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#1 Matteo Quagliano

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 04:39 AM

Hello Fellow Ops,

Here's my first steadicam website, I did it myself with iweb (great tool). There're showreel, equipment, pictures and a little history of my jobs in general. Do you think I should be more specific on steadicam projects and not other stuff? I do a lot of things in the biz other then steadicam... but I don't know if it's worth to put them...

www.maquvision.com

thanks for all the inputs, soon I'll have to add my first film stuff did with SR2 16mm, very very nice camera to work with, I recommend as I was told correctly to always trim the lateral adj because film shifting from one side to the other is noticeable (unbelievable but true)

p.s. is it ok to have the reel to charge before it starts? do you think it takes too long before it can play?

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#2 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 11:10 AM

Hey Matteo. Nice site, simple, easy to use. Nice reel, good low mode stuff, short and sweet. My only note is that some of the transitions are a bit harsh. Might be a good idea to throw in a small dissolve here or there and maybe fade up from black for the opening shot.

Overall, really nice.
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#3 Charles Papert

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 01:35 PM

Matteo:

Didn't have a chance to look at site but just wanted to let you know about something I just learned about iWeb--I had backed up a copy of my sites by doing a "save as" but when I suffered a system drive failure recently, it turned out that iWeb stores everything in a single place called Domain, tucked away deep in the system folders. Without it, you are starting all over again from scratch (like I'm about to). I had about 40 pages built in there--ouch! Backups backups...
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#4 Mike Germond SOC

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 03:43 PM

I've said it in other threads, so I'll just give you my quick $.02 on hosting demo reels..

I'd recommend staying away from Quicktime Streaming if you can and use a flash player of your choice. If you don't feel like you have the time or web savvy to implement one at the code level like I did, a good option for you might be a Vimeo.com premium account that you can embed in your site.

Here's my reasoning: I'm within a corporate network right now, and it's blocking your reel from playing. Being the computer savvy guy that I am, I'd go and install the plugins to play it (although admin rights will ban me from installing). I wouldn't expect the UPM or anyone with a busy schedule to call up IT and have them install quicktime plugins so they can watch Joe Steadicam's reel..

I'm all about making it easiest for the end viewer to get what they want and minimize the chances of cross platform viewing problems, so take my advice for what it's worth..

Otherwise, very clean, simple, and uncluttered...all good things for an online portfolio.
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#5 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 03:47 PM

I'd recommend staying away from Quicktime Streaming if you can and use a flash player of your choice.



Except flash doesn't play on the iPhone and thats were most people are watching reels theses days
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#6 Mike Germond SOC

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 03:57 PM

Eric has a good point, something I didn't consider because I have a flash player on my PDA. It looks like Vimeo support is in the works (for Plus users), but for now there is the YouTube App (not my favorite place to host professionally).

Edited by Mike Germond, 10 March 2010 - 04:01 PM.

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#7 Kevin Andrews SOC

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 07:05 PM

Matteo, you could try giving the viewer an option and having one QT and one flash version. I could only get half way through the material because of the huge QT trying to load.

I like Vimeo.com myself for hosting video. I also did my site in iweb, but edited it to not look like the templates. And as Charles mentioned, backed up the domains folder.

Edited by Kevin Andrews, 10 March 2010 - 07:15 PM.

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#8 Matteo Quagliano

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 07:35 AM

Thanks all very much for the good words and helpful suggestions. It's very workable with iweb so I'll refine it in the days coming.

Eric, my goal was exactly this, the possibility to show the reel on set, but I think I did something wrong because it's not working on Iphones, might be 63 MB dimension of the video file? I did it QT download and not QT streaming.
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#9 Matteo Quagliano

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 09:52 AM

I solve this by adding a dedicated page, seems it works, not good quality but haven't seen better on the iphone even in youtube, here's the link

http://www.maquvisio...phone_reel.html

now the reel starts immediately, I reduce to 30 MB the dimension and this make everything easier.
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#10 Matteo Quagliano

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:37 AM

I upgraded my reel... If someone is curious and want to comment would be more then welcome... only RED and HD clips, no film yet...

http://www.maquvisio...n/showreel.html

Thanks

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#11 Michael Wilson

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:47 AM

The site looks good. It does its job. However I would say something that stood out to me was the pic on the front page. You look like you are in pain. Perhaps a pic where you are more relaxed would be better. Good reel!!
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#12 Matteo Quagliano

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:11 AM

good point Michael. other people told me that. thanks for your comment... I changed it... for a more appropriate laugh (meaning... wow! I love doing this)

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#13 Sebastien Audinelle

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 10:03 AM

Hi Matteo, I tried to watch your demo reel and couldn't play it.
I attached a screen shot of what you get when going to the "showreel Page",
I thought you should know.
Attached File  Screen shot.png   33.98KB   32 downloads
Best, Sebastien (Archer1) Audinelle
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#14 Matteo Quagliano

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 05:27 AM

Hi Sebastien,

thanks for your post. I did check and probably it's because of continuos changing pics and moving things around. Refreshing the page should fix the problem. At least in my computer was like that. Please let me know if it does work and possibly what you think of my reel.
Thanks again.
My best,
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#15 chris fawcett

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 06:08 AM

Hi Matteo,

I'd maybe change the shot order of your showreel, so it doesn't begin with a series of people walking away from the camera. Apart from that, it's looking good. Keep working on it!

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