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GLOBAL VISION & KROMA POST HIP-HOP DOCUMENTARY

March 2, 2007
GLOBAL VISION & KROMA POST HIP-HOP DOCUMENTARY

The documentary tracks more than two years in the life of hip-hop producer J Swift, formerly of the Pharcyde, as he struggles to win back his life and career from homelessness and crack addiction.

According to Global Vision Studio producer/editor Loren Semmens many of the scenes were challenging as they were shot in low lighting. "The Panasonic DVX-100A, however, has a great low light option when bumping the gain. This, in addition to Final Cut Pro's color correction tools, results in a great looking final product."

Global Vision uprezed Mini DV footage to HD.  Los Angeles based VFX studio Kroma was also brought in to handle the uprez and titling.

"The workflow we devised to transition from our Final Cut Pro suite to Kroma's Avid Adrenaline was interesting," notes Semmens. "We exported an NTSC DV QuickTime version of the finished film that included the temp graphics and titles, then a version that excluded graphics and titles and replaced them with black. In addition, we exported an EDL to line up the cuts and to facilitate color correction. This transition between Final Cut Pro and Avid Adrenaline worked without a hitch."