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Richard Blakeslee

One man shop. Freelance motion picture cameraman. (Now (2007 more video-SDX900, HDX900, DVX100A) A few editing clients.
Member Since:
February 6th 2004
95 Posts
Location:
Washington, DC
G4 freeze up, locked cursers, forced quit
by Richard Blakeslee 9 years ago
Hello, I have a Dual 1 GHz Power PC G4, 1 GB Ram running 10.4.11 Being working well for years, FCP, Photoshop, etc. Yesterday while using 'Website Tonight' on the site 'Go Daddy' to upload photos, etc
Was I asked a trick Question?
by Ryan Domis 11 years ago
I was on set directing a scene in my Directing II class. We all take turns directing a scene every few days, with all of the other students in class acting as crew on eachother's projects. After we bu
Re: Was I asked a trick Question?
by Richard Blakeslee 11 years ago
The gaffer s behavior was rude and strange and uncalled for at best. I did about 60,16mm, charity stories and CEO messages, for a production company over a six year period. (We finished last year) The
letterbox matte for moving stills
by Richard Blakeslee 11 years ago
Hello, I've searched the search area and I can't find the answer. I know the answer because I've done it before. Question: I'm letterboxing my DV time line. I've added movement to my stills. I can't c
Re: letterbox matte for moving stills
by Richard Blakeslee 11 years ago
Steve and Jeremy, Thanks for the tips. I did the Photoshop way Steve suggested. works great. I knew that -- I think. I like the black slug idea also. That way it would always line up. cheers, Richard
I need some REEL critics.
by Luke Pearson 12 years ago
Hey guys. Here's a link to my first demo reel. Please give me some comments. What works What doesn't What do I need to change thanks in advance. www.liftfilms.net demoreel.htm
Re: I need some REEL critics.
by Richard Blakeslee 12 years ago
Hello Nick, I've been letterboxing a lot of my edits out of FCP. Question, How does one encode in 16x9 to avoid letterboxing I've tried using QT Conversion with 16x9 checked, anamorphic: and compresso
componet_green only
by Richard Blakeslee 12 years ago
This is of subject of FCP but I thought you editors might now the answer. I have a Sony GV-HD700 that I use to bring MiniDV into FCP. (It has firewire out as well as HDMI) It also has a A V Out that I
Re: componet_green only
by Richard Blakeslee 12 years ago
Rob, Thank you. I thought it must be something like that. Have a good Holiday. Cheers, Richard
remove noizy sound from an interview
by Dave Van den Bruel 12 years ago
Hi,i made some interviews in a noizy environment. Because of this problem all the audio of the interviews is disturbed by this constant hummmm. Is there a tutorial or someone who knows how to resolve
Re: remove noizy sound from an interview
by Richard Blakeslee 12 years ago
The tutorial for Soundtrack has a great section on how to do this. I think it's about halfway into it. It's pretty simple and works like a charm. (I've had to use it to remove ac hum) Richard
authoring a dvd
by tarponater 12 years ago
just finished the dvd studio pro tutorial....no problems...when I went to export my project out of FCP 5.1.4 there were no settings for MPEG 2 in quicktime conversion.....any thoughts why its not in t
Re: authoring a dvd
by Richard Blakeslee 12 years ago
Brian, Thanks so much for the info. You've cleared up an area that had always been kind of gray for me. I appreciate it. Cheers, Richard
kona ls or IO la
by Richard Blakeslee 12 years ago
I've read everything I can find form AJA but I can't seem to find the advantage of one over another between the Kona LS at about $1,000. and the AJA Io LA at about $1,000. They both capture what I wan
Re: kona ls or IO la
by Richard Blakeslee 12 years ago
Thanks Ed -- the SDI is important note. Also the iola firewire lets one move it around. I also found this in the FCP Forum: (I thought the part about the Timebase Corrector was interesting. I hadn't r
film transfer first MiniDV now 8-bit
by Richard Blakeslee 12 years ago
I transfered a bunch of 16mm a few years ago ( a mixture of footage, B&W, Ektachrome, some workprint, etc -- out takes and crew shots from the 1970's). Anyway I had them Rank Cineteled both to Beta SP
Re: film transfer first MiniDV now 8-bit
by Peter dewit 12 years ago
16 mm itself has enough information to be transferred directly to HDCam or another HD format. This is actually a pretty popular shooting method for lots of TV Shows. If you have the cash and want the
Blind cameraman??? I need some advice please...
by David Roth Weiss 13 years ago
First, let me start by saying that I'm editing a pretty bad HD feature for some friends, which I may or may not be able to salvage, simply because there is precious little story and what there is, is
Re: Blind cameraman??? I need some advice please...
by Richard Blakeslee 13 years ago
Reminds me of a story a friend told me about a feature he was working on -- this was years ago in LA. The rushes where really dark, moody -- underexposed. Everyone seemed worried, etc. After a few wee
OT - Monitor question
by Max Frank 13 years ago
Hi, Forgive me if this question has been asked and answered before - couldn't find what I was looking for in the search. If a branded monitor has the exact same technical specs ie, contrast ratio, res
Re: OT - Monitor question
by Richard Blakeslee 13 years ago
Wayne, I bought a 'Chimei' 22 inch flat monitor recently. I paid $300. compared to the $1,000. for the Apple 23. Big price difference but also very big image quality difference. I have my old Apple Di
green screen, 30 fps, kino flo
by Richard Blakeslee 13 years ago
Hello All, I'm shooting a man in front of a green screen in 35mm. The special effects people want 30fps. I want to use Kino Flos to light the screen. Does anyone think I'll have a problem I'm shooting
exposure on zoom in
by Richard Blakeslee 14 years ago
I'm fairly new to the dvx100a. (coming from the Sony vx2000) While shooting a meeting in a medium dark hotel ballroom. (camera set to 'F5') (with iris on manual) the exposure was 2.8. 0r 'open' When z
Re: exposure on zoom in
by Noah Kadner 14 years ago
Exactly- it's principally a function of optics. I've used tons of 35mm and 16mm zoom lenses that do this too. You have to pay serious, serious dollars to get a lens that maintains it's widest aperture
adapter baseplate
by Richard Blakeslee 14 years ago
I'm looking for a baseplate that has a 3 8 inch mounting hole (to go on my old Miller tripod head) and a 1 4 inch mounting screw on top so I can mount my MiniDV camera. Is there such a thing Thanks, R
Re: adapter baseplate
by Mitch Gross 14 years ago
A simple hole plate should do the trick. Any machinist could make you one. Try Willy's Widgets in Arizona if you can't find it anywhere else. The hole for the 3 8" screw from the tripod should be thre
SDX-900 DC Shooter?
by Todd Gillespie 14 years ago
Hi All, looking around to see if anyone can shoot in the DC area with a Panasonic SDX-900 (before I jump on a plane) Thanks, Todd at UCSB Television Production
Re: SDX-900 DC Shooter?
by Richard Blakeslee 14 years ago
Todd, If still interested I'm avalible. Please let me know the details. Richard
What are the problems with the DVX100A
by Jeremy Markowitz 14 years ago
I am looking to buy a DVX100A, most of what i read comes back saying that its a great camera but i want to know more about problems that people have had with it. The few that i have heard about are: S
Re: What are the problems with the DVX100A
by Richard Blakeslee 14 years ago
Noah, No, the camera is fine. I was just saying that I find the viewfinder image a little on the weak side. I just find it hard to focus compared to the VX2000, or a Betacam or film camera. It just se
installed 10.3 then problems
by Richard Blakeslee 14 years ago
I wanted to run FCP 4.5 so I upgraded from 10.2.8 to 10.3 then ran the updates to 10.3.9. I didn't to a clean install, just installed 10.3 over the old system. I didn't run repair disk permissions eit
Re: installed 10.3 then problems
by Harry Pallenberg 14 years ago
That sounds like a good start... especially the CLEAN install.Thanks, Harry. Forum Cowmunity Leader: OSX Forum Cowmunity Leader: Indie & Doc Dual 1.8 G5 ** 1GB ** 10.4.1
zoom control
by Richard Blakeslee 14 years ago
I think the zoom control is a little dicey. Mostly on the zooming out from telephoto. If backed off a few mm it seems a little better. I bought a VZ-DVR130, remote zoom control ($230. from B&H) thinki
Re: zoom control
by Noah Kadner 14 years ago
I use a Stealth DVX from VariZoom and it gives me all the control I need. Noah
Cine-like lens iris
by Richard Blakeslee 14 years ago
I've just got my DVX100ap So far so good. I'm reading the manual!! On page 41, Gamma, 'In order to make full use od the CINE-LIKE gamma characteristics, it is recommended that the lens iris be set low
Re: Cine-like lens iris
by Richard Blakeslee 14 years ago
Hello Berry, Thanks, that's what I thought just wasen't sure. Ibought my DVX100a Tuesday. Your book and DVD were missing. The dealer had opened the case--and someone had 'borrowed' the book dvd. Panas
Where can I have S16mm film developed and telecined inexpensively?
by Michael Pierre 14 years ago
I'm looking to do a very very low budget music video. It's a SIMPLE concept and we can get the whole thing done with approx 1,200 to 1,600 feet of film (3 or 4 400" loads). I've called around a bit an
Re: Where can I have S16mm film developed and telecined inexpensively?
by Richard Blakeslee 14 years ago
Check out Bono's http: www.bonofilm.com home.asp They seem to have cheap rates. I don't know about their quality, I ran across them putting together a low budget (film) music video budget--it hasn't h
retail price range
by Richard Blakeslee 14 years ago
Hello, I'm a VX-2000 owner getting ready to get a AG-DVX 100A. A little research on the internet and I find the retail price all over the globe. From, say, 3,500. to 1,700. Some are the 'AG-DVX100A-MB
Re: retail price range
by Richard Blakeslee 14 years ago
Hello Noah, I did research the tread in this forum. I guess I'm not that good at it, I didn't find that much information. It's hard for me to believe (I guess I'm naive) that people could advertise a
Are ND grads only used for static shots?
by rich rosen 14 years ago
If on a wide shot a grad is taking care of the blown out sky what happens when you zoom into a close up that's evenly lit Seems like the upper portion of the frame will be darker. Does this mean grads
Re: Zoom anecdote
by Richard Blakeslee 14 years ago
Hello Bob. I think you mean 'dolly' down the table. In a 'trucking', shot both the subject and the camera move,(truck along with the action) in a 'dolly' shot the subject stays still and the camera mo
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