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Things to do during shoot to prevent loss of quality during extreme colour grading in post?

I am doing a shoot where I will need to increase the saturation quite a bit in post. You can only really push it so far before you get artifacts etc. so I'm just wondering if there is anything I ...
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550 views

How can I make an actor cry?

In a film I am making I need and actor to start crying, but I cant think of how I am going to do that without actually making them sad. One thing I have heard is that there are eye drops you can ...
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233 views

I'm not happy with Final Cut Pro (X). What are my options?

I'm a editor who has been editing with Final Cut Pro for the last couple of years and I'm not impressed with the new Final Cut Pro X. I'm interested in looking for another NLE, such as Avid or ...
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1answer
175 views

Simple Squib (gun wound)

I was wondering if there was a simple way to make a squib to imitate gun wounds without having explosives in an actors shirt.
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2answers
155 views

What should I be looking for in a low cost color correcting monitor?

I am in the market for a low-cost, color-correcting monitor. Please help me define "low cost." I don't want to skimp out but don't want to buy top dollar either. I know good monitors cost money. I ...
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2answers
400 views

Problem exporting a mixture of PAL and ProRes 422 in FCP

I have a FCP sequence made of a mixture of ProRes 422 and PAL clips. As soon as I export it using "QuickTime Movie" (Apple ProRes 422 PAL 48KHz option), the quality of the ProRes clips is superb, but ...
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2answers
244 views

Converting SECAM VHS to a digital format

A project I am part of would ideally require to incorporate extract of several hour longs video interviews from the 1980s. They are on VHS video tape, Stereo SECAM (French system). I have (good) ...
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Is it possible to recreate VirtualDub Deshaker functionality in Adobe Premiere/After Effects?

I'd like to automatically stabilize some poorly-shot shaky footage in Adobe Premiere or After Effects. VirtualDub Deshaker analyzes frame motion, computes smoothing, adjusts frame position, scale and ...
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2answers
806 views

What exactly is AVCHD?

Is it a codec? I don't think so; I believe it uses MPEG4/H.264 for video and AC3 for audio. Is it a container format? Doesn't seem to make a huge amount of sense; there are enough out there already ...
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Best Lossless Video Encoder For Editing

I'm looking for a good video encoder to compress HD files for editing within Sony Vegas Pro and Adobe After Effects. What video codec would provide the fastest possible encoding and decoding? Also, ...
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1answer
119 views

The color in my Final Cut PX Viewer is way off

So I have a bunch of clips that I shot at 1080/24p/neutral with my T2i that all look pretty good which I'm trying to import into FCPx to assemble into a short film. When I first got FCPx last week, I ...
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1answer
49 views

Indexing audio for video editing

What tools would you recommend to index the audio track for video editing? I'd like to be able to do a text search for words in the dialog to more easily locate video snippets. I'm using FC and/or ...
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2answers
2k views

Automatically split takes into individual files in Final Cut Pro

One of my 'favourite' features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS family is automatic scene detection - its ability to spit out individual clips when capturing from tape using pause/stop information. As far as ...
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2answers
738 views

File compatibility for Final Cut Pro 7 project files with Adobe Premiere Pro CS4

The video editing labs in my university have Final Cut Pro 7 installed on them, and most projects that we work on are done in FCP. I don't have a Macbook so I personally use Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 ...
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2answers
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The ProRes of Premiere Pro?

I'm going to be editing more and more DSLR videos, most notably music videos for my band as we start releasing singles and want to know if there is an intermediate format for both cutting and ...
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4answers
3k views

What factors are important for DSLR lenses for shooting video?

I'm about to upgrade my DSLR camera from a Canon XSi (450D) to either a Canon 7D or T3i (600D). I'm largely interested in the video features of the camera. I have several mid/high-end lenses that I ...
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7answers
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Create a DIY Green Screen / Chroma Key

What are some good resources for people attempting to setup their own green/blue screen, light, record and pull a quality key from it? Particularly on a low budget, or with materials that aren't ...
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1answer
115 views

How do you load a Bolex H-16?

How do you load a Bolex H-16? A complete answer will include a link to the camera manual, page number for reference in the ASC manual, and a video demonstrating effective loading technique.
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5answers
2k views

Is there a method (or tool) to convert video from a SWF container to another more portable format (e.g., H.264)

I have a client who has misplaced the original source video, only has an SWF, and would like to use it in a non-flash environment. Is there any way to do this? So far, I've tried ffmpeg but it's ...
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2answers
210 views

Is it possible to charge a panasonic HDC SD900 while filming?

On this camera, the battery can only be charged inside the camera. So I cannot charge one battery while using an other. My only alternative is to charge while I film. Can I do that?
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4answers
691 views

How do I get a totally white background without the subject being too bright?

I would like to do a product demonstration similar to the White Room's demonstrations done by Apple, such as iPad 2 Product Demonstration What type of lighting is used to keep the whites extremely ...
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6answers
3k views

How do I filter a voice recording to sound like a NES game sample?

The style that I am shooting for can be heard on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZlPiehYpVM at 2:18 ("Blades of Steel") I have tried playing with equalization, hi-pass/low-pass, and ...
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1answer
665 views

Sony TV RCA output into Yamaha HS80M input via RCA male to XLR male: Is it safe?

Title says it all really. Just want to check up before I do this. I have a spare set of Yamaha HS80M monitors lying around. Rather than just having them sitting on the shelf, I'd like to connect them ...
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2answers
734 views

Best rendering options for Sony Vegas 8 Pro?

I have a 20 minute video that needs to finish rendering at a maximum of 7 hours. The video format needs to compatible with Windows without Quicktime. What the the best options to render the video?
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1answer
542 views

Question about using the DeShaker plug-in for VirtualDub

I've been using my Canon 7D primarily for photography and am starting to get into the video realm with it. I tried using the Deshaker plug-in for VirtualDub on some of my shaky/not usable footage. ...
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2answers
358 views

How to handle extreme dynamic range in a vocalist?

Just finished a tracking session with a singer who has a huge dynamic range. This musician is otherwise very professional, and is a joy to have in the studio, and I'm not in any way criticizing her. ...
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1answer
297 views

Methods of Amplifying Poor Audio from Camcorder Recording?

I have a recording from a camcorder (with a broken mic) where the audio is 1) largely white noise and 2) almost in-audible sound from people chatting in a room. What methods could be used to amplify ...
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3answers
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Convert a 60 fps video to a 24 (film) video - is it possible?

This may not be as simple a problem as it may seem at first, so read carefully. When I set my (Canon 60D, but this doesn't really matter at all) camera to record at 24 fps (I think it's actually ...
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3answers
295 views

Does rackmount hardware attach only on the faceplate?

I've just purchased a few simple hardware rackmount devices, and a rack case. I've never set anything like this up before. I've been told that the devices' faceplates are screwed to the rack, and no ...
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3answers
371 views

Best Digital recorder for use as a ‘body pack’ + good field recorder?

I'm looking at getting something to use as a 'body pack' as opposed to using a wireless setup when using a lavalier microphone. I've looked into Tascam DR-08 vs. Zoom H1 or other. I found a ...
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3answers
73 views

Does a real “megapixel lens” exist?

Many of new model of lenses are defined as megapixel (i.e 1MP, 2MP, 5MP...). My problem is that I did not find any difference between a standard lens and a "megapixel" one, in the focus quality. I ...
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2answers
154 views

Negative SMPTE timecode drop-frame handling?

How are negative timecodes handled with drop-frame: Is the frame before -00:00:59:29 labelled -00:00:01:02 (symmetric), or Is the frame after -00:01:00:01 labelled -00:00:59:28 (regular)? Thanks.
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7answers
130 views

Effects LEDs are uncomfortably bright - can they be dimmed? (Boss ME-70)

I use a Boss ME-70 multieffects unit and its red LEDs are uncomfortably bright. When I bend down to adjust a setting, it's like having a red laser shining in my eyes -- I can't even read the controls. ...
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1answer
219 views

What is the name of that color test in video production with the beep?

What is the name of those colour test screens at the beginning of videos? I've used it before in Final Cut Pro but I forget what it's called. Thanks.
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3answers
435 views

How can I make “videosongs”?

Not purely audio, but definitely related! Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn have "pioneered" the 'videosong' format. Rule 1 - What you see is what you hear. (No lip-syncing for instruments or voice) Rule ...
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3answers
1k views

Is the Canon 550d ideal for documentary video production?

I'm confused as to go with the costlier body cheaper lens vice-versa, I have a budget at around $1000, and i am looking at the canon 550d with the 50mm f 1.8. I would like to get advice on the lens ...
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4answers
493 views

Templates for video production?

I am planning to release short and basic videos on youtube. I would like to have a more polished look and feel so I am wondering if there are templates that you can use with, say, adobe premiere, that ...
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votes
1answer
136 views

Recommendations for good “bad monitors”?

To make sure the songs still sound OK on crap systems like small radios and computer speakers I've been listening to recordings through my computers speakers, a surprisingly good value €50 Creative ...
6
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1answer
672 views

Hacking up a podcast functionality with the Behringer XENYX 1202FX.

There are two pieces of functionality which I need from the Behringer XENYX 1202 FX. Our podcast requires the use of Skype which means: Skype-out must go to an input on the mixer Skype-in should ...
5
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4answers
701 views

How do I make something sound “cloudy” as though my ears are plugged using Ableton Live? [closed]

I'm working on a song that I'd like to have drums similar to Radiohead's "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors." I love the way the bass kick sounds like it's cloudy, as though I were hearing it through plugged ...
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2answers
533 views

Amateur orchestra recording/post-processing

I play in an amateur university orchestra, and I just recorded our last concert this weekend. This was a very simple setup: just a Sony PCM-D50 recorder, set to record at 96/24 through its internal ...
2
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1answer
2k views

WMV vs MP4 Streaming & Download

I work for a company that outputs videos in many formats. We currently stream movies in FLV format, offer downloads in a WMV and MP4 format. However in the interest of saving server space and ...
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3answers
5k views

Cool Edit Pro alternative for Mac?

I just can't find a program similar to Cool Edit Pro for the Mac. Any idea?
5
votes
2answers
109 views

Is there an easy method for detecting or marking the actual sample frequency?

Some time ago, I did a project where the solo guitarist was sitting in a different location. I uploaded rough down mixes to guitarist, who would load the files into his DAW software, record his guitar ...
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6answers
836 views

Are there any mathematical advantages for higher sampling rates?

Given that most people can't hear so many frequencies above 20kHz anyways, I've never understood the exact arguments for using sampling rates above 48kHz. At 48kHz, I understand that it is easier to ...
7
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2answers
275 views

Why doesn't an FFT pitch filter fully 'mute' the selected pitch range?

While editing a song, I tried to cut out the bass drum by applying a high-pass FFT filter, i.e. filtering out the low pitch of the bass drum. This resulted in the drum sound being severely quieted, ...
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2answers
868 views

What's the difference between an Engineer and a Producer?

People seem to be making a point of the distinction of the role of Engineer and Producer. What's the difference?
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1answer
87 views

How can internal software clip the 'From Software' channel on my Apogee Duet?

I noticed this the other day: the Maestro mixer on my Mac was showing the 'From Software' channel clipping. It happened to be that Radium was playing internet radio and the volume slider on the Radium ...
7
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4answers
780 views

What is the difference between an amateur and a professional camcorder?

It is known that professional photographers use SLRs & regular users use point & shoot camera. What kind of cameras do professional videographers use & whats the difference?

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