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Old August 12th, 2009, 08:36 AM   #1
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Color Grading with Cineform:

I have Prospect HD and love it especially First Light but I am a novice when it comes to color grading properly. I just do what looks good but I am assuming there is more to it than that.

Can anyone provide me with some tips and guidance on how to properly color grade HD video?

Also if there is a good website or book that explains it in detail, that would be worthwhile too.

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Old August 12th, 2009, 08:39 AM   #2
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I just found this:

Interesting article:

Eugenia's Rants and Thoughts Blog Archive How to Color Grade

Magic Bullet is impressive.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 11:02 AM   #3
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That's a big question. In super-simple terms, I would break down the answer in 2 parts. First is contrast, 2nd is color and look. Learning to read your scopes is a big part to successfully grading, especially if you can't afford a true and accurate setup with a quality calibrated monitor and proper output to it (i.e. something like a solid JVC or Panny out from a Decklink or AJA card).

This is an excellent book:
Amazon.com: The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction (9780240809908): Steve Hullfish: Books
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Old August 17th, 2009, 01:06 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice.

I will check out the book.

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Old August 17th, 2009, 01:07 PM   #5
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Magic Bullet Looks

I am trying out the trial right now and it is pretty amazing.

Bumping up the saturation and using one of the look presets (Grand Sky) has helped make my washed out video much better.

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Old August 17th, 2009, 02:05 PM   #6
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Older book, by same author:
Amazon.com: Color Correction for Digital Video: Using Desktop Tools to Perfect Your Image (9781578202010): Steve Hullfish, Jaime Fowler President of Digital Media Education Center, Jaime Fowler: Books

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Old August 17th, 2009, 08:00 PM   #7
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Cool.

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