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Craig Alan
color correction and spinning beach ball
on May 5, 2013 at 1:04:09 am

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I'm attempting some color correction to an interview on a beach scene on a very bright glarry midday shot.

Making any adjustment to the color, saturation, or exposure will produce a spinning beach ball and a frustrating wait. I don't mind waiting for something to render but I just want to play with the color setting while watching the scopes and broadcast monitor to get a decent picture and I'm being constantly interrupted.

the selected clip is about 5 min 30 second long.

any suggestions?

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Gregor Queck
Re: color correction and spinning beach ball
on May 5, 2013 at 1:11:02 pm

I would try to take a little piece of this scene, maybe 5 sec, and work with it.
Then I would disable background rendering in the playback-settings and put playback quality to better performance.
If this doesn't help maybe there is a plugin which kills the performance...

Hope this helps :)


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Craig Alan
Re: color correction and spinning beach ball
on May 5, 2013 at 3:11:27 pm

Thanks Gregor,

I know i can save the the color grade as a preset to apply to other clips. How do i choose a 5 sec selection of a clip and correct only that section? I thought it was one clip at a time. I could blade it but prefer not to.

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