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  1. I'm good man. Glad to see the forum back up. I'm out of the field, but it's cool to come back and see what's up here. What are you up to!
  2. Beaver

    iMac 2017

    Four now! These things look tempting (I'm sure the screen is amazing) but I'm leaning towards a Corsair One. I just don't know how seriously Adobe takes macOS any more - seems like Windows performance is always a little snappier (given approximately the same hardware).
  3. Working on a short personal project, this will be my first real attempt at stop motion. Anyone have much experience with this? I'm thinking I'll shoot it with a nice mirrorless camera, but cranking out a bunch of 24 megapixel raw files seems like major overkill. Is there a best practice here?
  4. Check out https://www.toonboom.com/as well. Hand-drawn animation will definitely take a lot of practice and experimenting if you've never done it before!
  5. I got burned out and left. What was always draining for me was the need to be creative "on demand" for whatever job. Some people have an amazing ability to do that but I can't.
  6. I have a collection of DV tapes I want to capture, and I have an old DV camcorder for playback, but I don't have a firewire port on my MBP. I was wondering, will the adapter work just like hooking up a stright firewire connection, i.e. will I be able to control playback & capture through Premiere? Anyone have experience with this? This is the adapter: http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Thunderbolt-to-FireWire-Adapter/dp/B008RXYOKY (As a second question, does anyone have a recommendation for some sort of external capture box with RCA or S-Video inputs that will connect via USB3 or Thunderbolt? I also have some old VHS and VHS-C tapes I want to capture).
  7. Been reading lots of forum ramblings on this, but who can trust those *other* forums? I came here for the real deal. What say ye?
  8. No way. They'd catch too much flak for such a deceptive claim.
  9. If you can support yourself with freelance work, you can use your current career to fund a search for a new one. That's what I'm doing right now, and I'm so glad I did. Maybe you'll find something new that you love, or maybe you won't, but either way I think it's a worthwhile endeavor.
  10. Damn man. You are my hero. This makes me so happy.
  11. I *think* it was a few spots that Buck produced for G4TV. Basically, the spots feature two slacker/gamer roomates. In one, one of the guys is reading a pet fancy magazine and making suggestive comments under his breath. Roomate comes in and says "Are you getting steamy with my pet fancy magazine?" He notices a bulge in his pants or something, and the guy with the magazine is like "It's just a crease in my jeans." The other roomate reponds: "Oh, you have a beast, in your jeans?" Anyone know WTF I'm talking about? Those spots were great, and I can't believe I can't find them now. Googling what I can remember from the spots turns up nothing.
  12. If you want to know what most people use, I think most people use whatever they have handy. It's just one of those things where you'll get a million opinions on what's best, and everyone has their own way of doing it. My personal approach: use whatever is installed on whatever machine I'm on.
  13. Been a while since I looked at video cameras. Last time I was interested in buying one, the 7D was what's happening. I think however, I would prefer a straight video camera to a DSLR with video capabilities. Been so long since I looked into this.
  14. In my experience though, studios always have a few seats with good monitors that are hooked up to obsolete machines. Ok, so it would be a pain to deal with wiring everything up every day, even if it was as small as the Mac Pro fleshlight, but if I was goin to be working on some heavy c4d scenes I'd probably bring it over a laptop.
  15. Looking at the size on this guys desk, seems like you could bring it around in a backpack if you were a freelancer. I wonder if that was intentional. This machine could be a legitimate solution for people that need portable desktop power. Wouldn't be surprised if some mac pro carry cases started cropping up. Edit: ok pretty much what parallax just said.
  16. Meh. Most broadcasts barely qualify as full HD as it is when you factor in all the compression, etc. "UHD" sounds like such a gimmick. Don't think people will buy it.
  17. On another note, this will provide much needed heat in the winter.
  18. Frizzle: I think the success of this machine is going to depend heavily on 3rd parties getting behind it in a big way. The more I think about it, the more I "get" where they're going with it. I see it as a ton of processing and GPU power, and then everything else (storage, i/o) is kind of roll your own with the various TB2/USB3 ports. It will be very powerful if everyone gets behind OpenCL in a big way. I know very little about OpenCL at this point, but maybe it's the next big thing, who knows. If you can harness all that GPU power in a meaningful way for both processing and real time graphics, then this machine offers a lot more value to me. I'm still pretty skeptical though. The high performance computing market is so commoditized at this point. In other words, people are comparing the processing power with the amt of money they're spending, and making cold, analytical decisions on what to buy. Sexy hardware isn't going to sway these people. It has to offer something more. It could easily offer more in the way of stability. If it became a popular machine, developers would be targeting it for testing and/or exclusive software or features, and that would be dandy. I think mograph pros have been in limbo for a while, and it would be nice to have a reliable go-to machine for motion graphics. I'm definitely rooting for it, I just don't know if they can pull it off.
  19. I noticed a note on the apple site about a new FCPX coming along with the mac pro. Maybe they will try to make amends? I don't really get this machine, with dual FirePro cards standard, the base price is going to be really high. They're locking you in to a ton of GPU power. Will there be an option for a traditional hard drive/fusion drive, or is it SSD only? It seems like they're making some big decisions that their customers ought to be able to make. What if you need a ton of storage? What if you want a ton of processing power but don't need so much GPU? I guess I can see the new mac pro being a great machine for a select group of people...
  20. It will still be a 64-bit processor, the 256-bit refers to some other feature of the processor, don't really understand it, but I presume that means it will be faster. More details if you can decipher it: http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/xeon-e5-brief.pdf
  21. Dual AMD FirePro GPUs standard according to http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/ Sounds pricey!
  22. I think there's an opportunity for Apple right now. Everyone hates windows 8 as a desktop OS, and OSX is a tried and true OS for pros. Still though, Apple likes their big fat profit margins. I don't think big margins work on desktop computers any more.
  23. Ugh. Such a dirty business. Motion graphics seems tame when you put it next to VFX. I don't think that the motion graphics industry is going to follow suit. The businesses are so totally different. VFX shops all have to suckle at the big monster teat of the big six film studios. Mograph shops have biz coming in from all directions (Agencies, tv networks, web, mobile, gaming, film, etc). Mograph is so much more robust. Mograph is already accustomed to tighter budgets and smaller productions. Mograph never had tentpoles to inflate budget expectations to ridiculous levels. VFX has a huge supply and pricing problem. They're going to be in free-fall for a while.
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