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#1 Steve Douglas

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:43 AM

I thought that many of the folk here might benefit from this particular article I wrote for the editing websites. Hope someone finds it useful to them.
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 10:20 AM

Cool - thanks for that Steve. I've always done watermarks differently - and end up with time/rendering issues in the end. This looks far more seamless. I'll be trying this one out for sure.

Appreciate the post.
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 07:40 PM

I batch watermark my clips in Compressor. I prefer to keep my timelines in FCP clear of additional rendering of watermark. I take a bunch of clips, drag into Compressor, choose the format I want and add the watermark.
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 09:33 PM

O.... is that how you do it?
I was just dipping my tapes in water to water mark them :)
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Posted 22 May 2009 - 11:10 AM

I batch watermark my clips in Compressor. I prefer to keep my timelines in FCP clear of additional rendering of watermark. I take a bunch of clips, drag into Compressor, choose the format I want and add the watermark.



Where do you add the watermark in Compressor Shawn?
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 09:54 AM

Inspector Window (row of icons near top)
Filters Tab (overlaying clips icon)
Water Mark Check Box (scroll down to bottom)
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 12:44 AM

I really don't like watermarks which distract you from the photo itself. I've always used a tiny little discreet " Hani Amir" in plain text in a corner of my photos. It's pretty easy to record a photoshop action to do it for you as well.

#8 Steve Douglas

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 10:15 AM

It just goes to show that there are a great many ways to do the same thing. However, Shawn, since I don't do it in Compressor, are your watermarks transparent? It is the transparency that's makes the watermark, whether it is text or logo, more palatable to the viewer.
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Posted 26 May 2009 - 07:38 AM

Sure. 0-100% transparency.
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Posted 03 June 2009 - 11:41 PM

I am assuming that the removal of CMI (Copyright Management Information) laws apply to video as well as photos.

It's definitely a good idea to watermark video and to put copyright and contact information in the video's metadata.

(by the way there's loads more great copyright info on that site)

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 12:04 PM

Thanks for posting that Nick. Very interesting reading. By the way, for Mac folk, clicking on Option/G will create the copyright symbol. It is also in the fonts under 'special characters'
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Posted 10 June 2009 - 09:08 PM

By the way, for Mac folk, clicking on Option/G will create the copyright symbol. It is also in the fonts under 'special characters'
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