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Calibrated {Q} Another native MXF importer
By: Noah Kadner on Jun 27, 2008 at 1:43:23 pm

Here's something interesting. An app that gives you native MXF in all QuickTime applications including FCP. Calibrated Software's unique solution successfully joins the separate video and audio P2 MXF files so that Final Cut Pro sees them all as ONE file - complete with TimeCode and Reel Name. PullDown can also be removed or added for select frame rates. And you're not just limited to Final Cut Pro, you can also natively import files in Compressor, Motion and Sound Track Pro. Not only that but they have also unveiled a DVCPROHD decoder for Windows. This is something our friends across...


By: Shane Ross on May 7, 2008 at 11:25:40 pm

My producer from The Mexican American War and Andrew Jackson is teaching a 4 week workshop. Time permitting I might see if I can pitch in when it comes to the editing phase. Anyway, here is the press release for this event: HISTORY/DISCOVERY Channel Producer to conduct summer HVX-200/Final Cut Pro workshop at LA s Citrus College LA’s Citrus College of the Performing Arts is conducting a 4-week summer INTRO TO PRO HD workshop with Emmy-winning HISTORY/DISCOVERY Channel writer/producer/director Jim Lindsay. One of LA’s best-kept secrets for arts education, Citrus has been the home of the Grammy Foundation’s summer “Grammy...


Chronosync- invaluable tool for tapeless workflow
By: Noah Kadner on May 3, 2008 at 7:12:27 am

Here's a tool for anyone working with the solid-state and tapeless workflow, for example the Panasonic HVX200 and Sony EX1 . If you've been dragging and dropping footage from your folders to your hard drive you could be a bit more at risk than you realize. ChronoSync is a data management tool that allows you to efficiently synchronize files and folders from one disk location to another with full verification and resume capabilities. In other words, it's perfect for copying footage from your SxS card or P2 card onto your hard drive. About the only real drawback with ChronoSync is...

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Using the Duel Systems PC-e-PCMCIA Adapter with Panasonic P2 Media.
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 18, 2008 at 5:30:36 pm

There has been a lot of fuss over the use of the Duel Systems Duel Adapter (PC-express to PCMCIA card adapter) in conjunction with the Mac Book Pro. New users and others migrating up from their older PowerBooks with a built-in PCMCIA slot have posted many entries expressing frustration with the integration of the Duel Adapter with the Mac Book Pro. Mostly this comes from failure of P2 cards to mount on the desktop after a previous card has been ejected. Users experience this problem whether or not they are using a program like HD Log or P2 CMS, or...


Wow, Camera department mess ups- Why I love film
By: Aaron zander on Feb 23, 2008 at 5:07:37 am

ok, so as I stated previously, I am working with the RED a lot recently and though I m exhausted after a 20 hour day I just had to talk about how pissed I am. See here is why I love film. when you shoot your mag, you tape it off in say red tape or ape that says exposed etc. and some loader sees that and says hey this was shot not to mention you pick up a 5lbs (is that the right weight?) mag and you know your holding a TON of money in your hands of painstakingly...


P2 Card formatter for Mac!
By: Shane Ross on Jan 30, 2008 at 9:36:34 pm

The original workflow I had when working with P2 was pretty slick. Shoot to P2, offload onto a Powerbook with a PCMCIA slot (or now to a MacBook Pro with the Duel Systems Adapter), erase the card (or simply trash the contents on the card), and return it to the field. They d put it back into the camera and recording would continue.I was quite surprised to find that workflow was no longer possible. I got my hands onto an HVX-200 camera so that I could do P2 demos at MacWorld. I went out to shoot footage and when I...


By: Shane Ross on Dec 14, 2007 at 12:58:07 pm

Let me first point you to the target Apple Discussion thread that prompted this discovery. Full credit goes to ILMSTMF...whoever that is (real name not given, location unknown). tstart=0 OK...while trying to troubleshoot a frame rate issue, Mr. ILMSTMF did something that shouldn t have worked. He imported an MXF file directly from the Contents folder...and it worked! He got the warning that the file wasn t optimal, but still, it worked. Since he imported only the video file, there was no audio. He imported that separately and could sync it the HECK did he do that? I...


By: Shane Ross on Nov 26, 2007 at 11:38:19 am

There was an issue that cropped up when many of us upgraded FCP 6 to 6.0.2.  Suddenly the LOG AND TRANSFER option for P2 didn t work.  Initially I solved this by zapping PRAM, running Disk First Aid and repairing permissions and trashing FCP prefs. This unfortunately only worked ONCE. When I restarted, this didn t work at all. And this didn t work for everyone. I started a threat on a href= tstart=0 target=_blank the Apple forums /a to track this issue.So in my testing I found the culprit to be the FxPlug plugins from FX Factory. As soon...


By: Shane Ross on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:06:40 pm

I saved posting the airdate until the time was close.  Well, it is close.  And it will air THREE times very close to one you will be sure to catch it. a href= action=detail target=_blank Andrew Jackson. /a Sunday, November 18  08:00 PMMonday, November 19 12:00 AM (that s right...MIDNIGHT)Saturday, November 24 05:00 PM Not sure if these are Eastern or Pacific times...there have been times when it was set to air at 8PM and I find that it is on a 8PM eastern, 5PM Pacific.  But then it re-aired later that night.Anyway, this is my third History...


By: Shane Ross on Oct 15, 2007 at 4:57:08 pm

DevilDodo here on the Creative Cow has done some research on this topic: After looking into LTO tapes, Hard drives, DVDs and Blu-ray there seems to be no clear winner. Here s how it breaks down (all prices in NZ dollars):LTO3:- Most expensive setup cost (the cost of the drive itself) at around $2000. In terms of tapes, it works out to about $0.19 /GB- Large storage space (200GB or 400GB compressed) on the one I looked at.- Approx. 30+ year lifetime.- Write speed is quite slow when compared to DVD. Read speed is quite slow (due to the...


By: Shane Ross on Oct 7, 2007 at 9:52:44 pm

While I was in the middle of trying to finish my third pass at Act 2 on the current show I am working on, I was given a really interesting challenge.   And while I needed to get this Act finished, and move on to Act 3...I did need a little break from the creative process, and I do enjoy a technical challengeThe company I work for needed some DVCPRO HD 720p60 footage converted into slow motion.  From 59.94 fps to 29.97fps...a frame by frame transfer that makes for very smooth slow motion.  That s problem.Issue #1 - This is...


By: Shane Ross on Sep 15, 2007 at 10:47:07 am

IBC is FINALLY over...and I am on my way home. I figured that during this long flight I could take some time to write about what I saw...what impressed me, what didn't, what is new, what isn't. If the in-flight movie (Ocean's 13) was working properly (no audio) I probably wouldn't be doing this. I do have my iPod, but the of the movies I encoded for it that I have left, I forgot to get the subtitling so all I hear is Japanese and Chinese in BIG sections of KILL BILL. And I have no window seat to enjoy...


A tapeless world
By: Barend Onneweer on Mar 5, 2007 at 5:44:43 am

The following is a republished blog entry from my own company website. A project for Ticketservice Uitburo was our first experience shooting DVCProHD for greenscreen material, with the Panasonic HVX-200 - since the budget didn't allow for HDCAM or film. What sets this camera apart is that is shoots HD on P2 memorycards, not tape. As a result we could immediately copy the data to a computer and start working. No need to have tapes transferred to files, or send film to a lab. The immediate availability of the material is one of the biggest advantages of this type of...


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