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Old March 23rd, 2011, 08:39 AM   #1
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Grading...tips?

Hello

Sorry if this is in the wrong section but was wondering if you all had any tips on where one can learn some colour theory and how to grade (in FCP/Color)

I know my way around the Final Cut three way color corrector and so on, but I feel as though every time I end up grading something I end up hurting it more than I help it

I think I need a course in the subject.

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Old March 23rd, 2011, 11:36 AM   #2
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The best place you can start is with the manual for Color. If you fail to understand something, look it up in wikipedia. By the end of this process you will have had a beginner's course in color theory. You will be better informed on which route to take from there on.

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Old March 24th, 2011, 02:07 PM   #3
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First balance things that you know should be grey (including appropriate bare metals), then work on making sure skin tones are correct. This will get you started.

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Old March 25th, 2011, 05:29 AM   #4
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I appreciate your help guys, I'll get started with the two (now, painfully obvious) starting points that you guys mention and see where I land from there.
Thanks again
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Old March 27th, 2011, 03:29 AM   #5
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Is there any ttorial online?
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Old March 27th, 2011, 06:41 AM   #6
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If you locate a photography based "colour correction" tutorial, this will be just as good. The principles are the same.

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Old April 26th, 2011, 09:35 AM   #7
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Video Color Correction Tutorials & Training: Tao of Color Grading is a great place to start.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 11:04 AM   #8
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AppleShakeGuru on youtube has a ton of free tutorials. He's long winded, but very good if you have the time to "scrub" through with search and find what you're looking for. There's a few others out there, but it does take time to search out exactly what you need.
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Old April 27th, 2011, 09:10 AM   #9
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By far the best text I have found on the topic:

http://www.amazon.com/Color-Correction-Handbook-Professional-Techniques/dp/0321713117/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303913238&sr=8-1


It's not specific to Apple Color although that is one of the coloring tools referenced in the book along with several professional coloring suites like Resolve, SpeedGrade, etc.
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