Pro versus pro-lite, or how I learned to relax and love the Elements|
By: Dan Dennis on Aug 28, 2009 at 7:47:16 am
I've talked to many in the business who are up on the latest tricks and trends, and when it comes to NLE software most (if not all) tout the benefits and advantages of the biggest and best - meaning Avid, Final Cut, and to a lesser extent Media 100, Vegas, Edius, etc. But mention to them the names, "Windows Movie Maker," "Premiere Elements," etc., and they roll their eyes like you're asking them to trade their SUV in for a Radio Flyer wagon.
Nothing could be further from the truth - well, okay, the analogy is sound for WMM at least....
Don't Forget to Hit SAVE A Lot|
By: Mike Cohen on Jul 8, 2009 at 9:57:30 pm
When a particular piece of software is acting up (ie, unstable, crashing a lot) a good rule of thumb is Save Often and Frequently.
However when things are running smoothly, which is most of the time, one must also remember to save one's work.
And I don't just mean hitting the save button. I am talking about archiving.
Here are some of the habits I am trying to get into the habit of making into habits.
(for the sake of argument this will concern Premiere)
1. Save your project frequently.
2. If you get an error message (ie, Premiere is running low on memory), save, exit...
Editing Tug-of-War: PC vs MAC|
By: Tim Robinson on Jun 10, 2009 at 9:34:50 am
Tim Robinson is the Corporate Video Editor for Pride Mobility Products Corp.
Makers of the Jazzy Powerchair, Scooters, Lift Chairs and other mobility products!
At our company we’ve been strictly a PC world. When the new head of IT asked us, “Why don’t you guys run macs? My daughter’s graphic design school runs nothing but macs!” We had to explain his predecessor strictly prohibited using macs because his IT staff could not “support” them. Before he even finished the sentence “What if we bought you guys…” we excitedly shouted ‘YES!’
The transition was not easy for both IT and later us....
This video project is barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology.|
By: Mike Cohen on Feb 10, 2009 at 8:48:47 am
One year ago, I completed a project for a new client. Turnaround time was fast.
Recently, anticipating some revisions, upon inserting the eSATA drive containing the project, I was dismayed to learn that the drive was no longer viable. All it did was spin up, click and repeat. Bummer.
Luckily I had saved a backup of the project to my laptop - not the final project, but close enough.
Not since 2003 when I cut my final Media 100 project have I needed to batch digitize a video project. Media 100's original LVD ultra-wide SCSI2 drives were originally quite expensive. Thus, we...
How do I Spell Relief? J-K-L-;|
By: Mike Cohen on Jan 5, 2009 at 5:41:57 pm
If you grew up in the late 70's or early 80's like I did, you could not go five minutes without seeing one of the now famous spelling commercials on tv. First came the Oscar Meyer jingle:
Oscar Meyer has a way of B-O-L-O-G-N-A.
Next came Tommy Lasorda spelling relief R-O-L-A-I-D-S.
No wonder I can spell so well!
The subject of this post, thus, is about the letters (and symbols) that mean a lot to me:
Relief from endless mouse clicks and eye movement in Premiere is spelled J-K-L-;
Let me explain. Back in the day I was edited a video on our old ACE 25...
Adobe Media Encoder CS4 - Improvements all Around!|
By: Mike Cohen on Dec 31, 2008 at 5:56:31 am
When I read about the new and improved standalone Media Encoder that comes with Premiere CS4, I was very excited. Gone are the days of exporting files one at a time from Premiere, a potential savings of hundreds of hours per year. If this works, it would be like Space Mountain - worth the price of admission. Can you tell I grew up in the 70's when Space Mountain was the best ride Disney had on offer?
For those of you unfamiliar with the pre-CS versions of Premiere, let's take a look back. In Premiere 6.5 and earlier, you were limited...
Large Project Editing Workflow|
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 5, 2008 at 6:03:08 pm
I'd like to say I have been so busy catching up on work that I have not had a chance to write new posts. This is partially true. Partially, I took a week to visit my folks in insanely sunny Florida, helped my wife through some medical troubles (no, for the last time, I did not film it) and have in fact been pretty busy at work. Oh, and I discovered I know a lot of people on Facebook. But back to the important topic of workflow. As described in excrutiating detail in previous posts, I make the most of...
Video Grab Bag|
By: Mike Cohen on Apr 13, 2008 at 7:55:44 am
Recently I was asked to make a video loop to play on the hotel television system during this week's convention. No problem, I had already begun receiving videos. The format requirements were simple: DV tape, DVCAM tape or authored DVD. In reality, I received videos in the following formats: DV tape, Authored DVD, Windows Media, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, H.264, DIVX - all the usual suspects. In most cases this is not a problem, Premiere Pro 2.0 will import just about every format. A few files had to be converted to another format due to the wrong audio frequency (32 vs...
Go Fast Productions|
By: Mike Cohen on Mar 29, 2008 at 7:10:14 am
No, that's not the name of a new company - but it sounds good actually. I actually was thinking of the term "go fast boats" as used in the Miami Vice movie(it has been on HBO in a loop). Basically fast racing boats used for smuggling. This week was a go fast production week. Monday - Pack my gear, print Google maps of two hospitals and a client's offices in Massachusetts. Fuel up the Wagon Queen Family Truckster (Saturn ION) for a mere $30, and hit the road. I also hit the library to stock up on books for my...
Premiere Pro Tips and Tricks - Starting a Project|
By: Mike Cohen on Feb 1, 2008 at 9:43:40 pm
Ok, so you have decided to edit a video in Premiere Pro. For the sake of argument let's pretend you are using 2.0, which is rather similar to CS3. If you are coming from AVID or Final Cut, you may be surprised to see some of the choices Adobe has made in their features, or lack of a few seemingly key features. Believe me, you can get used to anything, and once you do, it's no big deal. Coming from Media 100 there were a few features I could not believe Premiere was lacking. But Media 100 used to cost...
Premiere Pro Tips and Tricks|
By: Mike Cohen on Feb 1, 2008 at 8:28:37 pm
No offense to the many awesome FCP users, but I have noticed these blogs are a bit light on Premiere Pro posts. I thought I'd write a series of Premiere Tips and Tricks, great for the beginner and hopefully interesting reading for everyone else. A Brief History of My Experience with Premiere Back in 1995 we decided to investigate nonlinear editing. At the time, we were running two Ampex 1" suites, one with a 2 bus Vista switcher, the other with the old standby Grass Valley 100. We visited Expo95, the annual Connecticut video expo, this one held at Quinnipiac...