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DigiGrade?

Posted: Tue, 23rd Dec 2003, 11:37am

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Tobbger

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Can someone explain to me what DigiGrade is? The functions and all that stuff... confused
Posted: Tue, 23rd Dec 2003, 12:30pm

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TAP2

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Have you not heard of Digital Grading?

I'm no expert but here would be a typical use of a digital grading programme...

You filmed a shot on a rainy day, but for the film you wanted it to look sunny. A DigiGrading app could be used to change the colours, and the way the film looks. It's also how filmmakers give their films that unamateur style, by reducing colours, applying digital colour filters etc

I'm looking forward to what CSB come up with, and the features they will include within the programme. But I can assure you that DigiGrade will be the key to making your films look real biggrin

You can see how this was done in LOTR here,
http://www.fxguide.com/article29.html
Posted: Tue, 23rd Dec 2003, 3:59pm

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wdy

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Basically deals with your color correction and in a few words "how your film looks" so basically use digiGrade to make it that much better or add a film like look/feel. Say good bye to filters and say hello to DigiGrade wink
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 9:11pm

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monkey

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Are there going to be adjustable levels and curves and lightness, shadow wheels? I'm currently looking into the Magic Bullet Suite and there are a bunch of nice filters there.
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 11:12pm

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Axeman

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Magic Bullet is very nice (I use it myself), but was primarily designed for de-interlacing your footage to give you a true progressive-scan source to work from. And it does that very well.

That being said, it does have a very nice set of collor correction filters, all of which are very adjustable and animatable over time. On my last project, I used Avid Xpress DV for all the editing, and color correction; but after it was finished I got Magic Bullet, and after re-color-correcting a few chunks of the movie, I was much more pleased with the Magic Bullet results than those I got from Avid. Keep in mind that I'm not a complete expert in using either one, but Magic Bullet can do very nice things for your footage. It also costs $1000 and renders somewhat slowly. And in Magic Bullet, you can't really adjust an individual color very well. There are no color wheels. But Magic Bullet does have Black and White Diffusion filters, which are quite nice. I'm not sure if DigiGrade will have those.

In Digigrade, I do know that adjustments will be fully animatable over time, but really not much is known about the specific features at this point. I am reasonably sure that you will be able to adjust levels and lightness, as well as saturation, brightness, hue, etc., with independant control over highlights, midtones, and shadows. I'm not sure about curves. But really, I 'll have to wait and see what it has and doesn't, just like everybody else. smile Keep in mind, too, that the tools and features available in DigiGrade will be constantly being updated. (is that proper English?)

Magic Bullet is very nice, but is really designed to create a 'Film Look' from video. From what I understand at this point, DigiGrade will enable you to get a better 'Film Look', but that isn't what it's basic purpose is. It is designed specifically for color correction and grading, and will have an impressive set of tools for that job. It's cheaper, too.
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 11:41pm

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monkey

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Yeah, I'm looking more into DVFilm for conversion to 24P because it's a lot cheaper (I've been using the CineAlta tutorial method in AE to get 24P motion sig and gamma).