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“Pizza & Post” with John Putch!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Video Symphony Presents
“Pizza & Post”

With Special Guest
Prime-Time TV Director and
Ultra-Low Budget Indie Filmmaker
John Putch
John Putch, who has directed several hit TV shows including My Name is Earl, Ugly Betty and Scrubs, and who also just finished directing “American Pie: Book Of Love,” splits his time between working for the major studios and making his own ultra-low budget “anti-Hollywood” films. John knows how to work with just about any budget but he prefers to make films on the cheap. Come hear about how and why he does it at this month’s “Pizza and Post” – Tuesday July 28th at Video Symphony. 
For anyone who’s ever shirked the studio system to make a film on their own – this Pizza and Post is for you. 

When: Tuesday, July 28th 7-9PM                

Where:  Video Symphony

             266 E. Magnolia Blvd.
             Burbank, CA 91502    

John will discuss why his filmmaking mantra is “the cheaper the better” and for you producer/editor types – his experiences working with HD formats in post production. 

 “Pizza & Post” is a great opportunity to gain new insights, ask a few questions, network with your post-production peers and as always, eat a lot of pizza.

This event is free and yes there is also free pizza. There’s free parking in the adjacent parking garage (entrance at 239 E. Palm St., one block east of Magnolia).

Seating is limited, so kindly RSVP to RSVP@VS.EDU.   Let us know how many will attend – the event is open to the public so you can bring interested friends or associates.  Your RSVP holds your seats unless you hear back from us that the event is full. 


P2 Card Transfer using PC Laptop to Mac Tower

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

I originally posted this as a reply to a Creative Cow Forum post but figured I’d share this bit here as well:

I’d like to add an option that might help some people. Use a PC laptop that has a PCMCIA card slot and 1394 port and an external firewire hard drive as an intermediary between your P2 camera and your final editing Mac tower.

The workflow goes like this. Insert the P2 card into the PC’s card slot. Copy the P2 cards (in their entirety, as I’m sure is covered in Shane’s tutorials) to the laptop hard drive or the external hard drive. Copy the files from the laptop hard drive to the external hard drive (if you haven’t got them their already). Take the external HD to your tower and log and transfer or copy to your editing HD and then edit.

The rub lies in the formatting of the external hard drives used. And here is where I am happy with using MyBooks as external (transport and secondary backup copy) drives. and only here, as I don’t trust them beyond this. MyBooks come formatted as Fat32, so they are easily read on the PC automatically and they are cheap. My G-Tech isn’t recognized by my PC laptop, ’cause it’s formatted as Mac OS extended. I find that my Mac G4 tower reads them as well, formatted just as they are. So they work as the perfect transport HD from that PC laptop to my Mac tower.

I’m big on having redundant data, so I like to have multiple copies of everything around and the MyBook, while having a bad reputation, works good as an additional backup, and I stress ADDITIONAL backup. The 1TB MyBooks that I get at my Costco have USB, FW400 and eSATA for $139. Makes for handy data transfer with whatever connections you’ve got. Heck, in a pinch, you might even be able to get away with copying the data via USB!

Additional notes: I haven’t run into the file size limitation that you might run into with Fat32 formatting, so you should keep that in mind.

I’ve since moved on to a MBP and Duel adapter, but the above got me through my P2 HD class and helped a lot of other students get their data off their P2 cards as well. Plus it’s a lot cheaper than some of the other solutions. Hope this might help some others too.