[Tig] RE: Compressed Grade Transfers

Dominic Case dominic_case
Sun Nov 4 23:51:13 GMT 2001

> filmmakers 
> who may lack
> the funds to pay for full color correction during the 
> telecine process.

The cost saving is a benefit - but the real advantage of the flat or
compressed grade is that you capture and preserve as much tonal information
as possible at the initial transfer from negative, which allows for a better
grade at the tape-to-tape session, when the material is in edited sequence.
This is also of benefit (for the same reason) if you have compositing or
other work to do in post. 

Once you've discarded shadow (or highlight) detail from the image in a nice
bright good-looking transfer, you can't put it back later, whenyou need to
change the shot to match  other material transferred at a different time.

The only problem is that the first transfer looks dull and lifeless (it's
not meant to look good), and you often get producers upset that they have to
"pay again to have the colour grade fixed up - why didn't they get it right
the first time?".

Dominic Case
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The Atlab Group
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