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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
the "sad" state of our industry
by Bob Zelin 2 weeks ago
I guess this is for old timers. Today, with free editing software, quality cameras built into our CEL phones and iPads, free streaming software, free color grading software, free data transmission sof
Re: the "sad" state of our industry
by Todd Terry 2 days ago
ryan early "It always amazes me when people who spend a lot of money branding their businesses... then have a video online representing their business that looks completely unprofessional. " And amon
Customer Service
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
We're all so used to complaining about bad customer service... it's nice to be able to mention the opposite on occasion. I had purchased two little 64 gig microSD cards from B&H Photo. I don't use the
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Re: Customer Service
by Mark Suszko 1 week ago
I've kept this little card on my desk near the phone since the 80's: "Facts about Customer Service" It costs 6 times more to attract a new customer than it does to keep an existing one. A typical diss
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Needing to convert Betamax tapes to digital...any ideas?
by Al Bergstein 2 weeks ago
Apparently Southtree does NOT convert Beta anymore. Are there some reputable companies doing it Al
Re: Needing to convert Betamax tapes to digital...any ideas?
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
We still have two UmaticSP decks in the racks (haven't been even turned on in years... for that matter neither have the Betacam decks)... I don't think they're even cabled in, but not a big deal (prob
C300 : Converting in-camera overcranked footage back to real time.
by Dejha Ti 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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
Public Television Screening Agreement with NETA
by Marc Kornblatt 1 month ago
I'm looking for advice about signing an agreement with the National Educational Television Association (NETA), which has expressed interest in distributing my new documentary to public television stat
Re: Public Television Screening Agreement with NETA
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Ummm.... can you explain to me what you would get out of this From what I take away from the original post it's a distribution deal that pays you nothing, actually costs you money, and considerable ti
My Youtube footage used without permission
by John Smith 1 month ago
Hi all, Wanted to get some thoughts about this situation: I have some footage on Youtube I shot and edited - more than 2 minutes. I have all of the raw footage and can probably find my FCP timeline of
Re: My Youtube footage used without permission
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Well, as Mike said you probably will have some luck with YouTube removing the existing trailer... but, as you noted this really does you no good, because obviously the footage has already been ripped.
Old film/agency parody video
by Chuck Johnson 1 month ago
Does anyone remember a very funny video from the late 90's or early 2000's that showed a film shoot where everyone on the set told the "truth" about others they were working with for Regards, Chuck Jo
Re: Old film/agency parody video
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I had completely forgotten that Colin Mochrie was in that. Always loved him. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.c
Hello everyone I am new here...
by Clifford Smith 1 month ago
Hello everyone. As is customary in other forums I belong to, I just want to say hello and introduce myself. I have a small chain of Sign Shops. My company, Kranken Signs Vehicle Wraps specializes in v
Re: Hello everyone I am new here...
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Well that reply seems awfully fishy.... T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Phantom Power Supply
by Todd Terry 1 month 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 1 month 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 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 1 month 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
Mad Max Fury Road Frame Rate Manipulation
by Jon Shank 2 months ago
So the film often has a sped up choppy look which is said to have been done using dropped frames. "Something like 50 or 60 percent of the film is not running at 24 frames a second, which is the tradit
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Re: Mad Max Fury Road Frame Rate Manipulation
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
I'm saving that video myself... I'd hesitate to count the number of times through the years I've tried to explain to someone how shutter speed is different than frame rate, what the emulation of a 180
Question about exposure settings
by Duke Sweden 2 months ago
I'm just an amateur and I don't have a fancy lighting studio or outdoor equipment but the answer to my question might help others. OK, when shooting a scene that will end up dark and moody, should one
Re: Question about exposure settings
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Richard Herd "For me, I like to work in whole f stops..." Very curious, Richard... why do you prefer this For me personally, one of the beauties of using cine lenses is the fact that the aperture rin
How to avoid flickering lighting?
by Sam Baker 2 months ago
This piece of footage was shot on a Canon 600D in a room with two soft box lights and the window blacked out: https: www.dropbox.com s 5qfoapsm28k6mjw Lighting.mp4 dl=0 There are points where the ligh
Re: How to avoid flickering lighting?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Why would you want to use specialty vintage-style bulbs If you want to try tungsten bulbs, just use regular ol' bulbs from the hardware store. They'll give much more uniform light, probably a slightly
DJI Camera Filter Specs
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Does anyone here have or use DJI's Zenmuse X5 camera ... either on an drone or stabilizer I have an Osmo stabilizer on order from DJI, with the X5 camera and stock DJI MFT 15mm f 1.7 ASPH lens. I woul
Re: DJI Camera Filter Specs
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
For what it's worth I finally did just get this from a DJI tech guy, fortunately a US-based one... All of the following approved lenses for the Zenmuse X5 take standard 46mm filters. DJI MFT 15mm f 1.
Use XF300 as Skype Camera
by Christopher Hill 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 6 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 3 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
Best Green Screen Fabric Options
by Ken S. 4 months ago
I am wondering if any of you have used this green screen fabric and what do you think of it. I am doing a setup in a small studio with a low 9 foot ceiling and need something that is least reflective
Re: Best Green Screen Fabric Options
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
I'm not sure if the extra expense of that fabric will solve the issues that you have, you might be fine with what you've got. The "nappy" surface of that fabric does make for good greenscreening... be
School Mascot Illustration
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Create "Jaguar" and "Wildcat" school mascot illustrations for a high school and middle school. Appropriate for all school uses (sports teams, signage, tee shirts, etc.). Create finished vector files u
Off-Topic, but… (about remote interviewing, via Net)
by Ralph Chaney 5 months ago
Sorry for the off-topic, but I really value the combined experience and talent of the group here. I need to interview a number of people around the country and do it remotely, me in Calif. and others
Re: Off-Topic, but… (about remote interviewing, via Net)
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
I would take all of Mark's very good advice to heart. But I would also be very very wary having the interviewees do absolutely anything on the technical side of things other than the very very bare mi
LitePanels Astra
by Todd Terry 6 months ago
When we started moving to LED instruments a couple years ago (or was it more ...hard to remember), it was pretty much a wildly new and different thing. So... we just sort of tested the waters by buyin
Re: LitePanels Astra
by Todd Terry 5 months ago
Hey Bob.... I probably didn't "process the choices" very well or do exhaustive research. After a while I just decided it was time to stop thinking it to death and just pull trigger and buy one... thin
HD Video camera as webcam
by clyde villegas 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 ____________________________
Lighting Equipment- A good problem
by Keith Hochreiter 6 months ago
I have been told that I am able to purchase lighting equipment for a new video broadcast studio in the high school in which I work. I am new to this and I need help. Are there basics that I need As in
Re: Lighting Equipment- A good problem
by Todd Terry 6 months ago
Very good, maybe you will get a better idea of what you are facing when you get to a practical setting and see all of the goings-on. The church might be helpful, but I'd expect the TV station trip to
Seamless vs Muslin for ChromaKey
by Alexander Perlman 6 months ago
Our company has a white cycwall with Altman Spectra Cyc lights pointing at it from a grid. They been setting the lights to chroma green for green screen shoots but the keys look terrible for a number
Re: Seamless vs Muslin for ChromaKey
by Todd Terry 6 months ago
Yeah, you'll get better results from a real greenscreen rather than trying to paint a white cyc with green light, that's for sure. It sort of depends on your usage and how often you need it. If this i
Question About Crop Factor Differences
by enrique bartolo 6 months ago
Okay so its like this, lets say I have a Micro Four Thirds prime lens with a focal length of 35mm, but I only have a Black Magic Pocket and a Sony a7. Now lets also assume the lens mounts into the Poc
Re: Question About Crop Factor Differences
by Todd Terry 6 months ago
Ehh... I think you're thinking of things in a little bit of a wacky way, or at least a way that I've never quite heard anyone put it. A couple of things... enrique bartolo "is there any changes in qua
Merge Canon MXF files
by Teresa Bush 4 years ago
Anyone used Canon XF Utility 1.2 on Mac or Windows Or how would you merge the MXF files Canon XF camcorders have 2GB limit for MXF video. While make a long recording, the clip is save in multiple file
Re: Merge Canon MXF files
by Todd Terry 6 months ago
I should have added, that it sounds like your company is needing something but doesn't have the hardware software needed to do it (or the personnel that knows how, by your own admission). If you want
Would this work to diffuse my Joker Bugs?
by Mark Suszko 7 months ago
Got a shot coming up, two-person interview here: You're looking West in mid-afternoon, shoot is in the morning. I've got two Joker Bug 400 HMI's to light this with, plus what is in my Lowel kits. Gell
Re: Would this work to diffuse my Joker Bugs?
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
Happy to buy you some and overnight it to you if you need it... because that's just the kind of guy I am. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertain
No External Audio Recognized - Canon XA25
by Lindsay Simpson 9 months ago
Howdy, I've been working with a Canon XA25 regularly for the past couple of years. An attempted shoot today was canceled because the camera is no longer recognizing the external audio inputs. The buil
Re: No External Audio Recognized - Canon XA25
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
Well hopefully the original poster solved the problem a couple of months ago. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.
C100 tech shooting question: ND filters & ISO
by Joseph Livesey 8 months ago
I have a question, which is perhaps a bit stupid, but one I still don't get: I understand the following increase and reduce exposure in different directions--ND filters, ISO, opening closing the apert
Re: C100 tech shooting question: ND filters & ISO
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
Exposing with a gray card is ok... if you are shooting a movie about gray cards. But in real life the exposures, in various places and orientations and lighting situations, just aren't going to be the
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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 2 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 1 week 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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