Grading software recommendation
Posted 09 July 2011 - 11:26 AM
Posted 13 July 2011 - 07:14 AM
If you want to keep things simple try color finesse as a plugin in after effects or as a standalone software this will ease your workflow if you are editing in premiere pro.
If you're switching to mac, color is user friendly and syncs beautifully with final cut pro and you can also try davinci resolve which i also more advanced than color.
anyways make sure you get a good graphic card an check its compatibility with the softwares you are going to use.
Posted 13 July 2011 - 07:59 AM
Might be nice to start working on something in that then hand off a "rough" to the post house doing the final color. Not out yet (they said july) but for a free download might as well check it out.
Posted 13 July 2011 - 06:47 PM
Posted 13 July 2011 - 09:34 PM
Posted 14 July 2011 - 05:31 AM
Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:26 AM
Edited by Magnus Over-Rein, 14 July 2011 - 06:27 AM.
Posted 14 July 2011 - 07:28 AM
You are absolutely right; it took me YEARS to get to my somewhat proficient point at color printing (I'll never be one of the greats). With 8-bit images, other digital compromises, yikes, good luck! Know what you mean about having to undo "corrections." Then again, we have to do it all the time with poorly exposed, improperly exposed film too.
I still don't understand how ANYONE could willingly use an LCD monitor on a laptop for critical color correction. LCDs have advanced by leaps and bounds, but I still chooose CRT every time, beecause the colors sook the same from EVERY ANGLE.
Posted 14 July 2011 - 11:40 AM
Unfortunately CRTs are no longer an option for HD and above; I currently use a new JVC D-ILA RS50 since a week. It took me about 4 days to set it up properly using the Truelight probe and software.
Posted 14 July 2011 - 07:29 PM
I have a Panasonic 11UK Plasma with Light-Space which is good but not perfect, a LED DLP Projector might be a great alternative. Sad to say the D24 and D32 are now going to be in the past.
Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:46 PM
I think several of the computer CRTs I have go over 480i as well.
Problem with ALL CRTs is they have a two-four year lifespan before they get objectionable burn in. So the supply, now that they're basically all out of production, is dwindling ;-/
I think you can still get them for under $100 on eBay (whatever the special was, the cost of shipping was more than the monitor). I am going to put off converting to LCD as long as possible, and, at least in my area, I'm not alone. I know of two still labs that are the same way.
Posted 14 July 2011 - 11:16 PM
I didn't say anyting about HD (why do you need HD res. to balance a fleshtone?) but my understanding is that there are/were HD CRTs.
The Sony D24 and D32 are grade-1 CRT monitors which are still (mostly) the preferred set for top tiered HD grading, they have just recently been adequately replaced by the Dolby 4200 ( http://www.dolby.com...or-prm4200.html ) and not much else.
Many big facilities have been relying on Plasma panels because of their ability to have proper black, wide viewing angles and for their dynamic range, but they do drift and there can be noise issues. Most LCD panels are poor in terms of contrast ratio and black level reproduction and make bad grading monitors due to poor off axis response they are stable, though.
Supposedly the Dolby solves all of these issues but I have not yet seen it, I believe the price tag is $60K + which is a bit more than a new Sony D32 when they were making them. The Dolby is lighter, so is a SUV the D32 is quite a chunk of glass.
Posted 15 July 2011 - 12:17 AM
As an aside, once they pry my last CRT out of my cold, dead, hands, what, if anything would you recommend on a shoestring budget? ANy off-the-shelf monitors that are very good?
I remember LaCie used to be a higher end prosumer manufacturer back in the day.
Dolby is throwing 35mm under the bus like it's their job, were busy talking about how Dolby 7.1 would NOT be supported on their legacy film systems, would frankly rather not buy a thing from them. They seem to have a lot of their money into DCI and plastic sunglasses instead of sound and color improvement and calibration.
Are D24s and 32s scarce, or available cheaply now? I use a Sony, couldn't tell you the model number, an older SD version, have a couple of them actually. Of course, I do an embarassing amount of personal work at home on probably the WORST LCD monitor ever made, in terms of color shift. The 2003 Apple iMac stalk LCD monitor :-/
Posted 18 November 2011 - 11:19 AM
Most of the time you'd be using the Three Color Wheel or RGB Curves anyhow. Beyond that, it's all micro managing tidbits of curves for highs and lows. You don't really NEED a 3rd party software unless it's for specific monitoring capabilities. For that, you could use the dynamic link in the timeline for After Effects' own Color Finesse.