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by Michael Slowe
Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: HDV
Replies: 5
Views: 3181

As many of you know I have been shooting in HDV for a while now and have actuall completed four films, teo of which were screened at this year's BIAFF. I find that even when downscaled to DV the pictures are better than from my previous high quality Sony DSR 300 (DVCAM) camera but the projector has ...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Mar 18, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Making DVDs to send to the USA
Replies: 9
Views: 6062

DVD's For America

This issue is topical for me right now as I have recently been with a number of American friends on our annual meet up in the Caribbean where I filmed an event and they all want copies of the finished production. Last year I sent PAL DVD's which they could play on computers but this year I am sendin...
by Michael Slowe
Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:30 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: File Handling
Replies: 5
Views: 3573

File Handling

This is certainly an on going problem. My strong feeling is not to attempt to store past productions or even media other than that needed immediately on hard drives, whether internal or external. I have about 5 TB's since I am working with HD and in order to nurse the best performance from my drives...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:49 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Film competitions - Mini DV or DVD?
Replies: 24
Views: 11066

No Billy, I was not talking about copying DVD's through S Video but the proper way, in a computer using software that we use for burning our DVD's in the first place, Titanium Toast. That way the discs are identical with no degredation.
by Michael Slowe
Sun Mar 04, 2007 7:06 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Film competitions - Mini DV or DVD?
Replies: 24
Views: 11066

I much prefer the quality of tape if that was the sole criteria, but it ain't. I can caragorically state that my DVD's never fail to play perfectly on any machine, cheap or expensive at any speed you want. Here's my formular ; Encode with BitVice using variable bit rate with an average of 7.5, a low...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Travelling Abroad
Replies: 5
Views: 3453

Travelling Abroad

I faced exactly this problem only last month. My camera bag just complies with the new regulations and I managed to fit in four mics, three batteries, nine tapes, cables and some other kit like a mobile DVD / CD player, discs etc. I checked the tripod in as regular baggage in a locked canvas carryin...
by Michael Slowe
Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:18 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Lighting
Replies: 9
Views: 5218

Lighting

I have had to make one or two films in places with very low lighting. I try and do without taking my own lights as I am generally in situations where that is impossible. Have you tried upping the gain on the camera? I recently did this on my HDV Sony and was amazed at the pictures obtained in a pret...
by Michael Slowe
Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:44 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The IAC NLE and General discussion groups
Replies: 6
Views: 4522

I absolutely agree with Tom and Peter, let's just have one group of correspondents, it's all to do with film making and we do need to talk more about the craft itself rather than bitch about how the IAC is run. Can someone act on this?
by Michael Slowe
Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Drama without a script!! ?? Any views?
Replies: 9
Views: 5987

Peter, they most certainly do not make the soaps up as they go, my daughter has been in Emmerdale for a year now and spends all her time learning scripts! No rehearsal time but certainly no ad libbing allowed.