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  • Jim Arco

    November 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    “…it doesn’t use gamma, it uses like huge blocks of black…”

    I’ve got some really old stuff – EIAJ, VHS, 3/4-inch, and even 1-inch, but I’ve never seen what you’re referring to. Can you post a sample somewhere?

    Thanks for the timecode info. There have been third-party tools that would display or burn-in the file’s original time/date. But I never guessed that this was one of those places where there were “plenty of standards to choose from.”

  • Chris Wright

    November 25, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I really appreciate your feedback. You must have had really destroyed footage for it to trick my program. I spend a while trying to break it by ingesting 16mm, horribly underexposed video, so I’m definately going to go to to test furthur.

    And sometimes the expressions disable themselves when you stop a RAM preview, because my computer is slow(I hate that!), so watch out for that in gg,exposure,finaloutput rebelcc levels,shadowhighlight.

    Does the white balance and/or flicker perform worse with gamma clamping on?

    And does convert to keyframes and easy ease help? That seems like a logical solution.

  • Joseph W. Bourke

    November 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Is there a CS4/CS5 version in the works? Thanks.

    Joe Bourke
    Owner/Creative Director
    Bourke Media

  • Chris Wright

    November 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    it just uses sampleimage so it should work in cs4 and cs5. It’s still in beta, so I’m still testing.

    Anyone know how to keep expressions from disabling after you RAM preview? I might have to write a script gui that turns the expressions back on. Really annoying,:/

  • Chris Wright

    November 26, 2010 at 7:35 am

    hitting Caps lock immediatialy after RAM preview STILL does not stop expressions from disabling themselves, but clicking on the blue ram slider seems to work.

  • Chris Wright

    November 27, 2010 at 4:41 am

    here’s an update that runs 20x faster, and doesn’t disable expressions as easily which is nice now.

    I tested it with some really bad 8mm color and it worked perfectly removing all flicker and balancing white. If you have some bad dark footage, the clamp needs to be set lower. If the program doesn’t work with your stuff please post 5 frames and I’ll see why it breaks my program, but hmmm, at this juncture, I can’t really improve perfection.

    ae cs3 aep

  • Jim Arco

    November 27, 2010 at 11:35 pm


    Over the last 8-years or so, I have honed my After Effects skills quite a bit. Some folks have said I can take a blank tape and, with enough time, improve it to come out with a pretty good looking image. (OK that’s an exaggeration.)

    I’ve thrown some REALLY noisy, very dark footage at your project and it handled all of it well. I’m not ready to retire completely yet because somebody is needed to ocasionally set the gamma clamp lower.

    But have a beer on me for some really clever work here. It’s very close to the magic make-it-look-better button that people think is built into the software. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your efforts. It will save ME a lot of time.


  • Chris Wright

    November 29, 2010 at 9:55 am

    here’s a small update that is faster and more accurate. the sweet spot seems to be where the shadow clamp is strongest which means soon that will be auto too.

    I was also thinking of adding contrast matcher so that low contrast and high contrast footage would match up.

    ae cs3 aep

  • Chris Wright

    November 29, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    fixed a clip bug and now added the ability to have people walk under trees and be auto corrected.


    1. auto tree mode ( I really like this one 🙂
    2. auto Saturation Compensator
    3. auto Midtone Contrast

    ae cs3 aep

  • Chris Wright

    November 30, 2010 at 1:09 am

    great news Jim, here’s a really nice gui script that enables expressions in all comps after they get disabled. It saves me a lot of time.

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