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Plugins for White Balance

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RyanManUtd Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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Feb 16, 2013 10:14 AM

Hi there,

 

Anyone tried this White Balance plugins ? Is it good ? Thanks

 

http://www.fcpeffects.com/collections/new-stuff/products/white-balance-plugin

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  • fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,335 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 12:24 PM (in response to RyanManUtd)

    I don't see where you really need a plugin for balance. The automatic Balance feature in FCPX is extraordinarilly good, with or without analyzing for color balance first.

  • fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,335 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 6:54 PM (in response to RyanManUtd)

    In the Color pane:

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-16 at 8.49.39 PM.png

    click on the rectangle at the beginning of the line (it will highlight as below)

    Screen Shot 2013-02-16 at 8.50.03 PM.png

     

    To have FCPX analyze the clip for color balance, in the Event browser, right click on the clip and select Analyze and Fix... and from the dialog, select Analyze for Color Balance.

     

    I have never been able to tell the difference between analyzed and not analyzed color balance... but I'm sure some people could

  • fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,335 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 7:35 PM (in response to RyanManUtd)

    Use the Match Color feature. Pushing the button will prompt you to select another clip to match to (if you don't like it, you can turn it off again by clicking the blue rectangle.)  While the Match Color is active, you can click on any number of clips until you get the one you think matches best. Actually, it is sensitive to exactly the frame in a clip you click on, so you can sample another clip frame by frame if need be. It works best if the clips already closely match. Afterwards, you might need to go into the Color Correction and make corrections to get the perfect match, but for the most part, FCPX does a pretty amazing job of matching.

  • Studio Engineer Level 2 Level 2 (445 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 8:55 PM (in response to fox_m)

    fox_m wrote:

     

    I don't see where you really need a plugin for balance. The automatic Balance feature in FCPX is extraordinarilly good, with or without analyzing for color balance first.

    You have GOT to be kidding... The Auto WB in FCPx is worse than Auto Color in Photoshop (which is pretty decent for someone used to shooting photos on a smart phone with NO clue of Color Correction)

     

    To OP... White Balancing is an ART as much as anything... It is all about detecting WHAT is WHITE, GRAY & Black... or at least suppsed to be..

     

    The ONLY and BEST way of white balancing any RGB image is via Levels. You could use curves if such were avai. in FCPx...

     

    Whatever you DO... DO NOT USE the Auto Balance. It will make your image fall apart and is has NOTHING to do with WB... It is more like a "Maximize Contrast and KILL ALL  ATMOSPHERE" adjustment.

  • Paul Veronin Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 9:12 PM (in response to RyanManUtd)

    Some other plugins that will work for color balance is Nattress Levels and curves.

    And then there is Color Fixer Plus and Colorfast from NewBlue that uses the colordropper technique.

    I really like the Levels and curves plug as it has on screen controls and feels like photoshop for video.

  • Paul Veronin Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 10:02 PM (in response to RyanManUtd)

    Sure.

    Nice thing is these plugins offer a free trial unlike a lot of releases from recent developers.

     

    Color Fixer is part of a Suite of plugs called Video Essentials 1.

    http://newbluefx.com/product/video-essentials-i

     

    Colorfast

    http://newbluefx.com/product/colorfast

     

    Nattress Levels and Curves.

    http://www.nattress.com/?q=/LevelsCurves

  • fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,335 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 11:03 PM (in response to RyanManUtd)

    Match Color takes some practice.

     

    Truth be told, as good as the automatic color balance is... I actually do not like it at all. The whole color board is mislabelled "Color Correction" when correction almost never has anything to do with it. It's more about Color Grading. If you're going for any "look"? It's going to have a color cast to it, no matter what. Nobody really likes "neutral."

     

    You can spend your money if you like... You should spend time learning the color board.

     

    I have a bunch of FREE effects you can try first:

     

    Levels:

    http://www.youtube.com/v/x52GAqq6TUE&hl=en&hd=1&fs=1&autoplay=1&rel=0

     

    SC Sharpen Tools: (contains color correction/grading tools)

    http://www.youtube.com/v/sVD0kZIpq9s&hl=en&hd=1&fs=1&autoplay=1&rel=0

    this video has more about color correction using sharpen tools:

          http://www.youtube.com/v/P8CEb0K_IZo&hl=en&hd=1&fs=1&autoplay=1&rel=0

     

    Color Assistant:

    http://www.youtube.com/v/zOSDxJyKK4Y&hl=en&hd=1&fs=1&autoplay=1&rel=0

     

    ColorShop Channels:

    http://www.youtube.com/v/D3m1wMqtuYA&hl=en&hd=1&fs=1&autoplay=1&rel=0

     

    Colorist Toy Box:

    http://www.youtube.com/v/Mlm6QF-FSGI&hl=en&hd=1&fs=1&autoplay=1&rel=0

     

     

    I know my way around Motion and Photoshop...  and I build a lot of these based on "old photoshop tricks".

     

    All these filters are free... I only ask that you watch the videos (basically so you will get the best use from the effects, but also because they're monetized so they can be freely available to others.)

  • innocentius Level 4 Level 4 (1,355 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 6:57 AM (in response to RyanManUtd)

    Here is a plugin that I like http://www.cineflare.com/white-balancer/

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