Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Introduction to Video Color Correction.
- If you're a premium member of the lynda.com online training library you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Once you've downloaded the appropriate exercise files you'll see that they've been compressed to a zip file. When you unzip the file you'll see a folder called 'Exercise Files'. If you open up this folder you'll see two folders. Color Correction Media and Color Correction Project. Now the media folder is broken down into further folders and while technically you could go around and start messing with this stuff, I highly recommend leaving everything alone.
That's because this project file links to this media. So if you move anything then your media will become unlinked. Instead, just work within the project and follow along with the instructions contained within the training where I tell you exactly where to go to access the resources that you need. All right, so before going any further I do have a brief aside. Let me just say that while I did set up the project for this course in Premiere Pro that's just because I had to choose a software and at this introductory level Premiere Pro is the most popular software for this purpose.
I wanted to cater to that. That said, I use and love lots of different software solutions and I encourage you to use another program if you want to. All you would need to do is import the media from these folders right here into the program of your choice, all right? So while we are gonna be performing the vast majority of our Corrections in Premiere I will be briefly popping into both Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro X through the course so that I can point out some parallel tools when applicable. All right, so going forward, just so you know one way that you can work with the projects of this course is simply by double-clicking on this file here or you can just launch Premiere Pro.
If you do that you come to a welcome screen. If you haven't worked in Premiere Pro before this screen will be relatively blank and if you have used it before you'll see some projects listed here under Recent Projects. To open the projects for this course you just go to Open Project and then navigate to the Intro to Color Correction Project and say 'Open'. Inside of your project is a general Assets folder up at the top that contains all of the clips for this project and then below that is a folder called Exercise Files.
For this course you will have Exercise Files for Chapters Three through Six only. Now to follow along you just need to go to the bin that matches the chapter and movie you're working in. So, for example, if I was in Chapter 3 and Movie 2, I would just twirl down by 3.2 bin and then here's the sequence that I need to work inside of that movie. Again, these bins are set up this way for Premiere Pro only. If you choose to import the media into another software like Final Cut Pro X or Avid Media Composer you'll just have the Assets up here and then you'll need to set up your sequences from scratch.
But don't worry though. The sequences here are very, very basic. Usually only a couple of clips because we're focusing on Color Correction, not necessarily editing, so it should be fairly easy to get things in line. Now, if for some reason you download the Exercise Files and you have offline media, which can happen if you move things around, you'll just need to perform a simple relink. So I'm going to leave this project and I'm going to enter a project with offline media so I can show you this. Go to Open Project, and this one is on the Media drive, Exercise Files, Color Correction Project, okay? So you don't have this.
This is just something that I've set up so that I can demonstrate this. And I open this up and I see this window. Now, no worries. All I need to do is come down to Locate and right now it's looking for one specific file. It's looking for 10A Truffles placed on dish CU. I can go in and find this exact file if I want or I can have it help me find it and the way I do that is to click on search. Now over here I can search at any level. For example, if you know that it's in a certain folder, I happen to know that it's in my Media folder and in Color Correction Media and I know that it's in Avocado Scene and now it's definitely gonna find it, but if you don't know the folder that it's in then just pick a higher level folder over here.
So I can click on Media or Exercise Files or the entire drive if I want. So I know it's at least in my Exercise Files folder. I'll just click on search and then it finds that clip for me, okay? And you can see that they match up. Now what you need to do is actually click on the clip and then once you do that you can click on Okay and then once you found that one clip it relinks the others automatically. So now everything is online as you can see, all right? Now if you don't have access to the lynda.com Exercise Files then you can follow along with your own Assets.
Let's get started.
- Exploring the history of moving images and color
- Understanding color correction and color grading
- Exploring color theory
- Adjusting contrast, color balance, and hue/saturation of individual shots
- Using automatic color-correction techniques
- Establishing shot-to-shot consistency
- Applying color treatments
- Correcting color problems