Color Correction in Final Cut Express
Posted 09 December 2011 - 01:40 PM
I am an aspiring digital video film-maker, and I work primarily with the Canon EOS 550D because I have budget restraints still being a high school student. However, that is beside the point, I am curious as to why the color correction (the actual effect, including "curves" and "contrast/brightness" and the built in color corrector) is bringing so much noise into my shots that was not there previously. I have a few guesses but I want an outside opinion...
I would imagine it's either...
1.) The fact that I am working in digital format and the pixels are clumping together because of the color correction.
2.) I am not compressing something right.
3.) Final Cut Express is just not adequate for professional color correction (my best guess.)
4.) I am not applying the color correction correctly at all.
And it is kind of driving me crazy, I keep my files in the native format (H.264) and I did this so it wouldn't have to compress the file at all; however this could be a huge problem (I have no idea).
Any feedback would be appreciated, thanks.
Posted 09 December 2011 - 03:17 PM
Posted 12 December 2011 - 07:38 AM
Thanks for your timely reply.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 09:14 AM
On the high end what will typically happen is such. The film is shot and then an "offline" version is made of the footage, which is lower in quality and used just to edit. Once it's edited there is a conform, in which you bring "online," all the high resolution footage you shot-- but just those shots used in the actual edit. This is what is then color corrected and output as a finished film. This is simplified, of course, but it's the just of it.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 10:43 AM
It probably won't help that much, though. You can help yourself by avoiding very high ISO shooting, which creates extra noise, and by exposing carefully, to use the maximum range of information that's available to you on a heavily-compressed camera. This is a balancing act, since you'll need to avoid overexposing and producing ugly clipped highlights, as well as underexposing, which buries your image in noise.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 01:43 PM
Posted 12 December 2011 - 02:51 PM
Disclaimer: I am peripherally involved in the development of 5DtoRGB.
Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:58 PM