Artbeats FAQs

Why does some of the city aerials footage look softer than some of Artbeats' other footage?

Primarily because some of the footage was shot on 35mm film and some on High Definition Video. They are two very different cameras so the results are bound to be different. Also, weather is a factor. Sometimes you get a very clear, crisp day and sometimes it's a little hazy outside.

Much of aerial footage shot on HD video was shot with a Sony F950 HD camera with the detail enhancement turned very low. We do this because the digital enhancement is actually "artificial" sharpening which, in fact, causes a loss in data. Secondly, a vertical blur is often added to reduce interface flicker. It was possible to send a sharper looking image, but the horizontal lines in the buildings would have caused an annoying flicker.

Regardless, there is actually the potential for the softer footage to look just as sharp or sharper than the film-sourced footage with a little bit of post effect work.

Suggested settings (Please keep in mind that these kinds of alterations can increase interlace flicker.):

Unsharp Mask: Amount=100, Radius=1.0, Threshold=5
Levels: Input Black=11, Input White=239
Saturation: +10

We didn't do this in the first place because all these effects cause a loss in data, whether it be clipping of white or black channels, OR light and dark enhancement of high contrast edges (artificial sharpening). We depend on the customer to apply effects as needed for their particular project. We merely provide the image with the best potential, with as much of the data intact as possible. Unfortunately, this "potential" image may not look as slick as a finished image would because it's in the raw state.