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Color 1.5 Essential Training

with Robbie Carman

Video: Welcome

Explains the principles of color grading, including a detailed discussion of the color wheel and using the Color interface.
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  1. 3m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 15s
  2. 9m 46s
    1. Understanding the technical requirements of Color
      2m 35s
    2. The basics of suite setup
      5m 43s
    3. Essential equipment: Three-button mouse
      1m 28s
  3. 16m 9s
    1. What is color grading?
      4m 40s
    2. Understanding the color wheel and tonal range
      4m 14s
    3. Decoding technical terminology for color grading
      7m 15s
  4. 37m 32s
    1. Overview of Color workflows
      6m 38s
    2. Round-tripping with Final Cut Pro and Color
      7m 21s
    3. Emulating a tape-to-tape workflow
      3m 50s
    4. The RED workflow: Ingesting as ProRes
      6m 51s
    5. The RED workflow: Ingesting as RED QuickTime files
      5m 31s
    6. Importing DPX and Cineon files to create offline QuickTime files
      7m 21s
  5. 34m 18s
    1. Evaluating a Final Cut project
      6m 54s
    2. Creating self-contained clips
      8m 29s
    3. Dealing with composited clips
      5m 50s
    4. Working with stills and freeze frames
      5m 2s
    5. Working with speed-adjusted clips
      3m 52s
    6. Working with multiclips
      4m 11s
  6. 47m 58s
    1. Navigating the Color Finder and opening projects
      7m 20s
    2. Understanding the eight rooms of Color
      7m 29s
    3. Essential preferences and project settings
      6m 51s
    4. Navigating the Color timeline
      8m 31s
    5. Understanding how to read Scopes
      6m 40s
    6. Evaluating contrast with Scopes
      6m 7s
    7. Evaluating color with Scopes
      5m 0s
  7. 1h 7m
    1. What does the Primary In room do?
      7m 17s
    2. Using the Color Balance controls to affect tonal range
      5m 26s
    3. Correcting underexposed footage with the Color Balance controls
      3m 45s
    4. Correcting overexposed footage with the Color Balance controls
      4m 26s
    5. Expanding contrast ratio with the Color Balance controls
      6m 29s
    6. Correcting color casts with the Color Balance controls
      5m 33s
    7. Using Primary Curves
      7m 11s
    8. Making contrast corrections with the Primary Luma curve
      5m 58s
    9. Making color corrections with Primary Curves
      6m 9s
    10. Using the Basic and Advanced tabs of the Primary In room
      8m 7s
    11. Making primary corrections using the RED tab
      7m 17s
  8. 55m 14s
    1. What does the Secondaries room do?
      5m 19s
    2. Using the HSL eyedropper
      4m 55s
    3. Refining HSL keys with the HSL qualifiers
      9m 13s
    4. Creating vignettes
      6m 59s
    5. Creating user shapes
      10m 3s
    6. Changing colors using the Hue curve
      4m 45s
    7. Leaving and removing colors using the Saturation curve
      4m 29s
    8. Making luma adjustments to specific colors
      3m 38s
    9. Using multiple secondaries
      5m 53s
  9. 40m 5s
    1. What does the Color FX room do?
      5m 37s
    2. Using presets and downloading Color FX looks
      5m 21s
    3. Creating node trees
      7m 47s
    4. Interlaced footage and node trees
      3m 54s
    5. Creating a day-for-night look
      6m 48s
    6. Creating a defocused vignette
      5m 3s
    7. Creating a "film" look
      5m 35s
  10. 16m 50s
    1. What is broadcast-safe color?
      2m 34s
    2. Using the broadcast-safe controls
      4m 13s
    3. Making corrections using the Primary Out room
      4m 54s
    4. Maintaining RGB legality with Final Cut Pro's RGB Limit filter
      5m 9s
  11. 27m 0s
    1. What does the Geometry room do?
      3m 41s
    2. Creating pan and scan adjustments
      7m 56s
    3. Automatically motion-tracking corrections
      8m 51s
    4. Manually motion-tracking corrections
      6m 32s
  12. 38m 12s
    1. Using multiple grades
      6m 19s
    2. Copying and dragging corrections and grades
      8m 6s
    3. Saving corrections and grades
      9m 9s
    4. Using groups
      7m 33s
    5. Using the Still Store room
      7m 5s
  13. 25m 37s
    1. How to keyframe in Color
      9m 15s
    2. Keyframing exposure changes
      5m 57s
    3. Keyframing for a mood change
      5m 14s
    4. Keyframing vignettes
      5m 11s
  14. 11m 10s
    1. What are conforming and reconforming?
      2m 2s
    2. Using a Cinema Tools database to conform a project
      5m 54s
    3. Reconforming a Final Cut Pro project
      3m 14s
  15. 33m 20s
    1. Preparing for rendering and output
      4m 4s
    2. Adding clips to the render queue and rendering
      7m 57s
    3. Rendering RED projects
      3m 44s
    4. Using the render log
      2m 19s
    5. Sending a Color project back to Final Cut Pro
      2m 46s
    6. Making changes after rendering from Color
      4m 30s
    7. Dealing with gamma and color space for delivery
      8m 0s
  16. 37s
    1. Goodbye

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Color 1.5 Essential Training
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In Color 1.5 Essential Training, colorist Robbie Carman details how to use Final Cut Studio's dedicated color grading application to stylize projects and improve their look. Robbie explains the principles of color grading, discusses the color wheel and tonal range, and decodes color terminology for new users. He shows how to prepare a Final Cut Pro project before sending it to color and how to use video scopes to evaluate a clip while making corrections. He provides information for new Color users as well as experienced colorists looking for what's new in this release. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Round-tripping with Final Cut Pro and Color
  • Ingesting RED footage for color grading
  • Understanding the Color interface and navigating Color's Finder dialogs
  • Performing primary corrections in the Primary In room
  • Applying secondary corrections using HSL keys, vignettes, and curves
  • Using the Color FX room
  • Keyframing corrections in a clip
  • Preparing for rendering and output from Color back to Final Cut Pro


(Music playing) Hi! I am Robbie Carman and welcome to Apple Color 1.5 Essential Training. Color is a powerful desktop color correction and grading tool. This makes it a valuable tool for high-end color grading. In this title, we will explore almost every facet of working with Color. We will explore workflow topics like round tripping with Final Cut Pro, and prepping a sequence for Color. We will look at how each one of rooms in Color works and how they all tie together to make primary, secondary color effects in geometry corrections.

We will learn how to render your grades and send them back to Final Cut Pro. We will even create file suitable for film outputs and along the way we will go over best practices for grading footage as well as learning a little color theory. Whether you are new to Color or have dabbled in the application, if you want to learn to correct and grade your footage, then this title is for you. As a working colorist, author, and trainer I'm glad to have this chance to show you how Color works and share with you my hard one insights into using the application.

So let's jump into Color 1.5 Essential Training.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Color 1.5 Essential Training .

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Q: I’m having trouble producing the cage as the author instructs in the "Making luma adjustments to specific colors" video. Double-clicking in the preview only changes the size of the preview. How can I make the cage as the author does?
A: Instead of clicking or double-clicking on the preview, perform a click-and-drag to produce the cage. If you select one of the buttons under the preview (the small swatches), then click and drag, you can also sample or "cage" multiple values (different cages) on the preview, which can help you if you're trying to sample multiple colors or luma values for secondary correction.





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