Camera Picture Profiles

This document lists the prefered picture profiles currently in use here at CEOEL. It describes what we use them for, and the pros and cons of each.


Sony a7s

Short Description

Cameras Owned: 1

Recording Time: ## Minutes per clip

Recommended ISO Range: 100-5,200,000

Sony a7s Camera Body

Shorthand Picture Profile Label Settings Description Pros Cons
“Neutral” PP1

Gamma = Cine4

Color Space = S-gamut

Detail = -7

This Picture Profile is for General Use. It produces a flat image that can be graded fairly easily. Creates an image that is flat, but not too flat which helps retain image information for color grading. Will require some color grading.
“Log” PP2

Gamma = S-log2

Color Space = S-gamut

Detail = -7

Produces the flattest image possible and retains the most image information. Very flat image that maximizes dynamic range of camera and retains as much image information as possible Minimal ISO of 3200 and can be challenging to grade.
“Punchy” PP3 none Creates a pleasing image off the bat that has contrast, saturation and detail added already. Requires minimal color grading because contrast, saturation and detail are already added. Very difficult to grade because contrast, saturation, and detail are baked in.

Canon 6D

Short Description

Cameras Owned: 1

Recording Time: ## Minutes per clip

Recommended ISO Range: 100-1600

Canon 6D Camera Body

Shorthand Picture Profile Label Settings Description Pros Cons
“Neutral” Neutral

Sharpness = 0

Contrast = -4

Saturation = -4

Color tone = 0

This Picture Profile is for General Use. It produces a flat image that can be graded fairly easily. Creates an image that is flat, but not too flat which helps retain image information for color grading. Will require some color grading.
“Log” PP2

Sharpness = 0

Contrast = -4

Saturation = 0

Color tone = 0

Produces the flattest image possible and retains the most image information. Very flat image that maximizes dynamic range of camera and retains as much image information as possible More challenging to grade then neutral
“Punchy” Standard

Sharpness = 0

Contrast = 0

Saturation = 0

Color tone = 0

Creates a pleasing image off the bat that has contrast, saturation and detail added already. Requires minimal color grading because contrast, saturation and detail are already added. Very difficult to grade because contrast, saturation, and detail are baked in.

Canon T3i

Short Description

Cameras Owned: 3

Recording Time: ## Minutes per clip

Recommended ISO Range: 100-400

Canon 6D Camera Body

Shorthand Picture Profile Label Settings Description Pros Cons
“Neutral” Neutral

Sharpness = 0

Contrast = -4

Saturation = -4

Color tone = 0

This Picture Profile is for General Use. It produces a flat image that can be graded fairly easily. Creates an image that is flat, but not too flat which helps retain image information for color grading. Will require some color grading.
“Log” PP2

Sharpness = 0

Contrast = -4

Saturation = 0

Color tone = 0

Produces the flattest image possible and retains the most image information. Very flat image that maximizes dynamic range of camera and retains as much image information as possible More challenging to grade then neutral
“Punchy” Standard

Sharpness = -3

Contrast = 0

Saturation = 0

Color tone = 0

Creates a pleasing image off the bat that has contrast, saturation and detail added already. Requires minimal color grading because contrast, saturation and detail are already added. Very difficult to grade because contrast, saturation, and detail are baked in.

Matching Cameras

Matching two different camera models is never an easy task and is made even more difficult when the cameras are made by two different manufacturers. This is very true when trying to mix the Sony a7s with our Canon cameras. Unfortunately, there is no good way to match the Sony a7s to the Canon 6D/T3i utilizing in camera adjustments. You will always need to do some post matching in Premiere, After Effects, etc.

Below are some recommendations to help you when deciding which color profiles to utilize on each camera when mixing them together.

Cameras Picture Profiles
Sony a7s + Canon6D Neutral or Log
Sony a7s + Canon T3i Neutral
Sony a7s + Canon 6D + Canon T3i Neutral
Canon 6D + Canon T3i Neutral, Log or Punchy
Canon T3i + Canon T3i Neutral, Log or Punchy

If your goal is to minimize color matching work, then it is recommended that you only shoot with the Canon cameras.

Published on April 22, 2015 at 4:30:39 pm CST. Last modified on May 04, 2018 at 1:41:37 pm CST.