Colour Correction Makes a HUGE Differnce

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Posted: Jan 28, 2009 at 18:19 Quote
So here is a little comparison of footage that came from the Canon HV20. The first shot is straight from the cam, and the second is colour corrected. I did all the cc'ing in Final Cut Pro 6 with the "Color Corrector 3-Way" I usually just muck around with it till I find something I like lol. I have tried using the program that comes with FCS 2, Apple Color, but found the one built into FCP a lot easier to use. Also, it does everything I need it to do.

Posted: Jan 29, 2009 at 1:06 Quote
Looks nice, a little warm but I agree, looks better.

I have a question though. My setup is nearly identical. Canon HV30 and Final Cut Pro 6. I am very new with the stuff, and need major help exporting. I know it's a lot, but can you give me a detailed step by step of what you did?

What mode you shot in? (24p, 30p, 60i)

How you imported (settings)

I've heard a lot about pulldown and deinterlacing. Did you do this? If so, how?

Lastly, how did you export. As you know, there are three ways. Export with Quicktime, Export with Compressor, or Export with Quicktime Conversion. Which one did you use, and what were the EXACT settings.

I feel like a moron, but I have been searching for over a week on the internet and have found so many thing to help, but its all too much and my videos come out hack on vimeo. I have put countless hours in already, so if you could spend some time and help me out, you would be my hero!!!

Thank you a ton.

BTW, I only ask because you have the same setup, and your video was great quality. Good job!

Posted: Jan 29, 2009 at 1:52 Quote
Here this is a copy of a post I made here a couple months ago. I know it doesn't cover everything you asked in your post but it's getting late so I will tackle the rest of your questions tomorrow.

In Final Cut Pro, click File, then Export and choose the option for using Compressor.

In Compressor, in the bottom left window (settings), click Apple, then Formats, then QuickTime, and finally H.264.
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Click and drag H.264 up onto your file in the top left window. Once it's in there right click and choose a destination other than source otherwise it makes it quite difficult to find the video after.
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Then you are going to go into the Inspector window.
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Hit OK. Next, go to Audio Settings right under the Video Settings. Set the Format to AAC, the Rate to 44.100 kHz, under Render Settings set the Quality to Fast, and the Target Bit Rate to 128 kbts.
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On to the next tab. This one is called Frame Controls, and it looks like this.
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Notice how the option for Frame Controls is grayed out, click the little gear looking thing beside it and then turn the option to On. Under Resizing Controls, leave Resize Filter and Output Fields on the default settings, and change Deinterlace to Better (Motion adaptive). For Retiming Control, set the Rate Conversion to Better (Motion compensated).

It should look like this.
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Now head on over to the Geometry tab. Down at Dimensions (encoded pixels), where is says %100 of source, change that to Custom (16:9), this way you can set your resolution to anything you want and still get it in widescreen. For full HD export set your resolution to 1920x1080.

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I'm pretty sure that is everything. When you're done tuning in all of you're settings you can click Save As at the bottom right of the Inspector window and save it as a template. This new template you just saved will be located in the Custom folder down in the Settings window where you first got the H.264 setting from.

The settings that I listed will give you a file of about 130MB for a 2 and a half minute video, which is pretty good for full HD resolution.

Posted: Feb 1, 2009 at 13:32 Quote
with fcp

download divx pro and you should be able to get the divx converter incorporated in fcp

also you have way too much red in your colour correction

put the cam on all manual too so the exposure doesnt change in a shot

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