Adam Westbrook // ideas on digital storytelling and publishing

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  1. Mike Marinos said, on March 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Very helpful post.

    As a complete video neophyte I’m curious about point 8: Color corrections.

    For web stills almost all images benefits from increased contrast and slightly increased saturation rather then decreasing saturation. Why de-saturate for video? Clearly it is a trend but many videos have excessive grading that works against the film.

    A couple of examples from this weekends viewing 🙂 “Of Steel” ( ) a great 15 minute doco on an Italian bike frame maker. The central character is a huge, colourful, flamboyant, larger then life character and there is a great sequence about him being compared to a red balloon in the sky – and the whole thing is graded to look like a dull winters day! (or is it the crummy youtube compression?)

    As an alternative, Bjorn Rusts short film “Made by Hands” seems right. The colors are clear and distinct without looking over saturated.

    • Adam Westbrook said, on March 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Hi Mike
      You raise a good point about colour correction: it has to work with the film and with the footage. Another mistake new film makers or rather, new graders, make (and I include myself in this!) is to over-grade. It ought to be subtle and not distract from the story.

      Thanks for the viewing recommendations!

  2. Franziska Bährle said, on March 13, 2012 at 12:00 am

    great advice Adam, thanks. I’m mostly not happy with the still image that is shown in the video and didn’t even know that I’m able to change that. I’m also having troubles with a loss of quality, it’s really frustrating when you know you shot in HD, but can’t see that in your uploaded video…
    Are you still shooting with the Canon 550D? May I ask how you transfer the videos from the camera to your Mac/Final Cut? (if you’re editing with Final Cut 🙂 )

    • Adam Westbrook said, on March 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Yep I mostly still shoot with the 550D(T2i). It records in h.264 format which my version of Final Cut Pro doesn’t like, so I run it through Mpegstreamclip into the ProRes codec, and usually resize the footage to 720p as well.

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