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Ike Hanson
90's ntsc pulldown film-to-video look?
on May 28, 2019 at 7:30:29 am

I'm trying to emulate the look that 90's music videos and tv shows that were converted from film to video for editing had:











There's always that subtle 3:2 pulldown look to the frames, but I've never know how to get this in after effects. Is there a technique to this?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: 90's ntsc pulldown film-to-video look?
on May 28, 2019 at 2:56:17 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on May 28, 2019 at 5:40:31 pm

The biggest, first and most vital step is to shoot at the film frame rate. Here in NTSC-Land that's 23.976 frames per second, aka 23.98, aka 24p.

If the work is for broadcast at 1080, use the add 3:2 pulldown switch in the AE render settings. If it's broadcast at 720, just nest the 23.976 comp in a 720, 59.94 comp. If its for the web, leave it at 23.976.

Don't forget about color grading. You can coax a bit more out of video to better emulate film stock. Add a little noise to emulate film grain... but don't get carried away with it!

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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