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Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 3:46am

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Okay so the president of tubetape (Scott Homes) just sent me a message on
my facebook. He liked the unboxing video that i made and is offering to give
me the free Video Copilot stuff.

What is Video Copilot and is it good?

Proof for all of this. http://www.facebook.com/pages/TubeTapecom/129004627153659
On their wall you will see the unboxing video that i made. Proof in the comments.

Johnny Reagan
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This couldn't have gone into your other thread? Seriously, nobody cares.
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Personally i don't care who does and doesn't like me. Im not here to please
any of you. thats just my $0.02

And I was simply asking a question.
Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 4:10am

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That's really cool, man! Those guys at Tubetape are cool indeed, have received things from both FXHome and them over the years and have always enjoyed the products they sell.
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Yeah.. Thats cool
Idc and thanks ben
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AMAZING!

You are the coolest person ever and I want your autograph.

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Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 5:04am

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Okay.. I'm going to assume your being sarcastic.
Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 5:06am

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TvReagan wrote:

Okay.. I'm going to assume your being sarcastic.
Well, I didn't know TubeTape gave away free stuff to customers like that, so that's cool, but you've kind of been ignoring online forum etiquette since you've been here. People tend to dislike boasting, especially when you post multiple threads about it.
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Yeah i think its cool as well. Instead of the Video Copilot stuff he gave me $400 store credit. But I'm probably deleting myself from here later.
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Hey guys, just because TvReagan got over-excited doesn't mean you have to be rude and unwelcoming. Particularly you, Atom - seriously, given that some of the grumbles are about TvReagan's netiquette, you could do with improving your general etiquette and politeness. Hence I've removed your needlessly offensive posts.

TvReagan - VideoCopilot creates excellent tutorials and stock materials, so are well worth having!

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Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 9:12am

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Yeah, what is with the attitude people? Tarn is right on!
Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 9:30am

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Thanks guys. With people like tarn and schwar, it makes me want to stick around and i think i will do that. And for others... as people in the ghetto would say "haters gonna hate"
Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 2:48pm

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TvReagan wrote:

But I'm probably deleting myself from here later.
We have reached Phase II of "Newbie Enters The Forums", the Phase which I like to call... Phase II. wink

Lots of people claim they're going to delete their account when their first several posts go horribly wrong, but few people actually do it. We're a fairly tight-knit bunch here, so when new people come in, it takes a while for them to incorporate. But don't worry, this is all part of the initiation. You'll get the hang of it. smile
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My comment still stands. wink
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Despite being a somewhat tight-knit we're also very forgiving. And comparatively, you've got nothing to worry about. After 'initiation,' great place to learn, converse/share, debate, and network. So welcome to the boards, hope you stick around. Congrats on the free stuff, Tubetape is great too, wonderful customer service and products.

Whatever happened to b4uask30male?
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Rating: +1

Serpent wrote:


Whatever happened to b4uask30male?
He never quite made it out of Phase II.
Posted: Tue, 1st Feb 2011, 9:00pm

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Video Co-Pilot stuff is pretty sweet. I love Tupetape its where I got Visionlab Studios and my Giganto Greenscreen from. smile
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You got free stuff!? eek You lucky SOB! biggrin
That's pretty awesome and congrats.
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spydurhank wrote:

You got free stuff!? eek You lucky SOB! biggrin
That's pretty awesome and congrats.
That sums up my thoughts rather nicely
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Serpent wrote:

Whatever happened to b4uask30male?
Well, I'm sure I remember him once saying that he funds his films with benefits or disability pay. With the current financial state of the UK I'm guessing he's out there looking for other finance options biggrin
Posted: Wed, 2nd Feb 2011, 12:22am

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Yeah I guess you could say that I am lucky. Never thought a crappy youtube video would score me some major luck. But like I mentioned before, I took the $400 tubetape store credit instead of the complete collection of video co-pilot stuff.
I had already ordered the Green Screen Pro Studio that came with a 10x20 (i upgraded) muslin green screen, a support stand for it, two Pbl Vl 1000 lights with stands and soft boxes, compositlab pro, motion elements vol. 1 & 2 and it also came with plenty of carry cases and a duffel bag.
But since I fortunate enough to get the store credit I got more items to go along with what I already had. I got another Pbl Vl 1000 light kit, It comes with the Lights, Bulbs, reflectors, Stand, soft box, born door ect. But this will be my Hair light so i got a boom stand as well. And the other thing that i got was one of those 5x7 blue/green screen flex backdrops.

-Reagan
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NuttyBanana wrote:

Serpent wrote:

Whatever happened to b4uask30male?
Well, I'm sure I remember him once saying that he funds his films with benefits or disability pay. With the current financial state of the UK I'm guessing he's out there looking for other finance options biggrin
He actually said he'd leave cause people were calling him out on being a douche, and it seems he actually ended up following through with it razz

Either that or he's off inventing 3.2D
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Yeah, I was throwing Aculag the alley-oop, rhetorically speaking. b4 kept that up for years.

I'm still very curious about that project... Especially 3.2.0D.
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Ah I thought it was 2.5D? He needs to come back and confirm what decimal it is!

Congrats on the free stuff Reagan, and welcome to the forums. We look forward to seeing what you create with all that gear!
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Thanks. And I plan to do a lot.
Right now I'm only doing photography which is why I turned down the Video copilot
stuff because at the moment I don't have a big professional camcorder so that would
make all that software sort of useless to me. However... I Have roughly $1700 Still and may be considering a used professional camcorder but $1700 isn't going to get me much if anything it would be something used and over a year or two old. But i have been browsing ebay for great deals all the time. Im one of those people who will accept nothing less than great quality.

So this is my question: Buy a great used one? or save up and go all out and get a new one with the best quality possible? And Say that I were to get a used one, what would be some recommendations for full hd camcorders? And im not talking about little hd hand held ones im talking about full blown hd one such as a Sony fx1000.

-Reagan
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If you're also into photography, the best route would probably be to go for one of the HDSLRs, like the Canon 550D or 60D. That way you get a kick ass modern camera, plus a spiffy HD video camera.
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That has crossed my mind. But i dont think those will work with wireless or external mics, ect
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TvReagan wrote:

That has crossed my mind. But i dont think those will work with wireless or external mics, ect
They have a mic jack, but those are often auto-gain, so you're better off buying something like the 100$ Zoom H1, or if you have more money, the H4N, and plugging your mic into that.

DSLRs are better at video than camcorders.
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TvReagan wrote:

That has crossed my mind. But i dont think those will work with wireless or external mics, ect
The whole point of having a wireless/external mic setup is that they work with EVERY camera.
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I'm talking about the kind where the person wears the mic by their collar
and has the wireless box tucked in behind their back. Then the box send feed to the
receiver that is mounted to the camera.
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Yup, that's a wireless lav. You have mic/transmitter on your subject, then a receiver with a 'mic out' hooked up to your camera (or external audio recorder, a la Zoom H1/H4n). I've used that set up multiple times on an HDSLR.
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All audio on 'Release' and 'Zero Hour' was recorded with a wireless lavalier microphone and receiver mounted to my Canon T2i.
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TvReagan wrote:

I'm talking about the kind where the person wears the mic by their collar
and has the wireless box tucked in behind their back. Then the box send feed to the
receiver that is mounted to the camera.
You're talking about a lavalier mic. Wireless ones (like the one you're talking about) are pretty expensive. You can find a pretty decent wired one for around a hundred dollars though. Using an H1/H2/H4n may actually work to your advantage in this case, as you could have the wire wrap from your actor to the back where your external recording device is located. This way you won't have to run your wire all the way back to your camera.
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I see. Well i knew that that was possible but when you get the audio
into the computer you have to match it with the video right? I have
seen some of the wireless transmitters/mic setups that feed the audio
directly into the camera itself. Or is thats the kind your talking
about?
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Note: Probably going to go ahead and get a Cannon 60D with a 18-135mm lens.

I have been wanting a good crystal clear Hd video camera such as a cannon xl2 or a sony fx7/1000 but didn't want want have to learn it at the moment. Because between learning cinema 4d, sony vegas, compositlab pro and photoshop its kinda nerve racking if you know what i mean. Right now I'm using a Sony Dsc H9 as my photography camera, don't get me wrong its an amazing camera with great shooting modes but it has crappy video shooting capabilities. So thats why Im considering a Cannon 60D... A Cannon 7d would be nice but i have a budget lol.
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The XL2 is not HD.

And as I said, the 60D would be better at amateur filmmaking than the camcorders you mentioned - this is something that newbies constantly refuse to believe, but it is true and will be backed up by every single person here. The main reason is that a video DSLR will allow you to use the lenses you want, giving you full control over depth of field among other things. Also, DSLR sensors are huge and are way better in low light. Lastly, videos are saved on SD cards in neat files, rather than the messy MiniDV cassettes of yesteryear.

The 60D is pretty much the best thing you can buy right now for amateur filmmaking.

Plus, you only really need to learn Sony Vegas to make a movie - lots of movies don't have any effects in them, and Vegas has good colour correction tools.

We need some sort of HDSLR vs HDV camcorder comparison picture. Can any of you guys at Atomic provide one?
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Yeah I didn't think the Xl2 was either. Although I have seen a few who would take the footage and render it out to 1080x720 and actually turn out "decent". But like I said I'm considering the 60D because its time for a camera upgrade and plus the video capabilities on them are outstanding. But I'm not your every day noobie so im not going to disagree with you at all. Just the Hdslr never crossed my mind. And your right the various lens that you get can give you all the control that you could possibly want.
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Pooky wrote:

We need some sort of HDSLR vs HDV camcorder comparison picture. Can any of you guys at Atomic provide one?
That's coming in the Atomic Guide.
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oops, Didn't see the part about Sony Vegas. Yeah I only like Sony Vegas because of the filters, color corrections, audio configurations and its multi layering tools.
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TvReagan wrote:

I see. Well i knew that that was possible but when you get the audio
into the computer you have to match it with the video right? I have
seen some of the wireless transmitters/mic setups that feed the audio
directly into the camera itself. Or is thats the kind your talking
about?
You're looking at something like a Sennheiser EW112-P G3 if I remember the stock code correctly. Great great mics. The trouble is the cheaper cameras and the 550D/T2i and many others have a feature known as AGC which effectively turns up the amplification for quiet bits in between dialogue/words, so even a good mic sounds worse than it should as you get a strange surge in background noise between dialogue. It's a sure sign of lousy recording.

If you have a recorder like the H2, you can turn AGC on or off, so you don't amplify the quiet bits, and get a much purer recording. You can use that with a lavalier mic plugged straight in, too, however if you have a wireless set you can record to it and (importantly) monitor the audio at the same time. The AGC thing can be hacked on the 550D, but you still can't monitor the audio, which is very frustrating, otherwise you don't know if you're clipping, or if an ambient fan is creating noise or not.

BTW - yes, you need to sync the audio - this is why we have clapperboards and read out the scene/take number before clacking the sticks - to make it easy to re-sync in your NLE
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Alright so lets go ahead and say I have the Cannon 60D with a 18-135mm .
And say that Im in my studio and I am standing roughly 15 feet away from
the camera. What would be my best audio options?
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The AGC on the 60D can be turned off, fwiw smile

The 60D is a great camera, totally worth the money. For audio, get an H4N or H1, and the best shotgun mic you can afford, as well as a boom pole, a shockmount and a Rycote softie. I'd reccomend a Sennheiser ME66 (with a K6 power module), but it's relatively expensive. A Rode NTG-2 does basically the same thing but cheaper.

If you've got the money, a set of wireless lav mics is also a sound investment (pun intended). But they're not appropriate for every situation, for example, if a costume would cause a lot of rustle.

But remember the golden rule of sound - the closer you get your mic to the action, the better it will sound: a low quality mic which is positioned well will outperform a superior quality mic which is too far away (in general).

Also, it's probably worth bearing in mind that the lens you're looking at isn't constant aperture - so you won't be able to zoom with it, without seeing a visible 'flick' in brightness once you've zoomed. If you can afford it, I'd save up for a constant aperture zoom lens - I own a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 VC and for video work, it's pretty awesome. I'd recommend it smile

Cheers,
Arktic.
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Edit: ^^^ Yeah, what Arktic said. smile

A shotgun microphone (doesn't matter which one) hooked up to an audio recorder (again, doesn't matter which one, just as long as you can plug your microphone into it.) Then get a clapper board, or just clap in front of the camera, or smash something, just something that is loud, sudden, and can be heard and seen by the camera, so you can sync your footage with your audio. Simple!

Nobody here is going to give you a shopping list for what you should buy, because it depends on your individual needs. What works for me might be entirely wrong for you. But for the record, I use a Sennheiser shotgun mic in a shock mount and wind cover on a boom pole, connected via XLR to a Zoom H4N. So far with that setup we've just been clapping, or slamming doors, or using an iPad slate, and it works fine. You just have to find what works for you!
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Thanks guys. You all are a big help. Learned a lot today audio wise anyway.
But I am still a noob when it comes to the all the accessories.

Here will be my setup so far:

-Cannon 60D With 18-135mm lens

-Zoom H1

-Rode shotgun mic: (which one would be best for mounting on the camera itself
and also mounting on a boom stand about 3 ft about me while filming)

-Lav mics: What would you all suggest on best looking and preforming lav mics
to hook into the H1?

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rogolo wrote:

Pooky wrote:

We need some sort of HDSLR vs HDV camcorder comparison picture. Can any of you guys at Atomic provide one?
That's coming in the Atomic Guide.
Hehe, well sadly so much of what we wrote we've either unwritten with how we do things now or don't relate quite as well. That was the overall difficulty with getting the production portion of it out, too. No hierarchy of what to say, but lots written.

Make no mistake, though- it will come eventually.

Oh, and we don't have an HDV cam here. You want the narrowest genre/visual style similarity to compare to, take Inebriation and our Dark Knight Returns fanfilm- and compare the two. One is XH-A1, the other is T2i.

No formal 'tests' for comparison, though. Sorry.
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TvReagan wrote:

-Rode shotgun mic: (which one would be best for mounting on the camera itself
and also mounting on a boom stand about 3 ft about me while filming)
I'd go with the Rode Videomic, myself.
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Thats was kinda my thought as well^

Alright so next week im going to go ahead and purchase:

Cannon 60D w/ 18-135mm Lens
Zoom N1
Rode Videomic
Lav mics.

Should be a decent setup. Already have a boom stand. So
wish me luck with the quality.

-Reagan
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Do me a favor and get me some 4x4" ND filters while you're at it. Thanks.
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wink
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Where the hell do you work? Are they hiring? smile
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Unemployed actually... I had a 1988 Pontiac Fiero Gt Fastback With a V8 engine upgrade and tons of mods. Sold it to invest into filmography/photography equipment.
So i will soon be doing green screen photography and media services such as commercial making and all of that. I'll be contracting with my local news station that covers portions of three different states and will be their one of their media people that films car commercials ect. I also will be doing sections of the second season of a show on lifetime later on this year, its a show that will be premiered on Feb 9th on Lifetime (1st season). The location where they film it is about 7 miles away from where i live. So the terms of me getting hired to do each of those task all i have to do is show them what i can do.

So with that said.... I need top of the line everything. And thats what im doing.
So i hope the $3500 total that I'm investing into all of this pays off.

My car that i sold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQpTm9VuvGs (Skip to 1:45)
Show on lifetime: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmW0lzWGm0Q
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Wow man! Awesome stuff, I'm glad you're finding work so easily. biggrin Very cool, I'm sure you'll do a great job, just learn as much as you can on the forums.
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I think he's just really stoked about it, not bragging. biggrin
Being exited about something is a good thing, it means he's going to do his best because it's something he's really in to.
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Thanks. Its only somewhat easy for me because I'm doing what other people aren't. Which is photography and media services containing green screening / chromakeying. Plus that tv show on lifetime is going to boost my revenue all because the show is based on a pageant store in the city that i live in. So a lot of people will be traveling here to buy their prom dresses ect. And i am friends with the store owners and they already agreed to let me do the photo shoots for the models who wear their products. So that should be pretty interesting.

-Reagan
Posted: Thu, 3rd Feb 2011, 9:42am

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Atom: I've removed your posts because, once again, you're being hugely rude and aggressive. There's no place for that on FXhome and, in this case, not even any justification for it. The hypocrisy of criticising TvReagan's behaviour (where all he's done, as far as I can tell, is get excited about what he's working on, and responded to direct questions) while behaving like a bully yourself is perplexing.

If you don't like someone, Atom, that's fine. Don't respond to their posts. But you don't have to jump in at every opportunity to repeatedly tell us about your righteous opinion, especially when everybody else is having an interesting and perfectly civil discussion about filmmaking gear.

Thanks.

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Posted: Thu, 3rd Feb 2011, 12:50pm

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Congrats on your Tubetape stuff mate..
Posted: Thu, 3rd Feb 2011, 3:33pm

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^Thanks guys, But to the rest of you guys I'm sorry If i come off as bragging.
Only trying to answer you guys questions with added detail.

For my sake of knowing... Who is the moderator or moderators here?
I'm guessing you tarn are one of them? Because I see that you have the power
to remove postings.

-Reagan
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Posted: Thu, 3rd Feb 2011, 3:40pm

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Alright^ Leaned something new today already.
Of course I"m sure that there was a thread somewhere explaining that right? =p
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Probably, though in that case it was just as quick for me to find the support article as searching the forums for a thread.
Posted: Thu, 3rd Feb 2011, 3:46pm

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Yeah true. Thanks for the information though.
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If you're subcontracting to a network, check with them first what their technical requirements are - they may not like the 60D footage, for instance. Be a shame to invest in the wrong gear!

Also, if you're looking to do studio/greenscreen, look at a reflecmedia chromaflex/litering setup as it works well creased, and doesn't require hours of prelighting - pop it out, light the subject, and start taping. Will save you so many tears on clients sites compared with trying to key out shadows and c reases.

And if you can afford a laptop and a $40 teleprompting program with an external monitor you will turn a 4hr ordeal into a 30 min giggle as people never remember their lines ever ever ever when you're doing the MD's speech or car salesman talking up his car in an infomercial.

Hth

Edit - PS, just fair to warn you, $3500 all in is not even close to nudging top-end!
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I think some of the frustration about you "bragging" might stem from the fact that we haven't seen anything from you, so there's no way to tell if you're good enough to merit the jealousy-inducing offers you've spoken relatively matter-of-factly about.

So how about it? Let's see some of your stuff smile
Posted: Fri, 4th Feb 2011, 1:19am

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TvReagan

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Will do. Thats a promise wink

May be up to a few weeks though im not sure. I already have part of my stuff from tubetape. As seen in my unboxing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ89arsnY2Y
I dont have my green screen yet due to the mix up because they sent me a 10x12
but i ordered a 10x20. So my green screen along with all my free stuff from
tubetape is due to be here on Feb 7th. I will do an unboxing of all of my
equipment after it arrives. And as far as the Canon 60D, Rode Mic and the Zoom N1
I will not be able to purchase those till after the 14th. Thats when the guy comes
and picks up the car that i sold as mentioned in past post. But yes, I will prove
myself lol.

-Reagan