Everything I Know About Color Grading

A colleague recently complimented me on my skill with color grading. I was a little surprised, since I don’t feel that this is a particular strength of mine. However, I do feel reasonably confident in my ability to make footage look the way I want it to, and I told my friend that everything I know about color grading, I learned from Stu Maschwitz “Colorista II” tutorials.

In my opinion (and I have no affiliation with Stu or Red Giant), Colorista II is by far the best and easiest tool for color grading. However, many of the principles that Stu discusses in his demo videos are applicable to any type of grading tool, including the “three-way color corrector” built into every major editing platform.

Here are the videos that taught me everything I know about grading. If you haven’t already seen them, I hope you’ll find them useful as well!



2 Replies to “Everything I Know About Color Grading”

  1. Always struggled with grading, another awesome post!

    Was wondering if you had come across this at all? http://www.filmconvert.com

    Phillip Bloom recommended it and it looked interesting, both for grading and the look and feel of film stock. Also it’s interesting to see how adobe creative cloud includes speed grade in it’s subscription plans so being a subscriber myself I hope this is just as useful as Colorista II and that I can find some tutorials just as useful

  2. I have not used Film Convert, but it looks like a nice enough product. Now that most high-end productions are shot digitally, I suspect that the days of chasing the “film look” are about over. I’ve experimented with some film grain scans and that sort of thing, and I really don’t see an aesthetic improvement, especially once videos are compressed for the web. Maybe for theatrical projection, where film grain can be used to mask digital noise, it makes more sense.

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