This book is admittedly much more advanced than what I was prepared for. It is more suited for someone with the know-how in operating a waveform monitor and a vectorsope and it definitely helps if you possess at least some knowledge of terms such as IRE, luma, graticule, ChromaDuMonde chart, and a whole host of other technical jargon.
If your knowledge of color correction doesn't go very far beyond the rudimentary concepts such as gamma, hue, saturation, and filters, you *could* still grasp most of the book's content - On the side margin of most pages are very clear and concise explanations of glossary terms that most non-professional might not be aquainted with.
Topics covered in this book include Color Correction (Tonal Range, Black/White Level, Gamma/Mids Level, Color Balance, Color Analysis, Balancing with Color Wheels and RGB Levels), Monitors (CRT vs LCD, Monitor Environment/Viewing Conditions, Visual Perspecitve and Desensitization, Monitor Setup, Monitor Calibration), Scopes (How to select Scopes, Chip Chart and Waveform Monitor, Illustrations, Examples and Experimentations), Color Correction (Color Balance with Levels, Hue and Hue Offset, Luma Ranges, Curves), Secondary Color Correction (Vector-Based, Limitations, Vignettes/Color Spot Correction), Tutorials (Basic and Advanced Tutorials, Experimentation), History and Role of the Colorist, Vision and Color Theory (Color Temperature, Modifiers, Detectors, Color and Depth Perception, Color Dynamics, Viewing Environment, Color Spaces, Bit Depth, Subsampling), and Software/Plug-in Capabilities (Adobe Premiere, After Effects).
The book is chock-full of clear and high quality color illustrations from start to end.
--- Color Correction for Video is written more for the professional colorist. If you're a beginner like myself, you will do well to look at other books (such as Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop Elements) that will give you a firm grounding in color correction before you attempt a more advanced book such as this one.
Perhaps the most intimidating components of advanced video post-production are the color correction tools. It's easy enough to get the basics of cutting and arranging video and adding basic modifying effects. But figuring out the right levels for specific shots, balancing the colors, deciding which of the many available tools is best for getting the look just the way you want it (even getting clear about how you want it) can be difficult. The vocabulary alone is intimidating: mids, whites, blacks, … more
For most of us who dabble in video, which probably covers 98% of those producing video, this book is informative, but constitutes massive overkill. We're simply not going to spend the money or the time with color correction, beyond whatever primitive capabilities are supplied in our video editing program(s) of choice. YouTube and other popular video outlets have increased tolerance for what would have been previously denigrated as amateurish quality and reduced audience demand for on-the-money color … more
"Whether you are a film student working on an Avid, a motion graphics student working with After Effects or Final Cut Pro, a professional using a da Vinci 2K, you need this book. Wonderfully structured and illustrated, this book is unique in its approach and focus and will provide invaluable insights on the art of color correction. The design of the book has improved ten-fold, providing tips, tutorials and glossary terms in support of important concepts. As a bonus, the DVD includes video tutorials and sample exercise files. I look forward to working with this new edition of Color Correction in my broadcast design and motion graphics classes." -- Dominique Mertens Elliott, Professor of Broadcast Design and Motion Graphics at Savannah College of Art and Design