NEW – Bi-Color LED Video Light 950+ Lux

Our new Pro LED 950 video light features 160 super bright LEDs, with an effective light throw of up to 35ft.  This video light is perfect for DSLR cameras and video cameras.

The LED video light also offers adjustable lighting temperature, so you can adjust the color temperature of the light from 3200K to 5400K and adjust the light’s brightness.  Also, by using the filters, you can expand the color temperature range from 2500K to 7500K.

In addition, if you turn the Daylight (5400K) and the Tungsten (3200K) brightness all the way up, you will have a color temperature of 4100K at over 1200 Lux.

The Pro LED 950 also feature a battery power indicator.  Press the button to the left of the led power meter to activate the battery meter.

The LED Video Light base can be tilted so you can aim the light up or down.  The LED Video Light can mount on the cameras hot shoe (aka. accessory shoe) and you can mount it on a tripod with the built-in 1/4″-20 screw thread hole so your tripod can double as a light stand.

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How to Roll Back your NVidia Video Card Drivers

Update 05/-9/2014
If you need to roll back your video drivers, simply follow these steps:

1. Go to the NVidia website

2. Put your mouse over the word Driver

3. Select GeForce Drivers

4. You will have 3 options to find the drivers for your computer. Choose Manual Driver Search

5. Select the video card series you have. For example. GeForce 600 Series

6. On the next line down, select the EXACT video card you have. For example, the GeForce GTX 660

7. Then select your operation system and the language.

8. The last line say All. Change this to Recommended/Certified

9. Click on Start Search

10. Once the screen refreshes, scroll down the page to find a previous driver.

NOTE: DO NOT use the 306.xx series of video drivers. They are buggy.

If you are looking for the 314.22 driver and it is not showing up on the list when you did the search, here are the direct links:

Desktop Computer: http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/59641

Laptop Computers: http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/59645

12. Agree and download the driver.

13. Then install the driver. During the installation you will be asked to select the Installation Option. IT IS IMPORTANT that you select Custom. You will then see a list of options to install. They will all be checked. At that bottom of the list there will be a check box that says Perform A Clean Installation. CHECK THAT BOX. Then let the driver install.

14. Once the driver is installed, reboot the system and see if your problems are gone.

OpenGL errors and Premiere CS5, CS5.5 and CS6

If you are using NVidia video cards and your are using Adobe Premiere CS5 or CS5.5 or CS6, you may have OpenGL errors or other problems if you are using the NVidia driver 306.97 dated Oct. 10, 2012.

I installed this driver on a couple of our systems and I started getting OpenGl errors when I would rendering the timeline with AVCHD files.

As soon as I went back to the NVidia driver 301.42 WHQL, the problems went away.

On Dec. 17, 2012, NVidia released driver version 310.70 WHQL.  I have been using this driver all week on Adobe Premiere CS5, CS5.5 and CS6 with no problems and no more OpenGL errors.  You should be safe to update to the latest drivers instead of rolling back the driver.

In case you need to roll back your NVidia video card driver, you can just follow the steps in this blog post.

Adobe Premiere – Exporting Your Video, Which Way is Faster, Queue or Export?

Since Adobe Premiere CS5 was released, I noticed that when I would export my videos, I had to choice of using either Queue or Export and I noticed that one way was much faster than the other.

And, apparently so has a few other people, judging by the number of people that have emailed my about this.

When you export your videos from Adobe Premiere CS5, CS5.5 and CS6, you select File > Export > Media and it will open the Export Settings window. You then select the export settings you want to use and at the bottom of the Export Settings window box, you are giving two choices for exporting Queue or Export.

If you select Queue, this opens the Adobe Media Encoder and the job is added to the its queue. Note: Queue is often referred to as AME Queue or Adobe Media Encoder Queue.

If you select Export, the video is exported immediately. This is also called Direct Export.

Did you know that one of these export methods can be up to 5 times faster than the other method?

Let me show you the results I got when using Queue and Export. Note: all of the text were run with the Mercury Playback Engine in GPU mode and with MRQ set to On (MRQ= Maximum Render Quality setting).

The source footage was a 5 minute timeline of 1440 x 1080 footage and I exported it to 720 x 480. The timeline has about 15 GPU effects, including dissolving between clips.

When I exporting to MPEG2-DVD
AME Queue took 38 minutes
Direct Export took 8 minutes

When I exported to DV AVI
AME Queue took 3 times longer than using Direct Export

When I exported the same footage to H.264 AME Queue was 15% Faster than Direct Export

Okay, from the above results you are probably thinking great I will use Direct Export on everything except when I need to export to h.264. Well, hold on a minute.

I decided to run another test with different footage that was shot in 1280 x 720 and was 4 minutes in length.

I exported it to an h.264 file at 1280 x 720.
AME Queue took 19 minutes
Direct Export took 6 minutes

With this test, Direct Export was faster than using Queue, which is opposite from my first test above. As I ran more tests using different footage here is what I found out.

1. If you are tanscoding or downscaling footage, almost every time Direct Export was 2 to 5 times faster.

The exception to this is when I exported certain footage to h.264.

For example, when under Export Settings, with the Format set to h.264 using AME Queue was usually faster.

However, under Export Settings, with the Format set to QuickTime and then below under the Video Tab, with Video Codec set to h.264, Direct Export was faster for me.

2. Depending on the source footage and any effects you are using, Direct Export will be faster.

3. If you are going to export in the same resolution you are working in, Direct Export was either faster or about the same depending on the test footage I used.

4. With CS6, in all the tests I ran, Direct Export was faster by up to 5 times, included exporting to MPEG2-DVD format.

5. When I ran these same tests on different computers, as expected the results varied. However, Direct Export was faster.

I recommend you run your own tests on your computer. Try to use a clip that is 5 to 10 minutes in length. Try exporting to the different video formats that you usually export to and test to see if AME Queue or Direct Export is faster.

Slow Motion Problem with Adobe Premiere CS5.5 and CS6

A gentleman from the UK emailed me about a problem he was having with the slow motion feature in Adobe Premiere CS5.5 when using the Mercury Playback Engine in the GPU mode.  The slow motion was not smooth, it was jerky.  When he set the MPE to software mode, the slow motion was great.  After he sent me a copy of the clip, I ran a large series of tests using several different video cards, so we could rule out the video card was the problem.  No matter what video card I used, I got the same results as he did. (Note: Frame Blend was turned on)

When setting the clip to a slow motion speed of 50%, it looked a little better but, it was still not smooth.  When the clip was set to a slow motion speed to 30% it was really noticeable.  With the clip set to 15%, the problem really stood out.

Here is a video of what I am talking about.

I spent a week testing this problem on 4 different computer, with several different clips in a variety of video formats and exported them to a variety of output formats, all with frame blend on the timeline on.  All of the clips show a varying degree of jerking or stuttering when in the GPU mode.  When I tested them in the software mode, they were all smooth.

If you are using the slow motion feature, you may want to watch out for this problem.  If you are running Premiere CS5, you will be fine in the GPU mode with the slow motion.  Hopefully, Adobe will adress this with an update, as this is a problem for those who use slow motion.

Fcous / Zoom Levers

We offer two different Zoom or Focus Levers depending upon your needs.  Both models are adjustable in size and completely reusable.  Each version offers a long lever arm for an easier reach and a more precise control over the focus or zoom ring on the lens.  Not only will the FZLever give you a more precise control, but you can easily do wip zooms or wip focus shots.  There is no problem using two of the Focus Zoom levers on your camera, one for the focus ring and one for the zoom ring.  No tools are required.
Price $9.99 and $14.99 depending on the model.

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Two Free Programs to Help You Keep Your Editing System Running at It’s Best

There are two programs that I use to keep all of our computer systems running smoothly and these programs are FREE from Auslogic.com

The first program is a Registy Cleaner.  I recommending running this at least once a month and before you install a new program and alway after you unintall a program.   The second program is a Disk Defrag program.  While Windows comes with a Disk Defrag program, it’s slow and doesn’t do that great of a job.  The Auslogics Disk Defrag program is very fast and does a great job.  Here is a video that shows you how to setup both program and how they work.

I have seen a lot problems get fixed in Adobe Premiere and After Effect by running the Registry Cleaner.  For example, one gentleman contacted me with this problem.  When ever he would set Adobe Premiere to run the Mercury Playback Engine in the GPU mode, it would rest back to the Software mode every time he exited Premire.  I suggested he run the Auslogics Registry Cleaner, he did and it found over 1000 registry errors.  He clicked the Repair button in the registry cleaner, once that finished, Adobe Premiere would let him set the Mercury Playback Engine to run int he GPU mode and keep it that way.

The Disk Defrag is a fast defrag progam.  I recommend running it once a week and every time you load footage that you will be editing.  This will allow the video footage to be read in a continuous format, thus speeding up the how fast the footage is being loaded into your video editing program.

Studio 1 Productions is not affilated with Auslogics.  We are just happy users of their programs for severa years now.