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Michael Hutchinson
Picture Profile Collection?
on Mar 7, 2010 at 2:48:41 pm

Hi all,

Searching the forum, I saw that there were several attempts to come up with a list of picture profiles. Personally, I would like to try out some new ones, so I'll go ahead and post my picture profile settings (borrowed from Doug Jensen and Marvels' film) in the hope others will share the profiles they've come to adopt.
Doug Jensen/Vortex Media settings:
MATRIX ON and set for HIGH SAT.
PRESET WHITE BALANCE programmed for 5600K.
Detail Level set to -10
CINE4 for gamma setting
Master black level -3, Black Gamma -2


* Matrix: On, High-Sat, Level 0, Phase -5, R-G 75, R-B 0, G-R -18, G-B -23, B-R -27, B-G 13. This gives a beautifully balanced color matrix.
* White: on, Offset A +2, Offset B +2, Offset ATW +2. This will give you a beatiful warm picture, by elevating the reds a little bit
* Detail: On, Level 0, Frequency +65, Crispening 0, Black limiter +75, White limiter +75. This gives a very nice definition without the artificial sharpening artifiacts. Ideal for DOF adapter shooting.
* Gamma: Cine-1 for rich-contrast situations, Cine-3 for low-contrast situations. Make cine-1 your standard and avoid cine-4 (too noisy in the shadows). Use Joe’s Levels plugin for FCP to enhance contrast in post.
* Black: -3 or -4 (use the Adobe OnLocation waveform monitor or another soft- or hardware level monitor, then cap the lens, set camera to Gain-0 and you’ll see that only -3 produces the correct black level – lower will crush the blacks. It’s better to control the blacklevel per-scene in post. -4 will give you zero pedestal; giving you a tiny bit more headroom. June 6 2009 update: i nowadays set black level to 0 (zero) and adjust the black level in post with FCP using Joe’s levels plugin. This further helps reducing noise in dark parts of the image!
* Black gamma: -2. Will help to reduce noise in the blacks.

I like and use both these picture profiles, but am always looking for ways to expand the scope of my camera's capabilities, so any picture profiles you'd like to share would be hugely appreciated.

All the best,

Michael David Hutchinson
"That most limited of all specialists, the well-rounded man."--F. Scott Fitzgerald 'The Great Gatsby'

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