Friday, March 20, 2015

CinemaDNG and Premiere's Difficulty in Importing It

While visiting a friend I noticed an empty Premiere project open with an importing dialog box that didn't seem to be moving. When I asked him if his machine was frozen he revealed that no, it wasn't, he had simply dropped a folder containing a feature film's worth of Cinema DNG footage into Premiere and it was taking a while to import. A while in this case meant having run for about 5 hours and having a progress bar that was only barely visible.

I tried to explain his machine or Premiere would probably crash before it could finish, and that even if the import did finish he would not like or want the results. Another friend who works in video/tech was present and surprisingly agreed that although it may take a while, dragging and dropping the whole shebang into the project pane should be just fine. I did my best to resit the urge to facepalm.

He's a shooter rather than editor by trade, and the problem here is a weird one, so I don't fault him for not knowing any better.  We've known each other since film school though, and he should know better than to ignore my advice on such matters!

Some 30 hours later I got a text message:
My system has run out of application memory!!!
"quit any applications you are not using"
I'm not using any others!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Getting Key Repeat Back In Yosemite

THE CONTEXT

I upgraded a workstation to test out Yosemite. Went to do some work in Terminal when I noticed...

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Standards Conversion with the Blackmagic Teranex and Hypderdeck Studio *UPDATED*

Blackmagic has a product called the Hyperdeck Studio which is essentially a tape deck that uses 2.5" SSD's instead of tapes. It even supports deck control via RS-422. They also make the Teranex, a hardware conversion box. So it should be simple to use these two products together for standards conversions right? Load your master(s) onto an SSD, pop it in, patch through the Teranex to an edit station with capture, and batch import your neatly converted media.

Well there are some weird quicks, but with a little help from FFmpeg and an AJA capture interface it all works out.