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Bruce Balmer

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  1. There is no such thing as a composite to HDMI cable. Unfortunately, composite is typically analog, and HDMI is digital. The signals don't talk the same language. In addition, just about all HDMI ports on a computer are outputs, not inputs. HDMI isn't like USB - it's not a bi-directional port. Typically you need some sort of conversion box to capture video from an HD camera to a computer. If you camera has HDMI out, you can use a HDMI to USB dongle (a.k.a. an Magewell HDMI to USB 3.0 converter or a AJA U-Tap converter) to bring a camera in via a USB 3.0 port and trick the computer into thinking it's a webcam. The next question is whether Adobe Premiere recognizes webcams. I can't answer that question - I've never tried it. If it does, the suggestion above will work. If it doesn't, we'll need to find a different converter for you.
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    Helps me

    Umm, the proper solution for this issue is an external confidence monitor plugged into your camera's video stream that's large enough for you to see the detail in your display. There are numerous monitors that have loop through capability and will enhance your view of the details. I wear trifocals when I do legal video work. I'm sympathetic to your plight, but your solution is not where I would suggest one goes when trying to solve this specific problem.
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    What the witness wears

    I suggest you Google "what clothing to wear on a video". There's an extensive amount of material on the web on what not to wear in front of a camera. What you have noticed in depositions impacts broadcast news, sports reporters, etc. Single color shirts are okay; the right color shirts make a lot of difference. Red, for example, isn't a good color for legal video depositions.
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    Documentary Video

    David, it's all about the timing. If the case is in the past, I'd be willing to ask Attorney A permission to show my work product to Attorney B for marketing purposes. There's no way I'd ask if the case is still pending. IMHO.
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    online delivery and archive

    I use Citrix ShareFile. Not cheap, but well done.
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    Panasonic AC-AG160 Timestamp

    I’m sorry to ask this question, but we have to follow the steps. Is there a red R in a box to the left of the date when the date/time stamp,is in the center of the screen? Turning on the stamp is a two-step process, and many people turn on the stamp but don’t realize that a second setting is required in a different part of the menu to drop the stamp to the low part of the screen. The stamp appears high if the red R is not turned on. For the record, the time/date stamp do not burn into the video if the red R is not displayed.
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    Newby Legal Videograper

    I almost follow Rich's rules. I always use progressive video as my source video, particularly if I'm delivering a progressive format as the final deliverable. Interlaced is not as good of a source as progressive for deposition work. If my camera does not record progressive video when stamping but outputs progressive video for external recorders (i.e. Sony cameras) I would use an external recorder set to accept progressive video as my source video and my camera video would be my backup. I have not found using 4K for a SD deliverable is worth the effort. Most of the new cameras shoot 4K as well as HD. I would limit my "highest resolution available" to no larger than 1920x1080 if I was planning on delivering an SD final source. HD is a perfectly fine source for depositions -- I doubt I would record 4K for deposition work in normal situations (for 2018 and 2019 -- ask me again in a year). 720p30 is readily available on all HD cameras, either as an output or a captured file. Consider this the "minimum acceptable HD" setting that anyone with an HD camera can deliver, much like MPEG-1 352x240 was the minimum acceptable SD source in the past. Having 720p30 as your floor makes sure you can 1) find other providers to help you out and; 2) most computers can play back without issue. I rarely record 1080 anything. I stick with 720p30 or 720p60 for most of my recordings for legal depositions. For what it's worth.
  8. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/miniconverters https://www.atomos.com/converters Both of these companies provide high end conversion products. You may have to use two devices, one to convert from composite to HDMI and then a HDMI to whatever scaler to scale the output to an end product. If you want to do it in one unit, the Roland VC-1-SC is a great jack of all trades...and expensive to boot. I have a bunch of the BMD devices and a Roland VC-1-SC and can vouch for both from personal experience. My final comment: I don't know why you're using composite and why you want to convert it to HDMI, but the end product is not going to look all that good. I've been doing this a long time and have rarely seen a composite source look good as a captured HD source. For what it's worth.
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    Hidden video

    Was this a deposition or just someone being interviewed by someone else? Your CDVS certification has to do with taking depositions. Your moral code, and not your certification, comes into play when you're not doing depositions.
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    Date/Time Stamp Placement Database

    Jason, I have multiple images but cannot open the files due to a total size limit for importing.
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    Date/Time Stamp Placement Database

    Panasonic AG-UX90 1920x1080i 1920x1080i AG-UX90.bmp
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    Panasonic ac/ag 160 Time Stamp Placement

    Dave: The answer is maybe, depending on what you are seeing. When the datestamp is not being burned on the video, the stamp is quite high, almost in the middle of the vertical screen. However, when you turn on the burning in of the stamp, it moves down vertically to the bottom of the screen. There is no ability to move the stamp left or right. There is also no ability to move the stamps from the two described locations. Bruce Balmer
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    recovering vob files from bad disc,, HELP!!

    I'm not sure Terry is on this Forum, Ted. He's also very inactive on the old Forum. I'm not in Austin. Can't help you on work availability. Bruce
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    recovering vob files from bad disc,, HELP!!

    Left a message on your cell. Download Isobuster at the provided link. Costs no more than $60, based on which version you purchase.
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    What are your HD Deliverable Encoding Bit Rates?

    Craig, the likelihood is the size of the video display aspect ratio is not creating your "syncing" issue. I sync 720x480 MPEG-1 all the time without any problems. I often use YesLaw instead of Timecoder, however, which may be the difference maker as to why I don't see issues with this specific size and codec. Jan Ozer talks about the old Power of 0.75 formula in the linked article. It will give you a good starting point on calculating an appropriate bitrate for your larger MPEG-1 video, based on what you think is good at the smaller 352x240 DAR (display aspect ratio). You can make HD MPEG-1 video. It falls well within the spec. MPEG-1 does not support interlaced video, and it's not as efficient (small versus quality) when compared to a properly encoded for legal video MPEG-4.
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    Stream video over internet

    John, you need two things: 1) a way to connect the camera to a computer 2) an application to connect the video to the internet. There are small hardware devices that take the SDI or HDMI stream from your camera and convert it to look like a webcam to a computer. These products include the Magewell USB to HDMI or SDI capture, a AJA U-Tap, or an Osprey Video VB-UH-HD HDMI or SDI device. I'd suggest looking at SDI devices for your camera. Each of these (and there are others) do the heavy lifting on converting the video feed to something a computer can understand. You would be will served to have a USB 3.0/3.1 port on your computer. The second thing you need is a computer application that lets you enter an IP address into a setup screen to source your video stream to that IP address. vMix or Adobe Flash Media Encoder can both do this. vMix is harder to setup. It's more stable. The Adobe FME is easier to setup. It's less stable. Why not try both and figure out which one works for you? T
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    DepoView for iPad

    I don't think this is the problem, but iPads work better with MPEG4 video. inData has specs on how to produce MPEG4 for it's products. I'd add a spec to make the GOP match the frame rate as well. Sent from my Pixel using the LitPro Forum App!
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    DepoView for iPad

    Try an MPEG4 format. Sent from my Pixel using the LitPro Forum App!
  19. >>My goal is to deliver to the client a final product that is going to serve their purposes the best.<< How about this? Why not get appropriate specs for all the formats you've mentioned, and then offer the client the final product that will serve them best, rather than only one specific format? You've failed to mention the DVD-Video option, which YesLaw also offers. They're all used for various reasons by various clients. There is no one right answer. For MPEG-1, 352x240, 1150-1200 kbps is fine. For MPEG-1, 720x480, I would recommend 2800 - 3400 kbps, although there are people here that will tell you 1500 kbps is fine. I don't care for how it looks, and the math involved indicates the higher bitrate range I'm recommending here is more appropriate (google "Power of 0.75 video Ben Waggoner" to read why) For MPEG-2, 720x480, I would recommend 4000-4400 kbps for DVD-Video like performance and visual quality. I've gone down to 3400 kbps to fit video on a disc, but have really abandoned that practice since I started adding USB Flash drives for multi-video depositions. For MPEG-4, 720x480, I would recommend 1500-2000 kbps. Use 1500 kbps (and a square pixel 640x480 video) for iPad viewing. 720x480 uses an anamorphic pixel.
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    Backdrop Bag

    Depends on what kind of backdrop. Sent from my Pixel using the LitPro Forum App!
  21. I've done the majority of my work on tripods. Every now and again, I get a request for an off-tripod video job. I've got to admit I'm not that good at walking around and taking a shot that doesn't look like I'm walking around, taking a shot. I've got no background and no training with off-tripod work. When I'm not walking, I do a decent job of capturing a shot without shake, particularly with the optical image stabilization system in play. I've got a couple of different low cost add-on handles that help - but don't really eliminate the up and down "walking effect" I'm adding to the take. Let's set a target of 6 pounds for the camera system, and less than $750 in cash in the wallet. I'm willing to roll with used equipment, and I'm willing to practice so I can get better. I do not intend on doing weddings, and I do not intend on doing sports. Visits to construction sites, day in the life shots - assume those are valid. Running with the camera - not really likely. What brand/model of camera stabilizer system should I look at, and why? Is there a recommendation on a book I can read on how to do mobile video without the shake? Thanks in advance for your input.
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    IPad disconnects from Airplay

    Thanks, Sheldon. Sent from my Pixel using the LitPro Forum App!
  23. I have a client who likes to use an iPad wirelessly with PinP. The iPad disconnects from AirPlay when the iPad is set down for a period of 5 minutes or so. Will plugging in the iPad to a power source keep this from happening? Does running the iPad directly into the switcher with the appropriate HDMI/smart cable keep the iPad from going to sleep? Does this change if the client is using TrialPad as the presenter? Thank you for any insights on the matter. Sent from my iPad using the LitPro Forum App!
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    Recommendations on Camera Stabilizers

    Thanks for the reply. Panasonic AG-AC160 - about 5.5 pounds before a monitor is stuck on the system. Not in interested in DIY. I'd rather spend the time learning how to leverage the system. The purchase cost is an expense that's tax deductible. I have a shoulder mount rig that isn't giving me the results I want. This is what I've come up with so far: Glidecam HD 4000 Stabilizer System There's some used items on BH Photo that appear to be a combination of an older SD stabilizer system that might be useful with the Glidecam HD 4000 without the body stabilizer. I guess this is why I go to NAB!
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    IPad disconnects from Airplay

    According to some websites, setting Auto Lock to Never turns off the sleep function. Turning off the sleep function keeps Airplay connected. Any thoughts? Sent from my Pixel using the LitPro Forum App!
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