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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (12 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578202019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578202010
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,468,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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..".it teaches color correction, step-by-step, from theory to practice..."a must-read for any serious online editor."

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Steve Hullfish produces and edits trailers, TV spots, promos and DVDs through his company, Verascope Pictures, which serves high-end clients: Universal Studios, NBC Television, HIT Entertainment, Jim Henson Entertainment, VeggieTales and others. His 22 years of producing and editing TV shows and spots have garnered many national awards, including a national Emmy as part of the editing team of the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has co-written three other books including "Color Correction for Digital Video," "Avid XpressPro On the Spot," and "The Avid XpressPro Editing Workshop." He has also written for DV magazine.
Jaime Fowler is the director and creator of Film CampTM (www.filmcamp.com), a controversial learning program where supervised student editors complete low-budget independent feature films. He has been a film and video editor for over 20 years. As a freelance editor, he edited trailers/promotionals for Warner Brothers, Tri-Star, and Lightstorm. He has completed documentaries for director James Cameron, including Under Pressure: The Making of the Abyss, The Making of T2, and edited several seasons of Jeopardy! for Merv Griffin/Sony. The editor for seven Emmy-winning television programs and one of the developers of Avid's Emmy-winning MulticamÔ, Jaime is a well-experienced editor who has served as an editing consultant for over 30 national sitcoms, several major motion pictures, and the Sundance Filmmakers Lab.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By benny van rooy on 11 May 2003
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I've learned more from this one then from all my manuals and other books on the topic. It's so complete and detailed. It cover's everything from how to read your scope until correcting to achieve just that look. Every step is illustrated with many great color illustrations. And best of all : the tutorials are explained in such way that anybody can do them whatever application or plugin they use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2003
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A must for anyone who wants to understand colour technology whatever medium they are working in - technical without being inpenetrable. Highly competent peice of work.
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By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2003
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A must for anyone who wants to understand colour technology whatever medium they are working in - technical without being inpenetrable. Highly competent peice of work.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
not much here 8 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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>This book and companion CD is the best book I have ever read >on the subject and this goes back a ways!
Well, that still doesn't say much. The author has a good start, but really, this book doesn't tell you much. It describes the history of color correction and mentions some color perception. The examples are ok, but there aren't many.
To the untrained eye, some of the pictures (such as the watermelon example) look identical. Were they intended for a different color space ? If so, why was the book released this way?
The author mixes industry jargon, such as "Pull back on the blacks" while referencing a color tool that has a label "Shadows". There are at least three sets of jargon
used interchangeably, and none are specifically defined set by set. I didn't even know what exactly a midtone was when I bought this book. The index lists a few pages for midtones, but nowhere is this term or most of the others specifically defined. For a "Digital tools" book that spends so much time on analog vector scopes, I'm disappointed that most of the examples were described in words rather than pictures.
Overall, this tutorial falls short. I learned a little, but I didn't walk away with much. I don't see the purpose of this
book. The CDROM is basically a demo distribution disk.
I bet the other glowing reviews are fake. Experienced colorists will find little in this book, and beginners can't learn much.
Dear Author, please write another edition and include a DVD
of video examples, step by step. Looking forward to your next book.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
excerpt from Bob Turner's review in "The Cut" 14 Jan. 2003
By Steve Hullfish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This review was excerpted from PriMedia's e-newsletter "Bob Turner's 'The Cut.'" A Video Systems Publication and was written by Bob Turner. Ellipses indicate edits from his original text.
This book and companion CD is the best book I have ever read on the subject and this goes back a ways! ...
As to being a bit intimidated, this book helped me understand why I felt that way. ...
Almost 100 pages into the book I was still learning about tools available, the alternative monitoring available and how each works. As a "senior" editor who lived through the linear days where one eye was always on the WFM/VS, I thought I knew these devices fairly well, but "Chapter 5: Using Scopes as Creative Tools" taught me quite a bit. ...
I truly appreciated the CD-ROM. In addition to the graphics files/tutorial images, the disk also included software tools and plug-ins from companies such as 3-Prong, Boris FX, Digital Film Tools, Discreet, Synthetic Aperture, and Tektronix. There were also full-length interviews with renowned experts. These and the comments made in the book were very useful. ...

Once I made it through the first half of the book (I needed to re-read it a few times), the tutorial segment was superb! I can truly say I have a far greater understanding of color tonality, and feel far less intimidation when confronted with the need to access the color correction/grading tools and do a bit of tweaking.
One very nice aspect to the book is the way several different manufacturers' toolsets were used and several different manufacturer's waveform displays were illustrated.
This is a book for the experienced editor, and a basic understanding of the technology and editing process is assumed by the writers.
I am going to close with a quote -- the very first words in the introduction:

"As technology brings more and more innovations into the edit suite, editors are expected to perform a much broader section of postproduction tasks, including audio sweetening, compositing, graphics, compression and 3D animation -- not to mention editing. Now you can add to this list the daunting responsibility of color correction. Not simply making an image brighter or darker or "legal", but manipulating the picture with a vast palette of tools that have only recently become available on the desktop."
If you agree with this viewpoint, this book is a MUST READ! I emphatically state that it is worth the effort.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great job, well-balanced approach 23 Oct. 2003
By Steve T - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The subject of video color correction is a difficult one, and most books about it usually suffer from being over-technical, over-theoretical, or (failing those) oversimplified. This is the best one I've read yet. A very accessible intro about color theory, followed by important technical detail (not only what a waveform or vectorscope does, but what it looks like when the color is "wrong", and what it should look like when the color has been corrected and optimized), and then, best of all, examples that are written in "editor-speak"--or more accurately, "colorist-speak". Language, that is, which is exactly how you and a client would talk to each other while analyzing a shot: "Pull down the black levels...rescue some detail from the overexposure...let's try to isolate the subject from the background and make it pop more." And then, step-by-step procedures to actually achieve those aims.
The examples in the book are also well-chosen and painstakingly done, so you really can see the difference in the "before" and "after" states of a picture.
I must confess that I've gotten so much valuable information from the book that I haven't explored the CD yet. It really has changed the way I analyze what a shot needs and how I go about making changes.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A book many editors have been waiting for 19 Dec. 2002
By Peter Jay Gould - Published on Amazon.com
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With the proliferation of nonlinear editing systems with increasingly sophisticated capabilities (which go far beyond "editing" these days), editors are being expected more and more frequently to be jacks-of-all-trades. In many cases the editor becomes the effects artist, the audio editor, the music editor, and the colorist. This book, written by two well-known NLE experts, presents the complex topic of color correction in extremely lucid, understandable terms. This is the reference we've been waiting for -- the one many of us WISH was included in the documentation included with the NLE's that have these capabilities, but wasn't. A copy should be on the shelf next to EVERY editing system that has color correction built into it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Steep learning curve for DV amateur 13 Jan. 2004
By Petr Salz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a video enthusiast and I use Canopus DVStorm and Premiere for editing of my videos. I was hoping to learn more about color correction in YUV space, using waveform and vectorscope tools and, most importantly, to improve the quality of the videos that I make.
This book starts with a very basic theory of color. Then is suddenly takes giant steps towards the color correction technologies. It explaines some but certainly not all parameters and that can be quite frustrating. Particularly the use of YUV parameters is hardly mentioned at all and it is not explained in any of the excercises. Explanation of the use of the waveform is excellent (some questions still remain) and I got a basic understanding how to use the vectorscope.
A significant part of the book explains the tools and features of professional systems found in studios. Obviously such systems are much more sophisticated than PC-based NLE systems. I am still looking for book that is geared more towards PC based systems.
Still, I found the book inspiring because it made me try my tools in new ways and actually achieve better results. That's what counts for me.
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