The ultimate colour grading plugin for Final Cut Pro X: CoreMelt Chromatic

Turning Final Cut Pro X into a grading application a la Da Vinci Resolve is what Chromatic, CoreMelt's latest plugin sets out to do. It succeeds pretty well by cramming a lot of functionality into this full-blown colour grading solution. It's the only plugin that delivers the ability to select colour ranges right in the clip viewer, but to appreciate its power to the fullest, a lowly iMac such as mine won’t do.

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Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite 13, now for Final Cut Pro X too

Final Cut Pro X users rejoice: all of Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite modules now work as plug-in to your beloved NLE. Version 13 includes new versions of Colorista, Looks, Denoiser, Film, Mojo and Cosmo. Brand new is Renoiser 1.0. Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro users will be happy to know that Looks 4 and Denoiser III now enjoy Mercury support — which means they now have real-time playback of the effects in their favourite composition and editing applications.

Professional colour grading in Final Cut Pro X with Color Finale Pro

Not every colourist wants to use a separate application to quickly but professionally colour grade his footage. Why should they if you can colour grade right from within Final Cut Pro X? With Color Finale Pro, the standards are high and the level of professionalism you can attain, competes with dedicated colour grading software.

Professional colour grading in FCPX with Color Finale Pro

Not every colourist wants to use a separate application to quickly but professionally colour grade his footage. Why should they if you can colour grade right from within Final Cut Pro X? With Color Finale Pro, the standards are high and the level of professionalism you can attain, competes with dedicated colour grading software.

Field experiences with a Sony A7S II

Sony A7S II with Zeiss lens

The Sony A7S II is a unique all-metal full-frame system camera. It has best-of-breed features for both photography and video. Its dramatic low-light capabilities — manually from ISO 50 to 409,600 — make low-light photography accessible to everyone. It has a 35mm equivalent full frame sensor in a package the size of a compact camera. And it does 4K XAVC video with Sony’s highly acclaimed S-Log 3 curve that allows for HDR colour grading.

The mysteries of bit depth and chroma subsampling

420 vs 422 subsampling

Colour depth or bit depth is either the number of bits used to define the colour of a single pixel in a bitmapped image or video frame buffer, or the number of bits used for each colour component of a single pixel. Chroma subsampling is the practice of encoding images by delivering a lower resolution for chroma (colour) information than for luma (lightness). The two combine into what your footage looks like when it has been freshly recorded.

More than just a LUT loader for Final Cut Pro X: LUTx

lut plugin for Final Cut Pro X lutx

There are quite some LUT utilities for Final Cut Pro X, but Roger Bolton from Coremelt succeeded in developing a plug-in that gives you more than just a LUT loading mechanism. LUTx delivers a LUT browser, various fine-tuning features, masking capabilities and, for the Look LUT effect, the unique ability to apply your LUT to a specific luma range. The LUTx plug-in has four effects in all.

What is HDR video and why is it important?

With Atomos announcing their Flame series of video monitors/recorders at NAB 2016, HDR is the talk of the town. Most photographers, be it professional or amateur, will know what the acronym HDR stands for: high dynamic range. Dynamic range is defined as the ratio of the largest value of a signal to the lowest measurable value. The dynamic range of luminance in real-world scenes can be 100,000 : 1, while our computer screen or TV set is limited by technology to a ratio of 400 : 1 or even less. With HDR rendering, bright things can be really bright, dark things can be really dark, and details can be seen in both.