[Tig] tek primer

Lou Levinson joe.beats at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 1 18:29:44 BST 2013


folks,

i had a flight instructor once who made me spend a week
flying with all the instruments covered up. the point being that you don't need
the instruments to fly(we did have one instrument, a 3 inch piece of yarn taped to the windscreen).

the primer is correct in that all of the described tools are of value. to an experienced person.

where i believe it has serious flaws is the following:
      "it's very hard to DO good color correction unless you know how to analyze the image and have the tools to analyze the image"
this is completely backwards. unless you have a good idea of what the pictures *should* look like, and this would be a large subject
to cover in depth, you can stare at the scopes till the cows come home and not understand what your client is up
to in the way of visual story telling. that analysis takes place in the best computing environs we have. our brains.

to imply that beginning colorists will be able to quickly make sense of things on a scopes 1st approach is wishful thinking.

the first thing that needs to be addressed before a colorist can do anything is the state of the monitoring and the environs.
unless you don't care what other people are going to see when they watch your work. the best work by the best of us
means nothing if it was accomplished in a vacuum.

while i think the primer is good as an aid to experienced colorists should they have access to these tools, there is way too big
an emphasis on using the tools to become a colorist instead of vice versa.

the vision system and human perception could use more time as well. always good to know.

the lack of discussion of critical monitoring and environments is a serious flaw indeed.

we as colorists are getting to the point where editors were after cmx: they split into 2 groups. editors. and cmx operators who had
no editorial sense at all. are we heading there as colorists? colorists that understand visual storytelling. and lustre/resolve/(your system here)
operators coloring pix for folk by the seat of our scopes?

i would structure the primer thusly:        serious discussions of how we see, and how we perceive visuals
                                                                 critical monitoring.what is it. how do we maintain it. calibration is a process not an event.
                                                                 beginning grading. simple tools in support of the story. how less can be more.   simple scopes/tools

                                                                 more complex grading. directing the eye to what it needs to be looking at.         more advanced scope/tools
                                                                achieving *flow* in grading. making it look like you didn't do anything              


i realise that tek wants to sell scopes, but they can be helpful while they're at it.



lou


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