About Post Production

Format Conversion (saving your old videos)

Many people, myself included, started recording videos with the good old Sony 8 cassettes. Back in the eighties this was the first real portable format to gain any ground. If you have footage you recorded in this format we can convert it and place it on a modern DVD, to enjoy all over again.

We also have a pair of the legendary Panasonic AG-7700's so that we can edit your VHS, SVHS tapes as well. We even have the adapters to load the VHS-C and SVHS-C mini cassettes.

Once converted to a digital format it will no longer deteriorate, which unfortunately your existing tapes are doing every day. So please, if the tape is important to you, get
it transferred to digital media as soon as possible. If you can not, then please store it away from anything magnetic and where the temperature changes slowly and over a small range. There are few place worse than leaving them on that shelf under the TV in the living room!

Post Production image improvement

The above example of image improvement shows a large house with a security floodlight shining straight into the camera, ruining the otherwise stunning photo. To the human eye, it was barely noticeable, but the camera tries to compensate and ruins the overall image. An hour's careful editing with computer software, did what our eyes automatically do for us.

Damaged image improvement

The above example shows what can be done with an important documentary mage. Clearly once detail is lost it can never be put back, but in the case of noise (little white dots in this image) it is possible to guess at the what was there and clone it back. In the case of torn edge it is safe to assume that most of that area was curtain and so again it can be cloned from elsewhere in the image. Even the missing bodies can be cloned, but of course the face cannot (hence the two greyed areas). The rest is just general clean up and colour removal.

Old picture restoration

This image of a 'down on its luck' Ford Granada sleeping in the subway, had suffered from years of being on someone's wall.

Again computer software was used to remove the ageing from the print. Then very careful editing removed the scratches and blemishes.

This left a missing section of wall down on the left-hand bottom corner. Fortunately there were enough good tiles elsewhere, to clone replacements.

Post Production image cloning

With the 21st party the first photo is good, but does not convey the event in the way I want it to.

Fortunately I had also photographed the venue's entrance hall and so I had to very carefully edit around the couple and then remove just them from the first photo.

Next I selected the second photo of the entrance hall and edited it to make it darker (I also increased the intensity of the ceiling lights for effect), then it was simply a case of pasting the couple into it

Post Production Video Stabilization

Many videos are shaky (just look at my early attempts) but there are times even with experience cameraman, when circumstance dictate that you cannot steady your equipment. So sometimes you have to undertake stabilization in post production, as in this example. Here you can see a camera drone flying on a windy day near the coast and being buffeted. On the left is unedited footage and on the right is the output from the first edit. As the video goes on, the wind gets worse.