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mission impossible fallout
by Chris Wright 2 weeks ago
spoiler free. great movie. great sound design and music. the sound should get an award for sound design. fun action movie. cruise can still run. I would say you have to see it in the theatres. its liv
Re: mission impossible fallout
by Stephen Smith 3 days ago
I had a blast and enjoyed the movie. Knowing that Tom does his own stunts and broke his leg in this film...plus really did fly the helicopter made the action scenes feel more tense. I'm surprised Tom
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 2 weeks ago
Can't wait. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
The Profit
by Stephen Smith 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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
Incredibles 2
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Really fun movie, but best appreciated after watching the first one again, because it's been 14 YEARS. That in itself should be a crime of some sort.
Re: Incredibles 2
by Stephen Smith 1 month ago
I thought Incredibles 2 was a fantastic movie. Being a dad who has kids who are learning Common Core Math I can totally relate to the math jokes. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vime
Solo
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Right out the gate, I have to say I really enjoyed the film Solo and I'm not sure why there seems to be so much hate for the film. I'm not sure if it has more to do with it having lots of problems dur
Re: Solo
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Scott I think it was more big-summer-blockbuster fatigue. This movie came out right after Infinity War and Deadpool 2. To me, that was the real head-scratcher. Why didn't they save this film for the
Cool Video
by Stephen Smith 2 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 2 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 4 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 2 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 2 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 2 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
Applying a mask to another layer of a different size
by Ryan Allard 2 months ago
So I just spent a number of hours masking out a subject in a video only to realize that the mask was being applied on a separate layer that is hidden underneath the layer that my intended subject is o
Re: Applying a mask to another layer of a different size
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
In the timeline click on the Mask Disclouser Triangle so you can see the mask options like "Mask Path, Mask Feather, Mask Opacity & Mask Expansion." Adjust the "Mask Expansion" amount and you can grow
RE: New Forum
by Sam Lesante Jr. 7 months 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 2 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 7 months 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 2 months ago
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Is $250/minute for whiteboard animation worth it?
by Joe Clark 11 months 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 2 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 10 months 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 2 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 11 months 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 2 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 2 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 2 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
The Toys That Made Us
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I grew up in the 80's and toys like GI Joe where a big part of my life. There is a documentary series on Netflix called "The Toys That Made Us". It covers how certain toy brands like Star Wars came to
Re: The Toys That Made Us
by Chris Wright 1 month ago
thanks for the heads up. there is also a gi joe PSA documentary albeit redubbed.
Hollywood Weapons fact or fiction
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
A show called "Hollywood Weapons Fact or Fiction" is now on Netflix. I thought it was a fun idea. The show takes an iconic action scene in a movie and they try to find out if it could happen in real l
Server or something
by Stephen Smith 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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
How to track this footage
by Sney Noorani 2 months ago
hi folks, I'm running some tests for an upcoming spot I'm working on and we thought we'd try to build in a camera move to our greenscreen shot. I put some tracking markers on the wall thinking this wo
Re: How to track this footage
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Right on, I'm glad it worked. I think with the extra track points and varying up their shapes you will be good to go. You will have to share the final project when you are done. Best of luck. Stephen
Celebrity Endorsement
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
We just found this great Celebrity Endorsement. So I definitely had to take a picture of the box. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
This great looking timelapse. Can anyone tell me how they achieved the stability?
by Conan Stott 2 months ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=VCUxKiNLFsg&feature=youtu.be&t=43s The above has some great looking moving time-lapse from about 45 seconds. I can see that the person shooting appears to be in a vehicl
Re: This great looking timelapse. Can anyone tell me how they achieved the stability?
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Take a look at this Hyperlapse tutorial. Of course, I would just use the Warp Stabilizer in After Effects and save a step: https: www.youtube.com watch v=a46wdR2AleU Stephen Smith Utah Video Productio
My Reel
by Chris Wyatt 2 months ago
I've been trying to land some paid editing work in the Seattle area but so far I've had little luck, wondering if it has to do with my demo reel. If anyone can give me some feedback or suggestions on
Re: My Reel
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
What type of work are you trying to get with your reel Your description says you are an editor, director, producer. If this is a reel to show off your editing and producing skills your reel is really
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Trying to figure out how this shot, and want to try and replicate in future...
by Tom Laughlin 3 months ago
Cinematographers, I recently watched a beautifully shot interview with James Cameron and George Lucas for the AMC channel, I'm sure a few of you have seen this clip already. I just wanted to know what
Re: Trying to figure out how this shot, and want to try and replicate in future...
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Trust me Todd, I'm guilty as well. Funny about the "Dutch Angles". I watched Thor 1 with my daughter the other day and mentioned that there are a lot of dutch shots in this film. She said like in the
Premiere Pro CC(2018) to After Effects CC(2018) wrong video clip settings
by Aim Limpiado 2 months ago
Hello! I m new to After Effects, and I tried to replace a video clip from Premiere Pro by using Replace with an After Effects Composition . The thing is, when it Dynamically links to After Effects, th
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Re: Premiere Pro CC(2018) to After Effects CC(2018) wrong video clip settings
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Awesome, I'm glad it worked out. Best of luck! Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Recommendatio for Resume Writing Services?
by Jaeson Jrakman 6 months ago
Not sure where to put this, but this seemed the best category. I wanted to get input on this from creatives. So, I've reached the point where I'm ready to invest in having a professional write my resu
Re: Recommendatio for Resume Writing Services?
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
What line of work do you want to go into If it is for a video related job such as a video editor I feel your demo reel is way more important and you should focus your efforts on that. I typically don'
Feedback me on my edit reel? :)
by leona yung 6 months ago
https: youtu.be eJILU0iK66w Hey guys, Looking to get back into editing, have put together a first edit of my showreel. A lot of the work is from University, so i'm out of practice for the past 3 years
Re: Feedback me on my edit reel? :)
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
The problem with the reel is it doesn't show off your editing skills. It just tells me you can edit a montage. An editing reel should just be some sections of different videos you edited. I would show
Agriculture Demo Reel
by Blake Barnett 5 months ago
Agriculture Reel At BLARE Media, we love the idea of getting our hands dirty, and what better way to do this then to literally get our hands dirty. This is what Agriculture is all about. It s the lif
Re: Agriculture Demo Reel
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Gorgeous footage. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Animated opens with their own music mixed with demo music
by Dan Krier 4 months ago
It's been awhile since I've put together a demo reel. What is the norm for handling animated opens with music narration and using a general music track for the rest of the demo reel Timeline example o
Re: Animated opens with their own music mixed with demo music
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
It depends on what the Reel is for. If it is for motion graphics or a cinematography reel then it typically will be a montage of clips. Typically you will have one song from beginning to end. If it is
Compositing Showreel
by Dinesh Kumar Purushothaman 4 months ago
A selection of shots that I have worked on as a compositor ! https: youtu.be _a4r-1NAS_0
Re: Compositing Showreel
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
That's really cool! What texture did you use on the window at around 1 minute where she is driving in a car Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
My new
by Nate Jasper 3 months ago
Font
Re: My new
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
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Video and Motion Reels
by Mohit Sebastian 3 months ago
Hi, I'm a freelance Motion Designer and Video Producer. I'd would love some feedback on the two reels Video Reel: https: vimeo.com 267447193 Motion Reel: https: vimeo.com 155935676 Thank you, Mohit Se
Re: Video and Motion Reels
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I watched your motion graphics reel and you have some really good stuff on it. It felt like you repeated a lot of your work. My thought was I already know you can do that, that was just a variation of
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Centered text animation
by Luke Tribe 2 months ago
Hello! Does anyone know how i could animate text like this https: www.instagram.com p BRnl2grlGpU hl=en&taken-by=itsnicethat Basically staying centered until a new word is added. Im idealling wanting
Re: Centered text animation
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
I wonder if there is a plug-in or something to make this a lot easier. But for now, I would add the one word and make sure it is centered. Copy that layer and make the 2nd layer start where you add a
AE 2d animation walking
by Onur Uygur 3 months ago
Hi Im a kind of beginner in 2d animation. Im using AE. I need to make my puppet walk. How can I walk it Whatever I do it seem not natural. Please I need the easiest way to do it. Thanks guys..
Re: AE 2d animation walking
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
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Anybody here selling stock footage? Either as a sideline or a main business....
by Tim Wilson 1 year ago
I'm just curious about this. It's been a while since we've talked about it here, and I know that business has changed for a lot of you over the years, so just laying it out there. Anybody selling foot
Re: Anybody here selling stock footage? Either as a sideline or a main business....
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
Good question Bruno. I think my answer is going to get me in trouble. I would love to hear what others think: When you upload stock footage to a stock site a customer can only look at a low-resolution
If you didn't care about 8k, maybe you will now?
by Sam Mestman 3 months ago
Honestly, I didn't there was anything that was going to get me excited about 8k... until Michael Cioni did his presentation at Faster, Together at NAB this year. A really impressive, thoughtful talk t
Re: If you didn't care about 8k, maybe you will now?
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
That 8K video was really cool. I own an 8K Red and for the first time in my over 15 year editing career found myself zooming in on clips and changing the composition. In this spot, I realized we never
Achieving a Moody, Cinematic Look on RED
by Andrew Gallego 4 months ago
Hello everyone! I was a Videographer for a few years, and now I'm looking to make the leap to high end digital cinema work. After saving up for a while, I'm looking to purchase a RED Scarlet-W or RED
Re: Achieving a Moody, Cinematic Look on RED
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
I think another thing you are seeing is the lighting. It has the nice lighting where it is darker on the other side of the face. Good luck with your leap into Red. Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions
Are RED files always problematic?
by greg janza 4 months ago
I work with RED files semi-regularly and each and every time that I'm given a RED shot project I run into problems with the files. Usually I encounter at least one or two corrupted r3d files in the mi
Re: Are RED files always problematic?
by Stephen Smith 3 months ago
I haven't ever had any problems with R3D files. As for Pro IO module mentioned by Tom. I use and like the OMOD XLR 2 and it works great: https: offhollywoodny.com products omod-xlr Just don't use the
Red files all 4.04 GB?
by John Vogel 5 months ago
Hi, I recently took over post on a film and upon opening the project in Adobe Premiere, the .R3D files are incomplete, meaning they're not the complete "take" on each clip. They're size are all 4.04 G
Re: Red files all 4.04 GB?
by Stephen Smith 4 months ago
That's crazy. I have never had that happen to me before. What is the name of the folder those clips are in Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
XML file?
by Ron German 5 months ago
Hi I m testing Black Magic Resolve 14 and it suposedly can import a Premiere Pro 6 project via XML a PP6 file. But I can t find the way to export this MXL file from my Premiere Pro 6 project (other th
Re: XML file?
by Stephen Smith 5 months ago
Not everything can transfer. Take a look at this chart for help: https: developer.apple.com library content documentation FinalCutProX Reference FinalCutProXXMLFormat Adjustments Adjustments.html If y
Good lighting training
by Stephen Smith 5 months ago
Anyone recommend any good tutorials on creating nice cinematic lighting Stephen Smith Utah Video Productions Check out my Vimeo page
Re: Good lighting training
by Mark Whitney 5 months ago
Bob Cole "But I don't know how relevant the Hollywood approach would be to me. I had an accidental meeting with an eminent Hollywood DP (I was shooting an interview with his daughter), and asked him
To fade or not to fade
by Oliver Peters 7 months ago
Throughout all of my commercial editing career, I've added picture fade ins and outs on all of my videos. I'm mainly talking about TV commercials here. This typically provides a "kiss of black" betwee
Re: To fade or not to fade
by Stephen Smith 5 months ago
I don't do a fade on any of the commercials I edit. If you look at the national adds tonight on prime time I don't think you'll see very many fades if any. I haven't noticed any in my market. Stephen
Premiere or FCPX
by Pam Picard 8 months ago
I m curious to hear opinions-in today s professional video world do you find more professionals using Premiere or FCPX
Re: Premiere or FCPX
by Stephen Smith 5 months ago
All of the big shops that I'm aware of in my State are on Premiere. All of the freelancers I know are on Premiere except for 1. But he used both FCP X and Premiere. I use Premiere because I spend a lo
Power Grades
by Stephen Smith 2 years ago
In DaVince Resolve it used to have a bunch of pre-built Power Grades that came with the program. I thought they wherein the "Color" Window in the Power Grades window. I can't find them. Does anyone no
Re: Power Grades
by Dmitry Kitsov 2 years ago
Hello, Stephen, pop out the gallery window using the symbol that looks like 4 arrows pushing out to the corners of the square. You will see DaVinci Resolve Looks available to you. Dmitry Kitsov, Black
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Editors Job - Relinking Media
by Vishal Handa 7 months ago
Hey there, My first post here. This may seem like a very simple question, but whose job is it to relink all the full resolution media when the timeline will be going to a colourist to colour grade. Is
Re: Editors Job - Relinking Media
by Stephen Smith 7 months ago
Sounds like this is a conversation you should have with your colorist. If they quoted a rate on the expectation of not linking footage then you'll need to pay them more if you don't want to do it. Ple
Importing RED Source Settings from Premiere to After Effects
by Adam Rosenberg 10 months ago
I have an edit in Premiere consisting of R3D files. I've used the RED Source Settings in Premiere to adjust the color. When I right click Replace With After Effects Composition, the RED Source Setting
Re: Importing RED Source Settings from Premiere to After Effects
by Stephen Smith 9 months ago
Check out Lumetri, it allows you to apply Luts and is almost all of the other color tools rolled into 1 effect. It should be able to do everything you want. As for RCX, you will have to export out a n
Sluggish Premiere
by Stephen Smith 10 months ago
Strangest thing. I have a maxed out iMac. I have edited a lot of 8k projects just fine. I have an HD sequence with a mix of 4k and HD footage. (The clips where provided to me so I don't know what they
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