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Cross-posted : 1-10-100 program
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
If you make video promos and have to explain the process to clients, you need to watch this and more to the point make THEM watch it: https: www.amazon.com One-Ten-Hundred-Adam-Lisagor dp B07K3ZJPN7
Re: Cross-posted : 1-10-100 program
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
They posted a video months ago and actually showed parts of each video and I recall they really liked the middle one. I didn't realize this was a full-blown documentary. Stephen Smith Utah Video Produ
Captain Marvel -spoiler free
by Chris Wright 2 weeks ago
My first thought making this post was, why hasn't there been a post for this Captain Marvel is smart, funny, and the screenplay is brilliant. Brie Larson's acting is as good or better than Chris Evan'
Re: Captain Marvel -spoiler free
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
Cool, I'm glad it was a great film. I can't wait to see it. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Netflix
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
It feels like Netflix release a new original series every second. But I haven't been interested in any of them since Stranger Things and The Toys That Make Us. Anything worth checking out Stephen Smit
Wild Wild Country
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Has anyone seen Wild Wild Country Here is the trailer: https: www.youtube.com watch v=hBLS_OM6Puk I was told about it from some friends who grew up on Washington back in the 80s. Basically, it was a s
Re: Wild Wild Country
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks ago
This SNL skit is funny: https: www.youtube.com watch v=5Ge9cebaVNg Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Spielberg vs Netflix Movies
by Mike Cohen 3 weeks ago
For the second time in the past year Steven Spielberg has been quoted saying that Netflix and other streaming movies should win Emmys, not Oscars. Meanwhile Martin Scorsese has a Netflix movie in the
Re: Spielberg vs Netflix Movies
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
A movie is a movie. Why does it matter if the distributor streamed it to the whole world instead of waiting 9 months Being in a theater for a few months doesn't change the film. Stephen Smith Utah Vid
Don't know to use a Template
by Gioele Brancaleoni 3 weeks ago
Hi, I have a template for an Intro, but I don't know how to use it, can someone help me
Re: Don't know to use a Template
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
Do you know how to use After Effects Was there a help document that came with the template Do you have a link to the template URL Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Missing options for motion tracking!
by Albin Ernholm 3 years ago
Hi everyone! What an awesome forum! :) I'm curious to know if anyone has encountered the same problem with (I'm guessing) the latest CC version (or if it's just me), since when last I used the motion
Re: Missing options for motion tracking!
by Stephen Smith 4 weeks ago
Oh my words! This just happened to me. Thanks for the help. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
The Matrix
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
I'm sure we have all heard Will Smith turned down the opportunity to play Neo in the Matrix. Will came out with a video explaining why. It is really good and worth checking out: https: www.youtube.com
Re: The Matrix
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
I'm reminded how Sean Connery turned down Gandalf in LOTR because "he couldn't understand it", so he instead took on "The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen". Imagine how different these movies could h
Big Shark
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Tommy Wiseau who directed the Room has a new film coming out called Big Shark. It looks beyond bad which is his specialty. Check it out: https: www.youtube.com watch v=jeuSLaKHZSo Plus, it that isn't
Re: Big Shark
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Ha ha, that's great! Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Best cop film ever
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I started watching Brooklyn 99, a show about police detectives. They started debating over what the best cop movie is. Made me think. What is your favorite Die Hard, Speed (I almost put Speed 2 in as
Re: Best cop film ever
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
I'm new to Brooklyn 99 and have made it to the 3rd session. I really have been enjoying it a lot. What a great cast. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
After Effect import vector comp issue
by Antonio Petit 1 month ago
Hello Friends, I have a problem importing a .ai file. I have a 1920x1080 .ai , but, some of the layers are outside of the artwork area ( is necessary because some of this layers are big and need to be
Re: After Effect import vector comp issue
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
You can only bring it what is in the .ai comp size. If you are not willing to edit the artboard size in illustrator then you have the following options. 1. Grab everything in illustrator and shrink th
Latest reel
by Chris Gomersall 1 month ago
https: www.behance.net gallery 75997615 2018-2018-Reel Worked the healthcare segment last 2 years. & years in powersports prior. 14 years of freelance prior to that. Full samples here: be.net chrisgom
Re: Latest reel
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
This reel is really long. I bailed at 1 minute and 30 seconds. The descriptions at the bottom make it look like you did everything on each video. Is that the case Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions
Mosaic Build Suggestions
by Chip Hess 1 month ago
Looking to create an animation which 'builds' an image. Many photos flying in to form one large photo. End result will look like a mosaic, but I need to animate the individual pieces photos flying in
Re: Mosaic Build Suggestions
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Roger that. Best of luck. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Rotoscoping tricky shot
by Mike Poliskey 1 month ago
Hi, I need to rotoscope a girl walking across frame, but the shot is a bit tricky, colourful background with yellows and reds plus some motion blur etc. I've tried to use AE rotobrush but with poor re
Re: Rotoscoping tricky shot
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
Rotoscoping is the worst. I would take a look at this tutorial and see if it can give you some tips with the brush that so far isn't working. Keep in mind any rotoscoping will take a long time: https:
Dynamic Editing (?)
by Cassiano Zanon 2 months ago
Hey guys, first time posting here. Well, i tried looking this up here and on google but either i couldn't find anything or didn't know how to search. Anyway, i work at an agency and this year we're tr
Re: Dynamic Editing (?)
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
I would just call the editing style fast. The shapes that appear on the videos are animated shapes. Hope this helps. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Plugins, the library kind.
by Ahmed Mabrouk 2 months ago
I have seen alot of plugins like "animation composer", "motion factory". That actually works as a library of comps contain animated scenes, and applies any of these comps in the project only by double
Re: Plugins, the library kind.
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Have you used Animation Composer or are you asking how it works if you purchase it and use it Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Stock photos
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I really didn't know where to post this but it made me laugh so hard I had to share. I think we have all had to search for stock photos or footage. Photo #1 is a real head-scratcher. https: www.boredp
Re: Stock photos
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
The "throwing spaghetti in the air in a forest" I think is my favorite. I have no idea why anyone would ever do that but oh my words it makes me laugh. Maybe it is her superpower. To shoot spaghetti o
Oregon Coast
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
This isn't a demo reel but still a cool video that I had a lot of fun filing of the beautiful Oregon and California coast: https: vimeo.com 275171757 Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my
Please rate
by artjoms zikuns 2 months ago
Hello to all! I here recently edited a video about my trip, but there s really no one to ask who would point out the mistakes. Please look and evaluate, what do you think Would it be okay to show for
Re: Please rate
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I had to bail after what felt like a minute of you walking off the plane. Ansel Adams is a very famous photographer. If you look at his life's body of work there aren't that many photos if you think a
Newbie to archiving with LTO tapes. I need a clear explanation and advice.
by jack wormell 7 years ago
Hi There I work for a small production company, I'm in charge of media management and workflow. We are building up a large quantity of external hard drives and with continuing commissions for projects
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Alfonso James liked this 3 years ago
Re: Newbie to archiving with LTO tapes. I need a clear explanation and advice.
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Zoe, I'm not sure I understand your question. Are you asking how LTO works Also, are you on a Mac or PC Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Thoughts on my Film Editing Reel
by Carlos Borrego 2 months ago
Hi. I have worked as editor in the past, I'm trying to reengange with it, but my career just does not get to take off. This is my Reel, any opinion and reviews would be appreciated: https: vimeo.com 2
Re: Thoughts on my Film Editing Reel
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Here are my thoughts. The reel starts out really strong. Then when it goes to the montage after the first scene the reel falls apart. For an editing reel, I want to see how you edit. Just like you sho
Motion Design Demo Reel
by Isaac David Quesada 2 months ago
Hi Fellow Cows I am sharing my updated demo reel as a motion designer. All comments are not only welcome but highly encouraged and appreciated. I hope we can build some projects together in the future
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Todd Soaper liked this 3 days ago
Re: Motion Design Demo Reel
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I would build a separate reel for Editing and color correction. For the editing reel don't make it a montage like your motion graphics reel. I would let the scene play out so we can get a really good
It's that time of year....
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
The annual appearance of our vintage aluminum Christmas tree just always makes our already-kitschy lobby a bit extra tacky... and festive! Although last year I had a perfect record during assembly, th
Re: It's that time of year....
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
That's great. Don't let your wife destroy your major award :-) Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Thoughts on our reel
by Tom Clare 4 months ago
We put together a new reel as a small (4 person) production company. We tried to get a bit creative with it, including some 'storytelling' VFX elements. Please let me know what you think, all feedback
Re: Thoughts on our reel
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I liked it and thought it was a cool reel. What was the music that started around 30 seconds Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Glidecam HD4000 mounting issue
by Dean Daniels 5 months ago
A friend lent me a glidecam he uses with a smaller DSLR. I would like to use it with a Canon C100. Look how the mounting plate is off to one side, surely it should be in the middle and I won't be able
Re: Glidecam HD4000 mounting issue
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
Happy to help. Best of luck. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
I need a specialist in stock footage.
by Jim Curtis 4 months ago
I've just been asked to bid on posting a project that would require extensive use of stock footage of historical events during and after the 9-11 attacks in the USA. As you know, there are dozens of s
Re: I need a specialist in stock footage.
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
I agree, I would start with Getty. Depending on what you need you can also use Google to point you in the right direction. For example, I typed "9 11 stock footage" and this was the first result: http
A difficult client.
by Paul Guarri 5 months ago
Hi, I was asked to work as a finishing editor on some projects. I will work at the client's place. I must be available for about two or three days per project but they don't have a schedule. They told
Re: A difficult client.
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
That is crazy! I think the idea of a retainer is a good one. It motivates them to use you instead of not using you. Also, do they really need you to come in How far away are you from their office If y
How should I invoice for a fixed price project?
by Chris Park 4 months ago
Hi there! First of all, thanks so much for sparing your precious time for me :). I'm a motion designer in Sydney with about a year of experience in the industry but have never done a fixed price freel
Re: How should I invoice for a fixed price project?
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
You have worked with the client before. Have they ever not paid you Have they been a bad client If you said No then I think you have a good relationship and don't need to worry. If you answered Yes th
Cloudy or not
by Marcus Warren 7 months ago
This statement was made in a recent article on Pro Video Collection: "...every editor has the Creative Cloud, no matter what NLE you use, as we all use After Effects, and Photoshop in one form or anot
Re: Cloudy or not
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
That is a funny statement that everyone has Creative Cloud. You could edit in FCP and Motion and not need Creative Cloud. Are they saying the big Hollywood films where yes Grinner, someone only does "
Solvival
by Ani Atanasova 4 months ago
Dear friends, we are glad to share another short film called "Solvival" Watch here and share us your thoughts. https: vimeo.com 282865318
Re: Solvival
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
Looks good but people are just hard to make look good in 3D. Keep up the good work! Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Consequences
by Ani Atanasova 4 months ago
Hello from Pixelhunters. We are happy to share our short film "Consequences." All that matters is to be good persons. Otherwise, there are Consequences. Watch the film and share us your thoughts. Hope
Re: Consequences
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
That was really cool. Good job. Shouldn't that be "Miss Mother Nature" or "Ms. Mother Nature" I'm not a grammar expert but it looked wrong. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
How does my demo reel look?
by ryan elder 5 months ago
Here is my latest one. I was told not to mix genres was too much, so I chose my thriller looking genre projects. Let me know how it looks. Thanks! https: www.youtube.com watch v=dAp1qZrTCbQ
Re: How does my demo reel look?
by Stephen Smith 5 months ago
Depends on what your ultimate goal is. I build my reels based on what I think the target audience wants to see and what will get me the job. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo pag
Are there any gimbals that use manual focus when follow focusing?
by ryan elder 6 months ago
I was thinking of buying the Zhiyun Crane. However, I don't know if the follow focus is good on it, because it uses the cameras electronic focusing system, and I've never thought highly of electronic
Re: Are there any gimbals that use manual focus when follow focusing?
by Stephen Smith 6 months ago
ryan elder Okay thanks, but I thought I would just use the tools I got. Plus I think that the crane follow focus, actually is made for DSLR lenses, and not cine lenses, isn't it The Crane 2 Servo Fol
More of a Design Question - Dealing with Text and Video
by Andrew Tucker 6 months ago
Good Morning, I work in a corporate environment where I get a lot of colliding feedback from the Up and Ups (we have a shifty approval process). I just introduced them to Screenlight (being new to it
Re: More of a Design Question - Dealing with Text and Video
by Stephen Smith 6 months ago
Make sure your client understands that in general people don't want to read much when they watch a video. A lot of people will stop reading the text if there is too much. If you have a voice in the vi
Is this scene necessary for my short film to tell the story?
by ryan elder 7 months ago
Basically for my short film, I am not sure if this scene is necessary or not to tell the story, and maybe audiences would make sense of it without it. Basically in the plot an auditor is assigned to a
Re: Is this scene necessary for my short film to tell the story?
by Stephen Smith 7 months ago
If your gut tells you it is not necessary it probably isn't. Shorter is better in my opinion. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
how to - effect
by kjp Upton 9 months ago
Hey guys! Am new to this so hoping I'm doing it right. Anyway! I'm posting on here to ask if anyone knows how I can recreate this effect. Of course there's green screen in there but how do you do this
Re: how to - effect
by Stephen Smith 7 months ago
I guess they didn't really need any help Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Andrew Tucker 7 months ago
Hi Stephen, I added you because I felt like we may be in the same type setting. Part of an Internal Video team or at least the video person for our company. I know I definitely have a lot of questions because the position is still being molded and formed 3 years later.
Cheers!
Stephen Smith 7 months ago
Sure, what questions do you have
1000 Posts
by Stephen Smith 10 years ago
I just hit my 1000th post, which I'm very excited about. I know some people around here do that kind of posting in a month or so, but for me, I think that it is cool. However, I was hoping for somethi
Re: 5000 Posts
by Stephen Smith 8 months ago
Can't wait. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
The Profit
by Stephen Smith 8 months ago
I really enjoy watching a reality TV show called "The Profit". It is a show about a guy (Owner of Camping World and other businesses) who purchases struggling business and implements better process an
Re: The Profit
by Stephen Smith 8 months ago
I've never heard of that show. I'll have to check it out. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
I want to hire someone to train me on Yoyotta LTFS
by Doug Weiner 11 months ago
Anybody out there use Yoyotta I am willing to pay and want about 60-120 minutes of your time to master Yoyotta. I am not interested in the FCP, conform parts. I really need help with understanding the
Re: I want to hire someone to train me on Yoyotta LTFS
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
YoYotta's training videos can also be of some help. I use it but I'm not an expert: https: vimeo.com yoyotta Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
YoYotta Archive Software
by Stan Kellam 9 months ago
Does anyone use this software for LTO back up and have a good handle on it I find it really confusing to read their database and their videos do not help. Would love to find someone who could get me o
Re: YoYotta Archive Software
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
Stan, I agree, all LTO software options I have looked at are really confusing. I use YoYotta and have found that their video tutorials are really helpful: https: vimeo.com yoyotta Stephen Smith Utah V
RE: New Forum
by Sam Lesante Jr. 1 year ago
Is there a "buyer beware" forum There's a company I've been dealing with for 5 yrs. that I bought a product from but has yet to give me a working unit Thanks
Re: RE: New Forum
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
I would post it in the Business and Marketing Forum. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
YouTube Partner Program and AdSense - insight?
by Christina Crawley 1 year ago
I need to start utilizing the CARDS and END SCREEN functionality for my company's YouTube content to link back to our website. However, they now have it setup so you have to apply and provide payment
Re: YouTube Partner Program and AdSense - insight?
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
Did you ever figure out what to do Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Is $250/minute for whiteboard animation worth it?
by Joe Clark 2 years ago
Hello, I am looking to have a whiteboard animation done, as all the top (Clickbank) sellers in my niche have such a sales page. I found a seller on oDesk, with testimonials of past projects(whiteboard
Re: Is $250/minute for whiteboard animation worth it?
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
It is hard to find good talent to voice your video for $250. As mentioned, if you want a video with a bunch of pre-built elements and not a lot of creative control then you can do down that road. I wo
Suggestions designing videos for a company
by Joe Clark 1 year ago
Hello, I am designing videos for a company ,as this is my first project it should be the best. And all the videos are Video Demonstration of a project . But I am looking for a software to design these
Re: Suggestions designing videos for a company
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
Another vote for creative cloud. However, if you have never edited before it may not be the best solution. How much editing are you planning on doing Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my
Which is the best software to design animated videos?
by Joe Clark 1 year ago
Hello everyone, I just wanted to ask if u guys can recommend a good software for animating in 2D .I have been learning 3d and create some 2D 3D Explainer Video now but I have now discovered that 2D an
Re: Which is the best software to design animated videos?
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
Another vote for Adobe After Effects. If budget is a concern and you are on a Mac you can use Motion. But I feel After Effects is the industry standard for 2D motion graphics. Stephen Smith Utah Video
Boss handed me a box of external hard drives and said "archive all this video somewhere"
by Randy Hansen 10 months ago
Literally, the title states what happened. I've worked here for about 9 months. The other day, the boss walked in with a box of a dozen or so external hard drives from the past decade containing video
Re: Boss handed me a box of external hard drives and said "archive all this video somewhere"
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
When I'm done with a project and have enough completed projects I back them up to an LTO tape. I'm on a mac so I use Neo Finder to make a record or every file on the tape. Then when someone says go an
Server or something
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
I'm looking for the best option to connect 2 iMac Pro's together so we can edit off the same drive. I'm looking at the QNAP TVS-1282T3 unless it makes more sense to use or do something else. Any thoug
Re: Server or something
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
Bob and Nathaniel, thanks for the help. I'm after the "no frills network shares". Bob gave me a call and we got everything worked out. I'm excited to stop sharing hard drives and being on the QNAP. St
MotionVFX and mFlare in Premiere
by jerry wise 9 months ago
Bought mFlare for Premiere a few years ago. i worked well on my older versions of Premiere. Yesterday i wanted to use it again but it didn't work in my CC version 2017.1.2. filed a report to MotionVFX
Re: MotionVFX and mFlare in Premiere
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
Luckily it still works with After Effects and the round-tripping is easy from Premiere and back. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
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