Boris Continuum 8 sharpening/film grain & Sorenson x264 for DSLR

Just the Cut

One thing that really grinds my gears about the majority of DSLR footage that is seen online is that people grade it with out remembering that film has range. Often times they’ll make it super contrasty and end up blowing out the highlights which just ends up making it look even more like video. On top of that most H.264 encodes for the web will shift the gamma of the resulting file, ruining a good grade. So what we have here is one way I make sure my footage looks like it has more range than usual and ensure that my encode is exactly how I intended it to be. This was random on the fly footage, so no tripod.

I recently upgraded my suite of apps to the latest Boris Continuum and Sorenson Squeeze. What you see here is a selection of footage taken around Berekely, CA and San Antonio, TX. Shot on the Canon 7D with a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 and a Helios 50mm f1.8. The exteriors have a very old ND.9 4×4. Shot using the great Cinema picture profile. I edited the media natively in Avid MC6, applied a Boris fine film grain, then gave each shot a light grade. I then applied a Boris fine sharpening filter globally, transcoded to DNxHD 175x, and sent the sequence to Sorenson Squeeze for encode. I modified the youtube 1080 x264 preset to use a 2 pass constant bit rate at 10mb/s, and selected the film grain option to protect against the compression washing out the look I had applied. X264 won’t shift the gamma of the resulting video, and has always produced the best results at super low file sizes in my experience.

Jared Abrams
Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • Tankanorbert

    Very nice work, I’m happy to read this article. Could you give me a few tips about rendering or could you suggest a good book with all the necessary information and tricks of rendering H.264. I’m more of a journalist, than shooter. Thank you!

  • Viliam

    I couldn’t see any jello effect

  • Viliam

    I couldn’t see any jello effect