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Using Stills to create Matte Painting Effects in your footage

How to use stills to create simple matte painting effects for your DSLR footage

This is another great video tutorial for people using HDSLR cameras for filmmaking purposes.

Credits: Robino Films

Quoted text from the video description:

Taking stills before rolling your DSLR can save you a lot of time during post production when working with shots plagued with aliasing, moire and other unwanted issues.

This tutorial demonstrates how to save a poorly lit night scene using a long exposure still with a Canon 5D.

NOTE: Other more complex examples of this technique can be seen at the end of this video.

Software used:

After Effects
Photoshop
– Cineform FirstLight

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February 16, 2011 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, CANON, Tutorials | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tutorial 10-Bit Colorspace Up-conversion

Canon DSLR Footage 10-Bit Colorspace Up-conversion Tutorial

Credits: Robino Films

Quoted text from the video description:

Learn how to prepare your Canon DSLR footage for editing and color correction by up-converting 8-Bit compressed colorspace clips to true 10-bit 4:2:2 or 12-bit 4:4:4.

NOTE:

This tutorial demonstrates the cleaning of one clip from beginning to end. When working on a long form project, edit your film and then work on your final clips at the end. You can use FirstLight to apply film curves while editing since it’s real time and non destructive to give feel to your shots.

…and backup your original files!

Software used:

– Cineform NeoHD
– HDlink
– FirstLight
– Neat Video plugin
After Effects

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February 14, 2011 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, CANON, Tutorials | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Color Correction – Adobe

COLOR CORRECTION

Color correction is one of the first things everyone needs to know how to do well. It is an essential step, for both stills and video, to achieve good final results.

Below you will find a link to a list of some free available and helpful video tutorials that explain the basic use of the 3-way color correction in Adobe Premiere Pro and some other color correction methods in After Effects and Photoshop as well.

We hope you enjoy them (the link is dynamic, so the content may change over time).

Check the list of video tutorials by clicking here.

Note: If you are new to this kind of software, be aware that these products are available for Mac or PC in different versions (some products have more than one version or package), and they are also sold as separate products or in different suites like Adobe CS5 Production Premium or Adobe CS5 Master Collection (for Mac or PC).

If you plan to buy any of them, we suggest to carefully check the content of each package or production suite to know if it fits your needs, and also the system requirements for each product.

Thanks to Esteban Aguilera.

Esteban Aguilera

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, Tutorials | , , , , | 1 Comment

Picture Style Test

Contents:

  • 5D Mark II Picture Style Test
  • The Importance of Picture Styles

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5D Mark II PICTURE STYLES TEST

We found this very interesting test and decided it is well worth sharing it with all HDSLR users, for better understanding of the importance of selecting a proper “Picture Style” when filming.

Full credits of test and quoted comments below: Tyler J. Clements

From the author:

This is simply a test showing the default Picture Styles along with additional styles created by others.

Picture styles are all based on preference but there are factors contributing to the quality of each style; they all have advantages or disadvantages.

In this example you can see that in some styles the orange WWII book seems almost the same color as the red Cinematic Motion book. Also, the blue on the bottom of the Pepsi logo appears to be black. Some styles are better at representing the true colors. Also note how the red book can sometimes bleed a little more with different styles.

The “latitude” seems greater in some styles such as the AdvancedFlat or the SuperFlat. These styles will give you more flexibility in post because you have more information or data that is there. For instance, at the edge of the newspaper you can see the thin lines of the crossword squares on some styles very clearly, while on others the edge is completely blown out. In the shadows there is also more information. Look at the table right below the table top and you can see how worn the paint is, you will never see that on the Standard picture style. However, if you don’t plan on doing any work in post then you might not want to shoot so flat and shoot something that looks good right off the bat.

My favorite style is setting the camera to 3,-4,-4,0. It seemed to give the most accurate colors, while sharp enough to read the words clearly on the books, and also give a decent amount of “latitude” in the shadows and highlights. However, if I want to shoot something where I plan on doing a lot of post work then I might choose AdvancedFlat or SuperFlat. But that’s just me.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PICTURE STYLES

Picture Styles are extremely important when recording video with any current Canon EOS HDSLR.

They will make a very big impact on your footage, giving you either more flexibility in post production or preventing you from lot of possible corrections, color gradings and thus the results you may want.

One of the main reasons of this is because the selected picture style is applied before the camera encodes and compress the data from the sensor to deliver the final .MOV file.

Since we can’t get RAW video files from current Canon EOS DSLRs, the importance of choosing the right picture style becomes obviously even higher.

As previously thoroughly discussed at Cinema5D, and after many long tests, lot of users have found that the following settings seem to be a very good picture style that extends a bit the dynamic range when compared to other picture styles, giving you more flexibility in post production:

  • Select “Neutral” picture style and set Sharpness and Contrast to the lowest value, Saturation to -2 (or to the lowest value too) and Tone to default. The picture style in this case would be: “Neutral 0,-4,-2,0” or “Neutral 0,-4,-4,0” if you set Saturation to the lowest.

Remember that you can save this as a Custom Picture Style, and also under any Custom Mode (C1/C2/C3) for handy use whenever you need it.

Note that this picture style delivers similar results to the “AdvancedFlat” or the “SuperFlat”.

Regarding the importance of proper contrast setting, an experienced editor has already mentioned: “Contrast is the biggest determinant of dynamic range – turn it up and the blacks and whites get pushed off the ends of the histogram.”

So keep all these factors in mind when you shoot video! If you still didn’t, you will find very useful to test them before shooting.

Since we don’t get a RAW video file from the camera, after shooting the possibilities of color grading and all corrections in post production are limited.

The final tip is: If you are not completely sure about the final “look” that you want for your footage, then a “flat” picture style (like the mentioned above) will give you more freedom in the post production process.

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, Tutorials | , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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