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Jae Yim
Does anybody know what this look is called?
on Jan 11, 2013 at 11:11:19 am

Just saw this video and was curious about this look:





Still trying to learn, and I've always liked those kinds of looks in film or videos. That kinda flat look that gives off a very vintagey vibe. I think I see it a lot in indie films. There's a sorta flat tone over the entire thing. Not quite sure how to describe it. But all through the video you can see the "look" it maintains.

Does anybody know what this look is called or what to manipulate in either the camera setting or in editing to achieve the look?


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Steve Crow
Re: Does anybody know what this look is called?
on Jan 11, 2013 at 3:00:57 pm

There are a variety of flat picture styles that you can download and use in your camera or you can make your own using the camera's internal picture style settings but most probably this look was also manipulated in post to get that flat look you like even if they shot "normal" looking video to begin with.

Steve Crow
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Jonathan Ziegler
Re: Does anybody know what this look is called?
on Jan 12, 2013 at 4:35:20 pm

Flat shooting is meant to help with crushed blacks or blown out whites in your shots. For the video shown, it looks like they may also have done some post processing, but I didn't watch the whole video. The idea is you get more stops (Cinestyle claims to be able to get up to 11 stops versus the usual 8 stops of exposure in a shot) whicdh basically means your bringing detail back to shadow and highlight, BUT you sacrifice contrast which you add back in post. You are also supposed to have a broader range with which to work in post for various unique looks.

You can use the "Prolost" version (http://prolost.com/flat) - I use the Cinestyle flat shooting mode from Technicolor (search for cinestyle flat and you'll find it) as well as Magic Lantern. Flat, no contrast shooting isn't restricted to Canons, Cinestyle, or ML, though. You can set it up in your camera - just drop your contrast down to "0" and expose your shot like normal. It will come out looking flat.

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Bill Davis
Re: Does anybody know what this look is called?
on Jan 13, 2013 at 10:37:19 pm

If you want to learn about forced "filmic" looks, one good place to start is to do a google search on "bleach bypass."

It's not precisely what you're looking for - but many "looks" that are popular today stem from the old school techniques of analog film processing and bleach bypass is as good as any as a way to see what early directors were doing to try to emphasize aesthetic visutal choices.

FWIW.

Know someone who teaches video editing in elementary school, high school or college? Tell them to check out http://www.StartEditingNow.com - video editing curriculum complete with licensed practice content.


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Brent Dunn
Re: Does anybody know what this look is called?
on Jan 16, 2013 at 6:08:52 pm

There are two popular software plugins. One is Red Giant's "Magic Bullet LOOKS" and the other is GenArts "Sapphire Edge."

http://www.genarts.com/software/sapphire-edge/overview

http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/products/all/magic-bullet-looks/

Brent Dunn
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charles meadows
Re: Does anybody know what this look is called?
on Jan 15, 2013 at 3:48:05 pm

Carry on watching the type of video you posted. The main thing is to get out there and film stuff, make mistakes and most importantly have fun. It's amazing how quickly you'll learn.

"There's no point in filming if you don't have fun"
Charles Meadows
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