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  • Gerald Prost

    May 3, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I wonder if your graphics card is contributing to your woes. I originally bought the Mac Pro and it had a lot of playback issues with multicam. I returned it assuming it was defective and got another one but I got the same result. I bought a MacBook Pro with an Nvidia card, now everything works dandy. Because you cannot swap out your graphics card, I don’t know what to suggest. Obviously a RAID will make a difference but it may not solve all your issues. Gerry in Calgary.

  • Gerald Prost

    March 23, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your experience. I used FCP 7 and the Final Cut Studio. They both work fine. DVD Studio had a lot going for it. I’m sorry that they dropped it. I don’t remember if it allowed you to create Blu-rays or not. The encoding to DVD was inferior to Encore and the rendering of menus were also inferior; however, it created submenus automatically which was cool. Encore can’t do that. Gerry in Calgary

  • Gerald Prost

    March 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I wish there were a better alternative to Adobe’s Encore, but I haven’t found it. Encore is slated for the Adobe bone yard but currently it creates DVDs and Blu-rays very well. It is also very easy to use. It sounds like you have only one Blu-ray project to complete. In this case I suggest that you use the trial version which gives you full functionality for one month without any limitations. The only obstacle that most people find using this program is creating and using menus; however, there is a trick. Pick a simple menu that has a button similar to what you need from the templates. Note the name of it. Do a search of your computer to find the file and open it in Photoshop or GIMP. Customize the file as you see fit, but keep the layer structure intact as well as all the layer names. One last thing if you have already encoded the file to AVCHD you might want to back up and encode it to a true H264. Gerry in Calgary

  • Gerald Prost

    March 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I agree, I also suggest that you use the 370 for your wide shot. The rule of thumb in a multi camera shoot is to put your best camera in the wide shot because anything looks good zoomed in. I have two Sonys and an AF100 matching the footage can be very difficult depending on the situation. Gerry in Calgary

  • Gerald Prost

    March 20, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    When you do this test, try and record something representative of the type of footage you deal with on a regular basis. Some people are all over the map, me, I shoot the same thing all the time. I shoot live theatre and concerts. For me I had to try and duplicate the lighting situation in my studio because in a live shoot both of my external recorders are used on other cameras. There is also another element, AVCHD is a codec that doesn’t give you the best performance in post. At the time I did my test I thought it wasn’t worth the difference; however, today I am reconsidering. The new Samurai Blade with the AF100A gives you 422 10 bit. When I tested the AF100A originally I was using the Ninja 1. At the time my camera set up was completely different too. I have changed the scene files a lot. If you increase the DRS (dynamic range stretch) you’re going to get more noise in the blacks. Perhaps the external recorder will minimize this. I know that with my 1/3″ chip Sonys I saw a noticeable cleaner black when I switch to the external recorder and use the Pro Res 422 setting. Gerry, in Calgary

  • Gerald Prost

    February 28, 2014 at 12:35 am

    I can get Speed Grade to stay open long enough to disable the GPU. It crashes while launching. Gerry

  • Gerald Prost

    February 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks.

  • Gerald Prost

    February 27, 2014 at 4:52 am

    That sounds like a very good idea. It is too bad that we don’t have the colour sampler tool like we have in Photoshop. Gerry

  • Gerald Prost

    February 27, 2014 at 1:39 am

    My Speedgrade has quit. I don’t know what’s up. It used to work. I’ve even tried uninstalling and reinstalling it. I saw the shot match feature but I’ve never been able to try it. Gerry

  • Gerald Prost

    February 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    To get Pro Res, I install FC7 first then install PP and the rest of the suite. I think this is pretty common practice. I don’t know a way around this. I use Pro Res all the time. Gerry in Calgary

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