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Looking for a new lighting instrument
by Ty Ford 5 months ago
Hi, I have an audio studio in which I ve installed a charcoal muslin back drop and very simple 5-point lighting. Here s an example of what that looks like. Pretty simple. https: www.youtube.com watch
Re: Looking for a new lighting instrument
by Rick Wise 5 months ago
Nicely and gently put, Todd. I know I'm not alone in this experience: in my very long career as a cinematographer and sometimes director, I've come to realize that great sound people are almost a diff
Light meter or no light meter, that is the question?
by Olivier Prudhomme 6 months ago
It seems light meters allow for super precise light control. Do you guys use them for video work I am not talking Hollywood movies but dsl shoots. Until now I relied on false colors and lots of settin
Re: Light meter or no light meter, that is the question?
by Rick Wise 6 months ago
The meter I suggested costs $219. check eBay for used ones for even less. Also at times B&H and Adorama will have a used one. As for lighting ratios, I've never paid any attention to that, but if you'
Reducing glare on a lightboard?
by Adam Leonard 6 months ago
Reposted from the Studio Design forum because that one seemed a little quiet, and I need an answer soonish. So I'm working at a mid-sized university putting together a lightboard studio. It's mostly d
Re: Reducing glare on a lightboard?
by Rick Wise 6 months ago
So it is the instructor who looks at the monitor How about putting it slightly below the camera and tilted up, or slightly above and titled down What is on the monitor that the instructor needs to see
Burn DVD with 720x480 so that it plays correctly on wide-screen TV
by Rick Wise 6 months ago
I am trying to make a DVD from 720x480 media (16mm film transferred to digital) so that it will play back correctly on a wide-screen TV, adding black borders left and right instead of spreading the im
Re: Burn DVD with 720x480 so that it plays correctly on wide-screen TV
by Rick Wise 6 months ago
Thank you for your replies. I discovered that the reason the DVD player that's attached to my TV didn't show the movie correctly is this old player doesn't automatically adjust to the 4:3 format. I ha
VOB file too big for its type?
by Diane Sosnoski 11 years ago
I encoded my files using the Main Concept MPEG-2 DVD Architect Template in Vegas and rendered the audio as Dolby Digital AC3. I have a 3 page main menu with 21 links. When I click on "Make DVD" and th
Re: VOB file too big for its type?
by Rick Wise 6 months ago
Thank you for replying to my inquiry, and my apologies for being so slow to respond! It looks like that even though I get that error message, DVD Architect burns the disc anyway. So I don't think we n
Successfully Achieving an "Evenly Dim/Evenly Dark/Evenly Moody" Look
by Logan McIntyre 7 months ago
Hi everyone. I'll be shooting a short film this summer that'll require several scenes with a more or less "evenly" dim lowlight look indoors. Scenes that look like moonlight or dusk interiors, but the
Re: Successfully Achieving an "Evenly Dim/Evenly Dark/Evenly Moody" Look
by Rick Wise 7 months ago
Mark's suggestion of a small splash some sort of warm light in a blue-night scene helps address this phenomenon: if a scene is lit entirely by only one color, in a short while the viewer's eyes see th
Vegas Pro 16 for $5
by Rick Wise 8 months ago
There are several people selling Vegas Pro 16 for $5 or less. How can this be Rick Wise Cinematographer MFA BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University San Francisco Bay Area http: ww
Re: Vegas Pro 16 for $5
by Mike Kujbida 8 months ago
For $5 it's gotta be a cracked version. Run far away from offers like that
Howcome Red/Arri being with small sensor look so good in low light ?
by Soumendra Jena 8 months ago
Hi, my question might be vague for some experts, but I would love to learn the reason. I use full frame mirrorless cameras and totally love it. I had a project which involved a lot of low light and th
Re: Howcome Red/Arri being with small sensor look so good in low light ?
by Rick Wise 8 months ago
And a might good chest it is, Todd. (Sent from my new home in tiny Amador City, Ca, where two cars on the road at the same time is a traffic jam, and we count up to 186 good souls, excluding dogs, cat
How did they light the wide shot
by clyde villegas 9 months ago
I'm watching SNL on Youtube and saw this. https: www.youtube.com watch v=mWYcobbgIU0 How did they light the frontal wide shot It looks like each person is lit individually, as putting just one big key
Re: How did they light the wide shot
by Rick Wise 8 months ago
So try and find out! You own the panels. Put them up and see..... There's no better way to learn than by doing. Rick Wise Cinematographer MFA BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art Universi
Black and White video shoot
by chris pike 11 months ago
The last couple months I have been using my computer and cell phone with color off. I really think it has helped settle my mind and spirit. When I turn color back on, it is shocking and the colors way
Re: Black and White video shoot
by Rick Wise 11 months ago
Yes, you can mix any color lights for B&W. The only effect you'll see is slight darkening or lightening of vivid colors; a red shirt lit with tungsten lights will look a lighter shade of gray than if
Best aperture for a Lens
by mark thompson 1 year ago
I've been using camera side tools to check exposure (Zebras, False Color, gray card, etc.) which are all designed to not overexpose the sensor. At a camera talk demo someone mentioned that their chall
Re: Best aperture for a Lens
by Rick Wise 1 year ago
I have never paid much attention to "best aperture" for a lens other than paying attention to the fact that many lenses will give you crisper images if they are NOT wide open OR stopped all the way do
How does one make locations look good?
by ryan elder 1 year ago
For my next project I would like to make the locations and the production design look really good, since I didn't feel they looked that good in my previous works. I thought maybe I should just spend t
Re: How does one make locations look good?
by Rick Wise 1 year ago
Right here. Rick Wise Cinematographer MFA BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University San Francisco Bay Area http: www.RickWiseDP.com
Diffusion Scrim question: Two 4x4s or one 42x72?
by chris pike 2 years ago
I have to light a standing model from head to toe. I'm using two led panels, one at knee height and one at about 7 feet up (and pointed slightly down). The following question may seem trivial, but the
Re: Diffusion Scrim question: Two 4x4s or one 42x72?
by Rick Wise 2 years ago
Assuming your diffusion is set at least a couple of feet away from the light source(s), a "slight tilt" of the light(s) won't make much difference if the sheet goes straight down to the ground. Note t
Need to turn a windowless office into a professional video studio
by Anna Green 2 years ago
I'm in a bit of a strange situation. I'm a video producer at a relatively popular web publication. We shoot a lot of little lifehack how-to videos (mostly close-up, tabletop stuff showing hands manipu
Re: Need to turn a windowless office into a professional video studio
by Rick Wise 2 years ago
With your budget, I think your best bet is to stay with very simple consumer lights. You already have overall ambient light with those overhead fluorescents. Get something like this '4-lamp 4-feet fix
How to best light agricultural workers in the field
by Bill Sparkes 2 years ago
I've spent quite a bit of time reading various threads here, and researched various lights I could find online. Haven't found what I need so posting here. I'm in the process of documenting (video, not
Re: How to best light agricultural workers in the field
by Rick Wise 2 years ago
The first thing that comes to my mind is no lights at all, but various large bounced sunlight rigs. If you need some light to lift shadows, 12x12 or 12x20 ultra bounce or the largest gold-silver refle
recommendations for PC for extensive photoshop work
by Rick Wise 3 years 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 years 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
Adding graphics card - need advice
by Rick Wise 3 years 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 3 years 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
Latest build Vegas 14
by Rick Wise 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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
Coloring bulbs
by Rick Wise 4 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 4 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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Rick Wise liked this 4 years ago
New AWESOME piece of equipment
by Todd Terry 5 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 5 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 10 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 5 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 6 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 11 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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
Recommended 23-24" Monitor for AppleBook
by Rick Wise 11 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 11 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
Quite so, David. Thanks.Rick Wise director of photography Oakland, CA www.RickWiseDP.com email: Rick@RickWiseDP.com
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