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  • in reply to: Hello fellas #187899
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    maybe…why do you ask?

    in reply to: Best Mac for video work? #183028
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    That’s a nice budget for a computer, but probably overkill. You can max out the MacPro tower at 15K if you select all of the upgrade!. but you will pay very high prices for RAM and extra HD space for no reason. You can get the entry level MacPro and add those items yourself for huge savings, and it’s very easy to do.

    in reply to: tracing a map route #164774
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    Well, you could take a single digital image and use an image editor like PS Elements and copy each one adding a new dot on the trail of the map. Should be faster anyway.

    in reply to: Help for a beginning videomaker #179355
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    Two biggest problems in my opinion are good audio and good lighting. Stollman made good points about the audio above, and so I will add to get at least a cheap florescent work lamp to put some light on the subject. Experiment with th light position and use headphones to make sure the audio is loud and clear. If you use the camera mic, the audio will sound hollow and distant. Good luck!

    in reply to: Best Mac for the Job #192200
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    If you are capturing from a dv cam with firewire, there is no need for a card. All macs have built in firewire which captures at full resolution both audio and video.

    in reply to: Best Mac for the Job #192198
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    I agree with Rob. And I will add that Apple has the most expensive RAM prices, so get your RAM from a vendor such as Crucial.com. Get the base RAM setup that comes with the machine, then add RAM yourself, it is extremely simple to do and will save you a small fortune.

    in reply to: Best Mac for video work? #183025
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    Mac Expo is next week. It would not be wise to buy right now. Hold on until Monday’s new product announcements! Sometimes they drop prices on older models as well. It’s only a few more days!

    in reply to: This forum used to be cool #168022
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    It felt very strange at first. But I have now gotten used to it (based purely on my own forum habits.) I do prefer the old format, but I would not go so far as to say it should go back. This format is different, but the content continues with similar questions etc. If one concenttrates on the purpose, rather than the format – it seems trivial in some ways to argue that it could somehow be worse. Having said that – once again – I did refer the look and feel of the old format.

    in reply to: Short shot on my Canon GL2 #187724
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    I thought it was very well done. I watched the whole thing, so something compelled me to keep watching. Nice ending too!

    in reply to: CAPTURE PROBLEM! premiere won’t allow my Canon XL1s to Cptr #187260
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    I know this doesn’t help, but this is exactly the reason I switched to the mac platform. I was experiencing the exact same issue with Premier. Then, on a whim, I connected my camera to an iBook and iMovie captured every frame flawlessly, and then I edited the footage and wrote the final movie back to a clean tape on the same camera!!! BTW – this was back in 2000, iBook 366 with a 10 gig HD and iMovie 1.0.

    Sorry you’re having trouble and I wish I could add some valuable advice!

    in reply to: Filming a group in a circle – need help! #164570
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    If there is any way you can place some sort of recorder in the middle perhaps, with a decent mic – that would help. No matter where the camera ends up, some portion of the audio will be difficult to hear. Maybe you can place the camera off to the side, capturing as many faces as possible, and have a wired mic in the center of the circle hooked up to the mic in jack on the camera. Just some random thoughts. Good luck!

    in reply to: Vacation Video #164562
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    These are all great ideas people! I’m glad I read this thread…keep ’em coming!

    I went to a State park with my five year old and I wanted to do a sort of documentary – but I felt lost when I goth there. I didn;t really know what to ask – or how to get him talking without it feeling too serious if you know what I mean.

    I definitely agree that we need to get more people footage while on vacation – including the cameraman!

    peace

    in reply to: MiniDV Tape transfer #182860
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    It’s been mentioned here before that the cost of a mini-dv deck is usually not worth the value it brings (unless you do a ton of importing I guess.) The suggestion is to buy a low end mini-dv camera and use it as a deck. Much cheaper, and no wear and tear on your regular cam.

    in reply to: Shaky Video Fix? #164391
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    Agreed – there really is no way to remove shake without a tripod or a balancing device. Spread your feet slightly apart, hold the camera with two hands, take a deep breath before you press record, make sure your elbows are bent and essentially resting against your body. Breathe out slowly while you tape. Also, with hand-held recording, you shouldn’t be taping long segments – that should be reserved for the tri-pod.

    If your video is that bad, maybe you can edit a sequence of good still frames together along with some music to get through the shaky segments – I know it’s not exactly what you taped, but it would be a much better viewing experience!

    Good luck.

    in reply to: Mac or PC?? #171546
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    The price of macs is directly compatible with PC now. They just don’t really offer a "low end" mac per se. I’ve done quite a few Dell configurations through their online store and when you match specs exactly, the Dell is always higher (including the monitor specs.) I know you can build a PC yourself using parts from various vendors etc, and get it done cheaper – but that type of setup is usually reserved for the tech savvy.

    The thing I’m now enjoying about the mac is that you can easily install Windows and either dual-boot, or run it within the mac OS – so you can have both platforms on one machine. Some people are hoping that you will soon be able to install Mac OSX on a vanilla windows box, but that doesn’t seem likely so far.

    I’ll tell my short story of why I switched to mac for video. I had a powerful (at the time) Dell tower, and I went and purchased a firewire card, which came with the Adboe editing software. Try as I did, there was always something that went wrong on the video capture, or when I had the footage and tried to edit it etc. So on a whim, I connected my camera to my wife’s iBook, which ha iMovie pre-installed, and voila! It captured all of my footage without a single hiccup, and then I wrote the edited video back to a clean tape! That’s all I needed to drop Windows and switch to mac.

    I know that editing video on Windows has been greatly improved since back in late 1999, early 2000, but that one experience alone made me switch permanently. And luckily for me, I’m not a gamer, nor do I need any special "windows only" software.

    I doubt you can go wrong no matter what you decide. Good luck!

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