Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 is a complete keying system for green screens and blue screens. It features an innovative keying algorithm, a unique diagnostic toolset and unrivalled compositing options. The new Hawaiki Keyer is designed to help you get the perfect key with the minimum of guesswork.
Hawaiki Keyer is the most powerful and best value keying solution for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5.
Objectives – While we’ve refined the core algorithms and added some exciting new features, including the unique and extremely powerful Pre-Qualify option, the focus of this release has been about giving you the tools to reduce the guesswork so you can not only pull a better key but finish the job much faster. We’ve aimed to achieve this in a few different ways – by removing, reordering and renaming existing parameters, by providing more refined control of existing processes and by adding new and unique views that show both what you need to do and what you’ve done.
Colorists spend years learning their craft and tools, but there’s no reason that you can’t learn some of the basics such color theory, color matching, and color grading. Knowing and utilizing even the most basic color grading tricks will give your projects the professional boost they deserve. Luckily, there are loads of tutorials and plug-ins to help you achieve the best results in a fast and easy manner.
First, let’s get the whole color grading vs. color correction spelled out. Color correction is what you do first to fix contrast, skin tones, bad white balance, color shifts, and that type of thing.
Color grading is the process of modifying the tones and colors in your project to give your footage a look or mood. These tutorials and tools often can do both. Sci-fi films tend to have crushed blacks and blueish tones. Romance movies may have warmer tones and a softer color palate. Action films often have saturated and contrasting colors.
Color Grading and Color Correction Tutorials
Understanding Color Theory
Let’s start out with the very basics. If you don’t quite understand color theory, Blender Guru has a nice tutorial on understanding the basics, like complementary colors, split complementary colors, tertiary colors, etc.
Color Matching and Color Grading in FCP X
Premium Beat has a cool training feature that came out around NAB Show that goes through the basics of color grading using the color board in Final Cut Pro X. They also explain the process of matching color between shots that do not match. The tutorial comes with media that you can download so that you can play along. Color grading and color matching are great skills for any editor to have.
Larry Jordan also had a program on color matching.
Final Cut Pro X – Color Grading a Film Tutorial
Denver Riddle has a full hour-long class about color grading a feature film in Final Cut Pro X that will get you started.
Plug-ins for Color Grading and Color Correction
Hawaiki Auto Grade
Hawaiki Auto Grade is an automatic white balance correction tool with several of extra grading features. It’s fast and easy to use. It works in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects & Motion. Buy Hawaiki Auto Grade at Toolfarm for just $46.55. It sells everywhere else for $49.
The video below is from Larry Jordan and he goes through some of the features in Auto Grade.
Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse
Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse – Standalone and plug-in for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Premiere Pro. Now you can have telecine-style color correction that fits your workflow rather than imposing a new one. Color Finesse 3 gives you the high-end color correction and enhancement tools you need both as a plug-in for your favorite application.
Red Giant Colorista III
Red Giant Colorista III brings gorgeous color grading to your favorite editors and moves between them with consistent, natural-looking results. Its three stages of correction — Primary, Secondary, Master — use a color engine that’s similar to big-budget systems. Included with Red Giant Color Suite and works with After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro.
Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks
Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks works with After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere, FCP X, Motion, Avid and Sony Vegas. This is a tool for specifically color grading, and starts out very simple, with 100’s of beautifully designed presets and treatments, ranging from practical lighting to popular Hollywood looks. Or you can always create your own.
Tiffen Dfx is a standalone and plug-in for After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere, Final Cut Pro and FCP X, and Avid. Tiffen Dfx simulates 2,000+ popular award-winning Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, plus natural light and photographic effects. The Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite is the definitive set of digital optical filters for top motion picture filmmakers, video editors, and VFX artists worldwide.
Boris Continuum Unit: Color and Tone
Boris Continuum Unit: Color and Tone unit is for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Motion and it brings professional grade color grading tools to the table. It includes videoscope monitoring to ensure that your colors are safe. BCC 3 Way Color Grade lets you independently adjust the bright, mid, and dark region of a clip via built-in color spheres which are not only easy to use but offer real-time results. BCC Color and Tone filters are also included with Boris Continuum Complete.
Yanobox Moods – Plug-in for FCPX, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Moods is a unique color grading plug-in with a full-screen interface.
Nattress Levels and Curves
Nattress Levels and Curves are plug-in for FCP, Motion, and After Effects that use the power of curve-based color adjustments applied in film-log space.
Super Dissolve completely reinvents the dissolve transition with a whole host of advanced features
If the look of your dissolves is important to you, this is a plug-in you can’t afford to be without.
SUPER DISSOLVE FEATURES:
Gamma Encoding – Super Dissolve offers unique in-depth control of the gamma encoding of the transition which has a very significant impact on the overall look.
Blend Modes – With 30 blending modes to choose from, Super Dissolve provides an incredibly rich range of compositing possibilities.
Layer Order – Another unique feature is the ability to choose the order in which the dissolve is composited.
Custom Curves – Super Dissolve offers you extensive and comprehensive control over the transition animation curves, with both a wide range of preset curves and complete manual control over the curve shape and timing.
Curve Design Interface – To facilitate the setting up of complex animation curves, Super Dissolve offers a unique interface that makes it easy to visualise exactly what you are creating.
True Asymmetric Dissolve – The unique and complex compositing technology inside Super Dissolve allows the user to create true asymmetric dissolves with discrete control over timing and blending.
Split Mode – Yet another unique feature is the ability to generate split dissolves where one half of the frame transitions through quicker than the rest.
Brightness & Blur – The ability to add either blur or brightness boost/cut or both means that the user can create glows and blooms and a variety of diffuse effects. In combination with the extensive blend modes options, this allows for some truly unique looks.
Dedicated Dip & Fade – Creating dips and fades is easy with Super Dissolve – just grab one of the dedicated modules which are optimised for these transitions. Again you have unprecedented control over every aspect of the dip or fade, allowing for subtle and complex results that no other transition offers you.