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

 

 

 

 

John Lennon’s Turd trailer out.

Posted by Phil On September - 15 - 2013

…and the film will be finished soon!   It  feels like I’ve been living in a cave for the last few weeks. I’ve been missing all the sunshine with the the windows blacked out. Normally it’s great to have a good view and sunlight streaming into the room, but not great for colour grading.

 

 

On the trailer I’ve used a track by John Bower from the Mooncats.  Thanks John

For the main film Francis Macdonald has completed the music. Been great working with him.  Check him out here and his music

Kenton Hall is finishing our end theme music

Now I’m onto Foley (adding specific sound effects) , so sunlight is OK.

But mmm..   It’s raining outside now.  🙁     Was there a summer?

 

…oh and my knees are really sore. As I edit standing up.  Up to 10 hours a day..

 

 

Lucy Hay  has has recently been championing my screenplay Phoebe Langtry, which is really good of her.

“Phil was one of my Pitch Me finalists with his screenplay, PHOEBE LANGTRY, the true story of a woman who is abandoned by her husband, yet builds a windmill back in 1812, when women were not allowed to own property. I loved the script and had no notes, so was happy to forward it to people I thought may also like it.”

So she’s sent it on to various producers, agents etc and BBC Films is also reading it.  As it seems to be on a bit of a roll I’ve created a Facebook page for Phoebe, where I’ll put up a lot of the research that I did in order to write it.

..and then quite separately I’ve been keeping people up to date on my John Lennon’s Turd comedy film, which is currently at the rather un-newsworthy  and boring edit stage.

I have  recently got rather fed up with the barrage of requests for  crowdfunding, Facebook  likes etc.  …and I didn’t want to add to the deluge, so I came up with the idea of listing 10 reasons why people shouldn’t like my John Lennon’s Turd Facebook page.

As a bit of fun I put it up on Lucy Hay’s blog.   ..as I poke fun at her in the list.  I hoped she would get the joke. ( Irony doesn’t always work well on the Net.)

.. and then was amazed when she loved it and reposted it on multiple blogs and websites. 

Here’s what she said……

I’ve been talking about bad use of social media recently re: constant lobbying for “Likes” etc … So when this popped up in one of my FB streams late Monday night, I was so impressed with such a deviation from the “norm”, I thought it deserved a wider audience. Over to you, Phil!

To read the rest,  here’s the link    Lucy’s Blog

 

 

 

Filming with the GH3 on John Lennon’s Turd

Posted by Phil On June - 16 - 2013

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We used a Panasonic Gh3 on my latest short – John Lennon’s Turd. with the GH2 as B camera.

How was the GH3? Well it a bigger, chunkier stronger camera. But I think  the main lesson to be learnt that using a new camera slows the filming. There are probably over 100 menu setting on the GH2 and I know them pretty much by heart. But the GH3 is subtly different . So we spend some time trying to find the right menus.

The extended battery plate is good. We never had to stop for changing batteries.

At the moment looking at the first edit, I can’t tell which was shot on which.

Moral: maybe best to stick to what you know on a shoot. Leave using new gear till a quieter time.

Here’s Drew setting the  camera.

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Though you can get a HDSLR into awkward angles, focus pulling is tricky.

Focussing the Panasonic GH3