Broadcast Beat Magazine 2017 IBC Show - Page 34

FILMMAKING MEETS PHOTOGRAPHY: HOW AND WHY TO EXTRACT STILLS FROM 4K+ FOOTAGE MAJOR INDUSTRY TREND BLURS THE LINE BETWEEN STILL IMAGES AND VIDEO. By GEORGIA DAWSON Extracting still frames from 8K video may soon become the ultimate in still photography, as explored by Vincent Laforet. Indeed, the emer- gence of 4k+ resolutions has enabled greater flexibility for filmmakers and photographers alike. Working from a single camera is now a suitable setup for almost every occasion. It’s hard to believe that photography and video were once kept as separate as chalk and cheese. Instead of struggling to take the perfect photo, camera crews can now direct a model and cap- ture short video clips filled with potential images. After all, from every second of footage in 8K, you can choose from 60 still frames. But how to extract them? Unfortunately, it can be a tedious, manual process to extract stills via editing suites like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro. In the move towards a video-based workflow, photographers have found themselves in need of applications and plugins that can happily process both mediums. Andres Lesauvage is one such professional. Throughout his 30-year career in film and pho- tography, Andy has dabbled a bit of every- thing, working across a broad range of cam- eras and codecs. Now, he’s finding that more and more work can be completed with your average Panasonic 4k+ camera, if combined with the right software. “We jumped onto 6k as soon as it was available. We could see the future moving quickly away from print and onto screen. Once you have learned to harness both photo and video, it becomes second nature. The quality of both video and still images 34 • Broadcast Beat Magazine •