Exposure and White Balance with CDL and Log Signals 11 min read

Exposure and White Balance with CDL and Log Signals

This article wants to illustrate how you can use an ASC CDL color grade to modify an image’s exposure and white balance. The result will be an approximation only – but in fact, a pretty good one. We will try to illustrate why and how you can use that in your setup.

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From Offload to Upload: How Silverstack Lab Extends the Connection to Cloud Platforms 6 min read

From Offload to Upload: How Silverstack Lab Extends the Connection to Cloud Platforms

The ability to directly upload clips to connected cloud platforms extends Silverstack Lab’s feature set to provide a managed process from offload through to the upload of proxy clips. Thus, the previously available feature of delivering metadata to cloud platforms gets combined with the ability to make the actual clip available too. In the following, we will first look at the benefits of uploading dailies directly from within Silverstack Lab. We’ll then briefly outline the technical details before concluding with a quick look into the future.

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HDR Preview on Set with Livegrade – Part 3 13 min read

HDR Preview on Set with Livegrade – Part 3

This article is the third part of a series of articles about HDR production and resulting implications on the film set. Overall, the series covers typical use cases, presents best practices, and offers insights for setting up all required devices and systems. This third article illustrates a few tricks for dual-monitoring in HDR and SDR, talks about color grading HDR vs. SDR, and goes through a few pitfalls that can occur.

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HDR PREVIEW ON SET WITH LIVEGRADE – PART 2 12 min read

HDR PREVIEW ON SET WITH LIVEGRADE – PART 2

This article is the second part of a series of articles about HDR production and resulting implications on the film set. Overall, the series covers typical use cases, presents best practices, and offers insights for setting up all required devices and systems. In this second article, we will talk about all camera and monitor settings that are relevant in the context of HDR viewing. We will also illustrate how to set up and configure Livegrade and the processing devices such as LUT boxes.

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HDR Preview on Set with Livegrade – Part 1 7 min read

HDR Preview on Set with Livegrade – Part 1

This is the first part of a series of articles about HDR production and the implications on the film set. The series covers typical use cases, presents best practices, and offers insights for setting up all required devices and systems. In this first article, we want to lay the foundations by discussing a few central topics: First, we cover the motivation behind using HDR technology for on-set activities. This understanding lets us derive specific requirements and consequences for camera departments generally and the DIT cart specifically. We also provide an overview of the required equipment.

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Order of Operations for Creating Looks On Set and Color Grading Dailies 11 min read

Order of Operations for Creating Looks On Set and Color Grading Dailies

Pomfort products such as Livegrade Pro and Silverstack Lab come with a broad range of color grading features and share the same, flexible concept of grading nodes. In this article, we want to take a look at what you can do with these grading nodes, illustrate a few best practices for using them in real productions, and point out the consequences for the production’s color pipeline and workflow.

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4 Facts About the Color Settings in Sony Venice 8 min read

4 Facts About the Color Settings in Sony Venice

When working with a high end digital cinema camera like the Sony Venice, it is important to understand the color settings that affect the appearance of the image. This is important to be able to maintain consistent image results throughout the complete production process, on-set across multiple shooting days as well as predictable image results in the post production phase.

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How Source Verification Helps to Identify Underlying Problems in Your Copy Process 5 min read

How Source Verification Helps to Identify Underlying Problems in Your Copy Process

When copying camera footage, most operators are familiar with the importance of verifying a good copy. ‘Verifying’ in this case usually refers to verifying the destination, e.g. making sure that the copied file at its destination are the same as on the source location. However, another possible process is often not mentioned in that context – and that is the source verification.

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4 Ways to Transfer Metadata With Your Dailies – and Why to Do It 5 min read

4 Ways to Transfer Metadata With Your Dailies – and Why to Do It

When creating dailies on set or near set, you want to create them in a way that makes the following production steps as smooth as possible. Passing on relevant metadata together with the transcoded clips can contribute to that. In this article we will evaluate the benefits of passing on metadata together with transcoded clips, introduce different ways of doing so, and explain how Silverstack Lab helps with it.

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