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Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema Paperback – Nov 15 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (Nov. 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321713117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321713117
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #330,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The colorist working in film and video is the individual responsible for breathing life into characters, bringing a mood into a scene, and making the final product polished and professional-looking. This craft is an art form that often takes years to perfect and many trial-and-error attempts at getting it right. Here to help both the newcomer and professional who needs to brush up on their skills is the first book to cover a wide variety of techniques that can be used by colorists, no matter what system they're using. Whether you're using a video editing package with a color correction tool built in (Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro) of a dedicated application (Apple Color, Assimilate Scratch, Baselight, or DaVinci), this book covers it all.  From the most basic methods for evaluating and correcting an overall image, to the most advanced targeted corrections and creative stylizations typically employed, you'll find this highly organized book a solid reference that's easy to navigate.  The accompanying DVD contains footage as well as cross-platform exercises and project files for readers to experiment with.

After reading the techniques, readers will learn to apply the methods that all of the color correction applications use, how to problem-solve and trouble-shoot, how to maximize the effectiveness of each tool that's available, and they will discover how to creatively combine techniques and tools to accomplish the types of stylizations that colorists are often called upon to create.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan P on Feb. 2 2012
Format: Paperback
First off, DO NOT listen to the review by John Cook that gives this book 1 star. This book is for PROFESSIONAL color correction, and not for "amateur videographers". Sorry John, but to do color grading properly, you really do need to buy quality equipment, which is expensive. Alexis is just telling it how it is; there's really no way around it. I am the President of Production at a studio turning out both feature films and television series, and I can tell you that you DO NOT want to submit a final master to a broadcaster that has been poorly graded... This book simply was just not meant for you.

Moving on.

If you're a new colorist or a Post professional looking to add a grading skillset to your bag of tricks, then this is the book for you. I bought it because our new DaVinci Resolve system has captivated me, and I wanted to understand more about the technology and underlying principles of grading we use every day. This book has all of the answers I was looking for, and I feel much more confident sitting in (or sometimes taking over) the grading sessions we run for the projects I create and oversee. About a dozen professional colorists recommended this same book to me as a 'bible' of sorts, and they weren't wrong. This has everything from how to set up your grading suite (hardware, paint colors, lighting, work surfaces) to how to use the specific software packages currently available. Pick it up; you won't regret it.

One caveat: as poor John found out, this is for professionals only (or REALLY well-financed amateurs). Alexis is not going to tell you how to make your wedding videos look like feature films, or how you can avoid spending thousands of dollars on a grading suite by a quick visit to Best Buy - if that was possible, believe me we'd all do it...
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By LeBlind on Sept. 6 2013
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Color correction Book, if you are really willing to learn the basics, color theory and how actually the entire color correction/grading workflow works. If you are looking for a tutorial that will guide you step by step on how to use a 3 way color correction board or something like that, you may find a tutorial like book instead. This is intended for a professional use, meaning someone with more understanding of terms.
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By François on Aug. 2 2013
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All your answers in this book. Of course, your need to have a good video card and a very good monitor to see the difference...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Birol on Jan. 13 2011
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Perfectly written and very informative. It is helpful in every step. I totally recommend it to anyone who wants to understand color correction and much more.
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