It took a dozen attempt but I think I got it.

Thanks to all the people that helped with the question I had yesterday on how to get a pure white background for my broll stock videos.

Basically it took 12 attempt to get the right amount of light on the background with the right f-stop combination to get a video clip I think is worthy of stock broll that I am providing under the Creative Commons License.

So is this stock footage of a high enough quality that you would use it for one of your videos? Not just because it is free, but because it looks good. How does my clip compare toΒ  the stock video footage professionals?

If you would like to use this Pouring Red Wine video clip you can download it on this Vimeo page.


  • Looks good but it might look a little better if you boosted the red channel to bring out the red wine more. But I am viewing this from my iPhone so maybe it looks good on a computer. At least on my iPhone the wine looks like a Coca-Cola color. Other than that looks very clean in deed.

  • I think it looks pretty damn good. Watched it on my iPhone 4 and the color is fine. Plus for stock footage, I would think neutral contrast and saturation would be preferred so that it could be tweaked easily by the end user. Way to go Dave.

  • @Aron when I went to the liquor store I asked the guy for the most translucent bottle of red he had so the light would bounce through it. But I would like to try it with a darker red soon.

  • well dave you always have the good ideas of what to do with our dslr. your footage is really really nice. Maybe you could make a slow motion version with 720p

    keep on posting such good ideas

    best regards

  • Looks darn good! These types of challenges build skills that will help in a variety of different situations. Everyone should tackle projects like this.

  • Hey Dave, great job on the wine footage, it looks fantastic.

    I’m not buying the old “I had to keep cleaning the wine glass out” gag – sure, no drinking during that shoot I’m sure :~)

    Great job Dave as always.

    I’ve got a shoot coming up against a white background and have been researching to see what people are using. What did you use as your backdrop? Paper, material?

    I’ve shot in front of an old projector screen I have and that wasn’t too bad, but that was with an old video camera. I’ll be trying it again with the Canon 550D to see how it comes out.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    All the best
    Phill Mason

  • Good job. Glad I was right in my youtube comment about really hammering the background with lights. I used 14 lights for my recent bass lessons video, because I wanted to use ISO 200 with the t2i, kit lens. AND my wall wasn’t even white, more grey’ish. Result turned out okay, thought after watching it on several screens I see it’s hardly pure white – so I’m gonna invest in some sort of big white sheet of paper for the wall..Only thing you gotta look out for is too much background bounce-back compared to your subject lighting – subject will easily become too backlit. I think this is more fun to play with than green-screening πŸ˜€

  • Not sure where to put this question, but ended up here:

    I’m a but confused about the term “exposure compensation”. It seems to relate directly to the f-stop value,- is that right? But what if you’re going for a specific dof setting, say 2.8 – and your exposure is a bit off – can’t you “compensate” using other parameters…like shutter speed or ISO? In other words: Why is the “compensation of exposure” related directly to f-stop settings by convention?

    Thanks – kind regards,