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Struggling to find any information online about grading a 16mm black and white transfer. I have done grading work but would love some tips on grading 16mm transfer specifically black and white. Any resources would be appreciated.

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I don't think there's anything you need to do differently when digitally grading B&W originated film. If anything, it should be easier as you only have to worry about contrast.

 

The only complication I can think of would be dealing with the inherent contrast in 7266 Tri-X reversal stock, but that's not a problem specific to B&W or 16mm.

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In telecine on the Spirit I usually set the hilites to the top and set the shadows so they are just about clipping and then adjust the gamma to suit the content and face tone.

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Should I still be desaturating the Image? I am getting an RGB color cast. The director is asking me to take it out. Not sure if this is normal or a mistake in the processing?

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Well, that's odd. Not sure how it could be the film itself if you shot B&W film stock. I would think just taking the saturation down to 0 would be the quickest fix.

 

When I've had B&W film scanned in the past, it came back as Prores 4444 with only the Y-channel (luminance). So there was no RGB at all in the Resolve scopes.

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