Fix it in Post: The Top Six Unavoidable Video Disasters

Videomaker by Mike Rosen

You know why filmmakers and videographers always say “We’ll fix it in post“? Because there are some problems that you can’t avoid no matter how many years of experience you have behind the camera.

You probably met these unwelcome guests the first time that you shot any video footage. And maybe you shrugged your shoulders and thought: Well, I’m just a beginner. I’ll learn to avoid these problems soon enough. That works for a lot of the problems you encounter in video production — you eventually develop a “videographer’s instinct” for recognizing violations

of the 180 degree rule and other video offenses before they happen — but these six tough customers never seem to go away. Why not? Well, because half the time they’re due to factors beyond your control. Sometimes you can’t even recognize that there’s a problem until after you see the footage. In any event, these are the little monsters that you can only defeat in post production.

1) Garish or Washed-Out Colors — Ugh! Lurid colors that make a somber scene look like a circus show! Bland, washed-out hues that make a big comedy sequence look like a funeral march! Who needs these? read more...

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