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Robert Withers

Independent/personal/avant-garde cinema
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June 27th 2006
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half of an old project won't play correctly?
by Andy Engelkemier 8 hours ago
I say old, but it's just from last year, so not Terribly old. I've already started a new project and Imported the previous project in. Still nothing. One thing I noted was that even if I open one of t
Re: half of an old project won't play correctly?
by Robert Withers 1 hour ago
Hi Andy, Premiere changes so fast that last year's project may indeed seem old. Do you have the version of Premiere that you edited it in Probably you've already considered this. Cheers, Robert Robert
FCP7 serial number?
by Robert Withers 2 days ago
Hello, I haven't used FCP7 in at least 6 years. When I try to open it, it asks for a serial number. How do I deal with that Thanks, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New Y
Re: FCP7 serial number?
by Robert Withers 2 days ago
Thanks, David. Turns out there was no actual FCP7 software on the computer, just lots of aliases and supporting files. I ordered a new set of disks from ebay for 50 bucks. Fingers crossed. Robert Robe
Shot on iPhone 11 Pro
by Oliver Peters 4 weeks ago
Something to debate about https: youtu.be bvtwWhKdxhM BTS https: youtu.be dj6Lw7jnqBI - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
Re: Shot on iPhone 11 Pro
by Robert Withers 4 weeks ago
The biggest challenges I have with using the iphone because it's "the camera that I have with me" is that it's so light and jiggly and you can't view what you are shooting if you want to be unobtrusiv
A warning about Catalina and the 2019 Mac Pro
by Herb Sevush 4 weeks ago
Yes, I did it. I bought a new Mac Pro. It arrived last Friday and I figured that by the end of this week I would be posting a glowing review along with a discussion about various upgrades and configur
Re: A warning about Catalina and the 2019 Mac Pro
by Robert Withers 4 weeks ago
Thanks for the word, Herb. I have had my "Install Mojave" USB standing by for a new imac or Macbook so will take the time to check if either has Catalina on it. Robert Robert Withers Independent perso
New life for content originally produced for DVDs?
by Ron Hershey 2 months ago
I wanted to get some feedback from the COW Community about a service our company could provide. As we all know, at one time there was a great deal of content produced and distributed on DVDs. Much of
Re: New life for content originally produced for DVDs?
by Robert Withers 2 months ago
Thanks so much, Ron. Are you distributing this software or could you provide a name or a link All best, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Macbook Air limit
by Robert Withers 2 months ago
Hello all, I found the limit for using Resolve 15 on a MB Air. A few display buttons don't appear and Resolve crashes after getting past 40 minutes in an HD timeline to playback or export. Works OK up
Re: Macbook Air limit
by Robert Withers 2 months ago
Agreed, Brad. That would probably be best before _buying_ a computer too. I read the requirements on the bmd site and they were a little vague. Then I read in a forum that somebody didn't expect to ru
Davinci Resolve Background Rendering
by Miguel Sonza 2 months ago
Is Resolve's Render Cache Fusion Output (formerly Render Cache Clip Source) similar to FCPX's Background rendering If it is, then I'll gladly switch full time to Resolve than Premiere.
Re: Davinci Resolve Background Rendering
by Robert Withers 2 months ago
Thanks for your time, Brad, that's so helpful. Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Mic selection
by Rob Dunford 3 months ago
I don't do a lot of location sound (mainly video interviews), but I have a small event coming up and need some advice on mic type. It's a small meeting with about 12 folk in one room. The people will
Re: Mic selection
by Robert Withers 2 months ago
Hi Rob, I would expect an omni would _emphasize_ the "liveness" of the room rather than reduce it. Best, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Are you still authoring DVDs?
by Greg Ball 3 months ago
I have a client looking to author 30 individual DVDs with Chapters. In my opinion DVDs are old school. How many of their clients even have DVD players What are you folks doing now Are you authoring th
Re: Are you still authoring DVDs?
by Robert Withers 3 months ago
Hi Greg, I'm curious. What's the new school Flash drives or some IT guy installs files on multiple laptops I'm copying files onto flash drives to have something physical to hand out but I wish there w
Double click to open in source window -- no clip image
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Hello all, For once I thought I'd try to do it by the book: The Definitive Guide to DAVINCI RESOLVE 15. So I downloaded the lessons, started stepping through the book, imported the media, and got to s
Re: Double click to open in source window -- no clip image
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Thanks, Mark, These are files downloaded from BM to accompany their book on DVR 15. I will look at what they are. Meanwhile: I got the clip to appear -- saved the project, closed DVR, changed display
Web Video Codecs
by Melisa Bala 4 months ago
Hello, I am searching for an optimal codec for exporting AE animations for web. They are without backgrounds, and they have to be smaller than 500 KB. I tried some of the Media Encoder's codecs but I
Re: Web Video Codecs
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Hi Melisa, What I'm picking up from various groups is that bitrate is a big determiner of file size. I keep trying lower bit rates until I get the size I need. Can't help with the alpha channel. Rober
Any recs for an extnernal drive
by Noam Osband 4 months ago
Im looking to purchase a new 4tb external HD to use with my RocketStor thunderbolt bay. I figured I'd reach out and see if anyone has recs for particular brands So many to choose from!
Re: Any recs for an extnernal drive
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Hi Noam, I've been using G-Tech brand spinning disks for a few years, including a couple of 4 TB boxes. No problems. They're built for Firewire so I have to use hubs to connect to recent computers. Ch
jog control for fine jogging is missing
by Bob Cole 3 years ago
Is there some reason that the jog control button (on the same row of the Source Record Viewers as the playback buttons, and to the immediate right of the speaker button) does not show up on my Viewers
Re: jog control for fine jogging is FOUND
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Thanks, Bob. Yes that's the jog control I found in the manual. Tried extreme settings on Mac Display Prefs but it doesn't appear on this little 13-inch screen. Yes, the cursor arrows work, but frame-a
Where is the Timeline Viewer?
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Hello All, Is this supposed to pop up if I hover near the bottom of the timeline Have I somehow shaped the Timeline so that the Viewer controls are hidden Please help. Thanks, Robert Robert Withers In
Digitizing vintage cassette and reel-to-reel tape
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Hello, Any tips or tricks on this topic I used a $35 cassette-to-digital converter for a trial run. Persisted through the software crashes and one squealing glitch 3 4 of the way through the tape. Got
Re: Digitizing vintage cassette and reel-to-reel tape
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Thanks, Steve. Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Question about digitizing tape (yes you read that right)
by Todd VanSlyck 4 months ago
I wasn't sure where to post this, I figured this forum has the most knowledgeable user base about it. I'm donating an old Canon XL2 to a few young kids that have the film-making bug, but don't have a
Re: Question about digitizing tape (yes you read that right)
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Hi All, My 5 Firewire drives are working fine with my Mojave-based Airbook though running through a Thunderbolt dock to whichthunderboltisit 2, I think. It's an interesting challenge to work with vint
What do y'all recommend for a distribution format/file size
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
for a half hour film scan I'm trying to find the sweet spot between a 44 GB ProRes .mov file and a 1.45 GB .mp4. Or is the 1.45 .mp4 file the sweet spot Thanks, Robert Robert Withers Independent perso
Re: What do y'all recommend for a distribution format/file size
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Thanks, Mark. Yes, "Classrooms and informal local gatherings in a hotel ballroom or something like that" is pretty much the target . . . An important concern is file size -- for a 25 minute film I hav
Premiere Pro Title Tool
by Debbie Elbin 5 months ago
Does anyone know have experience in how to export subtitles created in the PP 2019 Title Tool to a txt or even better Word file
Re: Premiere Pro Title Tool
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
It's my impression that many manipulations of Premier Pro projects are done as a manipulation or "effects" change to the project file and do not exist outside the project file code. Robert Withers Ind
Can't resize UI window
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Hello, I'm working with Pr 2019 on an underpowered Macbook Air (away from home) and the project windows come up too big, particularly the height. I can't resize the window to fit on my screen cause I
Re: Can't resize UI window
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Thanks, Todd. How do you trash the prefs in Resolve R Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Apple sues RED over RAW Patents
by Craig Seeman 6 months ago
Apple sues RED over RAW Patents https: www.eoshd.com 2019 08 apple-sues-red-as-lawyers-petition-for-cancellation-of-raw-patent-claims
Re: Apple sues RED over RAW Patents
by Bob Zelin 6 months ago
hysterical. wow - Apple is really becoming evil. Its more than System Integrity Protection. It's more than obsoleting all their old hardware. They just want to screw everyone that is not an official "
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Should I take the role? Audio Trainee
by Nicolette Hurnen 7 months ago
I'm currently 1.5 years through a 3 year degree in film production and I have been offered a 6 week position as an Audio Trainee on a feature film. But unfortunately, taking the position would mean th
Re: Should I take the role? Audio Trainee
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
Ty has a great perspective on all of this and I'm only going to add something short and glib because it's late: It's great to be any kind of trainee or intern on a feature if you work closely with som
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How to grab stills
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
Hi, I import a film into a new project in Resolve 15 (Macbook Air, Mohave 10.14), go to the View menu to grab some stills and all the Stills actions are grayed out. What do I need to do differently to
Reinstalled OS and can't find where to download CS6
by Philip Scoggins 7 months ago
Ok, so I switched to Adobe CC about 4 years ago and loved it. I shoot some dance recitals and stuff where people want to buy DVDs, so I found out how I could just download Premiere Pro CS6 and get Enc
Re: Reinstalled OS and can't find where to download CS6
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
Hi Philip, What OS did you install on whatever machine you're using (What is that machine ) And what OS is on your Macbook I hear Adobe has been limiting access to earlier apps but others will know mo
how to make high FPS look acceptable when played back real time
by marco noe 7 months ago
hi everyone, does anyone have any thoughts on how to retime high frame rate footage to appear similar to standard 24-25 fps play back please here's an example of what im talking about.. https: www.you
Re: how to make high FPS look acceptable when played back real time
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
To this mildly untutored eye looks beautiful at certain moments similar to standard 24-25 fps play back. I think your editor has done a great job. R Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cin
Zoom amateur
by Aaron Lloyd 7 months ago
Hey Guys, I I am not an audio pro, and I am in the process of hiring one going forward. But my question is I have the H4N, a Sennheiser lav, and a Rode NTG 3. Can I record using both mics to have 2 se
Re: Zoom amateur
by Ty Ford 7 months ago
Hello Aaron, Richard, Robert and Peter (The Creative Cow Audio Dream Team) have all given you solid info. I'll add that I think I remember that the Zoom H4N may be equipped with a double record featur
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Are there standard, bug-free, reliable versions of Premiere Pro CC?
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
Hi all, I got into Pr Pro unfortunately a little late -- after the window for outright purchase of CS 6 software, which I've always heard of as reliable, predictable, versatile software. So I got stuc
Re: Are there standard, bug-free, reliable versions of Premiere Pro CC?
by Antoine Dorni 7 months ago
Hi Robert, That's a good question. If you are fine with PPro CS6, then stay with it for as long as you can. Don't update just because you want to stay up to date, it will make your life miserable with
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Robert Withers liked this 7 months ago
RAID setup for 4k editing- Advice sought!
by Varun Trikha 7 months ago
Hello, Can the kind editing porofessionals help me out with their valuable feedback and advice here, please. I have been working on a documentary as a director for 5 years and now we are entering the
Re: RAID setup for 4k editing- Advice sought!
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
Hi Varun, This is a partial answer because I haven't used RAIDs either. I can't tell from your description exactly how you plan to use a new RAID drive and the 3 external drives. Keep the 3 external d
Project settings questions
by Kenneth Maultsby 7 months ago
Hello, everyone, I need some advice on project settings. I am still a novice with DR but learning quickly. On our last trip my wife and recorded videos on our smartphones at 3840x2160 @ 29.97. I also
Re: Project settings questions
by Marc Wielage 7 months ago
Smartphones are bad choices for editing, because they often run at variable speed, which is problematic for editing. Get an app and convert it to a usable constant-frame format like DNxHR or ProRes, a
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No Audio in exported DVinci .XMF files, when imported into AVID MC
by Moritz Fuchs 8 months ago
Hi guys, quite a newbie to the whole AVID scene to be honest. But i wanted to link Timecodes from a shoot and it won't worl in AVID so i linked them in DVinci Resolve. Now i want to import them into A
Re: No Audio in exported DVinci .XMF files, when imported into AVID MC
by Glenn Sakatch 8 months ago
We need a bit more information. When posting questions like this, provide as much detail as possible for the workflow you have tried. By linking timecodes, i'm assuming you mean Avid wouldn't link to
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Zoom H5 cutting out when inputs selected
by Suzie McCarthy 9 months ago
Hi everyone, hoping somebody can help. I have a 1 year old zoom h5 and recently bought an external mic to plug in to its xlr inputs. However, I'm finding when I select the input (1 or 2) the recorder
Re: Zoom H5 cutting out when inputs selected
by Robert Withers 9 months ago
Suzie and all: My Zoom H5 shows 3 bars of battery power when the 2 AA batteries are newly replaced. It drops to 1 bar after an hour or two of use recording and powering one or more microphones that re
assistance with choosing video editor
by Robert Gillmer 9 months ago
I am trying to assist my daughter to create music videos, particularly the multi screen type and I need help determining which would be the best to go with. I have used Final Cut Pro X, but my Mac cra
Re: assistance with choosing video editor
by Robert Withers 9 months ago
Hi Robert, Non-Linear Editors can be complex and confusing. I've never used the recent FCP X, which I understand is one of a kind. I've found Premiere Pro to be expensive and over-complicated with all
External Hard Drive Not Mounting
by Molly Blank 9 months ago
I have been working on my external drive for months now and all of a sudden it isn't mounting on my computer. It shows up in Disk Utility, but when I hit the mount button nothing happens. The only new
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Robert Withers liked this 9 months ago
Storage & Backup Devices
by Abbey Smith 9 months ago
Hello, I'm curious how other graphic designers manage their files and backups, and what your workflow is like. For example, where do you keep your working current files and where do you keep your file
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Re: Storage & Backup Devices
by Eric-Jan van den Bogaard 5 months ago
Maybe you should mention the equipment currently in use interface, camera's network speed... -- Bedankt, Thanks, Eric-Jan van den Bogaard, Haarlem, Netherlands.
old QT movie won't open, says "converting": Apple compressor for FCP7?
by raju bhai 9 months ago
Hi, I have an old quicktime movie file, from over a decade ago. It won't open. Everytime i click on it it says "converting" with a progress bar. But it never finishes converting, just gets stuck. I ha
Re: old QT movie won't open, says "converting": Apple compressor for FCP7?
by Robert Withers 9 months ago
Hi Raju, How recent is your Compressor software Educator Larry Jordan and Apple have been warning us that ProRes and QT files won't be openable in Mac OS versions after Mojave ( OS 10.14) because Appl
Audio in Resolve 15
by Dave Edwards 10 months ago
I'd be grateful for any help with these. 1 If you set a track to be, say stereo left, using Adaptive 1, this seems to hold for the whole length of the track. Panning an individual clip doesn't then se
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Is Pro-Res still an option for archiving?
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
I posted the below a few days ago . . . no one reacted . . . is it too newb a question Not a "problem" topic Now related, Apple will be deprecating many codecs for any post-Mojave OS's -- how will thi
Re: Is Pro-Res still an option for archiving?
by Robert Withers 10 months ago
Hi Peter, I haven't done anything, since I don't have any special needs outside of maintaining my own backups. However, there are interesting discussions with some controversy that relate to the Apple
Run Final Cut Studio 3 on MacOS 10.14 Mojave >
by john oshea 10 months ago
How would i be able to install and run Final Cut Studio 3 on MacOS 10.12 Sierra & MacOS 10.13 High Sierra and MacOS 10.14 Mojave going forward even though this software is no longer supported by Apple
Re: Run Final Cut Studio 3 on MacOS 10.14 Mojave >
by Robert Withers 10 months ago
John, I don't think it will run under Mojave. I keep an "old" MBP running OS 10.8.5 Mountain Lion which I think was the last OS to officially support FCP7. Though I heard it would run under a slightly
workaround for continuing to use Final Cut Pro Studio?
by Dennis Roliff 11 months ago
Hi all, Dennis here. I'm a photographer videographer and, these days, I've had to add several other slashes in order to remain solvent in a smaller market ha ha. I have been working on a 2008 Mac Pro
Re: workaround for continuing to use Final Cut Pro Studio?
by Robert Withers 11 months ago
Hello Dennis, A few years ago I I decided on a simple solution to running FCP7 -- keep my old Macbook Pro with the Mountain Lion OS 10.8.5 software installed (now I'm running Premiere CC 2013 on it) a
Premiere Pro CC
by Doug Helsby 11 months ago
Encore CS6 had some useful additional content for making dvd menus et al. Does the current version of PP allow a dvd to be exported to Encore cs6 for burning; or do I need to create menus in PP . Does
Re: Premiere Pro CC
by John Pale 11 months ago
Can't make any promises, but I just installed re-installed Encore for a personal project on the latest MacOS Mojave and CC2019. It worked perfectly. You can export a master file from Premiere (Pro Res
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Mixing frame rates in a 24fps sequence
by Jeremy Warmsley 11 months ago
Hi there, I'm working on a supercut project with sources that I'm receiving at a variety of frame rates. What happens if I drop a 29.97fps clip into a 24fps sequence Will this be visible glitching on
Robert Withers liked this 11 months ago
Dumb Garage Band question on fading sections of individual tracks
by Mark Suszko 11 months ago
At the risk of ridicule for using GB and not Logic or something else, I come, hat-in-hand for advice... I'm goofing around in the latest version of Garage Band, making a multi-track vocal project. It'
Re: Dumb Garage Band question on fading sections of individual tracks
by Robert Withers 11 months ago
Hi Ty and Bruce, Friends of mine who work in performance and recorded audio use programs like Audacity (free) and Appleton Live to edit and mix sound. I just realized I have another free sound mixing
News: Steinberg Launches Nuendo 10 Audio Post-Production Workstation
by Cow News Droid 11 months ago
Nuendo 10 combines premium audio quality with a sheer endless number of advanced editing tools, intelligent workflow enhancements and exciting new features (Amburg, Germany--March 21, 2019) Steinberg
Re: News: Steinberg Launches Nuendo 10 Audio Post-Production Workstation
by Robert Withers 11 months ago
Will a "a sheer endless number of advanced editing tools" require a sheer endless number of hours spent learning and using them Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Cyborg Sound Effect
by Kevin Camin 11 months ago
Hi! I have a futuristic shot where I need a few ideas on how to source stock or folly some sfx. I have a cyborg that crumples into a defeated posture and am looking for ideas on how to get a mechanica
Re: Cyborg Sound Effect
by Robert Withers 11 months ago
This thread's a little confusing -- "studio design" is not about audio. When you look for your SFX, remember you may get best results by layering mixing a few individual SFX. Robert Withers Independen
The real scoop on premiere pro export settings for you tube
by Kevin Dawson 12 months ago
I have a 32 minute 1080p video that I would like like to upload to you tube. I have been told to ignore you tube recommended target bit rate settings of 8 to 10 megabits per second. They say that was
Re: The real scoop on premiere pro export settings for you tube
by David Roth Weiss 12 months ago
Kevin, You say you only want it run smoothly, but I m sure that if your video played smoothly, but was totally pixelated, you d not be happy at all. Right That s because ALL video compressionists stru
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synchs and stems
by mark thompson 12 months ago
Hi, I went to a panel on the Bohemian Rhapsody sound department. They mentioned a few times "synchs" and "stems". What are synchs and stems I looked up stems but I'm still not clear what they are or w
Re: synchs and stems
by Richard Crowley 12 months ago
By "sync" they are probably referring to sound clips that are synchronized to the video film. If the scene is an actual live performance, then the "sync" track will be what was actually recorded while
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Capturing Mini DV Timecode & Date with FCP7
by Ben Harris 1 year ago
Hi, I am currently doing some work in my spare time on a documentary where they have a bunch of Mini DV tapes they need ingesting. I have been successfully digitising for a few days now but have just
Re: Capturing Mini DV Timecode & Date with FCP7
by Robert Withers 12 months ago
May be a side issue but heads up -- shots from mini-DV tapes came into my FCP long ago from stereo audio tracks (from a stereo mic) as double mono. After transfer to Premiere they are locked in as dua
DVD/Web audio level
by Bryce Douglass 1 year ago
Hello, I've read several articles on this and they all seem to be different. In general I've heard levels for DVD web should be -6db but in some projects I make I find that to be too loud. I also have
Re: DVD/Web audio level
by Bruce Watson 1 year ago
There's far better people on this forum to answer this one. But since no one else is giving an answer... Bryce Douglass "does the -6db mean every single word in a piece of audio is -6db or is that jus
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Davinci resolve system requirements
by Amyleigh Sult 1 year ago
I want to download Davinci on my laptop to edit YouTube videos but I'm afraid my computer wont be able to handle it. So I was hoping to get some advice. My main concern is that my computer is only 32b
Re: Davinci resolve system requirements
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Resolve 15 is running on my 2017 Macbook Air with 8 GB RAM. Not trying to do any heavy lifting. Download and try it was the only advice I could get so I did and it worked. Best wishes, Robert Robert W
Assistance to learn Resolve 15 + "upgrade database"
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Hello, I have the free DV 15.2.2.007, I bought a Ripple training series and a book by BM design called The Definitive Guide to DAVINCI RESOLVE 15, and I have the Resolve 15 pdf "manual." And Lynda. I'
Wifi at IMAC OS X 10.14.3 can't turn on
by Dedy Susanto 1 year ago
hi, why I can't connect wifi. I try to move some file at system configuration like airport, preferences, and some file but still can't turn on the wifi. anyone have idea... thank you
Re: Wifi at IMAC OS X 10.14.3 can't turn on
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
System Pref doesn't work. Check router Netgear Support is helpful with this stuff for a price. Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
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