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Pan speeds?
by Nick Griffin 9 years ago
Cinematography gurus: I'm believe that there exists (but have never seen) tables, charts, etc. that define the "safe" rates for camera pans, tilts, tracking shots and so on when captured on 24fps film
Re: Pan speeds?
by Peter Ralph 9 years ago
surely it depends on focal length, aperture, shutter speed and the distance of the subject from the lens If you follow a 7 second rule on a distant mountain range a pan could take several minutes
[Weddings]How many hours of footage do you shoot?
by Mike Gill 9 years ago
I was kind of wondering how many hours of footage do you guys typical have when you shoot weddings When it comes down to editing what type of log are you looking at How many hours I'm sure this varies
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Re: [Weddings]How many hours of footage do you shoot?
by Peter Ralph 9 years ago
I would guess mean average five hours with a standard deviation of 2. Which would indicate that 95% of pro wedding videographers end up with between 1 and 9 hours of footage, with two thirds of those
Nazi Priests
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Hello, What have you seasoned event videographers done in instances where you have an old-school Nazi priest who, for whatever reason, will allow the photographer to wander around the church during th
Re: Nazi Priests
by Peter Ralph 9 years ago
Aaron - your insistence on "leaving religion out of the equation (which is where it belongs)" is a great argument to make in a bar or a political caucus. Not quite so convincing in a church.
A question on editing pacing
by Jon Fidler 9 years ago
Hi I posted here a while back a fairly general question and the answers I got were a real help so ive come back again for a question regarding pacing. I have noticed while watching films in general th
Re: A question on editing pacing
by Peter Ralph 9 years ago
Both opinions are correct. Faster cuts create more excitement confusion and varying the pacing will give a more organic feel. Crank 2 and the Bourne films had average shot lengths under 2 seconds. Bou
Scripting screen changes
by Peter Ralph 9 years ago
does anyone know of a mehtod (unix script ) that I can use to program screen changes on a macbook. Basically I want to have a series of screens that progress after a certain number of keystrokes irres
Re: Scripting screen changes
by Peter Ralph 9 years ago
thanks Chris I'll try that
Please recommend Light for lighting backgrounds during interviews
by Anderson Black 9 years ago
I'm buying the LEDs as the key and fill for the subject but I'm looking for a light to throw on backgrounds to add some patterns and color to the scene. Could you guys recommend some cost effective op
Re: Please recommend Light for lighting backgrounds during interviews
by Peter Ralph 9 years ago
I use a 56K on cam light for run and gun - but daylight balanced fixtures have to be very beefy to have any impact on a scene lit by the sun. For background rim light I think the light is less importa
focusing on a moving subject
by noor hussain 9 years ago
i just got a 7d and went out to shoot some videos to put it to test.im just a newbie so it totally baffled me how do i keep on focusing on a moving subject.if its moving towards the camera do i keep t
Re: focusing on a moving subject
by Peter Ralph 9 years ago
I understand your frustration. There are dozens of links to "documenatary shot on DSLR", even "photojournalism with a DSLR", which all but ignore the difficulties of shooting run and gun. It's not jus
Raw footage but different situation then past here..please read
by Steven Cambria 9 years ago
Hi All...Forgive me if this is the same topic that was discussed before, but I believe it to be different. Situation. I shot a short with acquaintances that all share an equal level. We are all actors
Re: Raw footage but different situation then past here..please read
by Peter Ralph 9 years ago
Have you any idea why he is refusing Do you plan on re-editing the footage - Is that what he is nervous of
focus during live event
by Christopher May 9 years ago
So I normally shoot corporate video. All pretty Static stuff on a tripod. I am now being asked to shoot a reality style video with lots of hand-held shooting. My question is: does one focus manually o
Re: focus during live event
by Peter Ralph 9 years ago
better to switch off AF when you are shooting a stationary subject. You might use the AF to find focus but you don't want to run the risk of focus-hunting during a take. Hand-held live-action shooting
Tripod Shopping
by Todd Terry 10 years ago
I think I'm gonna go tripod shopping soon, and thought I'd ask the gang here if any of you guys have particular sticks that you use that you really love. We've made a company resolution to start shift
Re: Tripod Shopping
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
Build quality is not "commercial grade" for sure - from what I've seen the same goes for the Sachtlers & the Millers in that price range. But as with the XLH1 - you sacrifice build quality whenever yo
Shifting wb on Canon xha1
by Antonio de la cruz 10 years ago
Hey, people first hope your are well. I just shot a scene for a short and now I'm looking at the footage and it seems that there is a slight shift of the white balance. I'm looking at it in a regular
Re: Shifting wb on Canon xha1
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
Todd, you say "It's the fact that the phasing is causing slight changing in the ratio of the mix of the lighting that is causing your color shifts." So when shooting under office fluorescents the phas
Re: Dirty camera head cause video to breakup on minidv tape. Help
by Kenneth Gibson 10 years ago
NEED HELP! After videotaping a wedding, I discovered in post production that the head got dirty & the picture brokeup from that poin on. Is there any programs that would realign correct this problem W
Re: Dirty camera head cause video to breakup on minidv tape. Help
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
Are you sure the problem occurred while recording It's not a playback problem Peter Ralph http: www.shootingbynumbers.com
Audio for Group Therapy Documentary
by Jeremy Pinkwater 10 years ago
I am going to be working on a Documentary following a group in therapy and I need a audio set up that I can leave in place for a year. The other issue is that there will be 14 people in a circle and I
Re: Audio for Group Therapy Documentary
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
I'm no audio expert - but I doubt that overhead mics will yield acceptable results. They are fine in a theatre where actors are all taught to project, but try it and see. Peter Ralph http: www.shootin
the color purple
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
Does anyone have any tips for accurately rendering purple Shooting both inside and out, controlled uncontrolled. Last time I got great color on many of the indoor shots - but the shots in full sun the
Re: the color purple
by Richard Herd 10 years ago
Funny you should mention purple. The brand I advertise, we use (92, 45, 145) as our brand color. Wow, what a pain for daylight balanced, RGB. It helps to shoot in tungsten balanced--as you mentioned--
College Football shooting. Advice?
by Trent Whittington 10 years ago
Fellow COW Members, I would like your opinion advice on covering a college football game for a major student project. I am a 2nd Year Student; next year I am going to choose to do my major project for
Re: College Football shooting. Advice?
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
Too ambitious and not ambitious enough. For it to have any value you have to broadcast live. Sports is one of the few bastions of high end production. High-end equipment, very experienced crews. Peter
Printers not accepting photoshop
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
Why is it that some printers publishers can not handle photoshop artwork It seems to be normally smaller printshops. Is it something to do with offset printers color accuracy Peter Ralph http: www.sho
Create buttons and collect style names
by anilkumar nagendran 10 years ago
Hi, I am new to indesign javascript. I need to collect all the style information from an indesign file and i have to display as combo box and the user should seelct the style name. The selected style
Advice for Fixing Filemaker?
by Thomas Hughes 10 years ago
We do our client contracts and keep our associate database on Filemaker. Works well, we've used it for years. It just got buggy. We're pretty convinced that it's infected. It keeps acting up each time
Re: Advice for Fixing Filemaker?
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
just install another version of filemaker on a different partition machine. Import the data, trash the old once the new is up and running. Peter Ralph http: www.shootingbynumbers.com
Help starting out
by Markus Furer 10 years ago
Looking for some advise from people with experience. I recently had 2 kids and am looking into freelancing as my primary source of income so that I can be at home while my wife works. I currently work
Re: Help starting out
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
I think there was a time years back when wedding video was a commodity. A video of your wedding was worth $500 for a short one, and double or triple that for a long one. Today a competent wedding vide
short form wedding videos
by john bilski 10 years ago
ok. sorry to even ask such a dumb question but, ive been doing event video for 7 years, 80% bar and bat mitzvahs, 20% weddings (give or take through the years),anyway. we shoot journalistic videos, ge
Re: short form wedding videos
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
I would almost never include "popular music that i think they would enjoy". More obscure music that I think they would enjoy - rarely, and mostly only snippets. Either music from the reception or musi
Wedding Shot with Z1, FX1 and some HV20 a couple of years back
by Douglas Villalba 10 years ago
This wedding was shot by guys a couple of years back and the bride recently came back for her final edit. Most of it was shot with the Sony Z1 and FX1 but there may be a couple of HV20 clips. Password
Re: Wedding Shot with Z1, FX1 and some HV20 a couple of years back
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
Douglas - is that the wedding video that gets delivered, or an extended highlights Peter Ralph http: www.shootingbynumbers.com
smoothcam - anamorphic
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
I want to apply smoothcam to some downconverted HDV 16:9 footage inside an SD project. I export the clip I want to smooth as a self-contained QT and then reimport, it comes back in as 16:9 with black
Re: smoothcam - anamorphic
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
I guess the captured clip was messed up in some way - I exported from QT and the problem is fixed Peter Ralph http: www.shootingbynumbers.com
Livestage replacement
by Steve Cochran 10 years ago
Wondering if anyone knows of a product that replaces Livestage I'm looking to combine PowerPoint slides and video (both are onscreen at the same time) output to a Flash video file. Livestage is still
Re: Livestage replacement
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
flash Peter Ralph http: www.shootingbynumbers.com
Split Screen Music Videos?
by Trent Whittington 10 years ago
Hey Guys, For our Uni class we are required to do a Music Video for one of the University's bands and we have come up with an idea to do a split screen style music video. Kind of like the music video
Re: Split Screen Music Videos?
by Peter Ralph 10 years ago
check out Woodstock - it would be an incredible video whenever it was made - but for 40 years old it's mindblowing. In modern video the style-setter for split-screen work is the Brit TV series "Trial
Keeping audio from overmodulating when recording with a lav
by Shaun Kendall 11 years ago
We often shoot video of a person talking either to the camera, or being interviewed. We use a Sennheiser G2 wireless system, which sounds great with 9 out of 10 people. But then we get that one person
Re: Keeping audio from overmodulating when recording with a lav
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
In general keep the level as high as possible - without distorting obviously - until it reaches the camera pre-amps. You will normally get better results with in-cam attenuation on, providing you can
Knowledge & What Its Worth
by John Grote, Jr. 11 years ago
Good day all, I have run into a situation that I have encountered before and I know some of you have run into this as well, the old a friend of the client needs a file logo (jpeg in this case) for som
Re: Knowledge & What Its Worth
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
easiest is to stick with email, keep your responses precise and specific and make sure the entire thread is maintained... so: Q: please send image A: sure what format Q: jpeg A: here ya go Q: that ima
principles of text
by tel jaba 11 years ago
hello everyone this might sound silly but, any idea where i can find articles or tips on "principles of working with text" such as : "centered text is boring"... ideas on how to be creative with text
Re: principles of text
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
If you are interested in understanding the principles, and have some time: for typography: Thinking with type - Ellen Lupton for film video visual dynamics: The Visual Image - Bruce Block If you are l
Books for beginners...?
by elijah levine 11 years ago
I am soon to set the wheels in motion for the purchase of my first ( ) digital video editing rig. It has been a lengthy process to get this far. What I have realised is that I need some really good gu
Re: Books for beginners...?
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
If it's for narrative editing; The Eye is Quicker is a great choice. Peter shootingbynumbers.com
Projector screen - compositing slides on in post?
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
Shooting a presenter using a projector on stage. The plan is to lay in the photos on the timeline...has anyone tried compositing the projector screen and photos in post So I just get some shots of the
Re: Projector screen - compositing slides on in post?
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
hmm well what I was looking for was advice with regard to compositing photos onto projector screen in post, not advice on how to avoid having to do it. does that make sense Peter shootingbynumbers.com
Proving my capabilities to colleges?
by Glenn Fisher 11 years ago
Hey COWers, I'm a sophomore student in high school with a fair amount of video experience. I've focussed mostly on producing videos and CDs of my district's amazing music program (to get an example of
Re: Proving my capabilities to colleges?
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
Grinner - I would have thought that a lot of film schools would be actively scouting talented kids...is that not the case Most everyone in film schools is paying big bucks to be there shootingbynumber
Hack Amateur Vs. Seasoned Pro
by Tracy Peterson 11 years ago
So a question that I'm starting to wonder about is: What constitutes hobbyist vs. pro I've had very different experiences between "seasoned pros" with some being the most unprofessional people I've go
Learning out loud
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
Corporate video is in vortex - no-one knows what's going to be left standing 2-3 years from now. Where did Gary Vaynerchuck come from When hack amateurs are making high six figures and seasoned pros a
Acceptable practice in editing interviews?
by Thomas Seeuws 11 years ago
I have seen fine feature films that have resorted to using a dissolve to black between takes in a single angle interview (Man on Wire comes to mind). Some find this tendency distracting, though, and I
Re: Acceptable practice in editing interviews?
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
agreed. Whether to use a fade to black white, a dissolve or a jumpcut depends on style. But to my eye blah cutaways increasingly have a stale, ponderous feel. A hangover from the days when filmmakers
creativity vs technology
by pat doyle 11 years ago
Can the art of lighting design keep up with the science , or will creativity vanish and lighting design become the victim of its own technology Hi, i am currently in the middle of an essay with the a
ephemeralization
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
the answer is no
subtitles grammar
by Rob Grauert 11 years ago
Hey guys, I went on a shoot yesterday at a summer sports camp. I interviewed 2 girls who were from Barcelona, Spain. I'm planning on using subtitles, which I already know how to do, but do I fix their
Re: subtitles grammar
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
this isn't grammar - it is idiom I would guess, although I don't speak Spanish. All languages contain idiomatic expressions, whose meaning cannot be conveyed by translation of the individual words. Th
Export, reimport changes gamma
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
couldn't find thru search, but I'm sure I've seen this issue addressed before I export a sequence as a QT mov and then reimport. It seems that the gamma has changed..... Any ideas Thanks
HD sequences will only render selected clips
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
FCP 5.0.4 - when working on HDV footage FCP ignores "render all" forcing me to select clips and "render selected" - works fine except when I want to render multiple sequences unattended. Any ideas Tha
Re: HD sequences will only render selected clips
by Martijn Scholte -- email address needs an update, bouncing on notification notic 11 years ago
mabey try to put the auto render pref's to 1 min or so and see if it starts :) cheers martijnThe box said 'Requires Windows 95, or better.' So I bought a Macintosh.
change color of canvas window background?
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
anyone know of a way to change the color of the canvas window from the default dark grey
Re: change color of canvas window background?
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
Kevin - I am talking about the area outside the video (when the video is scaled down so it doesn't fill all the canvas) This is useful for preview when the webpage where the video will live is not dar
How to break into shooting sports?
by Beau Brotherton 11 years ago
Hello to all, I'm a FCP freelance editor in Houston and I shoot as much as I can when I'm not editing (Church training videos weddings on my HVX200). This extra gigs help with bills, but I would love
Re: How to break into shooting sports?
by Peter Ralph 11 years ago
Shooting for free to get experience and then getting picked up by ESPN on the strength of your prowess with a handicam That is a great idea. Another good idea is to become an NBA star and then parlay
Rate Our Blog
by Scott Whitney 12 years ago
Ok all...I have a few spare minutes this Good Friday afternoon so I thought I would throw myself into the fire so to speak. Ohhhh those flames are hot. My company's prime focus is the corporate market
Re: Rate Our Blog
by Peter Ralph 12 years ago
there are great stats programs out there for blogs that allow you to easily see where the traffic you are getting is coming from, which posts are being read etc. - that's really the only way to go - a
Tax treatment of "rent"
by Bob Cole 12 years ago
A USA tax question: Getting the numbers ready for my taxes, I ran across this statement: If you're in the business of renting out "real property," i.e. real estate, you don't have to include rental in
Re: thanks
by Peter Ralph 12 years ago
Bob - it's a tax on income from employment, not investments. The majority of the income for real estate investors is capital gain not rental income & is not liable to income tax either - they pay capi
Webcast???
by David Roth Weiss 12 years ago
A client of mine would like to answer his client's questions online and on-camera either live or with a short delay. The big trick is that he wants to do this from both coasts simultaneously with his
Re: Webcast???
by Peter Ralph 12 years ago
do you want people all over the world to have access to the converstation in real time That is webcasting - expensive and complex or just 3 people talking and watchin each other That is video conferen
Shooting a band_-Music Nightmare?
by Tim Frechette 12 years ago
Quick overview. Excellent band plays 70's music, very popular, located in my area on East coast. Someone from LA wants to see a 5-8 minute video of them playing. The band is getting quotes for a shoot
Re: Shooting a band_-Music Nightmare?
by Peter Ralph 12 years ago
Mike what state did this happen in
clearence for screenshots - apple , adobe etc
by Peter Ralph 12 years ago
Would appreciate any contact info to secure rights to using screenshots from various apple and adobe products within training materials we are producing. What releases does the COW require before it w
Re: clearence for screenshots - apple , adobe etc
by grinner hester 12 years ago
You may find in contacting these companies that not only do they kind of like free advertising, they sometimes like to sponsor projects that could move some product for em. You can literally begin wit
filming in public / notices
by Tom Duncan 12 years ago
This has probably been covered many times but I cannot find any info using Google and I need to shoot tonight. I am producing a documentary and will be shooting at a concert in a bar restaurant tonig
Re: filming in public / notices
by Peter Ralph 12 years ago
you only need permission if you intend to use the images for commercial purposes. And commercial use means advertising. Everything else is fine - no permission is required. Huh That was my reaction ex
Help with new XL H1 Video Camera..!
by Jerry Hdvideo 12 years ago
Greetings everyone from a 1st time user on this board. We have just purchased our first HD Video Canon this last Saturday and looking for input on the following thoughts. 1. Are canon batteries suffic
Re: Sennheiser Microphone on XLH1..?
by Peter Ralph 12 years ago
I use an XLH1 and swear by it but I don't think it is a good choice for home movies. The A1 is a third of the price, has a wider lens, is more robust, and has better ergonomics unless you are using th
film conventions
by Peter Ralph 12 years ago
great magazine articles on film-look. One quibble - Kim Segel insists that film conventions are based on "organic human experience" and resurrects the argument that we shouldn't zoom the lens because
Re: film conventions
by Peter Ralph 12 years ago
agreed - but my point is not that zooms should be encouraged, rather that "film look" has little do with "organic human experience". Zooms are not part of traditional film language in large part becau
Canon GL2 "Eject Tape" error
by boakadu 12 years ago
I have owned a gl2 for approx 2 years now. I record weddings with it. Just the past couple of weeks when i insert a mini dv there will be a message on the screen saying "eject Tape" and start beeping.
Re: Canon GL2 "Eject Tape" error
by Peter Ralph 12 years ago
I tried alcohol on the gear - worked very well.
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