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Sean Simms
Bringing out dark areas
on Jul 15, 2011 at 3:34:43 am

I was wondering how to bring about dark areas in the following piece:

especially between 4:15 and 7:00

I'd like to get more detail in the girl's black dress and in the shadows......

don't know a lot about filters and color correction....I used the 3 way color corrector eyedropper to balance the whites and blacks but that's all I really know....(was wondering how to use the mids eyedropper....a grey card?)

I'm on a daedline to get this piece doen by Saturday and i cant afford to hire anyone to do color correction....

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Steve Eisen
Re: Bringing out dark areas
on Jul 15, 2011 at 12:17:09 pm

Isn't everyone on a deadline? It takes some experimenting. You have to play around with your filters to get the look you want. Proper monitoring is crucial. There usually isn't a quick fix. Magic Bullet Looks can offer you some different options. I'm guessing if you can't hire a colorist, you can't afford MB Looks.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Bringing out dark areas
on Jul 15, 2011 at 1:26:13 pm

...and I suppose learning Color under deadline pressure is also out of the question.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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Nick Meyers
Re: Bringing out dark areas
on Jul 15, 2011 at 1:53:49 pm

my deadline precludes me from watching the 11 minute video, sorry. ;)
there are a couple of free filters you can get for FCP that can do a much better job of lifting dark areas than the Colour Corrector.

one is Lyric's Shadow Highlight:

the other is a curious trick i discovered
Download the free Too Much Too Soon filers;

use their Diffusion filter,

use these settings:

Type: Uniform or Shadows (Defines what you want to lift)
Amount = Zero (that's no diffusion at all)
Opacity = 100%
Mode = Add

this is basically like using the "Add" Composite mode on a clip layered on itself, but neatly contained in one filter.


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Sean Simms
Re: Bringing out dark areas
on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:02:45 pm

thanks, I will try both filters.....


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