Monday, March 05, 2018

New Demo Reel For 2018


It took forever, but its done !

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

4K iPhone X Video Samples

Two posts in one day today !

iPhone 4K 24p - How could can it be ? check out the samples here. Short answer is suprisingly good.

Changing Pickups In An Ibanez A75 - This Isn't Video Releated ?

Oh well, I can have other interests ? right ? Check out the change of stock pickups in the Ibanez A75 Archtop to Seymour Duncan Benedetto A75 and Phat Cat in the bridge.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Going Lewis Black

Happy new year.

Monday, October 30, 2017

the current state of sorriness of doing Simple Things™ with media

we’ve all had to do this. 

replace an existing audio track with a new one in a MOV file. in particular,  need to process Ch1 and Ch2, then save back, leave or even delete ch 3/4
and you know its 10pm and I need to put out the drive tomorrow morning some time…. only 10 little clips…..
QT player 7 can do it, at least add and remove the tracks if you process them where ever… but sadly its RIP on 10.13
Logic X can almost do it, but for some reason it doesn’t want to split out 4 track sound to single mono files. only stereo. break out mono feature seems to of been removed at some point in the past. I know… what where they not thinking ?
Audtion, right ? install it, opens up 4 mono files. cool.  I clean up ch1/2, now save… right ? well not back to the original QT file, audio only formats. Maybe if you send back to PP you can then export…
Compressor ? it can make 4 ch wav file… but swap tracks ? not that I found.
AME ? no
FCP X ? hahahahahhahahahaha. thats a good one… but it does correctly make 4 mono tracks to edit with and you can process them. hmmm. probably could make make TL with just one clip in a TL, export IF it will output multi ch audio. might try later. 
Resolve ! apply izotope de noise to tracks 1, 2, export single clips. yes of course it makes perfect sense that your grading app is also now.. your audio fix it utility tool to.
Prem Pro 2018 should too. configure TL for 4 ch out, configure export settings, maybe… except its pretty crash prone. I lost 20 min of work this afternoon thanks to it just trying to make TC burns. just doing throw clips in a TL, add TC and clip name filter simple stuff.  I have to hand off project as PP proj or I’d be in resolve for the edit.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Getting Kicked Off A Popular Video News Blog Site

Perhaps a badge of honor. A popular Video News Site deleted my post, deleted my login. Imagine that...

Why ? well maybe because I completely exposed the author of a tutorial for not having a clue what they were talking about. Don't tell me to RTFM on a app I've been using for 20 years when its painfully clear all said author did was read the manual page sort of, and then create the turorial. It was painfully obvious when I even quoted back with links, said manual showing said tutorial author where he went wrong... and then I brought up a couple key features he left out because the manual doesn't mention them. The features are old but should be documented. At that point, since said author on the inside at the site, I got kicked off. Post gone, Log in gone. 

Oh well....

Monday, July 10, 2017

When Your Backups Fail

You have backups of critical stuff, right ? what about when they fail ? Currently working on new video about dealing with this situation including backup server failure. Unfortunely many gigbytes where hurt and killed in the making of this video.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Free Lane : Driving Election Coverage. My mini doc on life in the media.


A mini doc about working election coverage. Its been one of the things that have kept my posting rate low here. Its also been a test project for a bunch of new workflows here, new software, new hardware. So having a project like this is a great test for trying things out before working on cash paying projects. 

As for future postings, I've obviously cut back. Quality over quantitiy. At any rate I've gone from 2-3 postings a week to about 1 a month and having the time back has been a good thing. Its been letting me just plain do real work, have some off time and work on projects like this.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Watson Chargers No Longer Have My Blessing

I did a review a while back on these chargers. Seemed like a great idea having easy to change battery plates so they would work with whatever batteries you had. Dual position and the ability to test batteries without being powered up... and a bonus USB outlet. So what is there not to like ? The fact mine died, or are dying. It starts the same way - the right side charing position stops working. Usually in not fully charging batteries all the way up. Move the battery to the left side, and you'll see its at 80-90% done. The right side displayt blanks out. Given that these chargers get light to modest use, there is just no reason a year or two after purchase they start to fail. Eventually the right side quits working while the left side works for a while longer, then eventually fails as well. Opening on charger up revealed some sort of liquid / suger spill on the circut board. That wasn't from me, it was from the factory ! Its not the first time I've found spill evidence inside electronics from the factory. In any event, the first charger died. I washed in alcohol, let it dry out for a bit and it didn't work. Worse is that the capacitors seems to of soaked up some water so it didn't go so well. Not worth trying to repair. Likewise my second unit is showing signs of the same failure. Therefore, I have to offically take back my endorcement of this product given its short lifespan.

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