Review: Digital Color Correction – The Final Cut Studio Workflow with Apple’s ColorTraining DVD

Digital Color Correction:The Final Cut Studio Workflow with Apple’s Color
Call Box
$75

Digital Color Correction:The Final Cut Studio Workflow with Apple’s Color stars Stuart Ferreyra and Noah Kadner (host of other Call Box videos) discussing Apple Color. The tutorial is really aimed at absolute beginners to Color and color grading. Being a beginner myself, that was exciting.

Ferreyra is an expert. Kadner, admittedly new to Color, represents a pro and indie (even low budget) philosophy. Kadner asks questions to Ferreya as Ferreya moves throgh the app. Kadner’s backwards ballcap sensibility brings a welcome looseness to the proceedings.

This isn’t is a step-by-step tutorial. As is repeated a few times, the DVD is not meant to take the place of the manual. And, significantly, there are no project files. This is a DVD (not a DVD-rom) that you simply watch.

As I watched it, I had Color open, but I didn’t really find myself following along in the application. Instead, billed as an “insider’s look”, it’s like sitting down with a friend and watching over his shoulder as he works. Sometimes that’s a great way to learn; other times you feel like you want the friend to move over and let you push the buttons. If the disc had gone a little further in having Ferreya discuss the artistry of being a colorist — what he looks for in an image and how he has learned to adjust it — this DVD could have been a home run. But I did benefit from hearing Ferreya discuss his craft and it does better than the other DVDs I’ll be reviewing in terms of discussing the actual art of grading.

In sum I enjoyed the disc, but I didn’t think it carried as much value as the other two Call Box discs I’ve seen, 24P Digital Post Production with Final Cut Pro and the DVX100 and Digital Color Correction:Panasonic P2 Workflow with Final Cut Pro and the HVX200. The latter, in fact, is a truly superb introduction for to the HVX and I recommend it to anyone new that camera and its unique workflow.

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