In this issue of Cut/daily I'm going to try something a little different.
A grab bag of little tip and tricks with (hopefully) something for everyone, regardless of which NLE you're editing in day-to-day.
What to do when you can't get the grade to work
I felt this tweet from Eddy Moon to my bones.
Sometimes I just can't get things to match either and it's a deeply frustrating experience. A fair few other post-folk echoed these sentiments in the replies and offered further advice.
But this reply from Colorist Jack Jones is both practically and philosophically accurate:
Match the basics and then move on and come back to it later.
#225 - Why the Order of Operations Matters
Having a sensible order of operations helps in these kinds of situations where sticking to a system (hue then luminance or beginning, middle, end etc.) can guide you through the fog.
Back in #225 I shared an insight into two colorist's order of operations, which are broadly speaking:
- Get out of LOG, establish the colour space
- Balance the image focusing on the colours
- Balance the image focusing on the exposure
- Fixes - Target exposure fixes in specific areas
- Fixes - Attended to colour fixes in specific areas
- Push everything towards the Creative Look
- Clean up with any final fixes and tweaks