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Todd Terry

Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc., a small but full-service creative agency and production company. Three employees. Shoot 35mm film, e35mm, C300, HD, and SD. Crane, Steadicam, crab dolly, Osmo Pro, Mavic Pro, etc. Three NLE suites with Adobe CS6 and Matrox MX02 systems.
Member Since:
October 6th 2006
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Huntsville, Alabama
What do you think of these lens zooms?
by ryan elder 2 weeks ago
I wanted to do some fast zooms for a few shots in a current project, kind of like the fast zooms you see in older movies, during certain reveals. I did some practicing on the zooms, but what do you th
Re: What do you think of these lens zooms?
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Thank you Mark... I'm gonna use that first one as a template for my next work. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic
Are there any gimbals that use manual focus when follow focusing?
by ryan elder 3 weeks ago
I was thinking of buying the Zhiyun Crane. However, I don't know if the follow focus is good on it, because it uses the cameras electronic focusing system, and I've never thought highly of electronic
Re: Are there any gimbals that use manual focus when follow focusing?
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
I think you have two options, A and B... Option A-- Since you say money is not an issue, this option would be: Ditch the SLR lenses. Yes, many filmmakers have successfully used SLR lenses, but that's
Came-TV Boltzen lights?
by Joe Loria 4 weeks ago
Hey everyone. Ive looking at some of the Came-TV Boltzen LED fresnel lights and they look pretty decent for the price. I was just curious if anyone here has had experience with them and what your thou
Re: Came-TV Boltzen lights?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Well, that's a little bit apples-and-oranges. From what I've heard the Aputures are good instruments, but keep in mind those 120D heads are open-faced instruments, and are not fresnel heads, like the
How to fine tune tripod height?
by Olivier Prudhomme 1 month ago
I am struggling when shooting interviews to have the lense perfectly at my talent s eye level. It is very hard to fine tune the height of the tripod. My rig is heavy so going up or down a couple inche
Re: How to fine tune tripod height?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Ha!... we'll Blaise if you want to go on the lookout for these, here's an eBay trick... I learned this because I used to search often for Oconnor gear... The real name of the company is "Oconnor." But
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Need handheld 3 axis gimbal stabilizer for GoPro with cell phone mount
by Cameron Dozier 1 month ago
Hello, I am trying to find a stabilizer that can use a GoPro, and has the same functionality as an OSMO+ handheld camera stabilizer kit. With the OSMO handheld stabilizer, there is a mount clip that h
Re: Need handheld 3 axis gimbal stabilizer for GoPro with cell phone mount
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Why not just get an Osmo ... the regular Osmo with the Zenmuse X3 camera They are not expensive, and I think the camera looks much better (and is infinitely more controllable) than the GoPro. I usuall
Canon C200 remote???
by Corey Roberts 1 month ago
I know you can WiFi a remote with your phone but we need a tactile button, and no one seems to be able to help. Had anyone had success finding something and can point me in the right direction
Re: Canon C200 remote???
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Just did a tiny bit of investigating, and yeah the C200 handgrip will work that way. If you can't get a long off-the-shelf cable that will work (if standard 1 8" stereo connectors aren't exactly right
More Livestreaming Questions...
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Hi gang... I asked a little about this before, but it now warrants a follow-up... A very quick re-cap... a couple of times a year we shoot a multi-camera event for a multi-national corporation that is
Re: More Livestreaming Questions...
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Thanks guys... Chuck... we'll give you a call next week. Bob... I have no idea what you mean (I'm betting Bob has heard that before, though). Mike... good things to think about. Livestream says though
Video projections
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Hey gang... Just curious as to others' opinions.... Think any of these projections in the new Nike ad are practical Or do you think they were all done in post https: youtu.be mreQsQrDF-A I'm sure most
Re: Video projections
by Jren David 1 month ago
wow...Great video
Deposits
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Whenever I send an agreement to a client, it includes a deposit amount. But I'm wondering if I'm not going about it the right way. Normally I ask for a credit card to pay the deposit when they sign th
Re: Deposits
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Greg Ball "...how do you folks add deposits to your contacts " Easiest question I've been asked all day. Well, honestly, we've never requested or required deposits. We probably should, and might in t
Chicago Video Crew?
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Does anyone know of a good Chicago video crew who can shoot a series of home improvement style videos Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.com
Re: Chicago Video Crew?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Sadly....no. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
LiveStreaming an event
by Todd Terry 2 months 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 Todd Terry 2 months ago
Thanks Steve... I was toying with the Mevo idea as a dirt-cheap solution... you can insert graphics like bugs and lower-thirds with the Mevo, but I haven't been able to determine if you can do full-sc
Boom pole hack
by Todd Terry 3 months 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 months 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
Shooting a conference video
by Greg Ball 5 months ago
Hi all, I'm bidding on a conference video shoot. Our camera needs to be positioned in the back of the ballroom which is 100 feet away. There will be people speaking from a podium and also a few panel
Re: Shooting a conference video
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
I have my old fall-back line when I'm asked, "How come those other guys are so much cheaper " Well, "Because they're worth it." T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fanta
HFG 10 File size limit
by John Watts 3 months ago
Greetings and salutations.. Just got off of the phone with a potential client. He records a multicamera show with HFG10's. The show is an hour. Currently he says the cameras will record about 11 minut
Re: HFG 10 File size limit
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
I don't want to be one of those "I don't know the answer but I'll open my big mouth and chime in anyway" guys (don't you love those ), but in this case I will anyway. I can't say with 100% certainty (
Lighting a room for green screen
by Alan Balch 3 months ago
I'm in the process of trying to figure out how to best light a room for green screen. The room I'm trying to light is 10' wide, 20' long and 10' high. My main question is whether or not I should try t
Re: Lighting a room for green screen
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Normally I light a greenscreen (or any other flat background) from both the sides and the ceiling. I'll usually put vertical 4' flos on stands at the sides, and have horizontal 4' flos in the grid to
Full-size STEADICAM rig
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
The real deal. eBay item: 323279064623 http: rover.ebay.com rover 1 711-53200-19255-0 1 icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=323279064623&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwi
Canon C100 First Version Mark I Multi Camera audio video sync.. Solutions?
by Heather Hansen 5 months ago
I have 1 canon c100 mark I . the first version not the Mark II. I need an easy go to solution besides a clapper board to sync up the audio and video. I am aware of the Free Run setting and the time co
Re: Canon C100 First Version Mark I Multi Camera audio video sync.. Solutions?
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
I hate to be one of those "I don't have an answer but I'll chime in anyway with my unsolicited comments" (don't you hate those people )... but I will anyway in this case because this forum doesn't get
Recommend an all-around video lens for C100?
by Tim Neighbors 5 months ago
I'm interested in purchasing a C100 mii or C200, but what has me hesitating is lens options. What lens would you recommend for me Price range <$5K Full-range zoom lens, Good AF motor (able to utili
Re: Recommend an all-around video lens for C100?
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Yeah I was really wanting to check out the C200, and had booked one on a recent shoot in Greece (if we travel very far we usually rent gear on location rather than ship or travel with it). But... when
c100 for Food Video
by Kristian Bottini 5 months ago
Hey Everyone, What are your thoughts on the C100 for food video we dont have the budget for a c300 so I wanted to get everyones feedback.
Re: c100 for Food Video
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Well, something for "food video" is pretty generic and open-ended, doesn't really tell us what you are doing or what your camera needs and requirements are. Other than, at some point, food is involved
Canon C100 into two monitors
by Alex Newton 6 months ago
Hi all, Can I run a Canon C100 mkii into two monitors TVs If so, is it done via the HDMI and some sort of splitter Thanks in advance, Alex
Re: Canon C100 into two monitors
by Todd Terry 6 months ago
Good deal. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Diffusion Scrim question: Two 4x4s or one 42x72?
by chris pike 7 months ago
I have to light a standing model from head to toe. I'm using two led panels, one at knee height and one at about 7 feet up (and pointed slightly down). The following question may seem trivial, but the
Re: Diffusion Scrim question: Two 4x4s or one 42x72?
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
Yep Rick is right, as usual. You don't need a frame, or even have to cut your roll of diffusion... just slide the roll onto a grip arm. And if you want to sound like you know what you are doing, this
Lighting a person with a baseball hat on
by Mark Crews 7 months ago
We just shot some interviews with guys wearing hats. We had a soft box directly beside the camera to get even lighting on their face instead of having to light on the left and right of the subject tha
Re: Lighting a person with a baseball hat on
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
I don't think the cap has much or anything to do with it, nor would it preclude you from lighting that guy the way you normally would. I don't think it's bad but there are a couple of issues going on
Looking to Up My Lighting Kit: Focusable and Hard Cuts
by Patrick Slee 7 months ago
Hi all, So, I'm a relative newbie and have only been really making films for the last 3-4 years (discounting the stuff I did in high school) and, as such, have been mostly using LED panels and those s
Re: Looking to Up My Lighting Kit: Focusable and Hard Cuts
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
Hmmm... no the Boltzens run just fine at full power off an NP battery, that's what we do all the time. I will say they are a little bit power hungry. If I use them full blast they will probably exhaus
Lighting a lectern in a conference room with no spotlights
by Mark Pirres 8 months ago
Hello there, We have to video speakers in a conference room which will be equipped with a lectern. The room has a series of floor to ceiling windows and apart from those, it will only be lit by rows o
Re: Lighting a lectern in a conference room with no spotlights
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
Also... is this a permanent install that you will use regularly and for a while Or a one-time thing for a specific speaker or event T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director F
How to best light agricultural workers in the field
by Bill Sparkes 8 months ago
I've spent quite a bit of time reading various threads here, and researched various lights I could find online. Haven't found what I need so posting here. I'm in the process of documenting (video, not
Re: How to best light agricultural workers in the field
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
Rick is right, as he most usually is. In an exterior situation like this, reflectors are your friends. Of course you could use lighting intruments, but in an open agricultural field in broad daylight
Full-size Steadicam Rig - SK Model
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
Offering my Steadicam VideoSK model. I've put put a web page to make seeing all the info (and pictures) easier... See all the details at http: fantasticplastic.com steadicam T2 _______________________
New Video/ Photography Studio
by Jeff Fi 8 months ago
This is probably a very specific situation. I'm building a recording studio and the big room for recording I would like to set it up for Video Photography as well. To be able to have this room as a mu
Re: New Video/ Photography Studio
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
1) Yes your grid can be close to the ceiling, as long as it is not RIGHT up against it. You need room for electrical connections, hangers on instruments, etc. In the "olden days" you had to worry abou
Getting IP cameras to work
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
Hey all... Are there any tips or tricks that I don't know about to get IP cameras to work with Wirecast Play I've tried everything I know, I have a couple of cameras that I'd like to feed into Wirecas
Re: Getting IP cameras to work
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
Thanks Craig... I'm a victim of my own ignorance with a dash of misinformation (which isn't a new feeling for me). So, I guess I'll just stick with the single webcam. I don't have multiple iPhones at
Narration recording near Washington D.C.?
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
Hey gang... I usually haunt (and host) forums over in Biz and Marketing, Lighting, and Cinematography... but find myself in a rare visit in here with an audio need... Any of you in here happen to be i
Re: Narration recording near Washington D.C.?
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
Thanks Ty... Sadly I didn't see this message until now... I'm not an audio guy so I don't usually haunt this forum, and I don't get email alerts for posts here.... that's why I asked for off-forum rep
Free (practically) wireless mics. Who wants em?
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
----POST EDITED---- These mics were claimed quickly and are on their way to their new home... it was too late to just delete the post though. Thanks T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Cr
SFX or music cue?
by Nick Griffin 1 year ago
Any idea where I can get a Law & Order style of "dum-dum" punctuator without being in violation of their copyright Thanx for any and all responses.
Re: SFX or music cue?
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
It's not answering Nick's question... but here is a fun little article about the sound.... http: www.nydailynews.com entertainment tv examining-legendary-dun-dun-sound-law-order-article-1.2790190 I ha
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Looking for a li'l assistance with some Motion Tracking
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
Hey gang... I'm trying to think, but I honestly don't remember ever having to come to the AE forum before. I'm usually a daily haunter (and host) in the Biz & Marketing, Cinematography, and Lighting D
Re: Looking for a li'l assistance with some Motion Tracking
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
The COW came through for me on this... THANKS! Great to be a part of a community where people help each other. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Ente
Premiere Issues after a big upgrade
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Hello all... I'm usually over in other forums (Business Marketing, Cinematography, etc.), and rarely venture in here because, well, I just never have any Premiere issues. But now I do. I'll have to pr
Re: Premiere Issues after a big upgrade
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Just an update, in case anyone was interested.... A tech with the computer company that built this machine was in today, prodding and poking around for a long time, checking drivers, trying this and t
Phantom Power Supply
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Hey gang... I'm venturing over from the video forums with an audio question... a realm I'm sadly more ignorant of than I should be... I believe I am in need of a 48v phantom power supply, and thought
Re: Phantom Power Supply
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Richard Crowley "Have you looked at the Denecke Dcode gadgets " Not specifically, totally a fish out of water here which is why I was asking for advice :) I'll definitely give them a look. Richard Cr
Where's your footage coming from?
by Tim Wilson 2 years ago
A little bit of general conversation to throw in the mix: Are you shooting it yourself Are clients bringing it to you Are you part of an editorial team on the post side of a production, production com
Re: Where's your footage coming from?
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Just a quick addendum to my previous answer to Tim's question.... We still primarily shoot with the Canon C300 and will continue to do so.... however we've just picked up the DJI Osmo stabilizer with
Lav mic recommendations
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Hello gang... I'm a foreign face here... although I haunt the COW daily and host several forums, they are all on the visual side of things. I'm here in a bit of unknown territory on the audio side, so
Re: Lav mic recommendations
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Thanks for reply... and all great suggestions. Most of which are (sadly) impractical in this situation (isn't that always the way ). Yeah I don't think I'd even consider directional lavs (I frankly di
Mics for interviews, connected to camera - MKH 416, MKH50, Sanken CS-3e
by André Mascarenhas 2 years ago
Hi there, I'm a videographer, running my own production company, and I'm looking to upgrade my main mic for interviews. I currently have a Sennheiser MKE600 (I also have lavs, but here I'd like to hav
Re: Mics for interviews, connected to camera - MKH 416, MKH50, Sanken CS-3e
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
I'm not an audio expert by any stretch (I'm a director and DP by profession), but I happened to be in this forum seeking advice about something else and saw this and thought I'd chime in just from a l
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VR - will it be DOA just like stereo 3D ?
by Oliver Peters 3 years ago
Obviously VR is going to be a big deal here at NAB. Adobe has tossed its hat into the ring with integrated tools in Premiere Pro. OTOH, Apple is more stand-off-ish, even on the consumer side. My thoug
Re: VR - will it be DOA just like stereo 3D ?
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
I generally roll my eyes a little quietly to myself when someone chimes in out of the blue in an old thread... but now I'm going to be that guy. I'll preface this by saying that I'm one of those crank
Anyone experiencing issues with connecting to the Cow?
by Todd Perchert 4 years ago
I'm trying to narrow down problems I'm having specifically with my connection to the Cow. Has there been any issues with the servers that would make connecting a problem I'll view a few threads, then
Re: Anyone experiencing issues with connecting to the Cow?
by Todd Terry 3 years ago
For what it's worth, this just now happened to me again. I could not access the COW, trying different browsers, two different ISPs, and just for the heck of it trying with my phone... But when I tried
Videotape Stock - BetaSP and MiniDV/HDV
by Todd Terry 4 years ago
Cleaning out the studio, we have several cases of BetacamSP and MiniDV (HDV) stock. All virgin tape, still sealed, new in the boxes. All stored in climate-controlled studio. I have it on eBay, hit "Bu
Cropping and feathering an EFFECT on an Adjustment Layer in Premiere Pro
by Steven Miori 5 years ago
ok so here's what I want to do: I have a lower third that is to be inserted regularly into a broadcast program. I want the lower third to apply a gaussian blur to the main video track of the program b
Re: Cropping and feathering an EFFECT on an Adjustment Layer in Premiere Pro
by Todd Terry 5 years ago
Steven... While this is not hard to do at all, I don't know any conceivable way that it could be created as a single little stand-along thing (single image, file, or whatever) that can be easily and i
Return Key won't play timeline
by Todd Terry 5 years ago
Hi gang... I'm rarely in the Premiere Pro forum, I usually haunt host serveral others forums here on the COW, but now I have a Premiere issue... Two of our suites are identical, Windows 7 machines run
Re: Return Key won't play timeline
by Todd Terry 5 years ago
That did the trick, Tim... one little checkbox, easy fix. We looked and looked for something to that effect, but just didn't see it or wasn't looking in the right place. That's an option that I never
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