Are there certain colors/patterns to avoid in MiniDV?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Craig Busch, Aug 20, 2003.

  1. Craig Busch

    Craig Busch Guest

    I am going to be shooting a video that will end up being distributed in
    VHS video and DVD. I will be using a 3 chip MiniDVD camcorder- GL2 or
    VX2000. I have a few questions concerning MiniDV. Are there certain
    colors/combinations of colors/patterns that should be avoided because
    they don't "work" as well as others. Are there certain colors or
    combinations of colors that work well- that look really good in the
    MiniDV format?
    I understand that lighting is a big factor, but I am asking about
    particulars in reference to the format.
    Thank you for any help in this. I just want it to "look" as good as
    possible.
    It is going to be an instructional/information video. It will be shot
    mostly inside with some demo shots done outside.
    Thank you again.
     
    Craig Busch, Aug 20, 2003
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  2. Take a look at www.ferrario.com/ruether/vid_pict_characts.htm
    for some idea of what video picture problems (and DV picture problems)
    exist. Look especially at the color bars - and avoid saturated complementary
    colors next to each other... BTW, the VX2000 offers a better low-light picture
    than the GL2 and also permits reducing the color saturation and shifting the
    hue in-camera, which is often useful for interior work, especially with people
    (to avoid ruddy-orange skin-tone).
     
    David Ruether, Aug 20, 2003
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  3. Craig Busch

    MSu1049321 Guest

    Solids rather than patterns. No pin stripes or polka-dots. Pastels rather than
    harsh bright whites. Colors found in nature, earth tones. Avoid red as much as
    possible. Avoid large areas of high contrast: Wide white shirt against dark
    suit, for example. Dark brown skin against very white shirt. keep the jewelry
    on the D.L.
     
    MSu1049321, Aug 23, 2003
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  4. One movie shot on DV that looks great due to a lot of thought going into the
    colours is "Chance", written/directed/produced by Amber Benson, the DP was
    Patrice Lucent Chochet. Chance is available on DVD... not cheap though,
    over $50....it's worth it as both a movie in it's own right, and an example
    of just what can be made using DV.

    ...Tiberius
     
    Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus, Aug 24, 2003
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