View Full Version : Getting Live footage to look good.

03 March 2003, 11:46 PM

I have shot some live footage on my Camera & its looks pretty cool, but I was just wondering if there were any techniques out there that perhaps experts use to get the live footage to look even better. Perhaps some kind of color correction technique or some kinda blur. Please let me know!!


03 March 2003, 12:26 AM
I got one, what program will you be using

This look is for ae

03 March 2003, 11:41 AM
I use AE 5.5.

Look forward to hearing it!!

03 March 2003, 09:44 PM
There are many film look plugins out there(magic bullet, cinelook), but mainly it is shit in shit out. You can't really make footage look much better than the what you originally shot unless your looking to stylize it.

03 March 2003, 01:49 PM
I don't quite agree with beaker. You can do a lot afterwards. BUT.. you need a very clear idea of what you're aiming for. There's no standart filters that will replace your eyes.

Besically you need to make a colorcorrection.

Additional things you might want to try:
- slightly blurring out the background
- adding a bit of tint (like giving the scene a general colormood)
- brightnening up shadows (esp. if it's shoot on video)
- lighting up areas (or darken them).. to support the lightning.
- maybe giving slight blur (if the footage is too sharp)
- maybe removing fields.

Try to find some footage with the look you're aiming for and compare it.

Don't overdo it!

03 March 2003, 05:01 PM

Thanks for the advice. I will try those things.

If there's anybody else who would like to add things. Please do!!


03 March 2003, 11:16 PM
set up a comp like this:

Layer 1, copy of the original, transfer mode normal Layer 2, Blue solid, Track matte set to layer 1 Luma Layer 3, copy of the original, transfer mode vivid light, opacity 30% Layer 4, original, normal.

Adding some blur the the vivid light layer is also an interesting effect.

03 March 2003, 11:38 PM
Could you post a pic of what its supposed to look like, cause what Im getting really doesnt look good. Thanks!!


03 March 2003, 11:42 PM
vanilla sky look

play with the transfer modes

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