Kitten and Puppy Air
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:51PM
Ben Brooksby in Color Grading, Scott Winn, ccolor grading, scottdw

My friend Scott Winn made a video earlier with kittens flying through the air with capes on. He revisited the subject this last summer, this time with puppies as well. He's posted a making of video lest anyone fear the mistreatment of small animals. From what I've heard and seen it was a hoot to film. The little chewbacca puppy was my favorite shot of the bunch.

 

The footage was pretty flat here so I needed to pull the highlights and shadows with isolated selections to get a more dynamic image. The footage off the Phantom can fluctuate in color response more than other camera systems. I imagine anything shooting at 15,000 frames per second is going to do that though. At that speed the light and color can be hairline finicky. So grading super slow motion is never as simple as pasting one grade over everything. Each shot needs it's own custom work to pull it in line with the rest.

Another issue in this video was with raising the saturation and pulling the shadows and highlights away from each other introduced a lot of noise into the chroma channels. I graded this in Resolve 9. I wish it had come just a little later so I could have worked on it in version 10 which I'm running on now. In Resolve 10, the noise reduction tools are so much more powerful! I can now isolate noise reduction separating the chroma from the luma channels as well as choosing from spatial noise reduction which is essentially what was available in the earlier versions, nothing to sneeze at, or with my new favorite, temporal noise reduction. This allows resolve to analyze up to two frames ahead and behind each frame to adjust unwanted artifacts like noise right out of your picture! Between these two noise reduction methods you can also blend them in and out of each other. 

It may be too technical to explain without familiarity with the program. Basically, noise is history now.  

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