Color grading using Magic Bullet

Color grading test using Magic Bullet Movie Looks HD, under Sony Vegas. Pictures shot with a Canon A700 and a Panasonic LX2. Original VGA video here (2.6 MB).


mikesum32 wrote on September 30th, 2007 at 11:42 PM PST:


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Eugenia wrote on September 30th, 2007 at 11:45 PM PST:

Are you always such an one-word ass, or only every other moon?

I like these looks, because if you look carefully, most movies are using similar techniques to established their “look”, even if the viewer doesn’t even realize that they are actually graded. But when you know what to look at, and you are given the before and after, only then you realize it. Especially the last pic, is the de facto “35mm homebrew adapter look”.

mikesum32 wrote on October 1st, 2007 at 2:15 AM PST:

Okay, I actually like the first two. Why do I like them ? The first one because it adds contrast and color to a washed out beach scence, and the second is subtly darkening and adding contrast. All the others look like they’re set on “low budget horror movie” mode. They make the green vegetation brown and dead looking, turn the sky dark, and make the blue water black.

It reminds me of old movie clips where the characters are outside at night, when it’s obviously day.

mikesum32 wrote on October 1st, 2007 at 2:17 AM PST:

Scene, I meant scene.

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Eugenia wrote on October 1st, 2007 at 2:19 AM PST:

Check the “Pink” episodes with the little girl and then watch the episodes with the woman in prison. See how the “little girl” scenes were graded and you will see that it’s not much different of some of my gradings above. They look weird to you because you’ve seen the before and after, but if you watch them in a movie and you never seen the original, they look normal — if not cool.

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Eugenia wrote on October 1st, 2007 at 4:06 AM PST:

BTW, “color grading” is not the same as “color correction”. Grading, the vast majority of the times is *dramatic*. But you have to go into a “film making mode” to appreciate it, otherwise, by just seeing the before and after picture, it will feel overdone.

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