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Thomas Hughes

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February 10th 2005
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Sound Correction
by Thomas Hughes 3 years ago
We film weddings. For the first five minutes of a ceremony that we filmed, the wireless mic on the officiant had some interference. It pops about every five seconds. The frequency it's on is higher th
Re: Sound Correction
by Mark Suszko 3 years ago
Short answer: yes, you could use several audio tools right within FCP7 to handle this. The notch filter, the AU High Shelf filter, the parametric EQ, the multiband compressor, notch filter and noise g
Best Sequence Settings for Editing & Playback of DSLR Footage?
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
When shooting video with a DSLR and cutting in FC7, what are the sequence settings you re using Historically we use XDCAM for our sequence settings (1080i, 8 bit, 29.97). The reason we use that settin
Re: Best Sequence Settings for Editing & Playback of DSLR Footage?
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
Thank you Thomas H
Why is Our 5D MII & MIII footage not looking as sharp as it should?
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
Can I ask for some input as regards how you load your 5D MII or MIII footage to FC7 to optimize picture quaility We're convinced that our picture quality is less than what we see on many other company
Re: Why is Our 5D MII & MIII footage not looking as sharp as it should?
by Craig Alan 5 years ago
Does it look good before you import it Are the scenes well lit Are you using a monitor when you shoot Settings You should post a small sample clip. You'll get much more feed back. If Shane is right an
Should my BD be 480P?
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
We cut on FC then burn to Blu-ray Disc using Toast 9 using the default Blu-ray Disc settings at the highest quality. When I playback the Blu-ray Disc on a tabletop player, it says it's 480P. Is that w
Re: Should my BD be 480P?
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
Thanks William. The BD player is connected by component connections (It's an older monitor, doesn't have HDMI). But I don't think that's relevant because when I play the BD on the BD player, then pres
Should Blu-ray Discs burned fr FC to Toast 9 be 480P?
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
We cut on FC then burn to Blu-ray Disc using Toast 9 using the default Blu-ray Disc settings at the highest quality. When I playback the Blu-ray Disc on a tabletop player, it says it's 480P. Is that w
What printer is best for printing DVD box inserts?
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
What printer is best for printing DVD box inserts We use a slow, clunky Canon Pro 9000 Mark II. It just stopped working. Shall we replace it with the same printer (or it's successor) - appr $400 - or
Re: What printer is best for printing DVD box inserts?
by Steve Brame 5 years ago
We use an Epson Artisan 837. Not necessarily because it prints on thick paper smoothly - it doesn't - but it is one of the best printers suited to replace the ink cartridges with a CIS, which if you a
missing clip from Canon 70D
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
Please let me know if there's a better forum for me to post this question. We edit on FCP7. We're editing footage shot on a Canon 70D and loaded to the external drive connected to the suite. There's a
Re: missing clip from Canon 70D
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
When I suggested to my shooter that perhaps she double-clicked, here was her follow-up question: "It is possible but I think it is a bit unlikely. Only because this same thing happened to me one time
DVD That Will Play in Sweden
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
I have a client who needs a DVD that can play in Sweden. I haven't had a request like this in ages. Can I give her a DVD that will play in the US, like I always do, or is it a little more involved Tha
Re: DVD That Will Play in Sweden
by Andreas Gumm 5 years ago
Most of the european DVD player ( 95%) can easily play back NTSC DVDs! The DVD just needs to be region code 2 or simply free. Andreas Gumm selfemployed media author
Need to Dub a Hi-8 Tape
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
I have a Hi-8 tape I need to dub to DVD but I no longer have a Hi-8 deck to play the tape. Can anyone suggest the best way to do this, ie should I look for a Hi-8 camcorder on eBay Thank you. Thomas H
Re: Need to Dub a Hi-8 Tape
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
Thank you Thomas H
Alternative to Photoshop?
by Thomas Hughes 5 years ago
For creating nice DVD labels and DVD case labels with photos, is there an simple, inexpensive alternative to PhotoShop tx Thomas H
Re: Alternative to Photoshop?
by Herbert van der wegen 5 years ago
Photoline is as powerful as Photoshop for image editing, and also comes with dvd cd templates. It's very affordable (full perpetual license for 59 euro). A free alternative would be Inkscape together
The Very, Very Best Way to Recover Deleted Files from a CF Card and/or Hard Drive?
by Thomas Hughes 6 years ago
We have a nightmare on our hands. We shot a bunch of video on a 5DM3, transferred the files to a hard drive, then deleted the files from the CF card and reused it. We deleted the files from the hard d
Re: The Very, Very Best Way to Recover Deleted Files from a CF Card and/or Hard Drive?
by Al Bergstein 6 years ago
On windows or mac If Mac, try disk warrior. Al
California State Sales Tax Question
by Thomas Hughes 6 years ago
I have a video production company in California, we shoot and edit weddings primarily. I've always charged state sales tax because years ago I was told that you're not just providing labor or a servic
Re: California State Sales Tax Question
by Thomas Hughes 6 years ago
Thank you for the input everyone. I asked a CPA and here's what she said: CPA: I did some research and found that digital images are NOT subject to sales tax in California. HOWEVER and this is VERY im
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Primera Bravo SE Ink-Jet Printer
by Thomas Hughes 6 years ago
We print right onto our DVDs using the Primera Bravo SE ink-jet printer. The print quality using a hi-res photo is not very good, especially compared to printing to paper on a regular ink-jet printer.
FS100 based production blog.
by Gabe Strong 7 years ago
So I just started a production blog. It's pretty new but I already have a few different posts and reviews up. Also links to my original review of the FS100 for Kenstone.net from when the FS100 first c
Re: FS100 based production blog.
by Thomas Hughes 6 years ago
Gabe, We have a suite with OS 10.6.3 with FCP7 on it and when we plug in a memory card with footage from an FS100 using a memory card reader, it doesn't show up. We have a newer MAC using FCP7 and it
Need Help Playing 8mm Film on Sankyo Sound-600
by Thomas Hughes 10 years ago
I've got a Sankyo Sound-600 Super-8 & 8mm Film Projector. Super-8 plays fine, but the sprockets don't line up for 8mm. Does anyone have any suggestions Thank you.
Re: Sankyo Sound-600
by Thomas Hughes 7 years ago
I don't Jordi, I'm sorry. Thomas H
Best I/O Box for a New iMac?
by Thomas Hughes 7 years ago
We just got a new iMac for editing. It comes with Thunderbird and USB I O. What's the best box for other I O We need Firewire and HD-SDI I O. HDMI I O would be nice too. tx Thomas H
Re: Best I/O Box for a New iMac?
by wolfgang schabhuettl 7 years ago
this is all what you need; http: www.aja.com en products io-xt #overview
What's Causing Jitter?
by Thomas Hughes 7 years ago
We edit on Final Cut. Whenever we need the finished program on a BluRay disc we use Toast. It generally works fine and looks good, but I just completed one that doesn't look good. Shots without moveme
Re: What's Causing Jitter?
by Thomas Hughes 7 years ago
We export with QuickTime to get the program into an .mov file. We use the settings Edit to Tape Apple Intermediate Codec 60. Then we drag the .mov file into Toast. Thomas H
How do I Publish a Post on WordPress.com?
by Thomas Hughes 7 years ago
On wordpress.com, how do I publish a post Thomas H
Re: How do I Publish a Post on WordPress.com?
by Mike Spancer 6 years ago
For that first you should have to create an account in WordPress.com and after the login you can start blogging. When you login in your WordPress account then a user friendly interface is opened in th
How to Fix Bad Pixels on a FS-100?
by Thomas Hughes 7 years ago
I've got an FS-100 and there are two spots in the picture. They're not the lenses so I'm thinking perhaps they're bad pixels. With my PDW-F350 cameras, if you have a bad pixel, you black balance a few
Re: How to Fix Bad Pixels on a FS-100?
by Sherman Bahr 2 years ago
If you are referring to the Sony NEX-FS100, then hot pixels could electronically be remapped. You typically do not have to have the sensor replaced. If you would like more details on this you could gi
Why Won't this DVD Play in a Client's DVD Player?
by Thomas Hughes 7 years ago
We film weddings primarily and cut on FC. We gave a client a DVD that was 2.5 hrs long. It plays fine on his Mac but when he puts it in his standalone DVD player, he gets the error message "DVD Error"
Re: Why Won't this DVD Play in a Client's DVD Player?
by eric pautsch 7 years ago
You made an HD DVD by mistake. Start a new project but make it SD in your preference
Where's the Strobe Filter on Premiere?
by Thomas Hughes 7 years ago
I have an editor who cuts for me on her own gear. She has Premiere. My other editors edit primarily on Final Cut. I've asked her to add a two frame strobe to some shots (to give them a bit of a stutte
Re: Where's the Strobe Filter on Premiere?
by Tero Ahlfors 7 years ago
Try the posterize time plugin.
Question About Nero Platinum
by Thomas Hughes 7 years ago
We use Nero on a PC when we need to put a couple of programs back to back on the same DVD. We just updated our Nero to the latest version, to Nero Platinum. But now when we follow the instructions to
Why Isn't the HDMI Out on Our FS-100 Working?
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
We've had an FS-100 for about ten months. We always dub the footage to XDCAM disc by going from the HDMI out on the camera to HDMI in on a DataVideo box that gives us an HD-SDI out that we go into the
Re: Why Isn't the HDMI Out on Our FS-100 Working?
by Ben Kupfer 8 years ago
Sounds as if the port is bad. There are no settings that I know of that would cause this problem
How to Cut then Play AVCHD in Picasa or Windows Media Player
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
For my home movies I shoot with a small Panasonic HDC-TM700 camcorder that shoots AVCHD. Quickly and easily I want to be able to load the AVCHD files to my PC at home, cut the chafe and be able to pla
Re: How to Cut then Play AVCHD in Picasa or Windows Media Player
by Mike Kujbida 8 years ago
Thomas Hughes " I rendered a test edit of five minutes of home movies (with no effects whatsoever, just straight cuts) to AVI, and it created a 14GB file!" That's because you used the "uncompressed"
Missing FS-100 Clips
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
When we return from a shoot, using Log & Transfer, we transfer our FS-100 footage to a drive, then clear it from the camera. This is the second time where when we've gone to edit the footage a month o
Unable to Play QT File on New Mac
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
I just finished cutting a program for a client on FC. It's a twelve minute program, a 3.5G file. I put it as a QT file on a USB flash drive. He just loaded it to his brand new Mac and it gave us this
Re: Unable to Play QT File on New Mac
by Craig Seeman 8 years ago
Thomas Hughes "He just loaded it to his brand new Mac and it gave us this error message, The document "Branson Admissions Video 2011.mov" could not be opened. The movie is not in a format that QuickT
White M-152 Available?
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
I use strictly Lectro wireless mics. The M-152 mic is perfect for all of my lav uses and pretty inexpensive relative to some alternatives out there. I have a client who complains that I don t have a w
Re: White M-152 Available?
by Eric Toline 8 years ago
You can get a Countryman EMW in white. Looks just like the 152. Any pro audio dealer can supply it. Try http: www.bhphotovideo.com. Should be around $200 or a bit less. Eric
Do I Need to Have Releases Signed?
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
I just finished producing a training and safety film for a large company that processes and packages almonds. It shows all the stages of the production process assembly line with a VO explaining the p
Re: Do I Need to Have Releases Signed?
by Martin Curtis 8 years ago
Thomas Hughes "even though this will only be used in-house for training new employees " ... until the years pass and someone else in the company is looking for "stock footage" of company activities t
Should I Recycle My Medea VideoRaid 5/1000 RTR?
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
I've got a Medea VideoRaid 5 1000 RTR. When I turn it on, each of the five lights light up, from top to bottom, then the first and third lights turn red. With lightening fast 1TB firewire drives selli
Re: Should I Recycle My Medea VideoRaid 5/1000 RTR?
by Alex Gerulaitis 8 years ago
Thomas Hughes "should I take it to a recycle station " Have four of various Medea SCSI units gathering dust (but otherwise healthy) in the back of the office, and pondering the same question. Thinkin
Unable to Load Clean NEX-FS100U Files to FC
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
We're shooting with the Sony NEX-FS100U. What is the best software to convert AVCHD video files to a format that is compatible with Final Cut We tried to use Emicsoft AVCHD converter to convert the AV
Re: Unable to Load Clean NEX-FS100U Files to FC
by Sean Thomas 8 years ago
FYI - FCP can not read AVCHD 60p files. That was my problem and I have since posted a proper workflow for 60p.
Recovering Lost Files
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
We've got the NEX-FS100 Camera with the HXR-FMU128 flash drive unit. We accidently deleted a couple of large files from the HXR-FMU128, like an hour each. I searched the forums for "recovering deleted
Re: Recovering Lost Files
by john lenihan 8 years ago
I used file scavenger on my windows based server to recover a ton of files I deleted. The fm128 looks like a hard drive to the OS. So it works for the memory devices also. I am not a mac person so I c
Problem with Pixilation with the NEX-FS100U Camera
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
I have a question about the NEX-FS100U. If this is the wrong forum, please suggest the correct one. Tx We bought it with the 120GB back, the HXR-FMU128, which uses USB as it s connector when loading t
Re: Problem with Pixilation with the NEX-FS100U Camera
by Uli Plank 8 years ago
I get excellent results in Premiere Pro Cs 5.5 on a beefy machine (8-core, 24 GB RAM). Director of the Institute of Media Research (IMF) at Braunschweig University of Arts
Wireless Mic Interference
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
I film events in the San Francisco bay area. I send two w ms out to each shoot. I've got the FCC chart: http: www.fccinfo.com CMDProFacLookup.php sCurrentService=TV&sCity=San+Francisco&sState=CA&tabSe
Re: Wireless Mic Interference
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
Ty, Thanks that's very helpful. Generally, do you think it's necessary to be a full 50 miles away to avoid interference Tx Thomas H
Mic Interference at the Ceremony
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
We film multiple weddings each weekend. We send several crews out. Can I hear what people use to mic the ceremony What mics, what techniques, how you choose the frequencies you work in We use Lectroso
Re: Mic Interference at the Ceremony
by Michael Lorushe 8 years ago
I'm no audio expert but have you considered using a separate audio recorder like the zoom H1 I did previously use wireless lav mics for weddings but recently switched to using the H1...the quality is
Where to Buy Eveready 9-Volt Batteries in Bulk
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
Lectrosonics recommends Eveready 9-volt batteries for their mics. Where is the most inexpensive place to buy those in bulk Thank you. Thomas H
Re: Where to Buy Eveready 9-Volt Batteries in Bulk
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
The 9-volts that Lectro tested and found to last significantly longer in their products than other 9-volts, including the Duracell ProCell, are the Eveready Gold 9-volts. Those are the ones I'm lookin
Odd Lectro Problem
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
I have more than 35 Lectro mic systems, been using them since the mid-90s. I've got 190 systems that I still use, 200 systems and 400 systems, both plug-on and beltpack. I've got something happening t
Re: Odd Lectro Problem
by Ty Ford 8 years ago
Hello Thomas and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum. Dunno, but Lectro has one of the best reputations in the industry for customer service. Pick up the phone and call them or email them if you're not in
Recording a DVD Without the Cheesy Menu
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
We shoot a lot of weddings, primarily on XDCAM disc. We have packages that include authored DVDs, then we have less expensive packages that don't include a chaptered DVD, very popular during the down
Re: Recording a DVD Without the Cheesy Menu
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
I bought one and I'm trying to remember why it didn't work, but it didn't. When we dub to 16X9 SD DVD, we do it by firewire from an XDCAM deck, the PDW-F70. I'm pretty sure the Panasonic DMR firewire
Source for Inexpensive Gaffers Tape?
by Thomas Hughes 8 years ago
I seem to fly through gaffers tape. I'm always having to buy more. I usually buy it from Markertek for $16 for 2" X 60 yards. Theirs is high-quality but after tax and shipping it's pretty expensive. D
Re: Source for Inexpensive Gaffers Tape?
by Geoff Tirrell 8 years ago
Ditto every time I have seen Cheap Gaff used it is the stuff that peals up paint or damages the clients building or leaves sticky residue all over.
Need to Get Rid of Sony DVCAM Tapes
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
I have several hundred Sony DVCAM tapes in their cases, 64 min, 94 min, 124 min & 184 min. They're 3-11 years old. They were used as field masters once and I need to get rid of them. They've been in s
Re: Need to Get Rid of Sony DVCAM Tapes
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
Hi Gail. I have to get rid of these tapes today. I have to be out of the storage space I'm in by tomorrow afternoon. I'll sell you as many as you'd like for $1 ea plus FEDEX ground, if you buy 100 or
getting paid
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
I'm about to do a job for Lead Dog Marketing Group in NYC. I haven't worked for them before and they're saying they pay in 60 days. Does anyone have any experience with them Do they pay as promised tx
Re: getting paid
by grinner hester 9 years ago
I have a well known client that likes net 90 so they can collect intrest on all of their vendor's money. It's pretty normal and if they are telling up front net 60, I'd take that as a positive... much
getting paid
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
I'm about to do a job for Lead Dog Marketing Group in NYC. I haven't worked for them before and they're saying they pay in 60 days. Does anyone have any experience with them Do they pay as promised tx
Re: getting paid
by Noah Kadner 9 years ago
Wow- that's kind of an unprofessional question to ask in a public forum dontcha think Hope no one from that company comes across this message or you'll not likely be hired by them again. If you don't
Need to Get Rid of Sony DVCAM Tapes
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
I have several hundred Sony DVCAM tapes in their cases, 64 min, 94 min, 124 min & 184 min. They're 3-11 years old. They were used as field masters once and I need to get rid of them. They've been in s
Re: Need to Get Rid of Sony DVCAM Tapes
by Neal Klaeser 9 years ago
I just sent a big box of tapes to Carpel. I received no money for the tapes but they did pick up the postage. I found it better to send the tapes to them instead of them going into a land fill.
Need Diffused Glass for Anton Bauer UL2
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
I've got an Anton Bauer UL2 light. It's got clear glass and I want to replace it with diffused glass. I don't want to do it with a barndoor kit, I just want to replace the clear one with a diffused on
Re: Need Diffused Glass for Anton Bauer UL2
by Alan Lloyd 9 years ago
Do you know anyone with a sandblaster (Only partially in jest.)
Recording a DVD Without the Cheesy Menu
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
We shoot a lot of weddings, primarily on XDCAM disc. We have packages that include authored DVDs, then we have less expensive packages that don't include a chaptered DVD, very popular during the down
Re: Recording a DVD Without the Cheesy Menu
by Asmund Voll Tesdal 9 years ago
Have you considered just doing it in DVDstudio pro I'm assuming that's what you're using, since you mentioned final cut. "Authoring" a dvd with no menu, that will just start playing your video when pl
advice for first EX1 purchase
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
I'm going to upgrade from a Z5U to an EX1R. Can I get opinions on what to buy with it Ie when I look at the cost of the 32 Gig SS cards, it seems to make more sense to get one of the hard-drive type a
Re: advice for first EX1 purchase
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
What did you buy or not buy that led to your loss of footage I'm not clear on that. Thank you. Thomas H
Need Non-Copyrighted Music
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
In the wedding video business, it's a pretty universal practice for production companies like me to use copyrighted pop music for our brides' videos, without authorization. More than once, WEVA has ha
Re: Need Non-Copyrighted Music
by Noah Kadner 9 years ago
Sure google for "royalty-free". Not going to be Bryan Adams or Celine Dion, but it will be legal... Noah Check out my book: RED: The Ultimate Guide to Using the Revolutionary Camera! Unlock the secret
Need Non-Copyrighted Music
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
In the wedding video business, it's a pretty universal practice for production companies like me to use copyrighted pop music for our brides' videos, without authorization. More than once, WEVA has ha
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Re: Need Non-Copyrighted Music
by Mark Suszko 9 years ago
You can buy stuff that sounds similar but is already cleared. You can make demo versions for those hotel shows and the internet that use cleared music, and keep your dirty piracy secret between you an
Missing NIC & DVD Decoder
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
Sorry to ask a question unrelated to Production Post-Production, but there's nothing that comes close to the level of intelligence, experience and practicality of the contributors to these boards. I h
Re: Missing NIC & DVD Decoder
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
Good advice. Thank you. It's my home computer. I'm at the office and just now quickly accessed my home computer to do a scan. I use Trend Micro for that. It actually had just finished a routine scan.
Kona 2 Hardware Problem
by Thomas Hughes 9 years ago
We have a Power PC G5 running FCP with a Kona 2 card and the kbox. We have been using this system for several years now with now problems until now. For some reason the computer doesn't recognize the
Re: Kona 2 Hardware Problem
by Jeremy Garchow 9 years ago
Thomas Hughes " Is there any way to determine if it's a hardware problem with the card or the kbox " Plug in the snake and bypass the kbox. That will determine if it's the kbox or not.
Green Screen
by Thomas Hughes 10 years ago
Is there a quick and easy way to do green screen really well It seems everywhere I look I see really good examples of it: on youtube, by high school kids, college kids, hobbyists, on local tv stations
Re: Green Screen
by Pierre Jasmin 10 years ago
To know what software hardware you have would be useful. One of the key to straight forward chroma keying is proper uniform lighting of the green screen. A second variable is the type of camera and co
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