Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema Paperback – Nov 15 2010
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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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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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Poorly written. This handbook is verbose with no insight provided. Waste of time.Published 20 months ago by Neil Mason
The reason I bought this book was to:
1. be able to calibrate my PC monitor and HDTV to properly show the whole gamut of color and brightness in the videos I make.
2. Read more
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