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Grading help

Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2010, 1:15am

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Hello, I've got a shot where, due to budget restrictions, we had to film with the sun to the camera. Half the shot was whited out, but not completely. Can someone help?
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2010, 1:37am

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If your asking if you can restore the color in the white section the answer is probably no. You can't restore detail to a "hotspot." You only option would be to reshoot or cut the clip. I hope this doesn't cause you too much inconvenience.
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2010, 4:54am

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Yeah,a a bit more detail about what you want help doing might be in order. But if you are trying to restore the portions of the frame blown out by the sun, then as FXhome Dude says, it most likely can't be done. Any time the light is so bright that it lows out the frame to white, there is no detail being recorded, so there's no way to restore that detail in post. It would be a re-shoot situation.
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2010, 12:12pm

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If the 'whited out' areas aren't completely white but only are a lot brighter than you expected, you might be able to enhance the image by playing around with brightness and contrast. It would help a lot if you could provide some screen shots of the scene affected.