[Tig] Grading 5d thoughts

Tom Rovak trovak at comcast.net
Thu Dec 5 14:53:34 GMT 2013

You've got to make it flat first. Emulating a "raw" file as much as possible. This will give you a far better feel for what's in the image, and the latitude of exposure (which isn't much with these cameras). 
I have done projects where DSLR footage was intercut with better digital cameras. It can work. Big problem is all the inherent compression noise in the original image. Quite often you may not notice it until you start manipulating the contrast. 
The bigger problem comes with the deliverables. If your deliverable is 4K DCP, the DSLR really starts looking bad. this may be in the realm of totaly unrealistic. but it has been done. 
Some years ago I was really hoping the DSLR revolution was a passing fad. Today I am so happy to say that I have not had a DSLR project for quite some time. I hope to never see one again. 
Best of luck. 

Tom Rovak - Sr. Colorist / Post Production Supervisor 
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From: "Rogério Moraes" <rogermamo at gmail.com> 
To: "TIG" <tig at colorist.org> 
Sent: Thursday, December 5, 2013 6:53:52 AM 
Subject: [Tig] Grading 5d thoughts 

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Hello everyone 

I'd like input from you on how are you all dealing, thinking, feeling, 
loosing hope and health (or being happy, I don't know...), on grading Canon 
5d footage, specially when intercut with other digital cameras. I'm not 
trying to start a thread here on how to convert or deal with the 5d 
material, or tech specs, but how it feels to grade from this camera, which 
in my opinion is far from an ideal of " good image". From strange unnatural 
skin tones to it's limited range, noise... I do feel that the best approach 
so far is to not touch the footage much. The more you try to tweak it , the 
more unnatural it feels. 
Any thoughts? 

Rogério Moraes 

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