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#1 Anthony Caffaro

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 12:47 AM

Hey all. I'm shooting this weekend on film. I know I got a good range with 7217 200t 16mm stock. Some of the scenes call for over and under exposure. At key range the highest I'm thinking of going is 1 1/2 under/over. I just want to know how much of the latitude is killed during the transfer to mini dv.

Do I still get a good range when transfered?

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#2 Michael Nash

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:50 AM

I'm not sure which you're asking about; range or latitude.

In a typical transfer you can expect to see detail in middle-gray subjects that are roughly three stops under to three stops over, often more. But it really depends on the transfer, since colorists have a lot of control over the contrast and gamma. A "flat" transfer can hold much more detail than that. Mini DV doesn't have any less range than any other video format, but fine detail in the extreme highlights and shadows might become more difficult to see as a result of compression.

The latitude of film is something different though; that's the amount you can over- or under-expose the film and still be able to recover an acceptable image of normal brightness or density. Underexposing the film by 1-1/2 stops puts a lot of shadow detail way down on the toe of the film, where you might not be able to dig it back up.
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