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How do do a golden glow in DV...should I trick the white balance or do it in post?


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#1 BakerSmith

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 09:55 PM

Hi,

I'm going to be using a PD150, and I wanted this dreamy golden glow in an exterior shot. Should I trick the white balance and film it like that, or shoot it normally then add the glow in post? My worry is that the footage will look like crap when I review the footage on a monitor, so to be safe maybe I should do it in editing? Total newbie. Thanks for your help.

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#2 Michael Collier

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 10:44 PM

If you trick the whitebalance with warm cards, you are grading the information when its in uncompressed state. If you have to do it in post you will have more noise, especially in a low-chromanace range of mini-DV. If you can test and find a good look with warm cards it will definatley improve your quality. Most warm cards come in 1/2, 1 and 2. Not sure if they exactly corrilate to 1/2, 1 and 2 stops, but they seem close enough.

When A scanner darkly was shot, Shane Kelly took a swatchbook from one of the gel manufaturers and ballanced through that. That would give you a lot to test, and probably some unique looks can be found.

also try a soft filter on the camera to create that 'glow'.

Edited by Michael Collier, 01 September 2006 - 10:45 PM.

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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 07:24 AM

Hi,

Yes, trick the white balance - although you want bluish cards/lighting/gels to balance with if you want it warm. If you balance on a warm card, it'll go cold.

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 10:54 PM

If I have no access to gels, can I just get a blue board/paper to do it? Not sure if I need professional cards or if anything blue will suffice? Thanks a lot.

Edited by BakerSmith, 04 September 2006 - 10:54 PM.

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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 05 September 2006 - 12:54 PM

Hi,

Yeah, anything.

The camera assumes you are pointing it at something white. If you give it an image that's not white, however you do that, it'll bend its DSP setup so it comes out white. Doesn't matter how.

You can get quite creative like this.

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#6 Michael Collier

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Posted 05 September 2006 - 01:34 PM

I went online and found a website with professionally made warm cards. I coppied the picture and used a sampler to get the color swatches off of it. After some testing and adjustment, I have cards I can print out of an injet that are relatively close to the professional cards.
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#7 Ken Cangi

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 11:01 AM

Here is a reference link that might help: http://www.warmcards...tal_camera.html

Edited by Ken Cangi, 09 September 2006 - 11:02 AM.

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