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  1. For broadcast, when asked if my footage is available, I always reply 'Yes, of course I license it for broadcast' then give them a rough idea of my rates and ask them what purpose they need it for. If it is purely non-commercial or educational (Uni asking for use in a lecture), I usually am happy to give it for free. For anything else, if they tell me they cannot pay or pay me in the form of a credit (!!!!!!!! Yes, that helps feed me, please listen Daily Planet, Discovery), I politely tell them that if they, as the researcher, and their editor and their technicians are all getting paid, then I, as the content provider, also need paying.
  2. December is a great time. At Dive into Ambon your can dive both the traditional muck sites in Ambon Bay, and the sites out of Ambon Bay. We find a lot of critters out of Ambon Bay that aren't found in it.
  3. I agree on the interview. Footage for Broadcast is harder to price. A lot depends on the usage and format. For single use, non-exclusive, 1080, I think anything from USD40-USD50 per second is the most you might get, again depending on amount of seconds required. 4K you would get a lot more. Public Broadcasters usually want to pay less. Exclusive (5 years or perpetuity) would put the price up again. At the end of the day, it's up to you get get whatever you are happy with. For some Public Broadcasters I've given footage away for free (or nearly free). For extremely unusual footage I sometimes charge more. I usually give a discount for over 30 seconds used.
  4. Looks like a Lionfish, maybe a Scorpionfish, to me. Definitely not the Rhinopias filamentosus we get in Ambon.
  5. I looked at gaming laptops. I settled on MSI, got a laptop with top end dedicated graphics, 32GB RAM, three hard disks inside, with my operating system on a SSD (I swapped the optical drive for a hard drive), HD screen etc etc. I'm totally happy with it, way better value than a MacBook with specs that a MacBook can't match. However, I've always been a Windows users. This makes the choice easy for me.
  6. Looks like a juvenile Blackbelt Hogfish, Bodianus mesothorax
  7. Probably a Gardiner's Banana Nudi, Aegires gardineri
  8. I wouldn't buy L&M SOLA lights. Down the road you will find the batteries don't hold a charge and then you have no option except throwing them away, as you cannot replace the batteries. Lights are always a good investment. If you change your rig you can still use the lights from the old rig. It's best to go for the best you can get, so most power plus changeable batteries, in your budget range.
  9. You can't have too much light. All the powerful lights have variable power settings, so you can max them out for your wide shots, and dial them back for closeups.
  10. There are many options. I would recommend that whatever lights you get, make sure they have replaceable batteries. I used to use Light and Motion, but have had so many problems with batteries dying after a year of use, that I now use Keldans. Many people find the FIX lights are a very good option too. At the moment, among my video mates, Keldans or FIX lights seem the most popular.
  11. It's a Cigar Jelly, Olindias phosphorica https://vimeo.com/53780834
  12. I honestly think it makes no difference what BCD you use. I personally prefer a BCD without the corrugated inflater hose. I use a Aqualung Dimension i3 BCD. It's incredibly comfortable, doesn't have the stupid inflater hose dangling down, very easy and intuitive to inflate and deflate without changing your body position. It doesn't have a cummerbund either and I do not miss it at all. For my reg and I prefer small and lightweight, with Miflex hoses. Less jaw-strain and I only really dive in tropical waters, so the seal isn't important. I think whatever you go for, you will enjoy after getting used to it. Try to pick something that seems to suit your needs.
  13. My good friend Mickey Charteris, from the other side of Roatan, sent me the following: Blackbelly Blenny, found and shot by a friend of mine here. Never found one myself, but got it identified (Stathmonotus hemphillii) See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwNfb-EJ3L0
  14. I've used a big gorillapod for the last 5 years. My first lasted 4 years, onto my second now. I could not live without it for macro, it's essential. I like the gorillapod, as you can either stand it on three legs, or push two legs forward to balance your rig that way. What setup are you using?
  15. It sounds dead unfortunately. This won't help you right now, but I recently solved all my Sola problems by switching brand. I've gone through 4 Sola 4000s in three years and enough is enough. I will never buy a main light again which has non-replaceable batteries.
  16. Not whale footage yet. One battery has swollen and copter lost power super quickly (but OK)....I will bring with me
  17. Yes, the housing was defective. It happened at 3m. And that's my point, reading around it seems that there are quite a lot of defective 40m housings. Much safer to get the 60m housing if you are going to use it a lot.
  18. Yes, get the housing rated to 60m. I used the 40m housing my GP 3+ came with and it flooded on my first dive through the port. They replaced everything without any questions. I bought the 60m housing and have had no problems.
  19. You can buy the Indo-Pacific Reef Creatures (Deloach/Humann) through Blio.com. I haven't tried it, as Blio only accepts CC payment from US/Mexican/Canadian cards If you have an iPhone/iPad there is an excellent new guide on iTunes from Andrey Ryanskiy - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/coral-reef-crustaceans/id946798544?l=ru&ls=1&mt=11 All the resorts in Lembeh will have a lot of macro subject references books once you are there. Hope this helps, Kaj
  20. Yes. I think your method, though quick, doesn't work. When you add the zoom effect it just zooms the title, but sees it as a fixed size, so the title gets pixelated. For the text to properly increase, you need to use my method. If you haven't used key-frames before, it can seem very complicated, but they are incredibly powerful. I recommend you look up a YouTube tutorial to understand what you need to do. Cheers, Kaj
  21. Hi Dustin If I want to add zoom and/or movement to a title, I do the following: 1. Create the Title (Still) 2. Drag the Title onto the sequence, move it to the position I need it and stretch it to the desired length. 3. Click on the title, then select 'Effect Controls' in the source window. 4. Use key-frames and adjust the position and scale settings to create zoom and/or movement This works well. Not sure exactly what method you are using. Cheers, Kaj
  22. How are you creating the titles and animating them? It sounds like you are perhaps putting the animation key-frames on the entire sequence, rather than just the title layer. I have added many title sequences like yours and never had a problem. I'm using the same version of PP.
  23. Thanks Luko, Though we don't see many big fish (we usually see a few shy Napoleons or Bumpheads most times there) there are a lot of smaller reef fish, and deeper the numbers increase. The reef itself, all along the south side and to the east, is wonderful. Kaj
  24. Ambon is rightly known for it's fantastic critter diving. It also has an amazing coral side, to the south and east, with astounding wide angle opportunities. Really lush and pristine reefs and recently we discovered an incredible underwater cave. These are Barb's wide angle photos from a day's diving last week. http://diveintoambon.com/wide-angle-gallery/
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