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  1. You seek collaboration but some may hesitate in case they also become thought of as "fucking unbearable". It's apparent that you are not fond of criticism, but in the sense of true collaboration (especially within the arts) you will need to become accustomed to it or your project is doomed from the outset.
  2. If you are working with V-Log this is worth a read: https://na.panasonic.com/ns/253602_V-Log_Excerpt.pdf
  3. I recently signed up to a cheap online service which allows me to generate unlimited voices from text and use them in videos for a one off fee. The package that I purchased has 30 voices available and all but about 4 voices are fairly naff. There is one female voice in particular that is actually quite decent, but it still has many limitations. With progress in this technology I can see that narration for film, videos and books, will possibly negate the need for human presenters. There is already technologies where you can train software using your own, or some other voice. With some improvements in inflections I'm sure that the use of these artificial voices may become more widespread. What do you think? Is this good or bad? Do you know of a service that currently has this nailed? I produced a short video (a review of a polarising filter from Amazon Basics) to test the water, this uses a couple of the voices that I have available to me. The female voice is much nicer than the male voice, see what you think. I won't be using this in all of my videos but I think the female voice will feature occasionally. https://youtu.be/q9NceQBXa1s
  4. I have a channel (allthestuffwedo) which has a low subscriber count of 330-ish. I'm an Englishman currently living in France but I am considering moving to Canada to help popularise my channelšŸ˜‰. I can't earn anything for views and I have only ever been approached by one company (after I reviewed a lens hood that I had bought) asking for a review in exchange for them sending me free items. I considered this and decided to decline the offer not just for the sake of integrity but also for the fact that the items were relatively low value and they were trying to buy me on the cheap! If I was approached by Sony to review the A1 and I get to keep it that's probably where the conflict begins for most people. I have heard the phrase that "x company has agreed that my review is not influenced by this sponsorship" (because that is what it is - sponsorship). I can't imagine there are many people that will give a bad review on the basis that they want to remain ingratiated with the company concerned especially with the thought of free products or huge discounts in the future. I have only reviewed a few items comparatively but I pride myself on only giving positive reviews to items that I actually like enough to keep and use, generally if a product isn't worthy of keeping then the review might not be so favourable. But herein lies the double jeopardy, a negative review means that you will never be offered products early for review and certainly not for free, also negative reviews attract a lot more negative comments and "Dislikes" because of maybe fan-boyism or the fact that they want a positive reinforcement for an item that they have already purchased. I reviewed the Zoom F2 32 bit float recorder and the item was a disaster, and that's what I felt obliged to put a cross in my review, some thanked me and others disliked the video. Crawling around the web I found even more comments about what a crap review it was because I believe that it did not reinforce their purchase decision, but you can't argue with the facts I put across because they were genuinely apparent on video. There are other reviews I have done that are not favourable to the product but the negativity in general is not appreciated by some. I put out a video meant to be a joke about comparisons between phones and cameras (these comparisons drive me mad) but even that has received it's fair share of negativity. So, Andrew I understand your frustrations put across in your last few YouTube videos, I was in full agreement with the chat about the disaster that was/is the Canon R5 and find it hard to believe the defence it received from the fans, a crap product is a crap product no matter the name on it, worse still a product that is purposely not allowed to fulfil it's potential through lack of heatsinks and software crippling is unforgivable especially at these prices. All of my reviews of lenses or camera gear are backed up with plenty of samples which although might not be to everyone's taste they do provide insight not possible within a talking head video along with a bit of B-roll of the item. I have resigned myself to the fact that any negative review will have consequences be they small or great, I stand by the fact that a reviewer has an obligation to be honest about issues and anomalies, if not then call it what it is, an advert.
  5. Interesting, thanks for the heads up. You probably know this. but on the edit page you can copy a clip on the timeline CTRL C and then paste attributes ALT V - which amongst other selectable attributes can include colour correction.
  6. If I understand correctly what you're describing it's always been possible (certainly in V16) to copy a complete colour grade and nodes from one clip to another: On the "Color" page make sure clips are showing. Click and highlight the clip (or multiple clips) that you want to copy the grade to, right click on the clip that has the grade you want to copy and then select "Apply Grade". If I've misunderstood then apologies.
  7. Just out of interest.... Did anyone watch the last few minutes of the video, from about 9:15 onwards? There has been no comment about the F2 locking up and the loss of the file. Just curious is it a non-issue with you? Do you think it was an isolated incident?
  8. At least they acknowledged there is an issue, and promised to replace all that are faulty. That's a pretty good response in my books. I guess so, but call me old fashioned, a simple courtesy is cheap but can have a lasting impression. These companies like to see themselves as a well oiled machine but these faceless mechanical responses piss me off a little and are all too common.
  9. Someone (Jim Kopriva) left this comment under my review video: After seeing several reports if this issue, I inquired with Zoom: "Hello - We have received reports about the issue you mentioned and we will replace any affected products with a new tested unit. This issue should affect only a small number of units already on the market. At the same time, we are implementing changes that will ensure this issue is not present for all future units." Sincerely, CUSTOMER SUPPORT Zoom North America What? No apology? If I buy again I am going to wait for the unit that has gone through the process of "implementing changes" We'll see.
  10. This is my experience with the Zoom F2. Please understand that I tried so hard to love it. This video was meant to be a full review of the F2 but frustratingly I gave up and published my babble up to the point where I conceded. I call it the unfinished review. I don't think Zoom will be sending me products for free any time soon. But, if they solve the issues then I'm happy to revisit the review. https://youtu.be/86K8xH3MfCM
  11. Sorry, I thought that a forum was a suitable place for this discussion, I am not arguing with you and if this is the wrong place for this discussion then please feel free to remove it. The same way that this very forum discussed in detail the pitfalls and limitations of a Canon R5 camera. That discussion was never going to change the outcome with Canon to any great degree, and was also in a minority, so was that purely futile? I hadn't seen the video or that article from Andrew before so this post has proved fruitful for me and may be informative to others, so for that I thank you. The fault IMHO lies with the lack of support that people obtain with purchases such as TV's, they generally buy them from people who either don't know, don't care and don't bother to inform. It's an important part of the viewing experience and some documentation to that effect or other ways to educate people about their purchase and it's possibilities can only be a good thing. You never know maybe an internet search will bring an unsuspecting member of the public or two to this forum, and then this entire rambling may be of use to someone and make them more aware, happy days. Yes, some monitors do come calibrated with calibration certificates and yes I would trust them, my experiences with calibrating and calibrators have not always been positive.
  12. Yes, some TV's have settings such as this but most people are unaware of the existence of such settings and they don't understand the benefit of using them, you know because it's something that interests you. Wouldn't it be good if all TV's were delivered this way?
  13. I had a recording studio for a good few years. It was back in the day when we crammed 24 tracks on to a roll of two inch tape. We spent thousands on monitoring equipment so our mixes would be as good as possible. It was the time when music was mostly listened to on am radios or if you were posh Stereo FM. The Sony Walkman Cassette Player was popular and CD's were only an option for those that could afford them and the players. CD-Recordable was a new emerging practically unheard of technology that was also very expensive. We pressed to Vinyl in those days and had to watch and limit dynamic range (i.e. compression) so we quite often did several different masters depending on it's eventual destination. Those days are over. My computer is now a much more powerful recording studio than equipment that cost tens of thousands back in those days, and in general most people enjoy music on devices that are of much more Hi-Fidelity than technology would allow back then. I agree that letting any creation to the public will change the way you view it forever and if you are anything like me then any project is personal and letting it go can be a tough challenge. But, most audio media players these days or Hi-FI systems are not delivered with the bass and treble on full, the loudness button activated and the graphic EQ set to a smile. TV's in my experience are set with everything "full on" and because there are no knobs to twiddle very few people change the settings from the state in which it is received.
  14. This post is not particularly about my friends and family. My main point was that people are generally ignorant about frame rates, dynamic range, calibration etc. I feel that the TV manufacturers should spend more time calibrating the TV's they sell to a similar standard to what the creative industry sees as a standard. TV's out of the box can be set to ridiculously bright/saturated levels, I assume they do this so that when they are on sale in retailers they want them to stand out as bright and beautiful against all of the other sets that are up for sale. TV's these days are technically superior and are very capable of mostly being calibrated to look the way that creators intended there material to be viewed and I know that a lot of people find their TV's quite complex and feel a sense of achievement if they can just take it from the box connect to WIFI and start watching Netflix, Amazon and Youtube. When you consider that as a result of Covid it is likely to change the way people view going to the cinema (assuming that cinemas can survive longer than the current pandemic which I think is unlikely). So most people will consume their media choices on the TV or other devices in the home. It wouldn't hurt manufacturers to calibrate their TV's sensibly so that the experience is as close to the original creation as possible out of the box. Then those that want can ruin the experience as they desire but I feel that a calibrated look should be the starting point. As for frame rates, again the standard appears to be interpolated out of the box (should the TV support it), my question is why? During setup a simple question such as "would you prefer to watch your movies and programming in the way it was intended or would you prefer the enhanced experience" along with a message explaining how to change that decision in the future. There is a lot of discussion surrounding shutter angles etc, with interpolation the whole point is mute. Presently the only people that are going to appreciate the effort and the financial commitment you make to your creation are other people who create, the public will happily consume hours of Youtube videos filmed on a 720p Chinese action cam or reruns of low res TV shows from the 70's & 80's. So my point is if TV's were calibrated properly from the box more people may get to be able to appreciate the difference a little more easily. So it's not about taste or the sub-conscious, it's about people accepting what they have bought into because they probably don't know any better and they trust that the expensive TV that they just unpacked must be set up OK, right?
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