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Author Topic: Best Practices for Color and Detail for NTSC Video
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Post Best Practices for Color and Detail for NTSC Video
on: May 10, 2011, 22:14
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We do a lot of content acquisition- meaning we go out and shoot video and stills for our clients. To keep our content looking sharp and detail rich, we shoot video in full HD at 60fps and stills with a 12 megapixel camera.

Here are some tips to help you acquire great content on your own-

For stills:

  • Use you camera in manual mode and put it on a tripod.
  • Set the ASA (ISO) to the lowest setting to reduce grain.
  • Use soft lighting to brighten the area but not cast shadows.
  • Set your aperture (f-stop) to the largest number (smallest opening)-This keeps more or your subject in focus.
  • Use longer shutter speeds for better color saturation.

For Video:

  • Keep the black level 35 points off of baseline (RGB - 35, 35, 35 or higher).
  • Keep the white level 15 points off peak (RGB - 240, 240, 240 or lower).
  • Don't over saturate red. Keep it 35 points off peak.
  • No more that 40 Red / Blue or Black / White transitions per scan line. [*]Remember that NTSC red is different than what you see on a television.
  • Light your subject properly. front, key, back.
  • Use an external microphone. Either worn by your subject or as close to them as possible.

For Graphics:

    Keep any vertical lines at least two pixels wide.
    Any horizontal lines should be at least three pixels thick.
    Try to avoid more than about 170 points of color component change in adjacent pixels.
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