21 Jun 2009

Color Grading in Apple Color

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It’s a professional color grading application that ships with Apple’s Final Cut Studio 2. Some people also know it as the app that doesn’t look or work like any of the other products in the suite. What I’m referring to of course, is Apple Color. And for typical users of the Studio, at first glance it just doesn’t fit. For starters, the user interface doesn’t match up. There are node trees and noodles and the menus are minimal. On top of that, if you are not familiar with the term “colorist“, you will probably be a bit lost when you first crack open this program.

However, let me say this is a program worth exploring. I once had a friend tell me that color correction is one of the things that is necessary to make your video look professional. If you want to take your video from “good” to “gorgeous”, Apple Color could be just what you need.  Below is some footage we shot for Ground Industries while they were constructing their groundboarding course at Beech Mountain, North Carolina. It was a beautiful day at a spectacular location. Using Apple Color, we took it a step further.

Lift - Original

Lift - Original

Lift Shot - Graded

Lift Shot - Graded

Skyline - Original

Skyline - Original

Skyline - Graded

Skyline - Grade

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