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Justin CrowellColor Correction: How to make these two match!
by on Oct 27, 2011 at 1:45:03 am

Hi everybody,
I'm doing a project where I export to VHS and go back to digital to get a sort of lo-fi effect. An interesting side-effect of the process was that the colors looked really awesome on the VHS monitor I was using. I imported the thing back to my computer, but the new look was only through that one monitor.

So, I'm trying to color correct the imported image to match the monitor. I have FCP 7 and Color, though I've been doing this project as practice with FCP X. I also have After Effects and Motion, so if anyone has any tips for me with any of these softwares, I would appreciate it.

Primary things I've noticed but can't seem to get right:
1) Lighter shadows
2) More saturated reds (mids?)
3) Brighter blues

Any ideas? Thanks!
-Justin

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Shane RossRe: Color Correction: How to make these two match!
by on Oct 27, 2011 at 2:47:17 am

DESATURATE everything. Bring up the blacks to wash things out. brighten the brights.

All I can say without actually playing with the footage.

Shane

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David Roth WeissRe: Color Correction: How to make these two match!
by on Oct 27, 2011 at 2:48:20 am

Your blacks first need to be set properly. Turn on the scopes and look at the waveform. Your blacks, i.e. the very bottom line should be at "0," but you'll see them well above that. Drop a 3-way CC filter on that clip, double click to load the clip in the viewer, and drag the slider underneath the color wheel on the left to the left until the black level hits the zero line (black) at the bottom of the waveform. That will take care of most of your issues. As you'll notice, when you adjust the black both luminance and color are affected.

Or, did I get your question bassackwards???

If so, go the other direction with the blacks.

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Justin CrowellRe: Color Correction: How to make these two match!
by on Oct 28, 2011 at 1:13:47 am

Hmm...I've raised the blacks (I'm trying to get the lighter image with the rosier color). It's really not having the effect that I want at all, though. You'll notice that not only is this an exposure issue, but those two main colors (the rose/orange on the left and the blue on the right) are significantly different--even different hues, I think.

In terms of seeing more of the footage...it's all just this same shot, with those two people moving around. So, the lighting and coloring don't change at all.

Thanks for the help!
-Justin


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Frederic BaumannRe: Color Correction: How to make these two match!
by on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:07:30 am

Hi,

I have made a test with a plug-in I wrote for Sony Vegas. The screenshot below shows:

1) the original picture (top-left)
2) the original picture modified with my plug-in (bottom-left)
3) the target picture (right)



I am considering porting this plug-in to FCP, please let me know if you think this would be of interest.

Hope this helps,
Best regards,

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Justin CrowellRe: Color Correction: How to make these two match!
by on Jan 10, 2012 at 4:12:04 pm

Sorry for that slow response! You did a great job with it! Any shane you HAVE ported that to FCP?
Thanks!
-J


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Frederic BaumannRe: Color Correction: How to make these two match!
by on Jan 10, 2012 at 9:03:41 pm

Hi Justin,

thanks for the feedback! :-)

What do you mean by "shane"? (don't know this word).

Anyhow, I did not port the plug-in to FCP (yet).

Best regards,
Frederic

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Justin CrowellRe: Color Correction: How to make these two match!
by on Jan 10, 2012 at 9:10:40 pm

Ha, wow, no idea why I wrote "shane"...definitely meant "chance." I must have been watching one of Shane's tutorials!

Anyhow, if you DO ever get around to porting it, please let me know!
Thanks,
Justin

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Frederic BaumannRe: Color Correction: How to make these two match!
by on Jan 10, 2012 at 9:15:57 pm

OK I certainly will :-)

By the way, could I ask you one more impression: I have developed a White Balance correction plug-in for Vegas. Do you think it would make sense for FCP? (or do you think that FCP's built-in White Balance corrector is just fine?)

Thanks for your feedback.

You may check comparison screenshots of this white balance here: http://www.fbmn-software.com/en/white-balance.html

Best regards,
Frederic

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Color-matching made easy with the ColorMatch plug-in.

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Justin CrowellRe: Color Correction: How to make these two match!
by on Jan 10, 2012 at 9:19:39 pm

FCP's 3-way CC is REALLY simple to white balance with, esp if you use the eye dropper to pick whites and blacks. I haven't had a ton of luck with the auto white balancer, though, so it might be cool to see a good one.

Anyone have any opinions on that?
-J

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SarasotaTheBand.com


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