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travis heberlingMatching the look of two lenses
by on Feb 21, 2011 at 6:14:18 pm

We just recently shot a music video using two Canon 7D cameras.

Both cameras had different lenses and different setting so one camera looks drastically better than the other.

This picture is a good example.

The footage is already color corrected close to the way the video needs to look, and the right side viewer is the better lens of the two.

So is there a good way to go about getting the lower quality lens to match the higher quality?

thank you.


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Dave LaRondeRe: Matching the look of two lenses
by on Feb 21, 2011 at 6:24:07 pm

I don't know if you'll get the two images to MATCH -- that's asking quite a lot! But you can try making the difference less pronounced by using the Unsharp Mask effect:

...and don't overlook the link in it to a helpful tutorial.

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

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Matching the look of two lenses
by on Feb 21, 2011 at 7:03:12 pm

My advice- since you'll never be able to perfectly match the two sources, the difference being quite "heavy", make the difference more obvious even by adding grain and heavy color grading to the lesser quality shots.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist

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