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andrew donaldsonchange colors: orange to red
by on Oct 3, 2012 at 2:24:25 pm

Hi fellas,

I thought i'd throw this out there incase someone has a better way of doing this:

We shot a bowling scene with an orange ball (we couldn't get a red one!), and i am trying to change it to Red in post.

The whole scene is in black and white, but the ball needs to be Red, ala Pleasantville style.

I am using AE 5.5 with the leave color effect and trying to tweak the Hue and Saturation controls. It's looking okay, but not really that amazing.

Does anyone have any other tips to make this look Goooooood, or faster at least!

FWIW, there are no issues with Motion blur, etc. the shots seem pretty good.
Shot on a Canon C300 captured at 50fps, Prores 422 HQ. Mac OSX, etc...


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Walter SoykaRe: change colors: orange to red
by on Oct 3, 2012 at 3:02:14 pm

Doing this in Ae, I'd probably use Colorista II instead of Leave Color.

It's difficult to give you suggestions on how to improve the look of your project without understanding what you don't like about your results now...

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
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andrew donaldsonRe: change colors: orange to red
by on Oct 3, 2012 at 3:15:57 pm

Thanks for your suggestions, i'll give them go...

I guess what i don't like is that the ball goes from a subtly deeper orange to a full blown out mess. I can't really describe it better than that.

The client's brand's main colour is red, so it needs to be pretty spot on.
If it doesn't work, its not that big of a deal, it's just a nice-to-have.

Thanks again, I'll report back with results...

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Vishesh AroraRe: change colors: orange to red
by on Oct 3, 2012 at 3:03:33 pm

Using " Levels " can give much better look. Try that out.

Vishesh Arora
VFX and Motion Graphics Artist
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Kevin CampRe: change colors: orange to red
by on Oct 3, 2012 at 3:17:55 pm

there's the effect change to color... pick the color you want to change, then pick a color to change it to. and a variety of methods and tolerance setting to tweak.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer

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Chris ButtacoliRe: change colors: orange to red
by on Oct 3, 2012 at 3:47:03 pm

Or you could always, dare I say... roto - then use something like Hue/Saturation colorize.

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Joseph W. BourkeRe: change colors: orange to red
by on Oct 3, 2012 at 4:14:55 pm

I think that Walter hit the nail on the head with his Colorista solution - you can get much better control over the color range you're dealing with (especially with a bowling ball, which is going to have hard specular highlights on the top - depending on the lighting - as well as soft gradient color shifts as you go toward the bottom). You'll be amazed at the control you've got in Colorista - just do a couple of tutorials, and you'll have it.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media

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