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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.
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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