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Color Correction for Video, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Use color to improve your storytelling, deliver critical emotional cues, and add impact to you videos. This book shows you how to analyze color correction problems and solve them- whatever NLE or plugin you use.

Experienced editors and colorists in their own right, the authors also include the wisdom of top colorists, directors of photography, and color scientists to deliver this insightful and authoritative presentation of the theory and practice of color correction.

The book provides technical insight into how to effectively color correct your video, also delving into how color can impact storytelling and deliver critical emotional cues. The new edition also includes 2 new "Quickstart Tutorials", a new chapter on how color impacts storytelling, information on the impact HD has had on the correcting process, and updated application specifications. The companion DVD features new and more robust tutorial media.


Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Color Correction For Video
  3. Full Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter 1 Getting Started with Color Correction
    1. Quick Start
    2. The Goals of Color Correction
    3. Spreading the Tonal Range
    4. Balancing the Colors
    5. Conclusion
  9. Chapter 2 Analyze This-Your Monitor
    1. Monitor Environment
    2. The Eyes Have It
    3. Setting Up Your Computer Monitors
    4. Calibrating Your Video Monitors
    5. Alternative Methods for Video Monitor Calibration
  10. Chapter 3 Using Scopes as Creative Tools
    1. Choosing Your Scope
    2. Waveform Monitor
    3. Chip Chart and Waveform Monitor
    4. Proper Levels for Each Tonal Range
    5. A Wave of Waveforms
    6. Vectorscope
    7. A Diamond in the Rough
    8. Summary
  11. Chapter 4 Other Methods to Analyze Footage
    1. Info Palettes and Other Numeric RGB Readouts
    2. Histograms
  12. Chapter 5 Colorists' Tools-Primary Color Correction
    1. Tonality Rules! (Or Colors Drool)
    2. Hammer and Saw of Color Correction
    3. Basic Black
    4. Throw Caution to the Wind
    5. Back to Black
    6. Value of 100IRE
    7. How to Get to 100
    8. Math Class
    9. Gamma Quadrant
    10. In or Out
    11. Tool Time
    12. Level Playing Field
    13. Hue and Hue Offset
    14. Luma Ranges
    15. Curves
    16. The Basics of Curves
    17. Precision Control When You Need It Most
  13. Chapter 6 Secondary Color Correction
    1. Vector-Based Secondaries
    2. Secondary Limitations
    3. Vignettes or Spot Color Corrections
    4. Unqualified Use of Secondaries
    5. Summary
  14. Chapter 7 Tutorials
    1. In the Dark-Improperly Exposed Video
    2. Bright and Flat
    3. Casting for Colors
    4. On the Fence
    5. That's Blue-And I'm Not Lion
    6. Summary
  15. Chapter 8 Advanced Color Correction Tutorials
    1. Matching Colors at the Art Institute
    2. Rosy Cheeks
    3. Day for Night
    4. Creating Looks
    5. The Importance of Story
    6. Creating Story Looks
    7. Other Cool Looks
    8. Apple Color's Color FX Room
    9. More Experiments
  16. Chapter 9 The History and Role of the Colorist
    1. Video-to-Video Color Correction
    2. Telecine Color Correction
    3. From Color Corrector to Colorist
    4. Datacine and DI
    5. Diplomacy and Client Skills
    6. The Future
  17. Chapter 10 Vision and Color Theory
    1. The Science of Color
    2. It's All in Your Head
    3. Source Light
    4. Modifiers
    5. Detectors
    6. How Eyes Work
    7. The Two Kinds of Vision
    8. Perception
    9. Color Dynamics
    10. Viewing Environment
    11. Adaptive White Points and Chromatic Adaptation
    12. Surround Types
    13. Additive and Subtractive Color
    14. Color Spaces
    15. Space versus Gamut-What's the Difference?
    16. Stimulus-Specific Color Space
    17. Device-Dependent Color Space
    18. Video Color Spaces
    19. Bit Depth
    20. Beyond the 8-Bit Standard
    21. Subsampling
  18. Chapter 11 Built-in Software and Plug-in Capabilities
    1. Adobe Premiere and After Effects
    2. Avid
    3. Color
    4. Color Finesse
    5. Final Cut Pro
    6. Plug-Ins
    7. GenArts
  19. References
  20. Index