July 9, 2015 at 9:55PM

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Pictures styles: Matching GH4 colors with Canon DSLRs

I'll be shooting a surf doc with a GH4 + Metabones Speedbooster and the main camera, and two Canon 60Ds as sort of complimentary cameras.

With the metering right and the WB set correctly, how would you match the colors/contrast in these two cameras? Which picture style from the 60D matches best with, say, the Cinelike-D from the GH4?

Thank you and let's shoot!
Joao

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I would say to shoot in a flat as possible profile and keep the gh4 in Cineike D then in post fix contrast and sharpening in your NLE (premiere/Final cut) then if the colors need work use a compositor or dedicated color program (After Effects/Da Vinci Resolve)

Hope this helps.

Derian

July 13, 2015 at 5:42PM

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Derian Hartmann
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I've always found cine D colours a little tricky to work with at times and usually shoot with CineV which I've found gives me nicer skin tones and I think this also gets you a little closer to Canon colours (a greener hue rather than the slightly redder Cine D). I have to edit with different cameras quite a lot and its usually a case of trying to match up the contrast levels and then the colour shifts. I haven't worked with 60Ds too much but you'll probably need to either add more contrast to your GH4 footage or reduce contrast with the 60Ds. Many cameras or different profiles have a subtle wash of red or green over them. For example, when working with 5D footage I've found that I've always needed to take green out of the shadows to get it to match my GH4 footage.
You're probably best of getting a good image out of the 60Ds first (with as low contrast as possible) and then doing more to change the GH4 footage as the 60D image will fall apart much faster. Also if you're grading in-NLE you could try out film convert or some LUTS which make use of different camera profiles. These might help to even things out a bit. But to be honest, as long as you are able to recognize the differences in the footage its not that difficult to match up. Just do some tests first and shoot a range of scenes with the GH4 and 60D side by side and you'll figure out what to tweak. A good starting point might be a low contrast cineV profile with the hue shifted slightly to green on the gh4. I'm not sure about the profiles on the 60D I'm afraid!

July 14, 2015 at 5:22PM

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Mark Relf
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