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Robert Withers

Independent/personal/avant-garde cinema
Member Since:
June 27th 2006
451 Posts
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New York City
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4:3 in a 16/9 environment - creative question if you please..
by Mark Foerster 5 days ago
I have a Apollo doc that I'm cutting - alot of the source footage is 16mm from nasa and I'm currently going to just let it black pillarbox on both sides - wondering about any creative ways to make it
Re: 4:3 in a 16/9 environment - creative question if you please..
by Robert Withers 5 days ago
Hi Mark, There are probably many ways to make it different but I don't think there are any of making it better than the integrity of the 4:3 ratio of the original movie image. Think of any classic pho
No Audio in exported DVinci .XMF files, when imported into AVID MC
by Moritz Fuchs 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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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I have just ccrashed DaVinci 16
by Terence Christopher 3 weeks ago
I think that I should report an error that I made which cause DaVinci 16 to seize up. I found that one of my partially complete videos had recorded that link to a clip was missing. I thought it would
Re: I have just ccrashed DaVinci 16
by Robert Withers 3 weeks ago
I imagine we can all pass these things along to the software designers, eg via https: www.blackmagicdesign.com support contact email But thanks for reporting here. I'll stay away from the DV 16 for no
Zoom H5 cutting out when inputs selected
by Suzie McCarthy 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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Storage & Backup Devices
by Abbey Smith 2 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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old QT movie won't open, says "converting": Apple compressor for FCP7?
by raju bhai 2 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 2 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 2 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 7 months 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 3 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 3 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 3 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
Simple Audio Issue
by John Watts 3 months ago
From the stupid question department: I don't do a lot of audio work in Premiere, but, this is so simple it really makes me feel less than intelligent! The latest, v13.1, easy sequence and laying some
Re: Simple Audio Issue
by Robert Withers 3 months ago
Does it look like stereo on the timeline Pr Pro has something they call a stereo track which will show two waveform patterns in the timeline. Or do they call it "dual mono" I have a stereo track that
workaround for continuing to use Final Cut Pro Studio?
by Dennis Roliff 3 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 3 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 4 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 Robert Withers 4 months ago
Hi all, USBs work well and can carry large HD files. Does anyone use software for creating autorun menus on USB sticks or flash drives (I would need Mac) It would be nice to distribute several movies
Mixing frame rates in a 24fps sequence
by Jeremy Warmsley 4 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 4 months ago
Dumb Garage Band question on fading sections of individual tracks
by Mark Suszko 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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
I am having difficulty importing video clips into Da Vinci 15
by Terence Christopher 4 months ago
I previously asked about importing M2T files into Davinci 15. After help from many users I realised that DNxHD was immensely better and started switching to that format. However that also has been imp
Re: I am having difficulty importing video clips into Da Vinci 15
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Codecs and containers -- they're different. .mov and .mp4 are containers. Codecs live inside of containers. I have to look these up every time. I think h264 is a codec that can live in a .mov or .mp4.
Cyborg Sound Effect
by Kevin Camin 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 months 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 5 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
Premiere Exporting issue
by Sarah Morgan 5 months ago
Hello - Whenever I try to export a timeline that has video in it that wasn't shot from my camera, I can't. A quick window flashes up for a second and then nothing happens. Has anyone ever had this pro
Re: Premiere Exporting issue
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Hi Sarah, What are your timeline specs, what codec, and what are you exporting to Does Premiere send you to AME for export I always transcode to ProRes for editing -- never saw this. Cheers, Robert Ro
DVD/Web audio level
by Bryce Douglass 6 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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'
Archiving fun...
by tad newberry 5 months ago
Really, just part of the territory, but for months i'd been thinking about moving old date from old (internal) drives to newer, larger ones...also making sure those old drives are even still functiona
Re: Archiving fun...
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Thanks TC. I am that one client. In fact I am my own client. I've been making independent films since about 1970, like some of my friends. We archive our films for the life of the films. I recently at
Wifi at IMAC OS X 10.14.3 can't turn on
by Dedy Susanto 5 months 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 5 months 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
Repair for my Zoom Handy Recorder H4n and/or good option to replace it
by Philippa Day 5 months ago
Hi Does anyone have a recommendation for someone to repair my Zoom handy recorder H4n It has stopped working and don't have anyone who can do it. If it is dead, what does anyone suggest I buy to repla
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Re: Repair for my Zoom Handy Recorder H4n and/or good option to replace it
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Hi, The Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System works well. Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Moving project to Resolve
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Hello, I'm planning to cut loose from the rental lease system of Premiere when my subscription expires in April, and work with the free DaVinci Resolve, which I've tested a bit. Is there a way to move
Re: Moving project to Resolve
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Thanks, Greg, for all your info and thoughts. Good material. Cheers, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Hardware device question
by Ricardo Marty 7 months ago
I'm placing my tower under my desk but would like access to its ports on top of my desktop. The tower has 6 USB 3.1, 4 display ports, 2 HDMI ports. I would like to connect each of these to a box and f
Re: Hardware device question
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
I have a box from OWC that has Thunderbolt 2 (displayport), 3 USBs, an HDMI, an eithernet, firewire, audio in-out and something else I don't recognize. Best, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal
I am having trouble downloading Resolve, does anyone know how to fix this problem?
by ryan elder 6 months ago
I wanted to download the free version to try it out. I tried downloading DaVinci resolve but the only thing that seems to download is "DaVinci Resolve Panels". I try to open it, but then it says that
Re: I am having trouble downloading Resolve, does anyone know how to fix this problem?
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Congrats on doing the download, Ryan. No idea about installation on an external drive. Would it depend on how fast the drive and link are Most folks (like me) install software on the internal drive an
A question about upgrading from Resolve 14 to 15
by john whiteway 6 months ago
Hi. I've been reading as much as I can on the process of upgrading but still find myself with a few questions. My memory is that when I upgraded from 12.5 to 14 I failed to make a database back-up and
Re: A question about upgrading from Resolve 14 to 15
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Hi John, They say you can download and reinstall Resolve 14 should you need it, at least for now. So I bought into all of Inhofer's suggestions and it has just worked. I'm a bit of a backup nut -- I'm
Mixer/recorder options for film
by Joe Loria 6 months ago
Hey everyone, So, I currently own a Zoom H5, Sound Devices 302 mixer, and Rode NTG-3. However I just recently looked into some other options out there and I'm curious to know your opinions. The Zoom F
Re: Mixer/recorder options for film
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Hi Joe, I wonder what are the reported issues since they're not in this thread on the CCow web site "defeating the purpose of owning using my 302 which is such a great little mixer and sending it into
Can we go back to XAVC S for archiving? For example
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Hi all, My Sony RX10 generates XAVC S files in mp4 (was mxf) that can have 4k and maybe 10 bit. I convert to ProRes for editing, which makes much bigger files. Is it possible to transcode a show back
Re: Can we go back to XAVC S for archiving? For example
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Thanks, David. I don't "think" I'm confused about the beasts. Though I don't know much about camera codecs except Long GOP. But my question is could one archive in a smaller camera format which seems
Projection to cinema theatre
by Kevin Dawson 6 months ago
A local movie theatre is showing my 32 minute video on a cinema screen. However they plan to use a laptop to project the video to the screen. They said to create an mp4 file and that will be sufficien
Re: Projection to cinema theatre
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Thanks, Kevin, I too have seen mp4 files and ProRes files projected successfully on a semi-big screen. It would be helpful to have some spec recommendations. One would think ProRes would look better b
Best way to log interviews in Davinci? <----newbie
by Tim Neighbors 6 months ago
I'm just checking out Davinci to consider switching over to it from Vegas Video. Much of the work I do is documentary-style short promotional videos (Intervews + b-roll). What is the recommended appro
Re: Best way to log interviews in Davinci? <----newbie
by Declan Smith 6 months ago
DaVinci Resolve has Duration Markers. I used these on an interview piece I did recently. On the media page, double click your interview clip (or multicam clip if you have multiple angles) and this wil
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H264 vs Other for archiving
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
Hi all, I'm on a list for media archives and libraries and many librarian archivists don't seem to know much about digital codecs(!). I don't know more than a little (;-)) I archive my projects in Pro
Deciphering Macbook Pro specs (updating laptop time)
by Mathew Farrell 7 months ago
Hi all, I'm at the frustrating as hell point of updating my macbook pro. Frustrating, since I haven't been happy with laptops since pre-retina days when I could unscrew the back flap and swap out ram
Re: Deciphering Macbook Pro specs (updating laptop time)
by Paul Dickin 7 months ago
All these are over 3 years old, so the condition and what's available to you will determine your choice. Mac OS Mojave has just made pre-2012 Macs obsolete (mostly because of GPU shortcomings), and ne
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Release of 15.2.1
by Peter Chamberlain 8 months ago
We are pleased to announce the release of DaVinci Resolve 15.2.1. This is a no charge update to all existing customers and does not require a database update so is simple to download and install. http
Re: Release of 15.2.1
by Robert Withers 8 months ago
Thanks for your notice. Do I have to uninstall Resolve 14 to install Resolve 15 When you say "the database does not require an update," does that mean that project files will be accessible through eit
Oh no Apple deprecating codecs?
by Robert Withers 8 months ago
This from the internet below . . . Is it time to think beyond apple and FCP Buy the latest powerful MB Pro to work for another few years I don t really care except would rather not have to buy a new c
Re: Oh no Apple deprecating codecs?
by Sebastian Leitner 5 months ago
apple will provide conversion mechanics in future OS versions and 3rd party developers can still integrate their own codecs in their apps just on a system-level and in apple software there will be a "
Backing up camera cards with finder
by Robert Withers 8 months ago
Using a macbook air with mojave, I dragged a camera card (full card with directory structure) to copy the data to each of 3 external hard drives for backup. According to "Get Info" there is a slight d
Re: Backing up camera cards with finder
by Robert Withers 8 months ago
Thank you, Robin. Your response was very helpful. Sorry to "mispost" on FCPX, but Creative Cow does not have a discussion group specific to Apple Mac digital video. So I posted on Apple OSX and FCPX t
How to transfer videos from BMCC to desktop
by Andrew Diaz 1 year ago
I recently purchased a BMCC from someone selling it, so I don t know much of the camera yet. I have videos on my Transcend SSD370. What I m doing is I m ejecting the SSD from the camera, hooking it up
Re: How to transfer videos from BMCC to desktop
by Bob Zelin 1 year ago
I am GUESSING that your SSD card from the camera is NOT formatted NTFS or exFAT. If its HFS+ format or AFPS format, your PC will not see this drive. Does it show up in the Windows disk manager Bob Zel
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SD Cards not readable in High Sierra?
by Christopher Travis 1 year ago
Hello all, I'm trying to offload footage shot on a Black magic Pocket to my touchbar MacBook Pro on High Sierra and every time I put the card in the reader it says it's not readable. I tried the Resol
Re: SD Cards not readable in High Sierra?
by Robert Withers 8 months ago
I've learned there is a feature of Resolve called Clone Tool for duplicating camera cards with a checksum. Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Ingestion errors
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Hi folks, I've been indoctrinated to copy backup the entire film structure of a camera card onto my hard drives. So here's what I do: Insert camera card in my Macbook Pro slot and open. I see a "Priva
Re: Ingestion errors
by Robert Withers 8 months ago
I hear ShotPut Pro touted and also there is a feature of free Resolve called Clone Tool that backs up with a checksum. Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Best Bootable System Backup for Sierra
by Hal Beery 1 year ago
I've been using Synchronize Pro X in its iterations for several years and have been very satisfied. Now that we are setting up a new studio and new iMacPro with Sierra OS, Qdea (authors of the app) cl
Re: Best Bootable System Backup for Sierra
by Robert Withers 8 months ago
I did a test with Super Duper and High Sierra and my mb air rebooted from the external disk without issues. I use this software but never had to restore anything. Robert Withers Independent personal a
Dual monitors in Resolve 14 on Mac
by Robert Withers 8 months ago
Hello, How can I get dual monitors working in Resolve 14 Using a macbook air running mojave and a displaylink driver for a second monitor which shows up fine and the cursor moves across both monitors
Re: Dual monitors in Resolve 14 on Mac
by Robert Withers 8 months ago
Hmmn. So it may seem. Works with other NLEs. My direct connection to a TV through Thunderbolt 2 doesn't show as a Resolve screen either, though it shows on the Mac. Do I have to buy BM hardware to do
mac to pc, premiere to resolve, xml hell...
by Daniel Jewesbury 8 months ago
I'm in cross-platform hell here. I've edited in Premiere on Mac, and i've exported an XML to grade in Resolve which is on a PC in our grading suite (via an ExFAT-formatted external drive). Resolve is
Re: mac to pc, premiere to resolve, xml hell...
by Michael Gissing 8 months ago
I always import the media maintaining folder structure before importing the xml. I find Resolve handles that better. In any cross platform, cross software transfer there will be a couple of files that
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Question about hiring a post-production sound mixer and how long the mixing process would be?
by ryan elder 8 months ago
I was going to hire a post-production sound mixer audio engineer for my project, and I was going through their hourly fees. Some charge by the project and others charge by the hour. When it comes to t
Re: Question about hiring a post-production sound mixer and how long the mixing process would be?
by Robert Withers 8 months ago
It sounds like you are talking about a sound editor sound designer, not a mixer at a post studio. Only a sound editor who looks at your show can give you an estimate. Robert Withers Independent person
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