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Color Correction Mysteries Solved At June Editors' Lounge

(July 12, 2012)
DMN Newswire--2012-7-12--For many film and television editors, color correction can appear to be a skill shrouded in a veil of mystery with only a select few possessing the know-how to unlock the secrets of this sometimes elusive world.  The Editors? Lounge shed new light on this topic during their June event with seminars from two of the most respected and knowledgeable professionals in the business, Steve Hullfish and Steve Holmes.  Throughout the evening three 45-minute seminars were given, each crammed with tips and information on developing color-grading techniques as a creative skill set as opposed to just another step in the post process. Post-production professionals in attendance gained an invaluable education expediting future career advancement in their field and furthermore setting them apart from their competitors.


Steve Hullfish, author of "The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction" presented on the creative use of external waveform monitors when color grading in conjunction with vectorscopes. Attendees commented saying it was the first time in their lengthy careers that they finally understood the benefits and importance of waveform monitors.  Telma Guerra of Leperdog Productions commented, ?I didn?t know before this presentation what I would want a scope for. But now I can see that there are many uses.? The waveform monitors and vectorscopes built into most software are not sufficient enough for the needs of a professional. It is recommended to use external monitoring of the signal that is actually coming out of the edit system.


"I had so much fun presenting at the Editor's Lounge, said Hullfish. AlphaDogs always puts on a great event and my goal was to entertain and inform. Color grading is an important process in creating excellent video productions, and knowing how to use scopes is critical in doing it right.? Hullfish continues, ?I was using a Tektronix waveform monitor that has tools that most competitors don't have, so those who attended definitely saw some stuff that impressed them."


Steve Holmes, Senior Applications Engineer for Tektronix talked about how one of the key aspects at the core of doing good color correction for video is making sure that the image can be properly reproduced and delivered to a variety of media and screens. The main technical challenge with maintaining proper color reproduction across a variety of media and broadcast methods is to understand the importance of legal and valid gamut. Tektronix has developed a set of tools that can help editors and colorists easily adjust the color fidelity of the image and maintain the video signal within suitable gamut limits.

Editing and finishing artist, Ronen Pestes comments ?It was a pleasure listening to Steve share his years of expertise. His way of presenting this dry subject in a clear manner made it interesting. I was amazed at how much I learned in one evening!? Basic color theory, color limits, logging errors to timecode, and Tektronix displays to achieve artistic results and stay within gamut were also examined. Holmes comments, ?I always have a great time presenting and teaching at events like AlphaDogs Editors? Lounge. It?s a great venue for the abundance of talented people in this industry to share ideas and learn from each other, as well as learning from companies like Tektronix and Steve Hullfish of Veralith.  Knowing how to use a great scope makes the job of editing and color grading easier and quicker.? Holmes continues, ?Editors get fast results with less rework by keeping materials within the deliverable specs. Tektronix has the tools to meet the demands of editing in getting the job done in both a fast and accurate manner.?

For more information and to see the presentations in their entirety please visit


About the Editors? Lounge: The Editors? Lounge is a hands-on seminar for industry professionals. Each month, scores of professionals in the production and post-production industries exchange ideas, discuss trends and learn about new technologies; allowing editors to have their questions addressed objectively.  To learn more visit




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