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#1 flavio filho

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:01 PM

Hey everybody.

Sorry if it's a repeated post. But I didnt find the answer in Forum.

I Shot my first short on a Bolex 16mm EL, using a Kern Swittar 10-100 POE lens, stock Fuji, Telecine HD 1080p 24fps. Result was not bad for a first-timer.

I wanted to crop to 1.85:1 later, so framed quite well. BUT...
For some adjustments on Post, one shot I had to use the BALANCE option, and that's when my problem started. It "moves" top and bottom after I apply the filter, as it has a LETTERBOX.

My question:
Is there any difference on cropping at Telecine Lab, or getting the STANDARD 16mm and crop myself? I could choose better framings, that's and advantage for sure. But I heard in a forum a guy saying you always go better cropping in the LAB, even with Letterbox, than cropping in FCp for exampe. Something related to the image that "ZOOMS" an you get more grain, etc.

I just wanted to know to next time do it better than it is.

Also, for cropping, the lab wouldn't do 16:9... Shame. What would be another option to crop that could be less wide, close to 16:9?

Any tips, helps to get better results in 16mm Film would be great!

Thanks,
Flavio

Edited by flavio filho, 30 May 2012 - 05:05 PM.

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