Avid Color Correction

Composer Window Monitors in Color Correction Mode

In Color Correction mode, the Composer window contains three monitors. By default, the center monitor shows the frame at the current location of the position indicator, while the left and right monitors show the last frame of the segment preceding the current segment, and the first frame of the segment following the current segment, as shown in the following illustration. This arrangement lets you compare the color characteristics of adjacent shots in your sequence.

When you move the position indicator to another segment in the Timeline, all three monitors update to show the new arrangement of previous, current, and next shots. In most respects, the Composer Window monitors in Color Correction mode work like other monitors in your editing application. For example, operations such as activating monitors, showing and hiding the video, displaying timecode information, and using the position bar are the same. For general information on using the monitors in your application, start with

You can customize image display in each of the three monitors by selecting from the monitor’s Source menu. For example, you can display other segments in your sequence, the entire sequence, or vectorscope and waveform displays to help you analyze images as you correct. For more information, see “Customizing Image Display in Color Correction Monitors” in the Help.

Color Correction Tool Basics

The following illustration shows the default display of the Color Correction tool. Controls in the Color Correction tool are organized in tabs.

The default display shows the controls in the Hue Offsets tab within the HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance) tab. The controls in this tab provide one set of tools to correct contrast and color balance problems.

The other two available tabs (the Controls tab within the HSL tab, and the Curves tab) provide additional sets of controls. For complete information on all color correction controls and other features in the Color Correction tool, see “The Color Correction Tool,” “The HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance) Group,” and “The Curves Group” in the Help.

Correcting Color Automatically Using the Color Correction Effect

You can use the Color Correction effect in the Effect Palette to apply up to three automatic color corrections at one time simply by applying the effect to selected segments just like any other Avid effect. Because you do not have to use any controls in the Color Correction tool, or even enter Color Correction mode, this is the simplest way of all to correct basic color problems on any or all of the segments in your sequence. For more information on working with the Color Correction effect, see “Using Color Correction Effects in the Effect Palette” in the Help. You determine which automatic color corrections your application makes by setting options in the AutoCorrect tab of the Correction Settings dialog box. A common setting that often solves most basic color problems applies two automatic corrections, one to correct contrast and one to correct color balance. The procedure in this section describes how to set up this setting. For information on the full range of options for the type and number of automatic corrections that you can set, see “Selecting AutoCorrect Options” in the Help.

To set basic AutoCorrect options:

  1. Do one of the following:
  • In the Settings tab of the Project window, double-click Correction.
  • In the Color Correction window, click the Correction Mode Settings button.

The Correction Mode Settings dialog box appears.

When you move the position indicator to another segment in the Timeline, all three monitors update to show the new arrangement of previous, current, and next shots. In most respects, the Composer Window monitors in Color Correction mode work like other monitors in your editing application. For example, operations such as activating monitors, showing and hiding the video, displaying timecode information, and using the position bar are the same. For general information on using the monitors in your application, start with

You can customize image display in each of the three monitors by selecting from the monitor’s Source menu. For example, you can display other segments in your sequence, the entire sequence, or vectorscope and waveform displays to help you analyze images as you correct. For more information, see “Customizing Image Display in Color Correction Monitors” in the Help.

 

Color Correction Tool Basics

The following illustration shows the default display of the Color Correction tool. Controls in the Color Correction tool are organized in tabs.

The default display shows the controls in the Hue Offsets tab within the HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance) tab. The controls in this tab provide one set of tools to correct contrast and color balance problems.

The other two available tabs (the Controls tab within the HSL tab, and the Curves tab) provide additional sets of controls. For complete information on all color correction controls and other features in the Color Correction tool, see “The Color Correction Tool,” “The HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance) Group,” and “The Curves Group” in the Help.

Correcting Color Automatically Using the Color Correction Effect

You can use the Color Correction effect in the Effect Palette to apply up to three automatic color corrections at one time simply by applying the effect to selected segments just like any other Avid effect. Because you do not have to use any controls in the Color Correction tool, or even enter Color Correction mode, this is the simplest way of all to correct basic color problems on any or all of the segments in your sequence. For more information on working with the Color Correction effect, see “Using Color Correction Effects in the Effect Palette” in the Help. You determine which automatic color corrections your application makes by setting options in the AutoCorrect tab of the Correction Settings dialog box. A common setting that often solves most basic color problems applies two automatic corrections, one to correct contrast and one to correct color balance. The procedure in this section describes how to set up this setting. For information on the full range of options for the type and number of automatic corrections that you can set, see “Selecting AutoCorrect Options” in the Help.

To set basic AutoCorrect options:

  1. Do one of the following:
  • In the Settings tab of the Project window, double-click Correction.
  • In the Color Correction window, click the Correction Mode Settings button.

The Correction Mode Settings dialog box appears.

2. Click the AutoCorrect tab.

3. Click the First Correction menu and select HSL Auto Contrast


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