This is one of my favorite projects for the Opera from a visual point of view. The lighting and costumes are ridiculously colorful and add to the etherial quality of this bel canto masterpiece.
I edited from 3 nights of performance with 10 angles of HD video each. One challenge in this project came at the color correction stages when I tried to deal with blown out highlights that had been over-exposed beyond recovery. My solution was to embrace it by adding a soft glow to the highlights which minimized the crunchy unsightly video look while adding to the dream-like nature of the scene. I was able to achieve this while bringing the video back into legal broadcast range so the clipped areas wouldn't end up looking even worse on television.
My challenge was to work on this project with the knowledge that I need to distribute to 3 differnt outlets: public television in the form of an Avid project with handles and separate layers for graphics and titles, HD master prores files for DVD and Blu-ray authoring out of house, and local cinema in the form of a blu-ray disc which I would author myself.
I am really surprised and happy at the quality of the current crop of Blu-rays coming out of San Francisco Opera. They are cutting edge--in my opinion, among the finest technically in the world. Picture, sound, musical performance, camera work etc. All outstanding. The SFO videos keep their extras and interviews etc. as a separate menu item, not knocking you over the head with them everytime the curtain goes down. SFO videos are elegant and beautiful and give you more the actual feeling of a nice evening out, being there. Yes, I do love the San Francisco Opera 🙂