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Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones

From: Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training

Video: Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones

Besides blacks and whites, the human eye is very perceptive to skin tones. By using the Vectorscope, you can adjust chroma, hues and saturations as well as correct the hues of skin tones. We'll take a look at the Vectorscope in this movie. Unlike the Y-Waveform and the RGB Parade, the Vectorscope contains no information about luma levels. Just chroma. So this monitor is our chance to really hone in on the chroma levels of this image, both hue and saturation, and make adjustments as necessary. Let's take a look at how to read the Vectorscope.

Using the Vectorscope to improve skin tones

Besides blacks and whites, the human eye is very perceptive to skin tones. By using the Vectorscope, you can adjust chroma, hues and saturations as well as correct the hues of skin tones. We'll take a look at the Vectorscope in this movie. Unlike the Y-Waveform and the RGB Parade, the Vectorscope contains no information about luma levels. Just chroma. So this monitor is our chance to really hone in on the chroma levels of this image, both hue and saturation, and make adjustments as necessary. Let's take a look at how to read the Vectorscope.

The Vectorscope, which I've populated again by clicking in our list, is basically just a big color wheel. Now again, I apologize we can't read the values here but I assure you you would be able to, if you have a little bit more real estate. But let's just use our chroma wheels as a guide. Starting here we have our Reds, Magenta, Blue, Cyan, Green and Yellow. Now our trace indicates that we have a medium saturated image residing between yellow and red, which make sense given our image here.

Now one thing that we want to make sure of and one key about the Vectorscope is that there is an invisible line going right in between red and yellow and it's called the eye line. It's the line along which skin tone reside. So any adjustments that we make, because we are dealing with skin tones here, we want to make sure that it still resides along this line. Now let's take a look at our image. I think it's fairly weighted towards Yellow. So to improve this, I'm going to drag the opposite ray of Yellow or more towards blue.

As I grab the crosshairs and drag towards blue, watch my image change. Did you notice of the color cast basically just disappeared there? Now what it also did was it took my trace and brought it more towards the middle. I want to make sure I have a little bit more saturation than this. So I am going to go to my Controls tab, take my Saturation, and bump it up a little that. My trace increases along the eye line and things are looking good. Let's take a look at how far we've come.

I am going to go ahead and click on the Dual Split. This is what it was before and here we are now. We fixed our blacks and whites, we've removed the color cast from our neutral colors, and we have corrected the flesh tones. I think everything looks pretty good. If I would like to use this color correction effect on another shot of Tony, I can do so by saving out this template and using it again. To do this, I am going to create a New Bin and name it Color Correction Template and all I have to do is drag this icon here into my bin and I am going to call this Color Correction Tony.

So all we'd have to do is drag our Color Correction Effect template from the bin to a segment in the Timeline and it would instantaneously improve another shot of Tony. We could then tweak it as necessary if we needed to. So as you can see, color correction is a very important phase of the postproduction process, not only to change an image aesthetically, but also to bring the image into legal levels of luma and chroma. It's important to be able to analyze an image and perform each step of the color correction process manually.

However, in the next movie, we'll take a look at how to add some automation to the process.

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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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