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Todd Gillespie

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Over 10 years experience in Broadcast and Cable TV Writer for EventDV magazine
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Winner of 3 Telly Awards
Apple Certified Final Cut Pro User
Member Since:
April 29th 2002
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Santa Barbara, CA
Drawing a faded line in Premiere Pro's titler
by Justin Dillihay 3 years ago
I had done this in Photoshop: Draw a line, make a motion blur to have the ends of the line "fade" into transparency. It's a cool effect. Only thing is that I'm trying to get that same effect using the
Re: Drawing a faded line in Premiere Pro's titler
by Todd Gillespie 3 years ago
Hi Justin, I wouldn't say this is the best or the easiest way, but it's the straight forward way that I would create it. Create a Color Solid, uncheck 'Uniform Scale' and reduce the scale height until
FCP7 Blade All on playhead
by Lewis Costin 5 years ago
Hi quick question: Is there a shortcut key to blade all tracks on the playhead - i.e. NOT selecting the blade tool first and having to click where to split. Thanks
Re: FCP7 Blade All on playhead
by Todd Gillespie 3 years ago
That's happened to me before. A restart and a trashing of the preferences usually fixes it. Good Luck, Todd at UCSB Television Production
Any advice for making a freeze frame from a movie file?
by Noam Osband 3 years ago
I have a movie file which is a low quality footage. The film has a few photos that I wanna use as photos. I made freeze frames in FCP 7 and exported them. I wonder if there is another way. What's the
Re: Any advice for making a freeze frame from a movie file?
by Todd Gillespie 3 years ago
Mark is correct, as usual. If you are looking to make the freeze frames LARGER, then using Photoshop or another image manipulation software would work better then FCP. Good Luck, Todd at UCSB Televisi
mp4 to ProRes generates MASSIVE file size
by Eric Ben 5 years ago
Need to edit an mp4 in FCP7. The file is a 22 min. HD vid, 1080x1920 and 760MB in size. Knowing that ProRes 422 is most stable, I dropped that into compressor and rendered it out in LT. It turned my 7
Re: mp4 to ProRes generates MASSIVE file size
by Todd Gillespie 5 years ago
Yes, the rendering is the real time killer. I haven't used Brorsoft, so I have no idea of the quality. Chances are there's not much of a time savings, but it depends on what output you are trying to r
Using Multiclip feature on FCP 7
by Samuel Boulton 5 years ago
Hello Support Team, I filmed my grandson's Christmas program using three different HD cameras (Canon 5Dii, Canon XHA-1 and HV20). Although the cameras were set to record HD, unfortunately, the recordi
Re: Using Multiclip feature on FCP 7
by Todd Gillespie 5 years ago
Hi Sam, You'll see from previous threads that you'll need to 'match' your footage for FCP to run smoothly. FCP doesn't like h.264. You're best bet is to convert to HDV 1080i. Good Luck, Todd at UCSB T
Imported MP3 Before Video - How to Fix?
by Joey Zahhak 5 years ago
I made a really huge beginners mistake in FCP 7 and dropped an mp3 into the timeline before my video. So after editing an entire 6 minute project, when time came to export the video file is extremely
Re: Imported MP3 Before Video - How to Fix?
by Todd Gillespie 5 years ago
All is not lost. The trick is (I've done it many a time), create the new AIFF file. Delete the original MP3 from the drive. (This is while FCP is closed) then reopen FCP, then when FCP asked where the
Apple Pro Res 4444 problem...
by Oscar Gotti 5 years ago
I have received a Apple Pro Res 4444 clip, but when I put it in my timeline using it with another clip (using the alpha channel), there seems to be glitches (split screen, green, colour changes etc et
Re: Apple Pro Res 4444 problem...
by Todd Gillespie 5 years ago
Hi Oscar, Sorry this probably won't help, but ProRes 4444 is very bandwidth intensive, so unless you have FAST harddrives and connection, then yes, FCP is going to stutter and glitch on playback. This
Final Cut Pro or Adobe? Which one should i learn????
by Imtiaz Gafoor 5 years ago
Hey guys, I'm interested in your opinion on whats better to edit and market videos for simple uses like Youtube to some basic Business--Final Cut pro or some Adobe Software Please weigh in with your o
Re: Final Cut Pro or Adobe? Which one should i learn????
by Todd Gillespie 5 years ago
Mark you're posts are always entertaining and a little insightful. To add onto Mark's comments, I came to a similar junction a couple years ago, (as did most editors who'd been using FCP) and tried Av
Final Cut Pro or Adobe? Which one should i learn????
by Imtiaz Gafoor 5 years ago
Hey guys, I'm interested in your opinion on whats better to edit and market videos for simple uses like Youtube to some basic Business--Final Cut pro or some Adobe Software Please weigh in with your o
Re: Final Cut Pro or Adobe? Which one should i learn????
by Mark Suszko 5 years ago
I'm going to be a little off-topic before I answer your editing question. IMO, If you're doing it right, there is is nothing "basic" or "simple" about "business videos". Not saying this is you, person
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Cross Dissolve issue - FCP 7
by sumeru raut 6 years ago
Edit Specs: FCP 7 25FPS PAL ProRess 422 (LT) Effect added: 'Cross Dissolve' Problem: Only during the Cross-Dissolve the clip slightly brightens up (both the clips are in silhouette and during the tran
Re: Cross Dissolve issue - FCP 7
by Todd Gillespie 6 years ago
I'll dive into the water...while this is not a 'fix', this should be a work around that has helped me a bunch of times. I'm not sure if you have an effect on the clips If so, then it's a common proble
Dome?
by Todd Gillespie 6 years ago
Hi Guys, I feel like a real idiot right now. I'm trying to make a basic half dome in Invigorator...but with no success. I thought I could bring in a circle from Illustrator and start with that, but I
Re: Dome?
by Todd Gillespie 6 years ago
Matt, You're awesome. Everything helped. Project file worked, so I could see what you did. So did the Illustrator file. You were correct about the compression as well. As soon as I unchecked it, every
Comp resize affects sync?
by Todd Gillespie 7 years ago
Hi All, I'm having a bit of an issue with Premier and before I dropkick all my Adobe products out the window, I thought I'd tried the Cow. I have all my footage at 1080p, been editing fine with the AV
Re: Comp resize affects sync?
by Todd Gillespie 7 years ago
Hi Peter, All good questions. Sorry, sometimes I assume it's a 'given' that it's all correct. Yes, footage is matching sequence settings AVCHD format and same frame rate (23.976). Footage is from a So
Who's crazy, Media Exporter or Me?
by Todd Gillespie 7 years ago
Hey Everyone, I'm confused on an issue that I've experienced since working with PP that I don't see anyone else complaining about Which either means I'm crazy or everyone else just accepts it (after t
Re: Who's crazy, Media Exporter or Me?
by Todd Gillespie 7 years ago
Hi Chris, Thanks for the info, but I don't see where there's that choice Under 'new sequence' and 'editing mode' there's no choice for ProRes or QuickTime desktop Thanks, Todd Todd at UCSB Television
Hardware Advice for a Newcomer.
by Caleb McLaughlin 9 years ago
Hi all. I've been involved in editing for a while now and I'm being presented with the opportunity to branch out into the actual filming of some corporate videos (mostly interviews, but likely to bran
Re: Hardware Advice for a Newcomer.
by Todd Gillespie 9 years ago
Hi Caleb, Your questions are good, but very broad and I could spend a lot of time explaining all the issues that are involved with your choices. I'll try to briefly give you some things to think about
True tungsten for Kinos
by david braman 9 years ago
I'm not happy with KinoFlo's tungsten tubes. Does anyone agree And more importantly, does anyone have any gel correction that they use Thanks.
Re: True tungsten for Kinos
by Todd Gillespie 9 years ago
I was reminded when I bought a case of Kino bulbs, they do come in 2 indoor temps 2900 and 3200. You might want to see if the other temp is better for you. When I want to make someone look good, I'll
Anything but Satellite?
by Todd Gillespie 9 years ago
Hello All, I'm trying to find some answers that I'm not sure exist. Is there a way to use an ISDN line to transmit a video signal (aside from videoconferencing) Do News stations have a video conferenc
Re: Anything but Satellite?
by Mark Suszko 9 years ago
We shlepp live SD video audio back and forth over a dedicated fiber line 200 miles from Springfield to Chicago and back, daily, using V-Brick boxes. Once you have the data rates dialed-in for the band
lights shine through Invigorator?
by Todd Gillespie 10 years ago
Hello All, I'm creating a logo move with Invig. and I've added some lights behind the logo (using Lux for faux volumetric lighting-it's their logo), but the lights show through the 3D Invig Logo I cou
Re: lights shine through Invigorator?
by Todd Gillespie 10 years ago
HI Matt, Thanks for the follow up. Sometimes I surprise myself on how stupid I can be. Of course as soon as I posted the thread, I went back to AE and immediately figured it out. I was so focused on t
Text & 3D Layer
by Jane Handa 11 years ago
Dear All Another newbie I'm afraid, so apologies for what will probably be an obvious problem but here it is..... I've created a text layer and want that in 3D so I've checked the 3D box in timeline,
Re: Text & 3D Layer
by Todd Gillespie 11 years ago
Hi Jane, I'm not sure the "3D" for you text is going to do what you think it's going to do... It does not create 3D text, rather it lets you work with the layer in 3D space. Please disregard if I'm of
CC Particle World
by Andrew Robinson 11 years ago
Hey, i've watched alot of the videos here & on video co pilot. You seem to use CC Particle World quite alot but i cant find it in my AE. Is it a plugin Or has my installation gone wrong Sorry if you s
Re: CC Particle World
by Todd Gillespie 11 years ago
FYI-just to keep squelching the rumor. The education version of AE or any Adobe product is identical to the full retail versions. FYITodd at UCSB Television Production
Visualizing Music Beats
by Kim Huston 11 years ago
So this is probably a really easy thing to solve, but part of my problem in searching for the answer is not knowing what key words to search. Basically, I want to automate or mostly automate an effect
Re: Visualizing Music Beats
by Todd Gillespie 11 years ago
If you haven't already, please take a look at this tutorial http: www.trapcode.com in_action soundkeys_intro.html It should give you all the info you'll need to get started. Good Luck, Todd at UCSB Te
Can PC version open Mac AE files?
by Ian Schmoel 11 years ago
Can the PC version of AE open Mac files (and vice versa)
Re: Can PC version open Mac AE files?
by Todd Gillespie 11 years ago
Yes, as long as the extension is on the end of the Mac file the PC will open it. PC to Mac is seamless. Cheers, Todd at UCSB Television Production
Will Pay Money For Information :>)
by Doug Normington 11 years ago
Hi, I have a animation created in After Efects 854 x 480 square pixels. I rendered it lower field first, animation. Imported it into Final Cut Pro into a 720x480 anamorphic sequence. 1. When you play
Re: Will Pay Money For Information :>)
by Todd Gillespie 11 years ago
Either change the FCP sequence setting to match the render file-Animation (probably not a good idea since you can't get realtime with your hardware) Or render out of AE with the FCP setting of DV anam
How to do this? PLEASE
by Lorenzo Di Rienzo 11 years ago
Hey you all, i've posted the same exact question some months ago, and some of you answered to me but i still have to archieved the result i want on this effect. Take a look at this video : http: www.y
Re: How to do this? PLEASE
by Todd Gillespie 11 years ago
I don't use mesh warp that much, but it looks like that's about all you'd need. There's also some plug-ins by Boris, and others that might hold a frame or have different parameters that would work bet
How do they do it?
by Sean Barrett 11 years ago
Hey guys, Was wondering how this effect was achieved. http: www.shredordie.com videos edee2bb0ce Thanks, Sean
Re: How do they do it?
by Todd Gillespie 11 years ago
If you think that is cool-rent the movie "Rope" by Alfred Hitchcock You'll think that the entire MOVIE is shot in one take! It's an old trick-pan to something that you can use as a transistion for the
audio in AE
by truyts timo 12 years ago
Hello , i added some sound to my movie in AE and if i click on make movie render it saves to my map but if i play it, it doesnt have sound in it how does this come
Re: audio in AE
by Todd Gillespie 12 years ago
You need to 'check' the audio output section in the output module at the render queue. I miss it sometime too. Good Luck, Todd at UCSB Television Production
Whats the best quality, but quickest to render setting for saving out?
by Daniel Haskett 12 years ago
hi there, basically i need to get a work in progress copy to a client pretty soon as i was just wondering if anyone could recommend the best setting for decent quality but not taking ages to render ou
Re: Whats the best quality, but quickest to render setting for saving out?
by Todd Gillespie 12 years ago
Like anything on the Web, it depends a lot on the connections...the server and the downloader. You can start off with DV, and if it's taking too long, you can try a better compressed codec. Cheers, To
Collecting Media save?
by Todd Gillespie 12 years ago
Hi All, I am trying to use the feature when you Save to collect media to a project folder, but unfortunately I get an error: Unable to copy "" to project media directory " Volumes directory Media" I'v
Re: Collecting Media save?
by Todd Gillespie 12 years ago
Hi Peter! Sorry, forgot to mention that I did try saving to another HD, same error. Per your suggestion, I repaired permissions, but it's still giving me the error. I created a new project, threw some
Panny SDX-900 Case?
by Todd Gillespie 12 years ago
Hi All, Just wondering if anyone would have any use for a Porta-Brace SDX-900 camera case. It's the body glove style that the ENG units use a lot. We traded our 900, but not the Porta-Brace. Anyone us
Re: Panny SDX-900 Case?
by Todd Gillespie 12 years ago
Hi Brian, Forgot to check back for the past couple days. :P You can email me and I'll send you some picts gillespie at id dot ucsb dot eduTodd at UCSB Television Production
What about LED light panels?
by Ty Ford 13 years ago
I saw these at the GV Expo in Washington, D. C. yesterday. Pricey per foot candle, but a lot less to lug around. Specifically the one by one http: www.litepanels.com Any comments Any experience Regard
Re: What about LED light panels?
by Todd Gillespie 13 years ago
Hi Ty, Just to echo Dan's response, the LitePanels are very sexy. I've rented the Full 2 light kit twice and I'm always excited to use them and love the portability, but I'm always disappointed at the
Ideas for someone who's done a lot?
by Todd Gillespie 13 years ago
Hi All, Wondering what idea's people have for video work for a elderly birthday party They went ALL OUT about 5 years ago, so they're looking for something different No Video montage No Video toasts T
Re: Ideas for someone who's done a lot?
by Todd Gillespie 13 years ago
Hi Guys, Doug - very funny- I can taping him having a heart attack Bruce - great ideas- unfortunately that's kind of what I was pitching, but they think it's too close to what they did last time. Mark
All-in-One choices??
by Todd Gillespie 13 years ago
Hi All, I'm sure this has been asked dozens of times, so please forgive me (i did look through previous posts) Any program and or hardware stand out as a clear choice for realtime and batch encoding f
Re: All-in-One choices??
by David Roth Weiss 13 years ago
Todd, If you buy Flip4Mac WMV Studio ($49) or WMV Studio Pro ($99) all of your Quicktime apps including FCP, Compressor, etc. will be able to export WMV files. Flip4Mac works great and its cheap, so,
Anyone cluster encoding???
by Todd Gillespie 13 years ago
Hi All, I'm wondering if anyone has had success in using Apple cluster rending for Media 100HD files I'm using 4 Macs and a Xserve to speed up MPEG2 rendering. I think I've finally got it configured c
Portable scrims
by Brian Henderson 13 years ago
I'm thinking about getting a portable scrim kit that I can easily take on a plane, and perhaps might even fit in to my suitcase to avoid excess baggage charges. Mathews has a kit called Road Rags and
Re: Portable scrims
by Todd Gillespie 13 years ago
If you haven't purchase them yet, I would recommend getting the larger frames. 24"x36" I have both Matthews Road Rages and love them. I don't need to have any ridged frames anymore-but I don't do larg
what color floor?
by Craig Alan 13 years ago
Hi, I am a video production teacher at a high school. I will be taking over the auto mechanics garage to set up a "studio." It is currently a large (good) concrete (bad) oily (very bad) mess. I
Re: what color floor?
by Todd Gillespie 13 years ago
Eyecamiam, Dennis (of course) is correct on the color. DON'T get white - nice bounce, but you can't control it and it would be difficult to get nice single 'model' lighting with all the bounce. No bla
Da Vinci Resolve or similair?
by Scott Bethel 13 years ago
Hi, I work for a small production company that produces a couple of national cable TV shows that are shot outdoors. We would really like our colors to pop (yada, yada and it is a constant issue) and a
Re: Da Vinci Resolve or similair?
by Todd Gillespie 13 years ago
You ever heard the pharse: "If you have to ask, then you can't afford it" This is true in your case. I'm not intimately fimiliar with the Da Vinci setups, but they usually work in conjunction with fil
Delivery option other than BetaSP for 30 minute local broadcast
by Greg Golden 13 years ago
This question is probably so fundamental that I'm sure to be embarrassed, but I need to know, so here goes: I edit and deliver a 30 minute weekly program of my church's service to a local CBS affiliat
Re: Delivery option other than BetaSP for 30 minute local broadcast
by Todd Gillespie 13 years ago
We are getting away from using tapes all together for our work. Most broadcast satelitte playback is MPEG. So when you give them a tape, they turn around and digitze that straight into their playback
For the Guru's-FCP Boris Red
by Todd Gillespie 13 years ago
Hi All, I'm not sure if anything can be done, but if so, it would be a real advanced trick. I have some FCP 'templates' that have all of the media and a program with the opening and close already buil
Library Help?
by Todd Gillespie 13 years ago
Hi All, I'm trying to pair down my Powerbook HD. I checked the size of my System Library (not Home) and it's 31gigs ! ! That seems a little on the high side...is there a couple of folders that I can c
Re: Library Help?
by Mark Sloan 13 years ago
Yeah, something is wrong... try turning to list view in the Finder on your drive, Apple-2 or View- As List from the Finder Menu. Then, choose View- Show View Options or Apple-J. Make sure that the Siz
Time-lapse SDX-900-best way?
by Todd Gillespie 14 years ago
Hi All, I'm trying to figure out the best way to try to tape some time-lapse footage with an Panasonic SDX900 I haven't used this feature on the camera, but I don't have the RAM option either (next ye
Re: Time-lapse SDX-900-best way?
by David Jones 14 years ago
I use a little program called BTV Pro for doing things like time lapse. You can run it from a laptop connected to the camera, or record the footage to tape and then transfer later. You can taylor capt
As a one man band...what do you think about: Matthews ROAD-RAGS C-VIVAL KIT
by Chris Baldwin 14 years ago
I just bought two Diva 400's and love them although I do need to get myself a third light for backgrounds and so on... But my question is whether or not anyone has any feedback on the Matthews Road Ra
Re: As a one man band...what do you think about: Matthews ROAD-RAGS C-VIVAL KIT
by Todd Gillespie 14 years ago
Hi Chris, I love my Road Rags kits. I do NOT have the kit from your link, but I do have all the components. I don't use my RR for shaping source light as much as cutting down Sunlight and bouncing sun
fluorescent lighting: long-skinny vs. rectangle
by Bob Cole 14 years ago
Still evaluating Kino Flo Foto Flo units. Part of the decision is the "aspect ratio" of the fixture: one is more rectangular, the other long and skinny. Just wondered what people with experience with
Re: fluorescent lighting: long-skinny vs. rectangle
by Todd Gillespie 14 years ago
Ah, As you are probably aware, the Kino's have a great 'wrap' around people objects. You really don't mold the light as much as you would a fresnel. Because of the way the Kinos light an object person
problem with playback sometimes
by Thomas Hughes 14 years ago
I have an XR suite w 8.2.2 on an G4. Occasionally playback will stop and an error message will pop up: "unable to play, recorded with an older version of Media 100". Any suggestions on how to fix this
Re: problem with playback sometimes
by Todd Gillespie 14 years ago
I believe when we had this problem, it turned out to be a drive issue. Specificaly Medea. We had to tweak some internal settings (in the drive unit) before the problem went away. Quicktime is the firs
Skin tone bathed in silver
by rich rosen 14 years ago
I've seen some documentaries where there is a noticeable silver look to skin tone even on African Americans. I love the look and am starting a doc about a dark-skinned family. Spike Lee used it on eve
Re: Skin tone bathed in silver
by Todd Gillespie 14 years ago
Hi Rich, I don't think I've seen these movies, but are you talking about a 'bleach bypass' look Minority Report, same look If so, then...well it's bleach bypass in the film development stage. There's
SDX-900 DC Shooter?
by Todd Gillespie 14 years ago
Hi All, looking around to see if anyone can shoot in the DC area with a Panasonic SDX-900 (before I jump on a plane) Thanks, Todd at UCSB Television Production
Re: SDX-900 DC Shooter?
by Todd Gillespie 14 years ago
Hi Richard, I think the goal is to have the footage back here by early Dec. We're looking for some shots of our UCDC campus and students activities. Todd at UCSB Television Production
Awkward Situation
by L D Shea 14 years ago
I recently had a bad experience with a company for which I
Re: Awkward Situation
by Todd Gillespie 14 years ago
It can happen to the best of us. The fact that you tested it before hand (hopefully with the client watching) goes a long way to showing that it DID work, you HAD it working, and it SHOULD have worked
Sony new cost effective 600 Line Video Monitor
by micah et 14 years ago
is this video monitor worth getting Or is their a higher quality at a similar price What is the price for this anyway. If i can get a price in australian dollars that'd be great. thanks micah
Re: Sony new cost effective 600 Line Video Monitor
by Todd Gillespie 14 years ago
you probably need to include a specific link for anyone to help youTodd at UCSB Television Production
which monitor for best view in video editing
by macmauro 14 years ago
hi from Italy I'm new on broadcast and i work with media 100 on apple, using pal system and usually in digital format dvcam i need an external monitor (no more a tv) to send signal and control video q
Re: which monitor for best view in video editing
by Todd Gillespie 14 years ago
Matte is spot on as usual. The Sony BVM line is their Broadcast level monitors. So you might be surprised at the price. I've bought several monitors over the past couple of years, and I've always ende
mini DV player
by Cookiemonsterette 14 years ago
Hi. I stumbled across this site just the other day and...WOW!! Anyway I'm getting a Canon XL2 and want to get a miniDV player for transfering into Adobe Premiere for editing so I don't put wear on the
Re: mini DV player
by Todd Gillespie 14 years ago
Welcome to the pasture. The Cow is a great resource, use it wisely. As far as the Sony DSR thing-you get what you pay for. We have around 15 DSR's, from the GDV-1000 to DSR 1800. The more expensive th
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