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Tucker Lucas

Hello, my name is Tucker Lucas, and I’ve been working professionally in video and film production in the upper midwest for ten years. I have experience in film, television, advertising and archival production, and would love to offer my services fo... [more]
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July 22nd 2008
47 Posts
Audio Workflow in FCPX
by Tucker Lucas 6 years ago
Hey so I was just wondering if people would be willing to share their own workflow when handling audio in FCPX. Audio editing is currently my weakest point when it comes to post production and I'm try
Re: Audio Workflow in FCPX
by Darren Roark 6 years ago
I use the 'auto' audio enhancements for that to try and get a decent automatic zero state for everything. (You need to have analyze on when you import or do it after) Then I can use the timeline index
What I feel is killing production companies.
by Mark Whitmore 6 years ago
Sorry if I sound like I'm venting, ok maybe a little bit... As I'm sure all of the people in the video production business knows it's feast or famine and it seems lately there is a lot more famine the
Re: What I feel is killing production companies.
by Todd Terry 6 years ago
Mads made some great points. I think a couple of the tricks to being successful in the production business are to 1) find an underserved or niche market, and 2) be hands-down better than anyone else.
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Tucker Lucas liked this 6 years ago
Vidaao - Shop from hundreds of videographers, animators & production companies at one time!
by John Cuevas 6 years ago
What's the thought about companies production like this Is this what the future of our industry will look like, or is it just a fancy mandy.com Who is Vidaao We are changing the way companies purchase
Re: Vidaao - Shop from hundreds of videographers, animators & production companies at one time!
by Mark Suszko 6 years ago
Off the bat, I'm not a bank: I could not afford to front all the expenses of a production and get paid after a final approval, while my money sits in an escrow account. I have crew costs to pay, gear
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Tucker Lucas liked this 6 years ago
Motion display looks too dark
by Tucker Lucas 6 years ago
Having an issue with Motion 4. The viewer is showing my image a lot darker than it actually is. When I do an export, colors and everything look correct with my video. The display itself within Motion
Re: Motion display looks too dark
by peter crawford 6 years ago
Hey, did you find an answer to this paxpincer
Two computer work flow
by Tucker Lucas 6 years ago
Hey I'm looking for ideas for best utilizing two separate computers in a post-production workflow. Last summer I was gifted a Macbook Pro, and then purchased an iMac at the beginning of this year. The
Re: Two computer work flow
by Tucker Lucas 6 years ago
Bob, has anyone ever told you that you look like Mitt Romney in your profile icon lawlz. Thanks for your response btw. Tucker Lucas Editor Sundog Interactive tucker.lucas@sundoginteractive.com
Importing P2 footage as ProRes in FCPX
by Tucker Lucas 6 years ago
Hey there, When I import P2 720p footage into FCPX, with import optimized media checked, it's importing as DVCPRO. Isn't there a setting to have it transcode to ProRes on the import, or will it always
Re: Importing P2 footage as ProRes in FCPX
by Dave Gage 6 years ago
Bret Williams "When things start to bog, I often look at the available RAM with a little widget I have. Usually notice it has dropped to next to nothing. Even on a 32 gig system. I've noticed this in
iPhoto library transfer SLOWWWW
by Tucker Lucas 7 years ago
Hey there, I'm wondering if anyone could help me solve a mystery. I have an 86GB iPhoto library I want to transfer from my Macbook Pro to my newly purchased iMac. I first tried to transfer it to a 500
Re: iPhoto library transfer SLOWWWW
by Tucker Lucas 7 years ago
Thanks Jeff, you were totally right. The whole transfer only took about an hour and a half to my Lacie, and a little less than that to my new iMac since I was using USB 3.0. Must've just been how it f
Becoming a Jedi Master
by Tucker Lucas 7 years ago
Hey everyone, I've been doing post-production for a number of years now, but nothing that would really stretch the limits of anyone's abilities I'd say. If I were to use Star Wars terminology, I'm ver
Re: Becoming a Jedi Master
by Sandeep Sajeev 7 years ago
I think if you want to master technique then high end commercials are the benchmark. It's hard sometimes to separate the edits from the Flame tweaks, but there's a lot that can be learnt from analysin
FCP7 suddenly won't open
by Tucker Lucas 8 years ago
Hey everyone, So, strange thing. I was using FCP7 today, ended up closing it and a few minutes later tried re-opening a project. The FCP icon in my dock started bouncing, the blue dot below it appeare
Re: FCP7 suddenly won't open
by Dustin Rosemark 8 years ago
Oh boy... I had something similar happen to me last year. There are some sneaky FCP7 files hiding away somewhere else that you have to delete. Seems to recall 'cache' being involved. It was a really c
freelance editors...
by Tucker Lucas 8 years ago
Was just interested in asking around. Are there any freelance editors on here who wouldn't mind sharing the steps they took to become one I've thought about moving slowly in that direction, but I real
Re: freelance editors...
by Andrew Rendell 8 years ago
I work AT facilities quite often, but very rarely FOR a facility, I'm usually employed by a production company. On the occasions that I'm employed by a facility it's usually in a "we need another pair
ProRes LT for television
by Tucker Lucas 8 years ago
Hey everyone, We shoot a lot of footage on the Panasonic HMC-150 at 720p60. We then transcode the AVCHD files to Pro Res 422 for post. Since AVCHD is a pretty compressed format, does anyone have any s
Re: ProRes LT for television
by Andrew Kimery 8 years ago
While probably not a common workflow, we use LT to capture all of our direct feed video game footage which is used for both broadcast and web productions. For our needs LT holds up as well as regular
Compressor vs. MPEG Streamclip
by Tucker Lucas 8 years ago
Hey everyone, We've started using GoPros at work, recording upwards of 4 hours at a time (each file being separated into hour increments by the GoPro). We've been testing the transcode speed from it's
Re: Compressor vs. MPEG Streamclip
by Tucker Lucas 8 years ago
Oh I see. I can tell I have a lot to learn about Compressor. You've pointed me in the right direction to read about it. Thanks! Tucker Lucas Production Manager Heartland Poker Tour tucker@heartlandpok
720p footage freezing on playback
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
So I'm editing 720p footage in ProRes. My sequence settings, file, everything were at 422 (HQ) but I was getting a lot of freezing on playback. The image would freeze but the audio would continue to p
Re: 720p footage freezing on playback
by Zane Barker 9 years ago
What read write speeds are you getting on your drive Use the AJA system test to check your drive speed. **Hindsight is always 1080p**
not actually playing back medium quality
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
I'm editing 720p HD footage (Pro Res 422 HQ). My footage is on a RAID connected to my Intel Mac Tower with a FW 800. When my work bought these machines, they failed to put eSata connections on them, s
Re: not actually playing back medium quality
by Bret Williams 9 years ago
The HQ is killing you. You don't need the 40% extra overhead for 720p footage. Just use regular ProRes and that will probably solve your bandwidth problem. Shouldn't be any problem playing back off a
Broadcast safe discrepency
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Hey there, I posted this on the Broadcasting forum, and then realized it would be more of an FCP centric question. I have a mystery I'm trying to solve. I'm editing 16:9 Anamorphic footage in DV, and
Re: Broadcast safe discrepency
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Cool, thanks for the tip. I'll check that out. Tucker Lucas Production Manager Heartland Poker Tour tucker@heartlandpokertour.com
upconverting vs transcoding. a difference?
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Hey everyone, We're upconverting some SD footage to 720p using our KONA LHi card. Was just wondering, I guess on an engineering level, what's the difference between doing it with this process versus t
Re: upconverting vs transcoding. a difference?
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Thanks for the responses guys! This has been extremely helpful!
Broadcast safe discrepency in FCP
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Hey there, I have a mystery I'm trying to solve. I'm editing 16:9 Anamorphic footage in DV, and applying the broadcast safe filter as my last step (set to Conservative). Before I master to tape, I exp
Re: Broadcast safe discrepency in FCP
by Rafael Amador 9 years ago
Hi Tucker, One of the problems of the FCs BS filter is that uses WRONG terms. Where says "Custom Saturation Limit" shouldn't write so. That controls not only Saturation but the FULL COMPOSITE signal,
Component vs FireWire
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Hey everyone, I was just wondering if someone could break down the technical aspects of something. We shoot DV footage onto both Mini-DV and DVCAM tapes. We have a Sony DSR-1500A DVCAM tapedeck with F
Re: Component vs FireWire
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Does my DV image off the tape lose any information when it's being sent out of the deck via an analog component connection, versus via Firewire which is straight digital Or am I not looking at this fr
new production manager looking for resources
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
I recently ascended to Production Manager at my work (multimedia - primarily video for tv broadcast). Funny thing is, in a way, this position didn't really exist here before. The company had kind of s
Re: new production manager looking for resources
by Mike Cohen 9 years ago
From one Production Manager to another - congratulations. Unfortunately, the job usually does not come with an instruction manual. The only manual is the manual process of figuring it out for yourself
editing ProRes 422
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Hey everyone, Bit of a newb when dealing with intermediate codecs. I have a brand new MacBook Pro 15inch running the latest Final Cut Suite. Currently, I shoot all of my footage onto DVCAM tapes, and
Re: editing ProRes 422
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Thanks for all the info everyone. This has been helpful!
color bars when printing to tape
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Hey, Not much of a Premiere user here, but have to print to tape using Premiere CS3 for one small project. It's a long story. Anyways, when I go to export to tape and the process starts, it's only pri
Re: color bars when printing to tape
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
It's not that I need color bars for this project. It's that when I try to print to tape, I ONLY get color bars. -T
720x486 versus 720x480
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
So I have a bit of a conundrum. I work for a small cable tv show, and have been supervising our post production for a few weeks ever since our old production head quit. He had us running on an antiqua
Re: 720x486 versus 720x480
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Ha ha ha. Will do Jason. Thanks! -Tucker
color dropper messing up
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Hey there, I'm running Photoshop CS on my Intel Macbook Pro. I've had this setup since late 2006 and never had a problem until today. I'll start a new project (5.5 in x 8.5 in, 300, CMYK, Square Pixel
Need a camcorder suggestion
by Tucker Lucas 9 years ago
Hey there, My boss has tasked me with rustling up a camcorder that one of our employees can use on the road to create web material. Here are the specifications I've been given: Smallish (I know, very
Re: Need a camcorder suggestion
by Chip Thome 9 years ago
All I know of that fits most of that is the HMC40, which lacks the 3CCD. To get 3CCD, and mic input, and Mini DV, it sounds like an SD Panny GS500 as the most current model that was available. In HD g
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