An important of our 3 day documentary class is editing and finishing. During the 3 day class we held earlier this year in New York we made a profile film of a singer/songwriter Eleanor Dubinsky.
The actual shoot was only 3 hours in total and we shot on multiple camera formats.
The cameras that we use included:
- Canon EOS C300
- Canon EOS C100
- Blackmagic design Cinema Camera
- Canon 5D Mark II
- Sony NEX 5n
The challenge when editing all of this content together is that different manufacturers have different basic 'look' from their sensors and processing and so even with care taken to set white balance between all cameras, you still see major differences between shots when you edit.
The solution is to color grade
In the previous part of this discussion Grading using FCP X on Advanced Cinematic Documentary
So if you want more control then I suggest taking a look at DaVinci Resolve Lite. Its free and if almost fully functional.
Word of Warning.... It really needs some processing power and a decent graphics card. But I run it on a late 2011 iMa 3.4GHz with 24GB RAM and 2GB graphics and it runs ok. It actually runs faster in my Retina 15" MBP. But it does not do so well on PC's by all accounts.
So after the workshop in February I decided to record a walk through of me correcting the various cameras in DaVinci Resolve. It's 18 minutes long so grab a coffee and make yourself comfortable.
And if you need a beginners guid then check out my free tutorial series Color Grading 101