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Old March 20th, 2014, 01:47 PM   #1
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Anyone know of any way to make video video shot on a CCD camera look like late 70's tube camera video?
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Old March 20th, 2014, 02:40 PM   #2
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Marty, I looked into it a few times and couldn't find anything even close. The smearing, comet-tailing and texture are the real key and I've never seen a plug-in that could emulate it. Ultimately I ended up buying vintage cameras to achieve the look (I have two sets of consumer grade cameras and broadcast cameras, both from early 80's).

You can do a little bit with mis-aligning the color channels to achieve an out-of-registration 3-tube look...it's a start.
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Old March 20th, 2014, 02:43 PM   #3
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I'm looking to take some video shot in the 90's on a VHS camcorder of the era and I want to make it look like it was shot on one of the first single tube home video camera/VHS deck combos.
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Old March 20th, 2014, 02:49 PM   #4
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Here's one of the clips I shot with the Magnavox tube cam:


We recorded out to a DV hard drive recorder, with the VHS tape artifacts recreated in post.

I always wished I had removed the lampshade cover to let the bare bulb make those fabulous/awful burn trails to really hammer the look home!

One of the hallmarks of the tube cameras was image retention, so if you have a way to take the highlight channel and apply a delay on it to make a blurry trail and tint it green, you might be on to something. And overlaying the tape artifacts will help. I believe these were sampled off an old tape and keyed over. The crude date/time overlay is another signature (also created in post).

Color-wise, these old cameras tended to run on the cool side, with a green in the blacks.
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Old March 20th, 2014, 03:05 PM   #5
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How about this: Put the video on a flat screen monitor and shoot it off the screen with a tube camera? How would that work?

Really cool looking video BTW.

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Old March 21st, 2014, 04:30 PM   #6
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That's some really sweet period tube camera video, Charles.The project is a mockumentary that a friend is making. I've got some video that I shot back in the 90's of a 70's party and I'm wondering if shooting it off a flat screen monitor would give me what I want. I thought about using film, loading my super 8 camera up with some Ektachrome and making it look like news film, but I really want tube video. I want to put those comet trails on the disco ball and lava lamp.
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