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Visual Effects Society Handbook by Susan Zwerman, Susan Zwerman, Jeffrey A. Okun

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POST-PRODUCTION/IMAGE MANIPULATION

RESOLUTION AND IMAGE FORMAT CONSIDERATIONS

Scott Squires

Formats

Capture Format

The capture format for a film is decided in pre-production by the Director and Director of Photography (DP) along with the Production Designer and the VFX Supervisor. Creative choices along with camera size, post workflow, and costs are all a factor when determining the particular format.

Typically the choices are a 35mm film camera or digital camera (HD resolution or higher). With 35mm film there is the choice of a 1:85 ratio1 (traditional aspect ratio) or 2:35/2:40 ratio (anamorphic or widescreen). The ratios are achieved either by using an anamorphic lens that squeezes the image or by using a Super 35 format2 to record ...

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