25 March 2010 - 21:59#22: Color Correction Basics I – Laying the Groundwork

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In this episode, we’ll lay the groundwork for episodes to come, talking about scopes, what they mean and why you should always pay attention to them.

Plus: Everyone who uses the Brightness and Contrast controls should seriously consider changing his profession.

Sorry guys, but I had to split the episode into two parts, because it was just too long. So this one may be a little dull, but it’s important. Next week, we’ll get started for real.

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If you really want to learn about color correction, I strongly recommend Steve Hullfish’s “The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction”

(Disclaimer: Purchasing the book from the link above will make me filthy rich. If you don’t want to make me go all bourgeois on you, buy the book from somewhere else. But buy it.)


  • udosauer

    Don't call Y' luminance. Luma is a better. Look here for explanation: http://www.poynton.com/PDFs/YUV_and_luminance_h

  • RaeySaleh

    Nice. I especially like the Brightness/Contrast jab. Although, many people who used to grade on the old (non-Symphony CC) Color Effect would argue the case… You use what you have in the end.
    But you're right, if you have better tools always learn and use them.
    Good idea for a series as well. CC is kind of a mystical art these days with fewer and fewer professionals I feel wanted to share the knowledge.

  • avidscreencast

    Thanks, I'll try to keep that in mind for future episodes.

  • Tobi

    yeah, the ol' lame-story-button…they abused that one indeed for avatar…almost as much as the copy-from-other-movies-clipboard :-D!

  • Coco

    thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  • Coco

    thank you for sharing your knowledge!