During the month of July I’ve been shooting and editing news breaks that play in the Ellen show These are usually done with studio cameras and crew but they are in training with a new control room setup so I’m doing them for now. I could use a typical ENG camera but come on! Thats no fun right?
These have a vert tight turnaround. I shot and edit them in less than an hour. No lighting just the lights in the grid that are set for this painfully ugly video wall. More on that.
I used the A7s and RODE Lavalier plugged direct into the camera. I’ve been experimenting with different profiles and so far the ones I like most are CINE2 and Pro. The image isn’t overy flat like Slog2 and the saturation isn’t as low either. Pro Color Node has a nice rich but no punchy look. I don’t have to add saturation in the edit. Colorista II is amazing. I shoot and edit these Ellen topicals everyday and turn them around in less than an hour. I’m using the Sony A7s and RODE Lavalier plugged direct into the camera. Works great.
Check this out.
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I mentioned the horrible video wall earlier. This is the problem. The lighting in that position is 3500K and the LCD screens don’t match that temp so they get this green tint in the whites.
To fix this I used the Keyer in Colorista II. It’s so easy even I can do this in a quick turn environment. All you have to do is drag the mouse over the area that you want to change. This is much easier when the color is the same with little variations but even then it’s doable. As you can see I have a few variants in the screen. I also added in the blue parts too.
The top image is the finished look. The bottom left is the original un ungraded source. The bottom right shows the key. Whats white is the area that I will be able to change. The black stays the same. Very much like doing a green screen key.
Here is the before and after. I like it!. Below is a sample of the topicals.
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