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#1 Renny McCauley

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 06:42 PM

Hi all,

I'm shooting a 16mm film in a few weeks on the SR3. We are using Double X B&W negative. We will be using a video tap and I will also have a Canon 7D on set. I'm wondering if there is a way to set up either the video tap or the DSLR to give us a fairly reasonable preview of the film's b&w. I plan to use some color filters to correct the film's sensitivity to blue, but it would be nice to have a visualization of the tones.

I'm wondering if messing with the 7D's white balance might help me out, like setting it to daylight even when I'm shooting under tungsten lights. Or possibly I could put a blue filter on it? It has built in color filters but only for red, yellow, and orange.

The video tap & monitor is getting rented from Panavision so I haven't actually seen what kind of controls I will have with it.

Thoughts, tips?

Thanks,
Renny
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#2 Chris Burke

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 09:53 PM

Hi all,

I'm shooting a 16mm film in a few weeks on the SR3. We are using Double X B&W negative. We will be using a video tap and I will also have a Canon 7D on set. I'm wondering if there is a way to set up either the video tap or the DSLR to give us a fairly reasonable preview of the film's b&w. I plan to use some color filters to correct the film's sensitivity to blue, but it would be nice to have a visualization of the tones.

I'm wondering if messing with the 7D's white balance might help me out, like setting it to daylight even when I'm shooting under tungsten lights. Or possibly I could put a blue filter on it? It has built in color filters but only for red, yellow, and orange.

The video tap & monitor is getting rented from Panavision so I haven't actually seen what kind of controls I will have with it.

Thoughts, tips?

Thanks,
Renny


depending on how snazzy the tap is, you may be able to tweak it a bit. but I would be surprised if you can't. Is it a black and white tap or color. A new fancier color tap may have more control over contrast and such.
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#3 K Borowski

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 08:58 AM

I do know that you want to up the gamma of the monitor (and, yeah, desaturate it) as B&W tends to have a bit more punch than neg. film.


As for adding XX grain, good luck ;-)
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