Something I've been asked to do more of lately is video work. So I'm taking it upon myself to push my gear on hand to the limit by learning to grade better. And that starts with better footage.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by shooting in a flat profile. Flat profiles give you more flexibility since it removes the color saturation, contrast and other settings from a video. Even better is a LOG profile, which contains even more light and color information (Some Canon and Sony cameras have a LOG profile).

Once you have your raw footage, you can take it into your favorite editing software like Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere and get way better results than your camera's default setting. This video is a quick example of what a difference between flat video and graded video looks like.

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