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Video Color Correction for Non-Linear Editors

Book Description

Today's non-linear editing systems are equipped with a wide range of color correction tools that were previously only available in dedicated color correction suites. This book shows video editors how to take full advantage of their power. Clear, step-by-step instructions are included for Avid XPress DV, Avid Symphony, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and more. Beyond that, you'll learn the importance of "selling" the color correction you've achieved to clients, while making sure the client realizes the impact color correction gives the final product.

In addition to non-linear editing systems, there are now many plug-in applications for color correction. These plug-ins, including ColorFix, Composite Suite Color Correct, Vixen Pro, and Color Finesse, are covered in detail. There is ample information on how to work with the various video recording formats a client may present you, and the pros and cons of each. Rounding out the text are numerous hints, tips, common pitfalls, and tutorials for real-world practice. The CD contains images can practice color correction on; popular software tools, including trial versions of AfterEffects, Premiere, and various plug-ins; and QuickTime movies demonstrating color correction techniques. Lastly, ample reference material makes this an excellent resource.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. 1. Getting Started
    1. The Basics of Color Correction
    2. The Colorist
    3. Setting Up Your Color-Correction Environment
    4. Summary
  9. 2. The Video Signal
    1. Reading the Scopes
      1. The Waveform Monitor
      2. The Vectorscope
      3. The Parade Display
      4. The Histogram
    2. Video Standards
      1. NTSC
      2. PAL
      3. HDTV
    3. Video Systems
      1. Component Video
      2. Composite Video
      3. Analog Video
      4. Digital Video
  10. 3. Videotape Recording Formats
    1. Analog Recording Formats
      1. 1-Inch Type C
      2. 8mm
      3. Betacam
      4. Betacam SP
      5. Betamax
      6. Hi-8
      7. S-VHS
      8. U-Matic
      9. VHS
    2. Digital Recording Formats
      1. Betacam SX
      2. D-1
      3. D-2
      4. D-3
      5. D-5
      6. D-6
      7. D-7 (DVCPRO)
      8. DCT
      9. Digital Betacam
      10. Digital S (D-9)
      11. DV/DVC
      12. DVCAM
      13. DVCPRO 50
      14. Digital 8
      15. HDCAM
  11. 4. The Color-Correction Tools
    1. Adobe Systems, Inc.
      1. Adobe After Effects
      2. Adobe Premiere
    2. Apple Computer, Inc
      1. Final Cut Pro
    3. Avid Technology, Inc
      1. Avid|DS
      2. Avid Symphony
    4. Plug-In Applications
      1. 3Prong
      2. Digital Film Tools
      3. In-Sync Corporation: ViXen
      4. Synthetic Aperture
  12. 5. Types of Color Correction
    1. Basic Video Levels
      1. The Hue Control
      2. The Saturation Control
      3. The Lift Control
      4. The Gain Control
    2. Primary Color Correction
    3. Secondary Color Correction
    4. Adjustable Curves
    5. The Knee Control
    6. Area Isolation
  13. 6. Seven Sample Scenarios and Operational Tips
    1. Seven Sample Scenarios
      1. A Beer Commercial
      2. An Airline Commercial
      3. A Supermarket Commercial
      4. A Car Commercial
      5. A Scandinavian Floor Commercial
      6. A Documentary
      7. A Music Video
    2. Hints and Tips
      1. Selective Color-Correction Effects
      2. A Difficult Color Isolation
      3. Color Isolations from Compressed Video Material
      4. Matching Colors from a Product Provided by the Client
      5. Matching Colors Based on a Reference Tape
      6. Information Backups
      7. Setting Up Your Monitor
    3. The Client
      1. Working with Multiple Clients
    4. When to Use Which Type of Color Correction
      1. Lighting Problems
    5. Frequent “Traps” Colorists Find Themselves In
      1. Color Correcting with an Uncalibrated Monitor
      2. Overuse of the Secondary Color Corrector
      3. Color Adaptation
    6. Tips for Scene-by-Scene Color Matching
  14. 7. Tutorials
    1. Primary Color Correction
    2. Selective Color Correction
    3. Creating a Color Gradation
    4. Creating a Knee Correction
    5. A Defocused Halo Effect
    6. Creating a Night Scope Color Effect
    7. Using Adjustable Curves
    8. Creating a Secondary Color Correction
    9. Adjusting Image Levels Using the Histogram
    10. Changing Color Using the Eye Dropper
    11. Creating a Dual-Tone Effect
    12. Instantly Creating a Warm or Cool Look
    13. Creating a Black and White Image with One Color Remaining
    14. Color Correcting Only the Image Highlights
    15. Creating a Sepia Tone Color Correction
    16. Creating a Color Vignette Around an Image
    17. Making Multiple Color Gradations
  15. Appendix A: Additional Resources
  16. Appendix B: World Television Standards
  17. Appendix C: Color Temperature Chart
  18. Appendix D: Video Recording Format Chart
  19. Glossary
  20. Index