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4/14/2003

VIDEO LOOK vs. FILM LOOK

Many clients request to have their video "look like" film. Many clients don't have the budget for shooting on film, nor do they want to face the hassles and expense of film conversion. In most everyday events, video is the most practical, economical and best suited to their needs. Many video artists, myself included, feel that in order to look like film, it needs to be shot on film. However, there are techniques that can fake the "film look." Perhaps Spielberg or George Lucas could not be fooled, but in most cases, it can make the project look more appealing or interesting.

Below are some side by side comparisons of the same clip. The first clip is normal video. You will notice that it is very crisp looking, very sharp. The second clip has a soft glow applied to it. Also the fields are blended to smooth out the motion. This reduces the contrast and sharpness and gives the video a nicer, smoother texture. The third clip has the glow, but also is rendered at 24 fps (film speed) as opposed to 30 fps (video speed) You may notice a very subtle flickery effect when you play the "film 24 fps" link down below.

STILL VIDEO FRAME COMPARISON

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Video Look
Film Look (30 fps)
Film Look (24 fps)

LIVE VIDEO COMPARISON

Video Look

Film Look

Film 24 fps


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