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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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April 11th 2001
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Want to do a building beauty night shoot with out without the moon?
by Jeff Herring 1 week 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 4 days 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
Shooting a conference video
by Greg Ball 1 month 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 4 weeks ago
Mark Suszko "a dedicated ENG style camera over DSLR's" Mark- FYI: Canon's C-100, C-200, C-300, etc. are NOT DSLRs. They are real cameras with real shutters, real audio and a huge range of ISOs. They
Copyright footage
by Craig Cherry 1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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
Brand Positioning for a Creative Company
by Julius Gintautas 2 months ago
Good day, everybody! Long time reader, first time writer. I have an issue with a brand positioning tag line. I am team member of a medium-sized creative company, which primarily provides film making,
Re: Brand Positioning for a Creative Company
by Nick Griffin 2 months ago
My problem with "graphic" is that in my head (and I believe in many others) that implies the graphic arts aspect of print work. IMHO.
Trending freelance
by Rich Rubasch 3 months 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 3 months 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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Who needs my Steadicam? C'mon, look like a big shot!
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Hey kids... I posted this over in Classifieds, but there looks to be less-than-zero traffic over there these days so I hope the COW Gods don't mind me cross-posting this for my friends in here and in
Re: Who needs my Steadicam? C'mon, look like a big shot!
by Nick Griffin 4 months ago
Todd- Please stop tempting me! My back aches just THINKING about stepping into a Stedicam at my age.
Crew in Washington DC
by Greg Ball 4 months ago
Does anybody know of a good crew with gear to shot a biographical story in the DC area Thanks. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Re: Crew in Washington DC
by Nick Griffin 4 months ago
Greg- Call or email Michael Moser at Moser Media (202) 293-1780, Michael@MoserMedia.com Tell him you know me through the COW.
Steadicam, anyone?
by Todd Terry 4 months 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 4 months ago
Oh if only I was younger. I'd take this in a heartbeat.
Current Oscar Contenders
by Nick Griffin 5 months 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 3 months ago
Obviously, the Academy agrees with me.
Client revisions
by Alexandre Brandt 6 months 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 5 months ago
Mark- You are one clever boy!
Merry Christmas fellow cows!
by Steve Kownacki 6 months ago
Hope Santa is good to you this year! Steve
Re: Merry Christmas fellow cows!
by Nick Griffin 6 months ago
And to you as well, Mr. Kowmacki!
Cold Calling 101
by grinner hester 8 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 8 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 9 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 9 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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Nick Griffin liked this 9 months ago
Instructional videos
by Joe Clark 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago
TT- I couldn't agree more. Perhaps the individual is not an adult
SFX or music cue?
by Nick Griffin 11 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 11 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
Thanx, Eric!
How to charge client?
by Adam Evans 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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Lighting interior of a car?
by Neil Orman 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 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 2 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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17.3 inch broadcast field monitor
by johnson Davis 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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
Camera Monitors - SmallHD 701 that's bright vs Ikan DP7 that's 1080
by Sean Meredith 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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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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