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#1 Timothy David Orme

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 02:34 PM

I'm going to be working on a few short films over the next few months that I'm shooting on SD8 and 35mm. The goal is to crop the sd8 to a 1:85 aspect ratio to match the 35mm. We're shooting the sd8 footage on a Nizo 6080, so there isn't the greatest viewfinder (although it is a reflex). So here's my question: Does anyone have any tips to help me frame up the sd8 footage to a 1:85 so I can shoot without worrying about chopping someone's head off when we crop the image.
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 03:19 PM

I'm going to be working on a few short films over the next few months that I'm shooting on SD8 and 35mm. The goal is to crop the sd8 to a 1:85 aspect ratio to match the 35mm. We're shooting the sd8 footage on a Nizo 6080, so there isn't the greatest viewfinder (although it is a reflex). So here's my question: Does anyone have any tips to help me frame up the sd8 footage to a 1:85 so I can shoot without worrying about chopping someone's head off when we crop the image.


Is the intercut SD8 footage intended to simulate a "home movie" look within your 35mm 1.85:1 production? If so, you probably want to "pillar box" the native 1.33:1 aspect ratio, rather than lose so much image area by cropping the height.
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 03:56 PM

Is the intercut SD8 footage intended to simulate a "home movie" look within your 35mm 1.85:1 production? If so, you probably want to "pillar box" the native 1.33:1 aspect ratio, rather than lose so much image area by cropping the height.


The footage isn't necessarily meant to be home video, just an older, worn memory, if that makes sense.
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#4 Andrew Means

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 06:32 PM

Is the intercut SD8 footage intended to simulate a "home movie" look within your 35mm 1.85:1 production? If so, you probably want to "pillar box" the native 1.33:1 aspect ratio, rather than lose so much image area by cropping the height.



[newbie] what's this 'pillarboxing'?[/newbie]
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#5 Bernhard Zitz

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 07:11 PM

I saw some pictures of a Super8 steadycam with a fingercamera on the viewfinder wired to a lcd-monitor. You could do the same thing and make 1.85-marks on your monitor.
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 07:47 PM

[newbie] what's this 'pillarboxing'?[/newbie]


Black borders on the left and right side of the video image to preserve a less-wide aspect ratio.
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#7 Timothy David Orme

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 08:32 PM

The monitor idea would work if we were going to be shooting something we could easily shoot with a monitor, but unfortunately we're going to be shooting primarily on location, outside, with very small, quick setups.

Would using a director's viewfinder help out at all? How might we crop it via the viewfinder?
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 10:44 AM

Black borders on the left and right side of the video image to preserve a less-wide aspect ratio.


Doh! Letterbox/pillarbox. I should have known.
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#9 Bernhard Zitz

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:19 PM

The monitor idea would work if we were going to be shooting something we could easily shoot with a monitor, but unfortunately we're going to be shooting primarily on location, outside, with very small, quick setups.

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