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Just how is a cow supposed to use a mouse with a hoof anyway? See the LinkedIn profile below. Been doing this stuff since 1982 and love the discussions about the good ole days.
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What is this setup/how much does it cost?
by Eren Aksu 4 weeks ago
Hi everyone, Looking for help trying to determine what this setup is and what it would cost from an AV and Screen quality stand point. Example: Another Example: Best, Eren
Re: What is this setup/how much does it cost?
by Steve Kownacki 3 weeks ago
My 1-minute guess is $50K with a basic (non-union) setup production crew not including pre-production, lighting design, or any post work; or any constraints such as load-in -out time, access, etc. Dep
Just for fun... Memory lane, a past life
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Just thought some in here might be amused by this... Last summer I bought a new (to me) house, and had the pleasure (read: horror) of moving. Every time I've ever moved my home or office I've always s
Re: Just for fun... Memory lane, a past life
by Steve Kownacki 4 weeks ago
Cool! Nov 1, '91 was opening day for Final Focus! Steve
IMAG production lens selection
by Larry Brewer 4 months ago
In so many years of TV production the question still comes up.. "How much magnification will I need to get a tight headshot at 100 feet with this ENG 2 3" b4 lens mount eng camera 18x 20x 40x Can I us
Re: IMAG production lens selection
by Steve Kownacki 1 month ago
I encounter this too. Ya think after 30+ years I'd have figured it out too! I found this - you can decipher a little from it. https: canon.ssl.cdn.sdlmedia.com 636795760653066499GT.pdf Steve
Recording to vMix
by clyde villegas 3 months ago
Hello friends! First question: Would you use vMix to record video for straight delivery to client (not for further editing) How about for an intermediary format for further editing, would you record t
Re: Recording to vMix
by Steve Kownacki 3 months ago
I have not used that particular KanexPro DA, but many of their other products and very happy with the performance. I'll I can say is to get one and try it out before using on a real gig. The quality w
Modifying BPAV clip files from EX1r
by Hal Beery 4 months ago
Occasionally I screwup and grab a chip that hasn't been cleared of past shots. Question: 1. Can I clear the old clip files before importing in my archive drives or will that cause problems with the wh
Re: Modifying BPAV clip files from EX1r
by Steve Kownacki 4 months ago
After you copy your media to a drive in 2 places for safety. I believe you can delete the unwanted subfolders in the CLPR and TAKR and everything still operates correctly even though the XML files may
Digitizing vintage cassette and reel-to-reel tape
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Hello, Any tips or tricks on this topic I used a $35 cassette-to-digital converter for a trial run. Persisted through the software crashes and one squealing glitch 3 4 of the way through the tape. Got
Re: Digitizing vintage cassette and reel-to-reel tape
by Steve Kownacki 4 months ago
Yep, it is that easy. All depends on the quality of the original recording and how well the tape held up. Old tapes can get gummy and require frequent head roller capstan cleaning. Do this with swabs
As a busy entrepreneur do you struggle with staying in shape/losing weight?
by Joshua Clark 4 months ago
Hey everyone, I'm currently in a research phase where I'm trying to find out how one could make it easier for busy entrepreneurs to stay in shape So I have two simple questions: As a busy entrepreneur
Re: As a busy entrepreneur do you struggle with staying in shape/losing weight?
by Steve Kownacki 4 months ago
Hi Joshua Welcome to the COW. Not that these are overly personal questions, but we're a pretty tight community. How about filling out your profile so we know who you are. I think there's 2 items here:
Seeking advice on event video setup
by James Dow 6 months ago
I'm switching HDMI video from SONY A7s and GoPro with a Blackmagic Design ATEM switcher, and mixing in Powerpoint slides. I'm converting the Camera HDMI with Blackmagic Up Down Cross convertors so tha
Re: Seeking advice on event video setup
by Steve Kownacki 6 months ago
You have 2 issues you are dealing with: 1) video sync with the projection screens 2) audio sync with your master output I'm not totally familiar with the ATEM, but is there any sync adjustment within
Shure Microflex MX202 R185 Cardioid choir mic - 3 Available
by Steve Kownacki 8 months ago
Like new! Taken from a functioning, corporate conference room. All are tested and work as new. Small kink in wire where they were placed under drop ceiling tile - visible on right side of photo with c
Drobo Pro 8 bay 16TB FW800 NAS USB 2.0 Awesome condition!
by Steve Kownacki 8 months ago
$425 includes shipping to lower 48. Drobo Pro 8 Bay 16TB total, 12TB usable with dual disk redundancy 8 2TB RE4-GP WD2002FYPS 3.0GB s Fully formatted & ready to go! Original owner. Smoke-free, profess
Power problem with Sony EX-1?
by Tom Laughlin 10 months ago
So, a few days ago, I do my normal 6 month camera maintenance check, and one of my (2) Sony EX-1's seems to be having a power issue. When I power the camera on, the power button, located on the upper
Re: Power problem with Sony EX-1?
by Steve Kownacki 10 months ago
I too love my EX1s but getting costly to repair. Sending to SONY is about $800 min charge, you can buy decent ones on ebay for under $1200. Make sure it has the firmware version you need. I like http:
Seeking suggestions for economical angled floor stand for confidence monitors
by James Dow 1 year ago
I see lots of $600+ options out there. Any suggestions for something that looks good, but is less expensive Thanks, JPD JPD
Re: Seeking suggestions for economical angled floor stand for confidence monitors
by Steve Kownacki 1 year ago
I use a VESA bracket typically used to mount a TV to speaker stand. Monitor rests on the floor and use a 12" PVC pipe (or whatever length you need) painted black to prop them up at the desired angle.
Photo scanner for documentary work
by Matt Tarpley 1 year ago
Hi all, I am working with a very small team on a doc feature. We are about 95% finished with filming and are now we are beginning to collect photos and news articles, etc. From researching scanner typ
Re: Photo scanner for documentary work
by Steve Kownacki 1 year ago
Can't recommend any models, but what size are most of your originals Legal-size flatbed are pretty reasonable. With some skill you can scan larger items in sections and stitch in photoshop. You don't
Need a little guidance on IMAG switcher unit - Datavideo, Blackmagic, Roland?
by Anthony Popolo 1 year ago
Hi, I've scoured this forum and other searches trying to finalize a live switcher purchase for IMAG events and would love to get comments. Here's my live typical event details: - (3) Live HD-SDI camer
Re: Need a little guidance on IMAG switcher unit - Datavideo, Blackmagic, Roland?
by Steve Kownacki 1 year ago
If you're a PC guy, Datavideo has a free video playout util, I haven't tried it yet. I personally wouldn't use the SE2200 additional audio ins, but the outs could be nice. I imagine you could route de
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I need a specialist in stock footage.
by Jim Curtis 1 year 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 Steve Kownacki 1 year ago
Many of the stock companies will have an account person assigned to you do perform just those services. I'd start by calling a few of them and ask their specialists how they can help you. Maybe start
A difficult client.
by Paul Guarri 1 year 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 Steve Kownacki 1 year ago
Agree with Wayne - make it work for you. This guy wants the benefits of an employee, but only willing to pay when you work. Personally, I would walk away unless he can have a mature conversation with
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Dual layer Data DVD
by Steve Kownacki 1 year ago
Is it possible to burn a dual layer data DVD and choose which layer the data is written to Google turned up nothing and doesn't appear Toast has any options. Steve
Re: Dual layer Data DVD
by Steve Kownacki 1 year ago
Thanks, Jerzy. Agree with all you've said. Ah, the days of $12 blank DVDs... Friend has a client with 4.5GB of data, and when the antipiracy is written for the content, it takes it about 200MB over th
Having trouble using blankets for audio.
by ryan elder 1 year ago
I had to get an emergency location replacement for my next scene shoot, and the new location looks not bad overall for the camera, but the sound has a lot of reverb in it. With sound blankets, I am on
Re: Having trouble using blankets for audio.
by Steve Kownacki 1 year ago
Ty Ford "OK, here goes. In the series House Of Cards they do a very neat trick. They don t use lavs. The stand ins come in for lighting. When lighting is done, the set is emptied of people. The camer
This article is a brilliant piece of work and the video is well worth watching...
by Ronald Lindeboom 2 years ago
https: bigthink.com philip-perry 47-of-jobs-in-the-next-25-years-will-disappear-according-to-oxford-university Check it out. It is a worthwhile article on the fast changing future... Best regards, Ron
Re: This article is a brilliant piece of work and the video is well worth watching...
by Steve Kownacki 1 year ago
The last time I got an x-ray, a lower wage technician took the pictures, and then a remote team of radiologists read the pictures and forwarded the information to my doctor. When I recently went for a
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URL in instagram post
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
Hi All, instagram still limits video to :60. I thought I did this before, but is there a way to share a facebook URL in an instagram post Nothing I tried today gave an active link - very frustrating.
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Re: URL in instagram post
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
I have seen the phrase "Link in bio." in many posts; what they are doing is updating the weblink available in your bio section and updating it each time you post. Not really a problem because I'm told
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Feedback and Comments - Vimeo
by Andrew Tucker 2 years ago
Good Day, Has anyone had any luck using Vimeo's time-coded commenting notes as a feedback tool Or are there any other tools that people can comment directly on the video Of course this is dependent on
Re: Feedback and Comments - Vimeo
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
No login or account required. They do have to add a name simply so you can see who's commenting. You can share a link to an individual piece or a folder or subfolder of items. Works with video, audio
LiveStreaming an event
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Hey gang... I know there are a variety of ways to do this, and I could probably figure it out... but wisdom and advice from others is never a bad thing. 99% of the time I do more cinematic single-came
Re: LiveStreaming an event
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
Well, Todd, there's a zillion ways to do this. My first thought - if this isn't your specialty, hire somebody. I'm not sure how you'd insert graphics with the mevo. You could easily rent a conventiona
Boom pole hack
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
This is one of those tricks that has been around absolutely forever, and I'm sure everyone in here knows it... but I just had to use it again so thought it bears repeating. I have to leave for a locat
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Re: Boom pole hack
by Bill Davis 2 years ago
Great solution, Todd. I got dumb lucky years ago and picked up a bunch of RAM accessories from a shop that was discontinuing the line. Bought their stock for pennies on the dollar. The ball mounts are
How much should I charge(not hourly) for this video intro template adaptation I did?
by Davor Raić 2 years ago
It was not a regular template adaptation, it was more in depth with some of the parts of the original template being changed by my client's request. LINK TO ORIGINAL TEMPLATE: https: videohive.net ite
Re: How much should I charge(not hourly) for this video intro template adaptation I did?
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
Don't forget to add the $21 for the template and $8 for the music track. Looks like you don't need extended licenses. Who searched for the template That Producer time is billable too. Steve
The Profit
by Stephen Smith 2 years 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 Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
I love those shows too! The Profit, Shark Tank, Bar Rescue - cool to compare how you run your own business vs. their philosophies. One thing for sure, ya gotta know your numbers and get the wrong peop
Simple (but effective) DIT soloution?
by Dan Nastro 2 years ago
I'm a run n' gun production master, but woefully inept in the art of DIT. Typically I copy and paste card contents to my drive into a folder with a unqiue title. Then repeat the process for my redunda
Re: Simple (but effective) DIT soloution?
by Neil Sadwelkar 2 years ago
I have 10 licenses of Hedge for the past over a year. I have moved maybe 2 PB of Arriraw, Red, Panasonic Raw, Sony Raw, and numerous other files for about 20 feature films using Hedge. And their featu
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Client video review collaborative websites
by Dennis Dean 2 years ago
This is part of business for me so hopefully this is the correct forum. I'm looking for suggestions for websites that allow me to upload raw footage for my clients to view. Preferably with some kind o
Re: Client video review collaborative websites
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
I m a huge fan of screenlight.tv Few limitations. Very affordable. Steve
MiniDV Tape onto computer
by Adam Harper 2 years ago
Hi all, Not sure if this is the right forum topic but thought I'd try and ask anyway. I've currently got a bunch of Sony MiniDV tapes for which I'm meant to extract the footage from, digitise and tran
Re: MiniDV Tape onto computer
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
In FCP, the tape will need to cue back 5-6 seconds from your in-point, so the in-point cannot be the first frame of video. Just play the tape and manually hit capture. This should work and you won't n
Wasting time leveling camera. Answer: Bowl head?
by chris pike 2 years ago
I sometimes shoot the full body of my model, sometimes the head and shoulders, sometimes I shoot the lower body. So I have to raise the camera up and down, but each time I do this I have to adjust eac
Re: Wasting time leveling camera. Answer: Bowl head?
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
I use a flat head for stills because it's pretty easy to shoot really wide and edit the pix, but I have always used a proper bowl-type tripod, saves an immense amount of time and aggravation as you ar
Pretty Neat Gadget
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
I probably should post this in Cinematography instead, but thought I'd post it for my Biz&Mkg friends first... I found this little gadget today completely by accident, and I think it's pretty cool. Se
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Re: Pretty Neat Gadget
by Mark Suszko 2 years ago
I've been using a soft rubber wedge-type door stop for this kind of thing for years. I like that it fits in my fanny pack or pocket. One time by pure chance I happened to have it on me at an event, a
Wildlife videography camera and lens combination decision
by Amin Zargar 2 years ago
Hi All, I have been a wildlife (mostly birds) photographer and videographer hobbyist for a few years. I'm not happy with the quality of the videos I produce and as such, I would like to upgrade to a b
Re: Wildlife videography camera and lens combination decision
by Matthew Ross 2 years ago
I'd recommend renting each of them for a week and trying them out. Nothing beats some good ol' hands on, in-the-field testing. I've done that before, and it's pretty reasonable from places like lensre
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How much footage?
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
How much HD 1080P footage can 32GB SD cards hold in a EX1 I always thought it was 2 hours. But I've seen something saying 100 minutes. Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ball
Re: How much footage?
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
110 min, occasionally the display will say 111. Steve
Charging client for render time
by Peter Robertson 2 years ago
Editing can be done quite quickly once a concept has beed discovered. But what about the render time that slows the production process down. How do we charge clients for this Thanks for your advice Pe
Re: Charging client for render time
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
This has been covered a few times in the Business and Marketing forum, but typically if the rendering is done during the edit session you bill your regular rate. If the rendering can wait until after
Merry Christmas fellow cows!
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
Hope Santa is good to you this year! Steve
Re: Merry Christmas fellow cows!
by Nick Griffin 2 years ago
And to you as well, Mr. Kowmacki!
Suggestions for DVD ripping App
by tim gallaher 2 years ago
Hi All, Does anyone have any suggestions for a pro level DVD ripping software for Mac I'm at a small non-profit, and we've been using Pavtube iMedia Converter to rip a large amount of DVDs that we arc
Re: Suggestions for DVD ripping App
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
MPEG Streamclip or HandBrake Steve
Laptop
by Rich Rubasch 2 years ago
We are a mac shop but with streaming and everything we ask a laptop to do what is a great bulletproof platform for streaming Would like an Ethernet port for a direct cable connection to the network bu
Re: Laptop
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
All in all, LOTS of testing before a gig with the exact setup you plan on using. We even have a startup power up routine, and which applications you start in what order. Turn off everything you don't
On-Camera Recorders
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Hey gang... So, anyone know if there are any of the current batch of small recorders that accept DV (firewire) in I'm trying to get some more life out of a previously-retired Canon XLH1 (a great camer
Re: On-Camera Recorders
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
What I figured you would do, Todd, is to BNC your SDI signal for video, and then use a RCA to 3.5 mm plug for your audio direct out of your camera. This would allow you to have your XLR s for audio in
Sony HDV camera straight to hard drive via firewire
by kevin kennedy 2 years ago
Can it be done I hate recording to tape and I was wondering if this had been developed.
Re: Sony HDV camera straight to hard drive via firewire
by Steve Kownacki 2 years ago
You can't go straight to hard drive, as it's a different type of firewire signal. You can go into a computer and record via QuickTime or similar. Steve
Switching monitor signals
by Greg Ball 3 years ago
I have a client with a trade show booth. They want to play a video on their monitor, but switch between the playback and a live camera feed of people in their booth. Is there a cheap way to do this Gr
Re: Switching monitor signals
by Steve Kownacki 3 years ago
A regular TV monitor Why not just use the hdmi inputs and switch there I found this on amazon. There are also hard-switch-type for under $30. Otherwise probably a real switcher for about $900.+ Steve
Video playlist playback
by Todd Perchert 3 years ago
This forum seemed the best to place this question... but before I get to the question. I am looking for software options to play back video in a playlist that is easy to edit - and can loop. This is t
Re: Video playlist playback
by Steve Kownacki 3 years ago
I can't recall if MPEG streamclip or vlc can do this, but PlaybackPro certainly does. Steve
Need to buy UMATIC 3/4" Deck
by David Peralta 3 years ago
Hello! Looking for anyone selling a UMATIC DECK in working condition. Looking for multiple decks. Does not need record, just playback only. Please contact me if you have one available. Can discuss ter
Re: Need to buy UMATIC 3/4" Deck
by Steve Kownacki 3 years ago
Hi Dave What's the best way to contact you I have a Sony VP-7020 U-matic player and a VO-9600 SP recorder player. Both work well. Steve at TrustFFP dot com. Steve
Software to create a "simple" slideshow?
by Stephen Pickering 3 years ago
Hi there, A client has asked for a very simple slideshow to loop in the background at a company anniversary party. It's something so simple that After Effects I think would be overkill for. It's almos
Re: Software to create a "simple" slideshow?
by Steve Kownacki 3 years ago
Yes (ugh) to PPT or, I would think, windows photo viewer could create this. Does it need to be a DVD or can it just play out directly from the computer And you can license PPT by the month too, just l
Audio Setup Advice
by Dan Sudkamp 3 years ago
Hello all, I'm looking for some advice on audio setup for a production this week with some budget-related hurdles. The production is a Q&A session between an off-camera adult and 3-4 on-camera grade s
Re: Audio Setup Advice
by Steve Kownacki 3 years ago
What type of camera are you using Something with decent audio XLR My first choice would be to LAV each student and feed the H4n's and send the adult's audio to the camera. Editing would be clean with
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Video for cars
by Fahad Minhaj 3 years ago
Hello People, I am about to approach bunch of car dealerships around me in regards to shoot a video of their inventory on the lot. Those videos will be used on the car dealerships website, so instead
Re: Video for cars
by Mark Suszko 3 years ago
Well, it's creepy in a *good* way, I guess... so I'll take it.:-) I just find it bemusing, the marketing ideas you and I come up with or bandy about seem like such slam-dunks, but I have the worst tim
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Recording Powerpoint presentations FROM Mac laptop to external recorder
by Greg Ondera 3 years ago
How do I best record a Powerpoint presentation FROM a Mac laptop, not into it, and into my KiPro I tried taking an HDMI out directly into a KiPro and it did not work. My understanding is that HDMI cab
Re: Recording Powerpoint presentations FROM Mac laptop to external recorder
by Steve Kownacki 3 years ago
Read this thread on the cow to see the images that don't appear in the email. I thought you can edit messages, but can't find that either right now. Steve
EX1 powers up blurry when hot
by Sam Johnson 3 years ago
I've had this EX1 camera for a good five years now. In the past month it has four times powered up with a blurry image from the camera. It's only after the camera is hot and been running for over an h
Re: EX1 powers up blurry when hot
by Steve Kownacki 3 years ago
Is the image blurry in the viewfinder, the LCD and the recording Or just 1 of those Steve
Extra-wide cheese plate, to mount 2 cams side-by-side?
by Mark Suszko 3 years ago
I have a pair of full-size Panasonic P2 ENG cameras on standard Panasonic Sony style Quick-release plates, and I want to be able to mount them tightly spaced, side-by-side, onto a single tripod head,
Re: Extra-wide cheese plate, to mount 2 cams side-by-side?
by Steve Kownacki 3 years ago
Check out filmtools.com http: www.filmtools.com instantsearchplus result q=cheese%20plate&page_num=4 Steve
Customer Service
by Todd Terry 3 years ago
We're all so used to complaining about bad customer service... it's nice to be able to mention the opposite on occasion. I had purchased two little 64 gig microSD cards from B&H Photo. I don't use the
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Re: Customer Service
by Mark Suszko 3 years ago
I've kept this little card on my desk near the phone since the 80's: "Facts about Customer Service" It costs 6 times more to attract a new customer than it does to keep an existing one. A typical diss
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Horrible pink skin tones on overexposed shots on Sony EX1
by Martin Gleeson 3 years ago
I'm sure this is user error, but been using a Sony EX1 and I find that when shooting in strong sunlight, if the shot is anyway overexposed (and sometimes correctly exposed), the skin tones becomes thi
Re: Horrible pink skin tones on overexposed shots on Sony EX1
by Steve Kownacki 3 years ago
Common on the EX1. We either pull down the red midtones in post or set up a picture profile to reduce the reds. Obviously the guy's jacket on the right should not be that brown and more towards grey.
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Printing Image from SD 720x480
by Michael Estepp 4 years ago
Hello A client dropped off a VHS home movie and wants me to extract stills to print "as good quality and as large as possible" In reality, they are hoping for an 8.5x11 good quality image. I am wonder
Re: Printing Image from SD 720x480
by Steve Kownacki 4 years ago
Haven't done that in a long time! I believe my "best practices" would be to play that VHS tape out of a quality S VHS player, using S video input, to a decent capture card. Then you could use Photosho
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