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
    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
    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
  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 $'s worth it as both a movie in it's own right, and an example
    of just what can be made using DV.

    Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus, Aug 24, 2003
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