- February 9, 2021 at 8:02 am#48768
I noticed that your recent videos seem to have a different look that looks like the contrast has been punched up. I’m not sure if it’s different software or changes to your workflow in order to speed up grading or what have you, but I’m curious about the change. I assume it’s intentional 😉February 9, 2021 at 10:21 am#48773
Well spotted, David!
I’m trying out a different post processing technique. As you know we shoot in a v-log format so all our clips have to be colour corrected. This is a long process but it’s something I enjoy. Unfortunately I don’t always get it right. This new technique makes grading the footage easier and less of a chore to colour correct it before grading, so it’s sped up my workflow.
The colour grading is designed to look more filmic by emulating analogue celluloid and adding ‘grain’. One thing it does do to my advantage is pull down the orange in skin tones. Getting the skin tone right is the most crucial part of colour correction before grading, but this workflow makes that process easier.
This style will lose the bright, shiny digital look, but that’s not a bad thing. What will be interesting is what happens when I start using the Sony footage which is shot in HLG, not v-log (or s-log in Sony’s case). The test footage I posted last week of the Olympus lens was recorded in HLG, used a different colour correction and grading technique, and I like the results.
How did it look for you? Were you able to watch this on a big screen? The new colour grading technique holds up well on our 50″ TV IMO.
Peace and fair winds!February 13, 2021 at 12:38 am#48787
Thanks for the explanation! I was also thinking that the look might be the result of a lower dynamic range after posting.
I am almost always watching your videos on a 65″ 4K TV and the change was very noticeable to me. I’m also an amateur photographer, so I probably pay more attention than most to this (and I’m probably also a lot more picky about the technical aspects of stills/video). To be honest, I strongly dislike the new look when comparing it to the old. It appears on my TV that blacks are crushed and whites are blown out. I think it’s exacerbated by the extremely challenging light environment you have to work with (white sandy beaches vs. dark ocean or forests in the same shot in the mid-day sun), and I’m sure that’s why color grading has been one of the most time-consuming parts of your workflow. The “new look” is not going to cause me to stop watching by any means, but it does hurt the ambient footage in particular where focus is on a beautiful beach, ocean, or mountain scene. I enjoy the scenery, but the primary reason why I watch your videos is for your human experience and commentary.
All that said, I don’t want to pressure you to change it back. I just wanted to provide a bit of feedback on the change. I’m a fan either way, so if this keeps the burnout away then please carry on!February 15, 2021 at 5:28 pm#48831
Appreciate the feedback, David. We’ve watched a few episodes on our 50″ 4K TV and some of the sequences work, and others don’t. I’m still tinkering with it, tbh. I’d be interested to know what the Balambangan episode looks like on the big screen (with the caves). The interesting thing will be to see what happens with the Sony footage and how easy it will be to combine the two.
Anyway, comments taken on board. I may yet revert back to the more subtle colour grading…
Peace and fair winds!February 17, 2021 at 11:53 pm#48898
Appreciate the feedback, David. We’ve watched a few episodes on our 50″ 4K TV and some of the sequences work, and others don’t. I’m still tinkering with it, tbh. I’d be interested to know what the Balambangan episode looks like on the big screen (with the caves). The interesting thing will be to see what happens with the Sony footage and how easy it will be to combine the two. Anyway, comments taken on board. I may yet revert back to the more subtle colour grading…
I just watched the Balambangan caves episode yesterday and the color and dynamic range seem better than the other recent videos. I’m not sure if you tweaked some settings somewhere along the way, but it looked noticeably better to me.February 18, 2021 at 9:44 am#48900
No, I think I just took more time over it and was getting to grips with the plug-in I’m using. Also much of it has to do with the time of day and lighting too. None of the luminance goes off the scale (no blown out highlights or blacks) in editing but the golden hour or defused light is more forgiving of course, and most of that episode, outside of the caves sequence, was shot in those conditions. Perhaps I need to choose my ‘filmic’ look more wisely and use more sparingly 🤔
Peace and fair winds!
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