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Jonathan Kemp
Turn nice HD footage into bad looking camcorder footage
on Jul 9, 2013 at 2:11:37 pm

I all,

I'm just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on how to make relatively nice looking AF 101 footage into cheap camcorder looking footage.

We shot a lot of stuff on the same camera (to keep the resolution the same) but we have sections of our film that need to look like it's been shot on a consumer camcorder of about 10 years ago.

I'd have thought this would be an effect that was required from time to time, but I can't find anyone talking about it.

I'm using Speedgrade CC, but I'm more interested in the general principles of what gives that footage its distinctive look.

Thanks,

Jonathan.


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Angelo Lorenzo
Re: Turn nice HD footage into bad looking camcorder footage
on Jul 10, 2013 at 9:05:19 pm

Decrease dynamic range (aka add contrast) and decrease color fidelity. The latter can be achieved by desaturating the input saturation slider and then (optionally) shifting some colors around. Add another primary layer, shift the colors back and re-saturate. This should limit the amount of colors represented in the frame without going monochrome.

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Jonathan Kemp
Re: Turn nice HD footage into bad looking camcorder footage
on Jul 11, 2013 at 8:37:48 am

Thanks Angelo, I'll give that a try.


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