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Apple Pro Training Series: Color: Correcting and Grading in Final Cut Studio [Paperback]

Michael Wohl , David Gross
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20 Dec 2007 0321509110 978-0321509116 1
In this guide to Apple’s masterful new color grading and finishing application, award-winning colorist David Gross starts with the basics of color balancing and correction and move on to the fine points of secondary grading. Topics include scene matching, using vignettes to isolate and track regions, creating advanced color effects and “looks,” skin tone adjustments, and adjusting the composition and framing of a shot. As with the other titles in the Apple Pro Training Series, each chapter in this Apple-authorized guide represents a complete lesson--with a project to complete and a review section to reinforce the lessons. Superb footage, including several BBC productions and broadcast commercials, provide real-world examples for you to work through as you master this revolutionary software.

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (20 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321509110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321509116
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 618,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this guide to Apple’s masterful new color grading and finishing application, award-winning colorist David Gross starts with the basics of color balancing and correction and move on to the fine points of secondary grading. Topics include scene matching, using vignettes to isolate and track regions, creating advanced color effects and “looks,” skin tone adjustments, and adjusting the composition and framing of a shot. As with the other titles in the Apple Pro Training Series, each chapter in this Apple-authorized guide represents a complete lesson--with a project to complete and a review section to reinforce the lessons. Superb footage, including several BBC productions and broadcast commercials, provide real-world examples for you to work through as you master this revolutionary software.

About the Author

David Gross is an editor and colorist at Definition Films, based in Sydney, Australia. Located in the heart of the Australian film industry in Fox Studios Australia, he specializes in providing HD solutions to international clients including 20th Century Fox, Discovery Channel International, Sony BMG, Universal Music, Becker Entertainment, and MTV.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential! for Final Cut graders 27 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
If you are used to Final Cut for grading and color correction, and are slightly intimidated by that new app in your suite because it looks like 'proper' software, just spend the money get this book and prepare to fall in love with Color. It is so well made and easy to follow, you will find the whole learning experience a complete joy, and within no time you will only use Final Cut's grading tools for quick previews, and be looking forward to exporting your project to Color.

Even for primaries Color is far superior to Final Cut's tools, it may seem hard at first, but seriously it only takes a few hours until Color becomes second nature to you... if you do any grading, do yourself a massive favour and just buy this book, just like every other Apple Training book, it brings out your creativity and makes you remember why you decided to do work in this field in the first place!! its an official Apple book, and just like anything else made by Apple, the user experience is the most important factor in its design, this isn't some stuffy textbook, this is extremely digestible and very well made.

Sure you can get free online tutorials, but nothing beats a book on the table beside your monitor and actual project files and assets to work with, 30 is a small price to master the power Color affords you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good choice to learn the software 12 Jan 2008
By I. Sarro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Aside from the frustrations of the "one-star-reviewer", one must consider that the purpose of this book is to teach how to use the software. Apple is making professional tools available to the "general public", and is offering a training series of which this book is a part.

One assumes that if you're an industry professional, you're well on your way, without the need for "training wheels". But if you're like me, more or less still exploring the richness and the depth of Final Cut Studio 2, then this book is a must for you.

I was a bit frustrated about the long waiting period and the delay of the publishing date and was close to cancelling my order, but I am happy I own this book now. The book may seem a bit meager and I wish for more examples and exercises in an updated version, but I feel it gives me a great headstart in learning how to use Color and I feel confident enough to explore all the possibilities on my own.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book. no expensive course required! 28 Feb 2008
By ohmslaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I waited a long time before this book arrived but it was completely worth it. I edit on Final cut pro but never really did too much with respect to secondary coloring. I used the color correction tools with Final cut but they are not very good for precision coloring. I've always peeped through the window admiring da vinci system and even considered buying Final Touch but didn't have the nerve to pluck down $20K. Then Apple bought the company and folded it into Final Cut suite. I upgraded immediately. I soon found that i was out of my element in Apple Color.
The manual that came with Apple color didn't help that much either. Yes i could color but didn't always get the exact look i was going for. I concluded that only Da vinci system could give me the look i wanted.
Then came this book. It thoroughly explained the right way to mix and match to get precise looks, from skin tone to mood.
This book is worth twice it's price. Forget going on any silly course. read it and practice and you are good.

I'll say this for Apple color. It can color as good as any da vinci system. It is 10 times slower to render unless you create a huge cluster, granted, but the end result is the same. Anyone tell you different is trying to justify their higher rates.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Jan 2008
By Zebulun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I ordered this in June of last year and I wish I'd not. I'm a live tv camera shader so my background is in color manipulation. If you have absolutely no idea how to manipulate colorimetry, this is not the book for you at all. It tells you how to drive the software with some helpful color hints scattered about. Read the manual, work in the application, scour the net and Amazon for information about color and you can learn the same stuff.

If you have a background in color manipulation, skip this book and read the manual to learn how to drive Apple's Color. If you're like me and enjoy constant learning, run and pick up "Encyclopedia of Color Correction" by Alexis van Hurkman. It's a far more useful text than this title.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Within its Scope. 11 May 2010
By Douglas H. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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I found the Program Color to be pretty intuitive and had the opportunity to use it in a professional environment before reading about it. Nonetheless, this book has been most helpful for filling in the gaps in my knowledge where intuition wasn't enough, and as a way of checking my assumptions / methods against what is prescribed. If you don't know that much about the program Color this is an excellent book to have. Of course, when it comes to really using and understanding the program the footage on the DVD is critical. Here are a few things to consider.

1) A good bit of the footage on the DVD might be thought of as fluff footage. That is, it looks bad uncorrected but its pretty easy to make look good. Keep in mind this footage is supposed to be easy to correct, so unfortunately, it's not a reflection of our natural skills as colorists when this footage starts to look good with little effort.

2) Some footage has characteristics not mentioned in the text, so you might be left scratching your head a few times. For example, the clip called "Car Shot Wide" used in chapter 1 has a flaw in the whites, bring down the luma of the shot and you'll see symmetrical curves appear on the right and left of the car. Raise the luma back up to more normal levels and you'll see these curves don't go away they are just far less visible.

Also take a look at the shot called "Car Track MS" look at the top third and bottom third of the shot. You'll notice that the top of the shot has a magenta hue, and the bottom is slightly green. These features and others are not mentioned in the book but you can use them to create additional exercises for yourself by using Color's tools to clean them up.

Other things to consider:

1) Color is still has a fair number of bugs, so when the program does not behave as the book tells you it should, you will be left wondering what is going on, and with no good way to get around the bug.

2) The book is a general guide so it's a bit short on detail on issues faced all the time in the professional world. For example, the book contains an example of a way to smooth out skin, but I didn't think the shot for this exercise was a good choice, further the logic of how the smoothing effect is constructed in the book didn't make a lot of sense, and didn't work well enough when applied to footage I was dealing with on a show. There must be a variety of ways to smooth out rough textured skin in color but the content here was pretty light.

There is a lot more to say but in short, this is a very good book and has a great deal of useful information, buy it and enjoy. Just, keep in mind that there is plenty of room for a second volume.
5.0 out of 5 stars Average Conditions 8 Nov 2011
By Ricardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wish I could give a 4 1/2 because that is what deserves. The book came in excellent conditions except that the lower part of the book from the pages margin was marked with permanent marker. Some of the corners of the cover are bended. I was expecting better conditions from amazon seller. Fast delievery, no delay. I recommend this seller, but don't except your book to come intact of slightly very noticeable marks

The content of the book is far excellent for someone who is barely starting to learn color correct. Apple Color Software comes with a couple bugs that don't respond according to what the books says, but again. Once you get familiar with the interface and the rest of the feature of Color, you will find the solution right away.
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