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Is there a name for this style of documentary?
by David Andrews 8 months ago
I have been doing documentary type projects for years. Several years ago I started to eliminate the old voice over and basically wrapped the story around interviews only. This seems to be a trend that
Re: Is there a name for this style of documentary?
by grinner hester 5 months ago
I call it letting them tell the story and writing nothing. Voice overs are to tell the story due to missing links. It's not a style. Voice overs are saying "we didn't have enough in the can to tell yo
Oliver Peters on the evolution of the edit suite
by Simon Ubsdell 8 months ago
A fascinating piece looking at how far we have come from the early days of tape editing: https: digitalfilms.wordpress.com 2018 12 02 five-decades-of-edit-suite-evolution Simon Ubsdell tokyo productio
Re: Oliver Peters on the evolution of the edit suite
by grinner hester 5 months ago
I evolved from a six figure avid suite to creative cloud on a macbook pro. LOL Best upgrade I ever did.
Please rate
by artjoms zikuns 6 months ago
Hello to all! I here recently edited a video about my trip, but there s really no one to ask who would point out the mistakes. Please look and evaluate, what do you think Would it be okay to show for
Re: Please rate
by grinner hester 5 months ago
Id just let youtube stabilize the entire thing in one swoop. Good job, man.
It's that time of year....
by Todd Terry 8 months ago
The annual appearance of our vintage aluminum Christmas tree just always makes our already-kitschy lobby a bit extra tacky... and festive! Although last year I had a perfect record during assembly, th
Re: It's that time of year....
by grinner hester 5 months ago
You made me 7 years old again. ;)
Photo/Video Credits
by Eric Santiago 7 months ago
Working with some folks new to the business and I myself have never worked on credits for docs. How much detail is required for these photo video credits I was going to copy and paste an example but o
Re: Photo/Video Credits
by grinner hester 5 months ago
No legalities unless using other companies' sources. It's up to the director. Sometimes I get quite lengthy and sometimes I don't have so much as name keys in a piece. That's what I love about docs. T
A difficult client.
by Paul Guarri 8 months ago
Hi, I was asked to work as a finishing editor on some projects. I will work at the client's place. I must be available for about two or three days per project but they don't have a schedule. They told
Re: A difficult client.
by grinner hester 5 months ago
No. But you need to educate this client. Simply explain you are freelance and, unless booked by the, are subject to being booked when they call. They can always offer an on-call fee. As for renders, q
Cancellation Terms and Fees.
by Greg Ball 6 months ago
Hey all, We've been hired to shoot a week long corporate conference in June, 2019. I'm hiring a large crew of freelancers for this, and also booking my time for the week as the director and project ma
Re: Cancellation Terms and Fees.
by grinner hester 5 months ago
A retainer fee now will protect you. Other than that, 48 hours is the standard and freelancers understand this.
Making life-story Documentaries for Terminally ill. Need advise please
by Chris Lafosse 6 months ago
Hi all So I am beginning a little documentary production venture (mini life-story docs for terminally ill) and was wondering if you could advise on the basic equipment needed with a limited start-up b
Re: Making life-story Documentaries for Terminally ill. Need advise please
by grinner hester 5 months ago
Just add creative cloud or any cheap NLE and you are ready to get started. A light kit would help but you can always make do in the field. That;s what I usually do because I usually, well, always shoo
Business at a crossroads ...
by Todd Terry 7 months ago
Hi friends... I'm coming to the group here looking for some advice, wisdom... or just to talk me down off the ledge. My tiny company is coming to a crossroads, and I just don't know which way to turn.
Re: Business at a crossroads ...
by grinner hester 5 months ago
Let's talk, man. 757-560-7387
Cloudy or not
by Marcus Warren 11 months ago
This statement was made in a recent article on Pro Video Collection: "...every editor has the Creative Cloud, no matter what NLE you use, as we all use After Effects, and Photoshop in one form or anot
Re: Cloudy or not
by grinner hester 8 months ago
yep
documentary film - titles suggestions
by Amelia Kaczynska 10 months ago
I'm looking for titles of documentary films in which landscapes are used - in Herzog's style - as representation of character s inner state of mind. I will be happy to hear ( read :P ) your suggestion
Re: documentary film - titles suggestions
by grinner hester 8 months ago
"My 9th grade film because I lack passion."
Is this scene necessary for my short film to tell the story?
by ryan elder 11 months ago
Basically for my short film, I am not sure if this scene is necessary or not to tell the story, and maybe audiences would make sense of it without it. Basically in the plot an auditor is assigned to a
Re: Is this scene necessary for my short film to tell the story?
by grinner hester 8 months ago
ya don't want it if its not needed. basic rule of thumb.
how to - effect
by kjp Upton 1 year ago
Hey guys! Am new to this so hoping I'm doing it right. Anyway! I'm posting on here to ask if anyone knows how I can recreate this effect. Of course there's green screen in there but how do you do this
Re: how to - effect
by grinner hester 8 months ago
just layer at will then get creative with transitions. Never aspire to duplicate what you have seen. You will make 30k a year doing that.
How can I avoid 'hard cuts' in editing?
by ryan elder 11 months ago
I am editing a short film, and I am experiencing trouble in editing from scene to scene. Basically it feels like the cuts are too 'hard', or not sure how to put it. Basically when transitioning from s
Re: How can I avoid 'hard cuts' in editing?
by grinner hester 8 months ago
simply don't use hard cuts when and if it bothers you as the viewer.
Is it bad to use footage from other movies, when making a documentary?
by ryan elder 10 months ago
I am making a doc type of project right now, but I don't want to just show interviews only, as that can be quite boring, especially compared to other docs how it's done. The project is on war and poli
Re: Is it bad to use footage from other movies, when making a documentary?
by grinner hester 8 months ago
yes. never pirate. That is what wedding videographers are for.
Perfect aligned masks
by Billy Rodgeers 9 months ago
I want to break up a clip into multiple masks( for a kind of glass break effect), but I was curious if there is a way I can break them up so the edges align perfectly. With the pen tool there will sti
Re: Perfect aligned masks
by grinner hester 9 months ago
duplicate the layer, then alt-drag a new source onto the new layer then just move it one axis to stack.... then repeat as needed.
Using Photos and Videos for Political Facebook videos
by Greg Ball 9 months ago
I'm creating a Facebook video and website video for a congressman. No charge. I'd like to use photos videos of his opponents and also some key areas that he's been involved in. I'm wondering what we c
Re: Using Photos and Videos for Political Facebook videos
by grinner hester 9 months ago
That said, think about just using puppets. Nobody watches political videos so the views will be the same.
Tiering" the levels of service
by Duane Hurd 9 months ago
I've heard about "tiering" the levels of service offered to internal clients. (Gold silver bronze, etc). Who out there does this and how do you tier your services Duane Hurd Manager Creative Services
Re: Tiering" the levels of service
by grinner hester 9 months ago
I simply use different language. "Want a Cadillac or a Chevy Cool, that's 5k vs 1k. I simply explain I base bids upon hours spent. I lie about that too as my edit suite is quite out dated and slow. I
I Making a Corporate Video To Be Shown On Cinema Screen
by Andy Stinton 9 months ago
It's 2.4 : 1 ratio What pixel count would you set the project to in a NLE program .
Re: I Making a Corporate Video To Be Shown On Cinema Screen
by Misha Aranyshev 9 months ago
DCI spec digital projection isn't 2.40:1. It is 2.39:1. Resolution is 2048 858 or 4096 1716. I doubt though you are going to create and play DCP. Work in plain vanilla HD or UHD and letterbox.
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Overnight shoot fees
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
Hi guys, I hope you're having a great summer. I'm working on a quote for a restaurant industry client and they are asking to shoot the videos overnight, so we do not disrupt their daytime restaurant b
Re: Overnight shoot fees
by grinner hester 10 months ago
Just stick to the norm, man. time and a half after 10 hours. Otherwise, either say yes or no to the hours needed. And yes you can book before and after that. Be a big boy. Sleep when not booked.
Do I Still Need to Use macOS for Post?
by Cameron Dozier 10 months ago
Hello, I am posting this question in this forum because I figure if I wanted to make the switch to PC, it would be best for me to use Avid Media Composer, but I'm not totally sure. For the longest tim
Re: Do I Still Need to Use macOS for Post?
by grinner hester 10 months ago
No. It just makes things easier.
Working with a grid of videos in Premiere
by Max Allen 1 year ago
Hey chaps, I'm looking for some help here; I have a concept storyboard that uses a grid of videos and images, which the camera then zooms in to and scrolls around (see attached). The issue is that I h
Re: Working with a grid of videos in Premiere
by grinner hester 1 year ago
bring in each image layer into After Effects, position each one, then animated the camera as needed or pre comp the existing stills layers in an oversized come and animate as desired. Click motion blu
Sound editing for broadcast
by Lena Gregorian 1 year ago
Hello all, Ive been asked as an assistant editor to change the sound level due to distortion in the sound The only instruction was make the sound -18 Does anyone know what it means I think that the vo
Re: Sound editing for broadcast
by grinner hester 1 year ago
-14 is 0db in avid world but you will always abide by your meters regardless. It's reckless for them to throw this in your lap right now.
DF vs NDF
by Olivier Prudhomme 2 years ago
I work to a TV station. We used to deliver NDF and now we're asked to switch to NDF. My post supervisor mentioned he thinks this switch will mess up our workflow but he doesn't remember how specifical
Re: DF vs NDF
by grinner hester 1 year ago
You'll always deliver in DF for broadcast. It's a math thing. It's why your 30 second spots are actually 29:20
What is an Editor?
by Roy Schneider 1 year ago
I don't go in front of the camera very often... I am excited to share this video I put together for Garden of Dreams, MSGClassroom. It is an idea I have had for a while to teach the students What an E
Re: What is an Editor?
by Mark Suszko 1 year ago
I think every editor is secretly ashamed of some part of their past year's reel. We keep learning how to do things better or differently, and when we go back a year, or five, looking at past work, we
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Advanced Keyframing for Paint Effect?
by Andy Neil 1 year ago
Hi everyone. I'm dealing with a scenario where I have to animate shapes inside the paint effect. The animation is fine, but I end up needing similar animations above clips of different sizes. So, if I
Re: Advanced Keyframing for Paint Effect?
by grinner hester 1 year ago
after effects
How much to charge for making promo videos for businesses?
by mark blake 2 years ago
Hello, I'm starting a video production company with my younger brother. We will make 60-120 second long corporate promotional video for youtube, dailymotion, etc for local small businesses. I'm in cha
Re: How much to charge for making promo videos for businesses?
by grinner hester 1 year ago
My normal rate.. 195 hr. Rates should not change because of the client or end result. They are paying for your time and expertise. Or your brother's, anyway. Today, I often quote a flat bid per produc
looking for creative production ideas for video
by Joe Clark 2 years ago
Hello, I am an animator and I got a new project to complete.The project is to design some creative videos with good explainer videos .So for that I am looking for Creative Video Content for my videos.
Re: looking for creative production ideas for video
by grinner hester 1 year ago
You'll be animating it, right Kind of confused.
Advice needed with designing Medical Device animation.
by Joe Clark 2 years ago
Hello, I am an animator and got my new project.I have to design a medical device animated video. So I want your advice.I went through many resources and also checked Medical Device Animation Examples
Re: Advice needed with designing Medical Device animation.
by grinner hester 1 year ago
I just use photoshop and after effects for these.
Suggestions designing videos for a company
by Joe Clark 2 years ago
Hello, I am designing videos for a company ,as this is my first project it should be the best. And all the videos are Video Demonstration of a project . But I am looking for a software to design these
Re: Suggestions designing videos for a company
by grinner hester 1 year ago
Start with Creative Cloud then go from there.
parallax effect (2.5D)
by grinner hester 2 years ago
I love treating otherwise boring stills. Makes a huge difference: https: youtu.be jE5enHiXbXs
Re: parallax effect (2.5D)
by Daniel Waldron 2 years ago
Nicely done. Definitely better than a boring ol' still. Sometime I like to add a little more subtle movement by using the puppet tool or mesh warp. Doesn't work in all cases though.
why my wife is awesome (and why so many of you are losers - including me)
by Bob Zelin 2 years ago
Hi - today, I discovered that when I went to my website - bobzelin.com, I could see the pages, but I could not see any of the images (the facilities that I built). This is a Google Sites website that
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Re: why my wife is awesome (and why so many of you are losers - including me)
by Greg Ball 2 years ago
Amen!! My wife also is there to support me, console me, watch my videos, and soften my emails. Wives are the best!! Greg Ball, President Ball Media Innovations, Inc. https: www.ballmediainnovations.co
Real Estate Video
by Joe Clark 2 years ago
Hello, I wanted to share a fairly recent property video creation. I shoot real estate (stills, video, 3D tours, aerial) all around the island, and I'm continually working to hone my craft. So far, I'm
Re: Real Estate Video
by Todd Terry 2 years ago
My main critique would be that the video is invisible or non-existent. :) T2 __________________________________ Todd Terry Creative Director Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc. fantasticplastic.com
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researching for video script writing
by Geoff Swartz 3 years ago
As the sole video producer at my company I find that I'm being asked to produce videos for a variety of end users. Some days it's for our customers who are trying to learn how to use our software, oth
Re: researching for video script writing
by grinner hester 3 years ago
I have found when an artist tries to follow others' work, that is exactly what they do. I have likewise found nobody wants to buy that and seek artists who create new visions for them. I know no bette
You've been given $5,000 for a corporate client to buy equipment...
by Tim Robinson 4 years ago
You've been given $5,000 for a mid-range corporate client to buy equipment. They want to the foundation of an in-house video production studio to shoot short web social media videos, trade show videos
Re: You've been given $5,000 for a corporate client to buy equipment...
by grinner hester 3 years ago
I buy a beer and 6 for them so I can take the time to explain this to them without laughing.
" Worth It Anymore"??
by Andy jackson 8 years ago
I started in the video production business in 1986 at the age of 16 working for two well established companies in my area. I m now 41. I got very lucky at the time to get the both jobs by sending out
Re: " Worth It Anymore"??
by grinner hester 3 years ago
lol Man if people got into video for the money, we'd have consumer electronics more capable than six figure gadgets pros purchased 6 months prior. Either one loves it to a point they have never and wo
Getting visuals of famous people
by Neil Orman 4 years ago
I need visuals for short tribute videos on two famous political leaders, Leon Panetta and former Israeli prime minster Ehud Barak. I'd greatly appreciate any advice on how to find video and or photos
Re: Getting visuals of famous people
by grinner hester 3 years ago
I always ask. If I don't know the person personally, I contact their handlers and explain what it is I am making. If that doesn't work, I utilize images they or theirs uploaded, relieving my company o
New Video and Audio Studio Set-up, Looking for Thoughts and Feedback
by Luke Shaw 3 years ago
Hey, So I have been hired as a Video Producer fresh out a college at a corporation that really wants to revamp their video department and bring it into the 21st century. I am pretty much a one man tea
Re: New Video and Audio Studio Set-up, Looking for Thoughts and Feedback
by grinner hester 3 years ago
Any company that puts a student in charge of building their department is not a company that plans to be in business long. Go through the motions but pay close attention and ensure they owe you nothin
Going rate for voiceover actors?
by Neil Orman 4 years ago
Hi, can anyone tell me the typical pay rate for voiceover actors For example for doing narration for promotional Youtube videos Are they paid by the hour the day the project I work for a DC think tank
Re: Going rate for voiceover actors?
by grinner hester 3 years ago
I send an email with "can ya bang this out for 250 bucks " and wait for a file within the hour. Building personal relationships is key for any business.
COW Magazine
by Stephen Smith 10 years ago
I love the COW magazine and really enjoyed the article written by Grinner Hester. I think you need to have a follow up article that discusses the process of creating the show, budget issues...stuff li
Re: COW Magazine
by grinner hester 4 years ago
thank ya, brother! :) much success...
God bless warp stabilizer :)
by grinner hester 5 years ago
I have gained 3 shots I would not have had from it this morning
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Re: God bless warp stabilizer :)
by Chris Borjis 5 years ago
AMEN! Had a client want to remove a key shot he needed because the movement was really bad, but we had nothing to replace it with. The stabilizer made it smooth as butter...client was blown away.
add edit vs match frame edit - Remove match frame edit
by Olivier Prudhomme 5 years ago
I have a little confusion between the terms add edit and match frame edit. Are they 2 types of edit What I thought is that Remove Match Frame edit would remove an edit done in a clip where we didn't p
Re: add edit vs match frame edit - Remove match frame edit
by grinner hester 5 years ago
adding an edit is just cutting the clip.match framing is matching it to the source.
Videoing of apartments
by Mark Pirres 5 years ago
Hello we're going to do some corporate videos of apartments with no film lighting - so it will be a mix of the halogen lights fitted in the apartments and natural light.. we appreciate these are not t
Re: Videoing of apartments
by grinner hester 5 years ago
I tend to just go auto preset with run and gun stuff like this. It's really not color correction anymore (to me). It's color creativity. I'd be fine tweekiing it anyway so I just need all the informqa
Anyone think of a better way to do this..?
by Christopher Travis 5 years ago
Hello, I've got my picture locked sequence, with my sync video and sound on V1, A1 & A2. However the dubbing mixer wants me to put back all associated audio for all my cutaways as well (even though I'
Re: Anyone think of a better way to do this..?
by grinner hester 5 years ago
if adding nats to every broll shot, you will indeed have to matchframe each one. Shouldnt take too long as you'll just hit in out, match on the first frame then just lay nats on A3 if ya give him an o
Waveform Monitors; Video Scopes; Choices
by Neil Ryan 5 years ago
Curious to know what Online Finishing Editors and Colorists are using for their scopes and what they like & dislike about them. So please, tell me what you're using and are the likes & dislikes of tho
Re: Waveform Monitors; Video Scopes; Choices
by grinner hester 5 years ago
i have always liked tektronix scopes. I like Resolve for color grading.
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