was getting it confused with stabilizing footage. Thanks Dave. Gonna go hide my head in a bucket for a whi
Extruded text issue with question marks
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
Hi, I've just spotted that BCC6 extruded text hasn't put the the period at the bottom of the question mark. Anyone know why this is happening or how to fix it Cheers, Neil
Re: Extruded text issue with question marks
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
Hang on, I've just upped the font size from 36 to 40 and they've appeared. How odd!
How did they do that?
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
Not sure if any of you guys have ever sat through the video to Taio Cruz's Break Your Heart, (here it is in all its glory: http: www.youtube.com watch v=NTFv8Tcj3xM), but there's some shots in there t
Re: How did they do that?
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
I wondered about an RC chopper but the camera is too aligned with the movement of the boat. I think Emre has it right with the gyro stabilization. Gotta get me one of those babies!
Client has supplied interlaced DVD
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
Hey all, Just wanted to check I've got this right. A client wants an update to an edit we did for them a few months back using their supplied footage. This time, the new footage they've sent us is an
Re: Client has supplied interlaced DVD
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
I've tried both field orders and ripping to ProRes (SD) and Apple Motion Jpeg. There's very little, in fact, nothing between them. I think the problem is that as the DVD has been authored from an inte
Need to upgrade - but what about my plugins??
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
I want to upgrade from CS3 - preferably to CS4, but possibly to CS5, but what happens to my plugins Will they automatically transfer to the new suite or will I need to reinstall, or worse will I need
Re: Need to upgrade - but what about my plugins??
by Dave LaRonde 7 years ago
Tudor "Ted" Jelescu "...the 64bit may be worth the upgrade... " Oh, it's both inevitable and mandatory, Ted. I doubt Adobe will ever again produce 32-bit versions of any software. Unless yo
Disney style bouncing ball over song lyrics
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
Hi all, Any suggestions on the easiest way I might add a disney style bouncing ball to some sing-along lyrics on a music video Is there any software out there that might do it Cheers, Neil
Re: Disney style bouncing ball over song lyrics
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
Thanks for the input all. I think this might actually be one of those times when Final Cut has the advantage over AE. First of all, I'm gonna lose the ball -budget's just too low to bother with it. Th
Smoothing a shot in After Effects?
by Mike Schmitt 7 years ago
Hi there, I'm working on a quick 15 second project with a deadline of six this evening. I have some shots I need to stabilize. A slightly shaky zoom out and a wobbly pan. I can use Mocha, but I though
Re: Smoothing a shot in After Effects?
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
Or do it perfectly and in a matter of seconds in After Effects... :-)
Final Cut Pro crash due to use of BCC 6 plugin
by Logan Grey 8 years ago
Final Cut Pro quit unexpectedly while using the BCC NRTAll plugin. Any thoughts as to why I keep experiencing intermittent crashes I also seem to have the same kind of issue when using Noise Industrie
Re: Final Cut Pro crash due to use of BCC 6 plugin
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
I would like to add my voice to the calls for an urgent fix of this issue. Most frustrating.
Which matte box for Tiffen filters
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
Hi, I just discovered my Ex3 lens hood won't fit over some of my larger Tiffen filters. Can anyone suggest a matte box that'll fit the camera with the filters in place I realise the matte boxes can ac
Re: Which matte box for Tiffen filters
by Noah Kadner 7 years ago
I'd just make one if you're looking to save bucks. Otherwise invest in a real matte box and compatible filters- long run that's a way better option. Noah Check out my book: RED: The Ultimate Guide to
What would you guys do?
by Neil Weaver 7 years ago
Recently returned from a shoot with my til now trusty XH-A1 to discover a 2 second glitch on the tape upon capture into FCP. Of course, this was over a critical part of a soundbite that the client wan
Re: What would you guys do?
by David Foster 7 years ago
You can also try recapturing just the problematic part of the tape again. Although the glitch is usually permanently on the tape, sometimes I'll try and recapture starting about five seconds before th
Best compression from FCP for APP
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Hi, I recently did a shoot for a school promo, who'd like to use some of the footage I've shot for their media students to practise editing with. I edit on FCP they use Premier Pro. The footage was HD
I can't 'handle' it!!
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Hi, I'm animating a camera by parenting it to a null object. The idea is I want to do some sweeping moves around a comp to different areas of interest. The problem is that after the first camera move,
Re: I can't 'handle' it!!
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Thanks very much Dave - the first fix fixed it. Not sure why after giving giving you a motion path with bezier handles, the subsequent paths are linear but there you go! Cheers.
Time for a new camera
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
So I'm thinking it's time to upgrade my camera in the new year. Currently shooting mostly on a Canon A1, which has been great but obviously has its limitations. Last shoot I rented in an EX3 with a se
Re: Time for a new camera
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
we used a 7D on a recent shoot as a second cam very successfully, but trying to make the EX3 material look anywhere near as good as it was really hard. Would it work as a primary camera Not sure - as
creating a ring
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
What would be the best way to create a simple ring in AE At the moment, I'm using a circular shape layer with a mask in the middle of it, but I'm having a hard time getting the two to line up perfectl
Re: creating a ring
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Good grief... As easy as that. Perfect, Todd thanks. I didn't want anything complex like Andrew Kramer's tutorial - it's just going to be a magnifying lens. Sometimes it's the simplest things...
Remote field monitor
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Does such a thing exist, or am I in dreamland A lot of my work is location based, me and a camera-op on highly mobile shoots - following people actually on the job -no actors, no set-ups. It often mea
Re: Remote field monitor
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
That's just it - when I shoot as a one man band, I know I'm getting the shots I want. When I direct, I'm relying on the camera op to get the shots I tell him to get. A lot of the time, it's fine - my
Montage editing
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Hey all, Need some advice for a promo I'm editing. It's for a school and the brief is, no surprises, making it look like a brilliant, vibrant, well resourced place to study. I've got all the elements.
Re: Montage editing
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Napolean Dynamite credits Damn, we didn't leave enough in the budget for catering! Thanks for all the suggestions guys. My new tack today is gonna be to start with the soundbites and the soundtrack. S
Screwed by a freelancer
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
I post this as a cross between a cautionary tale and rant. I've just been royally screwed by a freelancer and would like to know if anyone else out there has suffered a similar experience. I was recen
Re: Screwed by a freelancer
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Update then, and I've just got back from the reshoot, got what I needed under the guise of going the extra mile for the client so they are none the wiser about the 'issues' with the first shoot. Feel
Scripting software
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Hi all, Can anyone recommend a good, ideally free(!) script writing program... The feature I most miss from my broadcast days is software that calculates the approx length of your script based on word
Re: Scripting software
by Bill Davis 8 years ago
Since the 1980s I've just used the standard Word Count function in any WP. The time honored standards for commercial VO paced "wall to wall" reading was 85 words for a :30 spot. 160 words for a :60. T
Canon XH A1 - Grainy footage with good light
by Ian Lautsch 8 years ago
I have a canon xh a1 and I have owned it for a while and never had a problem with grain except on night shoots. Last night I shot some comercial spots. Basically I had talent speaking to camera in fro
Re: Canon XH A1 - Grainy footage with good light
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Hi ian, Can't help with any solutions I'm afraid but I was wondering if you'd found anything yourself since posting I've run into a similar problem with my A1 showing a bit of grain under certain cond
Lens filters
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Hi all, Looking to get some protective filters for my XH-A1 - mostly to prevent lens scratches. Anyone recommend any type brand Cheers in advance!
Getting the best out of A1
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
hi all, Just did a 2cam shoot with my A1 and a Sony Z1 and I have to say the Z1 footage looks much better. The blacks are blacker and the picture clearer - the shoot was in fairly low light conditions
Re: Getting the best out of A1
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Mysterious... But many thanks!
Basic deck question
by Neil Weaver 8 years ago
Hi all, Not sure if this is the right forum for this question - if not one of the mods'll move it I'm sure... Anyhoo, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a decent, cheap(ish) deck I
Just Setting Up
by Jody Wright 9 years ago
I'm just setting up and would like your opinion on the best video camera (Under $2,000.) that offers flexibility. Something I can begin with but not be disappointed with as I have more experience. A p
Re: Just Setting Up
by Neil Weaver 9 years ago
Not my intention to start a flame war. It's just having worked on PCs for many years before making the switch to Mac, there is a world of difference. Ok, maybe not in terms of what the software can ac
Finding a buyer for a concept
by Neil Weaver 9 years ago
Not sure if this ad was aired in the States, but it was huge in the UK in 2008: http: uk.youtube.com watch v=zdVoc8FXhz0 What's interesting is that an agency came up with the concept and filmed it wit
Re: Finding a buyer for a concept
by Neil Weaver 9 years ago
Thanks Chris. Kinda took me a while to realise it could be that simple! Will report back next year and let everyone know how it went...
Client relationship in jeopardy - help!
by Neil Weaver 9 years ago
Hi all, Wondered if you guys could help with a tricky situation I find myself in... I run a small production company based in London, UK, and over the last year, we've had some regular work with the C
Re: Client relationship in jeopardy - help!
by Neil Weaver 9 years ago
Very Zen Bill. And possibly the right way to look at it. Just had a call from the client. Turns out another dept has commissioned someone else to produce them a short piece of internal comms that they
compression for flash conversion
by Neil Weaver 9 years ago
Morning all, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for what compression format has the best results when converting to flash video. My usual workflow is to export as DVPal (same as source)
Re: compression for flash conversion
by Neil Weaver 9 years ago
Dang. well at least it's not me doing something wrong then! Thanks for your help, I'll let yous know if I come up with a workaround.
Optical Flow
by Neil Weaver 9 years ago
Is there a way to apply optical flow retiming to only the clip you wish to remap When I tried the other day to smooth out a 5 second clip I'd retimed in FCP, Motion tried to analyze the entire 38000 f
Re: Optical Flow
by Scott Pictures 9 years ago
I am having this same problem. Does anyone have a method of "sending" the clip from the timeline to motion like Apple shows in the demos, but not having optical flow analyze the whole media file Scott
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