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Getting Started with Apple Color

with Robbie Carman

Video: Welcome

Explains how to use Color for best results with projects started in Final Cut Pro.
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Getting Started with Apple Color
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Color, Apple's Final Cut Studio 2 color-grading tool, is integral for professional color correction and grading. In Getting Started with Apple Color, Apple Certified Instructor Robbie Carman explains and demonstrates how to use Color's features for best results with projects started in Final Cut Pro. Learn how to make primary and secondary corrections to improve or fix noise, color, and detail discrepancies. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

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  • Topics Include: Understanding the color-correction process Comparing Color to Final Cut Pro Understanding how Color thinks Making primary corrections Making secondary corrections Sending files back to Final Cut Pro


Hi! Welcome to Getting Started with Apple Color. I am Robbie Carman. First thing's first. I am so excited to start to explore Color with you. And I know that after going through this course, you are going to be just as excited as I am. Before we jump into the actual App, I would like to spend a few minutes talking about a couple of things. Who I am, why I love Color, and what you are going to get out of this course. So who am I? Well I am a colorist, I have worked on major shows for networks like Discovery Channel, National Geographic. But I have also done a lot of corporate work. I am an online editor, which basically means I am the nit-picky guy of the end of the edit pipeline who works on a show before it goes to air.

I am an Apple Certified Trainer. I am certified in all levels of Final Cut Pro, Motion, of course, Color, Aperture and probably, a few others that I am not even remembering right now. I am an author. I have written a couple of books about Final Cut Pro and I have also been a technical editor on several books about color correction. And I am a postproduction consultant. I have helped major networks like Discovery and National Geographic, integrate Final Cut Pro Studio workflow into their own workflows. So why do I love Color? Well, I love Color because it's a mix of the technical and creative. There is a certain aspect of it that's technical problem solving; fixing shots that are bad. But then there is also the aspect of the creative where we can really make shots look very, very cool by applying looks and doing other new things to them.

I get to be the unsung hero and what I mean by that is because if I do my job right in Color, nobody ever notices my work. Well, hopefully they do. But the point is, is that I get to really do a lot of behind the scenes work that really makes a project shine. Creating for everyone; finally, we have a solution in Color that allows everyone to color grade. No longer we are limited to million dollar solutions that only be a league of the postproduction, well, can afford. Integrated Workflow; this is perhaps the best thing I like about Color because now we have a solution that's integrated with the rest of the Final Cut Studio applications. And of course, it's from Apple. And how can you not love a product when it is from Apple? So what is this course all about? Well, this course is understanding the color correction process. It's about getting projects form Final Cut Pro to Color.

It's about learning the basics of the Color interface. What things are called and what they do? It's about making primary and secondary corrections to our footage. And ultimately, it's about getting our project from Color back to Final Cut Pro. So once again, I am very excited for the opportunity to start exploring Color with you. In the next two lessons, we will get some background information about what is color correction? And take a brief look at color correction in Final Cut Pro versus Color. And then in the next five lessons, we will jump into Color and get ours hand dirty. Thanks again for joining me, Robbie Carman, and in Getting Started with Apple Color.

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