We did a 4x5k 98fps 360 panoramic stich work shot in kualalumpur for US citybank half a year back. Then the HDRx was a necessity. As we shot all diections, and had location some indoors with big windows and heavy sunlight etc. To me the HDRx function is the VFX plate king. we got some cool nuke setups that works with UP 8mm and epic 5k in four directions.... renders out some really prestine canvases at about 12k wide...
I found DaVinci Resolve very helpful in such situations, where you can treat the two tracks independently.
You can fill in the X-track with a power window where you need it and protect your skin tones from it in most scenes.
HDRx has a lot of promise but hasn't panned out too much in actual practice. I had high hopes for several HDRx shots we shot for our casino commercials recently, but they were difficult to make work. Even our colorist, who is one of the best in the biz, wasn't set up for HDRx in his Resolve - which means the biggest TV spots and music videos aren't using it either.
Blending in RedCineX just darkens the overall image. Using After Effects and pulling a luma key kinda works, but still makes things look weird. I ended up rotoscoping the A-track out to use the highlights from the X-track in one shot in a hotel room where the window was blowing out. I wish RedCineX was more intelligent about the blending between the two. Like a video version of the Nik software plugin HDR Efx Pro.
The trick is to use magic motion, then get your highlights where you want them, then use a combination of iso and curves to get where you want to be. At least ive had it work out just fine using that method.
I've used it on a few shots, but it's true that it's power should be worked on in redcine and other applications.
you have to treat the tracks independantly like with the power windows of Davinci or Scratch to get the most out of it.
Yes, I agree that a smarter tool should be incorporated into RedCine-X, I have used it only once with limited results with the blend tool, I'd love to see something more imaginative from the Red Team in this respect
Combining two exposures in video and making it look good is not an easy task. Even in photography taking multiple bracketed photographs and making it look great is tough enough. There is no magic solution. That said, it's reassuring to have the extra track's info just in case you blow it - literally.
The Magic Motion sorta works.
But I'd have loved to have more manual controll over it right there in RCX.
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