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#1 Larkin A Seiple

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 05:04 PM

Hey All,

I am shooting a project on Super 8mm. Would love to spend all day in a Telecine. Can only afford a one light, or a very very short time with a colorist.

I color correct the majority of my digital work on Apple's Color, RED, DVCPRO, etc. Having done so I know the more information I have the more room I have to maneuver, meaning with RED it gives you a Flat image to then add your own contrast and etc.

So I theorize this:

Like when I print a film after the Neg cut (can't scan the whole negative only the print) I get a low-con print that I can then bring to a Telecine and have more room to manipulate because there is more information because the image is flatter.

Taking that principle.

If I get a one light or a simple scan of my Super 8 footage, should I ask the colorist to give me a FLAT and full image, backs being at 20 ire and highlights being at 80ire, so I can then take it to my computer to manipulate?

Presumably I can them bring the contrast and saturation back when I do a final pass on my computer in Color?

Anyone else been here? or have a better idea? Just trying to find a way to get the most control without relying on spending hundreds of dollars in a Telecine.

Appreciate any words of wisdom.
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#2 Justin Lovell

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 02:31 PM

Yeah, that's doable. You can get a 8 or 10 bit uncompressed file and grade it in post.
I can help you with that and do a flat scan and you can do all your own manipulations on it.

Typically I color grade the footage before it gets encoded as a file to get the best base color correction without any chance of digital compression artifacts.

www.framediscreet.blogspot.com has a bunch of samples of different stocks and advice over the past few years.
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