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#1 Kanohane

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 10:47 PM

What softwares do pros use to get that refined/professional look instead of that home video/cheap look?
I really don't know how to explain it too well...but I can provide pics if needed.
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#2 Paul Bruening

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 12:13 AM

What softwares do pros use to get that refined/professional look instead of that home video/cheap look?
I really don't know how to explain it too well...but I can provide pics if needed.


Kinda' depends on what format you'll be working in. Final Cut gets a lot of props. But you'll find a lot of Adobe stuff doing the real work in the back rooms of production houses. I'm all Adobe and PC. But, you'll see more folks here using Mac and Final Cut. It will take some of the production house pros that habituate C.com to endorse the better (expensive) color grading and specialty softs.
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 12:22 AM

A lot of it is the skill in shooting the damned thing well before any editorial takes place. Then for editorial, you're talking primarily Avid and Final Cut Pro, for the most part, with some Premier Pro and Vegas thrown in there. For audio; well I dunno, I use sound-track myself, or the built in effects for when I have to edit audio.
From there it goes to After Effects, for, you guessed it, effects.
Other people will go through Motion in the FCP suite
Most projects will get color corrected (Apple Color (back up, not the best, curtosy I do lower en clients)/in the NLE/Proper Telecine Suite (my normal route) or the many other color correction programs).
But again, MOST of the the "looks great" aspect of it comes from the acquired image and the skill of all those involved in the process. Software/hardware is secondary to talent.
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#4 Chris Millar

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 02:03 AM

Without any pictures to work with specifically then I'll go with Adrian - its mostly front end skill - cinematographer/lighting, good production design, beautiful/interesting people and locations and I'll take a stab that your stills will be from big budget 35mm films ...

Are we talking integrated CGI or otherwise composite shots ?

Examples will be helpful ;)
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#5 Rob Vogt

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 08:59 PM

Also Autodesk Smoke and Luster- they definitely helps the pros get their look
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#6 Kanohane

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 12:37 AM

Without any pictures to work with specifically then I'll go with Adrian - its mostly front end skill - cinematographer/lighting, good production design, beautiful/interesting people and locations and I'll take a stab that your stills will be from big budget 35mm films ...

Are we talking integrated CGI or otherwise composite shots ?

Examples will be helpful ;)

Iwant quality like this===>
or ===>
Instead of quality like this===> ...sorry first link I saw... or like this ===> (...)...can't delete.. >_>;;

Edited by Kanohane, 03 December 2009 - 12:40 AM.

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#7 Kanohane

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 12:39 AM

What softwares do pros use to get that refined/professional look instead of that home video/cheap look?
I really don't know how to explain it too well...but I can provide pics if needed.

I want quality like this===>
or ===>
Instead of quality like this===> ...sorry first link I saw... or like this ===> (...)

-Sorry don't see edit post...I hope links are allowed O_o-
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#8 Paul Bruening

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 12:56 AM

Based on your clip examples, refer to Adrian's post. Those good looking vids are that way because of good design, shooting and production value. Editing software of any kind can't help bad footage.
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#9 Kanohane

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 11:58 PM

Thx for the advice,think ill try adobe elements xD
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#10 Chris Millar

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 01:13 AM

Troll of the 'how stupid am I/how much can I not listen to advice' variety

We get plenty of them here - mind you there's some good info... so no use deleting it all - go figure...
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#11 Aaron Solomon

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 06:06 PM

Also, while this is not something you can do in post, having the right lighting can make consumer equipment produce professional-looking results.
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