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Lesson 8. Film Compositing > Film Resolution Files

Film Resolution Files

Film resolution files are generally scanned at a size of 2048×1556 pixels, but practically speaking, effects artists work with a variety of different film image sizes. The large size of film images means longer processing and slower interaction. It also means that you can charge more for the job. Sweet.

1.
Open Shake.

2.
FileIn the glass.1-19.cin sequence from the Lesson08 folder.

3.
Click the Fit Image to Viewer icon in the Viewer.

4.
Click frame 5 on the Time Bar.

Patience. It will take a moment to update. The glass clip is an 1828x988-pixel Kodak 10-bit Cineon log clip. In the title bar of the Viewer, it says that the clip is 16-bit RGB. Shake takes the 10-bit log clip and blows it out to 16 bits. It is still in log space and as a result looks washed out, because Cineon files are flattened, or compressed, in the highlights and shadows.

5.
Switch the Viewer to Scrolling Update mode.

This displays each line, starting from the bottom, as the image renders. This mode is good for slower renders.

6.
Advance the Time Bar by 1 frame.

Working with film resolution files is definitely slower than working with the clips you have seen so far. They take longer to load and longer to process. Shake has a number of tools—namely, proxies—to speed up interaction when working with these larger files.


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