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Camille Greatorex
Grading negative film footage
on Sep 11, 2019 at 6:00:12 pm

Hello,

I am currently editing a litte documentary for my own purpose, and I have to deal with a LOT of archives.

After a few hours on the editing table and some deep search on the internet, I finally found EXACTLY what I was looking for.

Here is an exemple : https://archive.org/details/CVAN_MI-263

My problem is that these archives are the negative version of the film digitalized, which is giving them a very pinkish look.

I'd like to know if it's possible to grade them in order to achieve the positive look (and it's not Prores 444)

And if it's possible, what's the best way to do it, according to you ?

Thanks a lot.


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Chris Wright
Re: Grading negative film footage
on Sep 13, 2019 at 4:38:29 am

I did a quick test to see how much color was left. as long as your example is a worst case scenario, you shouldn't even need to use channel mixer.

Note: if your levels are clipped, it means that your color channels are clipped as well (which means it might be easier for you to visually see levels aligned up with RGB parade than creating a grey composite color in the histogram) ; although you still will be able to use HSL scopes for middle grey white balance.

here's a histogram balancing example in premiere with HSL scopes






here's a rgb parade balancing example in resolve






I'd also look up skin tone line on vectorscopes,.
resolve skin tone line






and using color chart plugins that can often be a single click






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