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Old January 3rd, 2010, 11:46 PM   #1
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BBC custom preset

First saw mention of the BBC custom preset here:

BBC - R&D - Publications - WHP034 - Addendum 22

BBC were "partly attempting to get a good “filmlook”,and the settings reflect that. However, because of the lack of internal test signals, and as a result of some of the initial measurements, that approach was quickly abandoned and efforts were directed at getting a decent colorimetric performance from the camera. Assuming that a grading operation will be used in postproduction, the settings attempt to give the colourist a reasonable exposure range, but this is inevitably wellshort of what a film stock could be expected to deliver. "

Gamma Normal
Knee Middle
Black Stretch
Master Ped 0
Setup Level 0
Sharpness 3
H Dtl Freq High
Dtl HVBalance 0
Coring 0
NR1 Off
NR2 Off
Color Mat Normal
Color Gain 0
Color Phase 0
R Gain 0
G Gain 0
B Gain 0
RG Matrix -6
RB Matrix -4
GR Matrix 0
GB Matrix 0
BR Matrix 17
MG Matrix 2

Any other video eg's of footage shot using this preset, or user feedback?
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Old January 4th, 2010, 06:06 PM   #2
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I keep this one on my camera, but only use it when shooting event footage that the BBC might want to use (flooding and other weather footage and news events that I can cover).
I find it a bit bland, but as the white paper says, it's meant to be neutral to allow for tweaking in post.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 07:12 PM   #3
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I watched this when it first came out and now watching it again it is even more useful. Does anyone have an active link that has all the presets zipped up?
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Old January 12th, 2010, 03:59 AM   #4
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I always use the BBC preset and then add a little bit of colour correction. Here's an example, plenty more on Vimeo.

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Old January 12th, 2010, 05:15 AM   #5
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Alan Roberts' (BBC) settings documents for many others cameras too, can be found here.

For those of you who don't know, Alan is a recently retired BBC HD expert, and now a world-renowned consultant on all things to do with HD video.
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