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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, etc. Three NLE suites with Adobe CS6 and Matrox MX02 systems.
Member Since:
October 6th 2006
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Location:
Huntsville, Alabama
Smelly Case
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
This is not remotely business or marketing... but I consider B&M sort of my "home forum" on the COW and know most everyone here... and figured some of my friends here might have run across something l
Re: Smelly Case
by Todd Terry 1 day ago
Thanks everyone for the suggestion.... this horrible thing is going back, though... already packed up and heading out to ship in it a few minutes. I took the liberty of thoroughly wrapping it in plast
licensing cost for art video
by Sarah Schela 6 days ago
Hi there, I would like to get some advices from you concerning licensing a video I have created in the past. this video is a part of an art installation I created last year and someone is interested t
Re: licensing cost for art video
by Todd Terry 3 days ago
" how can I guarantee that the file is not shown more times longer times than we arranged " There is virtually no way to guarantee that. Any time you turn a file over to someone, put it on a download
Lighting for white background
by Bartek Bart 4 days ago
Hi, I need to make the video interview on white background. I made some shots, but I have some problems with lightning. The actor is to flat in my opinion, and also to gray. Later I'll put here sample
Re: Lighting for white background
by Todd Terry 4 days ago
I've had to do the "Apple look" countless times.... I haven't had to do it in a while now but back when it was in vogue a few years ago it seems like practically every week a client was needing that..
Super 16 cameras
by David Mathis 2 years ago
Interested in using a film camera and was curious to know if anyone stll manafacturers this type of camera. Thank you in advance.
Re: Super 16 cameras
by Todd Terry 4 days ago
Cool... it's not just the motor-to-shutter drive train, but you'll want to make sure the film movement hasn't had its lube dry up as well... and also the servos that control the lens. One thing I want
Lighting design for outdoor event
by Tom Galli 1 week ago
Aloha all! Twice a year, my university has an outdoor event to celebrate cultural diversity. Mostly it features different ethnically-oriented clubs performing traditional dances in traditional costume
Re: Lighting design for outdoor event
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
I usually like buying stuff (I like owning things) and don't really love renting things (our colleague Mark Suszko here is often the opposite)... but for an event that is only two times a year, I woul
Market Differentiation
by Thomas Nimmo 2 weeks ago
Do you think the capability to market your cybersecurity capability as a consultant or SME will help differentiate from the competition or put a client at ease What kind of barriers do you encounter w
Re: Market Differentiation
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Mostly the synergy of interoperability within the dynamics of vertical integration. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticpl
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Looking for new camcorders with best image quality.
by Craig Alan 2 weeks ago
The Sony A7S R mirrorless cams are getting a lot of attention as having perhaps the best image quality for video short of an Alexa. After looking into it, I find the Sony FS7 line and perhaps the Sony
Re: Looking for new camcorders with best image quality.
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Hey Craig... No I didn't look at samples... I'm directing on location today so while it is easy for me to type, I'm not where I can see screens well enough to judge any footage. Nor do I have any hand
First Compositing Demo Reel
by Robert Laughlin 3 weeks ago
Over the past few years I've been teaching myself Compositing and some motion graphics by practicing and taking some online classes. And along the way I've gotten some freelance gigs doing things like
Re: First Compositing Demo Reel
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Hey Robert... First of all, very good work... especially the compositing. Good job. Since you were asking for comments criticism, I'll just give you one.... To me, compositing and motion graphics are
TV and Web Commercial Upgrade to Union Question
by Patrick Ortman 3 weeks ago
Nevermind, I got schooled: the industry standard IS if you bump the cast to SAG you bump the prodco to union rates, too. Only fair.
Re: TV and Web Commercial Upgrade to Union Question
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Well I'm still going to reply because I'm intrigued and confused after reading both this and the original post. How can an entire production have a "SAG AFTRA rate" anyway That union covers on-camera
Stock footage or music transfer
by Ken Cooper 3 weeks ago
Hey Guys, I have a 2 fold legal question about stock footage and stock music I can't find an answer to. As a production company I pay for the right to use a stock video or a stock music bed on a singl
Re: Stock footage or music transfer
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Not to beat a dead horse here, but I just wanted to reiterate that you are faced with not really one question... but really with two.... 1. Do you WANT to give the client the files 2. CAN you give the
Double or triple wick candles.
by Joel Arvidsson 3 weeks ago
I need to maximize the light output from practicle light for a scene. Therfore I want to use double or triple wick candles. Im thinking I could have a local candle maker do them, but I have not found
Re: Double or triple wick candles.
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Have to admit I was wondering the same thing.... wasn't sure of a source though, was going to check FilmTools if I was in that boat. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director
Overhead Camera Mount
by Daniel Schultz 2 months ago
Hi, I've been looking for a way to solidly mount a camera (DLSR, C100) overhead to get bird's eye angle that is popular on a lot of these Tasty-style videos recipe videos. Example link: https: www.you
Re: Overhead Camera Mount
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Heya Dan... Didn't mean to ignore your previous two posts... I just didn't see them or know they were there. Must have missed the notifications on them. Congrats!... looks like you got a setup that se
battery power to a kino select 30 DMX
by Craig Alan 4 weeks ago
trying to power this light by battery: Kino Flo Select 30 DMX System B&H # KISYSS30120U MFR # SYS-S30-120U What do you think of this : IDX System Technology Two DUO-C95 V-Mount Batteries & Charger Pow
Re: battery power to a kino select 30 DMX
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Hi Craig... Those batteries should work, but you'll have to do a bit of DIY... You'll need to be able to wire two of those batteries together (wired in a series, not parallel). Firstly, you'll need tw
Using KNO 4-Banks vs. Divas for Key lighting?
by stan welks 4 weeks ago
I am going to borrow some lights to do some simple video interviews and still photography. 1. Would a KNO 4-bank or a Diva be better as a key I plan to use foam core or a reflector for the fill 2. Wou
Re: Using KNO 4-Banks vs. Divas for Key lighting?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Much much better. As for lighting the background... well, what is your goal What do you want it to look like Are you wanting a solid pure white limbo background Neutral gray Something smooth and even
GH5 or C100 Mark II
by Kyle Blackwell 2 months ago
As the title says. The company I work for is going to purchase a new camera this year and was looking at the C100 Mark II. Now with the GH5 specs being released, I'm wondering how they compare and whi
Re: GH5 or C100 Mark II
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
I JUST noticed Rich asked me a specific question... didn't mean to ignore him, but I didn't see it until now.... Rich Rubasch "Todd, did you pony up for the C300 Mark II " No, not yet... I'm still sho
Adjusting light temperature
by Raf Zimon 2 months ago
Hi, Can someone suggest the best way product to adjust color temperature to whatever number I need Let's say I shoot in a place that has overhead fluorescent lights at 5000k and my LED lights are 5600
Re: Adjusting light temperature
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
John Fishback "Usually, you use CTB gel to warm up 5600K." Umm... I know that John knows what he's talking about, so I think this was just a typo (unless he's thinking about it backwards from what I
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Bolex 16mm Time-Exposure?
by Charlie Knott 2 months ago
I am planning on working with a Bolex 16mm camera on a short experimental film, and in the process I am trying to achieve the effect of time-exposure, or slow shutterspeed. I have read about turning t
Re: Bolex 16mm Time-Exposure?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Great stuff, wish I wasn't on the wrong coast. Love the wood and rusty bolt. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.c
Troubleshooting camera hum when on ac power.
by Kristin Crawford 2 months ago
So, I have a very specific problem, that is also unfortunately hard to test out solutions, so I'm just trying to gather as many possible solutions as possible. I work for an non-profit that puts on a
Re: Troubleshooting camera hum when on ac power.
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Sounds like you have a grounding issue caused by dirty power sources in your European locations. Do the mics sound clean with using AC power in the US If so, the power is your culprit... and sadly, I
Premiere Issues after a big upgrade
by Todd Terry 3 months 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 3 months 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
Weird liney raw footage with motion?
by Anastasia Antonova 5 months ago
Hi guys, I have recently been using the canon xf300 for my work and cannot understand why my footage has weird lines whenever there is motion (both by the camera and by subjects) I am looking at the r
Re: Weird liney raw footage with motion?
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
I responded to your identical post in the Cinematography forum. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
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"Canon EOS Rebel T5i" Will Not Take Photos in an Aspect Ratio of 1920x1080
by Ryan Blair 5 months ago
Hi. I'm sorry if I posted this in the wrong section, I actually just created an account to post this as I haven't found anyone with my problem. A few days ago, I had purchased the "Canon EOS Rebel T5i
Re: "Canon EOS Rebel T5i" Will Not Take Photos in an Aspect Ratio of 1920x1080
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
I'm not familiar with the T5i specifically, but I am familiar with Canon cameras in general... and it was easy enough to look it up. It's not the answer that you want to hear, but you can stop driving
C300 : Converting in-camera overcranked footage back to real time.
by Dejha Ti 5 months ago
I'm editing a project where we wanted the ability to have slow mo for some shots and realtime for other shots. The DP used the C300's slow mo function where it it converts 60fps into 24fps making the
Re: C300 : Converting in-camera overcranked footage back to real time.
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Firstly.... welcome. Secondly... ouch. I don't want to be blunt and say your DP made a boneheaded move.... but.... Actually what you DP did is sometimes the only option. If you are doing a shot where
Phantom Power Supply
by Todd Terry 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 months 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 6 months 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
Use XF300 as Skype Camera
by Christopher Hill 8 months ago
Is it possible to use my Canon XF300 as a "webcam" specifically for use with Skype Maybe with some sort of external capture device or converter adapter. I'm open to any solutions.
Re: Use XF300 as Skype Camera
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
Christopher... I raised exactly this same question earlier this year in another COW forum. I needed to do a very similar thing (although for different reasons). You might read through the advice I got
Lav mic recommendations
by Todd Terry 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 10 months 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 8 months 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
HD Video camera as webcam
by clyde villegas 10 months ago
How do you make a video camera with HDMI work as a webcam The platform that we'll be using only accepts webcam. So we would probably need to convert the HDMI to USB to "fool" the system that we're usi
Re: HD Video camera as webcam
by Todd Terry 10 months ago
You need both software and hardware... I've been looking to do this as well, but for a personal project so I've been looking for a real "bargain basement" solution (which there doesn't seem to be). Yo
Canon C300 - Anyone recommend a Film/Cinema look profile that i can use for project.
by Gordon Henry 10 months ago
Canon C300 - Can Anyone recommend a Film Cinema look profile that i can use for a project in africa. Thanks GH
Re: Canon C300 - Anyone recommend a Film/Cinema look profile that i can use for project.
by Todd Terry 10 months ago
I've only ever used internal recording with the C300, recording to dual slots. I've never run across any reason to use an external recorder with it... at least not yet. T2 ____________________________
Video: DIY Background Roller
by Todd Terry 3 years ago
DIY Background Roller A DIY roller system for seamless background paper, less than 10 bucks in parts. watch instructional
Re: DIY Background Roller
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
@Agnes Marsala "Is this system unable to handle larger and heavier rolls " Well Agnes I think you've proved that it won't. Vinyl is obviously too heavy, I can imagine that it is many times heavier tha
Anyone experiencing issues with connecting to the Cow?
by Todd Perchert 2 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 2 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 2 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
Video: Honda Commercial
by Todd Terry 3 years ago
Honda Commercial Broadcast commercial for North Alabama Honda Dealers Association watch commercial
Article: “Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”
by Tim Wilson 5 months ago
Field Production Before I forget: don t wear any underwear. Before coming to Creative COW, before his lives in product marketing and product management at Avid and Boris FX, Creative COW Editor-in-Ch
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Re: “Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”
by Todd Terry 3 years ago
".., the primary difference between an alligator and a crocodile is that nobody gets in the water with crocodiles." Well just to be on the safe side, I'll choose neither. Fun story. T2 _______________
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Cropping and feathering an EFFECT on an Adjustment Layer in Premiere Pro
by Steven Miori 3 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 3 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
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