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john o flaherty
Dark footage
on Apr 28, 2014 at 2:37:53 pm

Hi guys, i was given some very dark footage that was shot indoors to edit, any tips on how to make this look as good as possible, have tried brightness & sony levels filters but it makes it looked washed out, as always guys many thanks.
John in Ireland.


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Steve Rhoden
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 28, 2014 at 2:44:26 pm

The best option for that in Vegas is fbmn Software Exposure
http://www.fbmn-software.com/en/exposure.html

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Graham Bernard
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 28, 2014 at 2:51:40 pm

John, post a sample. I'll have a go.

G

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john o flaherty
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 28, 2014 at 5:56:01 pm

Many thanks appricate it.


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john o flaherty
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 28, 2014 at 5:56:55 pm

thanks steve will check it out


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Graham Bernard
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 28, 2014 at 10:02:08 pm
Last Edited By Graham Bernard on Apr 28, 2014 at 10:02:42 pm

Ah, yes, I can't download from the COW. I don't know of a way? Do you have DROPBOX account?

- g

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Stewart Bourke
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 28, 2014 at 11:01:36 pm

I am sure Graham will work his magic - as you will see from my previous post.

In the meantime could I suggest the 'Sony Curves' filter. It can raise the brightness but you can also compensate for the contract. it is one of the most useful of FX for helping with this.

The other thing to try is to duplicate the track, and on the upper track, change the blend mode to 'Screen'. In Vegas,this is available in the 'Composting mode' control - the small green icon just to the right of the 'Levels' slider on the video track. Click this, and from the drop-down list of mode choose 'Screen'. You can then adjust the amount of blending with the slider.

It helps a lot when trying to brighten up tracks whilst keeping a lot of the detail.

Hope this helps.

STBO


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Graham Bernard
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 29, 2014 at 4:58:14 pm
Last Edited By Graham Bernard on Apr 29, 2014 at 5:02:04 pm

Using Steward's great advice, here's my go.

Original:



Treatment:


Any good?

Grazie

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john o flaherty
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 29, 2014 at 7:35:31 pm

Many thanks Graham and steward that looks excellent. did you use the color curves method or the duplicate tack method as per the advice message?. really appreciate the advice. John


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Graham Bernard
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 29, 2014 at 7:52:05 pm

Both. But, adding Levels too, also, the CCurves was a Contrast Preset.

Grazie

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john o flaherty
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 30, 2014 at 7:34:46 pm

hi graham, tried it and could not follow it, im no expert im afraid any chance u could break it down for me just bullet points, it would be appricated if you have time. john
ps is there a online course of vegas i could take do you know?


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Graham Bernard
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 30, 2014 at 9:41:12 pm

I'm assuming you liked the result? Yes?

Here is the Vegas12 VEG - ZIPPED - for you to interrogate.

Veg contains 2 repeated Tracks of Video

Track1 - Has a SONY LEVELS FX applied

Track2 - Has SONY LEVELS + COLOUR Curves - look at the Curve I've given to the Contrast Preset.

Track1 has had a SCREEN Compositing Adjustment added.


Enjoy!

Grazie


7430_johndark1a.veg.zip

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john o flaherty
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 30, 2014 at 9:51:10 pm

hi graham yes i loved the result, you have superb knowledge many thanks again. will let you know how it goes. respect. john in dublin.


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Graham Bernard
Re: Dark footage
on Apr 30, 2014 at 10:05:08 pm

Ah, me Man luvs it! - One day I'll get to drink a pint o' the black stuff by the side of the Liffey in Dublin - sure I will!

Enjoy,

Grazie

Video Content Creator and Potter
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