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Old February 15th, 2008, 12:18 PM   #1
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Hey all,

I was in Argentina last week on business (getting video of wineries), and one of the wineries had a samba singer come in and do her thing before dinner. I got some video of it and it turned out real nice. No lights, 30p, 1/60, 4.4 iris (I think). Anyway, the sun was behind them, which gave a nice backlight, but I thought it was going to make them silhouetted, but it came out better than I thought.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...Sequence12.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...MariaGodoy.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ariaGodoy2.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...han/Maria4.jpg

By the way, I exported these as stills from FCP. They're anamorphic. Brought them into Photoshop and changed the pixel aspect ratio, but it said that's only for preview. Anyone know how to stretch it permanently so it doesn't look squished? Is it something I need to have checked when I export from FCP?

Thanks,

Jonathan
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Old February 15th, 2008, 03:46 PM   #2
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Hey Jonathan, those are fantastic. I'm curious, were you maybe using one of the ND filters with a wide-open iris? I'm digging that shallow-ish DOF.
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Old February 15th, 2008, 03:59 PM   #3
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Correct, Nick...it was on the 1/6 ND filter and I was standing about 8 feet from her. With the sun backlighting her I had to open the iris wide enough to get some light on her face. The overexposed background went well with the DOF. I like it.

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Old February 15th, 2008, 04:05 PM   #4
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Jonathan, if you haven't upgraded to Leopard yet, get the free application called MPEG Streamclip. It will export still frames in the correct aspect ratio. Very easy and painless.

QT Pro can also do a correct still frame export.

There's a glitch in the current version that grays out that function under Leopard. They are aware and are working on a fix.

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Old February 15th, 2008, 06:23 PM   #5
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Thanks, Greg...

I haven't upgraded to Leopard yet, but I do have MPEG Streamclip. Forgot all about it.

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Old February 15th, 2008, 09:39 PM   #6
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Hey Jonathan,

Excellent work! Those stills look fantastic.

How did the cameras trip to Canon work out for you? Back focus issue resolved?

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Old February 15th, 2008, 10:28 PM   #7
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Exporting Stills...

See if you've left the 'exporting still option' at 0.9 NTSC Pixels.

Try exporting the still at 1.0 Square Pixels.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 11:09 AM   #8
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Joseph...thanks for the suggestion...will try it out.

Ryan, back focus issue is resolved, thanks.

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Nice...
Warm weather looks great!!!!!!
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Old February 17th, 2008, 07:43 AM   #10
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In Photoshop CS

Image>Image Size
Uncheck Constrain Proportions
Change Width from 720 to 960

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Thanks Bill.
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