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Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321713117
ISBN-10: 0321713117
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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.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (November 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321713117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321713117
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Sierra on January 21, 2011
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I am fairly new to video editing, and a one-woman production but striving for higher standards with each project, and now shooting with Canon DSLRs and high-quality prime lenses. It made no sense to take such care in capturing and editing video, then fail to properly color correct. I had been getting by with basic usage of (and much trial and error) Final Cut Pro two and three way color correctors, but did not truly understand what I was doing, how to properly use the Final Cut scopes, and was way too intimidated by Apple's Color. This book has not only given me a much richer understanding of how to use the tools for color correction and grading, but it has also given me a much better sense of what, why, and when to apply certain approaches to correct typical problems I was struggling with constantly including noise and underexposure.

The format is extremely useful and learner-friendly, with a conversational tutoring style that walks you through a wide range of common problems then showing you not just the BEST adjustment, but also the other possible adjustments you might imagine trying, and then you can see the results with the waveform next to each image. Of course there is always the problem that many of the images showing subtle shifts from corrections simply do not come through well in the printed page. The color and paper quality of the book are good, but there are still some shots where the before and after are just too slight, especially when talking about noise/grain, but this book has done a better production job of this than some of the others I have tried.

I was a little put off by the first part of the book where the author emphasized the importance of having the proper hardware for color correction and grading... I very nearly quit reading the book at chapter one!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Taj Jackson on December 30, 2010
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Wow, that's all I can say. I have never ever wrote a review before on Amazon or any other site for that matter. Partially because I am naturally lazy, and partially because I have never felt inclined to. However I will gladly make this book my first review. It truly is a must if you are interested in only dabbling into color correction, or if you want to do it professionally. As a complete newbie myself to color correction, Alexis made this topic not only understandable, but entertaining as well. There are plenty of pictures and clear examples to follow along with so you won't get lost. Color correction had always been a complete mystery to me in the past. Not anymore. I now feel like I have the tools and techniques to color correct my own projects with confidence. I know this review may sound like a sales pitch, but I really don't care, I can't recommend this book enough. Now with the Kindle format version, I can always have it by my side when color correcting and grading. Well done Alexis and thank you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By steve o on September 4, 2011
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I probably knew at least 1/2 the material in the book. I did pick up a few good things along the way I didn't know.

if you are new to _correction_ this is a great starting point. if you've been doing basic stuff like FCP's 3 way CC, you'll step up into learning a real grading app. While you can use Color, its now EOL and its better to look at resolve which the book seems to use in more screen shots. it does cover most of the major grading apps out there and shows you where they are different.

it also includes a DVD with a bunch of clips that are used through out the book so you can work along the with examples.

I will take challenge to some of the authors claims on white levels for broadcast, clearly he has never read NTSC spec, I have. He is at times just plain obsecessed with using lower white levels then what you can actually deliver. sure there are some networks that are picky, but thats what you ask for a spec before you go to work so you know expectations. he also fails to consider web delivery & codecs as well as workflow and output for film outs.

so if you temper some of that, this is a very solid book to learn the basics and intermediate skills of correction.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alvaro Calandra on April 27, 2011
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I bought this book in Amazon along with Steve Hullfish's The Art and Techinique of Digital Color Correction and I have to say both books have enriched me as a video editor, since before them I was like they say "Color Illiterate", meaning that you cut video and render and do stuff, but really don't realize all the other things you have to do concerning the grading as they call the color correction process that can enhance your work.

Both this books talk about the same problems but from different perspectives and besides software applications, control surfaces and other infrastructure and considerations about room characteristics for this job, they answer different things in a very clear and practical manner that helps you understand the importance of this craft, so I highly recommend to get them both, since they complement each other very nicely.

Alvaro Calandra
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By smita on December 25, 2010
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I have been an editor for over 20 years and color correcting for over 2 years. this book brings my knowledge to a whole new level. It is very concisely written so it is easy to follow along.
And it goes in depth opening up new concepts so tools become so much more powerful to use and understand. Excellent work. Thanks!
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