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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 3 days 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 1 week 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 5 days 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
shot live action, need to create timeplapse from pieces of that video
by Jason Brown 5 days ago
I have a 13 minute video shot that we removed items from a shot and I need to create a timelapse. My plan was to do this manually, but I'm wondering if I could set a marker at each frame I want and th
Re: shot live action, need to create timeplapse from pieces of that video
by Stephen Smith 5 days ago
Maybe I'm miss understanding what you want to do but here are my thoughts. Say you have a 5-minute clip but you need to cut a few sections of that 5 minutes out. Place the video in a pre-comp. Use the
Motion Design Demo Reel
by Isaac David Quesada 2 weeks 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
Re: Motion Design Demo Reel
by Stephen Smith 2 weeks 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 2 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 weeks 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 2 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 weeks 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
Aquaman
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
While not Oscar bait, this was solid entertainment. And it succeeds at it's most important task, making this guy: look like a convincing badass. They also succeed in making his nemesis look worthy. Th
Re: Aquaman
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
I thought Wonder Women is the best recent DC film while Justice League, Suicide Squad and Batman Versus Superman where beyond awful. I'm glad to here Aquaman was good even though it wasn't as good as
2018 in Movies: They Certainly Made Movies in 2018, You Can't Deny That
by Scott Roberts 3 weeks ago
Despite life's best efforts, I still managed to watch a bunch of movies this year. Probably not as many as I did last year, and I'll most likely watch even less next year (I've HEARD that having a bab
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Jeff Pulera liked this 3 weeks ago
Re: 2018 in Movies: They Certainly Made Movies in 2018, You Can't Deny That
by Stephen Smith 3 weeks ago
Wait, Searching is on your good list I saw a trailer for it and thought it looked really interesting. I guess I'll have to check it out now. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo pag
How to blur one of a photo edges?
by Nitai Lev-Oren 4 weeks ago
I have this card flying into the iphone and I want his left edge to be blurred, because now it looks not seamless when he enters the portal How to blur one of the card edges
Re: How to blur one of a photo edges?
by Stephen Smith 4 weeks ago
I would duplicate the card and add a blur to the top layer. Then add a mask so the card it blurry only where you want it. Parent the cards together so if you move the one, they will both move. Best of
Movie and tv show report
by Mike Cohen 1 month ago
Here are a few things we have been watching recently: Mission Impossible 12, the Search for Mission Impossible 11. I don't know what this was actually called, but it was fun. Tom Cruise is one agile 7
Re: Movie and tv show report
by Stephen Smith 4 weeks ago
Mike, You said Tom Cruise didn't have a scratch on him. Actually, Tom Cruise broke his ankle on the scene when he jumps off a roof and barely misses it and grabs the rooftop. If you look closely you c
Glidecam HD4000 mounting issue
by Dean Daniels 3 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 1 month ago
Happy to help. Best of luck. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Black Friday Hulu
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Hulu is .99 cents a month for a year. Jump on it if you don t have Hulu and want it. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
I need a specialist in stock footage.
by Jim Curtis 2 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 2 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
Damon Wayans is a jerk
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I'm probably the only person in this forum watching the Lethal Weapon TV show. The guy who plays Riggs is actually incredible. Especially since he had big shoes to feel. Damon Wayans plays Murtaugh an
Re: Damon Wayans is a jerk
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
:-) Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Character Walking Through Frozen World Effect
by Alex Sennett 2 months ago
Hello, I am a film student and am currently in pre-production for my final short film for my production class. I want to have a scene where my character sees the world stop in front of him and walks t
Re: Character Walking Through Frozen World Effect
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
If you film it without moving the camera you can do multiple takes. In post freeze everyone and mask out the clip with the actor where they don't freeze. You can hang out for a while and wait for the
Cant find "camera shake" effect?
by steve Zavo 2 months ago
I used it once upon a time, but now cant find Any tips Thanks anyone
Re: Cant find "camera shake" effect?
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
https: www.videocopilot.net tutorials camera_shake_with_wiggler Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Movies that suck but I love
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Call it a guilty pleasure or whatever you want but I imagine we all love some films that tanked in the box office and where shunned by fans and critics. If you are willing to admit what film did you e
Re: Movies that suck but I love
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I loved the Mighty Ducks. I just introduced that movie to my kids a couple weeks ago and they loved it. I guess we'll have to watch D2 next. I looked on Rotten Tomatoes and can't believe the Mighty Du
A difficult client.
by Paul Guarri 3 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 5 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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
Import Video with Alpha Channel in After Effects
by francesco glavina 2 months ago
I have a problem to import a video with Alpha Channel in After Effects. I have the latest version of AE. Importing the same video in Premiere give me an Alpha Background, so the Alpha exist. Import in
Re: Import Video with Alpha Channel in After Effects
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Wait, are you saying you keyed the video in Premiere Pro and you want to import it into After Effects Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Loved then, loathed now: 70's and 80's movies seen in today's light
by Mark Suszko 4 months ago
Molly Ringwald's talked about what time has done to her and John Hughes' oeuvre. You can point to a lot of films from the 70's and 80's and what was just funny or unimportant then, can seem horrific n
Re: Loved then, loathed now: 70's and 80's movies seen in today's light
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
Films I would add to Great Films that I still actually enjoy, from start to finish would be Charade, North by Northwest and Dr. Stangelove. I've seen them somewhat recently and I would say they all st
what plugins do you use?
by Nitai Lev-Oren 3 months ago
what plugins do you use in your work except element 3d and particular
Re: what plugins do you use?
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
Duik is cool if you to character animation. If you do a lot of live action videos I like Digital Anarchy Beauty Box. It smooths out peoples skin really well. Digital Anarchy also has a flicker plug-in
How does my demo reel look?
by ryan elder 3 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 3 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
Older AE Plugin for adding dimension to stills?
by Mike MacKenzie 3 months ago
Hey everyone... This is a long shot but worth asking. Years ago I worked with an AE guy on some furniture spots. He had a plugin where you could take a still image, define what the dimensional space w
Re: Older AE Plugin for adding dimension to stills?
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
I'm curious if anyone has used both Photo Animator and VoluMax Otherwise, I wonder if you will just get the same results with both Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Choppy and non-smooth Render!?
by Pierre Roussel 3 months ago
Hello, thank you for reading. I have been working on a trailer for my missionary school and I noticed every time I render the video I can not get rid of the choppy, shaky and shuttering (for lack of a
Re: Choppy and non-smooth Render!?
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
I'm assuming you are talking about things like the jittery text at around 1:14 that says Missionary It is the way video is processed. You are not seeing each frame instantly. It is building lines of t
Logo Object - Twist in 3D
by Kalyan Tagore 3 months ago
Hi ! can someone please help me with this kind of effect. (Refer Link) 3D twist LogoLayer - reference I want to twist the Logo Object in 3d. Just link in the video. can that be done in after effects T
Re: Logo Object - Twist in 3D
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
Please don't take this the wrong way. But paying $15 to learn how to do something really cool in After Effects isn't that much to ask. Just buy the template. Or give me the $15 since I have your answe
Are there any gimbals that use manual focus when follow focusing?
by ryan elder 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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
How is working with the RED in post?
by Sean Mannion 5 months ago
I have worked around the RED and I'm familiar with the camera.s I recently wrote a blog post about what they offer, but I've never really worked with it in post. I've worked with other 4K (from Panaso
Re: How is working with the RED in post?
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
I think you are reading old posts. RED footage used to be the worst to work with. Back in my FCP7 days you couldn't work with RAW files and had to convert everything. RED would take forever. Now, I th
Is this scene necessary for my short film to tell the story?
by ryan elder 5 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 5 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 7 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 5 months ago
I guess they didn't really need any help Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Andrew Tucker 5 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 5 months ago
Sure, what questions do you have
1000 Posts
by Stephen Smith 9 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 6 months ago
Can't wait. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
The Profit
by Stephen Smith 6 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 6 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
Strange file interpretation
by Sean Collett 6 months ago
I have footage from the old RED One camera that was shot in 2013. For some reason when I transfer it from the storage drive (External) to the on board drive in my MAC Pro tower it chops of a good port
Re: Strange file interpretation
by Stephen Smith 6 months ago
Red Footage is FAT-32. Which means it cuts clips up. Your editing program will "glue" the cut-up clips and make it look like they were always one clip. Bring it into your editor and see if you still h
Cool Video
by Stephen Smith 7 months ago
I shot this when the Red Epic-W came out and got busy and never found time to complete it until now. Check out this video I did of the Pacific Coast. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my
Re: Cool Video
by Stephen Smith 7 months ago
Thanks Eric, I really love that camera. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
I want to hire someone to train me on Yoyotta LTFS
by Doug Weiner 9 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 1 year 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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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