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Moog GravettColour Grading to match example
by on Nov 14, 2012 at 8:59:20 am

Hi folks,

I hope someone can give me some pointers on a bit of grading I need to do. I understand a certain amount about the process, but due to a strange sort of colour blindness, I can sometimes not see what I need to do . It's very odd and tough to explain. I usually try and stay away from creative grading and let those better equipped do it, but I kinda have to do this myself.

ANYWAY! - what I want to do is get my footage


to look and feel like this example I like.



Let's ignore the nasty tilt-shift, I won't be doing that, but it's the colour palette and texture that I like.

I can tell that the shadows need to be pulled towards blue and the whites are more yellow, but there's a lot I'm missing after that. How do I get that sort of.. 'milky' midtone section whilst keeping the skin tones real. Every test I've done so far has ended up very 'golden' (which is nice, but not what I want, or i've lost too much highlight detail (many of the shots in my video have large areas of white).
My tests also result in losing the colour of the sky, which in the example, keeps a nice popping blue.

What else am I missing between the two images.

I'm working in AE5, particularly hate using Colour Finesse, would rather learn more of the process through standard tools, but also have Magic Bullet Looks if it's easier to achieve there.

If indeed, it's just as easy to create the look in final cut pro 7, that'd be great. Either way :)

Can you help?

sincerely,

moog

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Chris WrightRe: Colour Grading to match example
by on Nov 14, 2012 at 11:47:16 am




ae 5.5 aep
http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?a455n4v070w6sl3


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Moog GravettRe: Colour Grading to match example
by on Nov 14, 2012 at 12:29:02 pm

Nice stuff Chris,
Thanks.

Just want to clarify one thing, I can see what you've done on most of the layers, but the ones named ..'Tint Highlights/Shadows from red matte'... I can't quite see how you're pulling the red matte in those ones. Can you spread a little light please?

Thanks again.

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Moog GravettRe: Colour Grading to match example
by on Nov 14, 2012 at 12:51:51 pm

...it's cool... i just found the shy layer ;)

cheers

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Moog GravettRe: Colour Grading to match example
by on Nov 14, 2012 at 1:47:15 pm

...However, i've hit another stumbling block.

I'm trying to re-create your setup on my footage (as i'm on 5, not 5.5 - so I've got your project open in an AE6 demo and am manually copying it across... but then that's great as I'm understanding it properly as I deconstruct it.)

I can't get my red channel mask looking like yours ...

Yours


Mine


The only thing I feel I may be missing is the Red Tolerance slider referred to in the expression. I've recreated it but can see if it links to anything...

Hope you can spare the time to help again.

Cheers

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Chris WrightRe: Colour Grading to match example
by on Nov 15, 2012 at 3:38:27 am

color 5.0 aep
http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?m72cafy1638h788


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Moog GravettRe: Colour Grading to match example
by on Nov 15, 2012 at 12:17:07 pm

Thanks again Chris,

I appreciate the effort and time you're giving me.
Can I just bother you once more though, to do me a favour and explain the connection of that red slider? My goal is to learn why all this is working and that's the only thing I can't anlyise. I need to put my entire video through this process and it's going to be easier if I'm clear what's going on under the hood.

Thanks again,

Moog

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Colour Grading to match example
by on Nov 14, 2012 at 1:02:30 pm

Here's a test project I put together using Colorista II:
4963_coloristaiigradeexampletj.aep.zip



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Vishesh AroraRe: Colour Grading to match example
by on Nov 14, 2012 at 3:22:08 pm

Moog

Duplicate the Main layer, add Gaussian Blur to it and then Put it in Screen Blending Mode.

This will give you the Bright and Milky look you want to achieve.

You can then adjust its influence by Changing the Opacity.

Vishesh Arora
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Blog:
http://digieffects.wordpress.com

Demo Reel(3D):







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Moog GravettRe: Colour Grading to match example
by on Nov 14, 2012 at 3:57:47 pm

Thanks Vishesh & Ted for your input too. I'm certainly further along than I was.

moog

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