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Oliver Peters
Re: FCPX and color correction tools
on Sep 2, 2017 at 6:30:26 pm

[Walter Soyka] " The board probably makes manipulations with a mouse easier (as the moves are horizontal and vertical)"

Well, sort of. If you grab a puck you may be moving it in any direction diagonally, not necessarily horizontal first and then vertically up or down. So effectively that's the same [or maybe even more travel] as moving a color wheel in any direction away from center. Of course, you can also get there by using the numeric controls.

[Walter Soyka] "The board also oversimplifies color theory"

Not only does it oversimplify, it actually flat out implies the wrong thing. As you know, the color portion of the color board - like most color wheels - is a hue offset control. This means you are changing the RGB color balance of a luma range within the overall image - low, mid, high, overall. So you aren't reducing red or blue or whatever as a specific color. You are changing the color cast of that image. Therefore, if your midtones appear reddish, moving the red mid puck to minus red doesn't decrease red. It shifts the balance away from red and towards blue/green. That's obvious with a color wheel, but not with the color board. Reducing saturation or changing hue of a specific color is a function of secondary color correction though a key or additional process. In that process, it makes a bit more sense.

Of course, you know all this, but I'm not sure many new editors using X understand that at all.

- Oliver

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