Chapter 6. Onlining

You’ve been a rebel all throughout writing, planning, shooting, and editing your film. You’ve even been a rebel as you’ve done your visual effects. But now, I’m sad to say, it’s time to put a bit of that rebel spirit aside. The way you’re going to get beautiful images out of your home setup is by following some hard and fast rules. Fail to do so and you risk degrading the already fragile quality of your digital video and betraying the true budget of your film.

The Rules

In Chapter 5 you got a taste of the image quality pitfalls lurking throughout your workflow when you learned of the perils of luminance clipping. You must simultaneously avoid these issues and avail yourself of the powerful range of tools available to the desktop ...

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