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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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Cold Calling 101
by grinner hester 3 weeks ago
My latest article for VideoMaker Magazine: https: www.videomaker.com article c08 19228-top-4-tips-for-successful-cold-calling
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Interview filming suggestion
by Justin Toney 2 weeks ago
I'm not sure where this goes on the Forum but I am filming some interviews for a show. I want to do like they have on some of the reality shows where the camera jumps from one focal length to a much c
Re: Interview filming suggestion
by Nick Griffin 2 weeks ago
The simplest way is to shoot in 4K and post in HD. Avid has "FlexFrame" which makes this very simple. Other NLEs probably have something similar.
Should I learn to edit Avid Media Composer?
by Warren Marshall 2 weeks ago
Is this the best system to study if I want to edit reality TV shows in Australia What addition programs should I learn Any insights are greatly appreciated! Cheers W.Marshall
Re: Should I learn to edit Avid Media Composer?
by Nick Griffin 2 weeks ago
Let me state the obvious. In terms of telling a story they're not that much different. The buttons and commands are just in different places. Which is why I switched to Avid, because I like the way th
Can my client use this for promotion ?
by Shaheer Shahid 1 month ago
Hello, A client who runs a chain of stores in England has asked me to create a project in which he has provided me with footage which his crew made of various locations in London. All footage is showi
Re: Can my client use this for promotion ?
by Nick Griffin 1 month ago
I know nothing about UK laws, but here's a thought: It depends on how widely your video will be circulated as to whether you get spotted and as such given "cease order" from someone's lawyer. The buil
Shooting footage inside a wall.. best work flow?
by Steve Berlowski 2 months ago
Here's an interesting one.. We are shooting a spot that will require us to get the POV of moving inside a wall.. around a tight corner.. down a drain Too tight for a Go-Pro. What's best way We may hav
Re: Shooting footage inside a wall.. best work flow?
by Nick Griffin 2 months ago
Never having done anything like this, take my advice for what it's worth. On most of the food beauty shots (think doing a 180 around a Big Mac) there is a "snorkel lens" which can work in tight spaces
BIG synch problem with Squeeze
by Nick Griffin 2 months ago
This is maddening and I need help, seriously. I have a 7+ minute program which starts out in perfect synch and by the end the video appears to lag the audio by 15 or more frames. I'm outputting from A
Re: BIG synch problem with Squeeze
by Nick Griffin 2 months ago
Well, I've checked the uncompressed master and it's in perfect synch, making me think this is purely a Squeeze issue. I ran one though Handbrake and it came out perfectly. Problem is Handbrake doesn't
How to know the value of your work?
by felix labelle 2 months ago
Hi, I begin the post-production business and it was one of my first contract. So, I did a contract with a company to make 6 videos tutorials (how to use their website and other features) in french and
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Re: How to know the value of your work?
by Tom Sefton 2 months ago
Your first contract was to deliver the films for a set price. Your client then took work from you to reduce your workload and have someone else complete the translations. I can see why they might feel
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Instructional videos
by Joe Clark 2 months ago
Hello, Can anyone recommend some good instructional videos to watch on you tube, most specifically about Is it fair use for faculty to show YouTube video clips that are instructional or documentary in
Re: Instructional videos
by Nick Griffin 2 months ago
Ummm... have you noticed the many, many, many tutorials here on the COW I'm not sure if there are any restrictions on using them in a class setting, but I doubt it. And when in doubt ask the source.
Capturing Audio for a Large Talkshow
by Anthony Hudson 2 months ago
I'm looking for advice on how to go about capturing better audio for a talk show I am currently filming. Right now, we have a three camera set up and have just been using audio from one of the camera
Re: Capturing Audio for a Large Talkshow
by Nick Griffin 2 months ago
Use an extremely agile audio boom operator for moving around the crowd as needed and directly mic the host primary speaker. Not a great solution and quite possibly not even possible given your budget
Medical Device Marketing Video
by Joe Clark 2 months ago
Hello, I am designing an animated video for a medical company so, I am looking for some help in making the Medical Device Marketing Video .I have spent nearly 2 days reading through the many posts on
Re: Medical Device Marketing Video
by Nick Griffin 2 months ago
TT- I couldn't agree more. Perhaps the individual is not an adult
Nielsen, a rant
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
The board is slow, so just thought I'd share a rant... A few weeks ago I was called at home and informed that we had the honor of being selected as a Nielsen family... and that our diaries would be ar
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Re: Nielsen, a rant
by Nick Griffin 3 months ago
I'm reminded of a story I heard in my radio days (daze). A not too honest General Manager was able to get ahold of not just one, but two Arbitron diaries. By using them to show heavy listening to his
create a professional animated marketing video
by Joe Clark 3 months 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 3 months 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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The viability of starting a production business - should a new guy head toward or or away?
by Nick Ryan 3 months ago
Hey all! I've got a question for all you established business gurus. I'm wondering what the current climate of the production world is, and if it's foolish to head into it if I'm already established i
Re: The viability of starting a production business - should a new guy head toward or or away?
by Nick Griffin 3 months ago
Todd Terry "start it with already having business to support it." Truer words have rarely been said. I also fully agree with Mark (as usual). We are so far down the road from the days of the traditio
What?????
by Nick Griffin 3 months ago
OK, now I have a new pet peeve: People taking flash photos of the eclipse. Doing so at concerts was stupid enough, but REALLY......... Just because your smart phone has a camera doesn't mean that you
Re: What?????
by Tim Wilson 3 months ago
You guys make it sound like they did it on purpose -- thought carefully about how their phones should be set for optimum performance in these specific conditions -- which would imply that they had any
SFX or music cue?
by Nick Griffin 4 months 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 4 months 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 6 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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
Amazon's Sneaky Pete is a really excellent show.
by Mark Suszko 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 Andrew Kimery 10 months ago
After some amateur sleuthing, here is my 2 cents. First, the TM is usually placed after the mark and in the upper right (which make sense because we read english left to right). By it being in the low
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Getting in the VFX bidding
by Robert Emmes 10 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 10 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 12 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago
Thanx, Eric!
How to charge client?
by Adam Evans 11 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 11 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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msmMMOB.mdb question
by Nick Griffin 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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iPad screen recording
by Todd Terry 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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
How to figure out rates?
by Anthony Sneed 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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
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