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#1 Christopher Wedding

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 02:38 AM

I've never used a paint box, but my understanding is they are an accesory to help manipulate the look going to tape. i.e. you can help bring highlights down. Can they be used to alter certain coloration as well?

Along with this, can they manipulate looks during a take? Could I cause the highlights to blow more while the camera is recording? Could I cause something to become more red?

Thanks for the help.

Chris
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#2 Tim J Durham

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 08:01 AM

Could I cause the highlights to blow more while the camera is recording?

Chris

"Who are 'The Highl....' NAH"

"Here's the wind-up.. and the pitch... he lets that one go."

"Yeah, that was the high hard one, Tim"

Now back to the question. A paint box (I've actually only used CCU's and MSU's which are alot more sophisticated) can do many (all?) of the menu functions without having to have your hands on the camera so, yes, you could do just about anything you want. They are most useful for: easy menu set-up, keeping the iris, black levels and flares in line in multi-camera shoots where you have a seperate person (DIT) just to shade the cams, and single cam shoots where it's important to maintain more exact parameters shot to shot, such as green screen.

You should also have a very good monitor and a vector scope/waveform monitor.
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