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Tips for shooting chroma

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GREEN OR BLUE?

Both work fine, if you are going to be using green objects as props, use a blue screen and vice versa. Make sure the cloth is stretched taut without any wrinkles.

LIGHTING THE BACKGROUND:

Your goal for lighting the green screen is to keep it as evenly lit and uniform as possible. Use four main lights to evenly expose the chroma background. If you are getting hotsopts, try using bounce. Flag any light leaks.

LIGHTING THE SUBJECT:

Use a rim light behind the characters head to easily separate him from the backdrop. A fill light in front of the character, 45 degrees on right or left side. Soft lights or chinese lanterns work well as a fill light. Your fill lights should not fall on the background. If you have the photo you are using for the background, study the lighting in the photo and try to match it. If the sunlight is coming from the right side, light the subject from the right.

POSITIONING:

The character should not stand too close to the chroma screen as this will cause a shadow on the screen. Distance between subject and camera should be at least 6 feet.

CLOTHES:

Do not use linen clothes. The light goes through the cloth and makes it transparent.

Do not use cloth material of thin stripes or small checks or patterns as this may jitter.

It is obvious that you should not wear green clothes, or any shade of green.

Do not use white, it tends to get blown out. Darker shades are preferable.

Always carry backup outfits in case one is not working out.

HAIR:

It is difficult to remove chroma from curly/frizzy hair. Make sure your characters hair is gelled to prevent difficulty in post.

ACCESSORIES:

If the character is wearing glasses, remove the glass lenses from the frames. Keep empty frames.

Make sure all accessories are matt, not glossy. Glossy surfaces have white highlights, which pick up the green colour around it. This gets erased during post when you remove the chroma background. For example, if the character is wearing glasses with glossy black frames, the white highlights will reflect the green. Or if a woman is wearing shiny silver bangles., change them to matt material.

NOTE:

Write down your settings! In case you have to come back and redo a few shots.

A fail safe method is to actually shot a few minutes of footage, give it to the editor to remove the chroma and see if he has any difficulty, or if you need to make any changes to your lighting.

 

 

 

10 Tips To Better HDSLR Video

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Here are a few tips I have picked up along the way. They are geared towards shooters just getting into the HDSLR game.

1-For all Professional Canon HDSLR’s we have discovered what we call “Native” ISO’s. They are 160, 320, 640, 1250 and 2500. We have found that the other ISO’s are either a pull down or push up from the native ISO’s. This will improve the quality of the video dramatically.

2-Decrease your depth of field and use it to isolate the subject. DOF is a very powerful tool in cinema. It is much more aesthetically pleasing to the audience. ND filters will help you get into the f2.8-f4 zone that works well for cinema.

3-Neutral Picture style. The H.264 Codec is always trying to loose information before its compresses it onto the CF card. A Neutral or Flat picture style will give you more latitude in post for corrections.

4-Use a Tripod. Unless you have a rig or are a rock solid hand held shooter, a tripod will keep it looking steady and save you time in post. DSLR’s were not designed for hand held video work. A viewfinder and image stabilized lens will help greatly for handheld work.

5- Shoot 24 fps to get a cinema aesthetic. Shoot 30 fps for sports or live action. One takes you away from reality; the other puts you in the middle of the action. If you are trying to shoot slow motion 60 fps is better, however in most cases there is a sacrifice in image quality.

6-On-camera monitor. The 3” LCD is just too small. I dig the Marshall 5”and Small HD DP6 for the False Color Feature. The IRE scale is a fast and easy way to check exposure. HDSLR cameras have a very limited dynamic range. It is in the neighborhood of 4-5 stops from shadows to highlights. No clipping allowed. This cannot be fixed in post.

7-Shoot as much B-Roll as you can stomach. It will save your ass in post every time. I also try to shoot stock video whenever I can. This is an emerging market for video shooters. It doesn’t hurt to add additional streams of revenue. ink of it as the video that keeps on giving.

8-Do not erase clips on your CF or SD card in camera. This will reduce the life of the card. Always format to erase images.  I keep a camera at the DIT station when I can. This way any card on set is ready to go.

9-Switch over to manual focus. The ergonomics are completely different. This will also hone your focus pulling skills. Remember the days before auto focus. Well, they’re back.

10-Record separate sound. This is a must. The sound on the camera will work in a pinch. However using a separate sound recorder like the Zoom H4n will improve your sound quality two-fold. Plural-Eyes makes syncing sound in post very simple.

10 Tips To Better HDSLR Video

Here are a few tips I have picked up along the way. They are geared towards shooters just getting into the HDSLR game.

1-For all Professional Canon HDSLR’s we have discovered what we call “Native” ISO’s. They are 160, 320, 640, 1250 and 2500. We have found that the other ISO’s are either a pull down or push up from the native ISO’s. This will improve the quality of the video dramatically.

2-Decrease your depth of field and use it to isolate the subject. DOF is a very powerful tool in cinema. It is much more aesthetically pleasing to the audience. ND filters will help you get into the f2.8-f4 zone that works well for cinema.

3-Neutral Picture style.

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The H.264 Codec is always trying to loose information before its compresses it onto the CF card. A Neutral or Flat picture style will give you more latitude in post for corrections.

4-Use a Tripod. Unless you have a rig or are a rock solid hand held shooter, a tripod will keep it looking steady and save you time in post. DSLR’s were not designed for hand held video work. A viewfinder and image stabilized lens will help greatly for handheld work.

5- Shoot 24 fps to get a cinema aesthetic. Shoot 30 fps for sports or live action. One takes you away from reality; the other puts you in the middle of the action. If you are trying to shoot slow motion 60 fps is better, however in most cases there is a sacrifice in image quality.

6-On-camera monitor. The 3” LCD is just too small. I dig the Marshall 5”and Small HD DP6 for the False Color Feature. The IRE scale is a fast and easy way to check exposure. HDSLR cameras have a very limited dynamic range. It is in the neighborhood of 4-5 stops from shadows to highlights. No clipping allowed. This cannot be fixed in post.

7-Shoot as much B-Roll as you can stomach. It will save your ass in post every time. I also try to shoot stock video whenever I can. This is an emerging market for video shooters. It doesn’t hurt to add additional streams of revenue. ink of it as the video that keeps on giving.

8-Do not erase clips on your CF or SD card in camera. This will reduce the life of the card. Always format to erase images.  I keep a camera at the DIT station when I can. This way any card on set is ready to go.

9-Switch over to manual focus. The ergonomics are completely different. This will also hone your focus pulling skills. Remember the days before auto focus. Well, they’re back.

10-Record separate sound. This is a must. The sound on the camera will work in a pinch. However using a separate sound recorder like the Zoom H4n will improve your sound quality two-fold. Plural-Eyes makes syncing sound in post very simple.

Get Magic Bullet Color Correction tool for free!

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Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Looks is a fantastic color correction tool. Quick Looks Limited provides a fun sampling of the popular Magic Bullet Quick Looks plug-in, with access to a library of 20 presets inspired by the look of feature films like The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan, and Traffic. Set the mood of your footage for everything from a wedding to the next Sundance original. Works with both Mac and PC.

Download link: http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/downloads/quick-looks-limited/