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Jim ArcoImport video as camera raw
by on May 6, 2010 at 10:36:51 pm

I have been able to gain some significant post-production improvements by converting video to an image sequence in Photoshop and then opening the sequence as camera raw in AE. In a few instances, I have amazed at the results of using camera raw for some... uhm... lower quality footage - particularly in recovering more detail in highlights and shadows.

Does anyone know of a way to directly open video as camera raw in After Effects? I'd like to skip the step of opening the video Photoshop and exporting as a TIF sequence.

I could probably export it from AE as a TIF sequence, then open it a camera raw, but that is still an extra step. I have tried >import > all files > camera raw, then selecting an AVI, but AE complains that it cannot parse the file.

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Dave LaRondeRe: Import video as camera raw
by on May 6, 2010 at 10:41:23 pm

Um... in order to use camera RAW, doesn't the camera actually have to SHOOT in RAW?

Which means you're shooting on a digital still camera, and NOT a video camera?

So how do you think you can get RAW out of imaging system that doesn't shoot RAW?

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

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Jim ArcoRe: Import video as camera raw
by on May 6, 2010 at 11:02:02 pm

Regular (miniDV) video. Import the video into Photoshop; export as TIF sequence; Open TIF sequence as RAW in AE.

This was covered in a tutorial several months ago, and I have been using the technique to improve some REALLY mediocre video.

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Import video as camera raw
by on May 7, 2010 at 7:18:39 am

I don't think that there's a way around that- since you do not have RAW footage (like from a RED camera) there's no way for AE to see that as RAW and open it as such. Opening the footage in PSD and exporting TIFF sequences tricks AE and gives you the ability to improve the footage.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist
Bucharest, Romania

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Matt BowmerRe: Import video as camera raw
by on Dec 9, 2014 at 9:44:33 pm

Why not skip the AE step? You can open the video in Photoshop, apply the Camera Raw Filter (Shift+Command+A), then export directly to ProRes for 10bit editing.

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