Filter to recover “lost” highlights
I am sometimes asked to “improve” video shot under poor circumstances or with low-end equipment. It is not uncommon to get footage with deep shadows and blown-out highlights in the same scene. A few days ago I posted about using RAW files in AE. Converting the footage to a TIF sequence and then OPENing AS RAW gives me ACR’s ‘recovery’ slider, which can work wonders on blown-out highlights. (I think I read that it uses the channel with the most highlight-detail to generate detail in the other channels of the blown-out areas.) Since the TIF/RAW conversion is a bit cumbersome, let’s try going in a different direction:
Anyone found a good plugin or workflow to handle this situation? I have tried AE’s shadow/highlight and Tiffen’s ultra contrast. Both of them do a pretty good job. But neither provides the improvement that I can get from the ‘recovery’ slider in the RAW interface window.
Anyone have a good workflow to make two copies of the footage to work on the highlights and shadows separately then merge the two layers back together?
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