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Simon Blackledge

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April 27th 2007
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Difference in clips when viewed in Davinci Resolve (12.5)
by Julian Hong 3 years ago
Does anyone know why I am unable to view import clips into Davinci as they would normally appear outside, and if there's anything I can do or should know to change this (if it is of any consequence at
Re: Difference in clips when viewed in Davinci Resolve (12.5)
by Simon Blackledge 3 years ago
Your QT window is simply bigger than the viewing window in Resolve. Is this a joke question :-
exporting alpha disappointment
by Andi Winter 3 years ago
dear all! i was very excited when i read that exporting alpha gets finally supported! but, today i tried it and was completely disappointed. it does only work when rendereing "INDIVIDUAL SOURCE CLIPS"
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Re: exporting alpha disappointment
by Simon Blackledge 3 years ago
Import a 4444 clip with an alpha and drop it on TRK 2 and some text title onTRK 3 All looks good. Now select 1 or both of the clips on TRK 2 & 3 and make a compound clip. Now all you get in the compou
G-Technology NAS
by Ian Liuzzi-Fedun 3 years ago
I was with G-technology from a few years after their inception. I was quite happy to work with their stand-alone and raid products. Specifically I was enamored with their professional line of G-Speed
Re: G-Technology NAS
by Simon Blackledge 3 years ago
It indeed looks good. You seen Symply Bob
Ultrastudio mini monitor unusable in fcpx
by Steven Sanders 3 years ago
I'm not sure if this has been adressed in another topic, but here is my problem. I'm working on episodical drama in fcpx. For that I use prores HQ footage straight from an Alexa. This footage has been
Re: Ultrastudio mini monitor unusable in fcpx
by Simon Blackledge 3 years ago
Ultrastudio 3D does the same. Hit play wait... wait... stutter... RT. AV off... like butter. Resolve is fine. Maybe a driver thing.. maybe a thunderbolt delay thing. ie a thunderbolt raid takes WAY lo
Support for DPX with embedded alpha or EXR?
by Nat Jencks 5 years ago
Hi, I'm getting a lot of VFX with mattes. I'd love to have the mattes embedded in the sources. My initial testing indicates that Resolve 10 still doesn't support DPX with embedded alpha. What if any a
Re: Support for DPX with embedded alpha or EXR?
by Simon Blackledge 3 years ago
You were supposed to be able to use any channel from EXR but I never got it to work. Sent some EXR's to support but never heard back after a short to and fro.
3 People, FCPX and a fast switch
by Marty Mulholland 3 years ago
Long time reader (12 years +) first time poster. Hoping someone can point me in the right direction for filling the gap. I've got 3 macs, all with thunderbolt and promise sanlink2. We've got cat6e shi
Re: 3 People, FCPX and a fast switch
by Simon Blackledge 3 years ago
Sorted - http: lumaforge.com jellyfish HTH
shared storage
by Jeremy Braverman 3 years ago
Hello! I'll be setting up a small editing lab in an educational setting in Europe, and I could really use some input on storage. There will be 8 stations running Adobe creative cloud, mostly using pre
Re: shared storage
by Simon Blackledge 3 years ago
http: www.gblabs.com products Space
OT - is the "new" Mac Pro a failure
by Steve Connor 3 years ago
http: www.macobserver.com tmo article the-new-mac-pro-is-a-failure I'm buying another system soon and unless there is a radical update, I'll be buying a tower MP on eBay.
Re: OT - is the "new" Mac Pro a failure
by Walter Soyka 3 years ago
Mitch Ives "It could be faster... I'm only using 6 drives. Sixteen would make a huge difference. In addition, SSD's would definitely speed things up dramatically." Thunderbolt 2 is 20 Gb s, or 2.5 GB
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Trouble Configuring 10GbE Network
by Jonathan Loomis 4 years ago
Hi all, We're moving 4 of our Premiere editors onto their own dedicated 10GbE network and I'm having two serious issues that I'm trying to troubleshoot. First off our setup is a late 2014 Mac Mini ser
Re: Trouble Configuring 10GbE Network
by Bob Zelin 4 years ago
Hi Adam - if you can setup a robust 1G network, then you can setup a robust 10G network. It is not difficult to learn (or no more difficutl to learn) how to setup a Synology, or QNAP, or other home ma
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ATTO R680 RAID0 Settings
by RJ Miles 3 years ago
Greetings... I'm hoping some experienced ATTO R680 users can comment on best settings for a RAID0 built with (8) Seagate 7200.14 3TB HDDs (ST3000DM001) Atto recommended default 128K interleave and 512
Re: ATTO R680 RAID0 Settings
by Simon Blackledge 3 years ago
I use 512 512 s
NFS sharing fcpx projects
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
So I did a test for this NFS setup to see if it suits. On initial connection it asks for no password Also when I drop a file in over finder there's a 10-20 second delay before the copy starts Fcpx see
Re: NFS sharing fcpx projects
by Simon Blackledge 3 years ago
Same - SMB only - AFP stutters when using thunderbolt kit. want to share fcp-x projects set to leave files in place (on server) set Cache to a shared out cache folder on server. Set location of librar
Promise Pegasus drives
by Neil Sadwelkar 6 years ago
I've bought many a Promise Pegasus Thunderbolt RAID for my clients and for self too. In the past some of the units I've peeped inside, (with the RAID off and no data on it, of course) showed Hitachi d
Re: Promise Pegasus drives
by Simon Blackledge 3 years ago
Got a Pegasus R1. Cam with Hitachi non enterprise. ( they never ship with Enterprise) Had drives die and they replaced Recently another died and they sent a seagate. Said they had no Hitachi left.. an
LTO6 FC to Thunderbolt connection on Mac
by Logan Roeth 4 years ago
Hey guys. I have been using multiple Tandberg LTO-5 HH FC Internal Drives for LTO backups for the past few years now and we recently decided to buy an LTO-6 drive to start the process of moving on up.
Re: LTO6 FC to Thunderbolt connection on Mac
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
I'd get in touch with Promise. Maybe look for an HP LTO6 mech instead If you want TB why not just get one of these http: www.mlogic.com products mtape s
OS X 10GbE Read Terrible, Write Amazing
by Chris Cantey 4 years ago
Does that make sense to anyone else We've been using an ATTO FastFrame NS12 in a 2010 Mac Pro for a while. BlackMagic Disk Speed Test has always shown read and write to our AFP server at over 600 MB s
Re: OS X 10GbE Read Terrible, Write Amazing
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
net.inet.tcp.rfc1323=1 I don't have this setting in any of my machines sysctl.conf is it an Atto thing s
Remote Usage of Resolve
by Achim Schaefer 4 years ago
We have Resolve 11 (and 12 beta) Studio running on an HP Z840 with a K620 for GUI and a GTX980 for computing. I'm trying to establish a remote desktop connection to our workstation so I'm able to do s
Re: Remote Usage of Resolve
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
So your opening a VPN connection Then running a remote desktop to the Z840 to run Resolve What application are you using to screen share S
Resolve 12 Pros and Cons
by Morten Ranmar 4 years ago
After some initial testing with Resolve 12, here are some of the Pros and Cons: Pros: - Nice tidy layout, and I love the easy expand- and collapsible side panels. - Great to have Ingest, Edit, Color a
Re: Resolve 12 Pros and Cons
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
No - You can- Your using Disk Database = Local You need to create a Postgres Database. This will reside where you define it and allow other to connect to it - edit - save etc. You can even collaborate
Will Resolve 12 Mac require the CUDA driver to be installed with AMD GPUs?
by Eric Mueller 4 years ago
Lots of Mac CUDA problems on Yosemite - particularly with Premiere Thanks!
Re: Will Resolve 12 Mac require the CUDA driver to be installed with AMD GPUs?
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
And yes, I consider Yosemite a virus. This morning I partitioned an external Thunderbolt 2 drive and put Yosemite and R12 Studio Beta on it and the Resolve installer installed a version of CUDA that w
How to set this up in Media Encoder 2015
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Hy all, So delivery spec has changed yet again. for HD they want this 5.1.1 HD MPEG2 Container: MXF (OP1a) Video: MPEG2 (IFrame Only) Video Profile: 422P@HL Bitrate: CBR @ 100Mbps Can seem to setup in
New Areca 8bay 12Gb/s
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
http: www.areca.us products 12gsasjbod.htm Speedy! S
Re: New Areca 8bay 12Gb/s
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Yeah just pointing out its new 12G. Thanks for pointing out though. S
Rack rails for Netstor / Highpoint Technologies NA381TB?
by Jeff Murchison 4 years ago
I'm planning on getting an NA381TB Thunderbolt 2 chassis (branded as Highpoint Technologies but I'm pretty sure it's just a rebranded Netstor one) and I almost completely forgot about the rack rails.
Re: Rack rails for Netstor / Highpoint Technologies NA381TB?
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
You mount them with just 4 screws in the front :-0 16 bays :-0
Installing Media Composer kills 10Gig speeds
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Hi all, Anyone experienced a slowdown - @30- 40% post installing media composer on a mac ( osx 10.9.5) Our Sanlink2 connection speeds have dropped.. a lot! The tweaks in sysctl are still there. Settin
Re: Installing Media Composer kills 10Gig speeds
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
So I posted this how long ago After emailing contacts given.. nadda Think I'll stick with fcpx!
Network woes
by Mike Kazin 4 years ago
First post here, but I'm ready for my beating. I'm sure it's coming. So I work for a company that probably has about 200 working computer users. Now the video dept is only 4 editors. Using Premiere CC
Re: Network woes
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Bravo! How someone can even say they can do something,especially IT people, when they have never done before is beyond me.
Thunderbolt and gig-e nas.
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
This looks like you can TB DAS plus connect to 1Gb switch for others. Seems new so can't tell if it's one or the other. Quite neat idea though. Anyone any more info Bob http: go.qnap.com thunderbolt
Re: Thunderbolt and gig-e nas.
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Haha.. What goes around.. Ping you tomorrow. S
Storage System for Post - Edit and Archive
by Matt Bishop 4 years ago
Hello there, we are in the final stages of purchasing a new storage system and looking for something that is a complete end to end solution. We have narrowed down a few options and curious if anyone h
Re: Storage System for Post - Edit and Archive
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
I'd expand the working smalltree and daisy a storage dna onto that.
Need to consolidate external drives to one
by Alan Callaghan 4 years ago
Hey Guys, I am working a freelance editing gig, and I am noticing this client has a problem, too many harddrives. I am cutting industrial reels for this client, but they have a lot of footage, long fo
Re: Need to consolidate external drives to one
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
If they have budget and don't want DIY I'd go to a systems intergrator. Will you just be editing of the iMac connected to all this storage :- If not you need a server or a NAS server http: www.object-
Netstor na381tb setup
by Adam Levine 4 years ago
I'm pricing out a new Mac Pro system to replace my on-its-last-leg 2010 model, and I'm looking into the Netstor (also Highpoint Tech branded) na381tb which looks like a beast. I read Bob Zellin's revi
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Re: Netstor na381tb setup
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Talk to Ron if he's local. They know what they are doing. If you want max speed I'd still go at least Raid5. If your over 16TB Raid 6. As the possibility of another disk failure during rebuild is high
New Areca TB Storage GUI app - Hurray!
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Nice gui app rather than needing to go into a web browser every time. Even does Nested Hybrid raids now! Yay! No need to use OSX to stripe to make 30 50 60 raids. http: www.areca.us support s_thunderb
VFX shots. Grade before or after?
by MichaelMaier 6 years ago
I'm wondering what's the best procedure with VFX shots. If you should grade the plates and then send to VFX or grade after the VFX shots are finished I would think grading the finished VFX shot would
Re: VFX shots. Grade before or after?
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
But don't you need as much latitude in the plates as you can get A tech grade will goto Rec709 plus its a recompress - unless your going log out with a LUT So you'll be comping on possibly Log-c Rec70
What's new in DaVinci Resolve 12
by Peter Chamberlain 4 years ago
What's new in DaVinci Resolve 12 BMD and the DaVinci Resolve R&D team are pleased to announce DaVinci Resolve 12. For those unable to attend NAB and see it for yourself, have a look at the BMD web sit
Re: What's new in DaVinci Resolve 12
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Heard about the UI redesign and thought.. urgh. Saw it. Good move. Much better. Awesome update! s
can not import any xml fro fcpx into davinci resolve
by Anthony Flotte 4 years ago
i can not get any of my fcpx xml's into resolve. every time i try i get this error message (error no valid sequences are present in the file) i am using the newest versions of both resolve lite and fc
Re: can not import any xml fro fcpx into davinci resolve
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Preload all media into media pool import XML and uncheck import into media pool Do that work s
Mac Pro: Optimal scratch / data disk setup
by Tommy Rudman 4 years ago
Hey all, I've recently been running out of space and seen a huge decline in speed on my Mac Pro. I use the computer for video editing, audio production, 3d and After Effects rendering. My Mac Pro curr
Re: Mac Pro: Optimal scratch / data disk setup
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
NO - NAS - Network Attached Storage - So you attach over network -( not sata ) Which will be 1Gig = MAX 100MBs To slow to pull media off if your trying to get best speeds. Fine maybe depending on unit
Decklink Mini Monitor
by Russ Johnson 4 years ago
We have a Decklink Mini Monitor card in a 2011 MacPro and use multiple boot partitions on this machine and when we boot between different OS as from 10.8.5 to 10.9.5, or vice versa, we don't get the d
Re: Decklink Mini Monitor
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Install a driver on both OS's that is the same and that works. The differing drivers will req Firmware updates downgrades switching os's - not a good idea. S
Avid MC 8 and Blackmagic Mini Monitor no output
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Hi all, Installed MC 8 to take a look at it to replace FCP7. Installed MC then updated the Desktop Driver. Managed to get a image on external monitor. Selected hardware in MC and it took me to sys pre
Seeking Drobo/Backup/SuperDuper advice
by Eduardo Araujo 4 years ago
Hi All, We are currently expanding our small video department at my company and I want to start looking more seriously at a means of properly setting up a back-up and archive system. I am fairly new t
Re: Seeking Drobo/Backup/SuperDuper advice
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
How is Super Duper going to know whats on the 1st Disk when doing the 2nd The short answer is no. You need proper backup software and LTO Tape drive. Do incremental backups to Tape daily. Why goto dis
Import DPX into Avid
by Sarah Furie 4 years ago
Is there any way to see DPX files in Avid Seems like in Media Composer 7 I cannot import or AMA link them. I have not found any plugin that works either. The only conversion software that seems to wor
Re: Import DPX into Avid
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
I thought MC could work with DPX sequences now Was shown ama link in a pre release ages ago at some demo show. Is that not the case S
Offloading Speeds on Mac Pro with mTape to LTO-6..
by suny behar 4 years ago
Hey Folks, I have about 20TB of 4K DPX files (in separate folders). So each folder contains about 1 minute worth of 4K DPXs (about 55MBs each x 1 minute) so about 600GB. I have had ZERO luck trying to
Re: Offloading Speeds on Mac Pro with mTape to LTO-6..
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Are MAXX DIGITAL aware of this I think their 8 bats are Areca also :- s
DeckLink configuration with mac pro 2013
by Jose Arce 4 years ago
I have the new macpro with a expansion chassis to my DeckLink HD Extreme 3D (this card was bought in late 2012), I need configure this card to use with my flanders scientific, how can do that. Thanks
Re: DeckLink configuration with mac pro 2013
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Same as always Install driver System prefs BM S
Stuttering Playback With UltraStudio Mini Monitor
by Michael W. Towe 4 years ago
Just did the upgrade to Yosemite which meant an update to Blackmagic Desktop Video and an update to the Mini Monitor firmware. Now I'm experiencing stuttering playback for the first few seconds each t
Re: Stuttering Playback With UltraStudio Mini Monitor
by Simon Blackledge 4 years ago
Updated to latest driver 10.3.4 Set output in BM prefs to P not PSF. Restarted and issue seems to be resolved. S
10.9.4 server with TB raid problems
by Morten Ranmar 5 years ago
After updating Apple Server to 10.9.4 we cannot see the Areca Thunder8 raid as a mounted disc. The volume is accessible through external AFP or SMB connections, but will not mount as a disc on the cli
Re: 10.9.4 server with TB raid problems
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
Does it show in disk utility
Back Up Work Flow Systm
by Christopher Court 5 years ago
Hi there, Excuse this post if it is in the wrong forum - I wasn't sure where to post it. I've recently joined a small (5 man) production company as a junior editor and film maker. My role consists of
Re: Back Up Work Flow Systm
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
Can you define Master Final rendered Quicktime Where do the Project files go XMLs Artwork Audio Gfx Scritps fcp avid projects I take it the Master Server is just so you have a copy of final flat QT on
10.1.3 log processing
by Mark Steele 5 years ago
I have just upgraded to 10.1.3 and my "log processing" has disappeared. Has anyone encountered this Someone else has 10.1.3 and they have no problem.. Should I reinstall 10.1.3 and if so how do I do t
Re: 10.1.3 log processing
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
It's just a shame it's a PRE process.. So LOG process Clipped CC .. :(
Better word than 'footage'?
by Drew Wright 5 years ago
I have a 'raw footage' folder in our archive, but I'd like to name it something more apropos of our current time. We haven't shot on film or video for years, so I'd like to update our language. Some p
Re: Better word than 'footage'?
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
Volume Projects Project_x MEDIA RUSHES ORIG_CAMERA_FILES s
Promise Pegasus 1 - 4TD disks
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
Suspect a few of the desktop edition drives that shipped in this unit are reaching end of life. Anyone used 4TB disks in the V1 of the Pegasus Cheers s
Re: Promise Pegasus 1 - 4TB disks
by Jon Schilling 5 years ago
Simon, I found this compatibility list for you right off their site: http: www.promise.com media_bank Download%20Bank Compatibility Pegasus%20R4_R6_SR1.2%20Compatibility%20List%20v1.9-20131024.pdf Not
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Choosing a Raid Card for NA333TB
by Joe Mole 5 years ago
Hello all, I'm currently setting up a NA333TB with (4) 4TB drives either for raid 10 or raid 5 and plan to add drives in the future. I'm using the NA333TB as DAS on OS X and then once it fills up move
Re: Choosing a Raid Card for NA333TB
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
Highpoint Bob! .. Shiver...<
10.1.2 - NMP - No viewer display :-/
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
Upgraded ( have backup) to 10.1.2 Everything works but there is no image in the viewer . AV output is no ghosted but there is no output there also. Anyone else hit this On osx 10.9.2 S
Re: 10.1.2 - NMP - No viewer display :-/
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
I'm talking abut the actual UI viewer above the magnetic timeline.. well actually no image on any monitor.. When prefs widow didn't work suspected bad install. Update on app store was about 4 seconds
10.1.2
by James Ewart 5 years ago
Hi So I can still set storage location to Library and import proxy files (leaving originals in place) to my laptop (for example) and then revert to using full rez optimised media she I come back to ba
Re: 10.1.2
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
Yes
BMCC with ENG Lens
by Tim Maddoux 5 years ago
Below is a description from our DP of a couple of issues we have run into using our BMCC under stage lighting. We are hopeful some of you may help shed some light on the issues that will lead us to a
Re: BMCC with ENG Lens
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
All down to the lens. S
Custom black border - hide image edge problems?
by Dave Nelson 5 years ago
Hello - Editing ProRes422 that has defects at the edges of the images. The HD was captured from Hi8 SD and it has: thin black borders on the left and right frame edges no black border on the top of fr
Re: Custom black border - hide image edge problems?
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
Select all clips and make a compound clip. Scale the compound clip up and call it projectname_EDIT_CMPD . Rename project ProjectName_Scaled Your not going to loose hardly anything looking at the Hi8 q
Import cam files / Leave in place ?
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
Hi all Playing with some F55 footage. Have copied the cards onto the server in ProjectX Media Footage Rushes OrigCamFiles F55 F55_D001_CRD001 etc.. Import in FCPX with the xdcam plugin installed. I wa
Re: Import cam files / Leave in place ?
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
Well its a clone of a card and needs the structure for the plugin to work. Seems it requires a rewrap hence the ingest. Unlike Resolve :( Shame. Ended up processing them all through Resolve to Prores
Netstor na381tb raid enclosure - update
by Robert P. Dennis 5 years ago
Following my previous posts, I received my new 2013 Mac Pro, switched from my Mac mini using the thunderbolt cable, and the na381tb raid worked works perfectly with the Mac Pro. I then received a new
Re: Netstor na381tb raid enclosure - update
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
Sata3 Seems at 750MBs you saturated the thunderbolt 1 port no Not sure what sata3 has to do with it Still think TB2 will be the bottleneck if you filled the 24bays with ultrastars and connected them t
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