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  • The Mexican American War – Airdate

     Shane Ross updated 16 years, 5 months ago 10 Members · 20 Posts
  • Shane Ross

    September 25, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    Waayyyyy back in January we started shooting this History Channel documentary on the Mexican American war using the Panasonic Varicam…and two of the new HVX-200 cameras. We received the first two cameras on the west coast, and 2 days later were shooting with them.

    Back in March a press release about us was circulated, and CreativeCOW has it here:

    I have been working on it for 9 months (a record for me…longest time on one show) and now it will finally air. The title is THE MEXICAN AMERICAN WAR.

    Friday, Sept 29 at 8:00PM ET/PT on The History Channel.

    This project mixed Varicam footage and P2 footage from the HVX-200 camera. Was shot 720p 23.98 and delivered 1080p 23.98 on D5. This show was cut with FCP at full DVCPRO HD resolution using 2 G-Raid 500GB drives, an internal 250 SATA drive and a Popsicle Stick Raid.

    I color corrected using the 3-way color corrector, did moves on stills with FCP and After Effects and did green screen comps (with the expert help of Patrick Sheffield) with Shake. I output at The DR Group in Los Angeles to D5 and delivered…well, LAST week be the show was kicked back for a few technical issues that we spent the last week fixing and have since returned the tapes to the network.

    Set your Tivo. Especially if you are a Neilson family.

    For information on my workflow, visit my blog at

    The teaser trailer can be found here…not color corrected:…Theater36.html


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  • izoneguy

    September 25, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    I look forward to it…we are a neilson family
    with 2 HD-DVR’s, I am sure I can find some
    space for your show!
    What were your technical issues??

  • Shane Ross

    September 25, 2006 at 10:26 pm

    [izoneguy] “What were your technical issues??”

    Well, not one related to the video image at all. I mean, the footage we shot. We had issues of line art that moired (wavy lines that freaked out) ONLY on the SD version. Something that I didn’t see on my HD screen. Lines of resolution were the reason behind that. Since FCP doesn’t do insert edits well at all, we fixed them in a linear bay by adding a slight verticle blur.

    #2 was Closed Captioning. It drifted after Act 3. This was due to the HDCAM master not taking the closed caption file properly…an issue with the HDCAM format. We opted to clone to D5 which accepted the closed captioning file just fine. There were also 4 instances where the wording was incorrect, but all was fixed.

    #3 was an audio configuration error. I output a mono mix instead of Stereo. That was my fault.

    That was it. Minor stuff. But the Closed Captioning issue was maddening to try to figure out.


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  • izoneguy

    September 26, 2006 at 12:02 am

    Thanks for that info…
    Yes the thin line thing in HD has caught
    me a few times….
    I hated to go back and blur the HD version
    so someone could view it on an old
    interlace TV….

  • Ken Nemetchek

    September 26, 2006 at 3:52 pm


    I was really looking forward to watching the trailer, right up to the point where a screen popped up telling me that it’s not a valid link…

    With great anticipation,


    Alberta Visual Communications

  • Noah Kadner

    September 26, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    Congrats Shane! Way to hang in there. 🙂


  • Rennie Klymyk

    September 26, 2006 at 6:19 pm

    [Ken Nemetchek] “I was really looking forward to watching the trailer, right up to the point where a screen popped up telling me that it’s not a valid link…”

    Hey! isn’t this the world wide web? Looks like this link doesn’t work in Canada. I get the same dead link on the apple site. Tried searching the qt trailers but nothing there. Google was over whelming with no current results, I give up.

    Congrats regardless Shane!

  • Shane Ross

    September 26, 2006 at 6:44 pm
  • Ken Nemetchek

    September 26, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    Hey Shane:

    Thanks for the updated link.

    The trailer looks great. Congrats!


    Alberta Visual Communications

  • Dean Sensui

    September 27, 2006 at 12:12 am

    “So they set out on a war with Mexico to take away nearly half its land.”

    From what my friends in California have told me, looks like they got it back… 🙂

    Nice work, Shane!

    Dean Sensui —

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