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  • Michael Thomson

    January 29, 2008 at 11:00 am

    All you need is a vision mixer capable of keying. Film them against the greenscreen and input to the mixer as one source then add another source (BG Video) key out the green then send the PRM output to both a record deck and the TV – and thats it.

  • Michael Thomson

    January 21, 2008 at 9:55 am


    Have you checked previous bin versions in the attic?

    The Chump

  • Michael Thomson

    January 8, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Having read the thread, its clear that the vast majority of AVID users here are a little disenchanted.

    I have to say that from my own point of view there are things that annoy me but by and large i can’t see me wanting to shift from the interface and i work for a low/mid level client. We operate a few adrenaline suites and for all the hassle that gets talked about, our workflow involves alot of media management. I for one am happy to miss out on some of the tools in FCP and instead operate a solid system that is reliable. One thing that would hurt mid level customers like myself if AVID pulled out of that market is training and developing a pool of editors who have learnt their trade with AVIDs. I used to use Discreet systems at one point and the change between that and AVID was a painful process – i hate to think what kind of time and money would be lost in making another transition.

    Clearly AVID has rested on its laurels, but rather than accept defeat in the mid range market place i want to see them fight for our business. The adrenaline and mojo systems have bags of potential its up to AVID to prove it.

  • Michael Thomson

    December 10, 2007 at 12:41 pm


    I had this problem with P2 media earlier in the year and didn’t find too much help from AVID. (sorry Joe i haven’t read your link yet, so i may well be wrong)

    Anyway we got round it by consolidating the clips onto another media drive, and after every boot the media was online. I think the problem you are experiencing is because AVID sees the P2 card/media as a virtual drive and the link is lost once the CPU reboots.


  • Michael Thomson

    September 18, 2007 at 10:24 am


    Open the console tool in AVID and type the command renamemediafiles and hit return. The command will remain all the files on your media drives making them easy to identify and associate with each project.

    If you have lots of old project media on the drives you should use the media tool to remove them from the system. If you have a large number of projects running through your system/suite then effective media management is almost as important as your ability to edit. If you cannot find resources to help with this drop me a msg and i will try and help.

    Hope that helps.

  • Michael Thomson

    August 14, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Are you changing the dimensions when you export in Symphony? I used to get errors if i was exporting same as source but trying to make it 16:9 square pixel etc. Make sure your on native dimensions.

    Also in AFX i dont render with fields unless im using the AVID Codec and the results are almost always great. > PhotoJPEG compression with quality at 100, rendered single field and imported into the AVID single field.

  • Michael Thomson

    August 8, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Try using temporal blur.

  • Michael Thomson

    July 25, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Export a QT reference at the same resolution you are using in AVID then render an avid QT out of AE. If you use the AVID codec then you wont need to invert the alpha if you have one, just ‘use existing alpha’ on import options. If you dont want to use the AVID codec and dont have an alpha then the PhotoJPEG codec has never given me any problems.

  • Michael Thomson

    March 14, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Haha Grinner i’ve done that so many times and it works great! I also added some deverb from the audiosuite plugins and changed the soundscape so it sounds like its in a hall for a slightly big echo(y) sound.

    Man the easiest tricks are sometimes the sweetest!

  • Michael Thomson

    January 31, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Riots method works well, although if you use a still of the first frame from the next scene as your poster you may not need a transition effect. It may be a good idea to stick some motion blur over the zoom in as it will help disguise your transition/cut.

    If you still have to shoot the scene put something on the tree to act as a guide for corner pinning. By putting a bit of card on the tree you will have straight edges to work with.

    Obviously after effects would make this far easier and if you don’t have the programme and/or dont have the budget to get it, Adobe offer a 30 day free trial. Provided the job can be turned around within 30 days it may be worth downloading that.


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