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Kevin Camin
Color Grading Workflow
on Mar 11, 2019 at 3:56:01 pm

Would you say this is the correct order of operations? 1-3 are global changes.

Basic workflow:
1. Correct exposure
2. Fix white balance
3. Adjust Saturation
4. Secondary Corrections: targeted adjustments to and tone/color
5. Effects: blurs, vignettes, glows, etc.

Best regards,

Kevin Camin


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David Baud
Re: Color Grading Workflow
on Mar 11, 2019 at 4:44:37 pm

Depending on the footage you are working with, I would add normalization for log in general. Also I would switch 1 & 2: I usually try to get "a normal look" before getting to "the look".

David Baud
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Shane Ross
Re: Color Grading Workflow
on Mar 11, 2019 at 6:22:18 pm

What David said. Make it look normal (exposure, white balance), then go for the look.

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Kevin Camin
Re: Color Grading Workflow
on Mar 11, 2019 at 6:51:38 pm

Isn't 1-3 the normalization of log (contrast, color balance and then saturation)? I think you're misunderstanding a little too, I apologize for the confusion, 1-3 is just to get the footage to a "normal" look. I should have between #3 and #4, applying a global look. Then #4 is the targeted adjustments with keying and power windows, etc.

Best regards,

Kevin Camin


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Chris Wright
Re: Color Grading Workflow
on Mar 11, 2019 at 10:50:52 pm

technically its
1. black point
2. white point
3. gamma (you can't have gamma without b/w points first)
4. white balance (the 3d balance of black/white point and midtones)
5. saturation (you can temporarily enhance this before #4 to get more perfect wb in HLS scopes, it's called wb de-compression)
6a. match all shots to a chart or pure scopes (I do onelight 7.5 to 90 ire when doing pure scope matching because it gives you room for contrast later if you want)
6b. skin tone line
7. grade to a look
8. effects - grain, halation, vignettes
9. burn all 32bpc effects into 16bpc master


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Kevin Camin
Re: Color Grading Workflow
on Mar 12, 2019 at 12:15:53 am

Thank you for this in-depth workflow. Can you expand on (or point to a resource) if you have time for 6a and 9?

Best regards,

Kevin Camin


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