- 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 (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #864,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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! It gave me the impression that this book was not for me, at home, with my Mac and Final Cut Studio software, but no dedicated scopes, monitors, hardware controllers, or even a properly configured "room" (turns out my entire office is wrong... Eg. workstation faces a window, has way too much uncontrolled light and color surrounding it, etc.). While I recognize the importance of having the proper set-up for anyone who is going to be a pro colorist, the book itself if enormously useful to ANYONE who simply wants to take the next step in improving their video, and I would think especially all those new "digital cinema" folks moving from still photography to video thanks to Canon.
I am so grateful for this book. This is a fairly complex topic, but once you begin to understand the use of the scopes, your confidence and skills will take a huge leap forward. Thank-you to Alexis for such a wonderful book.
But don't think that this book is JUST for industry pros. If anything, this is a great book for amateur and intermediate media creators because it essentially allows you to skip a few steps and come out ahead. Not that you don't have to put the work in, but like i said, i put years into tutorials, reading articles, and playing with grading applications. It wasn't until this book that i started to know exactly where to start with my images, and start to make them look better and more balanced than ever before. Even if you're shooting with a Canon DSLR, GH4, Sony Mirrorless, this book is invaluable. It explains things in a way that is cross-program. If you work with Resolve, Adobe, Apple, Avid, whatever... everything in this book is equally applicable. Do yourself a favor and read this, then read it again.
That said, I wish that the content from the author's companion "Look Book" was included with this one. I gladly would have paid more for one complete volume. This book covers the fundamentals, but the companion book covers how to turn base footage into more stylized imagery, such as various "film looks".