1. An in-depth tutorial on color correction using Curves inside of After Effects and Photoshop. This method explains how to color correct most any footage "by the numbers". It's a bit of a science that requires only a minimum amount of understanding of RGB values.

    Please bestow a ♥ like or leave a ✉ comment if you have questions!

    You can skip the introduction if you so choose:
    0:45 - Before and After (Full Color Correction Example Here: vimeo.com/14400218)
    1:09 - Color Correction After Effects Tutorial Start
    12:37 - Edit your color corrected footage in Premiere! (Dynamically Link the CC'ed Footage)

    Using Photoshop for color correction is really a lot easier than you may think. In this tutorial, the method is very simple and fast - NO rendering multiple frames, NO importing video files into Photoshop, and easy access to making color changes.

    This tutorial is a tad long at 15 minutes - please bear with me as I fully explain the techniques here! (It was recorded it in the middle of the night. :) Hopefully you will find the techniques in this After Effects Color Correction Tutorial helpful. UPDATE 3/31/11 - I have re-uploaded this tutorial as I have redone the intro.

    http://devowe.com/blog/2011/how-to-color-correct-in-after-effects-the-right-way/

    ☞ TIPS:

    ✏ Choose areas that are large enough to sample and don't contain color casts or Chromatic Aberration
    ✏ Remember to use common sense. If the colors are just not looking right, either sample a different area or adjust to your liking.
    ✏ Your footage may have different areas of brightness or color shifts throughout the video. Animate your Levels for differing brightness, and animate your Curves for differing color where needed.
    ✏ Sometimes having crushed blacks or blown highlights are okay - especially in video. Keep this in mind when working with the Levels effect and don't worry if you have either of those in your final result.
    ✏ If you have the opportunity, use a gray card somewhere in the image - so that later in post, you can reference that neutral gray midtone for color correction.
    ✏ IMPORTANT: If you are using CS5, make sure you are using the Eyedropper Tool, NOT the Color Sampler Tool. Thanks to Ryan Yakich for the heads up.

    RGB Color Correction Values Reference (also at 9:54):
    Highlights ✏ 245
    Midtones ✏ 135
    Shadows ✏ > 12

    ☞ After Effects Color Correction Tutorial Example: vimeo.com/14400218

    To see other After Effects tutorials (including 60p to 24p Slow Motion Conversion, SUPER Slow Motion, Anamorphic Widescreen Tutorial, and more), go to:
    After Effects & Premiere Tutorials from devowe.com

    http://devowe.com

    Audio: Zoom H4n + Redhead Windscreen

    # vimeo.com/14396098 Uploaded 222K Plays 203 Comments
  2. A quick tutorial on converting your 60p files from the Canon 7D to 24p slow motion. This is referred to as "overcranking". The method is very simple: slowing the footage down to 40% of its original speed. This creates a TRUE slowdown with no frame blending, motion estimation, or "creation" of frames.

    0:00 - Slowing down 60p footage for 24p Slow Motion
    1:31 - Slowing down multiple clips in ONE step!

    Please bestow a ♥ like or leave a ✉ comment if you have questions!

    UPDATE: Re-uploaded better quality video.
    UPDATE AGAIN: Added 30p to 24p conversion method below (otherwise referred to as the 'dreamy' slo-mo effect). Also added some example links.

    ★Other Slow Motion Tutorials:★

    After Effects & Premiere Tutorials from devowe.com

    60p to 24p SUPER slow motion in After Effects: vimeo.com/11280015
    ☞ Example: vimeo.com/11296764
    30p to 24p OVERCRANKED slow motion in After Effects: vimeo.com/11281642
    ☞ Example: vimeo.com/11296318
    24p to 24p slow motion in After Effects! vimeo.com/11280739
    ☞ Example: vimeo.com/11284811

    ~----------------------------------------------------------------~

    To calculate the speed at which your footage should be at, just divide the OUTPUT frame rate by the ORIGINAL FOOTAGE frame rate. For example:

    OUTPUT frame rate / ORIGINAL FOOTAGE = percentage of slowdown. In this tutorial example,

    23.976
    divided by
    59.94
    equals
    0.40

    The quotient (0.40) is your percentage (40%).

    ~----------------------------------------------------------------~

    NTSC Scenarios:

    Project: 24p (23.976 fps)
    Unedited footage: 60p (59.94 fps)
    Desired output: 24p overcranked (slowmo)
    Method: The method in the tutorial explains this scenario. (23.976 timeline, drop 60p footage in, set speed to 40%, export as 23.976 [24p])
    EXAMPLE(s):
    vimeo.com/8444319
    vimeo.com/7764570

    Project: 24p (23.976 fps)
    Unedited footage: 30p (29.97 fps)
    Desired output: 24p overcranked ('Dreamy' slowmo)
    Method: 23.976 timeline, drop 30p footage in, set speed to 80%, export as 23.976 (24p)
    EXAMPLE(s):
    vimeo.com/10996788

    Project: 30p (29.97 fps)
    Unedited footage: 60p (59.94 fps)
    Desired output: 30p overcranked (slowmo)
    Method: 29.97 timeline, drop 60p footage in, set speed to 50%, export as 29.97 (30p)

    ~----------------------------------------------------------------~

    PAL Scenarios:

    Project: 25p (25.00 fps)
    Unedited footage: 50p (50.00 fps)
    Desired output: 25p overcranked (slowmo)
    Method: 25.00 timeline, drop 50p footage in, set speed to 50%, export as 25.00 (25p)

    Project: 25p (25.00 fps)
    Unedited footage: 60p (59.94 fps)
    Desired output: 25p overcranked (slowmo)
    Method: 25.00 timeline, drop 60p footage in, set speed to 41.7%, export as 25.00 (25p)

    Audio: Audacity + Zoom H4n + Redhead Windscreen
    devowe.com

    # vimeo.com/8478419 Uploaded 56K Plays 36 Comments
  3. **UPDATE: Some people have been reporting that the .mga look up table does not work. Here is a link to the original .lut file. http://www.mediafire.com/?ynax5kiz5i3ik4d

    Link 1: http://www.technicolor.com/en/hi/cinema/filmmaking/digital-printer-lights/cinestyle

    Link 2: http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/products/free/
    In case you find my monotonous narration unbearable here are some written instructions.

    1. Download the first 3 files from the first link after filling out the forms.

    2. Make sure you have the EOS Utility installed. Plug in your camera and set it to manual mode “M”.

    3. Go to “Camera Settings/Remote Shooting” and click “Register User Defined Style”.

    4. Select the cinestyle .pf2 file you downloaded earlier.

    5. *Critical: Set your camera settings to Contrast: -4 and Saturation: -2.

    6. Record some footage.

    7. Go to the second link and download and install LUT Buddy.

    8. Open After Effects or Premiere (or final cut).

    9. Apply LUT buddy to your footage, go to options and import the .LUT file you downloaded earlier.

    10. Apply your color correction on top of this.

    The whole point of the .LUT file Technicolor provides is to give your footage a log profile. It adds contrast around the midtones while giving highlights and shadows a smooth roll off. If you just apply your color correction without using the .LUT you will be losing a lot of detail.

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  4. This is one shoot from a music video I made in Greece. (they wanted a plastic look)
    Original footage shot on a Canon 7D with the new Technicolor Cinestyle picture style for Canon dslr's (1280x720 50p - Canon 50mm 1.4)

    Stage 1: Footage slow down to 50% and then 10% by using Twixtor plug-in for After Effects CS5.
    Stage 2: Masked the eyes in AE CS5 and adjusted levels and boosted color vibrance.
    Stage 3: Applied Technicolor CineStyle LUT to original RAW Technicolor footage.
    Stage 4: Rotoscoped the subject from the background in AE CS5 and then adjusted levels to give a HDR look, also applied Red Giant's DeNoise plug-in.
    Stage 5: Made final color correction in Apple Color.

    Final movie edited in Apple Final Cut Pro.

    Music By: Blackbird Blackbird

    # vimeo.com/24025791 Uploaded 97.6K Plays 106 Comments
  5. a short overview about how to create moving startrails with your star timelapses in adobe after effects.

    link to our " Night Skies " video vimeo.com/43797471
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