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05-09-2019, 01:44 AM   #1
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Video profile question

Hi there,

Please excuse my ignorance, I am not a video shooter but there is something keeps bugging me and I don't understand.
I always see footage shot with 'flat' profile or how should I call it, the footage is so plain, low contrast dull color boring unattractive, I saw this even on commercials I don't understand why. The 'graded' version of the footage does not enhance the image only brings back the original detail so I wonder why we shoot 'flat' ?

05-09-2019, 11:08 AM   #2
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Shooting flat profiles in video is like shooting RAW in photography. You retain as much shadow and highlight detail as possible to increase the possibilities in post processing and color grading. Of course if you’re happy with the default profile of your camera there’s no need to shoot flat but when you’re after a certain look that can only be achieved in post processing then it’s best to go for a flat profile.

Here’s a short explanation on YouTube by Peter McKinnon:

05-09-2019, 05:26 PM   #3
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I can understand the reason for shoot flat, but this 'technique' seems to have 'abused', or some people don't understand the reason behind that. We spent thousands dollars invest on the best gears of the 21st century, but what we came up with was the footage of the 60s. Sometimes we want a vintage look in the footage so intentionally to shoot flat, this is not the only picture styles but has become the de facto standard or a norm in shooting video, we seems to have forgot the flat raw footage is not the final product.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lotech Quote
We spent thousands dollars invest on the best gears of the 21st century, but what we came up with was the footage of the 60s.
funny obervation, compare it to adding film grain to a digital image..

Must say, i also have my periodic habits. Sometimes i want everything desaturated and sometimes it is the otherway around..


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