Join Robbie Carman for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a new Color project, part of Color 1.5 New Features.
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Many users of Color use the round trip functionality of Final Cut Pro in Color. But a lot of other users will create new Color projects without round tripping, especially if they are working on digital cinema type projects that use DPX or Cineon files. Two new and small updates for creating new projects in Color are worth discussing. I'll launch Color by choosing the Color icon here on my dock and Color will launch in just a few seconds. I'll be presented with the Projects dialog box. In previous versions of Color you had to enter the name of a project and click Save or you could open up previous project.
But many people were confused how to do this and it wasn't so obvious how to save a new project. In Color 1.5, I can click the New Folder button to create a new directory to save my project in, call this New Projects and then press Create and then I can click the New Project button and this will actually save the new color project. We'll call this New Project and then click Save. Color will open up a blank Color project. While a small update, this can save a few steps when creating a Color projects from scratch. Another new feature that's really helpful in saving some time, especially if you need to grade a shot or two and are not doing a Final Cut Pro to Color round-trip, is now when you import a clip directly into Color like this, by selecting the clip and then clicking Import Shot.
Color will prompt you saying, This clip does not match the sequence settings. For best performance your Sequence should be set to the format of your clip you are editing. Should I change the Sequence settings to match the clip settings? This prompt is borrowed from Final Cut Pro and by clicking Yes here, Color will change the resolution and frame rate of your project, which we can see here in the Setup room and then down on Project Settings tab, and it matches the resolution right here, 1920x1080, and the frame rate of the clip.
Two small updates but helpful in creating Color projects from scratch.
- Sending freeze-frames, stills, multi-clips, and speed-adjusted clips to Color
- Working with new vectorscope and color balance control options
- Using improved drag-and-drop for corrections and grades
- Understanding new timeline viewing and navigation shortcuts
- Working with 4K DPX and 4K RED files
- Using a Cinema Tools Database to conform a project