[Tig] Film color response in 3x3 matrix

Martin Parsons martin at image-eyes.com
Tue Feb 16 19:07:04 GMT 2016

Hello Stepan

Good question.
Film stocks can be profiled. However because of the interaction between
emulsion layers as light passes through, the RGB profile can't be
represented by a simple 3x3 matrix.
For example, pure blue light passing through film will be registered by the
blue sensitive layer but there will be some effect on the green and red
sensitive layers too. So the individual emulsion layers do not 'decouple'
from each other, i.e. act totally independently from each other. So film
profiles are generally in the form of a 3D LUT.

In order to not advertise I can put you in touch offline with somebody who
profiles film stock.

All the best

  Martin Parsons
  Image Eyes Ltd.
  +44 7800 968 791
  martin at image-eyes.com

On 8 February 2016 at 15:09, CML Ko via Tig <tig at colorist.org> wrote:

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> Hello Tig'ers
> I'm a long time reader but a first time poster on this list, so go easy on
> me! So here is my potentially silly question: is there a way of profiling a
> specific film stock and deriving a 3x3 matrix that would represent the
> filmstocks color rendition? Kind of like an emulation lut but in a form of
> a 3x3 matrix that has to be applied to linearized footage?
> The second question is how would I go about doing that on a budget? I
> mostly do shortform color work and I very much doubt my company would be
> interested in paying for any research and development and big boy
> solutions, so any costs would be paid for by me.
> Hope this makes sence!
> All the best
> Stepan
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