Join Robbie Carman for an in-depth discussion in this video New control surface options, part of Color 1.5 New Features.
As a working colorist I make my living by being quick and by being efficient. While Color 1.5 is perfectly suited to using just a keyboard and a mouse, power users will probably want to take a look at using a Color control surface. A control surface provides tactile control over parameters in Color and can be a real boon to your productivity. Previous versions of Color supported ethernet based high-end color control surfaces like the Tangent Devices CP200 and the JL Cooper Eclipse CX.
These surfaces are modular, so they could be built with transport control sections, additional LCDs and even audio controls like faders, which can be leveraged in other applications. Now Color 1.5 opens the door to more affordable control surfaces like the Tangent Devices Wave, a USB based control surface, which in itself is amazing because Apple has open the SDK to select developers and USB support is now available. The Wave also includes a new control panel so you can configure the control surface to your liking.
New Color control surface developers are also coming on the scene. Euphonix, a popular maker of Audio control surfaces, now has the Euphonix MC Color control surface, which is both affordable and full-featured. Color will of course work with just a mouse and a keyboard, but consider a control surface for the ability to work very quickly and have tactile control over Color.
- 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