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Using the Color effect


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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Using the Color effect

Changing a clip's color, brightness, and style are universal effects in editing, either for correcting images that need adjustments or by adding a specific style or look. Most of these adjustments can be done via Avid's powerful Color Correction tool, which we'll cover in some detail in a later movie. However, one effect that can offer some great basic contributions to chroma and luma adjustments is the Color effect. In this lesson, we'll cover some basic parameters of the Color effect which will not only give you an idea of how to use it, but it will lay the groundwork for the Color Correction chapter which we'll cover a little later.
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  1. 3m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 27s
  2. 22m 59s
    1. Understanding clips and media files
      2m 34s
    2. Understanding the Select Project window
      5m 40s
    3. Working in the Project window
      5m 35s
    4. Setting up and organizing a project
      5m 13s
    5. Saving and backing up
      3m 57s
  3. 50m 15s
    1. Using the Composer Monitor and the timeline
      6m 32s
    2. Adding shots using Splice
      5m 57s
    3. Adding shots using Overwrite
      7m 2s
    4. Removing shots using Extract and Lift
      4m 31s
    5. Using Extract/Splice Segment Mode to switch shots in the timeline
      5m 1s
    6. Using Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to move shots in the timeline
      5m 59s
    7. Using direct timeline manipulation
      4m 6s
    8. Using subclips and subsequences
      3m 48s
    9. Adding and patching video tracks
      7m 19s
  4. 26m 39s
    1. Understanding trimming
      3m 42s
    2. Using A-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      7m 59s
    3. Using B-side Single-Roller Trim to improve audio timing
      5m 41s
    4. Using Dual-Roller Trim to refine video
      6m 5s
    5. Using Ripple Trim and Overwrite Trim
      3m 12s
  5. 24m 8s
    1. Using the J-K-L keys for navigation
      4m 15s
    2. Using navigation shortcuts
      6m 26s
    3. Using the Command palette
      6m 4s
    4. Sorting and sifting clips
      7m 23s
  6. 20m 38s
    1. J-K-L trimming
      4m 11s
    2. On-the-fly trimming
      7m 18s
    3. Advanced trim methods: Slip mode
      5m 18s
    4. Advanced trim methods: Slide mode
      3m 51s
  7. 21m 33s
    1. Using the Audio tool to read audio levels
      6m 18s
    2. Using the Audio Mixer to adjust audio level and pan
      8m 27s
    3. Keyframing audio for intra-segment audio adjustments
      6m 48s
  8. 55m 23s
    1. Using Quick Transition effects
      5m 19s
    2. Using the Effects palette and the Effects Editor
      5m 21s
    3. Keyframing segment effects
      6m 0s
    4. Using nesting and auto-nesting
      5m 49s
    5. Saving effects templates
      5m 34s
    6. Building basic composites using vertical effects
      4m 53s
    7. Using the Picture-in-Picture effect
      6m 41s
    8. Creating basic motion effects
      5m 55s
    9. Using Timewarp
      5m 56s
    10. Using the Color effect
      3m 55s
  9. 9m 48s
    1. Understanding system performance
      5m 58s
    2. Rendering tracks
      3m 50s
  10. 20m 30s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 8s
    2. Using the Y-Waveform monitor to set whites and blacks
      5m 34s
    3. Using the RGB Parade to correct color casts
      4m 42s
    4. Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones
      3m 27s
    5. Correcting color automatically
      3m 39s
  11. 29m 16s
    1. Formatting and enhancing text using Avid Marquee
      6m 52s
    2. Using Marquee to apply shapes and gradients
      4m 23s
    3. Using title templates
      2m 40s
    4. Bringing a title into Media Composer
      3m 42s
    5. Revising the title
      2m 49s
    6. Creating rolling and crawling titles
      4m 40s
    7. Using Auto-Titler
      4m 10s
  12. 22m 3s
    1. Using the Capture tool
      5m 7s
    2. Capturing footage
      4m 26s
    3. Batch-capturing
      4m 46s
    4. Adjusting settings for import
      5m 7s
    5. Using AMA (Avid Media Access) for QuickTime imports
      2m 37s
  13. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding deletion types and cases
      3m 51s
    2. Performing bin deletion
      3m 17s
    3. Understanding the Media tool
      6m 17s
    4. Identifying and deleting media relatives and non-relatives
      3m 29s
  14. 15m 31s
    1. Understanding media delivery types
      2m 28s
    2. Preparing a sequence for digital cut to print to tape
      2m 48s
    3. Performing a digital cut
      5m 8s
    4. Exporting a QuickTime movie or QuickTime reference
      5m 7s
  15. 14m 39s
    1. Solving the offline media problem
      3m 58s
    2. Re-linking media
      2m 19s
    3. Solving Avid settings corruption
      4m 35s
    4. Using the Avid Attic to find and retrieve bins
      3m 47s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training
5h 54m Beginner Jul 07, 2010

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In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, one of the most widely used nonlinear, video editing systems. This course covers how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing shots to build multi-track sequences
  • Trimming shots to improve audio timing and refine video
  • Learning navigation shortcuts
  • Customizing the workspace for an individualized editing experience
  • Using advanced trim methods
  • Adjusting audio levels and panning
  • Applying effects, such as Picture-in-Picture and Timewarp
  • Color correcting footage using a variety of built-in video scopes
  • Understanding the rendering and system performance relationship
  • Titling footage with Avid Marquee
  • Capturing and importing footage
  • Performing intelligent media management strategies
  • Exporting and printing to tape
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Media Composer
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Using the Color effect

Changing a clip's color, brightness, and style are universal effects in editing, either for correcting images that need adjustments or by adding a specific style or look. Most of these adjustments can be done via Avid's powerful Color Correction tool, which we'll cover in some detail in a later movie. However, one effect that can offer some great basic contributions to chroma and luma adjustments is the Color effect. In this lesson, we'll cover some basic parameters of the Color effect which will not only give you an idea of how to use it, but it will lay the groundwork for the Color Correction chapter which we'll cover a little later.

The Color effect is found in the Image category. When I apply it, you'll see that no adjustments have initially been made. It requires some parameter adjustments. So we open the Effect Editor. You'll see quite a few parameters in here. There's a lot to explore and I certainly encourage you to do so. But for now, I'm going to close most of them as we just take a look at a couple. The Color effect is a really good way for you to stylize your clips. It's also a really good effect to put within composites.

Let's go ahead and just pick a couple of styles and apply them via the parameters in the Color effect. Let's turn this into a high contrast, high saturated image. We can do so by opening up Luma Range as well as Chroma Adjust. I'll go ahead and just bring my White Point down. Bring my Black Point up, and I'm going to come down to Saturation and bump that up significantly.

What we also might like to do here is add a little posterization, which can be found under Color Style. And we'll bump this up slightly. What we've created is a graphic type of effect. It can be useful in certain situations. Let's move on here and let's create a sepia tone. We'll go ahead and apply the Color effect and open the Effect Editor. To do this I'm going to bump down the Saturation, turning it into a black-and-white image, and then I'm going to access the Color Gain.

And because it's applied after my Saturation, because these get applied from top-to-bottom, I'm going to add a slight bit of color back into this image. So a sepia tone has a yellowish tint. If we just adjust our Red, Green, and Blue parameters slightly, we can produce a nice sepia image. Let's try one more. Apply the Color effect. Open the Effect Editor.

And let's produce a film negative image. Fortunately, there is a really quick way to do this. In Luma Adjust, there's an Invert parameter. I'll go ahead and just click this and you can see that we have made this into a negative image. If you want to make further adjustments from there, you can certainly do so. If I want to alter the Hue, say for example like so. If I want to then crunch my Whites and Blacks, I can do so.

And you can create kind of an interesting effect here. Again, it can be used in certain situations. It's totally up to you. I encourage you to play around with the parameters in the Color effect, because there are some really neat things you can do. It's a great way for you to add quick basic adjustments to a clip's Chroma and Luma Values. Often, it's an efficient way for you to add a color adjustment to effects within a stack or composite. If you need to make more complex adjustments, you'll use Avid's Color Correction tool, which we'll cover in a later chapter.

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