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Any color correction tips/recommendations?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Rothgarr, Sep 8, 2015.

  1. Rothgarr

    Sep 10, 2014
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    EDIT: Ug, I just saw a video on color/grading right here on the front page... I'll start by looking through those threads...


    Does anyone have any tips for achieving optimal color correction/saturation/brightness, etc. in post production? (especially in Final Cut Pro).

    When I shoot video with my P3P, I make sure the histogram has all the peaks in the middle (so that the whites are no true whites or blacks). But then my videos all seem a little "washed out". I try using auto balance in Final Cut Pro but it doesn't look right to me, it seems pretty inconsistent. And when I do it myself it usually winds up being too dark.

    I'm also having a hard time trying to figure out how to make it look best on a variety of devices. On some of my computers the output looks too dark, while on other too light. I know everyone has their screens set differently but I'm wondering if there's a golden rule for what you should be shooting for.

    Here's a sample video I did last weekend just testing different approaches to a few landmarks. For all of these I'm using a SRP 16/8 gradient ND filter. It doesn't look terrible... but it has no "pop".

    Any advice on how to color correct? (especially for Final Cut Pro)
    #1 Rothgarr, Sep 8, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2015