How to decrease the saturation level of only one color in Color?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by lyl, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. lyl macrumors member

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    How to decrease the saturation level of only one color in Color?
    for example orange?
     
  2. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

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    use a Secondary Grade, select the color with an HSL key, then lower saturation
     
  3. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

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    Probably the easiest thing to do it use one of the secondary rooms.
    Go into the sat curve tab and put in three handles.
    One either side of the orange and one in the middle then pull the middle down.
     
  4. lyl thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks. i did it with sat curve.
    anyway. do you guys enhance the sharpness of the footage with Color? or with FCP?
     
  5. tri3limited macrumors 6502

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    Depends on the sharpness you're after.

    Most common ways to increase 'sharpness' would be via saturation, setting the correct black and white levels or via contrast. This, however, wouldn't necessarily achieve what you're after. If you're looking to play with the depth of the image to make parts of the image pop to the foreground of the shots then there are other techniques I would suggest.

    Do an Amazon (or preferred retailer) search for Apple's official Color training guide by Peachpit. Excellent place to start before moving deeper into the subject.

    On a side note, Color is a finishing program so by this stage you should be pretty much out of Final Cut and working on anything relating to the aesthetics of the image in Color.
     
  6. lyl thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your advice.
    Actually I have watched the tutorial clips from Lynda.
    Do you think that I should get the Color training guide as well?
     
  7. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    FCP and Color both have sharpening filters but they typically do more harm than good.


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  8. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

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    Look for third party sharpening tools.
    I have both the Fx Factory Pro Plugins and the Nattress ones, they are better, but less is always more as far as sharpening is concerned and you'll need to try lots of slight variations to get something that doesn't create lots of noise.
     

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