Posts Tagged ‘Color

02
Jul
08

Strange Times – Posting The Black Keys

You may know about The Black Keys.

And you may know about the Canon HF10 and HV20 cameras.

Throw them in a pot with a slathering of blood sweat and tears, a tablespoon of the right industry connections, and mix with 12 hours of your life that you will never, ever get back, then bring to a rendering boil.

Equipping backup underpants is highly recommended before viewing due to the high concentration of fiber-optic content.

Assuming you’ve had the chance to wipe, I’ll continue with outlining the hell(s) that was posting this footage:

1st Level of Hell

Capturing Footage

2nd Level of Hell

Converting HF10 footage using Voltaic

3rd Level of Hell

Conforming footage for multiclip

4th Level of Hell

Identifying the Corrupted Portion of the HF10 Quicktime that causes FCP to crash

5th Level of Hell

Discovering Color cannot read the HF10 Quicktime

6th Level of Hell

Finding out FCP cannot export the final Quicktime in any way. Period.

7th Level of Hell

Realizing you’ve spent 6 hours of your life just troubleshooting this entire workflow and you will never get those 6 hours back.

So there’s the initial outline of the post process, each step with its own personalized level of Hell all to itself. Check back soon for descriptions of each Level of Hell in excruciating, awful detail.

proactively • not looking forward to reliving this • peter

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26
Apr
08

Update Color FX Room Presets

Thanks to Brian Conner from on the FCP-L for pointing this out.  Read the knowledge base article here or simply click the picture for a full rez screen grab

proactively • updating my Color FX presets • peter

14
Apr
08

Delicious Grades for Color

Just learned about a new website, coloruser.net, where users are posting their Color grades.  Also, check out del.icio.us for a cool place to post links to websites you like.  Thanks to Clay Asbury for the heads up.

proactively • peter

11
Apr
08

The Orphanage buys a Nucoda Film Master

Stu Maschwitz over at ProLost just posted that his company, The Orphanage, has recently purchased a Nucoda Film Master and used it in the production pipeline for finishing Frank Miller’s new film The Spirit.

It’s always fun to see what tools people with money get to play with, so here’s a thumb of the Film Master interface (click to see full rez):

Looks a bit different from Color’s interface, eh? I can see it has the ability to create user shapes, for starters. And it appears to have a left-to-right node tree under the timeline.

More interesting than the screen shot (ok maybe not) is a very well crafted article by Kevin Shaw titled

Colour Correction, Enhancement & Creativity: Advancing the Craft

His thesis states:

[Colorists] want a high quality, random access source on an open architecture system in a standard format. We want fast, easy access and real time playback and we want the Holy Grail – one master that can produce multiple formats and versions.

It’s interesting to consider the work flow Color presents and take note where it may fall short in the eyes of seasoned and talented colorists out there like Mr. Shaw. I feel lucky enough to have Final Touch / Color available to begin my path down the colorist road.

Even better, Mr. Shaw offers up some definitions in the sidebars:

By color correction I mean adjusting the color balance and contrast of an image to compensate for unwanted flaws or deficiencies in a capture or conversion process, so that the image more closely matches the original. Examples of flaws are overexposure, underexposure, or colorcasts, while deficiencies include limited dynamic range or change of color space. Both labs and telecine suites color correct images.

Color enhancement is a change to the image that does not necessarily reflect reality, but which is intended to add emphasis or meaning to the image. Enhancements may or may not be planned at the shooting stage. Enhancements are usually applied to elements within an image and therefore the implication is that it involves a colorist with a more sophisticated post-production color system.

Color creativity does not have an established industry definition, but I use it here to mean the use of color and contrast to define a look or style that is not necessarily related to the original image, but more to an abstract theme or message. The term therefore is wider in concept than color enhancement, and would include art direction and photography as well as direct color manipulation. In theory it should be a preconceived collaborative effort, but that is not always the case.

It’s really cool to see the big boys showing off their toys and shedding light on what they can do. All I know as far as price point goes is that the Film Master requires Bluefish 444 hardware and Bluefish is notably the most expensive, and highest quality, third party hardware on the market (when compared to a Blackmagic Intensity Pro or the like). So it ain’t cheap.

But then if you’re in the feature biz you aren’t thinking in terms of thousands of dollars, you’ve moved on to money aside, what tool will do the best job thought processes. One can only dream.

proactively • dreaming • peter

07
Apr
08

Dual Display Downer

So I’ve slowly been reassembling my home edit and color grading suite and yesterday I finally rebooted my dual 2.7 GHz Powermac G5 and connected my new Dell 2408WFP 24″ LCD Monitor. This monitor combines with my slightly older Dell 2407WFP 24″ LCD monitor for a (potentially) sweet setup. I really like the addition of HDMI inputs in the 2408 model. As far as I can tell, the Dell 2408WFP is the smallest and cheapest 1080p monitor on the market at the moment.

Already I can see the green left to right cast on the 2408 that had been reported on the FCP-L and with both displays side by side with Mac OS X Medium Grey for the background, the 2407 seems to have an even red cast and to be slightly dimmer than the 2408. Hopefully the some kind of Spyder calibration will be able to reasonably balance these two displays. A quick search shows me the Spyder 2 has been upgraded to the new Spyder 3 Elite that I might need to get my hands on. But I dunno, seen a couple of negative reviews on Amazon of the Spyder 3 and the Spyder 2 Pro is still a solid product. A successful color calibration will be crucial for using my Matrox MXO to monitor grades in Color.

Additionally, there are tiny green specs showing up on the 2408 which I think stem from limits on the ATI X800XT graphics card although I don’t no for sure if this is the case or if Dell shipped me a bad display. I’ve also experienced drastic horizontal banding on the 2408 while displaying 1920×1200 resolution. After having been powered on for 24 hours the horizontal banding has not re-occured…

If anyone out there stumbles on this and has experienced similar issues your input is much appreciated!

proactively • peter

20
Mar
08

A Case For Color

Just came across this Scott Simmons article in the archives of StudioDaily blogs:

A Case Against Color

http://www.studiodaily.com/blog/?p=125

For anyone out there not familiar with the history of Color, its initial industry reception, etc., this article sums it up for you. Even more valuable is the comments section where you get some great perspective from two industry experts and technocrats Frank Capria, moderator of the FCP-L, and Mike Curtis, infamous HDforIndies blog-o-phile.

proactively • peter

19
Mar
08

Matrox MXO Arrives!

Drove to the UPS delivery center in Laurel to pick up my Matrox MXO.

This has been a purchase 4 months or so in the making. My setup of a MacBook Pro 17″ Santa Rosa, Dell 2407WFP LCD monitor, Matrox MXO, and Color makes for the most portable and versatile entry level color grading suites for broadcast that smart money can buy. IMHO.

Bought the Leopard family pack so I can install 10.5.2 on the laptop and dual 2.7 G5 tower to host the Matrox MXO 2.1.1 driver.

Trader Joe’s chicken burrito’s just came out of the oven, so fo those of you interested in reading more about what the Matrox MXO can do, check out the Creative Cow forum. I’ll work on the setup tonite and tomorrow and hopefully will have some pics and first impressions by the weekend.

proactively • peter




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