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Ann Bens
Nikon D7100 - flat image
on Jun 26, 2013 at 6:11:39 pm

I recently bought a Nikon D7100.
I have a AF-S Nikkor 18-200 VR, Nikkor 50mm 1.4D and a Nikkor 60mm 2.8D macro.
What setting (picture style/controle) should I use to get a flat image for shooting video.
Would that be Standard or Neutral.
Or do I need to make my own flat picture style? And if so what settings should I set it to?
Thanks in advanced.
Ann


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David Rehm
Re: Nikon D7100 - flat image
on Jun 27, 2013 at 5:27:14 pm

You may want to check out this site.
http://alvaroyus.com/

He has good information on this very subject. He uses the D7000.
I use his custom picture style.
You can download it here:
http://alvaroyus.com/2011/12/20/nikon-d7000-video-tricks-picture-control/

David


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Ann Bens
Re: Nikon D7100 - flat image
on Jun 27, 2013 at 10:42:55 pm

Well thank you, I will definitely check this out.

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Rob Manning
Re: Nikon D7100 - flat image
on Jun 29, 2013 at 6:46:51 am

The link is a good place to start.

Generally, shooting neutral is a good rule because of in post latitude.

The Flatt profiles expand the possibilities greatly.

I was at an APA Canon based seminar about shooting fashion video.

The instructor said shoot in the color setting that matched the shot/scene but most of the folks who I know shoot neutral.

He also said that the differences between the h.264 capture and an SSD HDMI direct, were so small as to be negligible.

That might be true for shooting something like a company picnic however, editors I occasionally hang out with maintain that 4.4.2 capture, in DNxHD or ProRes, IS a consideration if the content is going to be motion graphics, or 3D laden (not stereoscope 3D).

That being said, you do have a direct HDMI capable body, just something to consider.

I'm reading the 2nd edition of the Rich Harrington, Robbie Carmen and Jeff Greenburg book, An Editor's Guide to Premier Pro (Cs6).

Here is a snippet which considers another POV:

"Many editors believe you must transcode your media for color grading, but this is not accurate. The intermediate codecs that many are accustomed to using do not buy you any more dynamic range for color grading. Adobe premier Pro automatically up-samples media to 4.4.4 and 32-bit float point."

Have fun, the Nikon is a great camera!

Nice lenses BTW.

Rob Manning


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Ann Bens
Re: Nikon D7100 - flat image
on Jun 30, 2013 at 5:31:44 pm

Thanks for the input.
Ann

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Rob Manning
Re: Nikon D7100 - flat image
on Jun 30, 2013 at 7:36:22 pm

I'm laughing, I had no idea you are Adobe staff, my apologies for the render-speak.

Flatt, neutral and SSD capture, I'll stick to that.

Rob Manning


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Ann Bens
Re: Nikon D7100 - flat image
on Jun 30, 2013 at 10:50:26 pm

No I am not Adobe staff.
Just a non professional with a hobby that has gotten way out of hand. :-)

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Rob Manning
Re: Nikon D7100 - flat image
on Jun 30, 2013 at 10:56:17 pm

That being said, the tag lines allude to acumen, now I know who to ask when I get stuck ;-).

Good to know then.

Thanks,

Rob


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Ken Jones
Re: Nikon D7100 - flat image
on Aug 3, 2013 at 4:38:05 pm

I shoot with the D800. Use the "Neutral" setting. If you use the "Standard" setting your blacks will be crushed. I have been shooting with the D800 for over a year now and own two of them. I recently got together with another D800 shooter and we spent a day doing controlled tests at his studio. These are the settings we came up with:

SHOOTING MENU
Set Picture Control: Neutral-NL* (Sharpening 3; Contrast 0; Brightness 0; Saturation 2; Hue 0)

SETUP MENU
Monitor brightness: -2


Previously we had set the saturation on -2 to get a more "flat" image, but realized that we didn't want to spend the time color correcting and just wanted to shoot to where it looks good straight from the camera. I know this goes against conventional wisdom, but slightly boosting the saturation has worked great for us these last few months. Frustratingly, the settings do not all utilize the same scale! Sharpening is "0-9", but Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, and Hue use a "-3 to +3" scale.

The biggest thing for me was figuring out that the LCD monitor needed to be set to -2. I can FINALLY set my exposure properly!


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