Tricky DSLR Footage

Damage Control – Working With Tricky DSLR Footage

March 10, 2015

Working with Tricky DSLR footage can be frustrating. Dan pulls out some awful clips from his archive and does his best to fix them.


Damage Control – Working With Tricky DSLR Footage

In my last insight I took a look at my approach to when I have to give DSLR footage a look to hide the DSLR feeling of the image.

This week I’m creating this insight based on the brilliant comment from Alex asking about dealing with Tricky¬†DSLR footage.

Well finding bad DSLR footage can be tricky as people don’t like to share their bad work. In an effort to answer Alex’s question I dived into my archive and found some awful clips I shot myself!

Filmed on the earliest 5d firmware where we were stuck shooting at 30fps I found some bad clips and did my best to fix them for you guys!

I’d love to do more in this area so please do send me your questions and bad clips!

– Dan

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4 thoughts on “Damage Control – Working With Tricky DSLR Footage”

  1. Thanks for covering this. Iv’e noticed you don’t use your scopes very often (or at all) when making corrections on skin tones. I’m starting to think the skin tone line on the vector scope is just for show. It rarely looks good when i line skin tones up to it (especially pale skin tones) Maybe grading with the scopes off at first, would really help in these types of situations. Can’t wait to see more of this segment as “damaged” footage, is usually the type i work with.

  2. I could not figure out how to send you guys some sample clips but this is a recent clip I have had to work on (cut down to be easy to download) there are no color corrections on this footage but it is some of the worst I have(converted from raw to dnxhd then uploaded to vimeo). the director wanted to shoot against the white wall with practices (for time saving reasons i guess) and would not listen to reason. No idea what the CRI of the available light was but considering I set my Black magic to 3000k and the bulbs were tungsten, it must have been low. I have no idea how all of that red / magenta got in there. Here is the vimeo link if you want to look at it or download it from vimeo to play around with. I was able to get ok-ish results in the end but nothing I was ecstatic about. . the password is 567

  3. Extremely useful, as sometimes you just gotta go with what you’re given (and its sometimes similar to your examples). Ties in really well with the Korean Horror Grade on the 7D from quite a while ago (page 1 of insights). Thanks Dan.

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