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Retouch tips 4 up-res and sharpening SD vid stills

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Old 03-16-2009, 10:15 AM
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Retouch tips 4 up-res and sharpening SD vid stills

hello I am a Documentary filmmaker who is wanting to make
the highest possible quality stills from the video.

I have been exporting from Final Cut Pro
using Quicktime conversion to a PSD file. (Millions + colors)
the single frame export yields a 1 meg file.

are there any specific tips that anyone can get for sharpening video still
and removing the artifact-ing that I have been getting on resize? it has been pretty unattractive

I have been using Alien Skins Blow up to resize.

I don't mind spending a lot of time retouching these frames but I want to be as
efficient as possible about it and any tips or tricks that could be shared before I
start the process would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-16-2009, 11:02 AM
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Re: Retouch tips 4 up-res and sharpening SD vid st

Upload image as example
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:19 PM
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Re: Retouch tips 4 up-res and sharpening SD vid st

I swear by OnOne's Genuine Fractals for resizing.
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:02 AM
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Re: Retouch tips 4 up-res and sharpening SD vid st

Some of the issue in using video stills is that they are only 720x480 resolution or maybe only 1290x1080 for HD.

I bring them into photoshop through Premier (just like FCP that you use). I usually end up using the de-interlacing feature to remove the scan lines on a copy of the original.

There are times when the Dust and Scratches filter works at getting rid of noise and I would also look at the noise reduction filter in Photoshop.

You can use the smart sharpen filter on another copy of your image...and I would usually over sharpen it...then add a layer mask...make it black...and then paint with a soft white brush to reveal the sharpening ONLY where you want it in the image. Sharpening the whole image usually results in poor results and a lot of fringing and ringing on the image all thats why we only maybe sharpen the eyes and hair...and not the skin or some other areas. That way we get perceptural sharpening but only in selected areas.

We use genuine fractals to upsize does a nice job...but remember that the original is fairly low your results may not be great beyond an 8x10.

I did a turotial a few years back here on RetouchPro on how to do a soft dior look to portraits...its in the tutorial section. In there I used a video capture image for the tutorial and showed how to make it look great in Photoshop but with alot of glamour steps...that might give you a few tips on some methods to get exposure or color and other elements up to par from a video capture.

Good luck

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