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Making Video Look Like Film with LUTs

On 19, Oct 2013 | 8 Comments | In Low Budget Filmmaking, Production | By vashi

Digital Video is the de facto capture medium for almost all productions these days. The cost, ease and immediacy are all significant factors that make it so appealing. The visual aesthetic of film is the ultimate goal for many filmmakers and there are many methods, on every budget, that can be used to achieve it.

I still shoot a lot of narrative work with the Canon 5DMKII and I know the camera inside out. I know its strengths and weaknesses but ultimately love the full frame look it delivers and its ease of use. My main picture style has been VisionColor for its gorgeous skin tones and VisionTech for its lifted blacks that retain color info for later grading. I wanted to try out VisionColor’s new LUT package ‘OSIRIS’. I bought OSIRIS to test out the 9 film stock and color emulations it offers. To my eye, they are very cinematic and organic feeling.

The 9 LUTs included in Osiris

Osiris has 9 cinematic LUTs that emulate film stocks and colors

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The Ultimate Aspect Ratio Guide For Filmmakers

On 25, Jun 2013 | 53 Comments | In Editing | By vashi

aspect ratios throughout cinema history

The boundaries of the canvas that filmmakers use can take many forms. The Aspect Ratio of the frame size varies from The Kid’s 1.33 to Ben Hur’s 2.67 and everything between and beyond. There is the Academy Standard of 1.37, the HDTV standard of 1.78, Vistavision’s 1.85 and more. I would like to share a plethora of aspect ratios (with examples) so you, as a filmmaker, can decide which one will best serve your story. At the bottom of this post…I’m including a FREE template package that covers just about every aspect ratio ever used. Feel free to use them on your own project or share it with other filmmakers, so they too can harness the power of the frame.

I decided to compile all these assets after seeing the wonderful and educational video posted by FilmmakerIQ that does an amazing job explaining the aspect ratio and its historical context. After watching it, I was reminded of a widescreen template package I downloaded years ago and but now can no longer find on-line. I’m more than happy to keep it alive and inject it back into the interwebz so that any current or future filmmaker will have access to all the geometric framings used over the years. Read more…

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6 Free Effects for After Effects & Premiere [Plugins]

On 15, Apr 2013 | 40 Comments | In After Effects, Editing, Premiere Pro | By vashi

Free Effects for After Effects

When editing any project…there are moments when a visual effect can be applied to help the story be told. These effects can emphasis something to make it more evident, subtly isolate a certain element or blend several assets into one shot. Sometimes these effects are added only as eye candy to add production value to a project. Ideally, you are not adding visual effects to hide mistakes or to cover up deficiencies in the story…but this has been know to happen. (Guilty as charged!) Read more…

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