Saturday, 2 August, 2014

Which iPad (Aug 2014)

There is a comparison of all current iPads at Apple India site with prices...

There are four models available (as of Aug 2014)
iPad Air
iPad with Retina
iPad mini with Retina
iPad mini

Prices for all models and variants are on that page too. Here's what MRP in India as in Aug 2014 look like...

From this, here are things to consider when choosing an iPad…
  1. There are two ‘mini’ models and two full size models.
  2. The full-size iPad with Retina is the older model with the older processor. Means, slower.
  3. The full-size iPad Air is the newest model. Fastest.
  4. The full-size iPad Air and the small iPad mini retina are identical except for size.
  5. The full-size iPad Air and the small iPad mini retina models differ by Rs 7000 across all variants.
  6. The two full size models and the mini retina have the same resolution.
  7. All models with Wifi+3G cost Rs 9000 more than the corresponding one with Wifi only.
  8. The full size iPad retina (not Air) and iPad mini (not retina) are available only as 16 GB.
So, which one?

If you need… 
Internet everywhere, then get any Wifi+3G variant.
to play fast games, then get iPad Air or iPad mini retina.
don’t need to work on large documents, have lots of photos or music then get higher memory.

My recommendations…

Larger screen, tight budget, basic documents, Internet, some music, Skype, wifi always available 
 - iPad retina 16 GB Rs 29,000 - add 3G for Rs 9,000 more
Ultra portable, basic document work, some photos, movies, occasional games
 - iPad mini Retina Wifi 32 GB Rs 36,000 - add 3G for Rs 9,000 more 
Lots of games, music, movies, need continuous Internet
 - iPad Air 64 GB Wifi+3G Rs 59,000 - 32 GB enough, deduct Rs 7,000

Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

Alexa transcodes and MPEG Streamclip

There seem to be a few ‘DITs’ in Mumbai who are in the crooked business of converting Alexa files using MPEG Streamclip and creating files with no timecode or reel name match with the original Alexa files. The result of this is that, after the editor finishes editing, the DI house cannot match the EDL to the original files. Editor gets the blame, and he/she or his/her assistant has to rematch the entire film. Days of wasted labour for no fault of theirs.

DI houses, to their credit or discredit sometimes perpetuate this “editor is to blame” myth and even go on to do the rematching on a Smoke system and charge the poor producer. For an activity that was not even necessary.

Here are details…

The picture shows Alexa original files in an FCP project side by side with MPEG Streamclip transcodes. You can see clearly that the transcoded files have no timecode (Media Start and Media End) and no Reel.

If you make an edit with these clips, and try to make an EDL, you get a missing reel names warning like this one.

If you continue, you get an EDL with warnings.

The exact same clips, if correctly transcoded with timecode preserved, will make an EDL which has the exact same timecode of the original. See this comparison on both EDLs.

As you can see, the EDL made with MPEG Streamclip transcodes don't carry original time codes, and have no Reel info, so they will never match back to original files.

So, if you’re an editor who has to edit a digitally shoot movie, please first check all the transcoded files for the presence of reel name and timecode. If there's no reel name and the timecode doesn’t match the original file, please bring it to the notice of the producer, quote this article if needed, and let them know that this could be problematic when doing DI.

If you haven’t started editing yet, get the files transcoded again before you begin. And, if you’ve already finished the edit, then there is still a way to mathematically calculate the cut start and end times and recreate EDLs without having to eye-match the whole edit.

Thursday, 29 May, 2014

Sony FS-100 compatibility with FCP 7 or X and Premiere Pro

Tip for Sony FS-100 camera users. 

Sony FS-100 shoots a format called AVCHD. This can be edited on FCP 7 (7.0.3) or FCP X (10.1.1). 
In FCP 7 you import clips with 'Log & Transfer'. In FCP X just import clips.

If you shoot HD PS (28Mbps) 1920x1080 50p or 60p, then FCP 7 will not be able to import your files. 
But FCP X (10.1.1) or Premiere Pro CC will.

If you need to edit in FCP 7, you'll need to shoot 
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 25p or 
HD FH (17Mbps),1920x1080 25p, 
or if you must have 50i/60i, then shoot 
HD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080 50i or 60i, or 
HD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080 50i.

In FCP 7 or X, convert to ProRes LT is sufficient, ProRes or ProResHQ is overkill for this format.

Either way, always copy the entire camera card to a folder on your drive. Not just some folder. Copy the 'PRIVATE' folder and any other folder to you drive. Copy to a new folder each card. To avoid dupe clips, use a card, transfer it to hard drive, return it to the camera, format it and use again. Reusing the card will create duplicates on your hard disk.

Wednesday, 26 February, 2014

Digital camera post data workflow

For shoots on Arri Alexa, Red Epic, Sony F65, Canon 5D, Phantom, or any such digital camera, is there a preferred workflow for the post?

When the edit is complete and its time to extract files for promos, for VFX, or even for the final DI, most producers send the original hard disks (al 20, 30, 50 or more drives) to the DI facility. Places  like Prime Focus, Reliance, Prasad or wherever. 

In these studios there are a bunch of very over worked in-house data managers and conformists who use the hunt-and-copy technique to copy the selected files from original disk to their own Baselight or Resolve or whatever. 

Delays, wrong files, confusion, tempers… and other such dramas end up happening.

What’s the best way to do this? Is there some kind of data or file management in post? Can someone who can handle this workflow more elegantly?

Over the past few years, and after doing it for a dozen films, I’ve worked out a cleaner method.

  1. First, I make a database of all your hard drives. Which should be anything between 10 to 20 to 50 individual drives. And data spanning anything between 10 Terabytes to 100 Terabytes. All this happens at the producer’s office, or they can send drives to my place. I save only the file names and paths, no pictures. Or sounds.
  2. Then, as and when files are needed, I call for the Avid or FCP sequence. No need to make EDLs or XMLs or anything. 
  3. Then, my software scripts go through the Avid or FCP (or even Premiere Pro) sequence extract needed files, and search my database for the needed files. No need to access the hard drives yet. So all this can happen at my place and you can simply email me the Avid or FCP sequence.
  4. Then I build scripts to automatically copy the necessary shots to another hard disk for sending to Promos, VFX, DI or wherever.
The result is that instead of carting all your tens of hard disks to the DI place, you only send out a small drive containing only the used shots and nothing else. And, to save space and time at both ends, I can even ‘trim’ the original shots to the required duration plus handles.

Sending me a reference mov helps me to confirm that I have the right shots. But that’s optional. If the original conversion from camera files to FCP or Avid files was done accurately by the data manager on location, then my systems and software usually pick the shots fine.

As an example, for a movie that released last week, the original F65 data was spread over about 15 drives, about 30 Terabytes. The sorting took just about 2 days. And the sorted reels were ready at about 4-5 hour intervals. So, 4 hours after I got the edit, the DI could begin.
And the total sorted data with 1 sec handles was just 4 TB. And this is the archive the production needs to keep a backup of after the film is released.

Conversion, transcoding, dailies

After the shoot one needs shooting files need to be converted (or transcoded) to something before editing can begin. That something can be Apple ProRes for FCP or DNxHD for Avid. 

This conversion is usually done by the on-location data manager. But, with the sheer volume of shooting, multiple cameras being used, time to backup being huge with older laptops, data managers often find the task daunting. So, they sometimes end up with errors like not passing the original timecode, reel names, or even at times messing up file names.

If I or my systems do the original conversion on a daily basis, then the database of your drives is built as we go. So, in the end, shot spotting and copying is much faster and more accurate. So, productions send me one copy of the shooting drive on a daily basis after packup each day. And I do conversions overnight and you have editable dailies the next morning. For outstation shoots, they cargo the drive to me every few days and I do the conversions.

So, digital shooting need not be a nightmare in post and DI. Some planning, some competence in data handling, and its a breeze.

Thursday, 16 January, 2014

Facebook musings from 2013

A bit late, but better late than...

Below are a collection of Facebook postings from my 'Neil Sadwelkar's Tech Corner' page.

Posts I made, some friends made, some commented, and I did too. In chronological order, latest one on top going back. Kind of quaint to go through some announcements, some predictions. many questions raised some answered some not.

I am thankful to all who participated in my Facebook Tech Corner page, particularly to Viral Thakkar who started this thing.

Hope we all have a great 2014 full of interesting gadgets and stories with them.

Here goes...


I looked closely at the effects features in Avid MC 7. Awesummm
Particularly the colour correction, compositing, masking, tracking, and titling. 
If only Avid editors took time to go over these and actually use them for ads, music videos, corporates to do online on the same timeline they edit. They can save their clients online charges on Smoke. And pocket that money for themselves. 
Guys, (and gals)… Avid has left money on the table.
December 25 at 11:28am


So the new MacPro is indeed hard to match or beat in cost or spec. And even if you do, you get a box that's nowhere as good-looking as Apple's cylinder.
I'm sold on this...
December 28 at 12:50am


Thunderbolt as an add-on, but on PCs only…
December 24 at 7:28pm


And, Avid now supports Win 8.1 and OSX 10.9 with MC 7.0.3
And many new features added too…
Media Composer 7.0.3 for Mac OS X Mavericks, Windows 8.1—Now Available
December 23 at 11:37pm


New MacPro tested…
Macworld Lab ran a series of tests on a new 8-core Mac Pro, and if you're using professional software for high-end tasks, you'll like the results.

The really surprising result amongst these readings, is how good the iMac and particularly the newest retina MacBook Pro is. I mean, why would you want an older MacPro any more. Just wait for the new MacPro to arrive, or settle for an iMac.
December 23 at 11:21pm


This is how small the new MacPro really is…
12 things that show how small the Mac Pro really is | Macworld
December 23 at 7:50pm

Amitabh Shukla So what are they going to do with the Mac mini now???:-)

Neil Sadwelkar I was wondering too, with this thing so small. But there's not much scope to shrink the Mac mini. Maybe Apple will introduce something like the Intel NUC.
December 23 at 11:04pm


New Mac Pro Unboxing

And a video of the new MacPro unboxing too…
December 21 at 2:42am

Jabeen Merchant Oh. I want!!!
December 22 at 1:35pm


Jay Dantara
I have a few shots which are 1920x1080 25p. Footage is converted to Pro Res LT. I need to slow them down to 50%. Can you suggest a good workflow? Is Twixtor my best option Should I do it on my MBP or a faster windows machine if on windows then what should I covert it to initially? — with Neil Sadwelkar.
December 21 at 2:44am

Neil Sadwelkar Motion has a rather good smooth optical flow slow motion.

Final Cut Pro - Better slow motion with Motion 3 optical flow retiming roundtrip

December 21 at 10:50am 

Jay Dantara Thanks will try this out. Will let you know which one works for me by evening. It's an action shot of sword fight. Hope we can cope with the distortions.
December 21 at 10:54am


Awesomeness awaits.

The first 24 hours with Apple's new Mac Pro and Final Cut Pro 10.1
Very tempted to order this puppy!

December 21 at 2:04am


Apple ProRes HQ, ProRes4444, ArriRAW in resolutions of 1920x1080, 2048x1152, and 2880x2160 all mixed and in almost equal quantities…
Try and spot the differences between them - in Dhoom 3.

So next time you're choosing between ArriRAW and ProRes...

December 20 at 10:54am


Final Cut Pro X 10.1 all features here…
Apple - Final Cut Pro X - All Features
December 19 at 6:02pm


Final Cut Pro 10.1 released. First major update in over 2 years. (9 updates in between).
And no, the timeline is still the same, so you still need to learn this new interface.
Apple - Final Cut Pro X - What's New
December 19 at 5:42pm


New 'cylinder' MacPro is now available on the US store and will ship before Dec 31. India availability and pricing awaited.
December 19 at 5:41pm


Apple New MacPro available from tomorrow. Pricing as on the web site. India pricing and availability awaited…
December 18 at 11:30pm


4k for under Rs 30,000 (thirty thousand)???
Take note of the 30Hz observation. And think of what will happen at 24fps or 25fps.
December 17 at 12:54am


'Highway', first official trailer. 
A movie shot, literally, on the highway in North India. 
A journey, for the characters, and those who worked on the movie, and told the story.

Shot digitally, on one of the most amazing digital cameras... 
more on that later.
December 16 at 11:44pm


Aditya Warrior
WHY would a DCP play outsync in some Theatres when it is fine elsewhere?The whole thing is 5 to 6 frames off at times. Its so pissing off.
December 14 at 10:46pm

Neil Sadwelkar There's nothing in a DCP play out server that adjusts audio-video sync. And there's no likelihood of any device in the chain that can cause a 5-6 frame audio lag. Could be that DCPs were made by different facilities for different theatres. And some didm;t place the audio correctly with video.
December 15, 2013 at 2:04pm

Farooq Hundekar but i too faced the same problem on a film.. the dcp seemed off by 3-4 frames throughout while the print of the same was perfectly fine.. and the screening was dun in the lab for both...
December 15, 2013 at 2:08pm

Farooq Hundekar and the lab din have a solution to it
December 15, 2013 at 2:11pm

Aditya Warrior The dcp was made in 2 diff labs for comparison and shown in the same theatre. 1 was lesser out sync than the other. But yet it was out. As Neil says in the chain it's not possible. That is why the question has arisen.
December 15, 2013 at 2:31pm

Neil Sadwelkar In most DCP authoring softwares one imports the picture (DPX/TIFF/MOV) and sound (WAV) separately. If picture and sound are delivered with different lengths of leader, the operator needs to set an offset for the sound. If this is calculated incorrectly, the DCP will be out of sync. And will play out of sync too.

If one sees an out sync DCP in a cinema one test could be to play some other DCP in the same cinema - a trailer or an ad. 
If that's in sync, then that cinema is fine and your DCP is not.
December 15, 2013 at 7:06pm


New MacPro pricing estimate…
4-core, 3.7 GHz, 12 GB RAM, Dual AMD Pro 2GB, 256 GB SSD - Rs 2.1 lakhs
6-core, 3.5 GHz, 16 GB RAM, Dual AMD Pro 3GB, 256 GB SSD - Rs 2.8 lakhs
6-core, 3.5 GHz, 32 GB RAM, Dual AMD Pro 3GB, 512 GB SSD - Rs 3.2 lakhs
December 15 at 7:16pm


Shrirang Nargund
original rushes - AVCHD, down converted to AVI for minimizing the volume. total no. of clips (files) - around 200. total down converted volume - under 1 gb. software - adobe pro CS3. while importing the files, after 75 files it imports only audio. is it max. number of clips that I can import or is there any other problem?
December 8 at 6:33pm

Jay Dantara Just thinking out aloud... Does this occur if you import the clips in random order also? All the clips are OK outside the edit software? Did you try importing in different sequence settings and different projects? Did you try it on another system? Are you on windows or Mac? If on Mac then rather convert them to QuickTime container. (QT).
December 9 at 2:29pm

Shrirang Nargund thanks Jay for the valid questions. am on windows8, laptop. have tried in random order. all clips are playing perfectly ok outside the software. tried by opening different new projects.
December 10 at 3:38pm


Sourya Sen
I have to do an edit soon and I have a variety of formats, aspect ratios and frame rates that I need to work with. I know how each works as a workflow but I'm a little confused as to how to go about combining all of this. I'll do my own tests soon but if anyone has ever combined all of this before, some pointers would be helpful. The following are what I need to work with.

RED Epic, 5k and 2k at 25, 50 and 75 fps.

5DMkIII running Magic Lantern, 1920x818 (1:1.235) RAW footage at 29.97 and 59.94 fps.

FS700 at 1920x1080 at 30, 60 and 240 fps.
December 5, 2013 at 1:34pm

Neil Sadwelkar What is the final output spec? HD/SD/DCP? At 24/25/29.97 fps? That will dictate your editing format.
December 5, 2013 at 4:34pm

Sourya Sen HD. For web - so the final frame rate is flexible. If there's one that has an advantage over the other, then I'll go for that.
December 5, 2013 at 4:45pm

Sourya Sen Oh and I also have some 5DMkIII at 1080p 25fps.
December 5, 2013 at 4:45pm

Ashish Heblekar Neil Sadwelkar I know this is a nightmare but you are the only one who can give us a possible solution. Will explain the backstory of all these mixed formats when we meet in person.
Also any idea if this should be edited on Premiere and not FCP?
December 5, 2013 at 5:02pm

Sourya Sen Has to be Premiere I'm guessing. My solution at the moment is getting proxies out of the RAW clips via Resolve Lite - mixing it w/ native Red and FS700 on the Premiere timeline (need to figure what frame rate to work on) - once the final edit is done, export XML of the RAW separately to take to Resolve to grade and grade the FS and RED on Premiere/Speedgrade.
December 5, 2013 at 5:26pm


The more I read about it and study the options the more I get the feeling that Digital Asset Management appears to be a solution looking for a problem. DAM it.
December 10 at 11:51am


When dealing with 4k, two things to pay attention are viewing distance and camera moves. Low and slow, respectively.
November 29 at 1:13pm


How good is Canon Raw video via Magic Lantern? 
Bear in mind, the post workflow is a bit tedious. If you're the impatient, not methodical type, avoid magic lantern raw. Also, the raw video may or may not work with 'higher' forms of post machines - Smoke, Quantel, Baselight. Resolve works.
Here, some examples…
November 25 at 10:58am


Angshuman Ghosh 
Any ideas who in Bombay has a BMD Teranex to upres SD NTSC to HD/2K?
November 16, 2013 at 8:20pm near Khar

Neil Sadwelkar You don't have to do it through Teranex. You can do it with software too. Teranex is when you have large amounts of tape based SD media which needs up-conversion in real time.
November 17, 2013 at 10:06am

Angshuman Ghosh Sorry, failed to mention it is tape based. Is hardware up conversion better than software? Negligible difference? Or on a case by case basis?
November 17, 2013 at 2:13pm

Neil Sadwelkar After up-conversion what's the output you need? HD tape? Or HD file? If HD tape then you need Teranex. If file, then use software convert. What's the quantity, and time available?
November 17, 2013 at 8:46pm

Angshuman Ghosh Most likely master as an HD file (unless otherwise required for a theatrical). The rushes are on NTSC MiniDV Tapes, about 50 hours. All don't need to be upconverted, just the picture lock, except there is no TC sync, only eye matching most probably. Still software?
November 27, 2013 at 9:07pm


Is it 'old school' to have each and every shot in focus? 
Is it 'old school' to have long shots and close-ups from the same scene match in lighting. Meaning, look like they happened in the same place and time? 
Is it 'old school' to hold the camera steady during a shot? 
Is it 'old school' to avoid on axis cuts? 
Is 'axis' even relevant in cinema any more? 
I wonder.
November 24 at 11:31am

Darpan Ashokrao Salunkhe Old School still Runs... No Wonder ! 
November 24, 2013 at 11:35am

Ashutosh Nandkumar Books and experiment manuals can be new, but for school, the older the better. 
November 24, 2013 at 11:42am

Viral Desai Sir if the drama is spot on do these things really matter? I wonder.
November 24, 2013 at 11:44am

Priyadarshini Krishnaswamy thank you...
November 24, 2013 at 12:30pm

Nikhil Idurkar Western cinema still holds an influence. Must confess.
November 24, 2013 at 1:59pm

Jabeen Merchant The people who use that phrase the most usually never went to any school!
November 25, 2013 at 10:58am

Utsab Bandopadhyay I follow a simple mantra" learn the rules and respect them and then make your own rules". But its the story which is the deciding factor for choosing a visual treatment that determines the visual narrative flow that makes you chose old skool film makin...
November 25 at 2:16pm

Neil Sadwelkar "grammar for cares as who thoughts long as conveyed are"
can be understood if you read it a couple of times. That's exactly cinema where grammar and rules aren't followed. But cinema audiences don't always have the liberty of repeated viewing. 
Hence, simple visual rules.
November 25 at 3:15pm  4


Anyone clamouring to shoot on F65 but can't get their hands on one should take a look at the F55. Smaller, lighter, easier data handling, and affordable. You can afford to even buy it if you're looking at 150 days of shoot within 2 years.
November 21 at 2:30pm


Got Rs 4 lakhs for a 20 inch 4k resolution tablet?
Go spend…
Panasonic Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 Tablet Makes U.S. Premiere
November 14 at 1:57pm


Highway teaser.
Or, how an intrepid group of film-makers took a wild journey to tell a story, and how the journey also became a story.
November 5 at 4:07pm


For all digital aficionados and skeptics… 
It's not the camera, its the guy (or gal) who stands, yes stands, behind it.
And the guy (or gal) who sits and puts (edits) it all together.
One request. Watch it at least at 720p.
October 31 at 8:53am


Black Promise drives to match the new black MacPro…
October 28 at 8:44am


Heard a strange one recently.
Pakistani film-maker came to do post in India. Had a very tough time in one of the post facilities here in Mumbai. Like they said his EDL didn't open. Then it opened but didn't match. His files were corrupt. He had the wrong format disk etc etc.
But he quietly put up with it thinking they were rough on him because he was a Pakistani! 
But they do exactly all this to Indians too.
October 28 at 8:07am


If you want to shoot 4k on a budget, and don't mind 16mm depth of field the Sony PXW-Z100...
$ 6350 or under Rs 4.5 lakhs with duty
October 24 at 10:25pm


One of the few people in the world who have actually used the new MacPro...
October 24 at 10:22pm


MacBook Pro 15" retina old vs new
Old - 2.7 GHz quad i7, 16 GB 1600 MHz RAM, 512 GB SSD, GT650M 1GB VRAM, TBolt
New - 2.3 GHz quad i7, 16 GB 1600 MHz RAM, 512 GB SSD, GT750M 2GB VRAM, TBolt 2

So, new MBP 15" has a slower but newer Haswell CPU, better graphics, better battery life, Thunderbolt 2, new iLife and iWork free, and will cost about Rs 13,000 less. Should be about Rs 1,65,000.
But the older one, if available for a bargain price is still a good buy.
October 23, 2013 at 5:36pm 


Anyone running FCP 7 on the new Mavericks OSX 10.9?
Will 10.9 be the OS that finally causes FCP 7 to stop working? Is it possible to install FCP 7 on a new Mavericks-installed Mac?
October 23 at 5:15pm

Sourya Sen Upgraded from Mountain Lion to Mavericks (with FCP already installed) and it seems to work fine at the moment. Don't know about installing FCP on Mavericks.
October 23, 2013 at 5:17pm · Like

Jay Dantara Will update on installation.
October 23 at 5:20pm

P.v. Ram Prasaanth so far no probs. but Avid applications seems to be facing some probs
Avid Warn Not To Upgrade To OS X 10.9 Mavericks - News - Pro Tools Expert
October 23 at 5:25pm


MacOSX 10.9 Mavericks will be available from today. Free. At the App store.
If you use FCP 7, wait a bit before upgrading as 10.9 may or may not let FCP 7 work.
October 23 at 12:45am

Sid Meer :: News: A Caution to FCP 7 Users
October 23, 2013 at 1:02am

P.v. Ram Prasaanth oh shit !! its too late now !
October 23, 2013 at 2:19pm

P.v. Ram Prasaanth then I will have to rely on Avid 7, FCP 7 to Avid 7.
October 23, 2013 at 2:23pm

P.v. Ram Prasaanth okey now. Just tried it out, FCP 7 works on Mavericks !!!
October 23 at 2:29pm  3

Sourya Sen Working fine on Mavericks.
October 23 at 3:04pm  1


Apple Store is down.
Means new products are expected. An event in SF at 10.30pm India time may see new iPad, iPad retina, possibly new MacBook Pros and even a new MacPro specs revealed. Live telecast on Apple's site and on Apple TV.
October 22 at 9:15pm


Utsab Bandopadhyay
I was recently on a shoot where I had to edit a film on location shot on digital format on Arri Alexa which included some songs and patch shots. I was shocked that no one asked me the roll numbers and directly went on shooting fresh from roll no. 001. The DIT simply copied the rush/data onto the drives to the editor. Late enough to notify the error so I hope the heaven saves the clips as I think the clips and the time codes will match with duplicated roll nos. and there will be a heavy duty trans-coding or camera meta data will come to the rescue. What say ?
October 22 at 4:03pm

Neil Sadwelkar Arre, give them my contact. If everyone did everything right with digital, how will I make money?
October 22 at 7:24pm  9

Utsab Bandopadhyay Roger that Sir..! 
October 22 at 8:00pm via mobile


'Sulemani Keeda' showing at 5.45pm at Cinemax this evening. I'm going to be there in case anyone is dying to know, and has questions about the post-production of this film. Otherwise, just come and enjoy a sincere effort.
October 21 at 5:15pm

Jay Dantara Bahut chalaak hain sir cinemax kaunsa area nahi bataye.
October 22 at 2:40am via mobile

Neil Sadwelkar Abbe MAMI sirf Versova Cinemax mein chal raha hai. Industry se sanyaas liya kya tu?
October 22 at 7:25pm  1


Time lapse shots are finding their way in more and more Hindi movies now. People shoot these as RAW stills in a DSLR like a Canon 5D, 7D, Nikon or some such. 
There's a confusing workflow for getting these into edit first, and then rematching them for DI. If there are just a couple of shots, then eye-matching works. 
But if you have many of them, and have slowed or speeded them in the edit, then things get interesting. Just finished automating this for two movies.
October 21 at 1:51pm

Sameer Shaikh I even used them in with 35mm in some projects... thanks to you:-)
October 21 at 2:00pm via mobile

Darpan Ashokrao Salunkhe I could find out some of them In "Bhag Milkha Bhag"...Gr8 to find sloutions...Really it just Unnecessary speed breakers...
October 21 at 2:05pm


When I see the time spent - between the Director and the DoP - in making and taking great shots for a movie - I feel really bad, knowing that all of this stuff is going to be one day erased and lost forever. 
After the release, and when the production need hard disks for the next movie, they reuse drives. Even shots from the 'Oscar hopefuls' have likely all been erased.
Except a handful of movie companies, no one has a long term data plan. Not because it costs big money to implement, but simply because they lack vision. 
Need a plan? Contact me.
October 21 at 11:09am

Aditya Warrior NICE!!
October 21 at 11:37am


Anyone see this before...
Digital shoot. MPEG Streamclip used for transcode. All original timecode lost. EDL cannot reconnect. What to do next?
Rematch each shot one by one...

Or...? Inbox me for an easy solution. For a small fee.
Rematching/re-editing is, of course, free.
October 19 at 10:09pm


See where our films have reached...
The Art and Science of VFX in Films
October 18 at 12:01am

Shrirang Nargund
Previously there were picture tube monitors, now there are LED, LCDs etc. In PT monitors or TVs edges of picture tube are covered with the cabinet so the portion of frame is cropped automatically. Similarly the cameras also are having safety frame grid in the view finder but it captures the full frame. The same full frame captured by our non linear editing system. Now would like to ask, after editing, does that frame output should be cropped while taking the output on DVD or tape or any digital medium? If yes, how much?
October 16 at 12:19pm

Neil Sadwelkar No.
October 16 at 11:32pm via mobile

Shrirang Nargund thanks Neil
October 17 at 6:57pm


'Sunglass' by Rituparno Ghosh is playing at MAMI this year. Many years ago, I edited this film. Didn't get a chance to find out from Rituda whether he used the edit or not. 
Heard later that I wasn't the only editor, so not sure if my edit was the one that went through. But good to know it got completed and someone will watch it.
October 17 at 3:17pm


All playing at MAMI, at theatre near you. 
'Faith Connections' - Metro 21 Oct 3.30pm, Cinemax 22 Oct 5.45pm
'Crossing Bridges' - Metro 23 Oct 5.30pm, Cinemax 24 Oct 12.45pm 
'Sulemani Keeda' - Metro 20 Oct 3.00pm, Cinemax 21 Oct 5.45pm
And all three colour graded on DaVinci Resolve at Post BlackBox. 
Watch them to see what a bit of color correction can do to an indie film.
October 17 at 3:13pm


150 hours footage all on DSLR - H.264 mov. 
The drudgery of converting before FCP edit. 
The "don't want to learn 'new' interface" of Avid. 
"Can't understand" of FCP X. 
Put up with FCP 7 ? I ask the 23 year old.
She promises to look at my Premiere Pro advice. Rs 2,700 per month seemed to be attractive. And no transcode, just edit too.
October 17 at 9:50am

Robin D'Cruz adobe is the only one actually coming out with support as soon as the camera is out..
October 17 at 3:09pm


The entire MAMI schedule here...
To find a film just open this pdf and do a search within it
October 17 at 3:07pm


Adobe India is giving away a Flipkart gift card if you join Creative Cloud now...
Join Creative cloud means a membership of Rs 2,700 per month to use any or all Adobe's software simply by downloading them. Or Rs 1,000 per month if you want only one software -for e.g.. Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, anything.

Flipkart e-Gift voucher, Creative Cloud offer | Adobe India
Hop on the Creative Cloud bandwagon and get a Flipkart e-Gift voucher. Offer valid 15 - 21 October 2013. Conditions apply
October 17 at 10:15am

Aditya Warrior I think premier pro is superb
October 17 at 10:50am via mobile


DaVinci Resolve 10 is now available as a public beta.
If you have no clue what DaVinci Resolve is, and believe its Dan Brown's sequel, then forget about it.
September 14 at 2:58am

Vivian Pimenta Amazing! Resolve 10,(along with plugin) can export a DCP.
October 11 at 10:13am  1


There's no such thing as DI when you shoot with a digital camera - Red, Alexa, F65, Canon whatever. Because there's no intermediate stage. And everything is digital anyway. 'DI' is for film.
October 9 at 9:19am

Rishabh Rastogi this should be taught to all the new cinematographers, they keep on asking for DI in the post, evn aftr a 5d shoot 
October 9, 2013 at 10:37am

Aditya Warrior I guess DI has now become a term for grading. Thats how most people use it. This tech corner of yours is a great eye opener for many including me. Thanks
October 9, 2013 at 11:47am

Sameer Shaikh one more misunderstanding like 24/25fps your pointed out last time..... and like directors still shout "Roll camera "even if there is no film rolling in camera 
October 9, 2013 at 12:14pm

Anil Chaudhary color correction/grading was a core part traditional DI of film. I guess that's the reason of this misunderstanding. When a cinematographer is asking for a DI of digital he means coloring. And yes coloring may be needed for 5D or any other DSLR footage. Depends on the look you want.
October 9 at 7:36pm

Vivian Pimenta DI...ed
October 11 at 10:11am  1


This has to be one of the most hilarious public reversals of technical opinion...
Qualcomm backtracks from Apple A7 marketing gimmick comments | Macworld
October 10 at 1:37am


Is there anyone around who remembers MacPaint. On a MacSE? 
It ran from a floppy. In an era when PCs had only a DOS prompt. 
Is there anyone who even has heard these names?

Well then, enjoy the nostalgia here...
October 10 at 1:24am

Sameer Shaikh it's running on android ...amazing!
October 10 at 1:34am via mobile


'Rush' was shot on an Alexa with, no not Master Primes, but Bausch and Lomb lenses, yes, these lenses
BALTARS - Radiant Images | Los Angeles, CA
October 9 at 11:52pm


Came across this when browsing. An all-new editing platform. Windoze based at the moment but Mac version in Nov...
HitFilm – cutting edge video editing and visual effects software -
Visual effects. Compositing. Video editing. No compromises.
October 5 at 3:21pm

Neil Sadwelkar It seems to be a spin-off from Sony Vegas as their site features it too...

Partner Products: HitFilm Ultimate 2
October 5 at 3:24pm

Megg Magika thanks for the share...
October 5 at 4:31pm


Just in case you've got a new iPhone 5C or 5S and are dying for some tips on using it better...
Apple - iPhone 5s - Tips and Tricks
October 5 at 2:15am


FCP 7 shows the "Error out of Memory" or "General Error" window when rendering or exporting. Why?
Check if there's something (mov/picture) which is over 4096 pixels width or height. If there is, then in Preview or Photoshop scale it down to 72 dpi and anything less than 4000 pixels. Replace. Then try again.
Works, no?
October 4 at 10:20am


Aditya Warrior
Will the 24 & 25 fps issue come to an end?
October 2 at 6:19pm

Neil Sadwelkar With digital shooting, and digital release, it should have been a non-issue. But many are still keeping it alive. Out of ignorance and resistance and fear of change, mostly.
October 3, 2013 at 10:31am

Neil Sadwelkar With digital shooting, and digital release, it should have been a non-issue. But many are still keeping it alive. Out of ignorance and resistance and fear of change, mostly.
October 3, 2013 at 10:38am

Aditya Warrior True. The worst was when i saw a movie on tv and it was converted audio & video to 25. IT ran. i was aghast as i had heard it all the while right and this was just racing. Wonder how no one realised it. But what about the single screens that still run movie projectors? Also now can i shoot at 25 and project at 25?
October 3, 2013 at 10:42am

Neil Sadwelkar Just posted on this on my blog for the ignorants.
October 3, 2013 at 10:48am

Aditya Warrior cool
October 3 at 10:49am

Neil Sadwelkar Aditya Warrior when we make masters for movies for EU and UK, we routinely run them 4% fast to make them 25fps. In fact all over the western world 24fps film is made to 25fps video by speeding up. No one complains because they correct pitch, but they d...
October 3 at 10:51am  3


For those who are still confused, still in the dark, still going at 25...
October 3 at 10:47am

Sameer Shaikh good to read all this....another confusion among AWARD winning sound recordists is Audio sample rate...44.1 or 48 .....can you elaborated on that please.
October 3 at 12:12pm via mobile

Amitabh Shukla Yes yes yes!!!!!
October 3 at 1:28pm via mobile


There's so such thing as a 24fps EDL. Show me where, in the EDL it says 24fps.
October 3 at 10:55am


The new iPhone 5s TouchID or fingerprint sensor explained in common language...
and no, your cat can't unlock your (or anyone else's iPhone)
iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor gets completely misunderstood
October 1 at 1:15am


Apple announces and ships a whole new line up of iMacs. 
Faster CPUs, faster GPUs, Haswell chips, rest all the same.
And, I just bought a new iMac... yesterday. It's already outdated.
September 25 at 8:49am


This might be a better surface. And maybe a better Win portable.
September 24 at 4:59pm near Khar
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Day 1 at IBC 2013, Amsterdam, where the post-production world goes on an annual pilgrimage...
FCP 7 is all but dead, Avid making a slow comeback, Adobe Premiere Pro beginning to show its colours...
And, this year it's 4k everywhere. 

Just like 3D was, just 2 years ago. 3D has all but vanished, lets see how 4k comes up.
September 14 at 2:40am near Juhu
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Utsab Bandopadhyay I am hoping for NHK's 8K TV @125 fps per a second with Ultra Definition (UD) to be the new norm in the industry.
September 14 at 10:05am


OK folks, so are you 'done with' the Alexa yet? 
Small budget, can't afford an Alexa, yet want that quality?
Welcome the Arri Amira, Alexa's little sister.

2k, up to 200 fps, large sensor same as Alexa, records ProRes to CFast cards (like CF cards), and a price that some say will make you want to rethink buying a Canon C500 or Sony F5. Unless you have to have 4k. Because both the Arri girls - alexa and Amira - still don't do anywhere near 4k.
ARRI Unveils New AMIRA Camera At IBC
September 14 at 2:56am


'Investment' in Marathi, releasing in a few theaters, not necessarily near you. 
But please make the journey. 

So all of you who clamour for a better cinema, who express dismay at the studio-multiplex nexus, who lament the lack of good post-production facilities for independent Indian cinema, and who feel despondent about regional cinema, particularly Marathi Cinema - from where incidentally this whole '100 years of Indian Cinema' thing began - go find where 'Investment' is running and watch it.

Whether you end up liking it or not, you will have voted with your wallet and made a promise that sensible cinema that is a mirror to society will continue to live. Else, you'll have to watch 'lungi dance, lungi dance' for the rest of your sad lives.

My film, our film ‘Investment ‘ is releasing on September 20th, a week from now. 

It’s not a studio giant, but a small film made by my family and friends. It is written, directed by my father Ratnakar Matkari, who most of you know well through his writing and plays. It is his feature debut in the 74’th year of his age. It is co directed by yours truly.

The film has seen many festivals and has won the national award for the best Marathi feature film. To be honest, we were expecting that at that point, someone would come forward to support the film, mainly in terms of infrastructure, which we don’t have. Still, the films are made to find their audience, not just to attend the festivals, or win awards. So in an attempt to find the larger audience we know is out there, we are releasing the film in theatres. It’s a modest release, but a necessary step.

What we need for it’s success is a word of mouth and support on social media. I am therefore requesting all my fb friends to spread the word around. Feel free to share anything from my page, in fact I would encourage it. 

We have about a week to go. I hope we can pull this off.
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September 13 at 8:28pm


For helping us appreciate music with out noise in the analog days,
for adding another dimension and direction to sound, and helping us appreciate silence as... silence,
for helping create a system that could record video on to magnetic tape (VTR or VCR), 
for devising a method for billions of people to enjoy visuals with immersive sound in theatres
and for many other technical achievements, every 'sound' person will be forever indebted to Ray Dolby....

Sound pioneer Ray Dolby of Dolby Laboratories dies at 80
Ray Dolby, the inventor and engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered noise-reducing and surround-sound technology widely used in the film and recording industries, has died in San Francisco at 80, the company announced Thursday.
September 13 at 9:49am

Mon Ty I met him last year in LA. He seemed in pretty good shape then. Great man. RIP
September 13 at 11:31am


iPhone 5s unlocked US$650 (16GB), $750 (32GB), $850 (64GB)
iPhone 5c unlocked US$550 (16GB), $650 (32GB)
and iPhone 4s unlocked US$ 450 (8GB only)
September 11 at 1:18am

Bindi Mehta Will India follow these prices or will they be higher? Also any idea when they will be available here?
September 11 at 12:28pm


If the dollar behaves, then the iPhone 5C will cost less than the iPhone 4S does now. And even the iPhone 5S will cost much less than the existing iPhone 5.
And Apple will come with a huge marketing blitz, but not before late Sept/Oct. Till then, the black market will make a killing.
September 11 at 10:11am


The fact that even Apple cannot innovate beyond what they showed yesterday, makes it clear than leaping developments in the mobile phone are hard to come by. 
Let's wait and see what iOS7, 64-bit, and the motion co-processor really mean in actual use.
September 11 at 8:53am


iPhone 5C still 4"
September 10 at 11:57pm


From live right now
September 10 at 11:55pm


iPhone 5C officially unveiled - in 5 colors
September 10 at 11:55pm


iOS to be launched Sept 18. Will work on iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and up.
iWork will now be free with any new iOS device - Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie - all free.
September 10 at 11:52pm

P.v. Ram Prasaanth Woooowww thats amazing !
September 10 at 11:53pm


The new iPhone - rumoured, speculated...
Neil Sadwelkar's musings on Digital: A new iPhone - Sept 2013
August 23 at 1:09pm

Ashok Va Here are the 10 things I expect...

1. 60 FPS camera (am sure it is coming)
2. Better lens
3. Free iCloud backup to the extent of your device storage. Will ensure the customers will feel safe that their stuff is backed up. Most of us don't do it (including me).
4. Better security (fingerprint scanner)
5. Better inter app communication
6. More stable iCloud
7. Better inter Apple device communication (laptops, iMacs etc). Maybe Airdrop is that solution.
8. 5C will help them break into market segments where volumes matter.
9. Cooler experience with iOS 7
10. Cool colours for the iPhone
August 23, 2013 at 3:20pm

Utsab Bandopadhyay Introducing the iPhone 5S
September 8 at 12:50am

P.v. Ram Prasaanth iphone 5C, C for "cheap" sounds a lil cheap 
September 10 at 11:48pm


Another 15 mins to go for Apple's Sept 10 event where probably a new iPhone may get shown. 
10.30 pm India time tonight 10 Sep '13
September 10 at 11:10pm

Prashanth Ramachandran Lot of expectations 
September 10, 2013 at 11:16pm

Jay Dantara link to the page to view it live?
September 10, 2013 at 11:21pm

P.v. Ram Prasaanth can anyone pass live streaming link pls
September 10 at 11:34pm

Jay Dantara I don't think there is one.
September 10 at 11:43pm via mobile


Here's a camera that sticks to your phone, or works separately too.

Hands on with Sony’s QX10 and QX100 lens cameras for iPhone and Android
The QX10 and QX100 are “lens-style” cameras that clip onto your Android or iOS smartphone. Are they glorified accessories or full-fledged digital camera replacements?
September 6 at 8:15pm


For once, a handycam that records high quality sound. A sound recording machine that also records video. Great for Interviews as a second camera.
Sony's HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder helps your band break out of the garage, into YouTube
September 6 at 5:05pm


Viral Thakkar
Happy Teachers Day Neil Sadwelkar. Thank you for all your informative posts and teachings.
September 5 at 1:29pm


This likely to be the weirdest tech story of a product name...
September 4 at 12:36pm near Khar
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And, for the next Govt in power in India in 2014, please make loss of timecode during transcode a cognizable offense punishable with at least 3 years in prison and fine.
September 3 at 9:08pm

Vedansh Pandey Sir you must start a Centre For Film Technology. This will really help our country to make efficient use of technology to produce technically superior films and also help in the preservation of national archives. It will be a great service to the country which is otherwise not realizing the real worth of digital archives.
September 3 at 9:54pm  1

Amitabh Shukla Hahaha. Spoken like a true post person!!!
September 4 at 11:28am via mobile


To the next Govt at the centre, I am also campaigning 
a separate head of service tax called 'editing and post production services'. There's now a heading for video and video production, and another for sound recording, but none for editing. 
Does the Govt believe it simply comes out of the camera and gets put in a theatre or on TV?
September 4 at 10:42am


Whoever comes to power in 2014, I'm petitioning for a ban on TGA sequences.
September 3 at 7:57pm

Jay Dantara LOL
September 3 at 8:00pm

Ashish Heblekar Neil Sadwelkar FOR PM!!
September 3 at 8:18pm  3


Now this is going to be interesting...

Microsoft buys Nokia's Devices and Services Unit, unites Windows Phone 8 and its hardware maker
One of the most enticing "what-ifs" of recent years has come true: Microsoft has purchased Nokia's Devices and Services unit, it announced today. It unites Windows Phone 8 with its biggest hardware...
September 3 at 11:38am


Even if you only use Photoshop and/or After Effects, getting the Creative Cloud at Rs 2,700 per month is a no-brainer. Pay once and its debited to your card every month. Like buying software with an EMI.
You won't even feel it.
And you can download and use any of the CC apps any time
And you can install on up to two machines belonging to you.

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Muse
Other apps like 
Acrobat Pro, Adobe Audition, Bridge CC, Encore, Fireworks, Flash Builder, Flash Professional, Adobe InCopy, Lightroom, Media Encoder, Prelude, SpeedGrade
Edge Apps like
Edge Animate, Edge Inspect, Edge Web Fonts, PhoneGap Build, Edge Code, Edge Reflow, 
Services like
Story, Kuler, Business Catalyst, Typekit, Behance, ProSite
Touch Apps like
Photoshop Touch, Kuler for iPhone, Ideas, Behance for iPhone, Creative Portfolio for iPhone
August 31 at 4:44pm


Exactly who is going to miss Adobe Fireworks? 
Like, how many miss Encore now that it isn't in Adobe CC?
August 31 at 2:50pm


Microsoft has had the privilege of having the right good idea, but also the curse of having it at the wrong time. Either too early, or too late.
Pocket PC too early, Windows mobile with stylus, pre touch. Windows tablet, too slow, Windows Kin, pre-social media explosion, Windows phone, too late. Windows surface, again too late. 
And now, the right CEO.
August 31 at 11:06am


All those of you still stuck to 7, or exploring Prem Pro, or Avid, or have tried out Prem Pro or Avid and are back to 7, X at 10.0.9 is worth taking a new look at, or, just wait for 10.1


Final Cut Pro X 10.1: the features video pros want - Mac software - Macworld UK
We know that Apple is working on an update to Final Cut Pro X – Apple's head of worldwide marketing Phil Shiller admitted as much in the WWDC keynote back in June. We've asked professional video pros and members of a Facebook group about Final Cut Pro to share their wishlist of the new Final Cut Pro...
August 31 at 10:41am


The new Apple MacPro...

My New Mac Pro [2013]
The day Aaron received the first 2013 Mac Pro. We were there when Aaron received his new 2013 Mac Pro. We were also there when his girlfriend, family, and fr...
August 29 at 4:28pm


If you have an iCloud account log on to
Pages, Numbers, Keynote for free in the cloud from any device. 
Who needs Google Docs.

Store contacts, calendars, photos, music, books, apps and more in the cloud and access them on all your devices.
August 24 at 12:20pm


At approx Rs 13,000 per 400ft roll and exposing about 7 rolls (28 mins) a day for 60 days, feature films used to spend about 55 lakhs on film and processing alone.
Now, shooting digitally, and shooting even 60 mins a day for 60 days costs only Rs 6 lakhs for hard disks even if you make copies to two separate hard disks. 
I meet film producers every day who find that costly.
August 20 at 1:59pm
Meghna Ashchitr Producers are FUNNY creatures 
August 20, 2013 at 2:03pm

Bhavesh A Patil N...Still their are many Producer who Wants to record on 5K but can't afford Hard Drive .....
August 20, 2013 at 3:32pm

Neil Sadwelkar Bhavesh A Patil 5k, 4k, 2k doesn't make a difference. 
Figures I mentioned are for Red Epic 5k. 60 days, 60 hours, 6 lakhs. 
Too expensive even for producers with Salman as the lead actor. 
6 lakhs for 60 hours (raw 5k) footage with Salman in most of it. It's like 0.01% of the movie's budget.
August 20, 2013 at 3:39pm

Bhavesh A Patil Ya its Bollywood 
hope …Doing movies on 70th and 80th theme …
had also made their mind to set on paisa not on rupees .....See More
August 20, 2013 at 4:14pm

Jay Dantara lol
August 21, 2013 at 2:25am


And he made a difference...

My Final Post....
I have said before... I'm tired. I really am. I started Oakley with $300 and then proceeded to put over 5,000 people to work in California. Against all odds, we passed RayBan in worldwide sales in 1996. I am so proud of what we accomplished at Oakley. Inventions wrapped in art. Thermonuclear Protect...
August 20 at 9:16am

Anil Chaudhary Absolutely!!!
August 20 at 3:56pm


The Sony FS700, F3, and FS100 all great cams, and true video cams. Make for really good B cams, compared to DSLRs.
August 16 at 1:09am via mobile

Pranay Garodia what about A cam?
August 16 at 2:00am

Neil Sadwelkar Sure Pranay Garodia these are great A cams too.
August 16 at 8:20pm


There is hearsay doing the rounds that the 'new' Alexa XT is 4k. That it shoots 4k. This is not numerically true. 

The Alexa XT, just like earlier Alexa cameras shoots a picture that's a maximum size of 2880x1620 pixels. So, in 'K's' this can be termed 2.8k. 
Because of the Bayer pattern pixels used, the actual number of colour pixels is only 1440x810 pixels (Since it takes 3 pixels to make one colour pixel).

The Red Epic on the other hand makes images which are 5120x2560. This could be termed 5k. Once again, because of Bayer pattern pixels amounts to a colour image of 2560x1280.

The Sony F65, on the other hand has 8000 pixels across from which an image of 4096x2160 is created. This is true 4k colour.

Just trust what you see on the screen. 
If it looks good, shoot with that camera.
August 14 at 11:13pm

Jabeen Merchant What I find really funny is that the same people who get so impressed with all these 'K' numbers then want to use the Canon 5D as their B camera!
August 14, 2013 at 11:21pm

Anil Chaudhary In Bayer pattern four color pixels 'RGBG' make one color. Doesn't it?
August 15, 2013 at 5:00am

Neil Sadwelkar Yes Anil Chaudhary, which is why, in one line, 2 pixels participate to create one colour pixel.
August 16, 2013 at 1:07am


Sept 10. New iPhone... maybe
August 12 at 5:26am


Avid DS is now almost dead...
A software ahead of its time, but didn't quite make it in India, even though it was cheaper than its main competitor - Smoke - it somehow failed to capture any significant market in India.
I hope dropping DS makes Avid stronger, and more focussed on Media Composer.
August 9 at 10:55am


This is not post-production. This is when it stops being post, where at least part of post is production. Interesting one take video.
August 6 at 5:19am


In an ad for the new 'Shooter suite' software from Red Giant, there's a nice line in the video...
"Bring it back safe, sound, and in sync"
July 31 at 2:22am

Ashish Heblekar The 'Shooter Suite' looks interesting. Neil Sadwelkar Have you taken a test drive? waiting to hear your views on it.
July 31 at 1:10pm


One of those things I do...
I have no idea where Part 1-4 are.
July 23 at 2:11pm


If you have a MacPro from 2009 or earlier, and you're trying to edit a full 100 min (or more) feature film shot on digital (Red/Alexa etc, and converted to HD ProRes), on FCP 7, then you're out of luck. 
I've observed that generation of Mac computers was simply not designed to move files of that volume. So expect erratic performance, frequent crashes, projects unlinking by themselves, etc etc.

Time to move on to something else - Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, or FCP X. And time to stop cribbing. Apple will not support FCP 7, nor answer your complaints.

You need help setting up and running these alternatives, 'inbox me'.
July 23 at 10:43am


Focus redefined, reimagined.
Canon videos showcase 70D's innovative AF system: Digital Photography Review
July 19 at 11:03pm


This is such a fake issue. 
I mean, banks, insurance companies, hospitals, air traffic control, telecom companies, all of these guys have huge amounts of digital data. But still they manage to save it, or have to save it for decades, data that's more critical than the movies. 
Films are mostly culture and entertainment, and data from them, is not live-saving nor life-threatening. 

Its time the media business looked around. There really is a world outside the movies. And, its been digital for a while now. You guys are late to the party. Enjoy.
July 18 at 5:27pm

Amitabh Shukla Film is an asset like any other. Needs to be looked after and cared for in the same manner. For many, it's a cash cow - a golden goose that will lay an egg every few years. For others it's a piece of art, to be cherished for time to come. Needs a lot of passion to hang on to old stuff in the face Of mounting costs, hopefully there will a few people who will actually think about it.
July 18, 2013 at 5:50pm

Vedansh Pandey But sir my question is why do we want to hang onto old stuff? I think its the government's job. Why is that film is important and not the movie? Clearly it is the case of medium becoming the message. Film manufacturers became bankrupt because they spent all their money on propaganda. Probably they would have survived more if they would've worked for the betterment of stock and made it much more cheaper . Why aren't we doing objective analysis? One's nostalgia shouldn't stop medium from developing if that is the case. I will use a film camera when I am doing photography as a hobby but probably not when the producer's money is involved!
July 19, 2013 at 12:00am

Neil Sadwelkar Film died because the people that made it got lazy, and greedy. By the time they figured it out it was too late. Storing digital is costly, or not, depending on the value of what's being stored. 
If what you're storing has a low value, and you want storage for cheap, or better still, for free, then you take your chances.
July 19, 2013 at 12:04am

Neil Sadwelkar Is what I tell any producer who approaches me for a 'perfect method' of storing his digital movie - rushes to final. I'm about to set up one such 'good, nearly ideal, but not perfect' method for one of India's largest film production facilities. 
If they go with it, I hope to make it an example. If they don't go with it, I'll wait for 5 years and then make that an example.
July 19, 2013 at 12:06am

Amitabh Shukla Great reading -
July 19, 2013 at 12:52am

Neil Sadwelkar Yes it is. But in India, we gave up the 'Inter' stage sometime in the nineties. We simply ran the cut neg to make prints. So, in our case the cut neg is probably all we have, of films from about 1980 onwards. (I could be wrong on the year). But definitely from 1995 or so, Inter was not used widely.
July 19, 2013 at 12:59am

Jay Dantara Vedansh Are you quoting Marshall Mcluhan ... "Medium is message" ? In any case, I think initial investment might be a big one but thats for all media isn't it? I bet film costs much more cause once it's been exposed it over. You could recycle your digital systems for as long as you need to.
July 19, 2013 at 12:58am

Vedansh Pandey Jay Thats what even I think! I'm for digital! I am not quoting him but actually criticizing him for putting the study of medium over message if you see the statement in that light. 
July 19, 2013 at 1:26am

Jay Dantara Yeah his context was something else altogether 
July 19, 2013 at 1:31am

Vedansh Pandey Just that. Film as a medium is quiet large. And I am not debating form over content but just arguing that romanticism for something undemocratic is unjust!
July 19, 2013 at 1:34am


Who needs RAM...
Samsung announces 3,000MB/s enterprise SSD, shames competition
July 18 at 7:46pm


Apple releases Logic Pro X. Available now for $ 199 (Rs 11,500) at the App Store. 
In depth...
July 16 at 9:00pm


Who says sync sound can't be done on Mumbai streets. Watch NatGeo Adventure HD. The presenter is standing at various parts of Mumbai on the street talking to camera. We see no mikes in the frame, but we still hear him clearly. And even the people he speaks to. 

Ban dubbing now.
July 13 at 12:17am


Blast from the past...
My page on FCP not updated since 2005...
July 12 at 4:03pm


Post BlackBox is proud to be associated with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

What we did for the movie may not have contributed much in a creative sense, but we ensured that the movie existed and reached completion, by managing the digital data.

If anyone wants a data storage solution to store data as large as all the shots in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (over 40,000 GB), let us know. We ensured not a single byte was lost in 1 year and 5 months - shoot to release. — with Sumeet Kamath and Sreeram Ramanathan.
July 12 at 10:40am


The new 13" MacBook Air has a PCIe SSD as its main drive. That thing does a whopping 700 MegaBytes per sec!! Faster than a million dollar RAID could do just 4 years ago. Now in a laptop near you.
July 10 at 11:51am


Stabilgo. The steadicam many GoPro shooters were waiting for. You could also a fix a point-and-shoot and get good results for a limited budget.
July 7 at 9:58pm near Juhu


Some of the new colour space, and import features in Avid MC 7. 
If you find these hard to understand, then think carefully before upgrading. Else, promise yourselves that you'll take the time to learn them. Because this is the first time Avid has made a concerted effort to correctly manage colours on imported files.

Avid is finally tapeless. Its time Avid editors got there too.
Avid Media Composer 7 in 4 minutes
June 29 at 9:46am


25 new features in Avid Media Composer 7 (while mine - 3GB!! - is still downloading)
June 29 at 12:26am

Sameer Shaikh cool new features 
June 29 at 1:31am via mobile


Some AMA plugins are still not ready for Avid MC 7. So if your edit depends on AMA of certain formats, please check the Avid Support Center for details.
Also, if your licence is of the support variety, then the MC 7 versioner for that isn't ready yet. Upgrading to MC 7 will convert your Avid into a 30 day trial.
This doesn't affect internet licensed Avid systems. 

And of course, this is all valid only for paid licenses.
June 28 at 6:32pm


Avid Media Composer 7 is now available. One of the most significant upgrades to the age old Avid, this is one upgrade that will need editors to upgrade themselves too.
And if you are unable/unwilling to upgrade, and are hoping that film and DigiBeta will one day make a comeback, then please do yourselves a favour, and stay on MC 5. And wait.
June 28 at 11:24am near Mumbai


Just met a 20 something editor who needed to do some sound match on an Avid. Let her use my Avid 6.5.2. She struggled for a bit and asked if I had a system with an earlier version because she was 'used to' ver 5.5, and didn't understand 'all these colours and new icons'.
I mean, at 20-odd, don't you want all the latest toys?
June 26 at 9:39pm near Mumbai

Amitabh Shukla It happens Neil. Before avid put audio key frames in the old MC7, one did audio fade by putting an add-edit, setting a new clip level an then applying a dissolve over the cut to make it seem like a gentle fade. Shockingly I'm still seeing it a few timelines across studios. Very few people read the Read Me First! Smart Tool, another ignored value add in the new avids.
June 26, 2013 at 10:05pm

Amitabh Shukla Avid has been nice enough to retain all the old ways of doing things. Maybe that's what keep people in their comfort zone and doesn't make for the move to the new improved ways.
June 26 at 10:14pm via mobile

Sameer Shaikh it should not be a big problem actually switching from any version of avid from lower to higher (or vice-versa ) avid has completely customisable interface ... So if u don't like New things u can always customise and go back to old ways of worki...
June 27 at 1:32am via mobile


Got yet another project where the 'tape name' of converted Red files are missing digits. 
Editors, please keep tabs on the 'tape name' or 'Reel name' in Avid or FCP. If names are half or missing, its going to affect your social life and private life during DI.
Of course, it can be 'fixed in post'.
June 26 at 11:46am near Mumbai

Sameer Shaikh I ask them to keep burn-in option on if Redone files r converted in Red it possible to do same whn Red epic/Red mx files converted in applications such as Redcine?
June 26, 2013 at 11:55am

Neil Sadwelkar Burn-in is fine, but if the converted file does not have the reel name embedded, but it shows in the burn-in, that doesn't help when conforming.
June 26, 2013 at 1:10pm

Sameer Shaikh oh I thought it shows in burn-in ONLY IF it is embedded just like orher data.. anyways will double check it in my projects. thanks... it would be gr8 if if other applications hv option of burn in like Red rushes has.
June 26, 2013 at 2:17pm

Sameer Shaikh what does these 2 analogue terms actually mean in digital world?.. are they some kind of names assigned by cam to folders in which Red files reside?
June 26, 2013 at 2:16pm

Neil Sadwelkar 'Tape name' or 'Reel name' actually mane no sense in the 'post-film' or 'post-tape' era. Actually they indicate 'source', which can be the folder where the file resides. It just adds another layer of uniqueness to files since there are only 24 hours of timecode.
June 26, 2013 at 2:18pm

Sameer Shaikh oh got it.. thank Neil as always it. was a gr8 help... 
June 26, 2013 at 2:23pm


Jabeen Merchant
With Alexa footage, is it enough to get only the Apple ProRes 4444 files for editing? I mean, I don't need anything else to cut the film on my system, but are there not other files on the card - XMLs and so on - that are needed for other procedures down the line?
June 24 at 11:26am near Mumbai

Neil Sadwelkar Those XMLs carry camera data that's not embedded in the actual ProRes files so if you import the XMLs and relink to the ProRes files then that data is visible inside FCP. Colour temp, shutter angle, DoP-geek stuff.
ALE files are to enable embedded timecode inside Avid MC. But after AMA and FCP 5.5+, that's not necessary.
But, it's better to convert the log ProRes Alexa files to linear and smaller ProResLT or ProRes Proxy. ProRes4444 needs a rather fast HDD to play smoothly particularly in long sequences.
June 25, 2013 at 9:02am

Jabeen Merchant Thanks, Neil. Nobody so far has given me either XMLs or ALEs and when I asked, have been told that I don't need anything else. So I haven't been importing the metadata. Though I wouldn't mind doing it, I think it gives an editor a better grip on the entire post process. For the ProRes files, I agree that it's better to convert to smaller sizes for editing. But you know, there are so-called 'DITs' out there who know even less about this than me. Have been in a situation where the XMLs never got saved at all! Is it a total disaster if that happens for a feature film intended for proper release?
June 25, 2013 at 10:55am

Jabeen Merchant I'm no geek but this much is obvious even to me. When you use a data card on a camera, any camera small or big, you have to back up its contents in entirety. You do not open the sub folders and pull out some files while discarding others. There should be a way to make everyone follow this basic protocol!
June 25, 2013 at 11:09am

Amitabh Shukla Keeping a gun handy seems to do the trick 
June 25, 2013 at 12:43pm

Neil Sadwelkar Actually if you import the XMLs into FCP and relink to ProRes files, and then go over columns in the browser, you'll find columns with information like colour temperature, shutter angle, ISO setting, and other camera parameters. 
It's useful when one e...See More
June 25, 2013 at 11:38pm


Apple will soon discontinue the existing MacPro and sell the new MacPro by Sept or so. 

Until than time, for editing and grading applications, an iMac i7 is currently the fastest Mac. The second fastest current Mac is the 15" MacBook Pro Retina.
June 18 at 9:32am near Mumbai

Sourya Sen The second is not he i5 Quad iMac?
June 20 at 6:44pm

Neil Sadwelkar Quad-core iMac i7 fastest, then quad-core i7 MBP retina. Existing MacPro 12 core works faster only in some tasks.
June 20 at 7:31pm


Adobe Creative Cloud. 
I've jumped in...
June 19 at 6:22pm


Very soon, power users like graphic artists, photographers, editors, geeks, can carry a MacPro in hand luggage.
June 15 at 10:54am near Juhu

Kapil Limbad Yes, Now that lil bit of free time of these artists will be utilized.
June 15 at 11:41am


A Standing O for Apple's New Mac Pro
Apple's new machine is long overdue and maybe now the competition will finally step up.
June 12 at 11:34pm near Mumbai


iOS 7 introduced. Will work only on iPhone , iPad 4, iPad Mini or iPod Touch 5. Nothing earlier. 
So it's not going to be in my house, unless...
June 11 at 1:11am near Mumbai

Ravi Kumar J I think the limitation of new iOS hardware is for the feature Air Drop only
June 11 at 1:19am


The next new Mac OSX.
Mac OSX Mavericks...
No more Lion, Leopard, cats are done.
June 10 at 11:56pm near Mumbai

P.v. Ram Prasaanth this was expected, cat family exhausted ...
June 11 at 12:23am


In 22 mins from now, 10.30 pm India time tonight (10 Jun '23), WWDC keynote. Featuring iOS 7, maybe Mac OSX 10.9, and some say, the possibility of new hardware - MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, maybe even a new MacPro. All, all, maybe.

Apple to Stream Live Video of WWDC 2013 Keynote to Apple TV
With just hours to go before today's keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off, the company has brought back its...
June 10 at 11:10pm near Mumbai

Jay Dantara Now watching
June 10 at 11:32pm


The new Adobe Creative Cloud is like an interest-free EMI based payment for all Adobe products on up to two computers at once. For only Rs 2,700 per month, or Rs 1,600 per month if you already own any Adobe suite. Or only Rs 1000 per month if you can show that you are a student or teacher. 

So, for Rs 32,400 going down to Rs 12,000 for a whole year, you can get any or all Adobe software for an entire year - on two computers. 
Depending on your life, you're guaranteed to spend more than that much on mobile phones, petrol, booze, or even eating out... in a year.
June 8 at 2:46pm near Mumbai


For the first time, in the '100 years' of Indian Cinema, we can now permanently get rid NG takes, muffed up lines, bad focus pulls, dolly/crane glitches, and wardrobe malfunctions right at the shoot stage when we shoot digital. Like they never happened.
June 1 at 9:36am near Mumbai

Editing a docu on FCP X. This is really what FCP X was made for...


Oh, the joys of 'digitizing'...

Shweta Venkat I miss digitizing - it just used to be a never ending chai break.. I miss rendering- a happy snooze time. Sigh!
May 29 at 8:34pm


Making FCP X Work For You
Final Cut Pro X is steadily gaining numbers among professional editors as Apple integrates more features in response to users’ needs. Unlike the previous iterations of Final Cut Studio - where ever...
May 29 at 12:57am near Juhu

There are some great resources to learn and understand FCP X. And once you begin to get the hang of it, you really enjoy editing in a whole new way.
May 26 at 7:09pm near Parel


Vedansh Pandey An article which compares some specifics of workflows such as media management ,plugins ,clip management ,exports etc :


Final Cut Pro X versus Premiere Pro CS6
The struggle within most shops that invested in Apple’s Final Cut Pro is whether...
May 28 at 5:31pm


Autodesk Smoke 2013 Ext 1 recently released, now adds support for Blackmagic cards. And support for Sony XAVC and RAW.
So if you have a well set up DaVinci Resolve system, just add Smoke software and you have both. Switch between finishing artist and colorist on the human side and you have a system that can do both. Add FCP 7, FCP X, and Avid to the same system and now you have a 'God system' that can do everything.
Still need the humans, though. Don't skimp in selecting them.
May 24 at 10:22am near Mumbai


When a post house which has been contracted to do a complete DI for a feature film, and they try to import an EDL into their Baselight and the Baselight crashes, aren't they supposed to find a fix? Instead of simply returning the EDL back to the editor. Particularly when the same EDL imports fine into an Avid or an FCP.
Shouldn't they, the post house, write to Baselight to find out what's going on?

Anyone have this problem? How did you solve it?
May 21, 2013 at 1:54am near Mumbai

Amitabh Shukla Wonder if the editor gets paid more for troubleshooting and saving the post houses ass??!!
May 21, 2013 at 4:16pm via mobile

Kapil Limbad & What if it opens in Adobe Premiere Pro, that too without crashing.
May 22, 2013 at 2:47pm


Vedansh Pandey
Sir is 1080p sequence setting in FCP 7 impossible?
April 22, 2013 at 9:50pm

Neil Sadwelkar FCP 7 can work on a sequence as large as 3840x2160 which is 4 times 1080p
April 23, 2013 at 12:06am via mobile


With the coming of FCP X why have people forgotten that FCP 7 still continues to work. Premiere Pro with all its native workflow lacks some really significant features that FCP 7 has. Avid is a whole different interface and methodology to learn. 
So if you are a one-man band doing docus, why not just spend the time learning FCP X. And keeping your FCP 7 for all the stuff that FCP X can't do.
April 22, 2013 at 2:29pm near Mumbai


Quick guide to Avid editing for Alexa files
April 18, 2013 at 10:29pm near Mumbai


Hitachi Deskstar Drives are now made by Toshiba. 

Hitachi Enterprise class Ultrastar Drives are now made by Western Digital.

Hitachi is NO LONGER in the hard drive business. Both the Toshiba Deskstar drives & the Western Digital Ultrastar Drives are fine & there is NO quality difference between the Western Digital & Toshiba brands then there were when they were branded "Hitachi".
April 18, 2013 at 10:03am near Juhu


When you need to see metadata in an Avid MC bin can't you just read it by turning on the columns you need, or is it compulsory to export an .ALE and torture yourself reading it?
April 16, 2013 at 2:32pm near Bombay Santa Cruz


Battle of the Flying Cameras at NAB 2013
After buying an expensive piece of equipment, I often ask myself: ‘How can I destroy this using another expensive piece of equipment?’ The answer: drone camera rigs.
April 12, 2013 at 10:29am near Mumbai


NAB Show 2013 wrap...
4k has developed stealthily and rapidly. And it's now real. From cameras and recorders 4k, to video I/O that's 4k, storage capable of playing 4k... But affordable monitors?? We are some way away on that yet.
But for some non-broadcast applications it makes sense to work 4k. By year end, 4k displays will be easily available. And once you see your production 4k... there's no going back.
And... you don't need glasses.
April 12, 2013 at 9:58am near Mumbai


4k at 1000 fps is where slomo will now be at...

Rolls for 5 sec. But you'll take 3 1/2 mins to watch the take.
April 11, 2013 at 4:18pm near Mumbai


And here's a sample of what the Phantom Flex4k at 1000fps looks like...
April 11, 2013 at 4:19pm near Mumbai


4k for everyone...
(with deep pockets, and a really good eyesight to even 'see' 4k)

Sony announces $699 FMP-X1 4K media player and distribution service
Along with its new 4K TVs, Sony has announced its FMP-X1 4K media player and 4K video distribution service. Plans for both were first revealed at CES,
April 11, 2013 at 4:09pm near Mumbai


Why do people bother with a GoPro when there are many point and shoot cameras from Canon and Nikon which deliver much better picture, focus, low light quality, and cost less than the GoPro.
Movies out of a GoPro simply cannot be intercut with Alexa, Red, F65 any of the pro cameras. They suck particularly in bad light.
April 10, 2013 at 9:53am near Mumbai


Red Dragon sensors are being upgraded in existing Reds at the NAB show floor where they have a mini factory.
Red Dragon will be 6k at up to 100 fps. Right. 
So when are we going to edit on a 4k monitor?
April 10, 2013 at 9:50am near Mumbai


Film - the first goodbye...

Discontinuation of Motion Picture Film production
As previously announced, Fujifilm has stopped production of the majority of Motion Picture Film products by March, 2013. We would like to thank you very much for your patronage during the long history of manufacture, sales and marketing of these products which will continue to be available until the...
April 4, 2013 at 9:51am near Mumbai


Autodesk and Blackmagic Design Announce Technology Collaboration
April 9, 2013 at 6:42pm near Mumbai


So, Baselight with Aja hardware

News: AJA Announces OEM Relationship With FilmLight; Supports FilmLight FLIP With Multi-Channel I/O.
Visit AJA at booth #SL 3816
April 9, 2013 at 6:38pm near Mumbai


This year at NAB...
3D is dead, long live 4k.
April 9, 2013 at 9:42am near Mumbai


NAB 2013
Aja's 4k recorder now available $ 3995. Can record full 4k from a Canon C300, Sony F55 and other cameras. Affordable 4k filming is now here...
April 9, 2013 at 8:56am near Mumbai


NAB 2013 
Blackmagic Production 4k camera, Available July '13 $ 3995
April 9, 2013 at 8:28am near Mumbai


NAB 2013
Blackmagic intros new pocket cinema camera. Available July 2013, $995
April 9, 2013 at 8:27am near Mumbai


Avid Media Composer 7. At a never-before price, with amazing new features.
April 8, 2013 at 9:36am near Mumbai


Those who lust after a Steadicam but lack the funds or have shots in tight spaces... the MoVI

This short was shot with the The "MōVI" - a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal. The completely silent device weighs under 3.5 pounds...
April 6, 2013 at 11:32am near Mumbai


I'm wondering. 
In these days of files in files out, and nearly no tapes or answer prints, do we still need that sync beep 48 frames before and after? 
Why not just make the audio and picture files same length and same timecode and frame rate. 
If they line up they are in sync.
March 28, 2013 at 10:21am near Juhu

Roland Heap I'm seeing more and more films arriving as complete playouts - no reels in sight. But I'm absolutely in favour of keeping 48frame pops - it's a safe way of ensuring sync, and allows a reliable and easy way to check that nothing has gone wrong. We still...
March 28, 2013 at 2:15pm

Neil Sadwelkar Roland Heap and Amitabh Shukla. About the reels break-up. Yes, sure even in these non-film days, a 20 min reel break is recommended because unlike Avid or FCP, most 'high-end' systems like Smoke, Resolve, eQ etc behave better when working with smaller ...
March 30, 2013 at 9:32am

Sameer Shaikh @Neil....i hv also started putting 'burn-in framecount' and 'burn-in footage count' in video along with 'burn-in timecode' (actual positve count from FFOA to LFOA and negative count on start beep) whenever i output mov's from avid or fcp after reeling...
March 30, 2013 at 11:40am via mobile

So will R & H rise again after this? Or will Prana sink with the weight of two? 

Will this be a united force which will keep the best of the two and throw out the worst? Or will it be the other way around?
March 30, 2013 at 10:09am near Mumbai


There are two kinds of people...
Those who have lost data due to hard disk failure.
Those who have yet to lose data due to hard disk failure. 

Carbon Copy Cloner, SuperDuper, Silverkeeper, Time Machine, Get Backup Pro... just get something going today!
March 30, 2013 at 9:19am near Mumbai


Anyone planning to invest in a new editing system, software, plug-ins, hardware, etc... the next two weeks are a 'waiting period'. NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) hosts one of the largest exhibition on film, TV, and broadcast equipment at Las Vegas. This year its 08-11 Apr. 

Here, many manufacturers announce and introduce new products. Many expect a new Avid Media Composer 7, Premiere Pro 7 which will make Premiere more usable. 

Apple is not known to announce new products or software at this show, but you never know.

So, if you've waited so long, then wait till Apr 10 at least.
March 27, 2013 at 12:56pm


The recently announced Canon EOS 100D/SL1 is one of the smallest DSLRs you can ever come across. It lacks some of the features and picture quality of the big gun 5D MkII, 7D etc, but it has autofocus during HD movie shooting.
And the other newly announced 700D has autofocus during HD movie and a LCD which can be turned up down left right both of which are lacking in the 5D 7D series. 
And, both 700D and SL1 have a touch screen.
March 26, 2013 at 11:55pm


If you have a digitally shot project to cut on Avid, and in the bin, you're seeing a blank source or tape column, or no source file mentioned, then beware. It's likely that whoever converted the original Alexa/Red/F65 files, neglected to include this data.
You can edit away, but when it comes to doing DI, your EDLs aren't going to link back to the source files. 
Before the tragedy, if I can get a look at the bins containing master clips, I now have scripts and methods to recreate this metadata and plug it in. I don't need to see the actual footage. Media offline bins will do.
March 26, 2013 at 7:07pm


G-Technology G-Drive is now freely available in India.
This one...

If anyone is genuinely interested, inbox me for pricing and delivery.

And for those who need a larger, more secure drive, the G Speed Q is also available in India now...
March 26, 2013 at 12:29pm


All you modest budget feature film makers, clamouring for an Alexa but can't afford the rental or disk space, here's an alternative every bit as good as an Alexa in the right hands. 
Coupled with a Samurai, you have pure ProResHQ, just like Alexa.
PL mount prime lenses too. And a lightweight package.

Workflow no problem, much simpler than Alexa, all files ready to edit.
Jeki +92 95944 70007

March 25, 2013 at 4:40pm