Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema

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The colorist working in film and video is the individual responsible for breathing life into characters, bringing a mood into a scene, and making the final product polished and professional-looking. This craft is an art form that often takes years to perfect and many trial-and-error attempts at getting it right. Here to help both the newcomer and professional who needs to brush up on their skills is the first book to cover a wide variety of techniques that can be used by colorists, no matter what system they?re ...

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Overview

The colorist working in film and video is the individual responsible for breathing life into characters, bringing a mood into a scene, and making the final product polished and professional-looking. This craft is an art form that often takes years to perfect and many trial-and-error attempts at getting it right. Here to help both the newcomer and professional who needs to brush up on their skills is the first book to cover a wide variety of techniques that can be used by colorists, no matter what system they’re using. Whether you’re using a video editing package with a color correction tool built in (Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro) of a dedicated application (Apple Color, Assimilate Scratch, Baselight, or DaVinci), this book covers it all. From the most basic methods for evaluating and correcting an overall image, to the most advanced targeted corrections and creative stylizations typically employed, you’ll find this highly organized book a solid reference that’s easy to navigate. The accompanying DVD contains footage as well as cross-platform exercises and project files for readers to experiment with.

After reading the techniques, readers will learn to apply the methods that all of the color correction applications use, how to problem-solve and trouble-shoot, how to maximize the effectiveness of each tool that’s available, and they will discover how to creatively combine techniques and tools to accomplish the types of stylizations that colorists are often called upon to create.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321713117
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Pages: 533
  • Sales rank: 804,501
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexis Van Hurkman is a writer, director, and colorist based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has written widely on the topic of color correction, including Adobe SpeedGrade Classroom in a Book, Autodesk Smoke Essentials, Apple Pro Training Series titles The Encyclopedia of Color Correction, Advanced Color Correction and Effects in Final Cut Pro, and Final Cut Pro X Advanced Editing, as well as the first edition of this book. Alexis has also written software documentation, including the DaVinci Resolve Manual and the Apple Color User Manual. As a working colorist, Alexis grades a wide variety of commercial and independent projects for broadcast, narrative and documentary features and shorts, spots, and experimental subjects. You can learn more about Alexis at http://vanhurkman.com/ or follow him on Twitter at @hurkman
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
1 COLOR CORRECTION WORKFLOWS
2 SETTING UP A COLOR CORRECTION
3 PRIMARY CONTRAST ADJUSTMENTS
4 PRIMARY COLOR ADJUSTMENTS
5 HSL QUALIFICATION AND HUE CURVES
6 SHAPES
7 ANIMATING GRADES
8 MEMORY COLORS: SKIN TONE, SKIES, AND FOLIAGE
9 SHOT MATCHING AND SCENE BALANCING
10 QUALITY CONTROL AND BROADCAST SAFE
PREVIEW: COLOR CORRECTION LOOK BOOK
INDEX
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