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    Know of a good aerial shot?

    These are great tips. Thanks Chimp and D-Locks.
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    Know of a good aerial shot?

    I'm putting together a sizzle reel and I need a really nice aerial shot. Does anyone know of a movie that features a really nice one? Actually, it could even be a nature show or whatever. FACTORS FOR THE FOOTAGE I NEED * flying over a forest, heading toward the horizon * camera mounted on...
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    Posterised Freeze-Frame

    If you can do the poster effect with a JPEG in Photoshop or GIMP then you can probably accomplish your goal in video editing. What you're going to do is... 1) open your video editing software and see if it allows you to make a freeze frame you can export as a JPEG. 2) If not, then make your...
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    What software

    Desperado, if you're determined to make the EX3 work for you, I'm sure you'll succeed. Just give yourself at least a full day to shoot test footage and then tinker with it in post. You'll then learn the limits of what your camera can do visually, how easily you're keeping things in focus...
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    MCU and Tracking Shot vs Trucking Shot

    I guess you have no interest in expanding you're understanding. Most filmmakers visiting this forum are aspiring to be on bigger, more professional sets. However, based on the overall essence of what you're saying and how you're saying it, I guess you're quite content to be shooting long movies...
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    What software

    Once again, you're wrong. You think you're helping and you think I'm simultaneously not helping....... but you actually have no firm idea whether workflow will function as you instructed. You could be setting someone up for disaster; whereas I'm encouraging this guy (and anyone who poses a...
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    MCU and Tracking Shot vs Trucking Shot

    MCU stands for Medium Close Up MC stands for medium close If the OP thinks they're the same, he/she is wrong. They are not the same framing and I don't think anyone on set ever verbally says "MC" but they will sometimes verbally say "MCU." Regardless, though, a director and a DP may write notes...
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    watch L. Frank Baum's the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, proof-of-concept

    You got some great elements here. In particular the setting and also the look of the TinMan. Quite nice. I'm not sure if it interests you, but if you have ideas for children's TV programming, you could pitch your show on a paper while showing footage from this PoC and you'd have a solid chance...
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    What software

    Nice try at being slick, but, no, I'm not actually using a Mac. To the point, though, if you think that all PC editing systems will work as they should, then you haven't been around video editing enough. Any number of hardware or software conflicts can occur. And when they do, it can be daunting...
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    MCU and Tracking Shot vs Trucking Shot

    The point you seem to be blithely missing is that any opportunity to gain clarity is an opportunity to protect a film production. So if this thread clarifies even .1% of the production process, then in the heat of the moment, that small portion of info could save a vastly greater proportion in...
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    What software

    "Transfer" is the term that Sony's software uses on its proprietary software. Some computers can import the EX3 files but the files aren't usable by an editing program unless they're imported with a transfer utility. They show up as BPAV files. Crackerfunk, my guess is you're not very familiar...
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    MCU and Tracking Shot vs Trucking Shot

    Crackerfunk, I guess you didn't actually read my reply before you started thinking up ways to disagree with it. There are two framing sizes that are being confused in this thread: Medium Close Up and Medium Close. They are different. The first, which is what the OP was asking about, is called...
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    So, I need to shoot in a convenience store..

    Whether or not the law may seem to permit it, the distributor will want clearance or blurring. They cover their arses completely. That means you as a filmmaker can either blur it in production (by altering the letters a bit) or you can do in in post, which takes a lot of time and resources. But...
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    MCU and Tracking Shot vs Trucking Shot

    Good info, Scoop. Thanks for the repost. Couldn't agree more with need for accuracy. Regardless of whether a point seems trivial, the very least we can on a thread is get it right.......... so that anyone who needs the info can access it. Actually, Crackerfunk, you're wrong. Like the OP said...
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    What software

    Crackerfunk, your previous statement was wrong. You wrote that no software is needed but that's incorrect. If you're using a desktop (ie MacPro) you will need the software downloads for the transfer program, whether you use a Sony SxS reader or plug the camera directly into the computer. In fact...
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    What software

    That statement is not 100% accurate. If you're going to tether to a laptop, then, yes, the footage is going to a hard drive. But if you're going to record media to the SxS cards and take advantage of moving your camera around a bit, then your SxS cards will need to be involved in transferring...
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    MCU and Tracking Shot vs Trucking Shot

    CrackerFunk. Easy, mate. On bigger gigs, the word goes from the director to the DP but also to the scripty, then the editor. When not everyone is in the same room yappin' it out, and the shot's expensive, these are the sort of misunderstandings that can get people yelled at.
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    Question about CGI blood splatter effects.

    1. First you do a CGI blood splatter on a white screen (as in a video track of a white matte), so you can see what the default splatter pattern is. If you're pathetic with computers, then skip to step 3. 2. If you're decent with computers, you can manipulate the splatter to be bigger or chunkier...
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    What software

    For transferring... http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/micro-xdcam/resource.downloads.bbsccms-assets-micro-xdcam-downloads-XDCAMSoftwareDownload.shtml#apps For editing... I don't know anything about Vegas, but you may need to download the codec specific to XDCAM if prompted.
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    Antihero got a limited theatrical engagement

    Outstanding, soldier. Carry on.
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