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Old September 25th, 2008, 02:58 AM   #1
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Preferred tools for CC, Luma, etc..? in PPCS3

Looking at the tools available in CS3 for color correction, luma control, white balance and saturation adjust. Whatís the best oneís to use? It seems a bit like Vegas where they all do the same thing in a way but some are easier than others. WHICH ONES.

Iím really trying to work with CS3 but itís so hard coming from Vegas where Iím so used to the thing.

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Old September 25th, 2008, 04:22 AM   #2
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Fast color correction and RGB curves will have 90% of what you need. You can fine-tune with three-way color correction (including secondaries) and add/remove contrast with luma curve. That should cover over 99% of typical primary and secondary color correction.

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Old September 25th, 2008, 07:07 PM   #3
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Nick... I read a book about color correction (can't remember the name right now) and to paraphrase, the author said if you use just one tool for CC, you're doing it wrong. The reason for this position is that each control approaches the task from a different perspective. One tool may be better for resolving a color issue than another. In my limited experience I've found this to be true.

As Bart said, FCC and curves will handle the majority of what you need. FCC is my own personal crutch at the moment because it's really good at matching up the footage from three different cameras I use when shooting races. The controls are intuitive for an old pensioner like me and it won't send me off into a place I can't get back from. Curves are a different story. For me, it seems like a Rube Goldberg device that doesn't always do what I want it to do. There's no doubt, it's pilot error. That said, in very specific cases it works better for me than FCC.

In sum, start with FCC and play with curves to see what they can do for you. Once you've mastered those you might want to play around with the other CC tools because someday you might end up with a corner case that FCC and curves won't fix for you.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 02:13 AM   #4
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Thanks Guys,
I was looking at the FCC and it seems the best for all round CC levels.
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