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tmbrtn



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:14 pm    Post subject: When lighting is bad after filming... Reply with quote

I'm in the process of editing a scene together and our lighting setups don't match each other very well.

I am editing using Final Cut Express 4. What can be done to save the footage?

I have read things about Color corrector and RGB balance filter, but I can't seem to get anywhere with these. When I use it, the filter seems to take away from the image.
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Scott Hamilton



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would help if you could post some screen caps from 2 (or more) inconsistent shots. I'm sure if you did that, someone could help you match them better.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

adjusting the brightness of each shot and grading them appropriately helps sometimes. If you can't save it then you might have to reshoot the scene. (horrible i know)
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

adjust your levels.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That really doesn't help...

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha no, it doesn't. However I still think you could get some good advice by posting some screen caps of the inconsistent shots.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sure it helps. do you know what levels are?

google that and then go adjust them until your shots match.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no dude it really doesnt help. i had the same problem myself and leveling certainly did not help resolve the issue.

post some screenshots we can't tell wat it is u need help WITH

color matching? brightness and contrast? etc
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tmbrtn



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

twigg wrote:
sure it helps. do you know what levels are?

google that and then go adjust them until your shots match.


Is that what you did to come with that tip? You used google to try and help...thoughtful.

I will try to get some screencaps up soon.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, if you're editing on final cut pro on a mac I'd imagine you also have the programme Color/Colour? Its a great tool for perfectly matching up shots.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is my first post....Hi.
Anyway to help you with your situation Color or After Effects is your best bet. That being said, how bad is the footage?
In filmmaking the general rule of thumb is crap in eqauls crap out. So my ultimate suggestion would be next time around take the time neccasary to light your scenes correctly.
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