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Sebastian Alvarez

Member Since:
August 27th 2002
265 Posts
100 posts
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Raleigh, NC
make a floor invisible and keep a shadow
by Pablo Hill 12 years ago
how do I make a floor invisible but keep a shadow. I know how to do it on After Effects but not on C4D.
Re: make a floor invisible and keep a shadow
by Sebastian Alvarez 6 years ago
Nathan Jang "No, you can use Shadow Catcher, create a texture uncheck everything, then turn on alpha, then add the texture as Shadow Catcher. Now drag the Texture to the Floor" Hi, I found this old t
Remove markers in After Effects CC 2014?
by Sebastian Alvarez 6 years ago
I shot some video in my front yard just for learning purposes, to do camera tracking to then export to Modo and composite something over the grass. Since the first attempts didn't give me good trackin
Re: Remove markers in After Effects CC 2014?
by Simon Huang 6 years ago
You could use the clone tool to get rid of it. What it does is that it samples the surrounding area and replaces what ever you sample with it :)
Preset or LUT that will get as close as possible to "Rush"
by Sebastian Alvarez 7 years ago
I rented "Rush" on Blu-ray yesterday and the color grading is the most beautiful I've ever seen on any movie. When finding out that it had been done in DaVinci Resolve and even better that they had a
Re: Preset or LUT that will get as close as possible to "Rush"
by Marc Wielage 7 years ago
The look of Rush comes from the skill of the DP, great lighting, great lenses, and a ton of post work. There was no single technique behind it.
Sony HDR-AX2000 video camera very light use $2,800+shipping
by Sebastian Alvarez 8 years ago
This is a Sony HDR-AX2000 video camera, with the original box and bundled accessories, plus an NP-F970, which is the battery that holds the longest charge for this camera. It has very light use, proba
Dropped Frames with PP CS6/ Intensity Pro
by Ansel Spear 8 years ago
When I am outputting to an external (3rd) monitor via the HDMI Intensity Pro (9.5.2), I am getting so many dropped frames that the vision is lagging by about 1-2 seconds. The material is single layer
Re: Dropped Frames with PP CS6/ Intensity Pro
by Sebastian Alvarez 8 years ago
I'm having this problem as well, and it's very frustrating. Half the times I want to play the timeline the audio lags behind a second or so, and I have to go back and start playing again. Until now I
Canon EOS 60D skipping frames
by Sebastian Alvarez 8 years ago
I tried to search for this but all I got are stories of people that can't play their footage smoothly in their computers and it skips frames constantly. That's not the problem I have. The first card I
How much to charge for this, and what about tax?
by Sebastian Alvarez 9 years ago
I'm in contact with the owner of a dance institute that will have a dance recital in a few months and I need to know how much to charge for this. Basically there will be three recitals for three diffe
Re: How much to charge for this, and what about tax?
by Mark Suszko 9 years ago
You should have a good idea of your hourly and day rate, that makes it easy to multiply rate times time spent to get a figure. Check COW files for "calculate day rate" and you'll find a book's worth o
How are videographers dealing with copyright restrictions?
by Sebastian Alvarez 9 years ago
From reading about copyright restrictions in this and other forums it seems that videographers are banned from doing lots of live events or risk losing their business to a lawsuit at some point. For w
Re: How are videographers dealing with copyright restrictions?
by Sebastian Alvarez 9 years ago
Thanks for your input Jonathan, but based on the multiple articles and posts I read about this, you can never pass the copyright liability to the client. The liability starts and ends with the individ
AVCHD in MC 6 rather disappointing
by Sebastian Alvarez 9 years ago
I'm an Edius editor, but I downloaded the Media Composer 6 trial to see what's the big deal with Avid, why is it that it's the most used NLE in the industry. So far I find it really confusing and un-i
Re: AVCHD in MC 6 rather disappointing
by Shane Ross 9 years ago
Not all tools are created equal. You have options for tools that you can use that fit what you need to do. Avid doesn't do what you need to do...but you have Edius, that does. So you are set...you hav
Which NLE do you find the fastest for your wedding work?
by MaxSideburn 9 years ago
I went from Premiere Pro to FCP about 3-4 years back, and have since gotten pretty fast with FCP, still I hear people raving about how fast and intuitive Vegas and some other solutions are. Since wedd
Re: Which NLE do you find the fastest for your wedding work?
by Sebastian Alvarez 9 years ago
Brent Dunn "Any NLE will work equally. It's all about how comfortable you are with the editing software. You can even edit with Adobe Premier Elements." I beg to differ. That would be true if all NLE
Warning, your webite could be being flagged as malware by Trend Micro
by Sebastian Alvarez 9 years ago
Somebody alerted me that my website sebarisvideo.com was being flagged as malicious by Trend Micro. Obviously Trend Micro is a company of negligent idiots that flag websites at random, because my webs
Re: Warning, your webite could be being flagged as malware by Trend Micro
by Sebastian Alvarez 9 years ago
Mark Slade "Actually I do know. What I told you about being on a system that has previously been flagged as a source of spam and malicious activity happened to me. I didn't bad mouth the company that
I'm great with my camera, I suck at marketing
by Sebastian Alvarez 9 years ago
I have very decent equipment (such as a Sony HDR-AX2000 among others), a very powerful computer with Edius and a GrassValley HD Spark card to monitor the editing properly, and a lot more equipment tha
Re: I'm great with my camera, I suck at marketing
by Sebastian Alvarez 9 years ago
Thanks, Mark. Actually I would like to give the design to a pro, if I had the money to do that, but I don't. If business gets better and I do have the money for that I definitely will. For now I'm try
Premiere's Achilles’ heel: Multicamera
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
Premiere CS5 has to have the worst multicamera implementation of any NLE out there. I was contemplating leaving Vegas for Premiere because of the lousy AVCHD engine in Vegas, but after doing a simple
Re: Premiere's Achilles’ heel: Multicamera
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
Mike Cohen "Now I simply do a PIP arrangement of all cameras, play it, make my cuts and then paste a motion preset onto all clips to make them full frame again, moving the clips I don't need to a tra
Trying to decide between Premiere and Vegas
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
I'm trying to decide whether to keep using Vegas 10 or start using Premiere CS5. Vegas has the huge drawback which is that you have to render pretty much everything. Sometimes not even straight cuts i
Anyone here using the Matrox MXO2 Mini?
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
I bought a Blackmagic Intensity Pro and it turned out to be terrible, mostly because of frequent crashes always caused by the player plugin Blackmagic uses in Premiere. As far as I've read, there seem
Re: Anyone here using the Matrox MXO2 Mini?
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
Thanks, Gary. I have a follow up question to help me decide on whether I should return the Blackmagic Intensity Pro and get the Matrox, because returning the Int. Pro would mean stop editing in Vegas,
Intensity Pro not Stable enough for Premiere Pro CS5
by Erwin Balderston 10 years ago
Blackmagic tells me their are not alot of problems with the Intensity Pro and Premiere ProCS5. Well I am having my fair share. Msvcr90.dll App Error (fixed this on my own doing Microsoft updates) Deck
Re: Intensity Pro not Stable enough for Premiere Pro CS5
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
The Intensity Pro (or at least its drivers) suck, plain and simple. I'm going to return it tomorrow. I'm sick of stopping editing 2 or 3 times per hour thanks to BMDPlayer.prm, which shows in each and
Intensity Pro and multicam bug
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
Added to the constant crashes in Premiere CS5 5.02 caused by the Blackmagic player plugin, the Intensity Pro also seems to be worthless in multicam editing. I did the Premiere procedure for setting up
Not very happy with Intensity Pro
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
This card looked very promising at first, but after a day of playing with it I think I'm going to return it. 1) It makes Premiere CS5 crash a lot. In one day I already had about 13 crashes in a very s
Re: Not very happy with Intensity Pro
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
George Sey "Stop blaming the card for your crashes and impatience. Get the right connections for the in and out and you will have fun. You can capture with Premiere Pro or Media Express. For CS5 cras
Intensity Pro - Can't capture from analog inputs
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
I've been trying unsuccessfully to capture from a VHS tape for the last hour. First I connected the breakout cable, then I connected the S-Video Y cable to the cables 8 and 9 as it shows in the PDF ma
Re: Intensity Pro - Can't capture from analog inputs
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
OK, I finally figured out that I had to set this from the Blacklink control panel. However, while now I get a picture, it goes black for a split second very often, and also the audio is seriously scre
Does Intensity Pro work as Vegas' external preview?
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
I have read tons of stories of people successfully using the Intensity Pro as external Preview for Sony Vegas, so with that in mind I bought one. Although it works perfectly well with Premiere CS5, I
Re: Does Intensity Pro work as Vegas' external preview?
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
Nevermind. After selecting the Blackmagic card I had forgotten to click on the external preview icon. Doh!! Sebastian R. Alvarez
Second monitor preview, interlacing
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
I just got CS5 Production Premium and an EVGA GTX 465, which is basically a GTX470 with less CUDA cores (352 instead of 448). I added the card to the list in the Premiere CS5 txt file (the so called h
Re: Second monitor preview, interlacing
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
Kevin Monahan "I would look into getting a video capture card that is especially made for playout of the timeline. The Blackmagic Intensity at $199 is the most affordable option" Thanks, I was thinki
Lavalier microphone to use with Zoom H2 recorder
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
I'm looking for a lavalier microphone to use with my Zoom H2 recorder. My budget doesn't allow me to go past $100, and it would be great if I could get by for now with one half as much. I was thinking
Re: Lavalier microphone to use with Zoom H2 recorder
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
Actually I just found out that the H2 has plug-in power, but it has to be turned on from the menu. The catch is that it works only for stereo microphones, if you plug in a mono microphone nothing happ
Encore CS4 Loop point and video levels problems
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
I'm working on a Blu-Ray for a wedding I shot recently. The main menu has an introduction with a loop point. The problem here is that in the BD-RE that I burned, when the menu gets to the loop point i
Re: Encore CS4 Loop point and video levels problems
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
Thanks, Jon. I'm sure it's not a limitation of the Blu-Ray spec, since DVD Architect doesn't have this problem at all. I don't understand how can Adobe software have such a bug and not fix it, since t
Video out completely messed up
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
I have Adobe CS4 Production Premium Suite. Both Encore and Premiere have video out modes that allow me to select the second monitor as full screen preview, but in both programs the preview appears com
Why the change in gamma for menus?
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
For a blu-ray h.264 project I made motion menus in Sony Vegas Pro that have some filters applied, such as levels and a movie look. I did this while monitoring on my TV set. When I set the motion menu
x264 encoded files and DVD Architect
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
I know this is not called DVD Architect forum, but C. Cow doesn't have a forum for it, so this is the closest thing. I encode almost everything to h.264 with x264, using MeGUI as the interface. x264 w
Re: x264 encoded files and DVD Architect
by Krzysztof Bogucki 6 years ago
Hi, I had this error: File name: STREAM 00000.m2ts Status: TSWrapper.dll::CTSWrapper::ProcThreadMain::This program has a bug. - m_ptsOfNextGOP is empty. when I tried to render DVD with set interlaced
DVD Architect tip for problematic .m2v files
by Sebastian Alvarez 13 years ago
I want to share something I found out today that may be helpful to somebody sometime. If you have a .m2v file that you want to add to DVD Architect but it was encoded with Apple's Compressor (or maybe
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Re: .m2v files
by Sebastian Alvarez 11 years ago
Alicia, Estas segura que el archivo es .m2v Si es de una camara HDV deberia ser .m2t, y si es de una camara AVCHD que graba a 1440 deberia ser .mts. .m2v es una extension para un archivo de video sin
AE CS4 preview compostion on secondary (external) monitor
by Sebastian Alvarez 11 years ago
Can somebody tell me what are the most current plugins that will allow me to preview the composition in the second monitor, using a graphics card with two DVI ports I use my HDTV as a secondary monito
Re: AE CS4 preview compostion on secondary (external) monitor
by Sebastian Alvarez 11 years ago
Thanks, actually the second comment gave me what I wanted, not 100%, but at least it's a way to preview the composition in the second monitor. The only drawback is that it leaves part of the window on
Need to learn more about Lavalier systems
by Sebastian Alvarez 11 years ago
I posted this in the Event Videographers forum, but it would be useful to post it here too. I'm trying to get into the event videography business, and I need to buy a lavalier system. I'm confused by
Re: Need to learn more about Lavalier systems
by Sebastian Alvarez 11 years ago
Good point. I realized after my last post that the portable solution makes a lot more sense. It looks like the cheapest decent choice is the Sennheiser G2, although since the G3 is about to come out,
AVCHD Rendering
by Sebastian Alvarez 13 years ago
I'm trying to learn Vegas Pro 8 and one thing that I would like to know is if I can avoid rendering parts of a sequence in AVCHD format that haven't been touched, either by effects, transitions, color
Re: AVCHD Rendering
by Sebastian Alvarez 12 years ago
Douglas Spotted Eagle "The SD5 and 9 weren't shipping at that time IIRC" Not trying to get into a childish argument, but the SD5 was being sold in Nov '07. As I said, that's when I bought it from a C
Vegas / xp64/vista64
by Paul Fey 12 years ago
Anyone here have any advice for me on which Windows program is best for me to use on my new Mac I don,t know if XP64 will work on the latest sony updates to Vegas , Acid Cinescore , Soundforge ect. I
Re: Vegas / xp64/vista64
by Sebastian Alvarez 12 years ago
I didn't have any problems installing Quicktime. I think it's 32 bit, but I didn't have any problems, but to be honest, I barely use it at all. What kind of problems are you having with it My Vista 64
Preview with Canon HF100
by Terry Fein 12 years ago
I just picked up a Canon HF100. (I have been using a Sony HDR-HC1 for the past three years.) When I try to preview videos in Vegas Pro 8.0c, it skips frames. My computer is a recent vintage quad core.
Re: Preview with Canon HF100
by Sebastian Alvarez 12 years ago
HDV is a lot easier on CPUs than AVCHD. To edit the latter you need at least a quad core, which you have, but also lots of RAM (4 GB would be a good start). If you have a system that will allow you to
Do USB Mics Record in Real-Time with Vegas?
by Anthony Uccello 12 years ago
Hi Guys I spent about $200 on some high quality mic. It's the AT2035. It has an XLR connector and the cable I need to convert it from XLR to USB costs $80 (which Id rather not spend if this won't work
Re: Do USB Mics Record in Real-Time with Vegas?
by Sebastian Alvarez 12 years ago
I just got a Zoom H2, which is a field recorder but can serve as a audio I O USB interface for either Windows or Mac OS X, and it works great in Vegas. I don't know about cheaper USB mics though.
Waiver for technology shortcomings?
by Sebastian Alvarez 12 years ago
I was wondering, is it customary for small event videographers to give the customer some kind of waiver for certain technology shortcomings in formats that are not the most professional and or expensi
Re: Waiver for technology shortcomings?
by Sebastian Alvarez 12 years ago

Dashcam movement problem
by Sebastian Alvarez 13 years ago
I improvised a small platform made of pressed board that is hard with a hole to pass a screw that fits in the place where you normally screw in the tripod, and four small velcro squares with four more
Premium surface
by Sebastian Alvarez 13 years ago
Does anybody know where to buy the white inkjet printable DVDs but with premium surface My Epson R260 printer shows in the options for quality that there is a CD DVD with premium surface but I can't f
Need advice on wireless microphone
by Sebastian Alvarez 13 years ago
At work we have a fairly large conference room that sometimes is used for ceremonies where the speakers will be closer to one of the walls facing the rest of the room. I videotape these events and nor
Re: Need advice on wireless microphone
by Sebastian Alvarez 13 years ago
Ty Ford "go for it" Go for what Does anybody have a cheap but decent ambient microphone to recommend
AVCHD authoring
by Sebastian Alvarez 13 years ago
I'm trying to find a straightforward way of creating AVCHD DVDs, since that's the format my HD camcorder produces and it's a format that is supposed to play on Blu-Ray players. From the Panasonic HD W
DVD Slideshows with manual forward
by Sebastian Alvarez 15 years ago
I rented many movies in which there's a slideshow with stills from the movie, and in them you can advance or go backward to the previous still by using the forward and backward arrows in the DVD playe
Re: DVD Slideshows with manual forward
by Chris Borjis 15 years ago
The way I do it, if the client needs it for presentations and does not want auto-advance, just set each slide for 5 or 10 minutes. Then link them together as chapters to go forward or back with. Just
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