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December 11th 2009
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Premiere and Audition integration (2019 versions)
by mark thompson 2 months ago
One of the features I like about Premiere is "Edit Clip in Adobe Audition". What happens is it does a "Render and Replace" for all the audio tracks and then launches an instance of Audition. On mac it
Re: Premiere and Audition integration (2019 versions)
by mark thompson 2 months ago
Oliver, thanks, that is a great answer and will be my workflow going forward. I didn't know it could do that. mark
Blacking out large windows
by Rich Rubasch 3 months ago
We have a shoot in a 7th floor building with large floor to ceiling glass windows. We want to be able to use the view and other than ND on all the windows is there any other material you have used to
Re: Blacking out large windows
by mark thompson 3 months ago
Matthew Rosen, on Kinetek posts about "Reductive Lighting", it may work for you. https: www.youtube.com watch v=xJn2AfvhI6Q
10 bit colour editing
by Bruno Pierucci 3 months ago
Hello, I'm Bruno, new to this forum, nice to be part of this community. I'm kind of new in video editing (used to do it 8 years ago, and stopped nwo i find myself eaten by the new techonlogy) Not so l
Re: 10 bit colour editing
by mark thompson 3 months ago
HDR mode is what you want. For example bring up the Lumetri Scopes panel (I'm using CC 2019 but I'm pretty sure it has been like this for a while). At the bottom right you will see a dropdown that let
H.265 and AME Render Performance (or lack thereof)
by mark thompson 4 months ago
Hi, just posting to see if anyone else is getting the same problem. I completed an edit for a small video (about 4 minutes). The original clip was UHD SLog2 from a Sony A7S2 and due to poor lighting I
Re: H.265 and AME Render Performance (or lack thereof)
by mark thompson 4 months ago
Hi Joseph, that's encouraging. I'll try a couple of test projects. Are you working with UHD or HD thanks
What's the best Color Chart?
by Chris Dukes 4 months ago
Hi, Basically, I'm looking for a good color chart to use on set. I know Spyder and X-Rite are pretty good, are there major differences Also, I know some of them come with plugins, but are there any pl
Re: What's the best Color Chart?
by mark thompson 4 months ago
Cinematography Mailing List had a discussion on the charts they used to test cameras. People chipped in with their preferences and a note on why they thought they were good. https: cml.news g cml-raw-
News: Pond5 Launches New 8K, 6K, 5K, and 4K RED Camera Footage Collection and Search Filter for Premium RED Content
by Cow News Droid 4 months ago
Brand new cinema-quality collection featuring video shot exclusively on RED Digital Cinema cameras provides endless options for creative high-resolution editing (New York, NY--April 4, 2019) Recognizi
Re: News: Pond5 Launches New 8K, 6K, 5K, and 4K RED Camera Footage Collection and Search Filter for Premium RED Content
by mark thompson 4 months ago
Hi, are these actual clips shot on RED or Clips that were shot on RED and have been graded and rendered on normal formats tia.
Howcome Red/Arri being with small sensor look so good in low light ?
by Soumendra Jena 5 months ago
Hi, my question might be vague for some experts, but I would love to learn the reason. I use full frame mirrorless cameras and totally love it. I had a project which involved a lot of low light and th
Re: Howcome Red/Arri being with small sensor look so good in low light ?
by mark thompson 5 months ago
I thought I would chip in and add to the confusion I believe the main factor is the size of the photosite, the bigger they are the more photons they can collect. That gives the best chance of lower no
synchs and stems
by mark thompson 6 months ago
Hi, I went to a panel on the Bohemian Rhapsody sound department. They mentioned a few times "synchs" and "stems". What are synchs and stems I looked up stems but I'm still not clear what they are or w
Re: synchs and stems
by mark thompson 5 months ago
thanks very much! As it happens, they put this panel on YouTube: https: www.youtube.com watch v=nygMjfv5Isc&t=1122s
Film in 2019
by mark thompson 7 months ago
I've just seen a summary of the cameras used in the 2019 set of oscar nominations. In spite of reports that film is dead, quite a few of the movies were recorded on film. At a talk I attended, some ye
Re: Film in 2019
by mark thompson 6 months ago
I found a bit of an answer near to me, as to the growth that is, there is a company called Cinelab that started up a few years ago. Formed from the remnants of the companies that did really well when
what is the difference?
by Jim Williams 7 months ago
Between Premiere and Premiere Rush Is it a lite version
Re: what is the difference?
by mark thompson 7 months ago
but nevertheless sucked up all the budget that could have been used to improve Premiere Pro Adobe may want to cover the YouTube generation, and that's fine, but can they reach them with a subscription
Importing MXF
by Fabian Charlton 8 months ago
I'm getting a new camera and it will be using XAVC L - Which I understand exports to .mxf files. Here is my background. I know how to do basic video editing with .mp4 .avi. mov, etc because its usuall
Re: Importing MXF
by mark thompson 8 months ago
Hi, you can use programs like MediaInfo https: mediaarea.net en MediaInfo to find out the codec - or even get properties on the clip in the timeline or project on Premiere. There are a few other progr
Color saturation issue with theatre lighting
by Tim Neighbors 9 months ago
I've had this issue here and there over the years when shooting video with theatre lighting and I've never been sure of the cause and what I can do about it -both to prevent it and to try to fix it in
Re: Color saturation issue with theatre lighting
by mark thompson 9 months ago
I think that is, or is at least related to, so called "blue runaway". Not 100% sure as the picture has a lot of blue but is not exclusively so in the runaway areas. It is the same as you see when peop
MXF files from a Sony now has issues on Premiere on a Mac
by Arthur Rush 10 months ago
Suddenly MXF files from a Sony XDCAM that have worked for years, can't be opened in Premiere on my Mac. The proxy files play fine. Files from the camera previously loaded on the computer still play. S
Re: MXF files from a Sony now has issues on Premiere on a Mac
by mark thompson 9 months ago
Hi, I pretty much only deal with Mxf files and I've encountered no problems so far. I upgraded to the very latest (Mojave) and all seems fine. Any more information on what type of media it is thanks
Sony PXW-Z280 - Grainy picture
by Paul Seidel 10 months ago
Not sure if anyone in here has a PXW-Z280, but i'm battling trying to get clean pictures. There's so much grain in the pictures - especially faces - there's no softening at all. I rarely use gain, use
Re: Sony PXW-Z280 - Grainy picture
by mark thompson 9 months ago
I managed to get a hands-on for a Z280. It looked very nice. It was in a relatively dark room and I was looking at dark areas, I could not see much grain - but then again you don't in the viewfinder.
Best aperture for a Lens
by mark thompson 10 months ago
I've been using camera side tools to check exposure (Zebras, False Color, gray card, etc.) which are all designed to not overexpose the sensor. At a camera talk demo someone mentioned that their chall
Re: Best aperture for a Lens
by mark thompson 10 months ago
Rick, thanks for the reply. I'm glad that you don't consider it a major issue! I shoot mainly on Sony gear and the advice they give seems to be "light your scene" and then use gray cards and zebras to
High Dynamic Range
by Stewart Newell 10 months ago
Has anyone successfully produced an HDR video using Vegas 16 PRO . I have tried using Sony Slog3 footage with ACES colour settings, Slog3 transforms and Rec2020 HEVC rendering. When transferred to a m
Re: High Dynamic Range
by mark thompson 10 months ago
Hi, I'm mainly on Premiere Pro these days and have had a little luck with that. I would suggest loading up to YouTube and then display on your TV. When you upload YouTube will tell you whether it has
Codec/Bitrate confusion
by Roy Schneider 11 months ago
Help I am a Producer Editor and occasionally shoot my own Projects (low budget) I have been shooting on Fs7 for a little while... I did a shoot for a Project that is to be aired on PBS. I shot 4k, XAV
Re: Codec/Bitrate confusion
by mark thompson 11 months ago
Can you get Catalyst Browse and see what it thinks the clip is Or the xml file that goes with the .mxf The only other thing I can think of is that he is looking at the proxy and not the essence but th
FS7 No Audio!
by Ben Fischinger 11 months ago
Hi, I need to help troubleshooting an issue with my FS7 m1 I am getting no signals through the XLRs no matter whether it s line, Mic, or Phantom. I do still get the audio from the internal mic though.
Re: FS7 No Audio!
by mark thompson 11 months ago
I had a similar problem but not quite the same. I upgraded to the latest firmware (Aug 2018) and all the Audio went, even the internal mic. Sony withdrew that version but should have a new version out
Forum for Sony FS7 questions
by Bob Cole 2 years ago
I have noticed that there is not that much activity on this forum for my PXW-FS7 questions. Has anyone another online forum where I can find more people willing to share their experience with this cam
Re: Forum for Sony FS7 questions
by mark thompson 1 year ago
It is a shame about the Sony FS7 Community Forum. Unfortunately I think, from Sony's perspective, it got a bit out of control. They were hinting for a while that they are geography based forums wherea
How to deal with people used to public speaking
by mark thompson 1 year ago
A couple of times recently I hit a problem that caught me off guard. It is to do with people that are used to speaking to an audience without any pa. So they are used to speaking relatively loudly so
Re: How to deal with people used to public speaking
by mark thompson 1 year ago
In these cases there was no audience to speak to, just the camera. I like the "rehearsal" idea. That will feature in my next recording!
Sennheiser AVX stays on
by mark thompson 1 year ago
I have a problem with my AVX XLR plugin unit - the power light stays on. I did temporarily plug it into an H6 just to test and everything seems fine. Then plugged it in to my Sony and everything worke
Re: Sennheiser AVX stays on
by mark thompson 1 year ago
thanks very much for that, I didn't have the manual. I had tried various button pushes. This morning I tried a "long press" and it worked. I had even tried disconnecting the battery overnight but it r
PXW X200 Firmware
by Matthew Toon 2 years ago
My camera died at the beginning of a shoot yesterday. Camera only has 45hrs on it in total It was in full auto, but set to manual focus About 20 seconds after hitting record, the focus went to a "macr
Re: PXW X200 Firmware
by mark thompson 2 years ago
Hi, I only use UDF Format, I can't see that making a difference but worth keeping in mind as a last resort. FAT is supported but the comments about formatting on the camera remain. Use the camcorder t
Do MXF files work in After Effects? Can't open these files
by Joe Bags 2 years ago
We're doing VFX for a client and they gave us a drive of MXF video files to work on. The MXF files open just fine in premiere, but I tried it in After Effects and it says it's an unrecognized format.
Re: Do MXF files work in After Effects? Can't open these files
by mark thompson 2 years ago
Joe, After Effects does support Mxf files, I use Sony cams and that's all they produce. What version of After Effects are you using I just did a quick check using AE 2017 and it at least will load and
How to execute Python Script in Cinema 4d Lite?
by mark thompson 3 years ago
Hi, Just tried to execute a generated 'Hello World' script in C4D Lite but nothing happens The script manager is all there, when I press the execute button nothing happens. The script does not report
Re: How to execute Python Script in Cinema 4d Lite?
by mark thompson 3 years ago
thanks Jim, greyscalegorilla reports no Python or C++ . well at least I know now :-(
Camera Calibrator Alternatives
by mark thompson 3 years ago
I wanted to move some C4D objects in After Effects with a backdrop of New York City. I notice that C4D layers in AE CC 2017 are difficult to align to an image. Then I found a marvellous tutorial on Yo
No job for Vegas users?
by Sandra MarszaƂek 3 years ago
Hi everyone. I wanted to ask you one thing. Have you ever heard something like "If you're using Vegas than you can't have this job project. Sorry" I've lost several job offers just because I'm using V
Re: No job for Vegas users?
by Roger Bansemer 3 years ago
When I was trying to figure out how to produce a show for PBS I ran into this sort of thing constantly from people who boastfully prided themselves in knowing more than I did. I was using a Sony Z1U c
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AE Alternative?
by Ron Whitaker 3 years ago
Is there an After Effects alternative out there that I can use to create some motion graphics I refuse to do the Adobe rentware thing, and the Pan Crop tool just doesn't cut it. Any alternatives
Re: AE Alternative?
by mark thompson 3 years ago
Hi, as already mentioned, Blackmagic Fusion 8 is a very good application. All the spare hours I have for learning are directed there at the moment. I'm paying for AE as well. I find it offers a good "
Green Screen Method are making me crazy
by leonardo barone 3 years ago
I never been able to do good job with a green screen, the first I buy was been this, a portable one : Inspite the fact that I have two softbox, I was unable to get a good key, so I tried outside with
Re: Green Screen Method are making me crazy
by mark thompson 3 years ago
Hi Leonardo, most people have these problems! Firstly, "getting a good key" is almost impossible. Though nobody selling you equipment will mention that. There is a special color for green screen but i
Mac force touch clip properties
by mark thompson 3 years ago
I've been using a MacBook pro, with the force touch track pad. Things seem pretty compatible with win but I have one problem I've not managed to solve to my satisfaction. On windows, if I right-click
Re: Mac force touch clip properties
by Tero Ahlfors 3 years ago
mark thompson " On the mac I'm not even sure how to right click :-(" It's usually a two finger tap on the touchpad. Check your trackpad settings.
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BMPCC Raw (DNG) and bit-depth
by mark thompson 4 years ago
Hi, I have a bit of a puzzle at the moment. I have some Raw (DNG) footage from a BMPCC that I need to color correct and I'm a bit unsure of the workflow. When I open a DNG in Camera Raw (9.4), at the
Re: BMPCC Raw (DNG) and bit-depth
by mark thompson 4 years ago
thanks very much for that.
Explorer Not Showing Files Nor Folders
by Debbie King 5 years ago
Hi Everyone: Has anyone ever had this issue When I select Explorer the box comes up empty; no folders nor files are shown. I rebooted and reopened and the same issue occurred. Any help would be greatl
Re: Explorer Not Showing Files Nor Folders
by mark thompson 4 years ago
Hi David, One for Sony I think. Did you try the refresh button on that panel When you did the upgrade, did you let microsoft change your account to a microsoft account or are you still on a local acco
Preset Animation Text Paths - no motion
by mark thompson 4 years ago
Hi, just trying some of the preset animations, they all work as advertised except Text Paths. For example if I add a pipes effect, it draws the path, adds some text "pipes". At one point the text gets
Lower Third or Watermark Problem
by Tayfun Dur 4 years ago
Hi. I want to learn something about Lower Thirds and Watermarks. How can I put them in a live streaming video please I see that there is a lower third or watermark in live streams on TV. How please Th
Re: Lower Third or Watermark Problem
by mark thompson 4 years ago
Grazie, that is correct - nothing to do with Vegas. Perhaps I should have said ... Vegas does not do real-time but there are other products on the market that can do this. I suggested one such product
'Super-Tight Junk Matte', or....
by Steve Brame 4 years ago
For troubled greens screens, I've always relied on Aharon's 'Super Tight Junk Mattes' tutorial here on the COW. However, I ran across this similar, but much faster technique. Can anyone think of why i
Re: 'Super-Tight Junk Matte', or....
by mark thompson 4 years ago
Hi, I think "Color Key" is still there. They have moved it to the "Obsolete" folder in the later AE CC releases but it worked last time I tried to use it. I suppose putting it in the obsolete folder i
Cinema 4D Demo Activation
by mark thompson 4 years ago
Hi, I've just started with Cinema 4D Lite and would now like to use the Demo version. I've downloaded all the software, I think I've registered. When the program starts it prompts me to register add a
Any expert in Keying out there?
by albert trevino 4 years ago
Hi, I have a project I am working on that has 31 subjects filmed in front of a green screen sitting on a stool and talking into the camera. No real action or movement. I don't have the experience with
Re: Any expert in Keying out there?
by mark thompson 4 years ago
Hi, if you are still working on this ... I found this very useful: https: www.youtube.com watch v=S87NTJVcYKU It is not too long. There are three parts, one is a good guide to filming green screen. Th
New thoughts on my issue with Vegas
by Ron Whitaker 4 years ago
OK. So, I was thinking yesterday about my issue I'm currently having with Vegas. To recap, I'm in Vegas Pro 13 going through 35 hours of footage. I double-click a file, it opens in the Trimmer, then I
Re: New thoughts on my issue with Vegas
by mark thompson 4 years ago
Hi, when I hit this situation, at the suggestion of a helpful person in one of the Cow forums, I created a new clip containing only the content I wanted. So just Render out what you wanted from the cl
What is XPRI NS
by mark thompson 4 years ago
Hi, hot on the trail of the "what is Sony Catalyst" comes "what is XPR I NS" It seems to another NLE from Sony but sold through the same distribution chain as their Cameras. Has it been out for a whil
Re: What is XPRI NS
by mark thompson 4 years ago
John, thanks, that explains it. Although it seems to just "splice" xdcam clips together. Reading between the lines that mans no rendering. I would have liked that in Vegas from time to time.
4k workflow for HD output
by mark thompson 5 years ago
Hi, I think this may have been asked before but ...I have some 4K footage which was shot at 3504 x 2326. I need to delver that at HD 1920x1080. I did an initial Render and everything looks very good b
Re: 4k workflow for HD output
by Steve Rhoden 5 years ago
You just start Vegas with a project settings of the 1920 x 1080 and drag your 4K content to the timeline and can go in the Event Pan crop window of your video on the timeline, right click and select:
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Keylight problem on noisy (video) footage
by mark thompson 5 years ago
Hi, I have a problem with Keylight on noisy footage. The person talking is in a studio with lots of light on a good green screen. Keylight keys the subject out but I omitted to light the legs below th
Re: Keylight problem on noisy (video) footage
by mark thompson 5 years ago
Ted, could you expand on that a bit thanks mark
In desperate need of assitance with keying a shot with a lot of spill
by Jaymes Romero 5 years ago
so for the past 3 days I have tried everything i could possibly think of, searched about a dozen tutorials and even tried 3rd party plugins like spill slayer killer and nothing seems to work and i alw
Re: In desperate need of assitance with keying a shot with a lot of spill
by mark thompson 5 years ago
Jaymes, if a Photoshop Color Corrector works for you on one frame and may well work on all frames - you could use Photoshop's video support. I have used it on short clips. Mark
How to extract a subclip and pass it to AE
by mark thompson 5 years ago
Hi, I have a clip which is about 30 seconds and I want to pass just about 4 seconds of this to AE, is that possible to do An obvious solution is to just split the original clip to parts and pass my 4s
Re: How to extract a subclip and pass it to AE
by ine feijen 5 years ago
What I do is, put in premiere pro the footage you need in a new sequence. Export it as .mov and import the film in AE. Works for me.
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Overlapping two multi-track clips
by mark thompson 5 years ago
Hi, I'm trying to overlap two clips that each contain 8 mono audio tracks. I drop my main clip onto the sequence (as V1), I see all 8 tracks beneath (A1 to A8). Next I drop the second clip on the time
Re: Overlapping two multi-track clips
by Paul Neumann 5 years ago
Right click on the 2nd clip in the project bin and choose modify-audio and set the number of tracks to 0. Now that clip will only import as video. You can change it back anytime.
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How to Convert anInterlaced Clip to progressive
by mark thompson 6 years ago
Hi, I'm trying to convert some HDV Interlaced Clips to progressive. I thought this was easy; just "Render As" to a progressive format. However looking at the output, it still has the interlaced artefa
Re: How to Convert anInterlaced Clip to progressive
by John Rofrano 6 years ago
mark thompson "Vegas thinks it is progressive, I'm sure it is. However it (Mainconcept) seems not to have done a very good job at it."What are your project properties set to Particularly, what Deinte
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Transition with Track Below
by mark thompson 7 years ago
Hi, an easy question :-) I have a 4 minute clip of someone playing an instrument, obviously the sound is nicely synchronized with the pictures. I want to add some clips on top of that track to give th
Re: Transition with Track Below
by Mike Kujbida 7 years ago
Fade the clips on the upper track in and out and you'll get the effect you want.
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Vegas 10 won't play my AVI file
by mark thompson 8 years ago
Hi, I know this has come up a few times in the past but I think I have a slight variation on the theme. I create an AVI File by writing a sequence of png files (as bitmaps). This all works very well,
Re: Vegas 10 won't play my AVI file
by Mike Kujbida 8 years ago
Dave, that's a strange of doing things but you work with what you have I guess :) Make sure all the images are in the same folder and are properly sequentially numbered (i.e. 001-image.png, 002-image.
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PreSonus Firestudio Mobile doesn't work
by mark thompson 8 years ago
Hi, I decided to upgrade my TASCAM Audio midi usb to a Firestudio device. I installed it and had some success verifying installation (at least it would loop back to headphones and show levels in the r
Re: PreSonus Firestudio Mobile doesn't work
by mark thompson 8 years ago
I've made some progress on this. I added some extra FW ports on the laptop via a pcmcia card (I'm not convnced this helped but it may have). I switched the FW connection in the back of the box (again
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