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Everything posted by Mallette

  1. Talk to @DizRotus. No glue in what I call Magical Mystery Goo, but as you say cyanstat is apparently unobtainium except in industrial quantities. Personally think the cleaner would do just about as good a job without it, especially in humidity controlled environments. Dave
  2. If you have not seen this you may get little from it. Today when I first heard of Ennio Morricone's death, like millions, the first thing that came to mind was "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." But the tears only came when the theme from "The Mission" started playing in my head. Had to do something with it so here is my memorial to Ennio Morricone. Video was pretty low res, but the audio is the most important part and it is excellent and for good reason. Permission to use the performance by the arranger and performer Dr. George Ellis Mimms, my beloved friend who I have so enjoyed recording and hearing. The Gloria Dei Organ of St. Martin's in Houston is a four manual and pedal organ of 69 voices an 80 ranks. It is one of the few double expression organs and was built under the design and direction of Dr. Mimms by the Shoenstein Organ Company. Film is fair use. Theme from "The Mission" set to the most remembered scene.
  3. Need to add something to this. I've used all the low price spread I mentioned for decades. I am used to one thing I don't want anyone blaming me for. They are all crash happy in the hands of a power user. I suspect most can use them for hours or days without an issue but when you start useing them at 110% it's a good idea to do a "Ctrl-S" every time you do something as well as keep a real time mirror running so that you have a backup copy. Also, make an iteration (Rev 1, Rev 2, etc or whatever works for you) every time you complete some difficult work you don't want to have to redo. Actually, the high price spread isn't all that stable, so anyone billing by the hour is going to follow this procedure as if you have to do it over you either cheat the client or you are making half rate. "Experience is a dear teacher, but a fool will have no other." I know this one well... Dave
  4. Kudelski didn't just produce the finest equipment, they were works of are made by electronic technicians with the skills of jewelers. Pretty sure one would last a hundred years. A mono 4L like the one in the photo was 5k in 1975. But worth every penny of it as they were failure proof unless run over by a truck. Never had a failure in 3 years of rough field duty with that one. Wold recommend every audiophile that isn't familiar with Kudelski research that name. Prepare to be astounded just short of Paul Klipsch. Dave
  5. No problem, JJ. First digital experience was with the Video Toaster that started it all. It was like skipping a hundred years ahead. So blown away I went to the first conference in Minniapolis where I met Tim Jenison, the inventor, and Kiki Stockhammer, the girl in all of what we called "cheesy Toaster effects." Believe it or not, I just threw away the video toaster overnight bag that served me for decades until last week when the main zipper finally failed. Guess I should have at least took a picture. Wish the Toaster itself had lasted so long...MUCH superior to vector based PC of today. Few realized that video is STILL raster in nature. Converting to and from vector to bitmap is very CPU intensive and very clumsy. The raster domain did many things that are simply not possible in the vector. Most think that cutting something out and finding it always square is just the norm for a computer. Not at all. Anyway, irrelevant now as we are stuck using word processors for video editors. I used to load 400 frames of animation and move from one to the other instantly. That would choke a machine today. Animation on PCs is a nightmare. OK, enough reminiscing. Past is past and I work with what we have. Dave
  6. I believe you are making assumptions. I started out pulling focus with a focus chain. Used crystal sync on a Nagra 4L and modified a three deck 16mm magnetic film mixdown deck to output to a sync'd Nagra so as to have three sources to mix down. Problem was that if I made ANY mistake I got to start over from the beginning. The film was 12 ASA Kodachrome reversal best lit using small nuclear devices. Usually took about 20kw to light a small 15X15 or so area at night. Needless to say, all this was massively heavy and bulky and a 5 person crew would be shot to hell by the end of a day. THAT is what I consider hard. 3/4" Beta was an improvement, and things got better from there. Now, I can take my DSLR, a couple of very light LED lights (actually, the big honkn' strobe above at 30 flashes per second works nicely as well) and a good single point stereo mike and a lav and do a shoot on my own. Stability and white balance are so good I never have any need for corrections like you mentioned. Maybe after 600 or so films and videos I just get it right. However, I do NOT consider myself a videographer. I am a generalist. I hired my best friend who I met back in the film days to run my video department. He insisted on all the stuff you mentioned because it's what video people do. Not a soul except one of you would ever see the difference unless the video wasn't shot correctly in the first place. Audio engineer? Yes...I claim that and learned all the pricey stuff in Audition and such are also totally superfluous if you get it right in the field. You can't fix crap. I use Audacity. Images are me with my Nagra and EV642 mike. Using my own mixing chart with the rig described above. The Maggie is NOT the one I used and was newer. Mine was vacuum tube yummy. Just my humble opinion but made a good living practicing the above. Dave
  7. Video is easy enough these days if one still keeps a camera around. Of course, being an old timer whose had a real camera every since I was a teenager, I still do. Phones are fine for snapshots but when I want to take real photographs I go for the DSLR. A year or two older model Pentax is as cheap as phone and lasts much longer...plus does HD video. Of course, good lenses are no cheaper than ever, but they still last forever so I've collected a few. I am also a fan of "big honkn' strobes" and last year bought a 400 watt second one I've yet to full exploit. Attached picture covers about a quarter of a mile. Of course, could have lit it up more with a tripod and multiple firings.
  8. I use Power Director 18 most of the time. I have the entire Adobe applications including Premiere Pro, but find it way too click happy and slow unless I need something really special. Even then, I only do the segment that requires that level and then do the rest in faster, smaller footprint programs. At least in my work, phone video is totally not acceptable. However, the difference between the output of a 100.00 editing program and the high price spread is simply not visible. Dave
  9. Video editor for android? Seriously? I'd rather eat glass. Even with 64gb RAM a very fast processor, and WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD drives I can just almost get real time render of HD video. God knows what agony producing video on android would be like. Windows or Mac are bad enough. Dave
  10. 7242? That was the goto "film at 11" stuff for TV. We shot a lot of it, but finally managed to get them to pay for ASA 8 Kodachrome negative which required nuclear fusion to light but was SO pretty. Dave
  11. Premiere Elements, Power Director, Pinnacle...all competent and turn out stuff in the right hands as good as the multi thousand dollar spread. I've produced hundreds of videos going back to 2 inch quad, and Final Cut, Premiere Pro, and such are more fraternity stuff to impress employers who think your ability to master overly complex and click happy software somehow means you must be a pro. Granted, stuff like Adobe FX is really necessary in some top end videos, but only a fraction. Take your pick, then learn to edit. I learned by "editing spaghetti," 8mm film with scissors and scotch tape. It is not about software, but about skill. As mentioned, there is plenty of freeware that will work nicely in the right hands, but a hundred bucks gets you excellent titling, pan, scan, and zoom, and more than enough transitions to make your audience sick if you have no taste. I am pretty much about cuts and dissolves myself. Dave
  12. Translation request via PM. Dave
  13. Of course it is the answer. The A Bomb was the answer in WWII...but if we'd waited on it and done nothing to stop the spread of that disease they'd have been in NM long before we could even test it. Dave
  14. Well, my opinion on the law is no better than yours on simulation algorithms. But I would hope so and that if this really starts going to hell such negligence will be a recognized offence. Dave
  15. Except those who insist that it is their inalienable right to spread death as they see fit are still with us in numbers high enough to kill untold numbers. Dave
  16. Rather partial to Galveston Bay crab, oysters, and shrimp. IMHO in oysters and shrimp nothing from anywhere comes close to Galveston Bay. For shrimp, I know why. I love the taste of iodine in shrimp and these are MUCH more red stained than those I've eaten elsewhere around the world. As to oysters, rather doubt that is it...just preference. Dave
  17. Guys, on topic I suggest you read the attached PDF from my local paper today. The statisticians credibility is high due to his position and working with Dr. Ben Neuman who is eminent in virology nationwide. This is VERY serious. Note his demonstrated margin of error is 1-2%. I don't know about you, but if someone predicted a tornado who had that degree of demonstrated accuracy I would GET IN A HOLE! I meant what I said, but most of you know it takes an awful lot to get me riled. This has me riled as I feel like the house is on fire and some are saying, "It'll be OK" or "It's just your imagination." Dave CovidTX.pdf
  18. Agreed. Some parts of Texas if you serve a group something you call chili and it has beens, somebody is going to say "This stuff's got beans in it." That will be followed by another saying "Get a rope..." Dave
  19. STFU! If this keeps up and I continue to drool I will have to start hiding posts...😜 Dave
  20. Stay away from induction. At full blast the are likely to ignite fusion. Dave
  21. Absolutely not. The mere mention makes me want a Cuban or grouper sandwich. Some good eats down there... Dave
  22. Fascinating. I'd starve. I have soft boiled eggs at least twice a week and they turn out absolutely perfect every time. Of course, scramble is about the level of boiling water. Perfect basted fried eggs is a bit of an art, but once you get there it's automatic and failure is very rare. Rarely do poached and some of the lesser used methods but none require a great deal of effort. Dave Good thing you aren't in Texas. Any Texan who can't make credible Texas Red or BBQ brisket is at risk for pickup by Texas ICE for immediate deportation to some culinary area they fit in, like Rhode Island. Dave
  23. Is THIS sarcasm? Being unable to cook an egg is simply incomprehensible. Dave
  24. Agreed. Not sure where that is from but no adult could survive on that per week for very long and work. My folks were adults and they said it was hard but I do not recall them ever saying that had such miniscule amounts of meat, sugar, flour, bread, etc. Dave
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