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Brian Smokler

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  1. If you have Adobe CC you also should have Adobe Media Encoder (or can download it). AME has the ability to output several intraframe compressed video types like JPEG2000 and DV25. The JPEG2000 codec uses intraframe compression in a MXF wrapper. That would allow you to output media where each frame of video and audio will be discretely represented. You also could export as a DV25 file. It will be very low resolution compared to what i assume is an HD format currently, but all the sound person needs is the picture to reference the audio to during his edit. You don't say what software you
  2. Long time Nashville film production community member Doug Bates had his shop broken into and had a large amount of equipment stolen recently. Please keep an eye out for suspicious sales offers. Here is a URL listing the gear and serial numbers: http://dbvrentals.com/forms/dbVStolenItems.pdf
  3. The Nikon D600 has a documented issue that it is especially susceptible to oil being thrown from the internal mechanicals on to the image sensor. This leaves difficult to remove spots on the sensor that show up in images. You may wish to contact Nikon to see if they will remedy this under warranty. Here are a couple of links: http://nikonrumors.com/2013/02/22/nikon-issues-official-statement-on-the-d6000-dustoil-issue.aspx/ https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18180
  4. Shane Hurlbut did a post on book light setups on his blog last year. He discusses differing light sources, reflection/bounce panels, and diffusion materials. Worth a look I think. http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/2012/11/creating-a-beauty-light-with-a-book-light/
  5. GoPro camera. It's waterproof. The lenses on them are pretty wide, and it might work in a deep enough sink..
  6. Re: Blackmagic: Could you use an ExpressCard to USB-3 adapter in an ExpressCard slot in your laptop...assuming the computer has an ExpressCard slot? I'm not sure/haven't checked to see how much bandwidth the BlackMagic device uses on the USB3 connection, but it would be worth looking into. Anyone know anything about or have used the Ikan products? They've announced LCD monitors with built in waveform monitoring. http://www.ikancorp.com/productlisting.php?id=75 Hamlet (Flexiscope, Microflex) has both PC interface devices and handheld waveform/vector devices. http://www.hamlet.co.uk
  7. The iPhone 4S does record 1080p video. Not too bad image-wise in decent light and noisy in low light as expected. The audio is usable within the realm of tiny hand held cameras. You can suck the media off via iPhoto and then import it into iMovie or Final Cut Pro (7) for editing. Haven't tried to get at the media on a Windows box. I've been impressed with the Panasonic cameras. I've used a Panasonic TM900K and think it is a very nice looking camera. I sent one on a research trip to Africa and it held up nicely in remote rural conditions. I like that it has a headphone jack because TV
  8. Bestine Solvent & Thinner (it's engineered as a solvent for rubber adhesives and most quality gaffer's tapes use a rubber adhesive I've been told). To prevent the problem you can use a "cable path tape" that's a few inches wide and doesn't have adhesive in the center area to sully your stingers...I recall "Tunnel Tape" was a name brand of this product. Finally, I use inexpensive carpet floor mats from office supply stores to throw over cables instead of taping them down. The carpets are $20-30 dollars for a 3x5' and come in a dark grey that doesn't show up in shots easily or show
  9. Sorry for the double post (musta double clicked on the send button) I think Shane Hurlbut's behind the scenes stuff he's posted on Vimeo about his staffs' projects is really instructive as well. is one and there are more.
  10. While it's not targeted to motion picture lighting, the Strobist website (www.strobist.com) is a great resource for learning how to light. The lighting hardware it focuses on is small battery powered strobes, but the principles in using them apply to continuous lighting as well. I think this is a good place to start since you have a DSLR already. David Hobby, the guy behind the site, has a focus on DIY modifiers and keeping costs low. I think you will enjoy it and find it useful.
  11. While it's not targeted to motion picture lighting, the Strobist website (www.strobist.com) is a great resource for learning how to light with DSLR cameras. The lighting hardware it focuses on is small battery powered strobes, but the principles in using them apply to continuous lighting as well. I think this is a good place to start since you have a DSLR already. David Hobby, the guy behind the site, has a focus on DIY modifiers and keeping costs low. I think you will enjoy it and find it useful.
  12. Vincent, What information was omitted that would be misleading? There are two more installments forthcoming that address other facets of shooting with single chip cameras, so more info on compression, motion artifacts, etc. will show up later this summer. I'm curious, what in this one was left on the cutting room floor that would be misleading?
  13. When you are creating the iDVD project are you selecting 16:9 (vs. 4:3)? It's a button selector at the bottom of the create project window that opens when you create a new project. Also, some of the older themes will default to 4:3 aspect ratio, so be sure to make sure they aren't "forcing" the media to 4:3.
  14. Philip, Accessing a specific location within a scene down to the frame level is hard to do playing DVDs off of consumer DVD players and most computer based DVD player software. It's frustrating at best. When I need to deal with DVD media to look at a specific scene with frame accurate control I rip the video and audio files using MPEGStreamclip or Cinematize to a format that is more friendly to scrubbing playback on a computer. DV is a good generic format that is easily playable on almost any editing software on both Macintosh and Windows. The only potential roadblock to doing this wou
  15. Barbizon Lighting has a facility in the DC area - useful if you happen to be in Northern VA. Here's the link to their online story: http://www.barbizon.com/store.php
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