Welcome to part 2 of Color Grading with Capture 9! This time, we’ll attack the powerful Color Editor. If you have missed the first part about the Color Balance Tool, you don’t necessarily need to read it to understand this article… but I suggest you give it look before continuing. It’s right here waiting for you. Color Editor Tool The Color Editor Tool is really what impressed me the mo
I had the privilege of being asked by David Grover, Support and Business Development Manager at Phase One, to experiment the new color grading tools inside Capture One 9. I knew the existence of this RAW processing software, but never had the time to explore it until a couple of weeks ago. David wanted to know what an experienced video colorist thought of their new color grading tools, so I dove into Capture One 9 wi
Given the Color Grading Breakdown Series’s recent popularity, it seemed logical to treat you guys with a new shot. Without further ado, here’s the series’ 12th shot taken from Black Tiger Sex Machine’s music video: Color Grading Breakdown The main goal when I graded this project was to hide the environment (especially curtains and wires). It was an important concern for the DP. The solution wa
This week, shot 11 of the Color Grading Breakdown Series brings us to the desert in Benjamin Lussier‘s latest (and very cool) music video Knock You From Yr Mountain from Elephant Stone. Color Grading Breakdown I picked this shot because compared to the other exterior shots, it looked like the sun was setting. I wanted to remove the pinkish look and give it some power. Step 01 I know that I’m not going for
The keyer is probably the most dangerous color grading tool. It can achieve very cool looks, but can also completely destroy an image. When used with care, the keyer is an essential tool for the colorist. Combine it with masks and its creative value is infinite! What is a Keyer? A keyer is used to select (or qualify) a range of color pixels in order to modify or completely remove them. The most popular keyer is the c
Time flies. The Color Grading Breakdown Series has reached the double digits! When I started this series about a year ago, my goal was to release a breakdown every week. I clearly failed at that, but at least the series is still alive and kicking! Check out this great shot captured by my talented friend Gab BT: Color Grading Breakdown Exterior shots can be tricky. But in this case, the source footage was great. It wa
I had so much fun grading this music video that I couldn’t resist doing a breakdown! It’s been two months since the latest shot from the Color Grading Breakdown Series, so you guys deserve it! Color Grading Breakdown I really dig the cinematic lighting DP John Londono and his team did for the the bar scene and wanted to push it to maximum. Here’s how I did it: Step 01 A custom contrast curve. Withou
Talk about a fun project to grade! After working on a few commercials with DP John Londono, I finally had the chance to collaborate with him on a music video. John’s images came out great straight from the camera, but we knew that they could benefit from color grading. Having worked together on other projects, he knew my style and gave me carte blanche… which is is so much different (and a bit refreshing!