Several posts recently have asked about creating a filmy look to video.
Well you cant - film is film and video is video - but what you can do is tweak video to give it more impact as is often done with film.
I am just editing this kids party and I was just playing about to get the right party look. I thought it may be helpfull to ahow how I did this. You might do things very differently depending on the look you are after, I just want to show what can be done.
Flat - the video from the camera. Carefully shot with manual exposure, background is nearly burned out but I wasnt interested in the clouds, exposure set for forground subject. Depth of focus is quite shallow as b ground was not of interst and I wanted the sharpest focus in the subject.
Curved - I used the colour curves tool to increase contrast a bit, now the b ground is totally white but the subject looks more vibrant.
Curved, Sats - Used the saturation tool to increase the lows, it's a party so bright colours will work.
Curved, Sats, Glow - A tiny bit of glow to add sparkle to highlights.
Curved, Sats, Glow, Sharpen - If used carefully can bring out detail in skin nicely. Careful ! Use too much and your picture will be cluttered by noise and compression artifacts.
Rendering times with all the fx off was 8 sec, all fx on was 64 sec - 8 times slower. ( on a slow core duo 2 core)
This is all SD video from my big JVC. Deinterlaced for stills capture. This isnt intended as a simple ' how to ' as it is a very subjective process and your style and the content of the video will hugely effect how you approach the same process. And I really am no expert...
Some related tutorials / guides -
Depth of field - http://www.videoforums.co.uk/reviews...ield-a270.html
Saturation in vegas - http://www.videoforums.co.uk/reviews...egas-a251.html
Curves in Vegas - http://www.videoforums.co.uk/reviews...egas-a235.html
Lighting on the very cheap - http://www.videoforums.co.uk/reviews...dget-a229.html
Shooting to edit - http://www.videoforums.co.uk/reviews...rder-a184.html