It’s not until recently, while tutoring people at a local college how to use Apple’s Compressor and Color programs that I realized some people are actually afraid to step inside the still “newish” Color app.
This makes me cringe a little bit. You have purchased Final Cut Studio 2 or 3, but afraid to use the tools you purchased? I promise Color will not hurt your mother’s back anymore than stepping on a crack will.
I learned Color a little differently than most though, so I can’t judge too harshly I guess. I had the pleasure of sitting behind the famous Chicago Colorist Bob Sliga and watch his magic in Color first hand. This is just one of the many benefits of Assistant Editing. As he colored the documentary I was right there watching, taking it all in. He was extremely nice and explained every step in the process.
Bob Sliga was a colorist on Apple’s “Color Development” team and created all the FX Presets found within Color. If your in the Chicago area, he’ll be doing a demonstration of Color at the next Chicago FCP Users Group Meeting too. If not, you can purchase his new custom Color presets library for the Color app, which also comes with a series of podcasts on professional color grading. The “Scone Looks” collection can be found here. ($110, it’s a steal.)
Because most of you probably didn’t get the same introduction to Color that I did. I have compiled a quick list of links that may help you in the process of learning Color and proper color grading techniques.
I hope these links help.
EDIT: I would like to add that numbers 4 to 14 on this list of links are video tutorials created by Steve Hullfish. He has a great blog called “CUT.N.COLOR” at Pro Video Coalition. He also has written several books on color correction.