Question by fitzy: how do i get that film feel from my canon xl1?
i know color helps and the lighting and actors,and i have read about 24p but is there something thats happening with the “speed” for instance if i record a scene with my friends, color correct it, it still doesnt have that film motion feel, i have a canon xl1 and a mac with after effects, premier, final cut pro, and imovie. any help would be great thanks.
Answer by Nikolai
There are many elements to the “film look” that we still can’t completely replicate with digital cameras…but it’s pretty close. Two things we can do:
1) shoot in 24p (which you can with the XL1)
2) use a 35mm adapter for film-like Depth of Field
You have the first down. 24p gives you more of a nice film-like motion blur to your footage. Final Cut or Premiere should be able to edit it properly. It depends on what kind of pulldown you are using. Apart from that, your shutter can help you slightly. Try setting your shutter speed to 1/48…
Next there’s the DOF adapter. There are several choices for you including Letus Extreme, Redrock M2, Cinevate Brevis, SGPro, etc. They’re a bit expensive, but they give you a very narrow DOF, meaning you will have a selective focus, an ideal trait of film.
If a DOF adapter isn’t quite in your budget, you can replicate the effect without it right in your camera:
1) Open up the Aperture as much as possible (like F2 or F3). In order to compensate for the excess light, you may want to use an ND filter (the XL1 may or may not have one built in…sorry I’m not sure).
2) Zoom in. The more you zoom, the shallower the DOF you’ll get.. Instead of standing close to your subject with a wide lens angle, try stepping back 10 feet or so and zooming in.
OR you can try making your own:http://www.squidoo.com/35mm#module9847903
Sharpness and light loss may be an issue with homemade models…(btw: the “spinning” adapters are the best)
As far as what you can do in post, you can try playing around with Apple Color, included in the Final Cut Studio….
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