Tips For Digital Grading
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 1:27am
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I need some tips for making footage shot in the day look as it is night. I edit with Final Cut Pro. What are some filters and settings I can add to give my movie that look? Don't answer digigrade because I know that can do it and I am getting in when it comes out, but I have to be done with this by sunday night. If you have any suggestions please tell
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 1:31am
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Alright, first of all I don't have FCP, so I'm not sure all of these filters are there. However they must be because they're basic grading tools. A few of them are probably named differently.
Anyway, first apply a really heavy blue/purple tint to the whole thing, then using Levels, make it a lot darker by bringing the blacks up, and using the normal brightness filter, make it a teensy bit darker. Then boost the contrast A LOT. That's basically it in a nutshell...
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 1:39am
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by any chance do you have a before and after example?
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 1:40am
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Yes, lemme get some pics up.
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 1:51am
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cool, thanks pooky! Not sure if you know anything about this, but the options in my levels filter are: input, input tolerance, gamma, output, output tolerance. Also there is a scroll down menu that has RGB, which it is on default, alpha, red, green blue. Any ideas on what i should do?
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 1:56am
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Hmmm well in Photoshop the Levels look like this
and in After Effects like this
And all you use is the little arrows underneath the graph, and the ones on the gradient thing... if you don't know how to work it just contact me on AIM.
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 2:07am
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any outdoor before and after images using this method pooky?
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 2:10am
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This could be really helpful to people with FCP or FCE. Just found it now, a specific day for night filter. It works alright, but alright is a lot better than my attempt.http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/15436
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 2:14am
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jstow222 wrote:any outdoor before and after images using this method pooky?
Well that's where it gets more tricky
Havent gotten around to it yet though, so I don't have any pictures.
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 7:47am
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You could try using the sepia filter already in fcp and change the brown color to blue in the filter settings
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 6:36pm
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The only thing I would add is that you should mask his arm and treat that area seperatly. It's rather bright for a night shot, so you may need to be more extreme with that area, so it matches the rest.
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 9:08pm
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or just wait for DigiGrade
Posted: Fri, 7th Jan 2005, 9:31pm
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VisualFXGuy wrote:The only thing I would add is that you should mask his arm and treat that area seperatly. It's rather bright for a night shot, so you may need to be more extreme with that area, so it matches the rest.
Yeah I just did it quickly though, didn't get into much detail.
Posted: Sat, 8th Jan 2005, 12:48am
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Posted: Sat, 8th Jan 2005, 4:45am
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The top right one is sweet.
Posted: Sat, 8th Jan 2005, 5:20am
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This is the same thing I just posted a few posts up. Its workin prettty good when I adjust the settings enough
Posted: Sat, 8th Jan 2005, 6:44pm
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Posted: Mon, 10th Jan 2005, 5:29pm
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While we're in the mood for posting tutorials, here's some really nice Matte Painting tutorials that give a great How To Do A Day-For-Night shot.http://www.seb4d.com/menu.htm
Click on Tutorials, and select one of the 3 Matte Painting Tutorials. The first and third are Day-For-Night (containing other techniques as well) and the second one is a Summer-to-Winter tutorial, which looks frigging sweet.
Posted: Mon, 10th Jan 2005, 8:42pm
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Sniped wrote:or just wait for DigiGrade
you're kidding me right? READ threads before posting.
Posted: Mon, 10th Jan 2005, 8:46pm
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timmyd wrote:Oh alright.
BUT TAKE AWAY THAT -1!
I'll read better next time.
Ohh, i didn't give you that!
Well, I finished what I had to do for my project and ended up using that day for night plugin for fcp. You can check out what I did by looking at it in the cinema. Keep in mind that all scenes were taking at daytime.
Posted: Mon, 10th Jan 2005, 9:32pm
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Brettsta wrote:You can check out what I did by looking at it in the cinema.
Whats the film called?
Posted: Mon, 10th Jan 2005, 9:36pm
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It was based on a book we read in english class, Kaffir Boy. Read the description and then watch it so you know a little background info on whats going on. The only thing I dislike about that plugin is that it takes a little while to render it.http://fxhome.com/cinema/info_cache/movieinfo1628.html
Posted: Fri, 14th Jan 2005, 1:34pm
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di this plugin exist for other application than mac?
Posted: Sat, 22nd Jan 2005, 1:28am
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Posted: Sat, 22nd Jan 2005, 4:49pm
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You can grade in any program. I've graded video in photoshop before. You definetly don't have to wait for DigiGrade.
Posted: Sat, 22nd Jan 2005, 5:57pm
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i have FCP. and yes it has an awsome color corection filter with a color weel of all the colors. it has a ton of different filters.
ill have to post an example.