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Paul Dickin

Video editing, Multimedia & DVD Production
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Macbook Pro vs. Mac Mini?
by Mavis Everett 6 months ago
Not sure if this is the right place for this, but I'm looking to buy a new computer. My budget is fairly limited ( $2,500 USD), so my options are pretty much as follows: 1. Get a 13-inch Macbook Pro (
Re: Macbook Pro vs. Mac Mini?
by Paul Dickin 6 months ago
The 13-inch Macbook Pro (without touchbar) has only two Thunderbolt 3 posts. Connect an external monitor and an external charger, and you can't connect an external hard drive without unplugging one of
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APFS Flash PCI Drive not recognized
by Ludmil Kazakov 6 months ago
Have a 512gb Drive with mojave on it.. I re-formatted it to some APFS format and the only other drive i have with a system is with El Capitan.. Plug in the PCI drive and nothing.. Disk Utility doesnt
Re: APFS Flash PCI Drive not recognized
by Paul Dickin 6 months ago
To mount an AFPS drive in El Capitan you have to use Disk Utility to re-Partition it as an HFS+ disk for access to it. However if it is an NVMe PCIe blade drive, then only High Sierra has the drivers
Mac mini 2018 thunderbolt BUS, how many are there?
by Osku Petteri 6 months ago
Hey guys, When it seems like the new Mac Mini might be the cheap pre-version of the up and coming Mac Pro, can anyone figure out how many thunderbolt buses does this mac mini have One or two Are they
Re: Mac mini 2018 thunderbolt BUS, how many are there?
by Paul Dickin 6 months ago
The Mac mini has a pair of Thunderbolt 3 controllers... This makes it equivalent to the bandwidth and performance of the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro, and iMac Pro from an I O perspective. https: appleins
Deciphering Macbook Pro specs (updating laptop time)
by Mathew Farrell 7 months ago
Hi all, I'm at the frustrating as hell point of updating my macbook pro. Frustrating, since I haven't been happy with laptops since pre-retina days when I could unscrew the back flap and swap out ram
Re: Deciphering Macbook Pro specs (updating laptop time)
by Paul Dickin 7 months ago
All these are over 3 years old, so the condition and what's available to you will determine your choice. Mac OS Mojave has just made pre-2012 Macs obsolete (mostly because of GPU shortcomings), and ne
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Apple password not accepted on new second iMac
by Peter Robertson 8 months ago
I now have 2 iMacs. I am setting up the new iMac but the Apple password is not accepted despite being accepted on the first iMac. Can anyone explain Many thanks Peter
Re: Apple password not accepted on new second iMac
by Paul Dickin 8 months ago
Hi, how long ago was the first iMac set up on this account I have had the same problem, and it was because the 'old' password didn't conform to the current format now required, with its mix of lower,
Premiere Pro Workspaces
by Simon Ubsdell 2 years ago
Another great article from Oliver that takes us behind the scenes of his preferred custom layouts for Premiere Pro: https: digitalfilms.wordpress.com 2017 08 17 customize-premiere-pro-with-workspaces
Re: Premiere Pro Workspaces - a former debate forum.
by Paul Dickin 2 years ago
Tim Wilson "There's never been a debate forum here, period, before FCPX." There was one, asterisk, in the old days The forum formerly known as *edit (until copyright issues caused the Cow to rename i
VR - will it be DOA just like stereo 3D ?
by Oliver Peters 3 years ago
Obviously VR is going to be a big deal here at NAB. Adobe has tossed its hat into the ring with integrated tools in Premiere Pro. OTOH, Apple is more stand-off-ish, even on the consumer side. My thoug
Re: VR - slightly OT: Virtual Paradise - a 25-year-old VR radio documentary
by Paul Dickin 3 years ago
David Lawrence "There was one huge topic absolutely no one was talking about." Excellent piece of radio :-) The one huge topic that most people knew nothing about in 1990 : The understanding of the n
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Why did Apple rename everything?!
by Charlie Austin 4 years ago
If you're bored, Here's my idle speculation... Thoughts ------------------------------------------------------------- My FCPX Babbling blog "It is a poor craftsman who blames his tools." "The function
Re: Why did Apple rename everything?!
by Paul Dickin 4 years ago
http: fcpxpert.net 2015 06 25 why-did-apple-rename-everything
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Final Cut “Studio 2014″ May 16 by Oliver Peters
by Gerry Fraiberg 5 years ago
As always, I enjoy reading Oliver's musings. "If you are looking for alternatives to a Creative Cloud-based production toolkit, then it s easy to build your own combination with some very inexpensive
Re: Final Cut Studio 2014 - Tutorial "Creating Photoshop Layer Styles in Motion"
by Simon Ubsdell 5 years ago
For anyone still interested, here's the tutorial that shows how to do this: http: youtu.be sTr9PJ2CvDM The great thing about building your own "layer styles" in Motion is that you can publish the resu
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OT: WYSIWYNC, the unified theory of Metadata (or Not…)
by Paul Dickin 5 years ago
What You See Is What You Never Could. Ted Nelson, signing off :-) Video metadata is mentioned in passing in this: http: www.youtube.com watch v=1yLNGUeHapA and WYSIWYNC in this: http: www.youtube.com
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David Lawrence liked this 5 years ago
And sometimes NO editing is necessary.
by Bill Davis 5 years ago
I keep saying that the universe of video isn't what it used to be - and that if any of us succumb to the temptation of thinking of "video" exclusively in terms of Network TV or Hollywood Movies, or wh
Re: And sometimes NO editing is necessary.
by Paul Dickin 5 years ago
Bill Davis "...sometimes NO editing is necessary." Hmmm. Nice, but no cigar ;) Quote end credit: "Animator : Seiya Ishii , Nobuyuki Hanabusa" So a TON of particle generation and motion tracking... Bu
USB3 implementation MacPro Tube vs MBP Retina
by Craig Seeman 5 years ago
http: macperformanceguide.com MacPro2013-USB3-performance-limitations.html Interesting limitation. All USB3 ports on single PCIe lane on MacPro. MBP has one port per line.
Re: USB3 implementation MacPro Tube vs MBP Retina
by Paul Dickin 5 years ago
Tom Sefton "A strange move from apple then." Hi Blame it on Intel: http: images.anandtech.com reviews mac MacPro2013 MPsystemarch_north.png http: images.anandtech.com reviews mac MacPro2013 MPsystema
30th Anniversary of Mac film shot entirely on iPhones
by Steve Connor 5 years ago
http: www.apple.com 30-years 1-24-14-film #video-1242014-film But was it edited on FCPX Steve Connor There's nothing we can't argue about on the FCPX COW Forum
Re: 30th Anniversary of Mac film shot entirely on iPhones
by Paul Dickin 5 years ago
Hi I find it extraordinary - with 30 years hindsight ;-) - that Apple's 0th Mac anniversary (= birthday) announcement presentation contains NO video at all, except the 1984 Super Bowl ad, and a SLIDES
Maxed out MacPro Pricing
by Marcus Moore 6 years ago
A thread below had us debating the internal component prices and what a fully loaded MacPro would cost. Well, I guess Apple reps can start playing around with configuration options, cause my business
Re: Maxed out MacPro Pricing
by Paul Dickin 6 years ago
Marcus Moore "The other place will be the 8-core vs 12-core processor. Unless I see a substantive performance increase application test..." Hi Not a test, but this analysis of Intel's spec sheet is i
This forum's threads are getting corrupted
by Herb Sevush 6 years ago
The new thread "Why Manuela returned to FCP after loving Premiere Pro CS6 " in not showing the postings being written to it. I'm still getting them sent to my e-mail, but they are not showing up on th
Re: This forum's threads are getting corrupted
by Paul Dickin 6 years ago
Jeremy Garchow "This is a test. I am going to delete it. " Hi Gone from the thread navigation below each post. Still there on the main View posts by Newest Posts (Date) list page.
Early Speed Tets of MacPro 2013
by Michael Phillips 6 years ago
http: www.macrumors.com 2013 06 19 apples-new-mac-pro-begins-showing-up-in-benchmarks Michael
Re: Early Speed Test of MacPro 2013
by Paul Dickin 6 years ago
Hi Does this reason for only one CPU stand up to scrutiny Quote: I suspect the real reason is that Apple still {can't be bothered can't figure out how} to add NUMA (non-uniform memory access) support
Would this be possible as effect.
by Frank Doorhof 8 years ago
I'm more and more also diving into motion and some people asked me if it was possible to make two clips "flicker" which each other. Sounds funny so let me explain. In some most video clips you see thi
Re: Would this be possible as effect.
by Paul Dickin 8 years ago
Hi Like this http: www.youtube.com watch v=BoXu6QmxpJE Everything we might want to do with an NLE somebody tried in a 1" VTR edit room ;-) It sort of defeats h264 encoding - it looked a lot better off
New Proapps QT Codecs1.0
by Rafael Amador 8 years ago
Apple recommends the new ProApps update to FCX and MOTION.5 and Compressor4, however at MacUpdate, they say "..video codecs to be used by QT-based applications". Any idea on the convenience of install
Re: Just Codecs
by Paul Dickin 8 years ago
Hi Presumably it gives you ProRes etc (which came with FCP 7) if you have no installation of FCS 3 http: support.apple.com kb DL1396 This update adds the following video codecs for use by QuickTime-ba
Just a simple Thank You to all in this forum
by walter biscardi 8 years ago
Hi all! Just wanted to say a very simple Thank You to everyone in this Cowmmunity past and present. I've hung my hat in this very forum ever since there's been a Creative Cow website. But like everyth
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Re: Just a simple Thank You to all in this forum
by Paul Dickin 8 years ago
Hi You left the Cinewave forum, but did you disappear - hell no! I even remember your Lamborghini edit - those were the days....
Audio Filters: Apple vs Final Cut Pro
by Misha Tenenbaum 8 years ago
Hi Guys, This may be a simple question but does anyone know why the audio filters in FCP 7 are broken up into two categories, Apple and Final Cut Pro What's the difference between the two Thanks, Edit
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Re: Audio Filters: Apple vs Final Cut Pro
by Paul Dickin 8 years ago
Hi The Apple filters are Audio Units OS plug-ins , available to any Mac program, like Soundtrack Pro or Logic Studio. Other programs often have a much better easier graphical user interface to apply t
Scale height and width differently
by Timo Millitz 8 years ago
I'm right into moving from PC Adobe Premiere to Apple Final Cut. In Premiere you can easily scale a image video with different values for height en width. Its seems the makers of Final Cut forgot to p
Re: Scale height and width differently
by Paul Dickin 8 years ago
Hi In the Distort setting lower down the Motion tab.
Tv frequency doesn't matter?
by Jason Brown 8 years ago
I had someone tell me yesterday from china that all he needed to know was frame rate, 30p or 60i...because I told him NTSC at 30p and he told me that no one uses the language NTSC or pal anymore...jus
Re: Tv frequency doesn't matter?
by Paul Dickin 8 years ago
Hi Yes. The labels only apply to standard def (= interlaced) composite video. On an HD camera or other HD video device deck, the SD composite-out monitoring socket could also be labeled like this.
DV is 703x576 instead of 720x576 :s
by Matt Radbourne 9 years ago
Hi forum I'm having trouble with exporting a video of the correct dimensions from FCP. I want to export an anamorphic PAL DV file. My source footage should have been anamorphic PAL DV captured directl
Re: DV is 703x576 instead of 720x576 :s
by Paul Dickin 8 years ago
Rafael Amador "read the size in the Browser" Hi This is why Rafa is asking for this info (FCP will give an accurate readout of your movie): From a BBC document on PAL frame dimensions. What size is a
Upgrade from Final Cut Studio 5.1.4
by Dana Hughes 8 years ago
I have been trying to upgrade from my current Final Cut Studio 5.1.4 to FCP version 7. However, when I type in my serial number it tells me it is not a valid number. It is! I have the complete box, fu
Re: Upgrade from Final Cut Studio 5.1.4
by Paul Dickin 8 years ago
Hi I've just done an upgrade to FCS 3 FCP 7 from FCS1 (FCP 5.1.4, using the S N that came with FCP 5.0) and it worked fine (with UK-bought software). Changing from a G5 to a new Mac Pro.
Compressor bug? LT instead of HQ?!
by Sean Kapleton 8 years ago
Hello, I am sending a batch of 32 Canon5D clips through compressor using a cluster on my new 12-core and I select ProRes HQ progressive in formats and everything seems correct in Compressor - as I hav
Re: UPDATE: Re: Compressor bug? LT instead of HQ?!
by Paul Dickin 8 years ago
Hi LT Log & Transfer - isn't that what you are doing, sort of, but different....
How to create a clickable link in Final Cut Pro to a website
by Mike Craig 8 years ago
Hi, I would like to add a button clickable area in Final Cut Pro video so a viewer can click through to a web page for more information. Is this possible (surly it must be) and if so any information a
Re: How to create a clickable link in Final Cut Pro to a website
by Paul Dickin 8 years ago
Hi YouTube re-encodes your movie altering any QT metadata, so the only way to get YT viewers to visit your web site is: a) subtitle your movie with the URL, and add it as an end caption. b) write the
Oh no.. not again
by Will Griffith 8 years ago
Just when we enjoying long needed compatibility after PowerPC... http: www.macrumors.com 2011 05 06 apple-to-move-from-intel-to-arm-processors-in-future-laptops
Re: Oh no.. not again
by Paul Dickin 8 years ago
Hi No. Not again. Not now, anyway. This quote from that long thread sums it up IMO. ;-) "...now would probably be a good time to remember that what Jobs is creating here isn't just "magical devices"..
Drive does not show up in Finder, but is on Desktop
by J. Tad Newberry 10 years ago
That's my question - suddenly one of my main drives does not show up in the Finder under "Devices", but it is fully accessible via the desktop. I can read and write to it no problem, just can't get to
Re: Drive does not show up in Finder, but is on Desktop
by Paul Dickin 10 years ago
Hi Have you tried dragging its icon into the Device list
Striped 0 - Did I do this correctly?
by Les Kaye 10 years ago
I've done a RAID 0 of striped two 1 TB drives. Everything appears okay - the new RAID shows up on the desktop and the sidebar - but in looking in Disk Utility, I'm not sure if it is correct. The left
Re: Striped 0 - Did I do this correctly?
by Paul Dickin 10 years ago
Hi Thats what I have - an entry (greyed-out) for each individual drive, and a new entry for the RAID set, which is the operational one.
Benchmarking File Transfers
by Christopher Targia 10 years ago
What is a good free program to benchmark file transfers between eSata firewire, etc, so I can see how fast I am actually working
Re: Benchmarking File Transfers
by Paul Dickin 10 years ago
Hi Slightly different, the Final Cut fraternity mostly use the AJA System Test to test data transfer rates for sustained transfer, from: http: www.aja.com products software Or there's Xbench: http: xb
OSX refusing to see RAM and hardware
by Roli Rivelino 10 years ago
Having heard so many wonderful things about osx and Macs I was expecting something special after spending the best part of 2k on my Mac Pro. However I've run into some problems straight away; firstly
Re: OSX refusing to see RAM and hardware
by Paul Dickin 10 years ago
Roli Rivelino "The only format it will accept is Windows FAT32 " Hi Thats because your drive has a FAT32 partition map. Did you overwrite that by creating a new '1 partition' map in the Partition tab
boot intermittent problem despite clean install
by chris gorman 10 years ago
After several crashes, originally starting when I happened to be working in fcp 6, I erased my boot drive and did a clean install of osx.4.11, followed by several online updates. After the clean insta
Re: boot intermittent problem despite clean install
by Paul Dickin 10 years ago
Hi All the older versions of QT that apple regard as stable are still available for download: http: support.apple.com downloads Just page back to the 2007 or earlier pages.
Date/Time Super #$%^&!!!
by Nicholas Franczyk 11 years ago
Shooting in 1080i HDV on a Sony A1U, the date time super got turned on. (I wasn't doing the shooting, nor was I the one that turned the super on) So now I've got a bunch of great footage with the date
Re: Date/Time Super #$%^&!!!
by Mark Suszko 11 years ago
let's try that again
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Stable Combination out there???
by Cameron Campbell 11 years ago
Hello to all: I need to update (which I hate doing) to Final Cut Studio 2 and was wondering if there is a stable combination of software that anyone is using. I am using: 2 X 3 GHz Dual Core Intel G5
Re: Stable Combination out there???
by Paul Dickin 11 years ago
Hi Does that include a fresh initialisation under 10.5.* of older drives or RAIDS that were used under Tiger - did the drive formatting change
Avid says No to NAB 2008
by gizmac 12 years ago
I am glad Ron is bringing up the fact that expos can get to the point of being too expensive for the return on the investment. My company does exhibit at the MacWorld Expo every year and each year we
Re: Avid says No to NAB 2008
by Paul Dickin 12 years ago
Ron Lindeboom "Avid is taking it a step farther, insuring that their customers see what they need to see... This is an approach that Avid found to be extremely successful in Europe
Leopard coming Oct. 26
by walter biscardi 12 years ago
Who wants to be first in the pool Walter Biscardi, Jr. http: www.biscardicreative.com HD Editorial & Animation for Broadcast and independent productions. All Things Apple Podcast! http: cowcast.creati
Re: Hey AJA guys, when are u giving us Leopard drivers???
by Paul Dickin 12 years ago
szumlins "Now FCP on the other hand.... " Hi ;-) Won't we all have to stump up $69 for the Leopard-compatible FCS maintenance release DVDs Too big for download...
Seeking DF/NDF enlightenment...
by Paul Dickin 12 years ago
Hi Can you offer clarification on seemingly incompatible statements by two experts Here's a quote from a colleague: "I'll say it all again, 23.98 MUST be DF or the TC doesn't agree with real time, and
Re: Seeking DF/NDF enlightenment...
by Michael Sacci 12 years ago
my head hurts.
Premier for Mac upgrade
by Laktic 12 years ago
Hello, I
Re: Premier for Mac upgrade
by Paul Dickin 12 years ago
Tim Kolb "***My one question on Production Studio is whether or not this piece of software that is displacing Audition will be worth its salt"Hi The Healing Tool in Soundbooth looks really really coo
FCP & PPro forum observation
by Baz Leffler 12 years ago
I have both FCP and PPro systems installed in my production facility and subsequently visit both Cow forums on a daily basis. I am intrigued as to the number of daily postings the FCP forum gets as co
Re: FCP & PPro forum observation
by Paul Dickin 12 years ago
Steven L. Gotz "Is there a decent FCP forum run by Apple, or on an Apple supported site " Hi Yes indeed, and a lot of the FCP experts here at the Cow have huge post counts there. :-) http: discussion
FCP freezes with new RAID drives
by Bill Thomas 12 years ago
I'm using the AJA IO LD and had been using external Firewire 800 drives for Uncompressed 8 bit from Betacam. The firewire drives (Lacie 500GB) have a hard time keeping up (37MB s) so I installed 3 int
Re: FCP freezes with new RAID drives
by Paul Dickin 12 years ago
Hi Interestingly, the Swiftdata G5 internal hard drive mount, which is similar to the G5 Jive, has this warning on its Tech Specs web page: Do not Use Seagate drives... http: www.transintl.com store c
Quicktime Codec Choices
by DCompositor 12 years ago
I was reading about codecs and the definition of MJPEG -A, MJPEG -B indicates that no keyframe control is available for this codec , I need some clarification on what that means Anybody knows
Re: Quicktime Codec Choices
by Paul Dickin 12 years ago
Hi Keyframe Control of a Codec allows parameter changes to: i) how many frames between each keyframe, and, depending on the particular codec compression software, ii) how the data-compression in the k
media: speed rating's impact on reliability
by Bob Cole 13 years ago
According to my search of this forum, the experts like media from Taiyo Yuden, TDK, Maxell, and Sony. What about write speed My Sony DRU-540A writes at a max. of 8x for DVD-R, and I usually use 1X bec
Re: media: speed rating's impact on reliability
by Paul Dickin 13 years ago
Pierre-Luc " where did you find it " Hi This is one of a (well respected) blank media supplier's comments on the subject to the DVDoctor form: http: forums.dvdoctor.net showpost.php p=268286&postcoun
Client Wants 5.1 Surround
by Harold House 13 years ago
My client would like the audio in a recent project to be 5.1 surround. I'm using PrPro 2.0. I'm finding that the only way I can live monitor this 5.1 surround project from the timeline is by using the
Re: Client Wants 5.1 Surround
by Paul Dickin 13 years ago
Hi I can't help with your soundcard problem, but I suspect most 5.1 sound mixing, apart from by Vegas users, isn't done in the editing application. To get a properly functional software surround mixer
Settings on a DLT machine...URGENT
by Chris Huggett 14 years ago
Hey Guys Sorry for the duplicate post, but i need an answer asap! I have my first DLT job and i need to know what settings to set my DLT machine onto. Its a 20 40 DLT ... i think quantum anyway do i h
Re: Settings on a DLT machine...URGENT
by Paul Dickin 14 years ago
Hi No compression. There is an overide button to switch it off if its lit up. If your writing software asks for the tape to be inserted then that may be a better way to do it, letting the contrtolling
DLT trouble - need advice from any users
by Chris Huggett 14 years ago
Hey guys I have a quantum 4000 drive, which i purchased off ebay over 12 months ago. about 2 months ago, i came to use it, and unfortunatly, it did not work. A light on the front displayed that my uni
Re: DLT trouble - need advice from any users
by Paul Dickin 14 years ago
Hi There's a free utility from Quantum that tests diagnoses DLT4000 or more recent drives (under Windows 98SE or later): http: www.quantum.com Products TapeDrives DLT SDLT600 DLTsage Index.aspx
Motion and QT 7
by Bye Peter 14 years ago
Well my college sprung for motion 2, FCP 5 etc and I'm busting to instal it all but WAIT, You have to have QT7 to instal motion and Apple have kindly posted a 'de-installer' for QT7 because of all the
Re: QT VR and QT 7
by Paul Dickin 14 years ago
peter rooney "all the problems with ... QT VR authoring studio" Hi How are you getting QTVR AS anywhere near QT 7 - mine (v1.0.1) only runs under Classic in QT 6.0.3. Have I missed an upgrade Cheers
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