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Grading Questions- Is CL right for me? [ANSWER]

Posted: Wed, 17th May 2006, 10:07pm

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jmax

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Hi all, I have been looking at a few softwares and am wondering what's right for me. The compositing in CL is great, that I can tell from the demo. But I am not sure how advanced the grading is. If someone could explain to me how CL Pro's grading works and what the deal is, it would be great. (My purchase will also depend on how soon the USD-GBP rate dips again!)


PS-- Most of the grading I'm looking for is film-look; and there aren't many great movie-mimic presets in the library.
Posted: Wed, 17th May 2006, 10:59pm

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NickD

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You can grade the individual composited layer to match the background footage. Technically you can do this in your NLE. Just grade each layer over and over until they look right, but it would be much easier to do it in CompositeLab, so if you have a relatively fast CPU and enough RAM, I'd say just use CL.

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Posted: Thu, 18th May 2006, 12:56am

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TimmyD

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Yes, as NickD said, if you wish to grade particular layers and your NLE does not do compositing, CL would do the trick.
Posted: Thu, 18th May 2006, 8:08am

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Cogz

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The preset library is ever expanding, we also have a forum section dedicated to preset requests should you wish to ask other users for a particular look.

However once you try a few presets to see how they work, you will see that its very simple to string together a few filters, changing the settings to achieve a "film look" depending what you are after. What sorts of films are you trying to mimic?
Posted: Thu, 18th May 2006, 8:12am

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Simon K Jones

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No such thing as 'film look', every film looks entirely different. There have been several threads on the topic in the filmmaker's forum, they might be worth checking out.

CompositeLab comes with many grading filters, which are primarily designed to aid compositing and layer matching. They can, however, be used for some impressive grading.

If you want the full grading power, VisionLab HD would be your best bet. I've used both CompositeLab and VisionLab for grading purposes to great results.

Check out this tutorial, which was designed for low quality footage:

http://fxhome.com/support/tutorials/view.php?i=41
Posted: Thu, 18th May 2006, 7:37pm

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jmax

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Personally, I'm a fan of the "cooling" filters used in many mod, edgy films. I also like the bleach bypass look and the dense, desaturated, stylized look of "Inside Man" and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". But thanks for all the advice, I guess CL is worth the purchase!