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Is there a "starting place" in terms of colour correction before adding a stylistic LUT

Applications such as FCPX and Adobe Creative Cloud actually ship with a wide variety of stylized LUTs, so if you use either of those you can play around with them. Most LUTs will specify what they ...
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How to color grade gold

Two thoughts: Go to images.google.com and search for "gold". Find something you think is gold-colored, check its RGB values, and then use that as a target for your gold. Many editing programs have ...
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What is Pivot in Color Grading?

As you know, the contrast function darkens dark colors further and lightens light colors further. Software without a pivot parameter assume that the point where darkening becomes lightening is exactly ...
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How do I batch replace video clips in Premiere to graded copies? (from Da Vinci Resolve)

Method 1 First, with the Premiere project closed, move the original files that you're editing with to a new folder or other location. Open your project and it will warn you of missing files. Click the ...
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DaVinci Resolve: Difference between adjusting Y or YRGB

My statement that the effect looks the same was incorrect. The use of these sliders is explained in the manual, in "Primary Grading Controls" -> "Color Wheels Palette" -> "RGB Lift/Gamma/Gain Sliders" ...
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What does a color grading software offer over a compositor?

The functionality of editing vs color grading vs compositing software is overlapping since every professional software can do a bit of everything. But they are experts in their own domain. Resolve has ...
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Color grading basics

I would look at some of the tutorials on YouTube. There are plenty of them. If you want to get into grading; you can jump right in as long as you are shooting RAW; or at the very least; 4:2:2. If ...
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How to get the Cinematic look

There are a few important things to consider: Lighting is perhaps the most important aspect to creating a filmic image. A lot of filmmakers like to use natural light such as Innaritu on The Revenant. ...
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Should I do color grading in FCPX or round trip do DaVinci Resolve?

Use Resolve, it is far superior to FCPX for grading. This is my workflow, since I always shoot in RAW with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. I know there are ways to do this using XML, but I've run into ...
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Do any iOS video apps record in log color space?

This announcement article dated January 11, 2017 indicates that there will be an upgrade to the app FiLMiC Pro which may accommodate what you are looking for. Note that the FiLMic Pro App Store web ...
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Grading Colour To Black And White In Davinci Resolve

There is actually a specific option for this in Resolve. In your primaries pane (bottom left of the color tab) navigate to the "rgb mixer" tab. In the top right of the tab, click the options menu (3 ...
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How to fix color "waves" in SpeedGrade?

That's the moiré pattern, which is caused when the camera debayers an image with fine details: Wikipedia about the Bayer Filter (see the Artifacts section) Many cameras have this problem, some more, ...
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When and why to use Speedgrade?

You ask what it does: Speedgrade is a color grading / correcting tool. Davinci Resolve is another, and there are others still. They allow you to adjust the characteristics of a video on a shot-by-shot ...
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How can I do color grading that changes over time?

DaVinci Resolve seems to be an industry standard software for color grading that exists as a free version. Here is a tutorial on how to use keyframes to animate color grading that worked for me:
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What exactly is D-Cinelike?

“Is D-Cinelike just a flatter colour profile with less contrast (to capture more detail in shadows and highlights)?” Yes. It's closer to log color rather than linear. The big thing to be aware of ...
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Correct gamma for SMPTE ST-2084 EOTF

The short answer is: You don't pick a color space for your RAW material based on what kind of monitor you're using. A color pipeline is a very complicated series of mathematical conversions, which is ...
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Color correct to compensate for low blue

I am not very certain that I understand your question, but if you want to shift the color-grade of your image away from the orange, you can use the temperature to shift it towards blue, effectively ...
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Change color to look as how a color blind person sees

With these values, I get the results shown below. Note that your color management settings in Resolve will affect your result, and so will the input color space of your source. To avoid ...
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Empty library in DaVinci Resolve

I've just received an answer on another forum: Select "DaVinci Resolve" from the main menu, select "Preferences" In the media storage tab press "+" and select the desired folder / drive. Press OK and ...
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Desaturate shadows in Lightworks

In Lightworks, there's the selective color correction tool. By moving the sliders like this you can select the shadows (luma slider) and desaturate them: By clicking "Reveal" you can see which parts ...
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Why use Lumetri scopes?

The scopes are objective and absolute measures of the levels in your image. They aren't susceptible to the vagaries of human perception—colours and levels looking different depending on context—and ...
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How to light a set using coloured fluorescent lights

Try searching for "LED Neon Tube". Nowadays LEDs are so common for venue lighting, maybe the set designers might went that route. If this is fluorescent, they could be white fluorescent bulbs ...
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Why doesn't my s-log3 footage reach 100% value?

A log curve is a mathematical transfer function. SONY have defined a LOG curve (as many vendors do) that imagines future/alternative sensors having larger electron well capacity (higher clipping) and ...
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Source ProRes 422 Proxy / Edit / Export to ProRes 422 proxy?

Definitely proRes 422HQ. While you won't gain anything by encoding in a higher quality codec, what you will do is avoid losing more. Proxy codecs are just that: stand-ins for the real content, ...
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Why a color grading suite needs high CRI lamps?

The truth is that you do not need them... unless you do of course. You only need good CRI for the ambient lamps if you need to compare colors with real-life things, probably the skin tone of someone, ...
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How do I find out if a video is actual or if it was modified with a Software?

Chameleons do have some pretty wild colors they can change into, and the process is extremely advanced, requiring physicists and biologists to fully understand how it works; check out this video for ...
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Should color grading be performed on raw clips, or final sequence?

Grading multiple clips in Premiere is still a bit fiddly compared to something like DaVinci Resolve. If it was only three clips, I would do the grade on one clip, then copy and paste the Lumetri ...
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Banding in waveform monitor

The "banding" you are seeing is the levels of the three channels that make up a video signal. It isn't an 8-bit artifact. In the upper left and bottom scopes, the white/grey trace is the luminance ...
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Originally smooth unicolor background shows "steps" in the color gradient when exporting

The choice of codec will largely depend on what you're doing with the material. Your problem is that there just aren't enough colours in 8-bit colour space to give you a smooth gradient over the size ...
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Is there any use in archiving graded 8-bit footage as 10-bit file?

Yes, you will lose information from the grade if you save as 8-bit. Here's a thought experiment to illustrate. Say your original red level for a pixel was 128 out of 256 (00001111 / 11111111), and ...
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