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bio website SchmueyVision.US
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


May
9
comment Video clip is smaller dimensions than project. How to change the color of extra space?
What video editing suite are you using?
May
8
comment Problems with rendering a Windows Movie Maker video
Yes, a binary search is faster. Good one.
May
7
comment What is/are the best free tool/tools for editing my videos?
I can dig that.
May
5
comment What is/are the best free tool/tools for editing my videos?
Craig, it might be time to get yourself a camera that shoots in HD from the start. (That is if I understand this situation correctly). You're gonna save so much time getting it right from the start that it will probably pay for the new camera. There are plenty of point and shoot pocket cameras that can shoot both 720p and 1080p for under $500 but you will not get the manual controls until you spend about 50% more.
Apr
27
comment What does a phantom technician do on a production set and why would a director need one?
superfragilisticexpialidocious (this comment field won't let just say 'cool' 10 letter min.) :>
Apr
27
comment What does a phantom technician do on a production set and why would a director need one?
Thank you so much. Had no idea that they made a camera that could shoot HD so fast and so nicely, so it wasn't Twixtor. :>
Apr
27
comment solution for archiving digital video
Thank you John.
Apr
27
comment Looking to intentionally distort video
That's s pretty meaty bone to gnaw on, that should help a lot. Thank you.
Apr
27
comment Looking to intentionally distort video
John Rygielski is spot on. Yes, toss us a bone, we need to know what tools you have in your shed, e.g. video editors, or other applications, as well as your level of expertise on each.
Apr
27
comment How best to find literature on motion graphics design
How about messaging the directors of the motion graphic vids you like and ask them if they would recommend a book?
Apr
26
comment How best to find literature on motion graphics design
I would say that since things change so much in the field of Motion Graphics as it is heavily technology driven, a book may already be out of date. The field is definitely a "moving target". :>
Apr
26
comment How best to find literature on motion graphics design
Hey Zettt, Vimeo has just release the 2012 awards short lists and one of the categories is Motion Graphics, including one on "A History of the Title Sequence" and another "The Fundemental Elements of Design" which is a great way to see what is current. There are a dozen on this page: vimeo.com/awards/vote/motiongraphics
Apr
25
comment Want to try green screen with my elementary students. What do we need. Using Mac OS 10.5.8
Thanks dwwwilson66, that's good to know.
Apr
25
comment Want to try green screen with my elementary students. What do we need. Using Mac OS 10.5.8
good ones ! Thanks for the augmentation, note, green screens work better with digital sensors while blue screens work better with real film. Can you get halogen's with suitable color temperature/white balance or will she need to use the custom white balance feature on her camera (assuming she has this) ?
Apr
20
comment How to create a good short video with limited supplies and time
Very impressive and out of the box as well. I dig it.
Apr
19
comment Removing horizontal scan lines from video?
This may be subject dependent, a subject with inherent lines like a fence or pin stripe shirt that are the source of the interference. If you can not show the subject, how about your best shot at describing it?
Apr
19
comment How can I reuse an effect sequence in FCPX?
This is stab in the dark. I don't use FCPX but I do use Vegas Pro, in Vegas after you alter a default effect you can save it. E.G. while doing a split screen for showing an A/B comparison I save the "cookie cutter" option I had altered as an effect I could use again. Do you see any icon in the effect function suggesting it can be saved?
Apr
12
comment Sony Vegas 10 Video made from smaller quicktime mov videos look crap on youtube
What happens if you "disable resample" in the clip properties before rendering. Any better?
Apr
10
comment Is Open-Source -film production possible with open-source tools?
Sorry, but we don't understand each other at all. End of discussion.
Apr
10
comment Is Open-Source -film production possible with open-source tools?
I am not patronizing you. You seem to be getting all up tight about nothing. My answers are genuine and come from over 35 years as a tech. I would hope that even the dumbest person on the planet could plainly see that there is so much more to making moives than expensive software, cameras, and gear.