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Old August 10th, 2007, 09:09 AM   #1
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Histogram and Vector Scope Explanations

Hi guys,

I'm relatively new to video editing and coming from a photography background, I know how to use the histogram. Unfortunately, I'm not too sure on how to read all the other monitors available and what to do to obtain the perfect balance of light/contrast/color etc...

Is there a website, book or training material specifically on those monitoring tools I can get my hands on to learn a little more?

Thanks in advance!

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Old August 10th, 2007, 09:43 AM   #2
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Glenn Chan and Douglas Spotted Eagle have an excellent DVD titled Color Correction in Sony Vegas.
Glenn also has a 2-part article on correcting exposure in Vegas.
You'll need to register for the VASST site if you haven't already done so but it's painless and spam-free.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 09:50 AM   #3
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Hi Benoit,

The waveform and Vectorscope are two very useful tools, similar to the histogram, that help to analyze your video image, and also to set appropriate levels. I use them both all day long in the color grading process and ensuring appropriate levels for broadcast work.

One of the best books I have read that was rather short, but chock full of great information is 'Color Correction for Digital Video' written by Steve Hullfish. Hullfish offers an excellent description of not only what the scopes do, but how to use them and other tools to analyze and then adjust your image to bring it to the best it can be. The book can be bought at Amazon. This is some VERY well spent money.

There is also a reasonably good description of the scopes and what they do in the Vegas manual, though it won't necessarily tell you too much about how to use them to your advantage.



Hope it helps!


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Old August 10th, 2007, 01:07 PM   #4
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Wow!

Thanks guys. That was a first class answer!

I've been looking a lot to find something on those monitors with no much luck. Now you just pointed me to the resources I was desperately looking for.

Thanks again!


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