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bio website eecs.berkeley.edu/~loarie
location Berkeley, CA
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I work as a Systems Administrator and a Technical Consultant to the Helpdesk for the EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences) Department at the University of California, Berkeley Campus. This has been my career for the last 24 years which began as an electronics technician. I worked my way to principal electronic tech and then crossed over to systems administration about 12 years ago. My strongest experience is with computer hardware and I am usually the go to guy when laptops and desktops start smoken or won't power up.

One of my most interesting assignments at Berkeley was in 1992. I was put on a special team with NASA trained techs to fabricate an assembly bound for the Arecibo radio telescope. This was a special 4 million FFT based spectrum analyzer for SETI project SERENDIP III under the direction of UC Berkeley physicist Dan Werthimer. I got to build hardware to listen for ET!

In my off hours since 1977 I have been working with music, still photography, and small scale sculptures some involving digital electronics. However in 2008 after a 35 year hiatus I have returned to my own independent cinematic (video) and music productions.

Presently I use a Sony camcorder (HDR-CX500v) and I use Sony Vegas Pro 10 as my main video and music editing suite. I have experience with both Windows Movie Maker and Windows Live Movie Maker, and I am a tiny bit familiar with iMovie. I also have a B.S. in Cinematography from SIU-Carbondale, 1974 and a M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College, 1977.

I am providing a link to my 'Linked in' profile:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/phil-loarie/0/167/806


Jul
9
comment What is this 5 second interval cut technique called?
"jump cut" historically was a bad thing for reasons stated, you neglect to take that into account, instead you are offering only a modern day 'wiki' interpretation which is ok, but it omits history and the context of how directors innovated cuts in general over the last 40 years.
Jul
8
comment Can't make Ken Burns effect zoom properly
Did you use keyframes for both the pan and the zoom changes?
Jul
8
comment Recommendations for HD camcorder for all-day static recording?
Along these lines google key words "HD network camera". Some get pricey but there a few under $400 that have 720p but not sure about 24 fps, you should look. Streaming is the way to go, and mounting it right will make it steady.
Jun
20
comment Video Editor for syncing mult camera videos
Once all 3 camera's started to roll, did you 'slate' them, as in say a flash or other visual sync mark that all captured on the same frame?
May
6
comment Glidecam focus control
Have you tried a search on google, vimeo, and youtube for DIY lens puller or follow focus?
Apr
25
comment What is the smallest video size possible in Sony Vegas Pro?
Cool idea AJ Henderson, wonder what it would look like using either a Fibonacci sequence or a pseudorandom sequence?
Apr
12
comment Which software gets the fastest rendering times?
Nice one AJ Henderson. I have started documenting my render times based on Vegas Pro 10 on a 32 bit Win7, no GPU, but CPU is quad core, with 4 GB of ram. E.g., 2:43 runtime with up to 6 video tracks (some portions only have 2 video tracks running at the same time) and 3 stereo music tracks: 16 minutes for 720p mpeg 2 m2t and about 32 minutes for 1080p mp4 (7.5 Mbps).
Mar
20
comment Should I use a GoPro Hero 3 Black for recording drama?
Go Pro although very handy for action shots like down hill skiing or sky diving, does not have a manual focus, or manual exposure, and as pointed out so well by AJ Henderson below does not have a zoom lens.
Mar
5
comment How can I make a video such that the quality degrades if someone tries to record it using screen recording software?
LOL! Thank you for the lifting thought. :>
Feb
26
comment How can I make a video such that the quality degrades if someone tries to record it using screen recording software?
Have you considered making a chain of renders until you get one that really shows degradation and then use the render just before this to publish so that when it is pirated it will be obviously degraded?
Feb
7
comment How do I add a crosshair guide to a FCPX angle editor viewer window?
Not familiar with FCPX however in Vegas Pro there is a button to add a grid to the preview, do you see any such button near your preview screen? Yes, I know a grid is overkill, but at least you would get a crosshair out of it.
Dec
21
comment How to reverse video in different software packages
Are you interested in Vegas Movie Studio and Vegas Pro?
Dec
12
comment Reverse engineering: which video editing software was used on this video?
Hey Bart, I can't speak for iMovie but I know for sure you can not composite with Windows Movie Maker or the more recent Live Movie Maker. The CERN video has a least 4 layers of video going on perhaps as many as 5.
Dec
11
comment Reverse engineering: which video editing software was used on this video?
You might get away with less, but I think the key is to make it easy and not spend more time than needed to wait for a render. The most important aspect is to have a 64 bit machine with at least 16 GB, E.G. my 32 bit quad core running Vegas Pro will barf if I put more than 5 video tracks on it for compositing. The CERN video has considerably more tracks, so hence more horsepower is needed.
Dec
10
comment Why not filming computer or TV screens?
FYI: Example where it worked, Low light situation where I was able to get my HDTV set to very low illumination with a camera shooting 1080i and rendered to 1080p here: vimeo.com/55295820 look at time makers 00:27 and 00:41 in this short video.
Dec
7
comment Why not filming computer or TV screens?
BTW: I was able to capture real time HDTV at home last weekend but the HDTV was only 1/3 in my field of view, but the trick was to bring the illumination down considerably to match a dark scene and to my surprise there were no moiré patterns. This video is not ready for release yet otherwise I would point you to a link.
Dec
7
comment Why not filming computer or TV screens?
By all means give a go to see what you get, at best I think you will see moiré patterns depending on the distance and focal length of your camera lens.
Dec
6
comment Comment about a video
I recommend that you watch more videos you like and see if you can contact the directors or others in the credits on more information. For instance, let's say you like the editing, you might address the editor and ask how he/she got a certain effect. Pro editing suites include Avid, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier/After Effects and Vegas Pro. Please note that some production companies will have their own proprietary software specifically written by their staff of expert programmers and editing designers.
Dec
4
comment How to tune a musicbox
I would buy a cheap movement for like under $10 and experiment with it to gain experience before you start your design and first prototype.
Oct
22
comment Any way to batch stabilize video files?
Do all your video clips need the same kind of stabilization? E.G. in Sony Vegas Pro (video editor) there is a stabilization feature but has numerous parameters to set depending on if the source material is handheld camera, moving object within frame, pan, tilt, etc. It's hard for me to imagine a one stop process that fixes it all. Generally, stabilization is carefully applied in a trial and error manner to allow for each unstable shot to be stabilized.