What is the suggestion for using VFX

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Monday, December 1st, 2003, 8:13 am

Purzel, which is correct with the color monitor etc. and white balance, but very few here on the board will really work that high quality to produce their amateur films. Most of them work with a simple MiniDV or analog camcorder and that's it. I feel no different.

On the subject of color correction.

MiniDV in particular has a very weak contrast range and the picture quickly appears flat and lifeless. If you look at, say, After Effects, the gamma curve of a MiniDV video, then this is a simple straight line that runs continuously from black to white. Real film (ala cinema), on the other hand, has a stronger contrast range. You can really speak of a curve here, an S-curve to be precise. It has a lower value in the extremely dark areas and a higher value in the extremely light areas, which results in this slight S-shape. As a result, black tones look even darker and white tones look even lighter. The whole thing gives the picture more power. In the effect, AE has a function of displaying and influencing the gamma curve.

Compared to video, film also has stronger colors; this can be controlled in After Effects via the saturation.

In connection with my tutorial regarding de-interlacing in After Effects, the look of film can be transferred to normal DV video.

Of course only approximately and the tips are anything but professional methods but more a "sense of proportion" method. According to the motto, play around with the settings until it looks good. The most important thing is to look at the result on a normal television after the color correction, as this reproduces the colors completely differently than a PC monitor. The color corrections in our film "Mobb", for example, sometimes look catastrophic on a PC monitor, but they look optimal on the television.

The tutorial for Premiere Pro posted by Marcus in the other thread, on the other hand, is more of a professional method to optimize the colors of a video.

Premiere Pro comes with a full set of color correction functions, and a lot can be achieved with some of these functions. As I said, I do it more by feeling what looks good to me and less according to the professional scheme with color spectrum etc.

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