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Thax Clave

In video production for over 25 years.
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Hired to shoot a wedding but not edit??
by Dan Rollins 9 years ago
Sorry if this is a dedundant question.. I searched and couldn't find anything. I just got a request to shoot a wedding but not edit, they emailed me a very detailed schedule along with the file format
Re: Hired to shoot a wedding but not edit??
by Thax Clave 9 years ago
If they want two separate entities to do the shooting and the editing, then they are taking a risk. In the best of these situations a well-informed "producer" would be on-site during the event(s) sugg
Rebecca Black's "Friday" intro effect?
by Kenneth Sutton 9 years ago
I know, this is a weird question and the song is junk, but the intro of her video, with the notebook turning showing each day when it finally reveals a picture of an alarm clock, is something I'd like
Re: Rebecca Black's "Friday" intro effect?
by Thax Clave 9 years ago
It's not very hard to create a reasonable facsimile of the effects in the video. Below is one of the many parodies of this infamous video with some knock-off effects that work pretty well- http: www.y
Brightness Adjustment?
by Jim Reed 9 years ago
I have a 35 second video I'm looking over and it would be a really good video if I could brighten up the entire video a little. The only light in the video is from several car head lights on a particu
Re: Brightness Adjustment?
by Thax Clave 9 years ago
Even after well over half a decade of editing FCP, I still sometimes get caught by that one.
video and audio t/c?
by Jeff Mack 10 years ago
Next week I am going into a studio with a band to film the process of their making of an album. What I want to do is to capture like 8 tracks of audio into my video interface (IOHD). So I want the eng
Re: video and audio t/c?
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
If there's a way to display (on a video monitor) the time code from the audio recorder, you can manually sync with fewer problems. (You could just set up a small video camera shooting a close-up of th
Is this what a dynamics compressor is for?
by Guthrie Andres 10 years ago
Hi, So I'm the GM of a small poorly funded student TV station. When I got the station, there were no broadcast standards, so we have an archive of hundreds of small 5-15 minute projects, 30 minute rec
Re: Is this what a dynamics compressor is for?
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Guthrie Andres "So I'm the GM of a small poorly funded student TV station." Guthrie Andres "Is there a device that can find a happy medium between these two extremes, essentially leveling out the lou
Antenna Tip damage
by Michael Sacci 10 years ago
I lent my Senn G2 wireless lav out and when it came back in the tip of the antenna on the transmitter has been ripped off so there is about 1 2" of bare wire now. Is this going to cause a problem and
Re: Antenna Tip damage
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
If you send both the transmitter and receiver units to me I will replace the antenna. And, I won't charge you anything. Sennheiser charges $75 for this, I charge $00. Contact: sendmegoodstuff@ikeepit.
Looking for a Combiner, I think...
by Sam Carleton 10 years ago
I am looking to take stereo mic and use it on mono recorder. If my impression is correct, I need either a mixer or a combiner. The catch is I am going to be using this on a home made version of the Ma
Re: Looking for a Combiner, I think...
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
I'll come at this from another direction. If you are just recording in mono, I don't see any need to combine the outputs from "both sides" of a stereo mic. In fact, I think that could cause some unwan
Many small shadows
by Nathan Abbott 10 years ago
Quick question. Shadows I was dealt a harsh hand when a client gave me a video to edit and whoever shot it left shadows everywhere they shouldn't be. Annoying. I've tried color correction but have nev
Re: Many small shadows
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
I don't know what you mean by "left shadows everywhere they shouldn't be." Can't suggest a good workaround until I know what you're trying to reduce.
Reduce echo of sound?
by Thomas Morter-Laing 10 years ago
Cool, so I recorded some stuff using a Rode NTG2, and whilst Im very happy with the overall quality, it does sound a TINY bit echoey, simply because it wasnt next to his mouth. How do I reduce that sl
Re: Reduce echo of sound?
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Thomas Morter-Laing "How do I reduce that slight 'roomy' effect which sounds like he's in a hollow room, by using filters etc " Other than adding some EQ, you can't get rid of "off-mic" echo. It's on
Effect not working on entire clip?
by Daniel Corcoran 10 years ago
Hi, I've used the Magic Bullet vignette look on a video I shot but once rendered on the FCP timeline the last frame of the clip isn't vignetted and looks like a jump cut, any suggestions on how to mak
Re: Effect not working on entire clip?
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Edit off that last frame and see what happens.
Wireless Audio
by Chuck Purnell 10 years ago
I have an event coming up in November that I have just been offered the job of shooting. This will be my 4th time shooting in this arena. Every single time I shoot there, there is always issues with m
Re: Wireless Audio
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Chuck Purnell "The location of the soundboard in relation to where my camera set up is to long of a distance to run XLR cables to." Then, I would get some longer cables. (No, I'm not kidding.) The ha
Reducing Echo in studio
by Jeffrey Rowe 10 years ago
Our video production studio consists of a large cyc half green and half white. We currently put a wireless lavaliere on our talent, but would like to move to a technique that better hides the micropho
Re: Reducing Echo in studio
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
There are so many places to hide a tiny lav (Tram TR50, Countryman B6, Sony ECM 77B, etc.) In the bend of a shirt collar, under a suit lapel, on top of the talent's shoulder, even in the talents HAIR
Connecting line level audio to DV camera
by Nathan Gilbert 10 years ago
I'm sure this has been asked many times before but I couldn't find just what I was looking for. I would like to be able to convert from line level stereo RCA to a mic level mini TRS. I also want to ma
Re: Connecting line level audio to DV camera
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Nathan Gilbert "while it has two inputs, it appears to be a mixer, where what I am looking for is something that takes a stereo input." That's how you'll get "stereo." Feed the left channel of the li
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by Thax Clave 10 years ago

Lectrosonics UCR100
by Gary Seith 10 years ago
We have been having problems with newly purchased Lectros. We bought the 100 series- Transmitters are Lectro LMa Receivers are UCR100 They sound like crap coming into our mixer. We had to buy the XLR-
Re: Lectrosonics UCR100
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Gary Seith "everything is EXTREMELY noisy." Line level output into a Mic level input
How Can I Achieve This Transaction???
by Dyce Jackson 10 years ago
I am very new to video editing an FCP. I am doing a wedding video for a friend. I put a few clips together for the intro and added an additive dissolve. I loved the effect it achieved it was kind of a
Re: How Can I Achieve This Transaction???
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Mark Suszko "Or you could just put in 15 frames of white, and then put 10-frame dissolves on either side of it.... " That can (basically) be achieved using a single transition called "Dip to Color Di
Using a 42" plasma with FCP
by Jim Bell 10 years ago
Just came into possession of a 2004 42" panasonic plasma... Now no laughing... it has been barely used has a great bright image and came to me with a VGA splitter box, and a very nice bright sd image.
Re: Using a 42" plasma with FCP
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
For a no-cost solution, since you are shooting SD, just connect your camcorder to the Mac via FireWire, and connect the camcorder's AV outputs to the monitor.
echoing audio in FCP
by Jacob Bricca 10 years ago
Very bizarre problem: I just started up a project that I hadn't worked with for about four weeks. Now about half of the scenes play back with a pronounced echo. If I isolate each of the four audio tra
Re: echoing audio in FCP
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Sounds like one or more of the tracks have accidentally been "slipped" out of sync with the other(s).
Audio adjustment to sync from PAL to NTSC
by Boon Ong 10 years ago
Let me explain as simple as I can. I have DigiBeta tape in PAL. I used Blackmagic Design to capture the TVC (output in .mov) After I had captured it on Blackmagic Design, I used Cinema Craft Encoder t
Re: Audio adjustment to sync from PAL to NTSC
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Boon Ong "Given PAL duration at 30sec and been converted to NTSC, what timing should it be " 30 seconds. PAL runs at (approx.) 25 frames per second, and NTSC at (approx.) 30 frames per second. But th
capturing via Sony VX1000
by Betsy Douds 10 years ago
Hi everyone, FCP has been recognizing my VX1000 intermittently, until this last week. Now, I cannot coax it into cooperation, and I have footage I'm in need of for a doc I'm working on. FCP does not r
Re: capturing via Sony VX1000
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
John Doggett-Williams "I still miss my VX1000, have you tried using other firewire cables " If the cable is not the problem, just borrow any other DV camcorder and try capturing from that.
Probably REALLY simple...
by Adam Keyes 10 years ago
Tons of noise and I don't know why!!!! Using a brand new Lectrosonic 400 series wireless ($2,000 i think). Mic is properly placed, receiver is 20 ft away, XLR into Varicam 2700 ($40,000 camera). Batte
Re: Probably REALLY simple...
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Are you feeding a LINE-level output into a MIC-level input
mixer power always on (will it damage?)
by david kordan 10 years ago
Hi, I am wondering if it's ok to leave a mixer powered on all the time Will this damage the mixer The mixer is a Sure M367. We have the mixer in a permanent recording station in a conference control r
Re: mixer power always on (will it damage?)
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Peter Groom " Im not familiar with that desk, but unless its a "big boy" then I cant think it will matter either way." Nope. Not much of a "big boy." Quite the opposite. HERE's a look. http: www.avmo
Field Audio Set-Up
by Bill Evelyn 10 years ago
Hey, everyone I'm more often a shooter than a sound guy, so I'd appreciate some help in explaining some basic stuff in a field audio kit. When working with a sound person, we've always had a single au
Re: Field Audio Set-Up
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
I like to put ALL of the audio on the camera's master (tape, or whatever.) That way, I have it all together and it is already synced with the video, when needed. A second audio device would be great f
Post
by Thax Clave 10 years ago

About song copyright in event videos
by Sebastian Alvarez 10 years ago
I'm trying to get started on my video business offering event videography as well as video conversions, and I would like to know what happens when for example the client would like a nice video clip o
Re: About song copyright in event videos
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
http: www.reach.net scherer p copyhelp.htm
Cable Advertising Question
by Aaron Cadieux 10 years ago
Hey everyone, I am in talks with the local cable outlet to run a spot I have produced. The spot advertises a service that my video production company is offering. I told the cable company what my budg
Re: Cable Advertising Question
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Why not talk to a broadcast station They can offer some great rates.
Product
by Thax Clave 10 years ago

GL-2 and glow sticks
by Nicholas Johnson 10 years ago
Hi all, I'm going to be doing some test shoots with some glow sticks for a client but they're had incredibly bad luck with getting the glow sticks to turn out good on camera - hence why they're hiring
Re: GL-2 and glow sticks
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
Nicholas Johnson "I'm only shooting with a GL2 but I know they're decent in low light " Not really, in my experience. There are far better camera for low-light shooting. You might want to rent anothe
How to relay timecode to a monitor
by john henion 10 years ago
I've got a client that wants me to shoot focus groups while he watches from another room on a monitor. So i'll need to relay the video to a monitor. He also wants to be able to see the timecode so he
Re: How to relay timecode to a monitor
by Thax Clave 10 years ago
James Dow "Isn't the traditional TC superimposition feature for playback mode only " Nope. Both.
Wedding Slideshow with a Twist
by Jorel Pi 11 years ago
Here's a slideshow that was shown at a reception this past weekend in Pleasanton, Ca. Hope it gives you guys some creative ideas for your own slideshows.. http: bit.ly katchepo Camera: 7d Lens: 16-35m
Re: Wedding Slideshow with a Twist
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Jorel Pi "Hope it gives you guys some creative ideas for your own slideshows.. " Where did the idea to do this show originate
Cannon 5d In point slipage
by Brian Thomson 11 years ago
Hey all, I shot a test piece with the Cannon5DmkII and am having some problems. I used StreamClip to compress the file into ProRes, and everything worked fine in the sequence. However when I applied c
Re: Cannon 5d In point slipage
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
I assume that this is more of a Final Cut Pro question. Here is a link to the COW's FCP Forum- http: forums.creativecow.net applefinalcutpro
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by Thax Clave 11 years ago

first wedding
by Jason Hunt 11 years ago
I am shooting my first wedding in june, so I have time to prepare. Will be using a sony alpha 300, with 55mm lens. My question is what other glass should I purchase. Gonna be outdoors. I plan on getti
Re: first wedding
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
I guess I should point out that this is primarily a VIDEO PRODUCTION forum ("Event Videographers".)
What kind of microphone set up for Sony VX2100?
by Don Kimball 11 years ago
Okay I am completing a free-lance project on the Parrots of Australia. I shot 6 months worth of footage and now am editing it in Sony Vegas. I have done 2 voice-over narrations of my first chunk of fi
Re: What kind of microphone set up for Sony VX2100?
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Thax Clave "Ty will be along soon with his mic recommendations. " Ty is Ty Ford. He, along with Peter Perry, is one of the moderators of the COW's "Audio Professionals" Forum. If you re-post your mic
storage for 5-6 camera mix in post
by Attila Alpman 11 years ago
hi all, we - Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy - are setting up a studio in our main auditorium, producing a talk show and recording lectures and debates. We are not 'live' and want to use 5 remote roboti
Re: storage for 5-6 camera mix in post
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Attila Alpman "The ones we have been quoted here all start at 10K $." http: www.bhphotovideo.com bnh controller home sb=ps&sq=desc&gclid=CPm2la-UoJsCFRPyDAodC0etCw&Q=&O=&pn=1&ci=0&A=search&shs=Sony%2
Live edit plus raw footage
by Bob Zhang 11 years ago
This set up may seem counter-intuitive but this is what we re trying to do, so here goes. In the past we have done 3-camera shoots and edited in the multi-cam window of FCP. (Audio was always added la
Re: Live edit plus raw footage
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Bob Zhang "1. I m thinking to use the FireWire outs from the XL2 s rather than S-Video or Composite. Is this the right idea for best quality (Cable runs will not be more than 30 ). 2. If I go with FW
clump
by Thax Clave 11 years ago

No Ref With Blackburst
by Mark Crews 11 years ago
Which input on the back of a Beta UVW-1400A do I need to plug my blackburst generator in Thanks, Mark
Re: No Ref With Blackburst
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Mark Crews "how do you TERMINATE the Input " As I said in my first post: 75 ohm load ON, if no "loop-thru" is used. (Just slide the 75 ohm termination switch on the reference input to ON.)
Recording an Event with a VX2100 to DVD?
by James Gagnon 11 years ago
I am trying to set up a system where I would record an athletic game with a SONY Minidv VX 2100 and in real time record to two separate DVD's so that at the conclusion of the game these discs could be
Re: Recording an Event with a VX2100 to DVD?
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
James Gagnon "so if I were to stop and start recording how would the recorder handle this Would it pause recording " The camera's start stop button would NOT control the DVD recorders. You would need
GL-1 recording problems
by Brad White 11 years ago
Hi...I have a GL-1 (just got it) and everything appears to work....but when I record, it will only record on part of the tape. For a while, it will only record the left half of the screen...then for a
Re: GL-1 recording problems
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Brad White "it will only record on part of the tape. For a while, it will only record the left half of the screen...then for a while, the right. " That is not an indication of recording on the "right
skips ahead
by Kathie Zuniga 11 years ago
When I try to watch what I taped, the screen is blue and I notice that the tape jumps to a completely different time. The tape will be at the beginning and it will jump to 6 minutes (or where ever) an
Re: skips ahead
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Try playing the tapes in a deck or another camcorder, then report back. Borrow one from someone (you can use any home video DV camcorder to play them) or take the tapes to a professional production ho
can't find the footage I taped!
by Kathie Zuniga 11 years ago
I taped some important stuff. I watched the tape a few times this evening. When I went to show someone else the footage it was nowhere to be found. The footage was close to the beginning of the tape a
Re: can't find the footage I taped!
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
1-The footage was close to the beginning of the tape and I have gone Rewinded and fast forwarded it numerous times and nothing. 2-I am sure I did not skip ahead anyways after I watched it. 3-Has this
Test
by Thax Clave 11 years ago

Testing a Canon GL2
by Nate Hanson 11 years ago
I just bought a used Canon GL2. The seller says it has less than one hour of operation on it. Once it arrives I've got two days to test it out in case I need to return it to the seller for a refund. I
Re: Testing a Canon GL2
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Turn up the video gain put on the lens cap and look for white "dead" pixels mixed into the otherwise black image, as viewed on a good external video monitor.
Filming format and FCP capture presets
by ian blatchford 11 years ago
As a neophyte with my Cannon XHA1 can anyone help me understand what format etc I'm capturing my shots in. Menu says Drop frame; SD 16:9; Frame rate 60i; 1080 60i. This means I capturing in 60 frames
Re: Filming format and FCP capture presets
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
ian blatchford "Menu says Drop frame; SD 16:9; Frame rate 60i; 1080 60i. " That's 60 FIELDS (30 FRAMES) per second, interlaced. ian blatchford " if I shooting SD 60i what would my FCP presets be " DV
video mixing??
by Nathan Rekoba 11 years ago
Hi, I want to mix several live digital camcorder feeds and this mixed feed then recorded in lossless compression ie. mpeg1 mpeg2 and also streamed simultaneously onto the web. The streaming onto the w
Re: video mixing??
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Mark Suszko "I think that's what I said, certainly it was what I meant." Yes, I can see that, if I look at your phrase in the parentheses in a different way. Never mind.
making a video
by Bob Brill 11 years ago
I am in the process of making a video with a relatively new hunting company. The company started making calls and is now getting into the video industry to promote the calls. A company had agreed to h
Re: making a video
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Bob Brill "We will be getting a crash course in the cameras from the guy that was hired to do the editing," I think that's the way many of us learned about cameras. If you hired a videographer, maybe
Canon Multi-cam Question
by Marni Page 11 years ago
In order to do a proper multicam shoot with matching timecode, is it necessary that all cameras have a Jackpack I have an XHA1 and the punky, but surprisingly impressive for what it is, HV30. I've bee
Re: Canon Multi-cam Question
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Quick "no special gear" workaround. Run a monitor out cable from Cam 1 over to near Cam 2 and set up a Cam 1 monitor near Cam 2. Set the output of Cam 1 to display its TC on the monitor. Begin recordi
Creating a studio with an HDTV monitor on set.
by Jeremy Saylor 11 years ago
I am trying to shoot a TV set with an HDTV on screen. Using a Panasonic AG-HPX170 in 1080i. When I look at the footage on the computer, the TV's image looks blue and very washed out. Is there anything
Re: Creating a studio with an HDTV monitor on set.
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Choose one of the following (or, likely a combination of two.) 1- Normal set lighting and white balance and adjust the on-set LCD and or it's SOURCES to look natural in that lighting. 2- Adjust your c
miniDV vs Beta SP
by Oliver Jones 11 years ago
Hi, In the past I made masters of my films on miniDV. I was recently asked to make one on Beta SP. What will the difference be in quality Thanks.
Re: miniDV vs Beta SP
by Thax Clave 11 years ago
Bob Zelin "you need an output card, from a company like AJA or Blackmagic to output to beta SP" Maybe, but maybe not. Yes, If the absolute highest quality of a BetaSP master is needed, then using a c
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