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Apple Pro Training Series Color

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In this guide to Apple’s masterful new color grading and finishing application, award-winning colorist David Gross starts with the basics of color balancing and correction and move on to the fine points of secondary grading. Topics include scene matching, using vignettes to isolate and track regions, creating advanced color effects and “looks,” skin tone adjustments, and adjusting the composition and framing of a shot. As with the other titles in the Apple Pro Training Series, each chapter in this Apple-authorized guide represents a complete lesson--with a project to complete and a review section to reinforce the lessons. Superb footage, including several BBC productions and broadcast commercials, provide real-world examples for you to work through as you master this revolutionary software.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Getting Started
    1. The Methodology
      1. Course Structure
        1. Quick Start Overview, Lesson 1
        2. Primary Color Grading, Lesson 2
        3. Secondary Color Grading, Lessons 3–4
        4. Grade Management, Lesson 5
        5. Color Effects and Recipes, Lessons 6–7
        6. Advanced Techniques, Lessons 8–9
        7. Finishing and Rendering, Lesson 10
    2. Using the DVD Book Files
      1. Installing the Color Lesson Files
      2. Reconnecting Media
    3. System Requirements
      1. Three-Button Mouse Required
    4. About the Apple Pro Training Series
    5. Apple Pro Certification Program
    6. Resources
  4. 1. Working with the Color Interface
    1. Setting Up Your Computer
    2. Setting Up a Project
    3. Understanding the Eight Rooms: Color’s Task-Based Workflow
      1. Setup Room
      2. Primary In Room
      3. Secondaries Room
      4. Color FX Room
      5. Primary Out Room
      6. Geometry Room
      7. Still Store
      8. Render Queue
    4. Navigating Your Sequence
      1. Navigating Clip to Clip
      2. Playing Clips
      3. Locking and Hiding Tracks
      4. Zooming In and Out
      5. Resizing Tracks
      6. Managing Grades in the Timeline
    5. Exploring the Setup Room
      1. The Shots Tab
      2. The Grades Tab
      3. The Project Settings Tab
      4. The Messages Tab
      5. The User Preferences Tab
    6. Applying Basic Grades
    7. Viewing Your Images
      1. Using the Waveform Monitor
      2. Using the Vectorscope
    8. Performing Secondary Grades
    9. Employing Color FX
    10. Applying Final Touches
    11. Panning and Scanning
    12. Utilizing Still Stores
    13. Correcting the Sequence
      1. Correcting Overexposure
      2. Correcting Underexposure
      3. Correcting Color Casts
    14. Introducing the Render Queue Room
    15. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  5. 2. Basic Grading
    1. Exploring the Primary Room
    2. Using the Auto Balance Control
      1. Resetting Auto Balance
    3. Grading with the Color Balance Controls
      1. Using the Contrast Sliders
      2. Correcting Contrast in a Shot
      3. Adjusting Color
      4. Resetting the Primary Parameters
    4. Grading with Curves
      1. Controlling Contrast with Curves
    5. Understanding Additional Controls
    6. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  6. 3. Basic Secondary Grading
    1. Three Types of Secondaries
      1. Key-Based
      2. Vignette-Based
      3. Curve-Based
    2. Performing Key-Based Secondaries
    3. Keying with HSL Qualifiers
    4. Performing Vignette-Based Secondaries
      1. Controlling Both Sides of the Vignette
    5. Creating a Look
    6. Secondary Curves
      1. Changing Hue with the Secondary Hue Curve
    7. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  7. 4. Advanced Secondary Grading
    1. Using Multiple Secondaries
    2. Combining a Key and a Vignette
      1. Pulling the Key
      2. Adding the Vignette
    3. Using Multiple Keys
    4. Creating Custom Mask Shapes
    5. Combining Vignettes
    6. Incorporating Curve Effects
    7. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  8. 5. Grade Management
    1. Managing Grades on a Single Shot
    2. Switching Between Grades
    3. Adding and Deleting Grades
    4. Duplicating a Grade
    5. Setting the Beauty Grade
    6. Saving Corrections and Grades
    7. Deleting Saved Corrections
    8. Organizing Corrections
    9. Saving Secondary Corrections
    10. Saving Grades
      1. Removing Grades in the Finder
    11. Moving Grades from Clip to Clip
      1. Applying Saved Settings to a New Grade
      2. Using the Copy To Buttons
      3. Dragging and Dropping Grades
    12. Dragging Individual Corrections
    13. Grouping Shots
    14. Applying Grades to Groups
    15. Working with Multiple Grades
      1. Resetting Grades
    16. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  9. 6. Color Effects
    1. Using the Color Effects Room
    2. Applying Nodes
    3. Building Color Effects
    4. Controlling Node Order
      1. Bypassing Nodes
    5. Monitoring Inactive Nodes
    6. Adding Nodes to Existing Trees
    7. Saving and Reapplying Effects as Presets
    8. Modifying an Applied Preset
    9. Working with Preset Color Effects
      1. Analyzing Presets
      2. Observing Bypassed Nodes
    10. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  10. 7. Common Recipes
    1. Black Hawk Down/Mogadishu Look
      1. Increasing Color Density
    2. CSI Miami Look
      1. Using Your Grade on a New Clip
    3. Schindler’s List Look
    4. Flashback Look
    5. Saturated Sunrise Look
    6. Skin Diffusion and Beauty Tricks
    7. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  11. 8. Keyframing Effects
    1. Animating Effects in Color
    2. Manipulating Keyframes
    3. Navigating to Keyframes
    4. Deleting Keyframes
    5. Keyframing Other Rooms
    6. Changing Interpolation Settings
    7. Animating User Shapes
    8. Adding Intermediary Keyframes
    9. Keyframing Color Effects
    10. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  12. 9. Recomposing and Tracking
    1. Using the Geometry Room
    2. Recomposing Shots
    3. Animating Pan and Scan Effects
    4. Tracking Objects
    5. Applying Tracking Data to Corrections
    6. Offsetting the Vignette
    7. Manual Tracking
    8. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  13. 10. Primary Out and Rendering
    1. Global Changes and Final Tweaks
    2. Modifying and Replacing Primary Out Room Settings
    3. Creating a Stylized Look for a Finished Project
    4. Applying Stylized Primary Out Corrections to Grouped Clips
    5. Manually Controlling Broadcast-Safe Output
    6. Adjusting Black Levels
    7. Limiting the Range of Black Level Adjustments
    8. Manually Adjusting White and Black Levels
    9. Manually Adjusting Chroma Levels
    10. Rendering Color Projects
      1. Modifying Render Settings in the Setup Room
    11. Adding Clips to the Render Queue
    12. Rendering Shots and Sending to Final Cut Pro
    13. Using Color’s Archive Feature
    14. Lesson Review
      1. Answers
  14. A. Alternate and Advanced Workflows
    1. Importing Clips to the Timeline
    2. Importing EDLs
    3. Slicing in the Timeline and Using the Timeline Edit Tools
      1. Repositioning a Shot in the Timeline
      2. Deleting a Shot in the Timeline
      3. Using the Timeline Edit Tools
    4. Relinking Clips
      1. Relinking Every Shot in the Timeline
      2. Relinking a Single Clip
  15. B. Setting Up a Color Correction Environment
    1. Setting Up Your Room
      1. Wall Color
      2. Lighting
      3. Have a White Spot
      4. Set Up Your Furniture for Comfortable Viewing
      5. Monitor Placement
    2. Choosing Video Hardware
      1. Your Video Output Interface
      2. Choosing a Broadcast Monitor
      3. Sanity-Checking Monitors
      4. Hardware Scopes vs. Final Cut’s Scopes
      5. Video Legalizer
    3. Choosing Computer Hardware
      1. Input Devices
  16. Glossary
  17. The Apple Pro Training Series
    1. The Apple Training Series