Film Grain: Downloadable HDR Sample Footage

Video details: Sony a7s III, Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM, ProRes RAW, S-Gamut3.cine/S-Log3, ISO 640, f/2.8. Edited in DaVinci Resolve 17 Studio HDR Rec.2020 PQ (P3-D65 limited) using an LG 55CX and MacBook Pro (late 2021).

Grain adds texture to an otherwise squeaky clean, sterile digital image and, as HDR is rather unforgiving, is all but indispensible for hiding imperfections in complexions, makeup, graphics, visual effects and prosthetics. Another seldom discussed aspect of grain is that it’s in constant motion, breathing life into each and every frame. At the same time, the aggressive compression algorithms of video sharing platforms like YouTube destroy high frequency detail, turning the voluptuous grain seen in the grading suite into unsightly macroblocking, so you’ll have to decide for yourself whether it might be preferable to not add grain to projects at all. For this reason, we’re offering readers a free downloadable version of the above video with DaVinci Resolve film grain added. Details: 54MB, HDR, 4K 23.98p, HEVC10 (higher quality).

It’s well-nigh impossible to see how the grain appears on something like the MacBook Pro Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED, which is why we recommend throwing the clip on the timeline of your favorite NLE, setting it up for HDR and viewing on an external UHD monitor or television set.

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