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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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El Camino - the next chapter in Breaking Bad
by Nick Griffin 5 days ago
If, like me and the majority of my friends, you got hooked on Breaking Bad...WOW!!! If you liked BB then THIS the movie to see now on Netflix or in a theatre. It's the story of Jessee Pinkman after hi
Re: El Camino - the next chapter in Breaking Bad
by Scott Roberts 3 days ago
One of the shots I remember most from Breaking Bad was Jesse's final shot, driving away, maniacally laughing with joy. This movie ruined the beautiful ambiguity of that shot for me. However, I'm a lit
Sales Advice
by Greg Ball 3 weeks ago
Hi Guys, I hope you're having great week. I'm wondering if you can offer me some suggestions on selling our video services for large conferences and events. Because we're located in the Miami and Orla
Re: Sales Advice
by Nick Griffin 1 week ago
I have no idea if they will sell rent their mailing lists but... in DC there is an Association of Associations. That may at least provide you with a starting point to reach out to them directly. As to
Displaying Segment & Trim buttons
by Nick Griffin 1 month ago
Please forgive me, but DAY ONE with 2019.80 MC. My timeline is NOT displaying the segment and trim buttons shown in the tutorial. HOW and WHERE do I find these so they can display in the toolbar atop
Re: Displaying Segment & Trim buttons
by Glenn Sakatch 1 month ago
I think you just add it with the command pallate and put it anywhere you want Glenn
The Spy on Netflix
by Nick Griffin 1 month ago
Have you enjoyed Showtime s Homeland How about FX s The Americans Well The Spy will be quite a treat. The show s creator as well as writer and director of its first episode is Gideon Raff. Not only di
Re: The Spy on Netflix
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Seen the first two episodes on your recommendation, and am very impressed by Cohen as well as the rest of the cast. Good art direction and editing as well.
Youtube - 'private' versus 'unlisted' videos?
by Neil Orman 2 months ago
I have to post videos on our Youtube channel, that we want to be visible to a select but not small group for a time, before we make them public. And until then I'm trying to decide between making them
Re: Youtube - 'private' versus 'unlisted' videos?
by Nick Griffin 2 months ago
Neil- As usual I fully agree with Mark. We also use unlisted YouTube all the time. We also delete the files after they've served their review purpose.
The Lion King - A rant about semantics
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
This forum has been slow so I thought I'd take the opportunity to rant. I've just read a blurb where someone, some thing, or some article is referring to Disney's The Lion King as a live action re-mak
Re: The Lion King - A rant about semantics
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Now now, Mark. I think you mean ONE of the reasons. Wow, I'm in a mood today. T2 T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplast
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The new Mac Pro....now made in China!
by Rich Rubasch 4 months ago
I wonder if somewhere inside the case we will find a little sticker that says "Made in China" Too bad...it kind of tarnishes the whole thing, and it won't make Trump happy! https: www.cnn.com 2019 06
Re: The new Mac Pro....now made in China!
by Nick Griffin 3 months ago
Bought my first Mac in (wait for it...) 1984. The next year had the board modified into a "Fat Mac." Then SE, the Mac (whatever the one with slots was called). Shortly thereafter the fist Avid system
Transcribing interviews and such
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Hi gang... I just thought I'd pass along a resource that I stumbled on that I'm pretty darn impressed with. We just finished a week-long corporate shoot in Las Vegas, where we shot tons of interviews
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Re: Transcribing interviews and such
by Nick Griffin 4 months ago
Thanx, Todd!! The referral is MUCH appreciated. Ben using the $1 a minute services so this "sounds" like a great deal.
Fave 5 to 7 inch external cam monitor?
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
I'm looking for one that's got SDI in without breaking the bank.
Re: Fave 5 to 7 inch external cam monitor?
by Nick Griffin 4 months ago
Well Mark, I've always loved the Flanders stuff because of the many, many, many features. So good to be able to check things in the field like waveform and audio levels as well as a decent focus assis
Game of Stunt
by Nick Griffin 5 months ago
There's been a lot of chatter since Sunday about how a Starbucks cup with lid was "accidentally" included in a shot of this week's Game of Thrones "The Last of the Starks" episode. Katy Kay, the BBC's
Re: Game of Stunt
by Bob Cole 5 months ago
Nick Griffin "I disagree with the whole notion that it was a mistake. " Gotta love Nick's POV. Didn't know you were such a cynic! btw, I read today that the cup wasn't even from Starbucks but from cr
Business at a crossroads ...
by Todd Terry 10 months ago
Hi friends... I'm coming to the group here looking for some advice, wisdom... or just to talk me down off the ledge. My tiny company is coming to a crossroads, and I just don't know which way to turn.
Re: Business at a crossroads ...
by Nick Griffin 10 months ago
Sorry for just seeing this now, T2. And I feel your pain. That said... Mark takes a very optimistic view of your situation. But I seriously doubt the process ahead will be easy. Prepare yourself for a
Charging Batteries: leave on charger or no?
by steve hobbs 1 year ago
So I hear different views on this one. When charging batteries for cameras, lights, etc. is it better to leave them in the charger or take them off once fully charged
Re: Charging Batteries: leave on charger or no?
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
I'm not sure about all batteries, but Lithium batteries have been known to overheat and even catch fire when over-charged. But we always take all batteries off the chargers once fully charged. Call it
Question to shooters: earbuds etc.
by Ty Ford 1 year ago
Hi, Just curious as to what you might be using for headphones when shoulder mount shooting. I normally use Sony MD7506 while on location, but shooters say the earpiece clunks into the side of the came
Re: Question to shooters: earbuds etc.
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
I can only speak for myself because in our type of work there's basically NEVER that handheld shoulder-held shooting involves sound. That said, the MD7506 are the standard for field monitoring and usi
Philadelphia area assist?
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
I'm looking for someone to help on a shoot inside a factory. Don't need a full-fledged "grip", just someone who can help move equipment around and aim lighting as directed. I'm especially interested i
Assistant needed - Greater Philadelphia
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
Looking for someone to help on a shoot in a factory. Probably not a full-fledged "grip" due to budget concerns, just someone who can help move equipment around and aim lighting as directed. I would we
Avid Attic Recovery - please tell me what I'm missing
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
I ve done something really stupid and compounded the problem by quitting, thereby removing my un-dos. I m following Steven Cohen s third edition of Avid Agility to try and recover from the attic. (Alh
Re: Avid Attic Recovery - please tell me what I'm missing
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
THANK YOU GUYS! Don't know why bins now have .# instead of .avb, but at least it WORKS!! Again, THANK YOU!!
Shooting a conference video
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
Hi all, I'm bidding on a conference video shoot. Our camera needs to be positioned in the back of the ballroom which is 100 feet away. There will be people speaking from a podium and also a few panel
Re: Shooting a conference video
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
Bet it was really a GREAT video. Too bad it's in bad taste to remind past prospects that they "get what they pay for."
Question about Corporate Video Work
by Nick Karner 1 year ago
Hi everyone. I've been shooting for StudioNow, a TN-based company that contacts me if there is a shoot for a business in my area. Basically, they call me and say a dentist lawyer doctor etc. needs a c
Re: Question about Corporate Video Work
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
Depending on the gear you have and level of skill there's always Crews Control. I'm sure you can find them online.
Want to do a building beauty night shoot with out without the moon?
by Jeff Herring 1 year ago
I want to shoot some B-roll of a group of buildings centered around a statue in a fountain at night. My focal point will be the fountain with its water jets and the buildings will be the background. T
Re: Want to do a building beauty night shoot with out without the moon?
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
Mark Suszko "This would be easier if the camera can be locked off for several hours, and not splitting the shot over two different days. " And therein is a problem that's all too common in many corpo
Copyright footage
by Craig Cherry 1 year 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 Nick Griffin 1 year ago
Well, this is really more a question for the Business & Marketing pasture, but here goes: In a strictly "legal" sense you have every right to go after them for violating your copyright, although your
simple financial software for Mac
by Bob Cole 1 year ago
After many years of using a very basic version of Quicken on a PC, I'd like to move my recordkeeping to a Mac. Does anyone have a recommendation for a SIMPLE app, which will enable me to record busine
Re: simple financial software for Mac
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
I've been happy with Quickbooks for several years. My accountants are happy getting info from it for us as well. CAVEAT: Although I thought at one point QuickBooks said it could import Quicken files f
Adding Volume Keyframe on Multiple Clips
by Chih Steeple 1 year ago
Dear all, I tried to find the answer online but did not have any luck. Is there a way to add volume keyframe on multiple clips in timeline I know how to adjust all the keyframes at one time but have b
Re: Adding Volume Keyframe on Multiple Clips
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
Not addressing your original question (which was answered quite well by the way), but rather what you just mentioned about +12 not being enough gain, here's a simple solution. On a project a couple of
Trending freelance
by Rich Rubasch 2 years ago
Is anyone else seeing the trend toward a higher percentage of freelance workers in both post and production, directing and writing, than staff We have seen even our larger corporate in house slim down
Re: Trending freelance
by Bill Davis 2 years ago
There's also the economic effects of the "digitization" of labor in this era. It was at least 4 years ago, I was reading about how an editor friend in LA, works till 5pm, then his files go up to the c
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Steadicam, anyone?
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Hi fellow DPs... I've also posted about this in Classifieds and B&M, but thought I'd spread the love in here, too. We're trying to stop hording so much gear that we don't use so much, and one piece is
Re: Steadicam, anyone?
by Nick Griffin 2 years ago
Oh if only I was younger. I'd take this in a heartbeat.
Current Oscar Contenders
by Nick Griffin 2 years ago
Having just seen The Shape of Water I have to wonder why it's in the Best Picture category. It's an interesting film -- more than a little strange -- but very interesting nonetheless, just (IMHO) not
Re: Current Oscar Contenders
by Mark Suszko 2 years ago
Obviously, the Academy agrees with me.
Client revisions
by Alexandre Brandt 2 years ago
Hello all, I'm translating some sales collateral material from French to English and I'm trying to figure out an expression. In the post-production process, we allow clients to ask for changes in the
Re: Client revisions
by Nick Griffin 2 years ago
Mark- You are one clever boy!
Cold Calling 101
by grinner hester 2 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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
Shooting footage inside a wall.. best work flow?
by Steve Berlowski 2 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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
SFX or music cue?
by Nick Griffin 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 years 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
Un-install Plug-ins???
by Nick Griffin 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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.
Amazon's Sneaky Pete is a really excellent show.
by Mark Suszko 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago
Thanx, Eric!
How to charge client?
by Adam Evans 3 years 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 3 years 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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Approximate cost of creating a 12'-24' studio space?
by Boe Beito 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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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What should I teach in my Advanced Editing Class?
by Dawn Marie 3 years 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 3 years 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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