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  1. Thanks a lot everyone! We're really happy with how it turned out and we're excited to share it.
  2. We finally got around to doing a new reel, check 'er out if you have second. http://vimeo.com/legworkstudio/2011
  3. Hello there, I'm hoping to clarify some issues I've had. Sometimes when rendering a 15 second spot out of After Effects I get Quicktime timecode duration that says it's 0:00:00:15.01. What's up with that extra frame? And when I check the time in Final Cut or Premiere it says duration is 0:00:00:15:00, but Media End is 00:00:14:29. Any idea there? I know in AE when I set my comp settings to 15 seconds, I can only drag the timeline scrubber to 00:00:14:29. Output settings for this particular project were NTSC D1, 29.97fps, No Field Dominance. Thanks for any insight into this!
  4. Yeah, That makes sense. You're right though - not every camera is going to do everything perfectly. Sounds like good greenscreen is the big one.
  5. Yeah, we're doing a three week cross-country shoot in June, and when we get back we're going right back to shooting small things daily. We use a camera more than renting would make sense for. Plus - renting is expensive! It's like an eighth of the total cost to rent for the day.
  6. Hey Sao, Yes I've been doing the research and understand that some of these may not be the best for greenscreen. However currently we're doing greenscreen shots with a Canon HV30 and seem to get the results we need. That being said, I'm still wondering if anyone has experience using any of these (greenscreen or not). I also keep reading in this forum that $4500 is a small budget for a camera, if you compare that to a $25,000 camera I guess you're correct. But there are many factors that go into the budget we came up with; ie. how much of our current work can justify a camera upgrade, how long before we estimate another upgrade etc. So that's our budget, I know we can get a good camera for the price.
  7. Hey there, My studio is looking into an upcoming camera purchase. I still have quite a bit of research to do, but figured this is a good place to start. Usage will be mini-docs and greenscreen shoots for After Effects based graphics. A good portion will be web-based content, but we should also be confident in delivering shots for broadcast, tradeshow, dvd etc. Below is my initial list of potential cameras within our budget range of $2000 - $4500. Does any one have experience with any of these? I'd love to hear any thoughts you may have. Anything you might add to this list? Panasonic AG-HMC40 Canon 5DmkII Canon XH-A1s JVC GY-HM100U Panasonic AG-HVX200A Panasonic AG-HPX170 Thanks!
  8. Yep, that's usually what I do. It seems like sometimes though, if you have certain effects on a layer or sub-comp, turning on continually rasterize will throw everything out of whack. Any ideas on that?
  9. Hello, Question - Why do certain elements become pixelated when pre-comped? I have vector based illustrations imported, when moving a camera through them on the high-level they stay rasterized and look sharp. But sometimes when I pre-comp elements, they will become fuzzy when zooming in to them. I make sure to go into the precomps and check 'continuously rasterize' etc, but doesn't seem to fix the problem in the end-comp. And sometimes this happens when certain effects are applied at the root-level. What is the process for this, what am I missing here? Thanks!
  10. Really, simple as that? I would have thought there would be more to it than that.
  11. Hey there, We have a clip that we built at 1920x1080, 29.97, square pixels. Client wants to reformat to 1080i. Any advice on the best way or process to do this? This is all in AE. Thanks!
  12. Yeah I see your point. I've seen contracts that almost act like a usage license where the cost of Broadcast use is considerably more than Web use etc. Maybe at this point it's not even worth discussing with them.
  13. Ratbaggy - That's a good point. Not sure how I would bring up the discussion of how much they expect to gain, especially since it's a "client > agency > us" sort of project. Excuse my ignorance, but what do you mean by "the old 1:4 ratio"? Thanks for the feedback.
  14. Hey there, I have a question on what I should allow a client to use a spot for. We created a short piece that was used for a website and for a tradeshow. The client has recently told us that they want to use the spot for broadcast, during a prime time slot. We did not do a usage contract or anything like that, and I don't really have a problem re-formatting the file for this usage and charging the normal rate. But I'm wondering if I need to think about another flat rate for this, maybe not for this instance, but for future reference. Any thoughts or recommendations?
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