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Ned Miller
Slightly Underexposed Footage Needs Brightening in FCP7
on Sep 4, 2013 at 10:50:23 pm

Ugh! I was going to shoot a talking head job in a friend's studio with my camera but for emergency reasons I had to use his FS100 at the last minute, no time for pre-pro, etc. just thrust into my hands. I had never seen one before, he set me up using his 24" computer monitor for focus and exposure and it looked great ON THE MONITOR. No wave form unfortunately.

So far I transfered the native AVCHD files through Clip Wrap to Apple Pro Res 422. I'm using FCP7 (I have no other programs) on a 27" iMac and I just can't get it looking good using the basic Brightness & Contrast Filter. I know it should be OK but my post skills aren't that great. I'm guessing it's 1 to 1.5 stops under at 1080/30P. It was a simple black background with a gradated light for a grey glow in bottom half of frame.

Any ideas? Thanks


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Slightly Underexposed Footage Needs Brightening in FCP7
on Sep 4, 2013 at 10:52:40 pm

3-Way Color Corrector? Open up the FCP Waveform viewer & tweak away?

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Ned Miller
Re: Slightly Underexposed Footage Needs Brightening in FCP7
on Sep 4, 2013 at 10:59:53 pm

Thanks! Right now I am doing a lengthy render so I can't get at those controls. I figured there must be something better than just B & C.

Ned Miller
Chicago Videographer
http://www.nedmiller.com
www,bizvideo.com


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Shane Ross
Re: Slightly Underexposed Footage Needs Brightening in FCP7
on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:27:29 pm

The 3-way Color Corrector is the way to deal with this. But it's really only good for minor tweaks. If you need to dig into an image to make it brighter and look good, you either need to use Color, or a plugin called COLORISTA from redgiantsoftware...or hire a colorist. Tweak it yourself first, but if it needs more help, you might need to hire that help.

Shane
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Rainer Wirth
Re: Slightly Underexposed Footage Needs Brightening in FCP7
on Sep 5, 2013 at 12:16:18 am

yeap,

colorista is your coice, the best CC plugin for FCP I know of.

cheers

Rainer

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