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Old June 17th, 2003, 11:59 PM   #1
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'er film look tips

  • 1/30th or 1/60th for NTSC; 1/50th for PAL
  • wide open aperture and long focal lengths
  • Cokin's Sunsoft or 81B
  • Tiffen Diffusion FX or Golden FX
  • maybe a sepia filter
  • progressive scan
  • 70 - 75 IRE
  • don't over expose
  • keep 'er signal legal :)

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Old June 18th, 2003, 12:08 AM   #2
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I still haven't gotten around to writting a little newbies guide to doing "enhancements" in Vegas 4.

Here's a sample of what some tweaking in Vegas 4 can do.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-.../brickwall.jpg

Color Curves - Gradient Map - HSL Adjust - Bump Map

Keep in mind that "film doesn't do red well".
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Old June 18th, 2003, 01:25 AM   #3
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A few more film-look tips:
  • be creative with camera angles
  • experiment with lighting
  • try your hand at B&W to study lighting
  • don't forget the audio 'n interesting sounds
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Old June 18th, 2003, 02:04 AM   #4
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Alex, you have exceeded your bandwidth time. I guess we have to wait until next month to view the clip, uh? :)
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Old June 18th, 2003, 02:06 AM   #5
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Nah, that place gives you 5MB of transfer per day... I updated the link to the picture...

and here's a couple more, since i'm bored (not as good).

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-6/232350/hairy.jpg
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-...0/sidewalk.jpg
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-...50/stoned3.jpg

Thats why I love Vegas 4.0. :D
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Old June 18th, 2003, 02:17 AM   #6
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Looks great alex, post your methods on how you did them, in some detail.


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Old June 18th, 2003, 03:00 AM   #7
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  • limit pans
  • track
  • don't zoom
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Old June 18th, 2003, 09:31 AM   #8
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These are great tips, guys. I wish I could contribute, but I'll just have to leech for now.

Also, good shots, Alex. Thanks for posting.
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Old June 18th, 2003, 10:15 AM   #9
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Great examples Alex !!!

I recently started experimenting with HSL and contrast using Vegas and the before and after results are just amazing. Saturation really brings out the richness of the colors.

Now I'll experiment with color curves, gradiant map and bump map effects to keep tweaking. Thanks
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Old June 18th, 2003, 10:41 AM   #10
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Anyone seen a film by the name of Spun that recently made the Indie festival circuit? It's got some names in it such as John Leguizamo, Brittany Murphy:

http://us.imdb.com/Title?0283003

The screen caps that Alex put up have a distinctly similar texture to the texture of this film. I think it was a 16mm production.

I'm a big 16mm film fan, so good job Alex.
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Old June 18th, 2003, 11:17 AM   #11
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Ok Alex, I've learned the Color Curves stuff (you had post a pic with setings) and I like doing that to my clips! Now you have to show me how to use Gradient Map, HSL Adjust and the Bump Map!!! :)
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Old June 18th, 2003, 03:25 PM   #12
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Hey guys, i'll write a little article explaining what you can do with the gradient map and all that... expect it up tonight.
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Old June 18th, 2003, 05:01 PM   #13
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Getting access usage limits on all those links :-(
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Old June 18th, 2003, 06:52 PM   #14
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<<<-- Originally posted by Nigel Moore :
  • limit pans
  • track
  • don't zoom
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Nigel, you've just ruled out everything shot for Japanese TV.
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Old June 18th, 2003, 06:55 PM   #15
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Here's the little article you guys wanted. Check out the post I made for it. Hosting is needed, after about 200 views, it will be a dead link.

http://www.freewebs.com/vegas4/vegas4.htm

Now I just need to get some people to make some videos with me so I can actually use all this crap on something worth it. :D
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