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7 Tips for HD Color Correction and DSLR Color Correction

On 07, Jan 2012 | 5 Comments | In Editing, Uncategorized | By vashi

Color correction is just one step of the entire filmmaking process…but oh, what a difference it can make. You can take average footage and really make it pop, sing and enhance the viewing experience of your project. If you have excellent footage, then the sky is the limit. You can also make images look garish, ugly and destroy all the hard work the crew did to capture those images on the day of the shoot. The challenges and choices are many and it comes with great responsibility if you are the one applying the Color Correction and Color Grade.

In the indie film world, jobs are more often merged and unified and Color Correction is more and more falling into the hands of the Editor. The smaller the budget and tighter the deadline…the more often this becomes true. Shane asked me to take this opportunity and pass on some tips and tricks I have learned over the years of Coloring features, shorts, ads, music videos and documentaries. I choose to use Adobe CS5.5 for my Color post work and bounce between After EffectsPhotoshop and Premiere as I love the seamless integration it provides. I am ecstatic to be integrating Speedgrade into my workflow as it will be part of the upcoming CS6 release. That said…the tips I would like to share with you are applicable to all Color Correction software.

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  1. Vashi,

    After over a year since this post, what are your thoughts on using Speedgrade? We’ve been using it in our workflow and haven’t had too many issues. Are you happy with it?

    Thanks a ton!

    • vashi

      I’m diving back into Speedgrade now with the newest version. I spoke with Patrick Palmer (Project Manager for Speedgrade) at NAB this year. He shared with me some of the improvements. It has better integration with the timeline and has a cleaner interface that should make my workflow quicker and easier. I’ve been on Davinci Resolve for the last 2 years as my main grading system and feel very comfortable and capable of almost anything I envision in my brain. Once I give Speedgrade a fair shake on a project I will blog about my experience and let you know! Thanks again for the comments Josh…

      • We’ve only recently moved from the Premiere Pro/After Effects (CS6) color correction to SpeedGrade. My wife is taking on the coloring aspect of everything, as she sees color much better than myself. If there was one book or blog that she should be reading/following as a budding colorist, what/who would that be?

        A bit off topic, but how is the workflow with the cloud (now that everything is moving to that) and have you found there to be a big learning curve with transitioning to the cloud (assuming you’re using it?)

        Thanks for the quick response and thanks again for what YOU do!

        • vashi

          Get Alexis Van Hurkman’s book:
          It covers everything you will need now and in the future. I keep an extensive library for all the different components of filmmaking…and this one I keep going back to for any color correction question I have. It’s definitive.

          In reference to the cloud…nothing changes. It is only to confirm you have a subscription and you only have to be connected once a month for Adobe to see you and for them to update software. The only time you would need constant internet connection is if you are on Adobe Anywhere and are editing off footage stored somewhere else…so fear not! Plus you can still use CS6 as usual if you have it. There are a lot of misconceptions out there right now but in a couple weeks when it Adobe CC becomes available they will be cleared up. In all honesty…there is no need to rush into it if you don’t need it. To each their own!

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