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Julie Antepli
Stage lights out of legal range
on Jan 6, 2009 at 7:25:33 pm

Hello,

I'm editing/online editing a late night show on Avid Nitris. Sometimes we have musical performances and they use cool looking lights down at the stage. However it becomes really difficult for me to bring the chroma within the legal specs. Especially because they use more than one color: mostly red and blue together. I try to isolate the blues and the red with the secondary color correction and bring them down, but then I still start loosing people's healthy skin tones...

Any ideas how to approach this?

Would a legalizer help, or would it make it look worst and weird?

Thanks a lot!

julie



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Mark Suszko
Re: Stage lights out of legal range
on Jan 6, 2009 at 8:03:22 pm

People are not necesarily supposed to look in perfect skin tone at all times under those conditions. Sometimes they are meant to have too much of one color on them for effect. Peter Frampton's hair wasn't really pink on the cover of "Frampton Comes Alive". Are you trying to take away too much of what the point of the lighting was about?


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Julie Antepli
Re: Stage lights out of legal range
on Jan 7, 2009 at 8:18:37 pm

Thanks for the replies!

Mark, I totally agree with what you're saying, and that's actually my concern... I mean, in order to make those lights "broadcast-safe" I'm losing the cool effect that they create. That's my frustration.

In other words I would rather leave the reflection of the lights on faces intact, while bringing down the lights themselves - in other words, the bulbs and the rays that go over specs.




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Baz Leffler
Re: Stage lights out of legal range
on Jan 6, 2009 at 11:34:27 pm

I am not familiar with Avid but have you tried a filter like chroma clipper or in FCP there is a filter called 'desaturate highlights'.

One thing I can tell you is that if you send out a master with out of spec chroma you are going to get it back!

It has always amazed me how a 'broadcast camera' can still produce out of spec recordings that can get carried all the way to the point of transmission.

Baz

What would I do without the 'UNDO' button!!!!


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