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by tom hardwick
Wed May 08, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: BluRay reader/writer.
Replies: 22
Views: 5279

Re: BluRay reader/writer.

And anyway, my Windows XP machine reads and writes Blu-rays using its LG drive, so XP isn't the problem.
by tom hardwick
Sat May 04, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Hard disk drive failure
Replies: 17
Views: 4608

Re: Hard disk drive failure

Just as a post script to this, I used one of those simple HDD caddies to connect the failed drive through USB to my working laptop, just to see if I could retrieve any of the files. Sure enough, bit by bit, and by letting it cool down between bursts, I managed to retrieve all 450gb or so of info off...
by tom hardwick
Wed May 01, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham
Replies: 82
Views: 18064

Re: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham

Jill Lampert has been very vocal on this thread, so I'd like to share my delight at seeing her film with you lot. Here goes: Young Performers 4 stars Young Performers jump-starts, and from that point on it's the never-let-up editing that makes this such an entertaining film to watch. We're taken rig...
by tom hardwick
Wed May 01, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham
Replies: 82
Views: 18064

Re: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham

In Durham we judge films in hotel bedrooms. Nowt wrong with that. We're in Judgement Mode; thoughtfully serious and constructively analytical. At BIAFF on Sunday we watch the same films in a completely different Entertainment Mode. We let the films wash over us, tickling our senses and playing on ou...
by tom hardwick
Wed May 01, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham
Replies: 82
Views: 18064

Re: BIAFF 2019 at Birmingham

Your film’s in competition. As one of the very many judges at BIAFF, I was privileged to see a vast cross-section of films over three days of intensive film appraisal. With only a running time given to us at the start, I could feel the expectation and excitement mount as each film hit the screen. A ...
by tom hardwick
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Wireless microphone system info
Replies: 5
Views: 1719

Re: Wireless microphone system info

This looks really interesting. https://youtu.be/fHcFvbq6MrM At last, and why has it taken so long to update this idea? I've had my Samson (now Zoom) AL1 radio mic for years, and this Røde system seems to follow exactly the same design philosophy. The AL1 transmitter and receiver are tiny and both ru...
by tom hardwick
Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: FVM MAGAZINE - FEBRUARY 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 8165

Re: FVM MAGAZINE - FEBRUARY 2019

Cathy, surely a film and video magazine is a photography magazine by its very nature? Film is 24 still images per second, video is 25, both with added sound (though not necessarily and not always). Both of them require an understanding of framing and composure, focus, DoF, exposure, focal lengths, e...
by tom hardwick
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?
Replies: 24
Views: 8074

Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

It is indeed aspect ratio that counts Michael, and you've correctly made a movie in 16:9, an aspect ratio that will suit 98% of all TVs in the land. What we're complaining about here is people who shot movies in the 9:16 aspect ratio and show them on a 16:9 screen, leaving nearly ⅔rds of the screen ...
by tom hardwick
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Film Comments - a moderated forum
Topic: The Revenant
Replies: 6
Views: 4506

Re: The Revenant

For me it was the use of the frightening wideangles that put us, the audience, in amongst the men in their great peril, and forcing us to become part of the action. This technique was used in combination with very long uninterrupted takes, heightening the feeling of actually being there. We were inv...
by tom hardwick
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?
Replies: 24
Views: 8074

Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

Last year at the NEC photography show I attended quite a few lectures. There's lots to choose from, but I was intrigued by the one claiming that you should promote your photographic business using social media, as it was without doubt the way ahead. The lecturer was enthusing about the photographer'...
by tom hardwick
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?
Replies: 24
Views: 8074

Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

Ohh this portrait filming lark really bugs me, indeed it does. Is there some sort of Isis rule that states that you MUST film the rubble in the middle east in portrait mode? It doesn't half look stupid on every TV in the world.
by tom hardwick
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: FVM MAGAZINE - FEBRUARY 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 8165

Re: FVM MAGAZINE - FEBRUARY 2019

An interesting thread you've started Cathy, though like you say the contributors to the thread are mainly contributors to the magazine, and not the IAC hierarchy or even the editor himself. Sometimes I've sent Garth a link to take him straight to a topic that mentions him, but unless I do that he do...
by tom hardwick
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Mini-DV into Edius Pro 7
Replies: 4
Views: 1543

Re: Mini-DV into Edius Pro 7

Any feedback from John C, Dave?
by tom hardwick
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Mini-DV into Edius Pro 7
Replies: 4
Views: 1543

Re: Mini-DV into Edius Pro 7

With the camcorder connected you click on Capture at top left of the Edius edit programme and drop down to 'Select input device'. Choose a setting such as NX SD DV PAL (not S-video or composite). To start capturing the Mini DV footage to the computer's hard drive, set the camcorder playing the tape ...
by tom hardwick
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Mini-DV into Edius Pro 7
Replies: 4
Views: 1543

Re: Mini-DV into Edius Pro 7

You're playing the Mini DV tape in your deck or camcorder and they play ok? I ask because tapes recorded in the LP mode won't play back properly in a lot of DV decks. You've got the playback machine connected to the computer via FireWire? You've been able to import DV footage onto Edius before and h...