Can't get color to match 8mm film being captured

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Doc, Dec 19, 2004.

  1. Doc

    Doc Guest

    I'm capturing some 8mm film using Pinnacle Studio8, WinXP, with a Sony
    Handicam as my transfer unit, going into a Pinnacle DC10-Plus.

    The overall process is going okay, but find that I can't get the color to
    match what's on the conversion unit screen, which is excellent.

    Some scenes come out better than others but in general I find that if I get
    it to where the skin tones are okay, other things are off. What's most
    prevalent is a purple cast, especially if there are neighboring surfaces in
    the blue area. One example is a beach scene. The skin tones are decent, but
    the sand, which looks fine on the projector screen, has a purple haze.

    I've toyed with the input adjustments available on Studio but can't seem to
    find a happy balance.

    I made a short test DVD to see if it was just my monitor, but I see the same
    issues on a tv screen when playing the DVD. However, running the camcorder
    directly to a TV, the colors are pretty close to the original, so apparently
    the issue is somewhere between the camcorder and the monitor.

    Any guesses as to what the most likely culprit is? Is there software that
    will correct this post-recording?

    Thanks for any input.
    Doc, Dec 19, 2004
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    Doc Guest

    I think I've solved my own problem. I find that backlighting with a 40-watt
    bulb placed behind and off to the side of the projector in a gooseneck lamp
    for some reason corrects the colors, along with some judicious tweaking of
    the color input controls. I'm coming dang close to the originals going by
    Doc, Dec 20, 2004
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  3. Doc

    WEBPA Guest

    Glad you found a way to fix it. Which should suggest to you that the problem
    is with the camera, not the software. You should be using a camera capable of
    manual white balance adjustment...set the white balance on a piece of clear
    film (if possible) in each segment. If not, set it on the projector light on
    the screen with no film present. Then tweak the color to your preference for
    each segment of film.

    WEBPA, Dec 23, 2004
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