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charles meadows

Born in the UK and then moved to South Africa. Moved back to the UK and worked for McCann Erickson and the ITV. Moved back to South Africa and worked with the SABC. Have been running Incubate Productions for 10 years.
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July 27th 2008
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What will an upgrade from Nikon d710 to d810 get me in terms of video?
by Andreas Ahston 5 years ago
I love my Nikon d7100, which I chose over a canon, primerily because my old Nikon primes fits directly on it. I'm positively suprised about the video quality. Still i've started thinking about getting
Re: What will an upgrade from Nikon d710 to d810 get me in terms of video?
by charles meadows 5 years ago
Got to say I prefer the Nikon picture (far crisper and quite cinematic at times), especially now with the D810 etc, they've definitely ironed out the moire and other such irritants. However, we've jus
AVCHD 1920x1080 Quality
by Antón Davila 6 years ago
Hi all, just guessing what do you think about this: my camera is able to record at 1920x1080 50fps with a bitrate up to 28Mbps, and on same 1920x1080 25fps with a bitrate up to 24Mbps. Don't you think
Re: AVCHD 1920x1080 Quality
by charles meadows 6 years ago
I agree with Steve, go with 25p. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative Director Incubate Productions South Africa www.incubatevideo.co.za
Graphics Heavy Videos
by Alan Balch 6 years ago
Hello all, I've had a request to make an "emotional, pulling heart strings" video for donors. The client wants the video to be graphics heavy and fast moving and even sent a link to a video of previou
Re: Graphics Heavy Videos
by charles meadows 6 years ago
We've all suffered the all knowing, all wise, all creative client. The best thing we ever did was to fire them if they weren't interested in anything we had to say or advise. Once you fire your first
Advice on DSLR/Camcorder combo?
by Luke Hill 6 years ago
Hi everyone, I m looking to make a new camera purchase (or two) and I m hoping some of the folks on the forum can help me. I haven t owned my own cameras (not professional ones anyway) for years, havi
Re: Advice on DSLR/Camcorder combo?
by charles meadows 6 years ago
We have been very happy with the combination of the Sony fs100 and the Nikon D800. I wouldn't suggest the EX1, nice camera (we have one) but it's old tech and the picture quality just isn't on the sam
Overexposure problems @ 1/50 - how to correct?
by Elin grome 6 years ago
Hi guys, As recommended I shoot dslr vid @ 1 50sec shutter @25fps - but frequently shoot outside in bright sun. At those shutter speeds this often means an overexposed image - what is the best way to
Re: Overexposure problems @ 1/50 - how to correct?
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Use a variable ND filter on your lens. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative Director Incubate Productions South Africa www.incubatevideo.co.za
Panning Problem
by Mark Denver 6 years ago
Hi, I'm new here. I'm also new to videography but I already covered a couple of events. I just noticed that when I do slow panning with my nikon d7000 the video stutters or becomes choppy. What am I d
Re: Panning Problem
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Todd is spot on! Try to control the light coming into your camera through the ISO and aperture. Think about getting a variable ND filter. We shoot PAL with the D800 and use a shutter speed of 50, we a
Aerial shots - concerns
by aroonz arunpg 6 years ago
Mooooo Guys...... i work for a construction site and i often have to do aerials filming of the construction in progess. I did one last month as well . The footage turned out nice. However, when i stab
Re: Aerial shots - concerns
by charles meadows 6 years ago
We've used Go Pro's connected to a Landrover going through the bush and got some pretty nice stuff. The Go Pro can give some moire and artifacting problems every now and again. "There's no point in fi
Question from a newbie filmaker
by Jordan McGehee 6 years ago
Hello everyone, I have been reading numerous articles on DSLR setups for documentary film making. Perhaps some of you could answer some of my questions. 1. Is a matte box really necessary for indoor i
Re: Question from a newbie filmaker
by charles meadows 6 years ago
A matte box is what a lot of guys use to pimp their cameras. A variable ND filter is a must. Don't skimp on budget. We're using Marumi variable ND's and they're excellent. The Azden FMX DSLR screws to
Advise me on a new camera
by aroonz arunpg 6 years ago
hi guys. i basically work for a construction site. i am entrusted to work on a documentary which involves aerial shoots as well. I currently have canon 1dx and canon 5d mark II. i am looking for a cam
Re: Advise me on a new camera
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Canon 5D markIII or the Sony NEX FS100 700 (and tweak the colour settings). Reckon the new 5D III will be your best option. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative
Sony NEX-FS100 Timecode Reading All 0's
by Zach Reese 6 years ago
Hi CC experts, I'm new to posting on the forum, but am a longtime reader. I have a Sony NEX-FS100 that I've been using for almost a year with no problems. During a recent shoot, I realized that the ca
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Re: Sony NEX-FS100 Timecode Reading All 0's
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Have you tried resetting the camera to factory default Have you also updated the camera to the latest firmware which is ver 2.00 "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Cre
Video producer in the corporate world, how to guide please?
by Jonathan Alsop 6 years ago
I have started a new full-time job for a mobile network operating in the UK. I am not a freelancer and don't own my own equipment. I'm responsible for tutorial style videos that get published on YouTu
Re: Video producer in the corporate world, how to guide please?
by charles meadows 6 years ago
My suggestion of what you need is more of a typical video camera as opposed to a DSLR. Look at getting the Panasonic AG-AC90 or the Canon XA 10. For audio get a Sennheiser wireless lapel kit (there is
Review: Libec RS-450R Tripod and Head
by Warren Eig 6 years ago
For those interested in an affordable Tripod, I posted my review here: http: forums.creativecow.net readpost 325 1824 Warren Eig O 310-470-0905 email: warren@babyboompictures.com website: http: www.ba
Re: Review: Libec RS-450R Tripod and Head
by charles meadows 6 years ago
We've always been very happy with our Libec Tripods, they've taken a serious African battering and still perform fantastically. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Crea
really need cam advice
by matt "zencat999" warren 6 years ago
wasnt realy sure where to go on this one. I have a budget of about 2k (or less) and I really need a new cam. I am using late 2009 mod dual core intel mac mini running FC Express4 on sys 10.6.8. (and m
Re: really need cam advice
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Agree with you Jeff. Seen and heard some very good results with the Panasonic AC90. It's a pretty impressive package for the money. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows
experts for youtube & vimeo!
by Sally Keller 6 years ago
I want to thank CreativeC for the serious professionals that are part of this community Ive always googled problems and most often found this was the best environment to get good information, I decide
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Re: experts for youtube & vimeo!
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Once you start going past an ISO of 2500 is going to start looking crappy and the higher the ISO the crappier it will look. Try using a faster lens, 2.8, 1.8 etc... "There's no point in filming if you
Why shouldn't I buy a Nikon D7000?
by Mike Smith 6 years ago
Hi everyone, Spent the past two weeks doing an awful lot of research online in terms of buying a good camera for video and photos for my specific situation. It's probably easier if I just lay out what
Re: Why shouldn't I buy a Nikon D7000?
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Hey Steve agree with most of what you have to say but must point out that Nikon D800's video seriously kicks the ass of the Canon 5D III, just my opinionated (but unquestionable) opinion. Though you'r
FS700 potential off board recorder???
by Tim Maloney 6 years ago
Hello all, Look at this: http: www.convergent-design.com Products Odyssey7.aspx What are the chances of it recording the slo mo from the NS700. Best Tim Axis Films Australia Tim Maloney Managing Direc
Re: FS700 potential off board recorder???
by charles meadows 6 years ago
I believe you can but all the processing and files are created in camera first so you're not really getting top notch footage. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creat
Sony NEX EA50 - shutter speed when shooting 1080/25p
by Harjite Dosanjh 6 years ago
Hi Guys, Got my NEX EA50 the other day and captured some wedding footage with it, and I notice the shutter speed when used in 1080i 25p FX would stay at a rate of 25(auto), is this ok I watched the fo
Re: Sony NEX EA50 - shutter speed when shooting 1080/25p
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Yup it's right. the 25p in 1080 25p means that you are shooting 25 progressive frames per second. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative Director Incubate Product
So what is the Blackmagic Cine Camera Really Like?
by charles meadows 6 years ago
We're about to begin pre-production on a project and I'm wondering whether to use the Blackmagic Cine Camera on it So what's it like, what are the general pros and cons you guys are experiencing From
Re: So what is the Blackmagic Cine Camera Really Like?
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Hey Matt, will hire the 2.5K camera for my upcoming shoot then will wait and see as to which camera I'll buy later. Cheers "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative
Blackmagic Does It Again!
by Bill Bruner 6 years ago
They were the talk of NAB last year with their first-ever camera, the $2995 Blackmagic Cinema Camera - which is now shipping and producing great results. This year, they're announcing two new cameras:
Re: Blackmagic Does It Again!
by charles meadows 6 years ago
If Blackmagic give us 50p then they really are going to be full on game changers. What I really like is the way that they're looking at innovation and cost point to completely change the production la
Europe France Video Wall NTSC and PAL question
by Paul Gattuso 6 years ago
I'm working on setting up a 3 monitor video wall for a trade show in France. We will be purchasing all the display equipment, monitors, computer etc. As well as editing the video. Since we are working
Re: Europe France Video Wall NTSC and PAL question
by charles meadows 6 years ago
You'll have no issues with your monitors. They're all made to play anywhere and except different power. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative Director Incubate P
FS100 based production blog.
by Gabe Strong 7 years ago
So I just started a production blog. It's pretty new but I already have a few different posts and reviews up. Also links to my original review of the FS100 for Kenstone.net from when the FS100 first c
Re: FS100 based production blog.
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Nice blog Gabe. Glad to see you're enjoying the FS100, we've had 2 for a couple of years now and we're constantly amazed at images we get from them. Try getting your hands on some older M42 lenses (Ju
Solutions for capturing Annotated slides and graphics? (computer telestrator)
by Alex Smith 6 years ago
Greetings folks! I'm looking for a good way to capture annotations made to ppt slides and graphics. I'm seeing this more and more in online learning modules. I'm hoping for a non-time intensive (not m
Re: Solutions for capturing Annotated slides and graphics? (computer telestrator)
by charles meadows 6 years ago
We've used Camtasia to record full HD screen capture, no problem. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative Director Incubate Productions South Africa www.incubatevi
In-house editing....in a cubicle?
by Joe Knapp 6 years ago
Okay, there is a subtle push to put everyone (including me) into a cubicle structure. Yeah... I know of no video creative that edits in this manner. The closest I've seen was a motion graphics animati
Re: In-house editing....in a cubicle?
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Wow tough. All the best with it, I'd tell your boss "no way". "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative Director Incubate Productions South Africa www.incubatevideo.
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My studio shakes and vibrates - treadmills? What?
by Mike Little 6 years ago
Hi! So, I was given a space by my boss to set up a small, in-house, studio. Green screen, mostly talking head stuff dramatically low ceiling... My desk is in a space just outside the studio proper. Bu
Re: My studio shakes and vibrates - treadmills? What?
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Egg boxes on the wall and thick sponge rubber mats on the floor. Nowt much more you can do after that except tell your boss the room he gave you sucks. "There's no point in filming if you don't have f
Sony FS-100 and ND Filters
by eric dole 6 years ago
I'm getting ready to purchase a Sony FS-100. I have used it in low light and got great footage. But, I am a bit concerned about the lack of NDs. I live in a VERY sunny state. Any advice on this issue
Re: Sony FS-100 and ND Filters
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Hi Ed, Try to get a variable ND filter, this allows you to stop down on light all the way through. We use the Marumi version, just screw it onto the front of the lens and Bob's your uncle. We use them
Waving copyright
by Nick Patten 6 years ago
hi i never came accross a agency asking me to wave all my copyright and intelectual propertry on my footage i filmed, all the files i generate be it animation, graphics and video edits. i m not sure a
Re: Waving copyright
by charles meadows 6 years ago
Nicolae, Waving copyright is pretty standard fare where we are. If you have produced a video for an agency or a client then the copyright belongs to them as they've paid for it. Waving your rights to
Becoming solo 'video guy'/one-man army at my company...advice?
by Joe Knapp 7 years ago
My company will be dividing in two, and I'm going with the smaller company. Unfortunately, they only have room for one "video guy". Anybody else here a 'one-man army' I have a little budget for some a
Re: Becoming solo 'video guy'/one-man army at my company...advice?
by charles meadows 6 years ago
When possible try and have freelance crew with you, even if it's a prod assistant or two. Don't try and be all things to all people, you'll exhaust yourself and your quality will suffer. Ensure you pl
This is a really stupid question about AF lenses on the FS700.
by John Davidson 7 years ago
Hey guys, I moved a few months ago from years of DSLR use to the Sony FS700. LOVE IT. That said, I'd been using some different adapters to get my Canon lenses working passably with the FS700, however
Re: This is a really stupid question about AF lenses on the FS700.
by charles meadows 6 years ago
I've heard good things about that lens. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative Director Incubate Productions South Africa www.incubatevideo.co.za
Best FREE stock music sites
by Danielle Warren 7 years ago
Hey all, I've been tasked to find completely free (not royalty free, but totally free) music for a project. The client for this corporate video is cheap! It is extremely difficult finding any sites th
Re: Best FREE stock music sites
by charles meadows 7 years ago
You're client might be cheap but you also have to stand up to them. Why should there be free stock music One site we use is Audio Jungle, some excellent tracks there at pretty good prices, plus each m
To Nest or to Copy/paste, that is the question
by Rich Kutnick 7 years ago
If one decides to prepare discrete segments for a production, is it better to nest these segment veg files into the master veg file, or instead just copy and paste the events from the various segments
Re: To Nest or to Copy/paste, that is the question
by charles meadows 7 years ago
Got to agree with Steve on this, nesting is the best route to take. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative Director Incubate Productions South Africa www.incubate
FS700 training DVD/online
by Tony Brave 7 years ago
Has anyone heard of a site or DVD package I can purchase to get up and running with FS700 The only one I have seen is Vortexmedia.com, but they combine FS100 700 together. I would like it focused on F
Re: FS700 training DVD/online
by charles meadows 7 years ago
There ain't that much difference in the operating of the FS100 and the FS700. We've used the Vortex Media for both cameras and it's spot on. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles
Finding a place to shoot interviews?
by Grant Wilber 7 years ago
Anyone have tips on finding locations to shoot interviews indoors that also have good backgrounds to keep things looking professional The only thing I can think of is either rent out a hotel suite or
Re: Finding a place to shoot interviews?
by charles meadows 7 years ago
As long as you light the person correctly and use the right lens setup you're going to get a good picture. Word of warning is don't interview someone with a window behind them, you'll get serious bloo
External HDD recorder
by Carlo Ferraro 7 years ago
Does anyone has some experience with the Atomos ATOMNJA001 Ninja Video Hard Disk Recorder and Sony NX5 Imac 27 Quad 2.93, 8GB Ram, 1GB Graphics, FW800 external + Raid www.birdsaustralia.net www.ferrar
Re: External HDD recorder
by charles meadows 7 years ago
We're using the Ninja 2 with our FS100 and I've been blown away at the added quality we're getting. Remember, you won't see the difference directly from the video file but you will see a huge differen
Mosaic Engineering
by charles meadows 7 years ago
Hi, Anyone used the Mosaic Engineering anti moire filter If so, what's it like, is it worth the investment "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative Director Incubat
Re: Mosaic Engineering
by charles meadows 7 years ago
Thanks for your input Massimo. "There's no point in filming if you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative Director Incubate Productions South Africa www.incubatevideo.co.za
SD Card workflow
by Andrew MacRae 7 years ago
I didn't see a forum where this would be appropriate but I'll post it here since I'm considering a Sony FS700 but it will apply to any card based workflow. Going to a card based workflow I'm very nerv
Re: SD Card workflow
by charles meadows 7 years ago
We've been using SD cards on our cameras for 4 years now and have never dropped so much as a frame. Always buys a reputable name in SD cards with the right rating and you should be fine. We then trans
How's the new Vegas Pro 12?
by charles meadows 7 years ago
Hi all, We've been busy over the last 4 months of motion graphics type videos so have been using the Adobe suite. We do have 2 seats of Vegas Pro 11 though and I was just wondering if it's worth upgra
Re: How's the new Vegas Pro 12?
by charles meadows 7 years ago
Steve, one last question. We've just got our Atomos Ninja 2's in, does VP12 support ProRes "There's no point in filming in you don't have fun" Charles Meadows Creative Director Incubate Productions So
Vegas Render Error (Low Memory)
by Jack Monkiewicz 8 years ago
Hello to everyone in sony vegas land, I know this issue has been covered before, unfortunately the creative cow threads i have read and google searches i have done havent been successful in resolving
Re: Vegas Render Error (Low Memory)
by charles meadows 8 years ago
Jack, I just went through the very same issue which took a while to sort out. I changed the ram, graphics card, everything that had memory attached but to no avail. Finally I ended up going for a bran
Converting footage to ProRes 422 in Vegas or Windows
by charles meadows 8 years ago
Hi, We are constantly asked to deliver footage in the Apple ProRes 422 codec, personaly it's a pain in the arse but the client is king and therefore we must bow to their (pointless) demands. Is it pos
Re: Converting footage to ProRes 422 in Vegas or Windows
by Dave Haynie 8 years ago
The easy thing would be to get the ProRes guy to install the Avid DNxHD plug-in. Takes a minute, and from then on, you can exchange full quality video files, on ... well... maybe some kind of hard dri
Memory issues, render issues, Neoscene issues.
by charles meadows 9 years ago
All of a sudden I can't render half of my projects without VPro 10c crashing and telling me I have memory issues. Some of my other projects are are also completely corrupted and open up as just a red
Re: Memory issues, render issues, Neoscene issues.
by charles meadows 8 years ago
Matthew thanks for the feedback. We eventually went for a new system drive with a new install of Win7 64bit, we then installed SVP 10 64bit and now it is thundering like a thundering system should. Ca
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