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 Post subject: Lightening a Dark Video
PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:08 pm 
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So during Halloween I went to a house party and performed Thread... it was a great performance and got KILLER reactions. The issue is the footage is like pitch black... I've messed around with it in Sony Vegas as much as I can but I just can't seem to get it light enough where you can tell whats going on (if you were a layman). Does anyone know where I could take the footage to get it lightened up or has any experience in this area? it would be greatly appreciated!


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 Post subject: Re: Lightening a Dark Video
PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:55 pm 
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I know GOM player has a brightness adjustment for payback but I don't know if one can save the adjustment.

"Advanced Features-
There are an endless number of advanced features. Customize brightness, contrast and saturation. Sharpen and add noise to your video. Try the audio equalizer. Repeat a section of your video with our A-B Repeat feature. Fast forward/rewind a few seconds using left/right keys. And much more for you to discover!"http://www.gomlab.com/eng/GMP_Introduction.html


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 Post subject: Re: Lightening a Dark Video
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:04 am 
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You would need a very high end program I think. Just increasing the brightness and contrast won't be enough.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightening a Dark Video
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:56 am 
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What exactly did you try in Vegas?


I would use After Effects and adjust the gammas, contrast, levels, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightening a Dark Video
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:40 am 
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I'd be tempted to say that the footage is unsalvageable. I've tried to do similar things with pictures that have poor lighting, and by increasing the exposure, all it does is make the image grainy. The only sort of program that might be able to help is some high-end post-processing facility like Adobe After Effects, but even then I doubt the results would be particularly good.

The best solution is to make sure that, during the filming, you flood your subject with plenty of light. Some friends and I do amateur filming, so we bought a couple of halogen lamps and some large white card to use as a bounce. Aim the light away from the subject and put the bounce in front of it to reflect the light back.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightening a Dark Video
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:43 pm 
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Yeah I have the feeling that it is beyond saving =[ I'll mess around in After Effects and see if I can salvage it lol


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