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bio website eecs.berkeley.edu/~loarie
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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


Feb
13
comment Tripod duel, which one is the best?
Ok, so you need to learn about the 'crop factor' so you can convert your lens numbers into a meaningful number.
Feb
13
comment Tripod duel, which one is the best?
Are you saying 18-200 mm based on a 35mm format? If you are not sure you can learn about "the crop factor" from this tutorial on Vimeo's video school: vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson/127/crop-factor. If this was a 35 mm camera with a 18 - 200mm lens you would have a very wide to about a 4x telephoto. This would cover live action and portrait like close ups.
Feb
11
comment Common newbie mistakes for cinematography?
You are very welcome. This is not a complete list so others may post more and I look forward to learning from their experiences as well.
Feb
10
comment Do I need tripods etc. for filming?
The specs look fine: fluid head, 360 pan, supports up to 15 lbs and under $70 ! But sadly, I have no personal experience with it. I recommend a visit to a store that sells these to get a test drive and kick the tires a bit to see it in action. Tripods can be personal like buying cloths, you want to try them on for size before you buy.
Feb
10
comment Tripod duel, which one is the best?
Best for what? The tripod is only part of the story, what you plan to put on it and how you plan to use it is the part that will help determine which tripod is best for the job.
Feb
9
comment What is this device?
Useful clues would include how long this has been sitting around unopened, 2 years? 5 years? 10 years? also what Canon cameras have you owned in the past? Is there a part number stamped anywhere on this? any markings besides the Canon logo?
Feb
9
comment What is this device?
please remove the space between the first two slashes in the URL so it works--edit wouldn't let me fix this b/c it wants me to edit 6 or more characters.
Jan
31
comment How much film do I need (in feet/meters)?
Thank you Fried Of George, I work at a helpdesk for a living, and 'hope this helps' is a habit that I will have to learn to break. :>
Jan
27
comment How do I record a computer monitor without banding/flickering with a Canon t2i/550D?
Hello Ryan, are these CRT based vs. flat panel? MFG and Model? I might be able to dig a little deeper if I know the specific gear you are using for monitors.
Jan
26
comment About film making techniques
While I approve of Chard's answer, I would like to point out that not all films need actors to be great films or even have to have actors to engage the viewer. Consider the countless documentaries on nature, science, and art not to mention art films that exploit this principal "motion is the defining characteristic of life".
Jan
26
comment Can I use a computer as the processing unit of a video camera instead of the onboard chip?
In that case you want to connect with an Olympus users group as they are going to be looking for the same hacks. Thanks for making it clear that the ISO and shutter changes are not in shot but before the shot begins. I get it now.
Jan
26
comment How do I record a computer monitor without banding/flickering with a Canon t2i/550D?
Are you sure we are talking about sync bars or Moiré patterns ?
Jan
26
comment Professional text animation software
I don't have any experience with FCPX or on any FCP version so far but I can tell you that in Vegas Pro it would take me hours to reproduce what is in your example. Pro video editors are precise tools that require time to learn and master, the more practice the faster you can get what you want. I can easily spend 40 hours to edit a 2 minute piece depending how much I am pushing the learning curve.
Jan
24
comment Lighting and Camera Angle of the Video
You are very welcome. I've updated my answer to address the light source too.