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Marcie Maute
How to color correct/remove too much light from part of a frame
on Jan 9, 2012 at 11:44:07 pm

Hey All,

I am working on a film right now and I am stumped. Here is my issue, the clip I was given was very poorly lit on production, the key light is obviously a key light. Ideally I would like to remove/diffuse/color correct so that it is not so noticeable. I have avid, FCP, and AE at my disposal, I just don't know which one can do the job - or if its even possible!

I tried to Limit Effect Color Correct in FCP and couldn't get a change. I thought about cloning the normal looking areas in order to replace the extremely lit ones, however the DP moves the camera in a very odd way which would make tracking difficult.

Any help appreciated! THanks

heres a still...


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: How to color correct/remove too much light from part of a frame
on Jan 10, 2012 at 4:32:18 am

If the area isn't completely clipped you might try to make an adjustment layer with the proper color settings and roto it out manually.


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Marcie Maute
Re: How to color correct/remove too much light from part of a frame
on Jan 12, 2012 at 2:02:10 am

Thats exactly what I have been attempting to do, it takes forever. But at least I have been able to isolate certain areas in order to manually color correct them.

What do you mean by clipped?

thanks for your help!


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Walter Soyka
Re: How to color correct/remove too much light from part of a frame
on Jan 12, 2012 at 1:52:46 am

If at least one of the RGB channels isn't clipped, you'd be able to mitigate that blown-out key light by copying it to the clipped channels to recover a little detail.

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