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  1. On my side, I've had a couple of customers who have had buffering issues since last month and the guys at Vimeo were eager to help with each case. As I understand they've then used those customer scenarios to improve the player and streaming. As I've said before, some people may knock Vimeo's performance but there's no way you can doubt their customer service and commitment to improving.
  2. Wow I've never seen that before. Four players on an NES!
  3. I'd feel naive to say MJ didn't have overall sign off and veto on anything in the doc. This is a fantastic documentary series but in no way would I call this journalism in any real sense. I don't think anything in the series (at least as far as last week's episodes) is actually new - personally I didn't know they blamed Horace Grant for the "Jordan Rules" leaks but I'm sure that's already online as well. I guess the real way to tell is if they bring up his perpetually bloodshot eyes... they touched on the drinking straight after the game when Scottie got upset they were filming him. But then it was more about MJ's early career and the things his teammates used to do. There's been stories about Barkley being flat out drunk during games in his Sixers years, if indeed Michael is battling alcoholism or some form of substance abuse possibly as a result of personal sacrifices (relationships etc.) he made to become the best ever then that would help to balance the story... But did anyone expect more than a "puff piece"? Not to discredit the filmmaker, his Iverson doc was really outstanding, but from what I've read it was basically the case that the NBA had this footage in its archives but couldn't release it until MJ signed off on it. They'd tried in the past but MJ was a fan of his Allen Iverson doc so agreed to it finally. But surely there were a stack of conditions given that all this exclusive footage was tied up in a bow. The amount of money they would be making off this is crazy... not just ESPN and the NBA as far as the broadcast goes but the memorabilia and merchandise across all the NBA, Bulls, Jordan and associated licensed stuff.
  4. Just posting a follow-up here for anyone that might land via a google search etc. that's struggling with text in Resolve. Turns out it was a coincidence that I'd upgraded to Catalina the same day as restoring this project from a collaborator, who had changed some project settings. The side effect of both being a near-identical text rasterizing issue was just bad timing. So it was the "Enable Video Field Processing" setting under "Timeline Format" in "Master Settings" that was the culprit. Disabling this setting has returned the text rendering to normal.
  5. I should have known you never update an OS for pretty much years after it comes out, but it's been a while now so I thought I should be OK. Unfortunately after updating from Mojave to Catalina today my external display (BenQ PD2720U) has terribly pixelated fonts which ultimately I can live with, but I was shocked to realise that any text in Resolve is exporting aliased as below. Mojave Catalina This is really surprising as the text rendering to the file should be independent of any display hardware etc. so I'm not sure what's going on. Text looks fine on my MacBook Pro display, but even if I disconnect the external monitor and only run Resolve on the laptop display the export is pixelated. I've tried various terminal commands (like these) to force font smoothing and sub-pixel antialiasing to no avail. I figure it's a good 2-3 days to roll back to Mojave and an upgrade is an eventuality so trying to push through. Anyone have any ideas?
  6. Yep. That's how it's configured.
  7. Another vote for Frame.io if you're looking for private hosting. Great workflow, I recently started using the Resolve integration so can publish direct from Resolve's delivery page and it handles the upload and versioning, then syncs the notes back into the timeline. I can then publish direct to Vimeo once final versions are ready to go. Also having the app is great so I get notified of feedback/replies and can jump straight into the timeline to quickly check stuff, or push to Apple TV to easily review on a 4K screen. I did have one issues where it gave me multiple copies of notes though, so I deleted the copies and before I realised it had deleted all copies of the notes so literally we lost a round of feedback on a file. So not 100% perfect but I haven't seen that bug again. Not free but I don't think expensive at all ($50/month?) in a professional environment. Vimeo have since launched similar review tools which may catch up soon. I discovered frame.io on a project with @Ollie Kenchington and was thoroughly impressed, so I can attest as a client that it's an impressive experience that reflects positively on a production business.
  8. Yeah I'm going back a few years but when I started planning the current version of MZed in 2016 I went through the process with Wistia and it was going to be somewhere between $10k and $50k a year based on our traffic estimates. Vimeo is $500 flat rate regardless of our consumption, and for 99% of our members/users it works perfectly. For anyone that does have issues I am putting them immediately in touch with the Vimeo engineers to have their individual incidents identified and patched. Other than YT, Vimeo and Wistia I'm not aware of anyone else but I don't know if there's a need for anyone else. If you want cheap and reliable with limited control and tools, go YT. If you want value for money with the occasional hiccup it's Vimeo. If money's not an issue and you want privacy, tools, and customisation options go Wistia. As an aside I did do a test with Wistia four years ago and had a much more significant complaint level. We ran an isolated campaign with a free lesson from a Joel Grimes photography course. I liked that Wistia allowed you to play a variable amount of the video and then request the user email address to watch the remainder (I think Vimeo has something like that now). But when we launched on Joel's FB page there was an overwhelming number of complaints of buffering, to the point where it was professionally embarrassing for me. I never experienced any playback issues myself and this was four years ago, so things have likely improved since then.
  9. I'm rarely surprised to learn of engineering teams never actually speaking to front-line users. So much product development is done in a bubble and it's always the marketing reps etc. that receive the end-user feedback but unfortunately those departments are usually siloed from each-other in all but the smallest of companies. Having a direct line to the engineers without a marketing liaison in between is a novel idea, but of course if there's no tangible improvements to the performance it hasn't counted for much. Time will tell!
  10. Vimeo reached out to us about a month ago when Matt called them out on Twitter and challenged them to improve. A few days later I was on a video conference with the CTO and the actual guys that write the player and optimise the streaming (this was well after-hours eastern time to suit my schedule in Australia). Putting aside the issues anyone's had, that gesture alone says to me that they are committed to fixing any issues. I've invited a few of them to participate on the forums here also. As I said to Matt, imagine if we criticised a camera's autofocus system and the next week you were on a call with the five engineers who created and are responsible for that system with them all eager to hear about your issues, receive any feedback and discuss what they're planning to fix it. It sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? But that's how Vimeo has demonstrated their commitment to improving playback. The main issue for them at the moment is capturing data from specific buffering incidents, so you'll notice when you're watching a video if you hit "d" it opens a debug tool which we've been using to feed data around poor playback to the engineers. They've improved that tool based on user feedback and already made strides in identifying edge cases that cause poor playback and rolled out fixes. No one can deny that YouTube offers a more streamlined playback, but for professional hosting I have yet to hear a case that YT is a better solution to Vimeo.
  11. Actually that was kind of the thing - it wasn't a distraction or unpleasant at all. I only noticed it after a while as I tend to try and take in how interviews are executed - what kind of setting they're in, eye-lines, props etc.
  12. Watching episodes 3 and 4 I was quite surprised that a few of the interviews (notably BJ and Horace) were shot in front of windows with a ton of light, but it actually wasn't offensive to the eye. Is that just the quality of the camera? Or is it just at the edge of clipping without clipping? OK I'm not a shooter but to my understanding the theory in these setups is to either ND the windows (ha!) or pump enough light onto the subject that you're able to reduce the exposure to match the light outside, likely blinding your subject in the process.
  13. I'm not a "camera guy" but to me this looks like it has everything but the kitchen sink. It also sounds like Kinefinity are getting their distribution and service network sorted so combined with any trade-up offer to take care of their early adopters (and as long as they stay out of legal troubles) it looks like a big win for them and for filmmakers in general. Now they just have to build them in production quantities!
  14. I don't know for sure but if it's same as C500 MkII it's just the dial to select from standard available frame rates based on the resolution etc. that you've got selected.
  15. Honestly I think this is pretty clever. A $30 plastic handle for a lav mic. I've seen so many videos where they are using a lav transmitter with the mic cable wrapped around it as the interview mic (particularly videos shot in China for some reason - maybe it's just accepted over there). Full disclosure I used to work at RØDE but I think it just makes me much more aware of how people use mics. I'm sure this was never meant to replace a proper stick mic - even a shotgun mic handheld will be much better than this, but if you're a vlogger or someone to whom spending $199 (or whatever the Wireless GO is) is a lot of money then this gives you another option for a very small outlay.
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