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  • in reply to: raw footage and deliverables #208501
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    Ed…thanks for the suggestions but I'm aware of those options. Makes no difference.

    Canon included software with the camcorder that will allow the files to be "merged" seemlessly together but I think there's a little quality loss. Plus it takes almost as much time to merge the files as to watch the files in real time.

    The "glitch" is only one frame where ther files butt together.

    On a non stop shot that equals about 3-4 glitches per hour. I'm kind of learning to live with it but I know it's not right. Since I KNOW there's a fix (for Canon it's the included Pixela software). What I don't understand is why it's not included in all Windows video edit programs that claim to be AVCHD friendly. Am I the only guy who shoots long form programs (plays, graduations, weddings)?    I doubt it very much.

    in reply to: raw footage and deliverables #208489
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    Mike – rights are not a problem for me. I'm aware of the high compression crap & I do use good disks. When I was shooting on DV I didn't have a quality problem. But the whole AVCHD thing has been a bit of a nightmare. First off, there's the 2gig limit of FAT. There for a long, non stop shot is made of several files. There's a glitch when layed end to end on the time line. And yes, I can edit them in their raw file (MTS). My computer is powerful enough (i7,32GB RAM, Nvidea card, 2, 1TB HDDs) to handle the raw files. They look beautiful. But when it's time to burn then turn to crap. I know DVD is only standard definition but I figure if a DVD rental from Red Box can look so good then I think mine shouldn't look so bad. What does Hollywood do to help keep their movies looking so good in standard def? I must be missing out on some important information. I need to read something that will explain everything I need to know. 

    in reply to: raw footage and deliverables #208487
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    Part 2 is excellent. I shoot long events (like graduations) on AVCHD (MTS) files), edit on Premiere Elements 11 & burn on DVD or dual layer DVD. They ALWAYS look similar to VHS quality. I don't expect a long discription of how to make them look better but it would be useful if someone would suggest a book or manual that does explain the ins & outs of burning DVDs. 

    in reply to: Shotgun Mic + Zoom H4N #176909
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    I also had that problem. I “fixed” it by adding a Nady DMP-2 between the mics & the H4n or camcorder. I must admit it adds a little circuitry hiss (an easy fix in post – well worth it) and it’s output is line level only.

    It’s pre-ampwith 2XLR in & outputs, +48V phantom power& powered by one9 volt battery.

    It’s small – about 4.5″WX 2.25″ HX 5.25″ D and only 1 pound.

    Pricedunder $75 and easy to use.

    Good luck – Jake – Torrance, CA

    in reply to: Canon xh 1a vs Canon 5D MarkII #181197
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    I’m with robgrauert..DSLRs aren’t really my thing.I don’t undersatnd why so many shooters are willing to trade off all the pro features of aprofessional HDcamcorder for a DSLR. OK, the image is very nice &using different lenses is cool. But by the time you add all the accessories to make it a usable camera, you’ve spent more then a real camcorder, it’s not ergonomic or easy to use & the audio is marginal at best. I’ve used a 5D with all the “erector kit” add ons. What a pain in U know what.It’s a 2 man job & not at all good on the shoulder. I’m not buying the depth of field argument. I don’t needor want it for every shot. Plus, that can be done in post. So….if you’re not attempting to do something cinematic, (and most of us aren’t) please tell me what makes DSLRs so hot?

    in reply to: teleprompter suggestions #174131
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    here ya go. fairly cheap (well under $2K) & easy to use.

    http://www.barbertvp.com/products-list-teleprompters.html

    in reply to: Cs4 keeps quitting #189824
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    Automatic updates will kill ya. Do you have them turned OFF? Microsoft could update your OS & screw up your set up. POSSIBLY a system restore will help. Personally I suggest you not use your editing computer for everyday internet stuff. Just to upload or download your work. Buy a cheapo used or refurbed PC for internet stuff.

    in reply to: Sony HVRZ5U #199324
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    Tyson ol’ buddy……I’ve only read about it & seen a few videos on YouTube. I’m in love. I’m anxious to get my hands on it and put it thru some paces. I think Sony has a new winner (in the price range) on their stables. Match that up with Adobe Prem Pro (with Mercury) and you can do just about anything.

    Let me know if there’s anything you hate about it.

    By your photo I’m guessing you’re in San Francisco which means you’re probably using Final Cut Pro. But if you’re still shopping for an NLE I highly suggest you check out Prem Pro. You know it runs on Apple now.

    in reply to: Paying For A Documentary #174114
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    I’ve edited a bunch of this type of projects for rookie producer/ directors. My single largest complaint about theseneebees is their lack of understandingof the psychological effectsof poor quality audio. The listener WILL turn it off if it sounds bad. You’re shooting yourself in the foot if you neglect your sound. If I get to talk to them before they shoot I advice them on the subject. It AMAZINGhowa couple cheap lav mics will improve the sound of an interview. Even the$20 lav mics from Radio Shack are SO much better then the hollow sound of the camera mic. So, please advise your friend to find out what it takes to plug an external mic into their camcorders & use decent quality headphones to monitor EVERYTHING. To kinda quote George Lucus,…. good audio will save bad video. And Iwhole heartedly agree.I have spent hours trying to make crappy dialog sound fairy intelligable. Clock’s tickin’ dude. That kind of post can get expensive AND destroy the creative juices. I assume you want to shoot the interviews only once. Take a few extra minutes & do it right enough that the editor has something to work with. The old saying that “lighting is everything” is short sighted. Even if you shoot in the dark the listener will pay attention if the sound is good. Kind of like listening to a rwell tuned adio at night.

    The extra effortwill surely get you compliments because it “sounds so professional”. Have fun.

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