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« on: July 13, 2016, 11:59 »
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Hi, I'm still new to this footage thing and was noticing other posts where people talk about color correction and other changes they make to their footage. Is this something people are consistently doing to their footage?   I haven't and hadn't intended on making such changes, but maybe i'm missing something.
Does it really help, or do agencies want original unmodified footage so their customers can choose how it's changed?
thanks


« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2016, 13:00 »
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generally it is best not to over-grade or over sharpen your footage.

Benozaur

« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2016, 13:13 »
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Hi, I'm still new to this footage thing and was noticing other posts where people talk about color correction and other changes they make to their footage. Is this something people are consistently doing to their footage?   I haven't and hadn't intended on making such changes, but maybe i'm missing something.
Does it really help, or do agencies want original unmodified footage so their customers can choose how it's changed?
thanks

Well it depends...
If you are shooting footage with a flat profile then naturally it will look washed out with low contrast and may even be rejected outright for exposure issues. Naturally a flat profile needs to be graded in post anyway but provides more info in the mid-tones so you have more control over the final look of your footage.
I tend to shoot flat and at the very least bump up contrast, set my black level a little higher as I don't like my shadows crushed too much and play with the colors using temperature and magenta/green adjustments.
I have a set of LUTs that I use on regular basis as a starting point and play with the image from there until its punchy enough to catch the mood of what I intended but I rarely color correct too much as the end user still has to grade my shots again along with a whole bunch of others on their final product.

That's just me though...

Benozaur

« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2016, 13:14 »
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generally it is best not to over-grade or over sharpen your footage.

I agree...

alno

« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2016, 06:46 »
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Hi, I'm still new to this footage thing and was noticing other posts where people talk about color correction and other changes they make to their footage. Is this something people are consistently doing to their footage?   I haven't and hadn't intended on making such changes, but maybe i'm missing something.
Does it really help, or do agencies want original unmodified footage so their customers can choose how it's changed?
thanks

Well it depends...
If you are shooting footage with a flat profile then naturally it will look washed out with low contrast and may even be rejected outright for exposure issues. Naturally a flat profile needs to be graded in post anyway but provides more info in the mid-tones so you have more control over the final look of your footage.
I tend to shoot flat and at the very least bump up contrast, set my black level a little higher as I don't like my shadows crushed too much and play with the colors using temperature and magenta/green adjustments.
I have a set of LUTs that I use on regular basis as a starting point and play with the image from there until its punchy enough to catch the mood of what I intended but I rarely color correct too much as the end user still has to grade my shots again along with a whole bunch of others on their final product.

That's just me though...

I don't know why some stock sites advise not to upload those flat footages right from the camera since some color correction surely has to be done in every major project. I think the best way to go is to upload flat and color graded versions of the same or similar clips since there must be sort of not-so-advanced customers who use downloaded clip 'as is'.

« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2016, 07:50 »
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I would guess that most people are using our footage without doing any additional color correction. And if they are doing color correction, it's just a really quick adjustment in their editing program.


« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2016, 07:57 »
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Hi, I'm still new to this footage thing and was noticing other posts where people talk about color correction and other changes they make to their footage. Is this something people are consistently doing to their footage?   I haven't and hadn't intended on making such changes, but maybe i'm missing something.
Does it really help, or do agencies want original unmodified footage so their customers can choose how it's changed?
thanks

Well it depends...
If you are shooting footage with a flat profile then naturally it will look washed out with low contrast and may even be rejected outright for exposure issues. Naturally a flat profile needs to be graded in post anyway but provides more info in the mid-tones so you have more control over the final look of your footage.
I tend to shoot flat and at the very least bump up contrast, set my black level a little higher as I don't like my shadows crushed too much and play with the colors using temperature and magenta/green adjustments.
I have a set of LUTs that I use on regular basis as a starting point and play with the image from there until its punchy enough to catch the mood of what I intended but I rarely color correct too much as the end user still has to grade my shots again along with a whole bunch of others on their final product.

That's just me though...

True. I shoot in CineV which is flat.  I do find the need to color grade on most of my clips.

« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2016, 12:25 »
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I think the end user most often wants a ready to use clip.  So when I shoot flat, I like to add a bit of contrast and correct my white balance at the very least.  Same as if there is a camera shake, I try to cut or, if minor, smooth it out.


 

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