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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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Huntsville, Alabama
Flying and batteries
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
This has come up in this forum a couple of times before, so I thought I'd share a real-world story.... I had to fly to a shoot in Las Vegas last week, all of the gear was checked in big Pelican cases
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Re: Flying and batteries
by Mark Suszko 22 hours ago
Is it bad that while reading, I heard this in Jerry Seinfeld's voice "...and what's the deal with airlines and our lithium ion batteries Am I right " TSA reserves the right to be entirely arbitrary an
Making a video for a client who plans on using it to sell (commercial use)
by Quincy Berry 3 weeks ago
Hey, I was wondering if someone could school me on this situation, I spent the last hour or so trying to google my situation and I can't find anything solid, here we go. I have a client friend. I make
Re: Making a video for a client who plans on using it to sell (commercial use)
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
What Mark said... he gave you good advice... take it to heart. I for one am pretty dumbfounded that someone could spend only $1000 for production on a DVD and then manage to sell multiple copies of it
Greenscreen Transparent Bottle
by Joe Obuchowski 3 weeks ago
Hi, I am wondering if anyone could give some advice for shooting and keying out where the subject is a plastic bottle. The layout is hands in shot (greenscreen) picking up and moving the bottle around
Re: Greenscreen Transparent Bottle
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
That bears some testing, but very good keyers (such at the "Ultra Key" that is in Premiere) will do a decent job of keying through clear or semi clear objects and still leaving details. I've never use
At what framerate do lightbulbs start to flicker in slomo?
by Ren Arnol 4 weeks ago
Sorry to ask such a basic question, but I couldn't find the answer on the web, and I don't have a camera around... I'm in a PAL country and have to shoot using incandescent lamps (500-1000 Watts). At
Re: At what framerate do lightbulbs start to flicker in slomo?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Hmm... that's odd. You should really never have to worry about flickering with a continuous light source, like tungsten instruments. BUT... When dealing with non-continuous sources, keep in mind that
C300 MkII corrupted clip
by Alex Faurote 4 weeks ago
I don't know how else to explain it but corrupt, but for the first time in the 16 months or so we've been using this camera, we got back to the office and found a bad clip. In most programs, it would
Re: C300 MkII corrupted clip
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Did anything happen during the shoot that let you know there might be a problem later on I've had clips that were corrupt if the camera happened to be rolling while a battery died. But using the in-ca
A USB Cable rant...
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
This is nothing important, just something I thought I'd share from the "Whaaaaaaa " department. Ok, what's the biggest gripe about USB cables I think it's universally the fact that on the first connec
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Re: A USB Cable rant...
by Rich Rubasch 1 month ago
I know! It costs more to do it this way! That's it! Rich Rubasch Tilt Media Inc. Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage Founder President Editor Designer Animator http: www.tiltmedia.com
Air travel with lithium batteries- suggestions?
by Stephen Pickering 1 month ago
Hi there, I found a post a year ago by Todd Terry about traveling with batteries. At the time he didn't run into any problems, but with the world the way it is I wouldn't be surprised if things have c
Re: Air travel with lithium batteries- suggestions?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I don't travel all that much but I had a recent flight for a job in Denver where, as usual, I was concerned about batteries but just did the same thing as the previous few times... all the gear was ch
Anybody here selling stock footage? Either as a sideline or a main business....
by Tim Wilson 2 months ago
I'm just curious about this. It's been a while since we've talked about it here, and I know that business has changed for a lot of you over the years, so just laying it out there. Anybody selling foot
Re: Anybody here selling stock footage? Either as a sideline or a main business....
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Hey Stephen... Just curious, who sets the pricing for your footatge .... do you do that, or is it set by Pond5 I ask because I've always been curious about that, and now doubly so after looking at you
Which lights should I purchase?
by Bull Sanchez 2 months ago
I've been saving up to buy some good lights. I'm looking for quality over budget friendly, but I am on a budget. I mostly do interviews and wedding videography, but I need something that can also work
Re: Which lights should I purchase?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I'll jump in for just a quick good word about the LitePanels... We started using the Astras last year... I LOVE them, and now they are among our favorite instruments. Lightweight, great true color (bi
editing and music (not a technical post)
by Bob Zelin 2 months ago
Hi - just watched a YouTube video of Alex Lifeson from Rush talking about the "excitement" of playing in open tuning on guitar - you know how to play the guitar, but all of a sudden, it's all differen
Re: editing and music (not a technical post)
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I did find one posting for a B-3, I think a 1958 or so for $18K, and it looked looked museum-quality showroom new. That didn't surprise me. The low end did surprise me, I found more than one decent-en
Ranting about Google
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
The room has been kind of quiet of late and I have a few minutes to kill and thought I'd rant. Well, very minor rant. I'm usually a big fan of Google and almost all of their products, but they're anno
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Re: Ranting about Google
by Selen Jain 1 month ago
I am a regular Gmail user but I have not noticed it before! Thank you for pointing out it here, glad that I get to know about the mess! https: www.clippingpathspecialist.com
Final cut Pro vs Premiere (for speed)
by Mike Tyler 2 months ago
From what I've seen, most people use Adobe Premiere for editing.. Until now I was working with FCPX because it was just faster - the rendering was almost instantaneous. However in my last project I wa
Re: Final cut Pro vs Premiere (for speed)
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
These days it's really not a Final Cut vs Premiere issue at all... it's a machine vs. machine issue. The faster and more powerful the computer, the faster editing and rendering will be... irrespective
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Exposing for Shooting 16mm Daylight Spools?
by Jade Whitmire 2 months ago
This may come off as a rookie question, so apologies for some novice curiosity but I am about to shoot some 100' rolls of Vision3 50D 16mm film - and I want to be sure that I expose the film correctly
Re: Exposing for Shooting 16mm Daylight Spools?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Oh I will completely defer and concede to my more experienced and much older colleague Rick (hey, I hit 54 in a week so it's harder and hard to find older colleagues now... so I have to take 'em where
Canon C100 500hz audio hum
by Brad Allgood 2 months ago
Hi internet - Here's the deal. I have a Canon C100 with the latest firmware, but have been having audio issues with the camera. There is a fairly regular 500 hz hum in the camera audio. What can cause
Re: Canon C100 500hz audio hum
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Sadly, that means nothing to me. You might ask over in the Audio Pros forum where they have more knowledge in that realm, and there's much more traffic than in this one as well (sadly we get almost no
A milestone, of sorts....
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
I just wanted to take a sec to share a little good news with my friends in the B&M forum. Hopefully I will sound at least a little bit humble and grateful, and not braggadocios, as that is what I trul
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Re: A milestone, of sorts....
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
NICE Mark! Strangely enough, I haven't used my "one HMI" setup in a very long time... until yesterday when it was the right thing in my bag-o-tricks for a setup that sounds awfully similar to yours...
Canon C300 mkII what increment to use with 180 angle shutter?
by sara jones 2 months ago
Hello all, I would appreciate advice. I filmed with my C300 mkII (first time ever), and set shutter to 180 angle. I was on fieldwork without access to any internet etc and took a (foolish) wild guess
Re: Canon C300 mkII what increment to use with 180 angle shutter?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I'm not sure what the problem with your footage might be (hard to guess without seeing it), but I don't think you did anything wrong. The "shutter increment" which you say was set at 1 4 doesn't have
Thought everyone would enjoy this email exchange I had.
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
Thought you'd enjoy this email exchange between an counseler and myself. She advertised on videographies.com looking for someone to shoot and edit a half hour course for her. Here's the enchange afte
Re: Thought everyone would enjoy this email exchange I had.
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Greg Ball "I don't understand the anger and rudeness from a professional anger counseler. That,s just asinine." It's really pretty simple.... T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative
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Need small magazine examples from Canon Cameras for workflow application
by Gunleik Groven 2 months ago
Hi We're developing an ingest logging production-management tool (Qi) that is partly based on recognizing and treating different cameras by individual rules (say you want all C300 material automatical
Re: Need small magazine examples from Canon Cameras for workflow application
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Hi Gunleik... maybe you could list the particular cameras you need to add to your list For example, I pretty much shoot only with the C300, and I'm guessing you already have that one so I wouldn't be
Need to buy new camera
by Johnny Laty 2 months ago
I have a canon xlh1 but the firewire port is broken. I am also looking to record on sd. I'm shooting a movie out in the mountains this summer and I was thinking selling my camera and buying a differen
Re: Need to buy new camera
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
You've got three things going on that affect your exposure, that all work in concert: The ND ring on the lens, the aperture of the lens, and the sensitivity of the chip (the gain). Johnny Laty "When t
Chroma-key Lights
by Jack Steiner 3 months ago
Hey members, I am preparing myself to open a chroma-key studio (green-key + infiniti white) on a surface of 400 square meters. The purpose is pure for rental of the studios. I'd like to get an idea of
Re: Chroma-key Lights
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
I will completely and totally defer to Dennis here... good advice from him. My milieu is much more single-camera cine-style DP work... Dennis is a thousand times more the king of the studio-type envir
Wildlife photography tips
by Adam Belle 3 months ago
I m going to Longleat zoo and am looking to rent a telephoto lense for close up of the animals. This is the lense im renting - a canon 100-400 f4.5, I currently have a 5d mk2. Is it also worth renting
Re: Wildlife photography tips
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Adam Belle " Is it also worth renting a 7D for the crop sensor and that little bit extra zoom " No, it's not, because it doesn't really get you anything. For example, a 200mm lens is a 200mm lens no
parfocal incompatible with autofocus?
by Bob Cole 3 months ago
I've been holding off buying a 4k camera, even though there are several great models, because of the cost of a good zoom lens. I thought I'd found the ideal solution: Sony's18-110mm e-mount for the FS
Re: parfocal incompatible with autofocus?
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Gary Huff "Unfortunately, that defies the laws of physics." Obviously... hence my leprechaun analogy. Or Unicorn. The Canon f 4 is probably a decent trade-off... but a lot slower than I'd like. The C
Clamp for Floresent softboxes to have 2 on a stand
by Ben Edwards 3 months ago
Hi. We use photo 'bulbs' (the curly ones) with soft boxes to light a greenscreen. currently we have 2 on stands (one each side). What we cant to do is have 2 softboxes on either atand (they are verry
Re: Clamp for Floresent softboxes to have 2 on a stand
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Personally I'd probably just grind that quarter-inch stud off. Fix their wagons from the get-go. :) T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment,
Looking to change my Lilliput 650s for Fresnels
by Ben Edwards 3 months ago
I have a kit of 3 Ianiro Lilliput 650w open faced lanterns which have served me well but would like to change them for Fresnels so I get more control. Was wondering if I should go for something like t
Re: Looking to change my Lilliput 650s for Fresnels
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Will give that some thought, John... I sure do like the idea of them... The thing is, our lighting needs have changed so much over just the past few years, with cameras so much faster now (so much of
Premiere Issues after a big upgrade
by Todd Terry 7 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 7 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
Phantom Power Supply
by Todd Terry 10 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 10 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 11 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 10 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
Lav mic recommendations
by Todd Terry 1 year 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 12 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 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
Cropping and feathering an EFFECT on an Adjustment Layer in Premiere Pro
by Steven Miori 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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
Why is NBC requesting Betacam format from me? I'm all digital.
by Jeff Baker 5 years ago
Please send a beta video of Jane Lynch speaking at commencement along with any other picturesque commencement shots to ... What I shoot avchd in 16x9 and do not have a beta machine. I don't think ther
Re: Why is NBC requesting Betacam format from me? I'm all digital.
by Todd Terry 5 years ago
Ann Clark "What are you getting at, Terry " Huh I'm not "getting at" anything, or trying to stir the pot... just observing that maybe there are regional differences, since virtually all the broadcast
This also changes everything!!!
by Steve Connor 5 years ago
http: johnbrawley.wordpress.com 2012 04 17 blackmagic-cinema-camera-lets-take-it-from-the-top Steve Connor "FCPX Professional" Adrenalin Television
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Re: This also changes everything!!!
by Todd Terry 5 years ago
It's kinda neat... but you think Blackmagic would have learned a lesson or two from all the people screaming about their Canon DSLRs and what those won't do... I think there are a few things keeping i
How are videographers dealing with copyright restrictions?
by Sebastian Alvarez 5 years ago
From reading about copyright restrictions in this and other forums it seems that videographers are banned from doing lots of live events or risk losing their business to a lawsuit at some point. For w
Re: How are videographers dealing with copyright restrictions?
by Todd Terry 5 years ago
I'm very late to the party here Sebastian and I'm sorry for this very late post... but I just saw this (I don't come in to this particular COW forum too often). You are absolutely correct. You CANNOT
Question for Jan, re Panasonic monitors
by Todd Terry 5 years ago
Sorry to highjack this forum with a question NOT about any of the specific cameras in this list... but I had a Panasonic monitor question and was hoping Jan might be able to answer since she hosts and
Re: Question for Jan, re Panasonic monitors
by Todd Terry 5 years ago
Jan Crittenden Livingston " It has been replaced by the BT-LH910. Hope that helps," Well, it helps knowing the info, but doesn't help me in practicality...ha. Arrrgh... the BT-LH910 is much too big t
Cool zoom effect??
by Marko Rodic 5 years ago
Could any tell explain to me how this effect is created at: 1.33s http: www.youtube.com watch v=SOuvgPbRV3w or 0.28s http: www.youtube.com watch v=zTIeKTpECP8&feature=plcp&context=C30298f6UDOEgsToPDsk
Re: Cool zoom effect??
by Todd Terry 5 years ago
Should be relatively simple... in the first one, it's not a continuous zoom. The three "degrees" of the zoom... the closeup, the medium shot, and the wide... are actually three different shots taken f
FCP edit effect
by Michael Lavis 6 years ago
I am editing a video of a couple dancing and i have put a shot of some extremely blurred out of focus lights over the top and dropped the opacity to 15% to give the film a unique effect but in doing t
Re: FCP edit effect
by Todd Terry 6 years ago
I'm not a FP user (we all use Premiere currently in CS3 and CS4 suites), so I can't speak to whatever filters and such are available in FP... But I can easily tell you the "poor man's" way of dropping
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