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Exposing for Shooting 16mm Daylight Spools?
by Jade Whitmire 3 weeks ago
This may come off as a rookie question, so apologies for some novice curiosity but I am about to shoot some 100' rolls of Vision3 50D 16mm film - and I want to be sure that I expose the film correctly
Re: Exposing for Shooting 16mm Daylight Spools?
by Rick Wise 3 weeks ago
If the lenses you are using are RX lenses, they are adjusted for the prism and for the smaller shutter opening. The prism chews up 1 3 stop of light, and the shutter opening another 1 3 stop. As alway
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Do You Need a Light Meter? If so, which one?
by Rick Wise 3 weeks ago
A recent thread brings up the question: does a video shooter need a light meter My answer is, provided her his work is run-and-gun, No. But once you get involved with setting up multiple lights, my an
Re: Do You Need a Light Meter? If so, which one?
by Erik Anschicks 3 weeks ago
Personally, I only use a meter in a couple of circumstances, but in those circumstances, the meter is critical. They are: 1. To give instructions to my crew on what stop to set additional lighting to
recommendations for PC for extensive photoshop work
by Rick Wise 4 weeks ago
I am currently working extensively in Photoshop (and Topaz filters) on a 2-year-old Dell i5 computer. It's a zen experience: make a change, wait, wait, wait for the computer to digest it. I'd love rec
Re: recommendations for PC for extensive photoshop work
by Rick Wise 3 weeks ago
Many thanks for getting back to me. I do have a quad desktop. But you may have identified the real problem: only 8 GB of RAM. So maybe it's worth it to upgrade to 16 BG, rather than buy a whole new co
Sales pitches
by Rick Wise 2 months ago
A reminder: The Cow is not a place for sales pitches. Which is why that lens post and responses were all taken down. I suggest any time you see a sales pitch posted here (it happens rarely, fortunatel
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Chroma-key Lights
by Jack Steiner 2 months ago
Hey members, I am preparing myself to open a chroma-key studio (green-key + infiniti white) on a surface of 400 square meters. The purpose is pure for rental of the studios. I'd like to get an idea of
Re: Chroma-key Lights
by Rick Wise 2 months ago
Superbly put and right on point, Todd. (As always.) Rick Wise Cinematographer MFA BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University San Francisco Bay Area http: www.RickWiseDP.com
Bolex 16mm Time-Exposure?
by Charlie Knott 5 months ago
I am planning on working with a Bolex 16mm camera on a short experimental film, and in the process I am trying to achieve the effect of time-exposure, or slow shutterspeed. I have read about turning t
Re: Bolex 16mm Time-Exposure?
by Rick Wise 5 months ago
The key to making this effect work is to find a transfer house that transfer at any speed you specify. Back when Orson Wells did it, he had to use an optical house, printing frame x frame. I suppose o
Adding graphics card - need advice
by Rick Wise 5 months ago
I have a Dell i5 computer with built-in graphics. So it is sloooooow processing Photoshop Topaz filters on my photos. I have very limited funds. I would appreciate any suggestions as to upgrading to a
Re: Adding graphics card - need advice
by Rick Wise 5 months ago
Many thanks! In the mean time I've discovered that my Dell Inspiron 660 has only a 220 watt power supply. The card your recommend needs 400 watts. Another similar one I found needs 300 w. Looks like I
Bolex H16
by David Mathis 6 months ago
I purchased a used H16 a couple of months ago. Is there anyway I can get a motor installed on the camera for longer takes Was wondering if this possible and a rough estimate in cost. I am near the Dal
Re: Bolex H16
by Rick Wise 6 months ago
There are electric motors for various Bolexes. Try a search on eBay and also GoogleSearch. Rick Wise Cinematographer MFA BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University San Francisco Bay
No more Cool Lights Fresnel 650's. Alternative?
by Rick Wise 7 months ago
Cool Lights (Richard) has informed me he will no longer carry the 650 tungsten Fresnel. I require my online lighting students to have one of these to learn about that multiple advantages of using Fres
Re: No more Cool Lights Fresnel 650's. Alternative?
by Rick Wise 7 months ago
Thanks, Todd. I did a similar search and got similar results. However, I don't trust most of these Chinese copies. The really cheap ones have reviews that complain about endless smoking stinking. It a
Which hmi light?
by Mike Thomas 7 months ago
I'm going to buy at least one hmi, probably a par, to use on future feature film projects. I've not worked with them before and have it narrowed down to a 575 or 1200. I realize this is a general ques
Re: Which hmi light?
by Rick Wise 7 months ago
Thank you, John, for all that fascinating information! I've been after the Academy to switch to LEDs for some time. You give me new ammunition. Rick Wise Cinematographer MFA BFA Lighting and Camera In
Latest build Vegas 14
by Rick Wise 8 months ago
I can not find a way to check if I have the latest build of Vegas 14. By now there should be updates, but I don't see how where to find or get them. Currently I have build 161. Rick Wise Cinematograph
Re: Latest build Vegas 14
by Rick Wise 8 months ago
Because there are so many reported bugs and problems. One would HOPE they would start turning out revisions. But so far there seems no way to get them. Rick Wise Cinematographer MFA BFA Lighting and C
Track motion does not render
by Rick Wise 10 months ago
Sony Vegas 12: I have added a small black border on the right side to cover up a bad transfer from film. I placed black on the track above the picture and with track motion moved the black so it just
Re: Track motion does not render
by Rick Wise 10 months ago
Ahhhh, thank you again! I knew it was something simple..... Rick Wise Cinematographer MFA BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University San Francisco Bay Area http: www.RickWiseDP.com
Upgrading to Vegas 13 ?
by Greg Barringer 11 months ago
I received an email from Magix for an upgrade price of $199 for Vegas 13 with Vegas 14 free. They say Vegas 14 is due out in Sept. 2016. I currently use Vegas Pro 12. I'm only of homeowner users, not
Re: Upgrading to Vegas 13 ?
by Rick Wise 11 months ago
Steve, I respect your work greatly. It was the "guarantees" part that caught my caustic eye. There are no guarantees about almost anything. Certainly not about the future of Vegas. Rick Wise Cinematog
How would you light this scene?
by Eddie Brown 11 months ago
Hey, I'm a scene coming up that takes place in a hotel room and wanted to get some feedback on how one might light this. I've included stock photos of the the room that I'll be shooting in. This will
Re: How would you light this scene?
by Rick Wise 11 months ago
What ISO can you shoot at that will look good for your needs What's your budget Are you really way up in the sky, as those photos show, or on the ground floor Can you make the shoot happen on the grou
which gear, for you, plays a great part in a "from-amateur-to-pro" transfer??
by Xi Pan 1 year ago
is there any gear that has amazed you because it allows you to do something that you thought only pros can do (cameras, lenses, accessories, smart IoT stuff, softwares... etc. ) I'm currently writing
Re: which gear, for you, plays a great part in a "from-amateur-to-pro" transfer??
by Rick Wise 1 year ago
Well, gee, that's a moment for a hoot and a hollar. But I think I'm being a bit cynical, after so many years of watching former clients in the advertising and corporate world think that with the "new"
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LitePanels Astra
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
When we started moving to LED instruments a couple years ago (or was it more ...hard to remember), it was pretty much a wildly new and different thing. So... we just sort of tested the waters by buyin
Re: LitePanels Astra
by Rick Wise 1 year ago
Thank you Todd! Rick Wise Cinematographer MFA BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University San Francisco Bay Area http: www.RickWiseDP.com
Can someone recommend a microphone that works well with a Canon 5D MK II as well as a laptop or desktop?
by Brian Johnston 1 year ago
I need to get a new microphone that will work well with my 5D MK II to shoot some instructional videos. The Rode Videomic has terrible background hiss because of something about the auto gain control
Re: Can someone recommend a microphone that works well with a Canon 5D MK II as well as a laptop or desktop?
by Rick Wise 1 year ago
I haven't used the Shure VP83F LensHopper Shotgun Microphone with Integrated Flash Recorder but it appears to be pretty darned good. You both record to the camera and also to it's own card. The latter
Kino Flo Diva Lite 400 - mix daylight and tungsten lamps?
by Sophia Smoloka 1 year ago
Hi, I realize this might be a dumb question, but here it goes anyway: I've got a Diva Lite 400 light at work, with alternating True Match daylight and tungsten lamps (i.e. 2 daylight and 2 tungsten la
Re: Kino Flo Diva Lite 400 - mix daylight and tungsten lamps?
by Rick Wise 1 year ago
You could easily solve this problem yourself: put someone in the interview position at the location where you plan to shoot, or at some place similar with whatever other light is present such as dayli
durable fixtures for shipping
by Bob Cole 2 years ago
What lighting gear have you found to be the most indestructible for shipping LED Fluoro Tungsten and what brands Mole KinoFlo Lightpanels etc. Matches and kindling I find that I bring redundant fixtur
Re: durable fixtures for shipping
by Rick Wise 1 year ago
Todd, I have not yet seen any of these units. Given past performance, I'd put my money on the Moles as the best of the lot. But battery powered they are not.... I have a small hope that the Academy of
Coloring bulbs
by Rick Wise 2 years ago
There's a pretty fascinating online post about DIY firelight, using multiple bulbs dipped into different Rosco Colorine colors. (http: nofilmschool.com 2012 07 shane-hurlbut-shows-mimic-fire-light-diy
Re: Coloring bulbs
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
It's too bad that dye is no longer available, that stuff looks pretty cool. I would think that exact precision on the colors is not that important, and most big-box hardware stores (Home Depot, Lowes,
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New AWESOME piece of equipment
by Todd Terry 3 years ago
This might be more appropriate for the Cinematography forum, but I think people in here might be interested as well.... Full disclosure... I have NO FINANCIAL INTEREST in this company whatsoever nor h
Re: New AWESOME piece of equipment
by Rick Wise 3 years ago
Great! Thanks, Todd. Rick Wise Cinematographer MFA BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University San Francisco Bay Area http: www.RickWiseDP.com
convert photo to line drawing
by Rick Wise 8 years ago
Realtors in my area like to print line-drawing versions of houses for sale. These are clearly made from a photo with photoshop. I have been trying to duplicate the clean line work of these with very l
Re: convert photo to line drawing
by Rick Wise 3 years ago
Update 7 14: I've found Topaz Simplify does a pretty good job. Add a white layer below the treated one and erase any remaining visual noise. Rick Wise Cinematographer MFA BFA Lighting and Camera Instr
RAW downloaded to Windows computer
by Rick Wise 4 years ago
I notice that when I download photos I've shot RAW into Windows 7 explorer (drag and drop) the file is momentarily much, much bigger than the final size. It looks to me like Windows is compressing the
Cinematographer
by Rick Wise 6 years ago
Experienced Cinematographer Videographer, great lighting skills. For samples of work: http: RickWiseDP.com Rick Wise director of photography San Francisco Bay Area part-time instructor lighting camera
Sony Vegas Editor
by Rick Wise 6 years ago
Experienced Sony Vegas Editor available for freelance and or permanent hire. To see samples of my work, go to: http: rickwisedp.com RW%20Director rick_wise_director.htm Resume: http: rickwisedp.com bi
Least expensive Mac for FCP X
by Rick Wise 6 years ago
I am a long-time PC-based Vegas editor (though my primary focus is cinematography.) Freelance, there are few requests for Vegas editors. For the moment there probably are no gigs for FCP X editors eit
Re: Least expensive Mac for FCP X
by Rick Wise 6 years ago
Well, if your math is correct, editors are doomed to poverty. I suspect things won't actually shake out this way. There will be the $15 hour jobs, but so what In camera work, we have a similar situati
One of the most remarkable videos in the VIDEOS/REELS section -- Bruce Branit's 'World Builder' (in 720p)
by Creative COW 6 years ago
Every once in a while, we get a video in Creative COW's REELS VIDEOS section (linked in the orange navigation bar) that is so remarkable that we want to make sure that our members will find them. The
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Re: One of the most remarkable videos in the VIDEOS/REELS section -- Bruce Branit's 'World Builder' (in 720p)
by Rick Wise 6 years ago
Beautifully done. The guy is terrific -- he is always seeing what he is doing in a very real way. The woman less so. She is "acting," not living the story. Rick Wise director of photography San Franci
Lightning effects
by Rick Wise 7 years ago
I'm looking for a tutorial and or plug-in to create lightning effects: --lightning strike outside windows lights up room --we see a bolt of lightning out the window -- that also lights up the room I c
Light Kit for 2K?
by Jerod Chambers 7 years ago
Hello experts! Could really use some help on picking out a light kit. I've been reading the forums trying to get an idea of what might be the best route for me as a kit, and have decided to just ask.
Re: Light Kit for 2K?
by Alan Lloyd 7 years ago
the majority of my videos are either interviews or creative shorts that are often shot in homes. I'd shop carefully, look for used instruments wherever possible, make sure I had at least one softbox,
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shoulder/hip support for EX1 - extended hand-held shooting
by Rick Wise 8 years ago
Any recommendations based on first-hand experience a support system for the EX1 for extended hand-held shooting Rick Wise director of photography Oakland, CA www.RickWiseDP.com email: Rick@RickWiseDP.
Re: shoulder/hip support for EX1 - extended hand-held shooting
by Rick Wise 7 years ago
To add to my previous post: There is now a sort-of-clone of the Easyrig made by Atlas that looks very promising, especially for someone who needs to shoot long segments hand held. Costs around $350. h
Disappearing video clips in DVD Architect Pro 5. build 119
by Rick Wise 7 years ago
I have been assembling a bunch of short clips to demonstrate various film ideas (master short, POV, etc.). A total of 18 short clips. But now the first nine clips will play audio only. These are all a
Re: Disappearing video clips in DVD Architect Pro 5. build 119
by Mike Kujbida 7 years ago
Rick, IMO you're going about this the wrong way. Drop all your clips onto a Vegas timeline, place a marker at the beginning of each one and render it out as a single MPEG-2 and AC-3 stream. If it's un
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rode Videomic or Rode SVM
by Justin Leyba 7 years ago
What is a better microphone for my Sony HDR-Fx7 camera I've been looking at Rode Videomic and the Rode Stereo Videomic. Suggestions Or if there is any mic better than the 2 within the price range is g
Re: rode Videomic or Rode SVM
by Rick Wise 7 years ago
Depends on what you are shooting. Voices Then usually mono will be fine. Music Usually better with stereo. The mono mic is cheaper. Rick Wise director of photography San Francisco Bay Area and part-ti
Wedding Slideshow with a Twist
by Jorel Pi 7 years ago
Here's a slideshow that was shown at a reception this past weekend in Pleasanton, Ca. Hope it gives you guys some creative ideas for your own slideshows.. http: bit.ly katchepo Camera: 7d Lens: 16-35m
Re: Wedding Slideshow with a Twist
by Rick Wise 7 years ago
Cool! Rick Wise director of photography San Francisco Bay Area and part-time instructor lighting and camera grad school, SF Academy of Art University Film and Video http: www.RickWiseDP.com http: www.
FYI: Some DSLR-video info links
by Peter J. DeCrescenzo 7 years ago
Just an FYI in case you missed these previous DSLR-for-video posts, articles & threads: http: forums.creativecow.net readpost 8 1060835 http: www.dvxuser.com articles article.php 26 http: www.cinemato
Re: FYI: Some DSLR-video info links
by Rick Wise 7 years ago
Thanks very much, Peter. The second link is especially helpful. Rick Wise director of photography San Francisco Bay Area and part-time instructor lighting and camera grad school, SF Academy of Art Uni
Comparison HDSLR cameras
by Rick Wise 7 years ago
Here's a brief comparison of the Canon 7D, 5D, Panasonic GH1, and Nikon D5000: http: www.camcorderinfo.com content Canon-EOS-7D-DSLR-Camera-Review-37365.htm. More and more of my film students are usin
costs
by Rick Wise 7 years ago
I'm researching the possibility of shooting a low-budget feature with either a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 or a Canon 7D or 5D. A couple of questions: --has anyone found a source to buy the Panasonic GH1
Re: costs
by Rick Wise 7 years ago
Chuck, thanks for the update and the pictures. I agree that price does not always mean the best for the job. Thanks again. Rick Wise director of photography San Francisco Bay Area and part-time instru
Learning about voice-overs and have some questions
by Don Kimball 7 years ago
Hi Folks: First of all I want to apologize if this thread is not the appropriate place for my question. Moderators please let me know if it should go elsewhere and I will put in its proper location. I
Re: Learning about voice-overs and have some questions
by Rick Wise 7 years ago
You could offer the narrator a percentage of the gross. Rick Wise director of photography San Francisco Bay Area and part-time instructor lighting and camera grad school, SF Academy of Art University
Need some Info on DV cameras
by Rishi Kumar 8 years ago
Hi there, I have been doing wedding videography for few months now, and I think its time for me to pick up my 2nd camera. At the moment I am shooting with a HVR -V1U. Although I think its a fine camer
Re: Need some Info on DV cameras
by Rick Wise 8 years ago
The Ex1 is a bit pricer than your specs. You also need to fact in cards to record to. The Sony HVR Z5u would be a pretty good bet. Although not quite as good as the EX1 or 3 in low light, it is a very
Post Production Partnership - HDV
by Conrad Wade 8 years ago
Aloha, I am seeking a very stylish Post Production guru to team up on several large projects. I currently have an editor whom I really like, but he is very busy and needs me to rough edit the footage.
Re: Post Production Partnership - HDV
by Rick Wise 8 years ago
I am curious: Why is Vegas not an option for you Rick Wise director of photography San Francisco Bay Area and part-time instructor lighting and camera grad school, SF Academy of Art University Film an
DVD delivery to client-What do you use?
by Daniel Dunn 8 years ago
I would like some feedback on how people deliver DVD's to clients. Do you print on the DVD, and if so, what printer set up do you use Or do you use stick on labels Or do you just have another source d
Re: DVD delivery to client-What do you use?
by Rick Wise 8 years ago
Vince, the model R200 had a difficult-to-line-up tray. That's the model I used to have, and made it work until it died. The R280 has a very simple, clear slot and is a breeze to line up. You open the
Am I asking the impossible in this tripod?
by Don Kimball 8 years ago
Okay folks, I have a budget of around $300.00 for a tripod (please dont laugh or stone me okay) and was looking for a tripod set-up that will work fine with my Sony VX2100 mini DV cam. Most of the pur
Re: Am I asking the impossible in this tripod?
by Rick Wise 8 years ago
The tripod head combo you specify is rated as holding up to 8.8 lbs by B&H (cheaper there too than at Amazon). However, I have a very slightly more beefy head, the 701RC2, which I use for fee jobs wit
HD Cameras
by Edward Neary 8 years ago
I own a sony pd 170 and am very happy with it, however, I know that HD is the way to go. Trying to find an HD camera that allows me to shoot HD SD as well as 16X9 & 4X3. The biggest thing for me is a
Re: HD Cameras
by Rick Wise 8 years ago
There are a few cameras that still shoot both SD and HD. The Canon HV20 30 40 does, but none of those models are terrific in low light. You have to go to a more expensive camera for good low-light han
Music theft
by John Sieber 8 years ago
I wasn't sure where to post this question on the COW boards, but I'm sure every one of you have touched this issue at some point... Using commercial music in your videos - are millions of people getti
Re: Music theft
by JIm MacMorran 8 years ago
For over twenty years I've been telling clients that they cannot use copyrighted materials in their productions. For twenty years many have listened, but some have not. A few got into trouble for it.
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TV docs and EX1
by Rick Wise 8 years ago
I am trying to convince a producer to switch from shooting an upcoming series of reality TV shows from the Red to the EX1. (Ease and speed of handling being the main reasons.) Can anyone name any show
Re: TV docs and EX1
by Rick Wise 8 years ago
There's a great description of shooting a feature on the EX1 by Adam Wilt: http: provideocoalition.com index.php awilt story maelstrom_production_part_1 Note his embrace of the DvRig Junior for all ha
hand held rig
by Rick Wise 8 years ago
Has any Red user found a hand-held rig that works well with Red Easy-rig other After way too many years of being Mr. human tripod, my back has gone south and I'm looking for a way to shoot hand-held w
Re: hand held rig
by shan mugaa 8 years ago
try tennis ball. put it in between tripod and camera. it gives slight the same effect of handheld.
Recommended 23-24" Monitor for AppleBook
by Rick Wise 9 years ago
What external 23-24" monitor do you recommend for use with FCP Dell makes one that's about $200 less than Apple's, but I suspect the color accuracy is equally less reliable.Rick Wise director of photo
Re: Recommended 23-24" Monitor for AppleBook
by Rick Wise 9 years ago
I'm keenly aware of the dangers of using any computer screen to color correct. However, everything I'm working on these days is for internet (Flash), so such monitors are actually just fine. Were thes
iMac OK for FCP Studio 2?
by Rick Wise 9 years ago
I am making the jump from Vegas 8 to Final Cut Pro Studio 2(only because the market says I must....) and therefore migrating from Windows to Mac. I am considering the top-of-the-line iMac, with 24" sc
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Re: iMac OK for FCP Studio 2?
by Rick Wise 9 years ago
Great. I get it: by "Media Drive" you mean a separate hard drive for the raw video, which is also very necessary for editing in Vegas. The Raid set-up makes great sense. When these crash, do you have
How to handle the financial side of a video business
by Dave Petteruto 10 years ago
Hello All, hope your all having a great Thanksgiving weekend! I am starting to get a lot of work at our local high school doing highlight videos for various sports teams. I film games throughout the s
Re: How to handle the financial side of a video business
by Rick Wise 10 years ago
When making commercials for advertising agencies, it used to be the standard to charge 1 3 on signing the contract, 1 3 on completion of photography, and 1 3 on delivery of the edited master. Actual p
Adobe Flash CS3 or On2 Flix Pro
by Rick Wise 10 years ago
For quite a while I've used Windows Media 9 to display short (:30 to 1:00) samples of my film video work. Now I have a client who wants to post 2-5 minute videos. Unless you have a very powerful compu
Re: Adobe Flash CS3 or On2 Flix Pro
by Rick Wise 10 years ago
Quite so, David. Thanks.Rick Wise director of photography Oakland, CA www.RickWiseDP.com email: Rick@RickWiseDP.com
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