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Sacha Thomas

Member Since:
July 21st 2009
56 Posts
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Installing ram on new Mac Pro
by ron darby 9 years ago
I got my new 8 core Mac Pro still in the box, plus 24 gigs of otherworld ram still in it's box Is there any reason I need to turn on (for it's first time) my mac before I yank out the original ram and
Re: Installing ram on new Mac Pro
by Sacha Thomas 9 years ago
I'm just wondering if installing new RAM affects the warranty. I would definitely boot it up with the factory RAM first to be sure it's all ok. One of the IT folks at my work was concerned because I o
Right to show work in portfolio
by Jeremy Schultz 12 years ago
My basic question is whether an ex-employer can rescind my right to show work in my portfolio. I worked at the company from 2002-2005 with no non-compete or work-for-hire agreement that I know of. In
Re: Right to show work in portfolio
by Sacha Thomas 9 years ago
It definitely puts your motives in question from their point of view. I am by NO means saying that you had some sort of negative or vengeful motive, but I have to wonder what you would have done with
Copyright of edited work
by Stephen Fuchs 12 years ago
As an editor, is there any situation in which I hold copyright rights to any of my work Generally the footage is shot by the client, and I understand they would own the copyright to their footage, but
Re: Copyright of edited work
by grinner hester 12 years ago
I have found all clients like to be complimented. I see it as an opportunity to do so.
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3d multi-image fly by
by John Nelson 9 years ago
Not sure what you call it but it seems like lots of folks are using the procedure these days. Is there a template or something to use rather than moving each individual graphic Also looking for a poor
Re: 3d multi-image fly by
by Stephen Smith 9 years ago
There are many ways to do a "logo shine" here is one. Duplicate you logo. Add a levels filter to the logo and drag one of the top triangles of that filter all the way over so it makes the logo 100% wh
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image packages for 3D?
by Brian Cooney 9 years ago
Does anyone know of a resource to purchase images for a 3-D project What I mean is, maybe there are packages that offer several perspectives of the same subject In my case, a chimney cleaning commerci
Re: image packages for 3D?
by Sacha Thomas 9 years ago
Thanks to all for your help. The COW rocks! I will check out the free 3D option, Blender, until I get a chance to pay to play. Blender looks pretty impressive at first glance.
Relections
by Anders Larsen 9 years ago
Hi fellows cows I'm working on a project that uses the ever-so-popular "wet-floor" effect. I have placed a white rectangle as the floor and made it reflective. On the floor I'm using 3 kinds of conten
Re: ReFlections
by Sacha Thomas 9 years ago
You gotta love Creative COW forums!
VerifyError: Error #1033: Cpool entry 20 is wrong type.
by Craig Alan 9 years ago
whenever I use the cow on win xp computer. what do I do OSX 10.5.8; MacBookPro4,1 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz ; Camcorders: Sony Z7U, Canon HV30 40, Sony vx2000 PD170; FCP certified; write professionally
Re: VerifyError: Error #1033: Cpool entry 20 is wrong type.
by Sacha Thomas 9 years ago
I had some weirdness occur after the upgrade to IE8 on XP Pro SP 3. The IT dept won't confirm it or fix it, but since the "up"grade to IE 8 I am no longer able to authenticate on the university's trou
Getting Quicktime Sorenson codec back
by christina rule 9 years ago
I recently purchased quicktime pro (Version 7.6.3) and I can't seem to find the sorenson codec. In other versions of quicktime I remember you had to enable the codec within Quicktime (Quicktime Prefer
Re: Getting Quicktime Sorenson codec back
by Jeff Greenberg 9 years ago
Just a footnote - if you don't own the "pro" version of the Sorenson Codec, you'll struggle with compression because there's no VBR choices without purchasing the pro version of the codec. Best, Jeff
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solid state sys drive for MBP
by Bob Cole 9 years ago
My system drive for my MBP is showing signs of flukiness. If I decide to replace it, I am tempted to use a solid state drive. I wonder whether somebody here has some experience and or advice about tha
Re: solid state sys drive for MBP
by Sacha Thomas 9 years ago
If large SD cards start going down in price, I am thinking about trying to boot WIN or OSX off of one. Kind of like a linux CD dist. HMMMM
Particles standing still
by Jay Giudic 9 years ago
Hello everyone, I'm trying to have a bunch of random images in z-space. I'm attempting to use particles to accomplish this. The problem I am having is when I try to get more on screen I turn the birth
Re: Particles standing still
by Jeff Greenberg 9 years ago
Some other ideas: Don't use the first frame of the emitter - rather, drag it to the left and make the first frame 5+ seconds in. Slow the speed down. Slower speed=more particles on screen. Lengthen th
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AVCHD vs. P2
by Bryant Joseph 12 years ago
Panasonic has released a newer camera the AG-HMC150. It records on the format they're now trying to push AVCHD. I've been told its better than P2 because it's cheaper and provides you with HD resoluti
Re: AVCHD vs. P2
by Matthew Romanis 12 years ago
AVCHD is a codec standard, where as P2 is data medium. You would have to compare AVCHD to HD100, AVC-Intra 50, or AVC-Intra 100, in which case it's a no brainer, in it's current state AVCHD looses out
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Editing Catastrophe or Not?
by Mare Costello 9 years ago
Dear Filmmakers Editors, 2 nights ago after 4-5 days of 7-16HR of editing each day on my FEATURE movie in Final Cut Pro 7 I discovered my current edit was GONE after returning from a break(I DO MANUAL
Re: Editing Catastrophe or Not?
by Jerry Alto 9 years ago
Mare, Most of us have had to learn the hard way. I got in the habit of copying my project to a jump drive after every edit session. It only takes about 3 seconds and a few mb of space. It has saved my
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Wide Angle Lens Effect
by Trevor Ambrose 9 years ago
Hey guys, Anyone know of a good FCP Wide Angle Lens effect to make a "normal" shot realistically look like a wide angle shot. I tried fisheye but it just looked like a weird effect. Thanks, Trevor Amb
Re: Wide Angle Lens Effect
by Bret Williams 9 years ago
OT - speaking to those AE lenses, I recently discovered that putting the lens on extreme zoom, doesn't affect the visual compression of layers. IOW, you can take a bunch of 3D layers, move them WAAAAA
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Black dots in my motion graphics when I put it on top of Canon Footage
by Lorenzo Escalante 9 years ago
Hello All, First and foremost let thank you guys for all the help you have provided me in my young career as a shooter and an editor....so thank you in advance... Okay so heres the problem...I have be
Re: Black dots in my motion graphics when I put it on top of Canon Footage
by Sacha Thomas 9 years ago
Could this be caused by the blend mode
Lowest cost HD Broadcast quality Camera?
by Eric Richards 9 years ago
Wow, what a GREAT community you folks have here!! I was hoping I might get advice on what is the lowest cost HD video camera that meets "broadcast quality" standards. We are going to produce an inform
Re: Lowest cost HD Broadcast quality Camera?
by Eric Richards 9 years ago
Thanks very VERY much guys! While at first I didn't appreciate the recommendations discouraging purchasing equipment I have come to appreciate the wisdom. I am not in the business of being a videograp
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Nazi Priests
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Hello, What have you seasoned event videographers done in instances where you have an old-school Nazi priest who, for whatever reason, will allow the photographer to wander around the church during th
Re: Nazi Priests
by Sacha Thomas 9 years ago
Bottom Line: try to produce work that meets your customer's expectations and their social context. The couple will usually guide you in who to coordinate your shoot location with, usually the priest o
suction cups & POV cameras
by Bob Cole 10 years ago
I've been using a GoPro Hero camera for some POV shots. I need to get a few more angles simultaneously for an automotive story, so I am looking for some advice: 1 - buying recommendation for another s
Re: suction cups & POV cameras
by Steve Kownacki 10 years ago
http: www.flickr.com photos finalfocus sets 72157625282375101 We bought this stuff 2 years ago, so my pal Greg & I were newbies when the pix were taken. My suggestions: keep the "tripod" legs as far a
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Precise Camera Moves
by Chuck Purnell 9 years ago
I can't remember if I read about this here on the COW or watched it in a video tutorial somewhere but I can't remember which "F" key does this but when you set a place on your timeline where you want
Re: Precise Camera Moves
by Sacha Thomas 9 years ago
in Motion 3 I was able to record the framing "feature" (I say "feature" b c based on Mark's tutorial, there is a bonafide framing behavior in Motion 4...I haven't used version 4) by clicking the "f" k
Strobing Animation
by Stephen Smith 9 years ago
My animation is strobing real bad. I'm working in a 23.98 timeline. Here are my Project Settings: Frame Size: 1920 x 1080, Aspect Ratio: Square, Compressor: XDCAM EX 1080p24 The motion graphics where
Re: Strobing Animation
by Sacha Thomas 9 years ago
Could this have to do with the location of the graphic relative to the fields I seem to remember that this was a tip (place graphics on odd fields if I remember right) from a COW or Macbreak Studio tu
Can I sell MotionVFX?
by Jimmylee Remillard 10 years ago
Hey, I read their terms of service and it says you can NOT resell any of their templates. Does this mean I cant use this to make intros and commercials for my clients
Re: Can I sell MotionVFX?
by Sacha Thomas 9 years ago
Please see the response I got from MotionVFX themselves... "On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 1:58 AM, Szymon Masiak wrote: Hi Thomas, Our products are Royalty Free however you are NOT allowed to sell or resale
Video in 3D space is showing objects behind
by Edward Howard 9 years ago
Hi there, I'm having a problem with flying a camera from one scene to another as when the camera flies back it shows the elements behind it like it has a composite mode on it but doesn't. Here's a pic
Re: Video in 3D space is showing objects behind
by Mark Spencer 9 years ago
The little box around the 3D stack icon in the layers tab for some of your layers means that those layers are being rasterized or precomped into layer order instead of ordering by z-depth. You'll need
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Setting in points before importing video clips
by Michael Stipe 10 years ago
Can I set in out points to my video files before I import them into the Motion project (similar to Final Cut). I've been having to scrub through long video clips in the timeline to find the part I wan
Re: Setting in points before importing video clips
by zak peric 10 years ago
You can however place your footage into Final Cut Pro, then cut the part you want to edit in final cut pro, then select the cut you want to edit in Apple Motion, then right click and use option send t
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Advice on Jack-o-Lantern Effect?
by Ryan Firpo 10 years ago
Firstly, I am not a motion graphics artist. I know the basics of Motion, but I won't be doing the post work described below. Unfortunately, I can't get a hold of the person who will and there's an iss
Re: Advice on Jack-o-Lantern Effect?
by Jason Diebler 10 years ago
I would paint chroma green shapes on the pumpkin, then key out the shapes so you can layer in the glowing flame behind the eyes and mouth. "The deepest blues are black" - Foo Fighters (this doesn't he
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Current state of the Video Editing industry PART 2
by Hunter Hempen 10 years ago
Greetings, So, I would like to thank you all for the wonderful, inspiring amount of input in the last thread. Needless to say, the sarcasm is starting to rub off on me as well. I also can't really say
Re: Current state of the Video Editing industry PART 2
by Rob Grauert 10 years ago
I definitely agree with everything here. But since I only graduated from college a year ago, I'll share some pointers since I was one of the lucky ones who actually landed a legit job. - As stated, le
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Fair Compensation Question
by Sam Lesante Jr. 10 years ago
Hey fellow cows, I read through some earlier posts about this but wanted to get your opinion on my specific question. So I have the opportunity to do some freelance work over the course of 3 weekends.
Re: Fair Compensation Question
by Sacha Thomas 10 years ago
here is what occurs to me...the mileage alone is a red flag. That is less than half of the IRS mileage rate, which is used as the standard by most reputable companies. See link: http: www.irs.gov taxp
medical videography
by greg ouellette 10 years ago
a friend of mine, a Dr. who owns a radiation therapy center asked me to produce a patient introduction video for his clinic. he didnt want a huge buget. he wrote the script . to be honest with everyon
Re: medical videography
by Mike Cohen 10 years ago
Greg, Overall, nice job. Patients generally need to see the basic facts, which you have presented nicely. Doctors have told me that some patients want to see everything, some just want the bullet poin
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DVD rip
by Atticus Brady 10 years ago
Hello, I have a DVD of a live music performance that I want to rip to my computer, converting it into a FCP-compatible file. (And yes, I do own the DVD.) I have already ripped an m4v file with a free
Re: DVD rip
by Nick Meyers 10 years ago
use Mpeg Streamclip to convert to ProRes for use in FCP. you can try working direct from the DVD, but if that has copyright protection, then you'll need to use Mac The Ripper to get the files from the
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motion templates not showing up on my system
by Michael Sacci 11 years ago
Okay once again my system is having issues with projects I'm bring home. Short story - doesn t seem like motion master templates are working. Long story All systems on 10.6.1 (had the problem with my
Re: motion templates not showing up on my system
by Sacha Thomas 10 years ago
Folks, I was struggling with this issue for months although I hadn't really focused on it. Turns out it was fixed in the Motion 3.0.2 update. See the release notes: http: www.apple.com support release
RAID 1 Performance Issues on New Mac Pro
by Gabe Hatfield 10 years ago
I've just set up two new Mac Pro 2x2.93 Ghz 6-Core machines with (4) 2TB Sata drives in each. (the drives are different models in each computer, but the 4 drives within each computer are the same). I'
Re: RAID 1 Performance Issues on New Mac Pro
by Sacha Thomas 10 years ago
Software or hardware RAID Might the lags be occurring on "green" drives with built-in power management I have been researching setting up a RAID and I have read about the lag issue with the "green" ("
FCP to PS:Extended to FCP : export settings
by Noah Baglione 10 years ago
Hello! Posted this as a reply in a separate PS thread, but now thinking it may belong elsewhere given its departure from that thread's subject matter. Don't own AE, so working with PS:Extended (CS5),
Re: FCP to PS:Extended to FCP : export settings
by Sacha Thomas 10 years ago
I think ProRes is the best choice. HDV is really just a camera codec whereas ProRes is intended as a workflow codec.
Rendering effects
by Ed Neal 10 years ago
I have been reworking my time line by dropping in hi-res still images to replace the watermarked low-res comps. Now, I can't go into the render mode. None of the three choices under Sequence activates
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Re: Rendering effects
by Sacha Thomas 10 years ago
Have you tried trashing your preference files There are plenty of posts with information on how to do this. You might want to check out the Preference Manager software at http: www.digitalrebellion.co
Printer sharing problem after upgrade
by Chris Babbitt 10 years ago
I have two networked machines running10.6.4 with an Epson R380 printer connected to one of the machines. I can print with that machine, and when I turn on Printer Sharing, my other machine recognizes
Re: Printer sharing problem after upgrade
by Sacha Thomas 10 years ago
Do you use Keychain to manage permissions You might try locking and unlocking your keychain. I don't really understand keychain well but I believe I have resolved the same message by entering my passw
How do i get this look?
by Stanley Gucwa-Bucasas 10 years ago
http: blogs.thescore.com.s3.amazonaws.com branded files 2010 07 arod_thumb.jpg I am specifically talking about the Quarterback. I've also seen that look in a lot of movie posters. I've played with con
Re: How do i get this look?
by Sacha Thomas 10 years ago
It looks like a color correction effect. If you look at the whites, they have a lot of cyan in them, leading me to believe the color was shifted. To be sure, we would probably need to know more about
Playback or Matchframe issue
by Scott Stolzar 10 years ago
HI I'm editing on an iMac with FCP 7. I'm working on a project where I download videos from youtube that people uploaded for us, convert them to ProRes and then cut them down to fine tune them. I've n
Re: Playback or Matchframe issue
by Sacha Thomas 10 years ago
I'm not sure that I would count on a workflow based on YouTube to be consistent. They make changes to their video standards as needed and you could be left out in the cold. I would try to use another
Can you save an AI file as a single color PMS file?
by Bobbie Wheeler 10 years ago
One of my clients is requesting that I save an Illustrator file as a single color PMS file rather than a CMYK or RGB file. This file will be printed overseas. I don't see that as an option under prefe
Re: QUESTION STILL OPEN Re: Can you save an AI file as a single color PMS file?
by Sacha Thomas 10 years ago
Thank you for making the difference between display and print. Good reminder. RGB for images for screen display and CMYK for print-that's always been the rule of thumb I have operated under. The print
Dual monitors
by Jim Scott 10 years ago
I recently added a Panasonic LCD HDTV display to use as a video monitor for Final Cut Pro, and as an occasional second monitor for multiple windows in other programs. It works fine for all programs ex
Re: Dual monitors
by Sacha Thomas 10 years ago
I haven't tried it with multiple monitors, but one thing you could try is to install Cinch. I have been using it for a couple of months with my 27" iMac. It automatically resizes an application window
Permissions are funny things
by Naveen Mallikarjuna 10 years ago
So I'm trying to move a ton of files over from a PC to a new MacPro. Many of these files are Adobe After Effects files. When I try to open the After Effects files (which were created on a PC), the Mac
Re: Permissions are funny things
by Sacha Thomas 10 years ago
nice link. very succinct refresher for those familiar with unix type permissions settings. thank you
Which compression setting to use when capturing
by Mariah Parker 11 years ago
We recently shot a concert with Standard Definition tape. We captured it using the DV NTSC 48 KHz setting in FCP. Is there a better setting to use to get a sharper image
Re: Which compression setting to use when capturing
by Sacha Thomas 11 years ago
Very informative Shane. :) Thanks!
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