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Dave LaRonde
Re: CNNs bright REDs ...broadcast safe colors???
on Jun 4, 2013 at 7:06:38 pm

Designers use Vectorscopes to avoid oversaturated colors. There's a vectorscope in Color Finesse, and a handy one-trick pony for AE & Photoshop called Scopo Gigio (I think it's still available).

In all cases, make sure the scopes are set up for the appropriate broadcasting system!

In the USA, that means NTSC, and NTSC works from a Waveform Monitor video level black of 16-16-16 to a white of 235-235-235. Set color saturation for the Vectorscope to 75% Bars, not 100% Bars. Of the two, it's more important to get the vectorscope right. Most NLE's have software proc amps that sort out video levels properly. But not color saturation.

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

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