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Old April 17th, 2009, 09:51 AM   #16
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Good advice Marty. Turning off the presets that crush black should really help.

Robert,
I should follow my own advice more often since I know that ideally I should be acquiring my footage more flat in camera and color grading it in post. But I do like lowering the pedestal and crushing the blacks as it make the colors pop more. So, when you shot your film, did you set the camera to record a flat neutral image and do all grading in post? I am guessing the footage you grabbed in the studio via the SDI was easier to color grade than the HDV footage but I was just wondering.

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Old April 17th, 2009, 01:04 PM   #17
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Robert,
I should follow my own advice more often since I know that ideally I should be acquiring my footage more flat in camera and color grading it in post. But I do like lowering the pedestal and crushing the blacks as it make the colors pop more. So, when you shot your film, did you set the camera to record a flat neutral image and do all grading in post? I am guessing the footage you grabbed in the studio via the SDI was easier to color grade than the HDV footage but I was just wondering.

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No black crush at all. We did have two presets we tweaked. CinemaGamma and stuff like that was all turned on. We added a touch more blue to the color matrix. We left the pedestal at neutral. All black levels were dialed in during post.

The SDI footage does grade very nicely. It would've been nice if the H1 had a 10-bit output as we did the whole show stem to stern in ProRes. However, I must say that the HDV footage that was cut into the SDI footage graded very well too and at the end of the day I don't think anyone can spot what was SDI and what was HDV. Even on a huge movie theater screen.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 10:59 AM   #18
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Hello Folks,

I am back with another question. How do I do white balance adjustment in the low lighting condition? Or is it even necessary? If I use my expo disk to do a white balance, because of the low light, all camera lens sees is dark and unable to adjust white balance. Expo Disk does really a good job on setting white balance when there is plenty of light.

Thanks to everyone in advance.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 08:38 PM   #19
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OlegWarm is the bomb.

I'm with Mark on this one. I use the "olegwarm" almost exclusively. (I used it for a wedding this weekend.) In some low-light indoor shots it doesn't work so well. But for natural light and outdoor "magic light" times-- fantastic. Great saturation. Rich film look. Give it a try.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 04:40 PM   #20
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I'm with Mark on this one. I use the "olegwarm" almost exclusively. (I used it for a wedding this weekend.) In some low-light indoor shots it doesn't work so well. But for natural light and outdoor "magic light" times-- fantastic. Great saturation. Rich film look. Give it a try.
Thanks Patric for the info.
What do you recommend for the white balance adjustment in low lighting condition?
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Old May 19th, 2009, 07:11 PM   #21
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Dil, we're already over my pay grade here, so take this for what it's worth... I keep the WB on auto in low-light situations. Don't know if that's the way it should be done. I'll look to see if someone more knowledgeable weighs in. Good luck!
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