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Old January 28th, 2007, 09:49 PM   #1
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Best Way to adjust soft image

We did an event yesterday where we had a few cameras set up. We had multiple events going on, so we ended up renting one of the cameras (JVC-HD110) for the shoot. Idiot me didn't check the back focus on their camera, and the image is slightly soft (not the worst thing tht could have happened).

Is their a good / recommended way of "helping" this in vegas 7? I tried a bit of the sharpen feature, but it does introduce a bit of noise. The event was recorded in HDV 30p. It may not be that noticeable by the time we dump it to DVD, but I would still like to see if there are any other options to help correct this. I know it won't be perfect, but any suggestionswould be appreciated. Thanks

~By the way, it is just a static wide-shot on a tripod - never moved the whole day~
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Old January 28th, 2007, 10:03 PM   #2
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Kit,

Glenn Chan has a great article on correcting soft focus in Vegas using the unsharp mask:

http://www.glennchan.info/articles/vegas/usm/usm.html

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Old January 29th, 2007, 12:15 AM   #3
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Jesse,
Thanks so much, that little bit of info helped out tremendously. It's not ideal, although since it's not closeups or anything, just a wide shot, it makes it look much more acceptable. Thanks again for the help.
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Old January 29th, 2007, 08:27 AM   #4
 
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there's two ways I've found that help soft images. as with anything you do, a great dela of discretion and care must be used, however, having said that, I've found the following helps:
1-using the sony curves, filter, add contrast with a gentle "s" curve
2-apply the sony sharpen filter, with discretion.

use of the sony unsharp mask, imho, adds a lot of noise and makes sharpening unaceptable.
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Old February 9th, 2007, 11:24 AM   #5
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Bill,

I appreciate your comments about using a great deal of descretion when trying to repair a soft image. You are right about the addition of noise, which is also posible when just adding contrast. But the article I referenced, goes to that issue, using descretion to keep from overblowing the effect.
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Old February 9th, 2007, 05:49 PM   #6
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I think using the sharpen tool looked much worse than the unsharp mask. I got very little noise from it, and it really cleaned up the image (although it made it a bit more contrasty). I did a light unsharp mask to the other cameras just to match the color's it was outputting, and it looks very acceptable now.
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