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Apple Color Essential Training

with Robbie Carman

Video: Welcome

Delves into the powerful features of Color, beginning with the fundamentals of digital color correction.
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  1. 5m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Understanding the technical requirements for Apple Color
      1m 31s
    3. Important information about the exercise files
      2m 29s
  2. 15m 7s
    1. Understanding color correction
      2m 55s
    2. Understanding image basics
      2m 18s
    3. Understanding the Color Wheel
      2m 25s
    4. Understanding digital color encoding
      3m 37s
    5. Setting up your physical environment
      3m 52s
  3. 34m 33s
    1. How Color fits into Final Cut Studio
      4m 52s
    2. Deciding whether to color correct with Color or Final Cut Pro
      4m 39s
    3. Realizing Final Cut Pro sequence limitations in Color
      9m 55s
    4. Preparing a Final Cut Pro sequence for Color
      11m 35s
    5. Understanding 2K and Digital Intermediate workflows
      3m 32s
  4. 35m 1s
    1. Approaching the eight rooms in Color in a logical fashion
      9m 27s
    2. Setting essential preferences
      8m 11s
    3. Understanding essential project settings
      2m 14s
    4. Navigating the Timeline
      7m 13s
    5. Importing files and opening projects
      7m 56s
  5. 23m 39s
    1. Understanding scopes
      6m 16s
    2. Evaluating contrast with scopes
      6m 48s
    3. Evaluating color with scopes
      6m 7s
    4. Understanding Broadcast Safe and the scopes
      4m 28s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Understanding the Primary In room
      5m 27s
    2. Understanding Color Balance controls and the Tonal Range
      5m 11s
    3. Adjusting underexposed clips with the Color Balance controls
      3m 43s
    4. Adjusting overexposed clips with the Color Balance controls
      3m 39s
    5. Widening the contrast ratio of clips with the Color Balance controls
      6m 39s
    6. Removing color casts with the Color Balance controls
      4m 51s
    7. Using the Basic and Advanced tabs
      9m 10s
    8. Making saturation corrections
      7m 33s
    9. Understanding Primary Curves vs. Color Balance controls
      2m 45s
    10. Using Primary Curves
      6m 1s
    11. Adjusting luma with Primary Curves
      4m 56s
    12. Adjusting color casts with Primary Curves
      5m 24s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Understanding the Secondaries room
      7m 30s
    2. Using the HSL Eyedropper
      7m 21s
    3. Using the HSL Qualifiers
      8m 34s
    4. Applying basic vignettes
      10m 8s
    5. Creating custom vignettes with user shapes
      12m 23s
    6. Using the Hue Curve to change a color
      4m 12s
    7. Creating a desaturated look with the Saturation Curve
      4m 40s
    8. Adjusting the luma of a specific color
      2m 48s
    9. Using multiple secondary corrections
      6m 51s
  8. 34m 23s
    1. Understanding the Color FX room
      5m 33s
    2. Building Color effects
      8m 40s
    3. Creating a glowing highlights look
      5m 28s
    4. Smoothing skin tones
      8m 3s
    5. Creating a film look
      6m 39s
  9. 21m 31s
    1. Understanding the Geometry room
      5m 38s
    2. Using Pan and Scan creatively
      1m 58s
    3. Using Pan and Scan to frame for 4x3 output
      3m 16s
    4. Using Auto Tracking
      6m 57s
    5. Using Manual Tracking
      3m 42s
  10. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Primary Out room
      6m 11s
  11. 46m 23s
    1. Using multiple grades and corrections
      7m 43s
    2. Copying and moving grades and corrections
      8m 27s
    3. Saving corrections and grades
      14m 38s
    4. Using Groups
      8m 30s
    5. Using the Still Store room
      7m 5s
  12. 33m 23s
    1. Basics of Keyframing in Color
      14m 4s
    2. Keyframing an exposure change
      8m 52s
    3. Keyframing for a mood change
      5m 57s
    4. Keyframing a Vignette
      4m 30s
  13. 16m 28s
    1. Adding clips to the Render queue
      9m 4s
    2. Sending a Color project back to Final Cut Pro
      3m 39s
    3. Making additional changes after rendering
      3m 45s
  14. 1m 2s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 2s

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Apple Color Essential Training
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In Apple Color Essential Training, Color expert Robbie Carman delves into the program's powerful features. Beginning with the fundamentals of digital color correction and preparing a Final Cut sequence for gradation in Color, Robbie goes on to teach advanced features such as evaluating contrast and color with scopes, making primary corrections with the color balance controls and curves, making secondary corrections, building Color FX, changing corrections over time, and using multiple grades. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Understanding digital color correction
  • Fitting Color into Final Cut Studio processes
  • Importing and opening projects
  • Using the scopes
  • Adjusting under- and overexposed clips
  • Removing color casts with the Color Balance controls
  • Understanding the Secondaries room
  • Building Color effects
  • Using multiple grades and corrections
  • Changing color over time
  • Rendering and outputting files


Hi, welcome to's Apple Color Essential Training. I'm Robbie Carman. First thing's first. I'm so excited to explore Color with you and I'm confident that you'll fall in love with this application, just like I have. Before we jump into the course, I'd like to spend a minute or two talking about a few things. Who I am, why I love Color, and what this course is all about. So who am I? Well, first and foremost, I'm a colorist. I'm also an online editor, which means I'm basically the last person to see a show before it goes out the door. I'm an Apple Certified Trainer. I'm certified in all levels of Final Cut Pro, Color, Motion, and probably a few others that I'm forgetting.

I'm an author. I published a couple of books about Final Cut Pro, and I've also been the Technical Editor for a few books about color correction. I'm a post-production consultant. I've helped groups like Discovery Channel and National Geographic integrate Final Cut Studio Workflow into their own workflows. So why do I love Color? I love Color, because it's a mix of the technical and the creative. It's technical because I get to fix bad shots and its creative because I get to apply my creativity to make a shot look beautiful. I love Color because I get to be the unsung hero. If I do my job well as a colorist, nobody ever really notices, and I like that aspect.

I love Color because it's grading for everyone. We finally have an application that allows for professional color correction and grading to anyone who can get Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Studio, and those people don't have to rely on very expensive hardware for professional grading. I love Color because its integrated workflow. Color is very nicely integrated with Final Cut Pro, and that's a cool aspect of the package. And of course, it's from Apple. Who doesn't love a product from Apple? So what's this course about? This course is about learning the interface. It's about learning how to identify footage problems. It's about learning techniques to correct your footage. It's about learning techniques to give your footage a look.

It's about learning to integrate Color into your workflow, and it's about building for the future. Now that we've met, let's get started learning more about Color.

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