Re: Inverting video from negative to positive in an NLE

From: Ryan Marino (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Oct 15 2007 - 17:11:28 PDT

So is inverting a negative in final cut something people shouldn't do?

Where I work they offer this method as an alternative to spending the big bucks on the rank. I've never inverted a negative on a computer myself, I've always spent the money on a quality transfer.

-Ryan Marino

Robert Houllahan <email suppressed> wrote:
On Oct 15, 2007, at 4:39 PM, Jimi Jones wrote:

Greetings. I have 100' of super 8 negative film that I want to telecine and make into "positive" video. I'm trying to avoid paying for super 8 prints made and I'm also trying to avoid paying for big-bucks telecine facilities that can transfer directly from negatives to create a positive image. I can telecine my negative for free with a colleague's equipment but this will leave me with "negative video." I'm wondering if there is something in Final Cut Pro (or another NLE) that can "invert" this negative video and make it positive, normal-looking video. Any suggestions on how to accomplish this? Is this even possible? Thank you!

Negative is pretty soft if you put it in a projector it will scratch and pickup allot of dirt, you can invert the image in FCP, etc but you also have to deal with the orange mask that negative has and correct for it, if you are working in DV color space there is not much room for color correction without banding and other artifacts...


 Robert Houllahan
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VP Cinelab Inc.


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