Quicktime – Error 46: Could not find or load activex control

I’ve struggled for months with this error message from Quicktime Player on our main Windows 7 editing system. Quicktime simply would not open no matter what “fixes” were applied from the internet (and there were plenty “suggested” ones out there).

It took me probably 4 or 5 hours across several different days (and attempts) during “down-time” to FINALLY find a “fix” that worked. It appears the REAL problem is that virtually none of the well-meaning folks who posted fixes can write accurate instructions. I finally found the right mix of instructions from someone who had gone through the same frustrations as I did.

What basically happens with this problem is that Quicktime’s installer somehow messes up permissions on Windows 7, so when you go to run the program, Windows 7 doesn’t allow it to start. The problem occurs in the registry across dozens of entries, so fixing it manually is a nightmare, and simply uninstalling the program doesn’t delete the registry entries, so they remain borked, even when you reinstall Quicktime.

What every online set of instructions leaves out is that you MUST run particular file in Vista compatibility mode before the fix will work. So use the instructions listed at this link:

http://gerger.com/mediaart/lab/1006/

But add the following:

AFTER you install subinacl.msi, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Resource Kits\Tools and right-click on subinacl.exe and change its compatibility mode to Windows Vista (Service Pack 2). Do the same thing to the reset.cmd file that you downloaded.

Every set of instructions on the web leaves out the part about changing the compatibility of the subinacl.exe file, which from all the research I did, isn’t a normal Windows 7 component. So by NOT changing the compatibility of the file, it doesn’t run right. This is the ONLY way the fix in the link will work properly on Windows 7.

Hope this helps someone and saves them from the hours and hours of frustration I went through. While I sincerely appreciate the efforts of others to help people solve computer problems, it drives me crazy how techies are unable to clearly write down the steps necessary to apply a fix. Unfortunately, this inability to write clearly is very common on tech based sites.

3D Television Networks: 3 Years Later

By Chris Blair

I published the original post below in July of 2010, saying I couldn’t imagine how 3D television networks could find an audience, and more importantly, lure enough advertisers to survive. Predictably, ESPN3D announced on Wednesday that it would soon be shuttered. Their official statement cited, “limited viewer adoption.” That’s fancy talk for, “nobody was watching.”

I was utterly villified in a forum thread on Creative Cow for my disparaging views about 3D back about the same time as my original post.

http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/17/869138#869224
http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/17/868718#868765

Most people took issue with the fact that I disagreed with the consensus that 3D in TV and movies was going to soon be the norm for production, and that if we didn’t all embrace it we’d be left behind. My argument at the time was that our clients weren’t even asking for (or using) HDTV, much less 3D. I also questioned how the economics of 3D television, even at the network level, would ever produce profits. Above are links to the now amusing threads in which many on the Cow predicted 3D television was “the future of broadcasting and production.”

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Review: CPM Filmtools DSLR Flyer Shoulder Rig

When I bought a Canon 60D at the beginning of 2011, I quickly realized I was going to need some sort of mounting rig, as well as handheld support. DSLR cameras are simply not designed to move the way traditional video cameras do, and the controls, especially camera start/stop, are inconvenient at best. So a rail and cage system for mounting accessories, as well as a shoulder mount that faciliates handheld shooting are pretty much necessities if you’re using it as your “A” camera on shoots. Read more »

PROAIM Shoulder Rig Kit-201 – Review

We recently added a Panasonic AF-100 camera along with several lenses to our shooting gear and after testing our CPM Film Tools rig with it,  it became obvious we were going to need a heavier-duty rig to make the setup functional. After hours spent researching various options, I decided to take a chance on the Proaim Shoulder Rig Kit-201 from www.cinecity.com.

Here’s a direct link to what we bought.

Considering that we only shoot about once or twice a week on average, I couldn’t see spending several thousand dollars for similarly configured kits from Redrock Micro, Cinevate, Zacuto or half a dozen other support companies.

Now I already know what you’re thinking. Equipment made in India is cheap and poorly made! Well…I’m hear to tell you that I’m more than happy with the purchase and am in fact quite impressed by the quality and value of this kit. Read more »

Canon 60D: Final Thoughts

We’ve been using the Canon 60D for 10 months now and I’ve already posted twice about our experiences with the camera. We’ve used it for TV commercials, marketing videos and short-form promotional videos, many of which involved on-camera talent requiring scenes with dialogue and on-camera spokespeople.

So what are my thoughts now that I’ve used it extensively? Well…you can get great results using these cameras, but when it comes to ergonomics and workflow in the field, the 60D (and DSLR cameras in general) just doesn’t compare to a dedicated professional video camera. The 60D certainly has its share of good qualities, especially its excellent video quality. It’s also generally easy to operate. But in my opinion, using DSLR cameras as your “A” camera for professional projects simply requires too many peripheral devices and convoluted cabling setups. Read more »