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by billyfromConsett
Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Club Publicity - ideas wanted
Replies: 14
Views: 12072

Re: Club Publicity - ideas wanted

Brilliant work Ned - and I'll look out for Nest ... Golden Egg, and I'm projecting at Biaff judging. What I find is most dispiriting about publicising locally is that from our clubs, only a small minority of our members seem to have any interest in keeping the clubs going longer than this year. Sadl...
by billyfromConsett
Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: British Film Council Archive Movies
Replies: 4
Views: 5265

British Film Council Archive Movies

Just thought I'd link the story of some British Film Council Archive Movies are now available online.

They show documentaries of life in the UK in the 1940's. Of around 160 movies on the files, 13 are now digitised and here to see.

http://www.timeimage.org.uk/ under digitised films.
by billyfromConsett
Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: The Comedy Thread
Replies: 31
Views: 24833

Re: The Comedy Thread

A senior citizen drove his brand new BMW Z4 convertible out of the car salesroom. Taking off down the motorway, he floored it to 100mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left. "Amazing!" he thought as he flew down the M1, enjoying pushing the pedal to the metal eve...
by billyfromConsett
Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Panasonic TM700
Replies: 4
Views: 4313

Re: Panasonic TM700

That's a canny little price drop!

I've tried the 50i and 50p mode, and as yet haven't noticed much difference, though it could be that my workflow and output settings are just stabs in the dark.
by billyfromConsett
Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Modern AVCHD cams
Replies: 12
Views: 8357

Re: Modern AVCHD cams

Back to the AVCHD editing - I captured some files from my TM700 via the composite lead as AVI's and just edited them in standard def mode.

An old PC will easily do this - only an analogue capture card is needed. But you get a standard def movie.
by billyfromConsett
Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Panasonic TM700
Replies: 4
Views: 4313

Re: Panasonic TM700

I got one a couple of months ago - I love it, it's so portable. The biggest downside in my book is how long the batteries last compared to Sony. I took the standard battery and one with double the capacity to London (I didn't take the charger - doh) and got about two hours of recorded stuff before b...
by billyfromConsett
Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:15 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Is Green Screen Overated?
Replies: 8
Views: 6358

Re: Is Green Screen Overated?

Aye, I noticed that. The camera had a ring of what looked like green leds around the lens, and they were filming a greyish canvas. The subject looked to have shadows all over the screen, yet the effect seemed to work. Can anybody explain that? I thought that the screen needed to be well and evenly l...
by billyfromConsett
Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:35 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Is Green Screen Overated?
Replies: 8
Views: 6358

Re: Is Green Screen Overated?

I saw a greenscreen demo involving a film remake of the D-Day landings, and these also were demod at high speed, though with a little more explanation that the above demo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRS9cpOMYv0 It's high quality planning and imagination. Top film-makers. The orginal programme pi...
by billyfromConsett
Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: H2 ZOOM DIGITAL RECORDER
Replies: 75
Views: 53263

Re: H2 ZOOM DIGITAL RECORDER

That update is very timely Tom. Thanks for posting it - it's exactly what I wanted to know. I can see that all of these Zoom recorders are designed to record high quality audio, which we want when putting our voices on the audio tracks of our movies. I try first to get the voiceover properly recorde...
by billyfromConsett
Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: H2 ZOOM DIGITAL RECORDER
Replies: 75
Views: 53263

Re: H2 ZOOM DIGITAL RECORDER

The most attractive option as I see it about which sound recorder to choose, is if the unit can be used for voice-overs without needing to plug a mic into it ( Mark appears to use it that way). And also that I can set it up at venues to record live sound on its own, and keep my Sennheiser wireless u...
by billyfromConsett
Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:32 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Modern AVCHD cams
Replies: 12
Views: 8357

Re: Modern AVCHD cams

Yeah, I set the mercury playback engine both to work with my graphics card and to make use of it. But the graphics power that my GTX260 has is shown up when working with AVCHD files. I stabilised a shot in After Effects and linked it in the timeline - after which the timeline played less than smooth...
by billyfromConsett
Sun Nov 14, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: H2 ZOOM DIGITAL RECORDER
Replies: 75
Views: 53263

Re: H2 ZOOM DIGITAL RECORDER

I've recently been using a Panasonic TM700 camcorder with a Sennheiser ME64 mic to do voice-overs, but the files dropped into the PC obviously contain a useless video track as part of it. But the Zoom looks a good option to capture high quality sound. Tom, Ned or Mark - do you record voice overs wit...
by billyfromConsett
Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Modern AVCHD cams
Replies: 12
Views: 8357

Re: Modern AVCHD cams

My rig I've had for about 7 months. It's an PC, i7 860 chip running at 3.4ghz, 8gb of Corsair ram, Asus P7P55D mobo, decent high performance air cooler, 3 x 1TB sata hard drives, GTX260 graphics (mercury engine active on CS5, seems to cope with basic transitions), Blu-ray writer inside a large coole...
by billyfromConsett
Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:09 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Modern AVCHD cams
Replies: 12
Views: 8357

Re: Modern AVCHD cams

Well I bought a TM700 this summer and it's fantastic IMO. I haven't looked at the supplied CDrom mind. I don't need any analogue capture with my rig, but there are club members up and down the country equipped with Pinnacle DV500's and the like. I wonder if any modern analogue capture cards are pres...
by billyfromConsett
Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Modern AVCHD cams
Replies: 12
Views: 8357

Modern AVCHD cams

I've heard about the problem of club members buying a new Canon, Sony or Panasonic AVCHD cam and then find that their reasonably modern PC or laptop just isn't upto the editing any of their HD footage. Apart from using a file conversion app and transcoding everything to AVI, or buying an i7 rig with...