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How to Post-Process DSLR Video?

As one of the most popular photographic apparatus, DSLR is welcomed and used for shooting by many photography enthusiasts. However, not all the photographers are satisfied with the raw videos they record. So most of them post-produce their works by rendering for the aesthetics's sake after shooting. Remember to keep the original files before the ultimate content is rendered, and minimize the frequencies of transcoding so as to yield the best graphic quality without image file size being compressed.

Before we kick off, import the RAW files into Adobe After Effects. AE can quickly convert all RAW file sequences into a high-definition video.

Step 1: Separate picture sequences.


Firstly, you need to place photos of different scenes into various folders and then import them. Sometimes, AE itself can detect some missing frames automatically.

Step 2: Adjust your RAW files.


Open up your first frame with Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom and adjust some of its parameters such as exposure, color, contrast and more in it.

If you want to make your work look more delicate, this initial adjustment is of the most importance in the overall workflow. Pay attention to it. However, do not overdo the adjustment on the contrast or the color. Besides, you must try to get as much detail out of the shadows as possible, and always be careful not to overexpose it or lose too much detail. If you are shooting a scene where the light fluctuates significantly, here we recommend you to choose the AWB (automatic white balance) Mode. If not, make sure that you are under the white balance mode for shooting by manually adjusted your camera to it.

Step 3: Test your parameters in other frames.


Save your parameters and copy or synchronize them to other frames of the same scene for viewing. After the adjustment is complete, make sure that your folder contains all the images needed for the sequence, and then delete XMP files that Adobe Camera RAW or Bridge might have generated during the adjustment so that AE won't have any sequential problems during its importing process.

Step 4: Set the color bits and resolution of RAW files.


At the bottom of the Adobe Camera RAW image display box, there's a small button where you can set the resolution and other parameters. If you're shooting a full-resolution RAW image, you can set its resolution to 150% to 200% that of your final work.

Step 5: Import IMSQ into AE.


Create a new project in AE and adjust its color depth to 16bit. After that, drag the adjusted folder (which you have classified previously) into AE. AE will automatically identify and import these images and sort them into a new sequence.

Step 6: Add Effect Plug-in.


After the import, you can modify the sequence by adding some Effects to it, namely, GBdeflicker, motion blur or feather. Otherwise, you can use some tracking tools (Warp Stabilizer plug-ins above CS5.5 will also do) to eliminate the shake.

Step 7: Render to a low-compression format and retain 100% color quality.


The suitable format selection is greatly depended by the program you are working on. Considering its features such as power, hard drive space, etc., Apple ProRes 422 is usually a good choice for you. However, encoders like Cineform codec or Lossless Animation will return you a better result (albeit they will take up more hard drive space).

We would suggest you use ProRes 422 (standard /standard-definition). If the project requires high standard, you may turn to Pro Res 422 HD (high-definition) for help.

Warm Note: Make sure that you have selected 10bit color space, in which way will you retain as much color space as possible!

Step 8: Clip-cut and color-correction.


Here we suggest you go with Final Cut Pro (FCP), PR (Adobe Premiere), Avid, Vegas or VideoProc (for Windows or for Mac ) to do some editing and color correction work, which will sharpen your work to the greatest extreme. Notice that if you are using FCP, remember to choose the same encoding format as the intermediate material does when rendering.

Step 9: Output your final content.


Customize the output format for the rendered pieces according to your needs.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicole Moore

Nicole Moore is a self-motivated, creative copywriter with four years of marketing and advertising experience, specializing in video, audio, images, advertisements, news digital content etc. With a partiality for travelling and shooting, Nicole also loves video post-production and is keen on sharing her video processing tips and latest masterpieces to social media.

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