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Nick Griffin

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Copywriter, photographer, videographer/editor, motion graphics artist, wannabe art director, reluctant publicist, jack of many trades & master of some.
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SFX or music cue?
by Nick Griffin 4 weeks ago
Any idea where I can get a Law & Order style of "dum-dum" punctuator without being in violation of their copyright Thanx for any and all responses.
Re: SFX or music cue?
by Nick Griffin 3 weeks ago
I fear that I already ask too much of my "soundie friend in Baltimore." But thanx for the off-line suggestion, Ty. You truly are Mr. Audio.
Best Monitors for Avid 2-Monitor Editing
by Trevor Ambrose 3 months ago
Hey Folks! I'm looking for a couple of new monitors for my Avid Editing setup. I'm retiring two 8 year old 24" Dell monitors. They were awesome but they are getting cloudy on the sides. I cut in a two
Re: Best Monitors for Avid 2-Monitor Editing
by Nick Griffin 2 months ago
I'm using two 32" curved LG monitors - a fantastic;y huge desktop for Avid. (And somewhat of a pain for many other apps that don't require as many windows open at the same time.) But, I think your rea
Air travel with lithium batteries- suggestions?
by Stephen Pickering 3 months ago
Hi there, I found a post a year ago by Todd Terry about traveling with batteries. At the time he didn't run into any problems, but with the world the way it is I wouldn't be surprised if things have c
Re: Air travel with lithium batteries- suggestions?
by Nick Griffin 3 months ago
Stephen Pickering "might be a good candidate for just mailing the equipment to the island. " That you might find cost prohibitive. FedEx anywhere outside the US gets quite costly and I, for one, don'
RIP Brad Grey
by Nick Griffin 3 months ago
Wow! Brad Grey, Chairman of Paramount and former partner at Brillstein-Grey has died of cancer at age 59. Grey was the Exec Producer and a driving force behind such classics as The Sopranos, both of B
Un-install Plug-ins???
by Nick Griffin 3 months ago
OK, I give up. Where does one FIND "PanasonicP2 MVP-MSP Plug-in" and the "SonyXDCAM-64bit" files so I can un-intsall them and replace them with the new versions that work with MC 8.8.3
Re: Un-install Plug-ins???
by Nick Griffin 3 months ago
Thank you!! Kept doing a name search and never could find anything. Now I know the names in the Avid dialog boxes are NOT the names of the files.
What to do to create a Promotional video for a Mining Company
by Fahad Minhaj 4 months ago
Hello People, Not sure where to start but I recently got contacted by a Mining company and they would like to make a promotional video. This is what they want to achieve: Intro which consist of video
Re: What to do to create a Promotional video for a Mining Company
by Nick Griffin 4 months ago
Please see my April 24th reply to a similar question in the Business & Marketing forum. I think I confused some of your questions with some of another poster.
Business steps for a video project.
by Ciaran MacRiocaird 4 months ago
The business side of things gets confusing to me. I'm just wondering what steps different people take with a client for a typical video production project. (e.g: like a promo video) I'm trying to nail
Re: Business steps for a video project.
by Nick Griffin 4 months ago
I agree with Greg mostly, but you might want to soften the blow by making it 1 3rd before you get started, 1 3rd after first cut, a limited # of hours before what should be the final. In your agreemen
A milestone, of sorts....
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
I just wanted to take a sec to share a little good news with my friends in the B&M forum. Hopefully I will sound at least a little bit humble and grateful, and not braggadocios, as that is what I trul
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Re: A milestone, of sorts....
by Nick Griffin 4 months ago
T2 - You are truly someone who has earned every bit of his success. Congratulations on 20 and a hope for 20 more! Best, Nick Griffin "There is a species of antelope than can Jump higher than the avera
RIP Rock and Roll's CREATOR
by Nick Griffin 5 months ago
Rest In Peace Chuck Berry. You truly created the music and style that started it all.
Re: RIP Rock and Roll's CREATOR
by Mark Suszko 5 months ago
http: snltranscripts.jt.org 77 77rreview.phtml
Smelly Case
by Todd Terry 6 months ago
This is not remotely business or marketing... but I consider B&M sort of my "home forum" on the COW and know most everyone here... and figured some of my friends here might have run across something l
Re: Smelly Case
by Nick Griffin 6 months ago
Idea 1: Can you return it to the vendor and ask for a replacement that doesn't smell Idea 2: Charcoal brickets and silica gel both can greatly diminish if not eliminate odors, but both will probably t
Am I wrong here?
by Greg Ball 6 months ago
I have a potential out of town client looking to do a 3 day shoot in my area. The way I work is I sub contract my crews and equipment. We would also be building sets and renting furniture. The total p
Re: Am I wrong here?
by Nick Griffin 6 months ago
Kind of depends on how hungry you are and how long your backlog of business is. If you can afford to, walk away. If not re-negotiate the deal but you MUST have something up front.
Amazon's Sneaky Pete is a really excellent show.
by Mark Suszko 6 months ago
Ribisi really shows his acting range in this, and all the character actors in it do an amazing job. Vic, the heavy, is played by Brian Cranston, as a guy meaner than Walter White ever was. The simple
Re: Amazon's Sneaky Pete is a really excellent show.
by Nick Griffin 6 months ago
Completely agree!!! Sneaky Pete on Amazon is one of the best shows in recent years. BRILLIANT writing with more twists and turns than a plate of spaghetti. Cranston co-wrote the pilot, directed one of
Software to create a "simple" slideshow?
by Stephen Pickering 6 months ago
Hi there, A client has asked for a very simple slideshow to loop in the background at a company anniversary party. It's something so simple that After Effects I think would be overkill for. It's almos
Re: Software to create a "simple" slideshow?
by Nick Griffin 6 months ago
Not to be overly obvious, but I think this sounds like a task for PowerPoint. (Although I greatly prefer Apple's Keynote.) However you may have to forget the idea of slow zoom-ins although you could s
How is this trademarked?
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
This is not a "problem," and of absolutely no consequence to anything other than my curiosity... but I'm puzzled over something... Here in the southeast, there is an HVAC company called "Hiller." I th
Re: How is this trademarked?
by Nick Griffin 7 months ago
Andrew is completely correct. TM means one has APPLIED for a trademark. CircleR means it has been granted. Therefore any number of companies could throw a TM next to their logo and logo mark and legal
Getting in the VFX bidding
by Robert Emmes 7 months ago
Hey guys. I'm a VFX compositor with 12 years experience. I've work all over New York as a Flame artist. I'm really interested in branching out and starting my own thing but I have no idea how to find
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Re: Getting in the VFX bidding
by Tim Wilson 7 months ago
You should also post a FULL profile (emphasis on FULL; don't forget your reel!) in the COW Services directory linked at the top of the page, and check the jobs section as well. There's a lot of activi
Did Pixar Contribute to the Death of Traditional Animation?
by Mitchell Stein 9 months ago
I wrote this post the other day about the downfall of hand-drawn animation at Disney they other day, and figured I'd open it up for conversation here as well. o you think Disney (or any other company
Re: Did Pixar Contribute to the Death of Traditional Animation?
by Nick Griffin 7 months ago
Yes, I know I'm a little late on this one, but scrolled down and saw something that, by pure coincidence, I'd just read a book about. I can highly recommend Niccole Laporte's EXCELLENT 2010 book "The
Sennheiser MKH416T Power?
by Nick Griffin 7 months ago
I have an older 416T that may or may not have been damaged in a fire. The power supply I had for it (which contained two 9 volt batteries) WAS destroyed in the fire. Does anyone know where I can get t
Re: Sennheiser MKH416T Power?
by Nick Griffin 7 months ago
Thanx, Eric!
How to charge client?
by Adam Evans 8 months ago
To all of you freelance independent business video editors out there... How often do you: Use a contract request full or partial payment upfront or how else do you avoid getting stiffed
Re: How to charge client?
by Mark Suszko 8 months ago
Be it a full-on contract or a deal memo, GET IT IN WRITING UP FRONT. I recommend payment in thirds, and work doesn't start until the first third clears the bank. The first "third" needs to cover any o
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Paying Freelancers
by Sam Rappold 8 months ago
I am planning a shoot in late January for which I am going to be hiring a couple of freelancers. It is my first real experience with hiring talent, so I am a little lost. I am doing this as an individ
Re: Paying Freelancers
by Nick Griffin 8 months ago
For "talent" the people who handle your payroll and pay taxes, etc. are call Paymasters. Last I recall, they charge about 30% over the amount being paid out. On bigger jobs it's worth the money. Thanx
msmMMOB.mdb question
by Nick Griffin 8 months ago
Hopefully someone can help clarify this for me. I have a back-up from our old RAID and would like to access the files. Per Avid's instructions I dropped the msmMMOB.mdb file on a bin and it almost imm
Re: msmMMOB.mdb question
by Glenn Sakatch 8 months ago
Some of your files could be renders as well. Look at the file size of the mxfs. If you have a bunch of tiny files, they could be renders from the original edit. It is possible some footage didn't make
Approximate cost of creating a 12'-24' studio space?
by Boe Beito 8 months ago
Hi folks, I apologize for the lack of detail, but I'm working on budgeting a photo video initiative for my company and I'd like to get a ballpark figure that I can include in my proposal. Here are the
Re: Approximate cost of creating a 12'-24' studio space?
by Nick Griffin 8 months ago
I don't know much about pricing construction, but if you plan on recording sound here's a few things you need to know. Parallel walls produce a short echo or slap-back type of resonance. If you're bui
Dragon voice-to-text software for transcripts
by Bob Cole 9 months ago
It's been awhile since I've tried to use Dragon voice-to-text software for transcripts. There's a new edition (#13) on sale today at B&H, and I wonder whether anyone has used it successfully to transc
Re: Dragon voice-to-text software for transcripts
by Mark Suszko 9 months ago
Use drag on to Dick Tait the results. I yam Curios two sea how well it bannanas.
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Can anyone tell me how to give copyrights
by William Addis 11 months ago
Hi, I am new to freelance work. I designed A Logo Opener in After Effects and Logo Design in Photoshop. Buyers asking me to give copyrights for that files. How to give copyrights for these files. Anyo
Re: Can anyone tell me how to give copyrights
by Bill Davis 10 months ago
You don't say where you're located, but the intellectual property laws that govern this vary from country to country. So depending on where you live, this might be different. Generally in the US only
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Lighting interior of a car?
by Neil Orman 11 months ago
Any suggestions on the best way to illuminate the inside of a car, for a daytime shoot inside a big SUV with tinted glass It will just be me doing the shoot. I'd appreciate any thoughts on what lights
Re: Lighting interior of a car?
by Nick Griffin 11 months ago
Light Panels makes smaller battery powered dim-able LEDs. We have one that's about 3 x 6 inches and another that's about 5 x5 inches. They probably make other sizes besides their 1 x 1 foot models of
What should I teach in my Advanced Editing Class?
by Dawn Marie 11 months ago
We primarily teach Media Composer, and I have a syllabus laid out. Just looking at other suggestions from people that are either educators, or would think would be good to teach editors trying for the
Re: What should I teach in my Advanced Editing Class?
by Michael Phillips 11 months ago
I taught a class at CCRI where I combined "how to" with storytelling. I was luck to have an established director friend of mine help out and we chose 4 scenes and all the coverage from a feature that
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17.3 inch broadcast field monitor
by johnson Davis 12 months ago
Is there any advice for FEELWORLD 17.3 inch broadcast monitor 1920*1080, 3G-SDI, HDMI, input. Look great. The price only 595USD in bhphotovideo. https: www.bhphotovideo.com c product 1251107-REG feelw
Re: 17.3 inch broadcast field monitor
by Nick Griffin 12 months ago
Not at all familiar with this brand, let alone model. If you do get it MAKE SURE that B&H will accept it back if you don't like it. They're usually very liberal on this but there are some products tha
Cost of editing
by Timothy Cervinsky 12 months ago
Let me preface this with I'm not an editor. I do not get paid to edit. My job title is Information Technology Technician. I work for a small state run university. So recently I was tasked with editing
Re: Cost of editing
by Nick Griffin 12 months ago
Mark Suszko "Allan Smithee is the standard name you put in the credits for people who don't want their real names used." Funny. We list Norm D. Plume as our Creative Director. (Distorted French for p
Audio Pan??
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
I guess since getting 8.5 (shortly before 8.6 was released) I've been paying attention to video to the exclusion of changes in the audio portion. What's happened to the pan control All I have on the m
Re: Audio Pan - Can this be true???
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
OK, so on 8.6 I can set the audio split to L-R but not only the music goes L-R... BUT the VO track, which was laid onto ONE track first has now gone 100 percent left track. The "hamburger" command "Re
Presenting new demo reel for corporate video work
by Erim Giresunlu 1 year ago
Hi everybody, just wanted to drop our new demo reel. I am looking forward to your opinion! https: www.youtube.com watch v=Mi-taesOZ-g 3M2 Film - German video production company www.facebook.com 3M2Fil
Re: Presenting new demo reel for corporate video work
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
VERY impressive! Like the rhythm, especially the boxing sequence. As we say here in the states, "tight!"
Camera Monitors - SmallHD 701 that's bright vs Ikan DP7 that's 1080
by Sean Meredith 1 year ago
Looking for an upgrade for my on-camera monitor. The SmallHD 701 is heavily discounted at BH for a few more hours today. It's bright with waveform and good features, but the Ikan DP7 has 1080p compare
Re: Camera Monitors - SmallHD 701 that's bright vs Ikan DP7 that's 1080
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
I love my 9" Flanders for its many, many, many features. I especially like its very bold and easy to use Peaking function for showing focus. Display of timecode enables me to know that a camera boomed
What is a good camera jib under $1K?
by Igor Vukojevic 1 year ago
Hi, I need a camera jib under $1K and my camera operator keeps mentioning that most of the lighter ones are unstable and shaky. However, I've seen some great shots with some cheaper camera jibs (https
Re: What is a good camera jib under $1K?
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
I guess the first and primary piece of information we need to know is what's your camera If it's a big 15-20 pound camcorder with a 5 pound battery hanging off the back of course that won't work well
Health Insurance
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
It's been a while since this was discussed in here (at least a brief search shows that), so it got me wondering if any of you have had any changes (or plans to change) how you are handling health insu
Re: Health Insurance
by Bill Davis 1 year ago
I actually think this "Executive Team compensation numbers are PEANUTS compared to the money that flows out of these organizations. These guys are really just well payed figureheads. I'd bet dollars t
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Adding more than +12db of audio gain across several clips
by John Watts 1 year ago
I'm working on a project with very low sound levels, I've made a rough cut already and would like to apply more than the +12db of gain to the audio that the mixer will allow. I have used the audio sui
Re: Adding more than +12db of audio gain across several clips
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
A while back I was given a talking head session with audio that HAD to be at least 48db too low. It was shot by a one man band who obviously understood video a LOT better than he did audio. My solutio
iPad screen recording
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
Hey kids... There are probably far far more appropriate forums on the COW for this question, but I thought I'd ask my friends in here first because I bet someone here knows (and you are the guys I kno
Re: iPad screen recording
by Craig Seeman 1 year ago
Telestream ScreenFlow can record iOS screens. Device must have a Lightening connector, not the older dock connector. It can export ProRes 4444 for editing in a professional NLE although it does have s
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Best places to buy gaffer tape from?
by Neil Orman 1 year ago
Just wondering where people tend to buy gaffer tape from In the link below I saw the $16 per roll price from B&H, plus shipping etc., but was wondering if you could but this same tape from places like
Re: Best places to buy gaffer tape from?
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
Neil Orman " wondering if you could but this same tape from places like Target or Home Depot" Simply put, no. You can buy "Duct" "Duck" tape at consumer stores but I've always been told that the whol
Composer Window top off-screen
by Ed Kulzer 1 year ago
Sorry if this has been asked before Any suggestions on how to reset the position of the Composer window in MC6 on a Mac if the top of the Composer window rises above the top of the computer screen
Re: Composer Window top off-screen
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
I had that issue once with a dual screen Mac set-up. Fixing it was stupidly easy. If you have a Mac go to System Preferences Displays Arrangement and put the second monitor ABOVE the one where the win
How to figure out rates?
by Anthony Sneed 1 year ago
I recently got asked to shoot some political interview videos for a well known organization. I own all my own gear. Will also do my own sound. And I'll be using two cameras. I don't know what to do ab
Re: How to figure out rates?
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
There are numerous posts on the COW's Business and Marketing section on the topic of calculating your base rate. More than one of the better ones come from Mark Susko. Research it there and go back a
Is this a scam?
by Ned Miller 1 year ago
It s not a Nigerian prince but this does smell a little. A couple of weeks back I received an email from someone with an American or British type name from Romania and he inquired about me doing a two
Re: Is this a scam?
by Ned Miller 1 year ago
UPDATE: Thank you Greg for not spilling the beans. I had great fun with him for a few days. I acted naive and susceptible. He wanted the deposit to go to a bank branch in Phoenix and I claimed my brot
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Rights Contract Examples
by Jeremey Shelton 2 years ago
I've read some posts regarding clients rights to footage but I'm trying to get more specific... i.e. how in their contract the client owns the final production (perhaps even for a certain length of ti
Re: Rights Contract Examples
by Ned Miller 2 years ago
When I first started my career my mentor taught me this valuable axiom: "You can never win an argument with a client". I took that as meaning even if I'm right I lose, so when you push back hard it's
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Studio Baron Los Angeles?
by Nick Griffin 2 years ago
Anyone have any experience with Studio Baron in LA Especially any RECENT experience as their phone number (at least the 800 one) has been disconnected
Studio Build out
by Jon Harrison 2 years ago
Hi Everyone, We will be building a small studio in our office space for a 2 camera setup. We do a lot of field videos but want to start doing more in house backdrop and green screen videos. I'm lookin
Re: Studio Build out
by Nick Griffin 2 years ago
Just to add to a lot of already good information, one of the most common problems in building out a studio is making the room "dead" sound-wise. Almost always builders consruct walls that are parallel
Recovery?
by Nick Griffin 2 years ago
Guys- I have many XDCam disks which were potentially heat damaged and some exposed to serious smoke damage and water when our offices were destroyed in a major fire. Can the water damaged ones be save
Transfering huge files footage, good server to do it?
by Juan Manuel Palomino Domínguez 2 years ago
Hi, my english is not the best. The point is that i need to receive 93gb in dslr video files and the person who will send it doesn't know how to do. Of course, i either don't know how. Is there some g
Re: Transfering huge files footage, good server to do it?
by Ned Miller 2 years ago
Hi Juan, I also use Hightail but here's the problem: Your DPs' upload speed at his place. 93GB is huge and will take quite awhile, many residential connections would time him out. I'm with Comcast and
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What to pay contract videographers??
by ron cournoyer 2 years ago
Hi all, Looking to pick your brains about pay for hire. We will need to hire a few videographers to supplement our team this year shooting sports events. We will either provide equipment, or they can
Re: What to pay contract videographers??
by Ned Miller 2 years ago
It depends....I am (mainly) a freelance videographer, 30+ years experience and have shot many a sports event, both amateur and pro, and also I hire many freelance shooters. First off, the non-union in
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What happened to Anton Bauer battery - are they for real or a declining company?
by Sam Lee 2 years ago
As my current Dionic 90 batteries are aging (after 5 years of service), I have to get new replacement. Sadly the Dionic 90s are no longer in production. Dionic HC is way too expensive. Their new Digit
Re: What happened to Anton Bauer battery - are they for real or a declining company?
by Nick Griffin 2 years ago
Not sure if the design of the Dionic 90 allows for this, but on other AB-style batteries having the internal cells replaced is a relatively simple and much less expensive way to go.
Raccoon eyes
by Nick Griffin 2 years ago
I wish there was an easy solution to this, but if there isn't this post is just a complaint about something that I've run into multiple times. That is "raccoon eyes" caused by the subject of a talking
Re: Raccoon eyes
by Nick Griffin 2 years ago
Thanx, Mark. It's the whole tracking thing that I'm trying to avoid the massive amount of labor it would take to do it right. Chances are their is no better solution than bringing along a make-up pers
Different rates for different clients?
by Jason Jenkins 2 years ago
For those of you that produce work for agencies, do you have a reduced rate for them since you are basically working for a middle-man who will mark it up for the end client Or, do you charge the same
Re: Different rates for different clients?
by Walter Soyka 2 years ago
Jason Jenkins "For those of you that produce work for agencies, do you have a reduced rate for them since you are basically working for a middle-man who will mark it up for the end client Or, do you
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Self-employed workers comp & disability policy
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
For those of you that are W2 employees of your own company, do you opt in and pay worker's comp on yourself Do you have a Disability Policy on yourself or key employees Steve
Re: Self-employed workers comp & disability policy
by Ned Miller 2 years ago
I forgot to mention the real problem in disability is what is called Own Occ: http: www.about-disability-insurance.com ownocc.htm The cheaper policies will screw you by saying that you are no longer d
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Dragon Dictation software for mac for interview transcriptions?
by Rich Sims 2 years ago
Hi everyone, I did a little test on the free dragon app and had a great result, recognized two separate speakers and was pretty spot on with the transcription. Only problem is there is a time restrict
Re: Dragon Dictation software for mac for interview transcriptions?
by Nick Griffin 2 years ago
The technique that works best -- I've heard from others and not tried myself -- is to playback a recording of those speaking and then you yourself read that, in just your voice, into the Dragon softwa
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