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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
Non-webcam as webcam
by Todd Terry 3 days ago
So totally off forum topic, and I should probably ask this on the Web Streaming forum (and I still might) but there seems to be little to no activity over there, though I'd thought I'd ask in here fir
Re: Non-webcam as webcam
by Todd Terry 1 day ago
Thanks Craig... yeah I think the Blackmagic and Magewell ($300) gadgets were the first things I looked at... I was hoping I could find a solution for a fairly small fraction of that price. I don't min
HD Video camera as webcam
by clyde villegas 1 day 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 1 day 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
Stay away from the service called HIGHTAIL.
by Ned Miller 4 days ago
There was a great company called Yousendit but it was bought out and became Hightail. Although they claim it's the same people, my experience is that it got run into the ground, so I am going back to
Re: Stay away from the service called HIGHTAIL.
by Todd Terry 4 days ago
Just to show another point of view, and different strokes for different strokes... A lot of our clients seem to like Dropbox. I personally, however, loathe Dropbox. For a variety of reasons I won't go
Capturing a Bullet
by Roy Schneider 4 days ago
Hi All: Any advice on renting a high speed camera that can capture a bullet leaving the barrel of a gun, and a bullet impacting a target Thanks! Roy Schneider Long Live the Cow Roy Schneider Executive
Re: Capturing a Bullet
by Todd Terry 4 days ago
Probably the one you'll most likely find available (rental houses, etc.) would be one of the Vision Research Phantom cameras. I think they are pretty much the go-to high-speed cameras these days (in f
Video on Demand.... how to?
by Todd Terry 2 weeks ago
Hello Cow friends: There are likely more appropriate forums on the COW for this question, but I thought I'd ask my friends in here first.... I've always heard that you should never go into business wi
Re: Video on Demand.... how to?
by Todd Terry 4 days ago
They do indeed, Rich... that was actually one of the first ones I looked it. It looks pretty good, my only real bone of contention with them is that they are "revenue split" only... I'd personally pre
LitePanels Astra
by Todd Terry 4 weeks 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 days ago
Just an update in case anyone is interested.... We did pull trigger on getting these, although in sort of a soft way... to test the waters I went ahead and bought just one LitePanels Astra for now. I
The COW bringing worlds together
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
Just a quick note with an example of what a resource the CreativeCOW is, and can be, for us. My little southern US company was hired by a local client of ours for a jaunt abroad last week for a few-da
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Re: The COW bringing worlds together
by Tom Sefton 1 week ago
Thanks Todd, It was a great experience from the start - pleased to hear you and Phil are happy and that we could ease your worries and provide footage for you that could match your excellent work. I h
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Eeeesh...Another gizmo to learn.
by Ned Miller 2 weeks ago
So...I have a client of many years who habitually runs for office and when he's not in a campaign he is an activist for many political causes. His wife considers everything he does as newsworthy and i
Re: Eeeesh...Another gizmo to learn.
by Todd Terry 1 week ago
I think Mark and Ned are indeed looking at things from two sides of the fence, and I can completely grasp both arguments. I myself radically fear change but have learned through the years that is a ho
Canon C300 - Anyone recommend a Film/Cinema look profile that i can use for project.
by Gordon Henry 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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
Is using more than one lens for video/film okay?
by enrique bartolo 1 month ago
Hello everyone, I'm posting this topic to see what you guys think of using more than one lens for an individual project. What I want to do is use two lenses with a Black Magic Pocket that both serve d
Re: Is using more than one lens for video/film okay?
by Todd Terry 4 weeks ago
I think that clip exactly proves my point, that zoom in Jeremiah Johnson just screams "1972!!"... which was exactly when that movie was made. So many early 70s movies are chock full of zooms... you ca
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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 1 month 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
Shooting through windshields - An OBVIOUS tip...
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Now and then I'll try something that I should have been doing for years and then feel dumb that I haven't been doing all along... and had an instance like that a couple of weeks ago so I thought I'd p
White Skin not at 70-75 IRE but looks fine
by Bryce Moose 1 month ago
I'm a bit confused so please go easy on me. I have always learned from college etc that white skin tone should be at 70-75 IRE and if it's not the image is underexposed and looks bad. Recently I start
Re: White Skin not at 70-75 IRE but looks fine
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Rick Wise "But the question brings up, what is "good" exposure ... It all depends on the story you are telling and the style you are using." Rick beat me to the punch on this one... you might strive
Tips for using green screen paint to create a small prop
by Miki Trimble 1 month ago
Hi, This is my first post, so I hope it's in this is an appropriate section for it! I'm directing a sci-fi short film, and in it, one of the characters is going to be holding an a4 size piece of glass
Re: Tips for using green screen paint to create a small prop
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
Well, a few thoughts... Firstly, ask your friend who is doing the post for input. That should be step number one. After that, a few things to think about... If you want to paint a rectangle on the gla
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Shot Recreation, Once Upon a Time in the West
by Thomas Allen 2 months ago
I'm attempting to recreate this shot from Once Upon a Time in the West (in terms of composition): This appears to be a wide angle lens. Deep focus also appears to be in play. I'm shooting on a Canon 6
Re: Shot Recreation, Once Upon a Time in the West
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Gary Huff "Actually, it depends on your sensor size." I'll respectfully disagree that, while that is a factor, it is a minor one compared to the quality of the glass... at least that is my personal o
Would this work to diffuse my Joker Bugs?
by Mark Suszko 2 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 2 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 4 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 2 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.
best gaffers tape
by Craig Alan 3 months ago
what do you recommend. Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III 70D, Panasonic AG-HPX170 AG-HPX250P, Canon HV40, Sony Z7U VX2000 PD170; FCP 6 certified; FCP X write professionally for a var
Re: best gaffers tape
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Yes, Shurtape is definitely the "industry standard" and is what we have always used... EXCEPT recently, when we needed several rolls in different colors for a certain project, and we bought another br
C100 tech shooting question: ND filters & ISO
by Joseph Livesey 3 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 3 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
Best HDV compression for upload to vimeo
by ted blanketship 4 months ago
I'm using an HDR-FX1 in HDV. My shutter was at 60. Cineframe off. The video is about 40 min of a conference shot for promotion. What format should I use to export the 1440x1080 to 720p for upload to v
Re: Best HDV compression for upload to vimeo
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Jeff Pulera "I work with Adobe Media Encoder and for H.264 exports, it offers presets for both Vimeo and YouTube, 1080p or 720p" The Adobe presets for Vimeo and YouTube are outstanding, probably bett
Canon C100 MK2 anamorphic lens recomendation?
by danny young 4 months ago
Hey chaps! I have a C100 MK2 and L series EF 24 - 105mm lens. Recently, I have been reading and watching tutorials on the benefits and pitfalls of using Anamorphic lenses adaptors. There is an issue t
Re: Canon C100 MK2 anamorphic lens recomendation?
by Todd Terry 4 months ago
Sorry Danny... I really don't have any further useful advice. As I said, I personally avoid anamporphics at almost any cost, and haven't had need to touch any in a very very long time. For me personal
Video: DIY Background Roller
by Todd Terry 2 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 10 months 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 12 months 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 1 year 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
Need advice on an entertainment lawyer for documentary.
by Stephen Pickering 1 year ago
Hi everyone, I have documentary idea I'd like to follow through with, and I've been surprised at the interest there has been from people wanting to help fund it. I've put together an idea of the fundi
Re: Need advice on an entertainment lawyer for documentary.
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
You might have to cast a bit of a wider net... I'd be a little surprised if you found a "real" entertainment lawyer in Wisconsin, or at least one that really knows about and specializes in the film in
Color-blind Documentary research: 3-minute survey
by Robb Jacobson 1 year ago
We are in production for a film about colorblindness. If you're color-blind, you probably don't mind it very much. Most people aren't affected by their color-blindness. This is a film about those whos
Re: Color-blind Documentary research: 3-minute survey
by Todd Terry 1 year ago
Dead link, file doesn't exist. T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
Film out to 35mm tests.
by Fred van Stry 2 years ago
Hi, I hope Im posting this in the right forum section. I've been trying to look up any tests of digital footage being transferred onto film online. The only things I could check were movies like Dance
Re: Film out to 35mm tests.
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
I don't know of any specific samples to find online... but I recall seeing a samples on the websites of the few labs that did that years ago. Whatever lab you are planning to use surely has samples th
Lawyer Concerns
by Aaron Cadieux 2 years ago
Hello, I am working with a lawyer who is reviewing a documentary film I produced and directed. We need him to give us the green light on the film in order to obtain errors and omissions insurance. Thi
Re: Lawyer Concerns
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
As Mark said... The architectural design of a work may be copyrighted. That doesn't apply to the physical property itself, nor does it eventually become in the "public domain." It's not just the Empir
Documentary - a doubt about filmmaking and direction
by Francesca Piccolo 2 years ago
Hi all, I'm new to this community. I've read some threads and I think you can help me. Here is my doubt. I'm a journalist. I've found an amazing story 2 years ago and I knew that it needed to be told
Re: Documentary - a doubt about filmmaking and direction
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
I'd say perfectly acceptable credits that would fit the bill and be accurate would be any of these A Francesca Piccolo production A Francesca Piccolo and Xxxxxx Xxxxxxx film ...or... A Francesca Picco
Still Images - Minimal Interference
by Chris Chalklen 2 years ago
Hey people! I'm trying to come up with some clever idea around presenting still images in a feature documentary other than the typical Ken Burns and Parallax effects. The images are very iconic and as
Re: Still Images - Minimal Interference
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
I'm late to the party, but just now saw this. You might find some inspiration in methods to use photos by watching most any episode of "Dateline" on NBC. Sometimes they have only a few photos and need
Video: Honda Commercial
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Honda Commercial Broadcast commercial for North Alabama Honda Dealers Association watch commercial
Recorded to tape, but won't upload.
by Brian Plows 2 years ago
I have some irreplaceable footage that I have recorded but I am having issues with the tape. During play back towards the end of the tape is where the issue starts. The screen goes blue and it will on
Re: Recorded to tape, but won't upload.
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Wow, an actual HDV question. I'm not sure I even knew this forum even still existed... and didn't remember being a host in here, either. Misaligned heads can indeed be a problem, and what you describe
DV vs HDV for web use
by Rob Gutermuth 2 years ago
if my final output will be 720x405, can I shoot this with my XL1s and have the same results as shooting this with something like my HV40 (both Canon) in HDV mode at 60i 1080 - in other words... will a
Re: DV vs HDV for web use
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
Tim Fagan "you can always transcode to progressive if your source files are interlaced." Yes but they will always have that interlaced-look "banding" during any on-screen motion. Transcoding to progr


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