FCP X: Improve VHS home movie picture?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by senseless, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. senseless macrumors 68000

    senseless

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    I imported some old 1985 VHS home (camera) movies and it suffers from a dark, greenish cast. They were shot indoors and the cameras were not great at the time.

    The Final Cut X color correct wizard pushes the exposure up, but takes almost all the color out. Is there a good way to improve this or should I just leave it alone?
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    You don't have to use the "wizard". You can color grade by hand.

    It's best to read up first on how this works. It has a learning curve but you should be able to get what you want. Just don't over do it. Reduced saturation is not bad, maybe the way the world really is
     
  3. daybreak macrumors 6502a

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    What about having your old footage in Black and White?
     
  4. senseless thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks, I went to YouTube for a good tutorial. I found that simply adjusting the exposure with the luma graph made a huge difference. Effective color correction was tricky, but I was able to make it acceptable.
     

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