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This tutorial will probably answer your questions: Tutorial:Correct for overexposed or underexposed video
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Use the Magic Bullet Looks Exposure effect. Works nicer than the built-in effects. Looks ain't free, but once you start using it, you'll wonder how you ever edited without it.
This looks promising, but just wondering, if I use this will I still get all the grain and other deteriations that come with touching up your footage? FYI: I shot this on the Canon HV20, with a red rock micro attachment, using Panasonic HD tapes.
A side note: I made quick adjustments using the brightness/contrasts levels and got it to a decent image. A little grainy, but figured if I made more adjustments or played with different settings I could get a more desirable image. Is that a false assumption?
Seems like you are not "fixing lighting" but fixing exposure.
Start with 'Levels' (Black, Gamma, White)
Grain is actually noise due to under exposure and going to be hard to eliminate.
> will I still get all the grain and other deteriations that come with touching up your footage?
No, if done reservedly. That's why I prefer it to the built-in options. You add a stop or two of exposure, and it'll be clean. You add 5 or 6 stops, maybe not so much.
That's the other thing I like. The effect is measured in stops, as real exposure is, rather than some arbitrary scale from 1 to 100.
You might want to explore Neat Video to eliminate some of the noise. They offer/offered a trial, before purchase. I use the companion for work in Photoshop and it is great. The video cousin is good, but you have to be very careful with the settings, or plan on a lot of experimentation.
Thanks a lot Bill. This looks promising.
I have found it very useful for similar footage. Just plan on spending some time tweaking the settings. If you had anticipated this exposure work, shooting a grey-card, or white-card, could have helped with the calibration. However, if we had anticipated an exposure correction of this level, we'd have had more lights! Who knew?
The still version of it, Neat Image, is much better when gathering data to work from, but there is only one image/frame in that case.
I also usually run a little Unsharp Mask on the footage afterwards, but use this judiciously.
Good luck, and hope that it works for you. After the still version, I did not hesitate to buy the video version. I got the dual (plug-in plus stand-alone), but have never used the stand-alone.