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by Michael Slowe
Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:37 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Minimum Festival Rules
Replies: 20
Views: 14912

Producing DVD's

As someone noted I have already outlined my production process but I would like to add that it's the encoding software just as much as the burners and burning programme that effects quality and compatability with players. I use BitVice for encoding and Studio Pro for formatting and burning and don't...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:12 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Minimum Festival Rules
Replies: 20
Views: 14912

Minimum Festival Rules

Although properly encoded and burnt DVD's should never cause any playing problems (mine never do) I agree with those that prefer Mini DV tape if possible. The picture quality of tape is vastly superior to DVD at present. The convenience of DVD's comes into play when you are sending films to non film...
by Michael Slowe
Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:25 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Is the Mac Really Safer Then a PC
Replies: 12
Views: 9378

Is a Mac Really Safer Than a PC?

I think Macs are safer because there are fewer viruses concocted for them. But I agree with the chap who states that he keeps his editing computer well away from the net. I would never have my editing Mac (and they are better for all graphics work, look at any studio) on the net- far too dangerous. ...
by Michael Slowe
Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Who is still shooting on Super 8 or 16mm?
Replies: 23
Views: 19555

Shooting on Film!

How nostagic is this thread! I was at my most productive when shooting on 16mm film and editing the good old film way with a pic sync, marking mag film with chinagraph for sync points and hanging up clips on nails over a linen lined bin. Any mistake and you lost a frame (I was cutting camera origina...
by Michael Slowe
Fri May 18, 2007 9:16 am
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Video clubs
Replies: 14
Views: 10103

Film Making and Art

Following the posts of Ned and Paul under another topic I agree that we should connect with other artists. Ours is not a technical activity (as so many seem to regard it) but an artistic one. I always find that artists (of all disciplines - painters, sculptors, potters etc) take great interest in my...
by Michael Slowe
Thu May 03, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Future BIAFFs - what (if anything) needs change?
Replies: 8
Views: 8016

Future BIAFF's

That's my point Brian. An incentive to make better films (say Silver & above) would be provided by the one screen. We really only want to see the better ones and that would enable that to happen. People would surely go even if their films were not necessarily shown, they show them to other audie...
by Michael Slowe
Thu May 03, 2007 2:59 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: Future BIAFFs - what (if anything) needs change?
Replies: 8
Views: 8016

Future BIAFF's

I agree with so much that has been said, albeit by different people. My wish list: No AV Show (unless it fills a Friday gap) Swop Major Award Show to Saturday (surely people won't then depart?) Have only ONE CINEMA. Ken makes a telling point. We all want to see the best films and we miss many in the...
by Michael Slowe
Wed May 02, 2007 10:12 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editing Software - What do you use?
Replies: 28
Views: 19849

Editing Software

I have arrived a bit late on this topic having been busy editing on another computer. I would not have my editing computer on line, much too dangerous for corruption (media files, not me!). I use Media 100 for editing. It is now owned by Boris and has all their wonderful soft ware incorporated for t...
by Michael Slowe
Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: HDV
Replies: 5
Views: 5157

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: 9344

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: 5675

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: 18712

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: 18712

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: 5611

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: 8364

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...