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Old November 7th, 2004, 08:34 AM   #1
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film transfer curves

first assumption: i have yet to transfer DV footage to film, but I assume that transferring DV footage to film could cause a moderate tonal shift due to color temp of the film. is this correct?

second assumption: it is always better to perform white balancing in-camera where it can be adjusted using my camera's 14-bit internal processing engine vs. 8 bt after-the-fact -- as it is with digital cameras.

question: are there any adjustment curves that i can apply to my footage in final cut pro so i can see what the tonal quality of the footage will be like when the film transfer occurs so I can create custom in-camera white balance settings and have confidence that i will get my desired look from the transfer?

or does is the tonal impact of the transfer so minimal that i won't be able to detect the difference?

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Old November 8th, 2004, 02:07 AM   #2
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Personally I would whitebalance in camera so you are as close
as possible to the scene to begin with. Going out to film will
definitely change the look of your film (also depends on the film
stock you are using etc.). I know that on professional color
correction stations they have LUT's (Lookup Tables) to see how
the film will look on the final format, but I'm not sure if something
like that exists for FCP for example. There was a set of After
Effects plugins to emulate/see how it would look on a particular
film stock I think, not sure. Sorry I can't be more helpfull.

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