Phil Peel

Film, video, photography, sound and story

For anyone using Final Cut Pro X this could be a godsend.  When you have finished editing a project and want to archive it, FCPX has all sorts of unnecessary files, which take up a lot of space. I have 20 terabytes of storage …and I’m still running out of space.  If you have copies of the camera card original files then FCPX  probably has made large Pro Res files, Render files etc. that aren’t necessary for archiving. It is possible to go through and delete the files manually, but it’s a pain.

x-Wiper from Norwegian developer Helge Tjelta does this all automatically. The idea is to remove everything that can be recreated again. It’s only about £12.

 

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Here’s Helge’s description from the Apps Store

“You can choose to delete: render files, proxy files, high quality media files and optical flow files. All of which can be generated if needed later.  Only folders of more then 100MB will be checked for deleting by default.

You just don’t want to archive to much data. So this app will help you clean up your Disc, SparseImage, Movie folder or SAN location. You can toggle all on/off, by using the header for each type of files.

An example: A film shot with a Panasonic AG-f100 camera, makes AVCHD folder of 8,7 GB. On importing to FCPX you get a new 8.7 GB just on the import. This is you extracted original recording. But were are still in H.264 land of codecs. You want to use a more power friendly codec, and you do a transcode to ProRes for editing/online. Now you have a transcoded folder of 60 GB!

Add to this, your renders for both events and projects. Now, if you duplicate you project and have, say version 1, version2 etc, then you quickly get some GB’s per project, depending on how long the movie will be… Just say 2 versions and 5 GB each..

So, you started with 8,7 GB and ends up with over 80 GB when the project is finished….. how then to get back to what you really need for you archive ? Instead of manually choose all projects and event and remove render files, just use X-wiper and drop you main-folder onto it. Now you can delete all render files, and transcoded files and more, in one go.”

 

Sounds really good. I’ve immediately bought it and  will use it to archive  my last project “John Lennon’s Turd”

Though I think it will be a bit scary using it for the first time.

 

X-WIPER ON APPS STORE

 

 

 

 

Copy, 20G free storage and online sync service

Posted by Phil On August - 29 - 2013

I find as a filmmaker I’m often having to send big video files via the Internet. Email attachments have size limitations, so that’s not very useful.

I use Dropbox quite a lot, but again the file size is limiting.  At present my Dropbox is completely blocked up with some video files uploaded for a corporate job some weeks ago.

This week I discovered a new free filesharing  called “COPY” when a film of mine was accepted by the New York Bootleg Film Festival and they asked me to use “COPY” to upload the film to them. It’s is a new filesharing program like Dropbox but better.

Particularly that you get 15G of storage.

Copy also doesn’t have size limitations.You could for example send a 10G 1080p video to anyone. ( though it would probably take a looong time to upload)

I think it’s brilliant and it seems to work well. Also they have a really good referral system.
If you register through my link you get an extra 5G    .. …and so do I   🙂

So here’s   my link to Copy program

Hope you find this useful.
Phil

and here’s a review of it..

Review: Copy, a fantastic online storage and sync service

Posted by  on May 23, 2013 | 

Copy_Horizontal_BannerContinuing with my “crusade” to find the perfect online storage platform, its now the turn of Copy.com, a freshly launched service by Barracuda Networks a well known network and anti-spam security player in the market.

The first thing that catches your attention to try Copy.com is their incredible referral system. Because they are new on this segment, they want to be sure everybody tries Copy.com, and to do so they had the brilliant idea of giving away a 15 GB free account, and if you register through a referral link  you can get 20 GB of free space. But the good part doesn’t stops here, for each person you recommend and registers to their platform through your own referral link, validates their email address and installs the client software, Copy.com will credit you 5 GB of additional space. For the moment, they are not limiting how much space you can get for free, so take advantage now if you need online storage,

The all in all functionality of Copy is very similar to Dropbox, you have one centralized folder where everything you move or copy there is automatically uploaded to Copy.com cloud´s service and synced among your computers. You can access your files from Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android and iOS devices.

But there are some specific specs that make Copy.com unique and a potential market shaker:

– You don’t need to copy or move files necessarily to the main folder: This has been the most requested spec Dropbox was unable to provide since a long long time, and Copy.com does it very well. You can just create a shortcut of any folder on your computer to the Copy.com folder and all the content of the destination shortcut will be copied and synced online too! So no more being stuck to one folder for your stuff, just leave the things where you are used to on your PC and create shortcuts, it works beautifully. Oddly this is not advertised as a main feature on their “About” page, I think they should.

– You can set permissions to files you share: Copy.com allows you to set permissions on the folders you share. For example you can set a user to “Can Edit & Sync” or to “View Only”. The interface to do this unfortunately needs some polishing, I was unable to find the permissions management options within the application, for example on the sharing tab (where I think it should be) but instead, I had to go to the Copy.com online website, and then to the shared folder to see the sharing permissions. Anyways the job is done, and this is also something Dropbox users have been asking since a lot ago, Copy.com delivered!

– Fair Sharing: If you want to share a folder the amount of used space is splitted between the members joining the account. So if you share a 50 GB folder is not that everybody´s account will get 50 GB used (like Dropbox does), but instead all the users will give a part of their storage for that share.

Lamer Tree Festival & Editing

Posted by Phil On August - 23 - 2013

Oh dear ..sorry it’s been a long time since I updated my blog.  I could blame pressure of work.. but that would be untrue.  ..Well partly.

I have had a load of editing to do.  and editing I find is difficult to get into. It’s great when I’m in the flow and it’s going well, but when you’ve got to the stage of repeatedly going through what you are doing for repeated minor adjustments, then it’s a bit of a slog to start up each day.

So I’ve been feeling that writing my blog was just putting off  getting back into editing. So I’ve done the editing and not the blogging.

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There’s also the feeling that working on an edit suite isn’t very blog worthy. But if I think about it I have been doing some other interesting things.

Like going for a spin in a Lancaster Bomber ..more of that later

..and working at  the Lamer Tree Festival, which is a lovely little festival hidden deep in the country between Salisbury and Saftesbury.

I was helping out Salisbury Arts Centre’s Media Dreamspace project

I was editing their footage …with a very quick turn around …(working on FCPX which is great for fast work.) Very sunny, hot, hard work but great fun.
So whilst I was there I grabbed some of my own shots around the festival on my Panasonic GH2.

Music by Swingrowers.

Here’s the results.

 

..and here’s a few random photos

 

 

 

Unique Victorian stage

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…a small audience!

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Sharing a hula hoop

 

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Food service with a difference

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Seasiack Steve

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Filming Rolling Stones

Posted by Phil On July - 17 - 2013

Why I don’t really like the Rolling Stones.

I recently watched the Rolling Stones performance at Glastonbury on BBC  IPlayer and read that the BBC/ Stones negotiations had been difficult.  Finally only a very much shortened version had been allowed to be transmitted, without the best numbers    This brought back memories of similar problems I’d had directing the  filming of  them years ago for the Beeb.

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My Rolling Stones sweatshirt

After months of negotiations we arrived at the football stadium with the film crews  (this was actual film not video) to discover that we were only allowed to film three numbers from their set. 

It was a very hot day and I remember sitting in the dusty  lane outside the turnstyles with the irritated cameramen as we waited to hear what we were going to be allowed to shoot.

Various Stones flunkies appeared and disappeared. as we sent messages.  “Satisfaction?” …”no”  “Brown Sugar?”  “no?”
“This was before the days of emails, so we showed copies of the correspondence, none of which had given any limitations in what we could film, but it transpired that the Stones were deeply suspiscious of  BBC crews as they  didn’t want the BBC to build up an archive of  all the Rolling Stones tracks.

Dave Pritchard, the producer,  was furious and at some level in the Stones management, they accepted that we had been misled. So they came up with a placatory offer. “How about an interview with Mick Jagger”

Dave was delighted, but we had no presenter with us. “Phil, can you figure out what to ask him?”
So I sat in the dust and weeds and tried to work out what to ask him.  What do you ask someone who’s been interviewed so many times.? I hadn’t any idea what they had been doing recently or even the names of recent albums.   It would be terrible to get a great opportunity like this and blow it on crass questions.

Moral – Always do your research!

It was intensely hot, we had no water, as we stuck in between the outer and inner security.

1. “How’s the tour going? ”  No..far too obvious.  He must have been asked that a million times.
2. “Do you still get the same excitement performing live?”

..and so on.       

I eventually worked out 10 questions.   ..just as the news came back.  “The interview’s off.”

So finally ringed by security we trudged though under the stage as they played above us. I had a splitting headache  from the heat. It felt like we were going to a public execution .

Setting up in fornt of the stage , the music was so loud, the cameramen couldn’t hear anything I said. Our minders wouldn’t let us film the audience.   They didn’t want me to go from camera to camera. We hadn’t been allowed to see the stage before, figure out good angles .  So the cameraman just busked it. The stage was so huge you couldn’t get a shot of the whole band.  So we mostly ended up with multiple shots of Mick Jagger. From my point of point of view it was a complete mess.

We used the footage. It wasn’t great.

So the Rolling Stones are not my favourite band   …but I did buy  a T shirt  ……..and kept the list of questions for years after.

 

Update: I found a couple of photos I took that day.

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