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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.
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October 6th 2006
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Huntsville, Alabama
Premiere Issues after a big upgrade
by Todd Terry 3 days 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 days ago
Hi Vince... Thanks for the observations. I'll reiterate that I am not a computer guy in even the slightest sense, but I can say what I know in re your questions and comments. They definitely did not r
Bolex H16
by David Mathis 4 days ago
I purchased a used H16 a couple of months ago. Is there anyway I can get a motor installed on the camera for longer takes Was wondering if this possible and a rough estimate in cost. I am near the Dal
Re: Bolex H16
by Todd Terry 3 days ago
There are definitely motors for the H16. I was curious enough to look to see if any were still around, there's one on eBay right now for 40 bucks. I'm not sure if there were ever any crystal motors fo
Vertical Video: Just say No!
by Ned Miller 1 week ago
ADMIN NOTE: This thread began in Creative COW's Business & Marketing forum, but since this topic also cuts across shooting, editing, and distribution, we thought it'd be fun to open the discussion up
Re: Vertical Video: LOVING IT
by Todd Terry 6 days ago
I'm for vertical video when appropriate... but I just think it all depends on the needed end result. 99% of what I produce winds up on broadcast television... a horizontal format. Most of the rest is
Digital signage? Anyone with expertise?
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Anyone in here have any experience with digital signage ... or experience with vendors for digital signage Tiny bit of backstory... my better half has created all of the graphic design and marketing m
Re: Digital signage? Anyone with expertise?
by Todd Terry 6 days ago
Curious as to why a brand-new COW member would respond to a dead two-year-old thread by simply posting nothing but a paragraph copied directly from Mads' earlier post At any rate this issue was long s
Illumina S35 Lenses - BEWARE!
by Adam Howden 5 years ago
This is an important review of the Illumina S35 lenses, please pass it on the community needs to know. https: vimeo.com 36791058 This is a test of a set of Illumina S35s that I purchased early this ye
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Adam Howden liked this 4 years ago
Re: Illumina S35 Lenses - BEWARE!
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
... this is a response to a 4+ year old post complaint. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Video for cars
by Fahad Minhaj 4 weeks ago
Hello People, I am about to approach bunch of car dealerships around me in regards to shoot a video of their inventory on the lot. Those videos will be used on the car dealerships website, so instead
Re: Video for cars
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Fahad Minhaj " I will be giving the dealership will be super competitive like $200 car" Not to further rain on your parade, but I do want you to have things in perspective since you seem dead set on
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YouTube and music rights
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
I just thought this was interesting, thought I'd share it... Probably like a lot of people here, we use YouTube. For example, all of the embedded portfolio videos on our own website are actually hoste
Re: YouTube and music rights
by Bill Davis 1 week ago
EVERYTHING about digital content on the web is all about the metadata now. Their tag was embedded in your video via the music use inside your digital file That auto-triggered the web-bots employed to
Need lighting advice
by Raf Zimon 2 weeks ago
Hi, I am trying to set up a studio and I really need some lighting advice. Basically I have 2 LED daylight lights (with tungsten filters) and fluorescent ceiling light at (I think) 3000k. When I white
Re: Need lighting advice
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Sounds like your flos are just way too warm, so that even when you tungsten balance for your LEDs it's still not enough and the flos still have a color temp that is noticeably lower than your now-filt
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Standards chaos -- just for a laugh
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Just thought I'd share something for a Thanksgiving week laugh.... I would normally never take a picture of my TV, but something happened a couple of nights ago that had me scrambling to whip out my p
Re: Standards chaos -- just for a laugh
by Bill Davis 1 week ago
I know how we can save a BUNCH of money at our TV station... Lets replace all those expensive engineers with kids who'll work really cheap! ; ) Creator of XinTwo - http: www.xintwo.com The shortest pa
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Client upset he can't view raw files of long conference shoot
by Ned Miller 2 weeks ago
Got a hot mess. Client called and is PO d he can t view the raw footage. I ve had this situation a few times before. What would you do, have said, or charge Here s the backstory: Over the years I shot
Re: Client upset he can't view raw files of long conference shoot
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
No sweat, that's the burden of having two first names so I'm used to it (and never tell anyone, especially a couple of COW continuous offenders, how much i actually hate being called by my last name).
Project (and drive) management suggestions.
by Stephen Pickering 2 weeks ago
Hi there, We're a small 2 person team but have a handful of clients (who we often retain footage for as we are working on projects several times a year for) as well as several one-off clients. Right n
Re: Project (and drive) management suggestions.
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
I guess Bob has some points, but upon revisiting the original post... I didn't notice one single time that Stephen complained about having to do the work to do proper backups, whined about the cost of
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Who owns the footage??
by Wade Pringle 4 weeks ago
Hi there I own my own small media company and I really am looking for some answers on copyright issues. My situation is this: I am asked to film and edit a client's video for there client so I am subc
Re: Who owns the footage??
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Mike Smith "I take the contrary view." Depends on where you are, Mike. I'm sensing you are not in the USA, maybe UK (based on your Brit spellings of "odour" and "organise " rather than the way we spe
Matte-box recommendations for smaller HD/4K cameras....
by Tom Laughlin 4 weeks ago
Hello DPs, so I wanted to ask you if you have any suggestions for a matte-box for smaller-sized cameras, like the Sony EX-1 EX3 cameras, or DVX-200, Sony FS700 FS5 FS7, and maybe for DSLR's On a tight
Re: Matte-box recommendations for smaller HD/4K cameras....
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Gotcha. I still think your size is way huge. Your 10' radius for a full half circle means track or slider with end points 20 feet from each other.... not many kitchens or offices will accommodate that
No more Cool Lights Fresnel 650's. Alternative?
by Rick Wise 4 weeks ago
Cool Lights (Richard) has informed me he will no longer carry the 650 tungsten Fresnel. I require my online lighting students to have one of these to learn about that multiple advantages of using Fres
Re: No more Cool Lights Fresnel 650's. Alternative?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
Hey Rick... Richard may not be selling his Arri knock-off fresnels anymore, but they are still plentiful. I just did a quick search using the terms "650 Fresnel" on both Amazon and eBay and got tons o
Which hmi light?
by Mike Thomas 1 month ago
I'm going to buy at least one hmi, probably a par, to use on future feature film projects. I've not worked with them before and have it narrowed down to a 575 or 1200. I realize this is a general ques
Re: Which hmi light?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Well it all depends on what you're doing, what you're shooting, what the conditions are, all that jazz... as you know. But as a general rule, I'd say that personally I find a 1200 to be the most usefu
Egg Crate light diffuser flammable?
by Ann Kavanagh 1 month ago
Hi, I am using the white egg crate light diffuser for my turtle tank. Question...can i put a heat lamp directly on the diffuser...its a dome shaped lamp and should face down into the tank. If the bulb
Re: Egg Crate light diffuser flammable?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Hi Ann... I hate to be one of those "I don't know the answer but I'll chime in anyway" guys, but I will because you probably need a heads-up here... This is a lighting design forum, but it's pretty mu
Extra-wide cheese plate, to mount 2 cams side-by-side?
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
I have a pair of full-size Panasonic P2 ENG cameras on standard Panasonic Sony style Quick-release plates, and I want to be able to mount them tightly spaced, side-by-side, onto a single tripod head,
Re: Extra-wide cheese plate, to mount 2 cams side-by-side?
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Hey Mark... Whenever I've needed something like that, I've just made them myself out of aluminum stock. Aircraft Spruce (aircraftspruce.com) is a good source (and cheap) for stock material of whatever
Tips for a SLOOOOOOOW jib move?
by Tom Galli 6 months ago
Aloha all! I need to simulate a subjective point of view of a person sinking in quicksand. I've got a CobraCrane 1 jib for the job, but I need a way to ensure a constant-yet-slow movement for the enti
Re: Tips for a SLOOOOOOOW jib move?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Tom Galli "How would one go about doing as you describe " Hmmm... well maybe you can't. I've looked and I no longer see a method to upload videos for COW hosting. In the past, in the row of icons abo
Odd raw footage -- liney with motion.
by Anastasia Antonova 2 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: Odd raw footage -- liney with motion.
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
In this case Premiere is doing a good job of showing you what the footage would look like on a broadcast monitor, ergo you do not see those scan lines when it is within Premiere like you see when view
Weird liney raw footage with motion?
by Anastasia Antonova 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 8 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 6 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. 6 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 6 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
Off-Topic, but… (about remote interviewing, via Net)
by Ralph Chaney 7 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 7 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 8 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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
Question About Crop Factor Differences
by enrique bartolo 8 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 8 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 5 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 8 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
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 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
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