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Daniel SchmidtHow to Show Clipping
by on Mar 3, 2010 at 10:09:57 am


I am new to After Effects but familiar with Photoshop and Final Cut. Coming from that background there are a few aspects of AE CS4 that irritate me. The most irritating of those has to do with the clipping of highlights and shadows. When I work in Photoshop or Adobe Camera Raw one of my first steps in color correcting an image is usually to adjust the white and black levels. While doing that I take care not to clip any information, either by holding down the alt-key or by turning on the clipping warnings. In FCP the histogram shows me in bright red when I start to clip any information and the video scopes make this very visible as well.

I can't believe that there is no way to show clipping in AE, yet I couldn't find anything either in the program or the manual. What did I miss?


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Laurie TurnerRe: How to Show Clipping
by on Mar 3, 2010 at 5:44:19 pm

are you refering to broadcast safe colors?

If so,

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Daniel SchmidtRe: How to Show Clipping
by on Mar 4, 2010 at 12:08:40 pm

Not really. I do a lot of work for the web, where broadcast levels aren't an issue. I'd just like to be able to see when and where in the image I get total white or total black clipping.

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