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sean pollaro
skin grading sony 4k ax100
on Apr 16, 2014 at 2:41:28 am

i just got this camera today. the thing is so sharp that it brings out wrinkles and blemishes in people's skin that are invisible to the naked eye. i tried qualifying the skin and doing NR and blurring but it just doesn't fix the problem. the girl i filmed is a 20 year old gorgeously tanned blonde with very smooth skin but on the footage she looks like she's 70. i thought the red camera was sharp but this sony camera is extreme. im not a pro colorist by any means so i was hoping someone could give me some pointers on how to fix skin problems like this. any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks


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Marc Wielage
Re: skin grading sony 4k ax100
on Apr 16, 2014 at 5:27:35 am

Time and skill can do it. I'd pull a key and then use the Mist effect to help the skin out a little bit. Soft, diffused light on the set also helps, but that's a DP issue.

1f you're not a pro colorist, you could always hire one or have a paid one consult for you.


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Margus Voll
Re: skin grading sony 4k ax100
on Apr 16, 2014 at 5:35:07 am

Also you could try to find some diffusion filters for your cam.

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jake blackstone
Re: skin grading sony 4k ax100
on Apr 16, 2014 at 5:38:25 pm

Or you could wait for version 11. In that version of Resolve you could soften just the mid tones of the skin. Very effective:-)


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Juan Salvo
Re: skin grading sony 4k ax100
on Apr 17, 2014 at 3:03:00 am

Why couldn't you do that today?

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sean pollaro
Re: skin grading sony 4k ax100
on Apr 17, 2014 at 4:10:22 am

thanks for the suggestions. i played w the footage all day with no luck. its just too sharp. footage looks great on wide shots but up close the skin is just nasty. i plan to use lots of make up and diffusion filters. hopefully that will help because fixing in post doesn't seem possible


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Juan Salvo
Re: skin grading sony 4k ax100
on Apr 17, 2014 at 7:10:36 am

I would try giving it to a professional colorist to see what they could do. If we wanted to save the footage that is. But you're probably correct that going forward it's good to keep the detail enhancing nature of hires acquisition in mind. Btw, did you make sure to turn down sharpening on the camcorder?

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Margus Voll
Re: skin grading sony 4k ax100
on Apr 17, 2014 at 7:32:22 am

Really good make up also helps a ton always on set.

We just had a girl that looked day and night without and with make up.

And even in super close ups it all looked good.

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jake blackstone
Re: skin grading sony 4k ax100
on Apr 17, 2014 at 4:42:17 pm

Oh no, that wouldn't work. Everyone today is looking for a migic one button fix. Doing it today with v10?will actually require a little work...


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Marc Wielage
Re: skin grading sony 4k ax100
on Apr 20, 2014 at 8:56:47 am

Perhaps Resolve v12 will have the "automatic makeup application tool."


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John Michaels
Re: skin grading sony 4k ax100
on Apr 21, 2014 at 4:42:43 pm

If you have a good relationship with the DP, you might gently suggest softer lighting and some kind of mist filter in front of the lens (I'm partial to the Hollywood Black Magics from Schneider) for future projects. I've never shot film/4K closeups without SOME kind of filter, unless I needed an intentionally grating look.

But unfortunately for you, this current problem is now yours to deal with. Try tracking her face with an oval window, and within the window, try to flatten out the skin tones so the blemishes aren't as noticeable. Then apply a blur and go a little overboard. With all your adjustments in this node, go a little overboard. Finally, adjust the alpha of the node to back it off and bring in a little of the original skin texture before your adjustments (you probably don't want completely smooth, plastic-y skin).

Play around with that a little; maybe it could help?


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