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Michael WestThree-camera shoot color correction
by on Dec 7, 2012 at 2:52:42 pm

Good morning:
Shot a 50 minute musical revue last night.
3 cams: Canon HG20's, CineMode, 60i.
At the last minute, a different light/sound person came on board.
Different light technique from the first time I shot it.
(Yeah, I know. Who'd a thunk, huh?)
I'm using FCP 7 and Color 1.5.
Should I take each 50 minute sequence individually into Color first, correct it, then do the multicam edit, or edit, then bring the resulting sequence into Color and correct?
and/or
I just finished the Lynda.com tutorial for Color (very good, btw), but the author uses small clips.
Should I divide each sequence into smaller clips based on the musical numbers, correct those as a unit to maintain some continuity betwixt them, then piece them together in FCP 7 using Pluraleyes?
I'll stop now and await your advice.
Thanks and I hope the holidays are kind to you.
Michael


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Joseph OwensRe: Three-camera shoot color correction
by on Dec 7, 2012 at 3:35:37 pm

Most colourists I know, and it would be my own approach, is to stay with the normal workflow and grade the show in context -- post edit process, where we do not assume that a one-light, or best-light correction to a camera angle will be adequate to cover an entire show, let alone match the other angles under the changing conditions of a live presentation.

jPo

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Michael WestRe: Three-camera shoot color correction
by on Dec 7, 2012 at 4:27:18 pm

Joseph:
Thank you for the rapid response.
I am a tad confused as to what you're advising, being a noob when it comes to using Color.

Here's what I gathered:
Do the edit as I would normally, using Pluraleyes to sync, creating a new sequence featuring the choices made from the 3 angles.
Take that new sequence into Color for correction.

If so, all well and good.

However, while in Color, do I just grade/correct as I go down the timeline, working with each angle as I come to it?

Example:
Load the sequence into Color.
I have angles a-b-c.
I correct "a", then go to "b", correct, then go to "c", correct, then when "a" comes up again, correct that, etc.
Now, if I do the second correction to "a" (or "b" or "c") during a particular song sequence, can I reference the previous correction information of "a" (or "b" or "c") to maintain continuity?

Thanks again for your time and your patience.
Michael


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Joseph OwensRe: Three-camera shoot color correction
by on Dec 7, 2012 at 7:49:50 pm

Grading multicamera drama is more or less the same.

There may be an overall correction that helps get you started with the characteristics of each camera, but grade overall is generally done on a clip-by-clip basis. Each grade solution that you come up with can be saved and applied to any other clip by a couple of mechanisms -- drag and drop, save and enter, creating groups, they're all in manuals and online tutorials. The way I work, I try to "carry" a set of corrections forward until I hit a whole new world and if nothing works, engineer a new grade... which will work for a while longer, with tweaks as the show unreels.

But. The only way to create true continuity from shot-to-shot is to see how they play together as an edited property. That is the nature of the human visual system, its just the way it works because the mind is watching the values and because human vision is "color-constant", what a viewer perceives, as the clips play out, is always relative to what they saw last. For me, its a fallacy to think that a show's media can be pre-corrected and then hope to hang together after edition.

jPo

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Michael WestRe: Three-camera shoot color correction
by on Dec 7, 2012 at 8:50:47 pm

By Jove, I believe I have it!
Multicam edit in FCP 7, collapse, send to and correct in Color 1.5, bring back to FCP 7, add any other gobbledygook (opening titles, credits, etc.), export, burn DVD, and receive accolades from a greatful nation......well, at least the friend I shot this for.
Thanks for your help.
Michael


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