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Full-time DP for the last 30 years.
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February 12th 2007
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AF-100 multicam.
by Rob McWilliams 7 years ago
Anyone out there used 3 or more AF-100's with a switcher
Encoding Problem?
by Rob McWilliams 8 years ago
Hi guys. Having an issue on playback after encoding. Video is 16x9 native. On full screen billboards I have text and a logo which is round. After encoding, MP4, on playback in QT round logo slightly o
Re: Encoding Problem?
by Rob McWilliams 8 years ago
Thank you much.
Camera I can use with Infrared
by Rob McWilliams 9 years ago
I have an upcoming shoot where I need 6 camcorders to do night shooting. Shooting in pitch black but will be using infrared illuminators. Any ideas I like the canon cameras as I can get longer record
Re: Camera I can use with Infrared
by Rob McWilliams 9 years ago
I'd love to shoot HD, but record times are an issue. If no HD then at least 16x9. Is there such a beast
Flolight 1024
by Jarrod Boord 9 years ago
Hi Guys I have just bought 2 x of the new Flolight 1024's LED 1x1 dimmable lights. They say they are around 5600k however they have a horrible green color cast. I will attach some screen grabs from a
Re: Flolight 1024
by Rob McWilliams 9 years ago
Jared: What kind of camera are you using Are you using preset Is flolight your only source or are you adding any other lights Dumb question, but have you white balanced with the flolight on If so, wha
Infra Red and night vision camcorders
by Rob McWilliams 9 years ago
Looking for advice on setting up system for multiple camera night vision infra red recording.
hdx900
by Rob McWilliams 10 years ago
Had a question from client wishing to record live DVD with window while shooting interviews. Haven't had this request before. ANyone done this I see the SONY VRD-MC6 which looks like it might work. I
Re: hdx900
by Jeremy Garchow 10 years ago
Turn the cg to on.
hdx900
by Rob McWilliams 10 years ago
Had a question from client wishing to record live DVD with window while shooting interviews. Haven't had this request before. ANyone done this I see the SONY VRD-MC6 which looks like it might work. I
Re: hdx900
by Mark D'Agostino 10 years ago
Hi Rob, Take your video from the "video out" on the rear of the HDX900. On the side panel move the video out switch to "vbs" and move the "characters" switch to "on". That's it. We record with tc wind
rights!
by Rob McWilliams 11 years ago
Say you produce a corporate video. Who retains rights to field masters, edited master and graphical elements Producer or client after final payment Thanks
Re: rights!
by Philip Howells 11 years ago
Those of us who work in an international environment also need to remember that copyright law varies from country to country. This makes clear an explicit Terms of Business even more important. That w
First Broadcast TV Production Help Needed
by aaronstockton 12 years ago
I was hired a few months ago to be the videographer at a small advertising company. I have about 10 years experience with video. Mostly my job here has been to create local small market TV spots and i
Re: First Broadcast TV Production Help Needed
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Aaron: I throw my two cents in. See below. The company I work for has committed to a job in which I will be required to produce from beginning to end several episodes of a brand new show for nationwid
Lighting Layout
by vashwood 12 years ago
Hello, I'm wanting to redo the lighting to my living room dining room area. The layout is attached below. Right now I have a dated chandelier in the dining room and I have a floor lamp in my living ro
Re: Lighting Layout
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
yes watch Home and Garden TV. This isn't Home Depot forum.
On-location "phone patch?"
by Bob O'Brien 12 years ago
I have a client that needs to direct a videotaped interview from 2000 miles away. The client must be able to speak to and hear the interviewees. Any creative solutions Thanks! Bob O'Brien
Re: On-location "phone patch?"
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Sorry to jump in late. Put a speaker phone on the interviewee's lap. I do these all the time for the networks. We use a JK audio hybrid with comtek IFB. But for the low budget or someone who doesn't o
DVCAM / DVC PRO HUGE Mistake
by William Bearden 12 years ago
A couple of weeks ago we produced a banquet for a local church. We had a simple 2 camera setup which we took to i-mag and tape. The rental company sent Panasonic AJ-D650 DVC Pro record deck, into whic
Re: DVCAM / DVC PRO HUGE Mistake
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Wow: What great posts. This how these forums should work. Here is a little trick we use to ensure we're recording with TOD timecode. After setting TC's, and reset control track to 00:00:00 and you've
wirless audio solutions for camera
by scott cary 12 years ago
First time poster here. Been looking everywhere for an affordable belt pack or body pack solution for connecting pair of Lectrosonics UCR-190 recievers to a Sony HVR-Z1U. The hotshoe mount makes the c
Re: wirless audio solutions for camera
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
John: Sorry top jump so late but I have been on the road the last month. I own an HVR and what I do (if I'm OMB) is use two custom made XLR's and put the recievers in a fanny pack and run the cables u
Wireless out from mixer
by rosh kadri 12 years ago
hello, i often shoot dances in a hall. The problem is the reverby sound from the band being in one side of the room and using an on camera mic, so, i want better audio. The band often has a mixer (i d
Re: Wireless out from mixer
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Newbee: Are you shooting from a fixed position or handheld Hard wire is the best option but (ONLY) if you can dress the cable and keep it out of harms way. You have to take liability into consideratio
when to normalise audio
by Rob Hindley 12 years ago
I have debating with a colleague the best time in the audio cleaning process to normalise a track to pull it into the acceptable decibel range. Is there an industry standard workflow for cleaning audi
Re: when to normalise audio
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
In the field. Hire a professional audio tech and get it onto tape the right way from the start. Also, when in the field, recored 1k tone along with bars and when ingesting set up to the 1k tone. And i
chromakeying head to toe
by yearnandlearn 12 years ago
When attempting to chroma key a person from head to toe (20x 30 greenscreen)how do you eliminate the floor shadows I'm using two light kits. No lighting grid. Two back lights, two lights for the chrom
Re: chromakeying head to toe
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
What wattage and what color temperature How tall is the ceiling and how much depth in the room where your setting up And do you have a waveform Do you have access to HMI's
DVX100B regen vs. TC Preset & timecode
by filmstudent 12 years ago
Hello, Can someone please explain to me the best approach to setting the camera so that timecode breaks are unlikely to happen. If I want to set the tape at 01:00:00, do I need to be in preset and the
Re: DVX100B regen vs. TC Preset & timecode
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Filmstudent: I don't have anything to sell so here goes. Preset is fine if you are shoooting throughout the day on the same tape. There is no need to back up a few seconds after each scene. That only
Can I get more color
by Nelson May 12 years ago
I have shot this with an HVX200 SD, with 2 300w with (I am not sure) about a 1 2 ND sheet for diffusion. The lights are about 12FT from the subject. When I move closer about three feet, the lighting l
Re: Can I get more color
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Nelson: Why the ND ND cuts transmission by about 30%. Your better off using spun diffusion or light frost pinned to barn doors. The still doesn't look that bad actually. Maybe a tad under exposed. Ski
Power Requirements?
by Brad Holland 12 years ago
Hi All...I'm going to be shooting a very important interview next month, but it will be in a room in a hotel that I am totally unfamiliar with. I want to make sure that there won't be any problems wit
Re: Power Requirements?
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Like John said most hotel room have two circuits. One in main room and one in bathroom. They will either be 15 or 20 amp circuits. Smartest thing to do is check with hotel mainteance or electrician. A
Clog, No Clog
by John Nelson 12 years ago
Has THIS ever happened to you 1. Record bars. No clog light comes on. Play back bars on DVX, looks like clog (horizontal bars on screen). 2. Put tape in cheap Canon for transfer, crystal clear image.
Re: Clog, No Clog
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Juan: I have owned 3 DVX-100's. I have never had a problem with head clogs. I go by one rule and one rule only. Use only one type brand of tape stock and stick with it. And use the highest quality you
News HD B-roll Package Question
by Daniel Stone 12 years ago
I'm filming a b-roll package for a client with a Varicam. I'm going to downconvert and submit the final on BetaSP. My question is 16:9 or 4:3 - I know our local stations broadcast in 'fake-d' (upconve
Re: News HD B-roll Package Question
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
DP: No matter what people say SP is still out there. Even though I own a Varicam, DVX-100A, SONY HVR and lease an HVX-900 I still shoot with my HL-V59 almost daily. On almost all b-rolls we do, myself
Aligning a Varicam
by Daniel Miller 12 years ago
Hey guys, The shop I work at just got a new Varicam H model. We have a Chroma Dumonde Chart and the whole set up, I was wondering if anyone had a link or reference that would give me a run down on how
Re: Aligning a Varicam
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
I trust John!
Shooting in a dark room. Wet FIlm!
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
I have an upcoming shoot where i May need to shoot video in a film (wet) darkroom under red light or even no light. Only two options I can think of is shooting with gains way up or consumer night visi
Re: Shooting in a dark room. Wet FIlm!
by Mark Suszko 12 years ago
Do you have to shoot the real film developing Or can this shot be faked with pre-developed negative and paper In which case, you can light any way you want. Instead of using just a red bulb, you could
Shooting in a dark room. Wet FIlm!
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
I have an upcoming shoot where i May need to shoot video in a film (wet) darkroom under red light or even no light. Only two options I can think of is shooting with gains way up or consumer night visi
Firewire adapter for Vari
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
I have shoot coming up where client wants to record HD signal via firewire to his computer FCP. What is a good HD-SDI to Firewire adpator I know AJA and Mirnada make them but thought I would check wit
Re: Firewire adapter for Vari
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
thanks. talked to Panasonic. Only real option is the 900. Thanks
Calibration tone
by Rodney Morris 12 years ago
I thought I would share a little secret that I've used for the last couple of years, that some of you may already be using, but if not, this could be helpful. And that is, changing your calibration to
Re: Calibration tone
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
I apologize for jumping late. But I couldn't let this one go. First, why the heck are you listening to tone Set it, check it, record it. 1K is the defacto standard for the industry. Has been for the 2
Broadcast Mics
by Bill Ballis 12 years ago
I am looking to buy the DVX100B to shoot some 30 minute pilots where I am profiling businesses, events, how thing are made, locales, etc. My goal is to license the shows to networks. My question: Is t
Re: Broadcast Mics
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Sailor: I own a 100A in addition to my broadcast gear. What I use on it is the Sennheiser 100's. $600 for diversity and 1500 channels and a handheld transmitter. Plus they come with a clip to mount on
Another fixture question
by Vince Becquiot 12 years ago
Thanks for the advice on the previous post. So, I do need some specific interview fixtures. I usually rent the Arrilites 1000 with chimeras etc. Now, should I just buy the 2K, and just change bulbs wh
Re: Another fixture question
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Vincent: Sorry for jumping in late. But why do you need a 2k What are you trying to light
I want GREAT sound at Events from the 100B
by Thomas Roberts 12 years ago
Could you direct me to a site, DVD etc. that explains tweaking the 100B sound recording capabilities I shoot with the 100B and got some really blown out levels at a Big band event. I need to learn how
Re: I want GREAT sound at Events from the 100B
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Good Advice all. When recording for live events we always get a "LINE LEVEL" feed from main board. In all the years we have been at it we have never been turned down. Of course you'll need to approach
Reddish Video
by Derek Natzke 12 years ago
Hello, I am a newbie with this camera and my browns are looking a little red. I there anything that I can do to correct this issue I have discovered the DVFilm Maker website and they have a very detai
Re: Reddish Video
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Duke: Are you shooting indoors or outdoors Is the whole image red or just skin tone Are you using lights and if so, are you lighting indoors or outdoors
Production Questions//mini Mic for SONY HDR FX7
by Jason Harvey 12 years ago
Hello - I am shooting on a SONY HDR FX7 -great HDV camera EXCEPT for no XLR input. ONLY Mini! I dont know much about mics...Can someone point me in in the right direction Mostly looking for a handhel
Re: Production Questions//mini Mic for SONY HDR FX7
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Sennheiser ew100ENGG2 wireless set-up. You get the best of both worlds. Comes with mini and XLR cables. Has nice mount for hot shoe. Also comes with butt plug to make your stick into a wireless. And o
Lamp Breakage in Joker-Bug 400
by Bob Birkett 12 years ago
When the lamp in my Joker-Bug 400 cracked open on a flight, I discovered that the frosted glass beaker was just loose enough that it came in contact with lamp, causing the breakage. After consulting w
Re: Lamp Breakage in Joker-Bug 400
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
LOL I wasn't saying use a double case I was asking what type of JOKER case you are using. Single or double. Happy Travels.
shooting DV
by mirko parmigiani 12 years ago
Hi Everyone. I am basically trying to decide what best camera to use for my shooting. I am creating a TV commercial and will be entirely shoot inside a white infinite studio. I will be filming three c
Re: shooting DV
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
I would not use the HVR. I own one and whenever I use it to shoot with white backgrounds it drives me crazy. I still haven't figured it out yet, but when I shoot say a talking head in front of a white
outfitting a high school film program
by Corbin Supak 12 years ago
Hi there. My film students have access to a few lights, and we have about $2k- $3k to acquire some more. Currently, we own a few Mole-Richardson lights (2 minis, 3 babies, 1 junior). A few Lowell ligh
Re: outfitting a high school film program
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Teach them to use flexfills and Whitecards! Teach the value of looking at natrual light and ways to use it. It will help them out in the long run. They will learn how to use time of day and sun angles
Arri vs. Altman kit (the same?)
by Doug Davis 12 years ago
Any tips greatly appreciated... Here is what I am comparing: Arri: http: www.bhphotovideo.com bnh controller home O=2247&A=details&Q=&sku=72157&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation Altman: http:
Re: Arri vs. Altman kit (the same?)
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Doug: First off are you going travel Need to take weight into consideration. And durability! Any time I see a wheeled case, it tells me heavy and bulky. Two things I stay away from. What type of shoot
Varicam Crew availalbe in Northern California
by Rob McWilliams 12 years ago
Hi Fellow Cow Posters. Just wanted to pass along that our Varicam package is available with seasoned DP for your next shoot. Thanks
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