Shooting in raw
11 April 2023 The basics of video production

Shooting in RAW: Advantages and Post-Processing Uncovered

Dive into RAW video shooting! Uncover its benefits and how it elevates brand narratives.

Ever wondered why video production companies get all starry-eyed about shooting in RAW? It's a bit like having your favourite meal but with all the ingredients separate, letting you mix, match, and season to your taste. A tad confusing? Don't worry; we're about to unpack this buffet of benefits and the post-production magic that RAW brings to the table.

1. So, What's the Deal with RAW Anyway?

First off, let's clear the air. RAW isn’t an acronym; it simply means the footage is 'raw', untouched, and unprocessed. When cameras shoot in formats like JPEG or MPEG, they compress and process the footage or image on the spot. But with RAW, all that data is preserved, giving you the unaltered, uncompressed juice straight from the camera's sensor.

2. The Advantages of Keeping It RAW

  • Flexibility in Post-Production: Since nothing's processed in-camera, you've got a world of options later. Fancy changing the exposure? Want those colours to pop a bit more? With RAW, you’re the master chef of your visual feast.
  • Better Quality: Without compression, you're getting the best quality possible, which means sharper, clearer visuals. It's like HD, but on steroids.
  • Wiggle Room with White Balance: Ever had footage that looked too blue or too orange? With RAW, you can adjust white balance in post, ensuring your videos have that perfect, natural tone.

3. The Magic of Post-Processing

  • Detail Retrieval: Overexposed skies or underexposed shadows? RAW lets you retrieve details from highlights and shadows, ensuring every part of your shot is spot on.
  • Non-Destructive Edits: Unlike other formats, when you tweak a RAW file, you're not altering the original data. This means you can edit, re-edit, and edit again without losing an ounce of quality.
  • Advanced Colour Grading: With a wider colour range, you've got a bigger palette for colour grading. It’s the difference between painting with a kid's watercolour set and having the array of a professional artist.

4. But...Is There a Catch?

Absolutely, nothing's perfect! RAW files are massive, so they'll gobble up storage space. And you'll need robust software (think Adobe Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve) and a beefy computer to handle the post-processing. Plus, it takes time; RAW gives you flexibility, but with great power comes...well, you know the rest.

5. Why Marketers Should Care

You're likely thinking, "Nice for the tech folks, but why should I care?" Here's the crux: Shooting in RAW ensures your brand visuals are top-notch. It’s about giving yourself the best canvas to work on, and who wouldn’t want the best for their brand?

Wrapping up

Pulling back the velvet curtain, RAW is more than just a file format; it's a choice, a commitment to quality, flexibility, and post-production prowess. So, next time you're sitting down with your video production team and they start raving about shooting in RAW, you'll know precisely why it's music to their ears. And who knows, maybe you’ll start humming along too!

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Emily Malone

Written by Emily Malone Marketing Manager for Venture — a full-service video production agency that specialises in producing creative videos & campaigns that get real results.

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