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Old November 11th, 2014, 10:03 AM   #1
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Matching stills to video

When I mix stills (PNG) with PAL HD video and render to MP4 the stills always look considerably more 'rich' than the video frames when viewed on a smart TV, almost blown out, in fact. Is there a set process that stills can be put through in photoshop to better match them to the video. I've tried taking a frame of video and using it to 'match' the stills in photoshop but the results are pretty grubby.
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Old November 11th, 2014, 11:59 AM   #2
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Re: Matching stills to video

Most stills use the full 0-255 luminance range while most video is limited to the 16-235 luminance range. The easiest way to try and match them is to put the stills on their own track and drop a "Computer RGB to Studio RGB" corrector on it. This used to be found in the Secondary Color Corrector tab but, as of Pro 11, is now in the Levels FX tab.

edit: Because of the differences between video cameras and still cameras, you may still need to go in and further adjust your video events (I use Color Curves a lot) to better match the stills. I spend a lot of time doing this but I feel that the results are worth it.

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Old November 11th, 2014, 02:50 PM   #3
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Re: Matching stills to video

Mike wrote his response in secret code just in case there are spies trying to infiltrate. The code breaker for 16-1235 is 16-235. Oops I should have coded my response but what the heck....

Sorry Mike, I couldn't resist. My warped sense of humor sent me off on far reaching paths today.


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Old November 11th, 2014, 07:24 PM   #4
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Thanks Don. Noted and fixed. I have no idea where my brain was when I was typing that.
Maybe the aliens borrowed it, took one look at it and said "return to sender" :-)
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Old November 12th, 2014, 02:06 AM   #5
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Re: Matching stills to video

Mike many thanks for your help. The Computer RGB to Studio RGB on a separate track did indeed help but not enough. There was still quite a difference between video and stills. I didn't want to put an "S" Curve on the video as I was happy with the look of the video as it was. However your post got me thinking more about Luminance ranges and for the benefit of other people here who may have this problem in the future, here is how I solved it - I remade the PNG files from Adobe camera RAW originals using -25 Contrast, -100 Highlights, +60 Shadows. I opened a new "Film and Video" document in photoshop with a size of 1080p and a colour profile of HDTV (REC 709) 16-235.
This did the trick and I thank you again for your inspiration!
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Old November 12th, 2014, 07:48 AM   #6
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Dugi, thanks for the tip. I rarely shoot RAW images but will file your tip away for future use.
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