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Colour Grading in FCP Color

Posted by Phil On February - 2 - 2012

Mike and I have been colour grading the Stand in Line music video. After doing a primary grade to let the black and white levels right, then we moved on to the secondary grading.

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

Here’s Mike isolating the background. Actually the grey background was very difficult to separate. I wanted to matte out the floor as it had got dirtier through the 10 hours of filming, so the footprints are visible.

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

The yellow shirts really punched out well. So here we have 3 mattes : skin tones, yellow shirts and grey background

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

Here’s another shot where we we needed to isolate the grass, to make it consistent. When we were filming, one of the pitch floodlights was faulty, so one corner of the pitch was a strong yellow. My film lights were illuminating the middle area and the back floodlights were blueish

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

Adjusting the grass colour

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

The footballer shirts were orange. so here’s theĀ  orange roughly isolated

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

The original colour

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

..with the orange brighter

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

..now yellow!

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

Could even go blue, I suppose, but notice how parts of the faces are changing as the orange floodlight makes the side of the faces orange as well. So it was tricky to separate the colours.

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

This is making the ball whiter.

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

color grading with FCP

 

Then similar clips are linked.

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

Very fiddly process

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

So we can apply the basic secondary grades to a set at a time, before going on to dealing with the individual clips

Color correction on Final Cut Pro

 

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