iLecture 9


The lecture targets Colour Grading. Color grading is the process of altering and enhancing the color of a motion picture, video image, or still image either electronically, photo-chemically or digitally. The photo-chemical process is also referred to as colour timing and is typically performed at a photographic laboratory. Jarrad showed a video for the intro of the topic and I found that a smooth way to get us into the lecture without getting lost, continuing from that another interesting part was when he was talking about the uses of colour grading and how its used to correct shots match/blends scenes together without having to re-shoot footages in the perfect and same lighting type. To keep us deep into the understand of the topic, in the middle of the lecture Jarrad showed more video examples of Colour grading effects in movies like Lord of the Rings and some random colour correction videos. The topic which I personal find compelling and important is the technicals given when using colour grading. The lecture continues in detailed which I will debrief in my Learn section.

Digital Image Compositing – Colour Grading, Jarrad Gittos. Youtbe Video,Jul 29, 2013.


Jarrad gave some good advice of the technical use of colour grading.

Colour grading is possible because each pixel of colour contains data information on brightness, contrast and RGB colour, which is called  Colour depth or bit depth. this depends on the bit number-you’d see the difference over years of computer colour-4, 8, 16, 24 bit colours (game demonstrate this), the higher bit number is the more colour data is stored-currently the highest colour bit number is 24, with 32 bit storing an extra 8 bits of data for opacity. 

I learned how to use Color Finesse on After Effects (suggested by Jarrad) and it really helped with some of my colour problems i was having in my footages.

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The 3.46 minute video Jarrad showed as an example when preparing for our video and the tips and techniques was very helpful, one of the main tip i would use I reducing the contrast on my camera to make colour correction more effective.

Further Research  

I wanted to explore more about Colour grading and the technics used to make cool colour effects and how tips on how to blend colour within two footages.

How to Achieve Cinematic Color Grading For Your Films!, happyfoxproductions. Youtbe Video.Jun 21, 2014.

Easy Color Grading Using Magic Bullet Looks, Tom McCoy. Youtube Video. Jun 17, 2015.


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