What is wrong with the video?
Maybe you are filming a video for a living – What corporate work, TV documentaries or commercials. Maybe you are a film student or enthusiastic fan. Regardless of what you do with the video, you probably want to make movies, even if you are friends and family. If you are new to video production, then the idea of ”film-look” – in other words, give the video the look of the movie may seem rather new to you. If you are new to the idea of a movie, or if you know you want the video as a movie, it can be a daunting task trying to figure out what you need to do to your video appearance shoot on the celluloid.
Looking for a “movie-like” look?
The term “film-look” or filmize (as it is called wikepdia) is a generic term that has been applied to many processes, some physical, some chemicals and now many digital. Celluloid (film) is expensive, wasteful and requires a lot of time to develop – not to mention the images from the film that can destroy it too easy! The tape is cheap and easy to use and the quality of video cameras has improved considerably in recent years. With the advent of digital video, it became possible for almost all camcorders to record acceptable quality – analog cameras generally have not adapted to the aesthetics of the film, unless they are professional high-end type. Now with DV, HD and HDV, it has become easier than ever to make a high-quality movie that has the look of the movie.
DV, HD and ‘film-look’
It is important to realize that the best quality camera pulls it, the better your piece will appear filmed. It is not only the quality of the camera, but the format it uses. DV or digital video is the lowest quality format you should use. Ideally you should start HDV – a highly compressed HD version of DV or a professional HD variant.
So what creates a “watch the movie” video?
The theater recently? The film is very different from the raw digital video. There are several reasons for this but the simplest and most obvious concepts are the different nature of a film and a video camera and, more importantly, the action of the film is a time carrier of chemical video is a digital medium / magnetic. The chemical nature of celluloid ensures that the color records similar to our eyes, have a much larger brightness range and do not shine shadows and reflections. Digital video stores the image data in a finite range and the brightness is stored in a linear fashion – very different from the way the human eye sees it. The movement is also different, with much less motion blur in an image.
The legacy of evil analog video: The interlacing
One of the historical video signals is from the teeth of the saw as the jagged edges that are generated by the interlacing process. In short, the interlacing refers to the half-frame of the video screen. Each image is divided into odd and even lines and these are recorded and show the time to increase the recorded amount of movement. This means that still images have higher resolution and moving images have more movement (albeit with lower resolution).
Creating authentic movie appearance requires the use of a 24p camera or other progressive format camera or a deinterlacer to make the video interlaced progressive (or single image). This progressive frame does not include motion artifacts caused by interlacing assuming DE has been interlaced.