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Tiff

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« on: January 08, 2003, 06:18:25 PM »
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Does anyone have any tips for making my short vids look less home-video-ish and more film-ish? I'm shooting on MiniDV.
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2003, 09:02:01 PM »
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While besides post programs like Cinelook you should use a Promist filter on your camera for everything you shoot. It will give it a more soft film- like look.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2003, 09:14:35 PM »
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i think this website is very helpfull http://scs.student.virginia.edu/~fms-uva/professional/

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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2003, 11:19:20 PM »
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2003, 04:33:20 AM »
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The best thing that can be done is to shoot it with a film mentality. Putting effort into achieving a narow focus, will yield the best results. For a very obvious example of this type of focus, take a look at the closing conversation between Lucy Liu and Uma on the Kill Bill trailer. This is however very hard to achieve using most dv/video cameras but it can be done by using a neutral density filter (forcing you to keep the iris wide open) and moving the camera away from the subject and zooming in, manual focus etc. In my experience, this is the best way, without resorting to cheap tactics like adding grain, it creates a very clean film like look.
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2003, 04:55:27 AM »
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Narrow focus? What is that?!

Where is the neutral density filter!?

What would moving the camera away from the subject and zooming in, do?

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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2003, 05:08:26 AM »
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Goto www.dv.com

Sign up for the community there....and everything will become clear.
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2003, 07:53:46 PM »
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I was kind of hoping for a quick and easy explanation...

I went to www.dv.com and all I found were reviews for cameras, which I wasn't looking for.
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2003, 04:24:56 PM »
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Calm down Tiff. If you're willing to shell out a million dollars or however much those greedy bastards are offering, get Adobe After Effects.
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2003, 12:51:55 PM »
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Calm down Tiff. If you're willing to shell out a million dollars or however much those greedy bastards are offering, get Adobe After Effects.


Screw that!  Download After Effects from Kazaa.  That's what I did and it works perfect!
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2003, 09:20:43 PM »
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Not that I'm much of an expert, but I shoot Mini-DV and I attempt to make it look more film like by:

1. Over-exposing it slightly. I open the iris up more than normal.

2. Shooting black and white.

3. Using really simple filters.

4. This one is really weird but after I import the DV footage into my editing program and edit it, I export it back to my camera and transfer the mini-DV to VHS and THEN I record the televison screen with my DV camera as the tape of what I shot plays. I then transfer the footage back again. It seems strange and like a lot of work but it works most of the time.

Again, I'm no professional or anything but I found those things work for me.
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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2003, 09:26:20 PM »
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Sounds interesting, BA. You should put some of that stuff online for us to see.
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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2003, 10:30:29 PM »
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b/a - do you have a special lens when you film the tv?

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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2003, 02:18:24 AM »
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Sounds interesting, BA. You should put some of that stuff online for us to see.


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Although most of my new stuff isn't up yet. I am working on a comp. tape and a couple of shorts now, hopefully they will be up on the site in a couple months or so.
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2003, 02:20:05 AM »
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b/a - do you have a special lens when you film the tv?


No. I have a couple of filters that I use though. My "set-up" is ultra cheap. Beyond no budget. My camera is a piece of shit too but it works for me for now. I have my eyes on that new Panasonic that shoots 24fps though.
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