Best way is to Desaturate. But then you need to do some "color" grading...if you want things to look richer, then you need to crush the blacks, push the whites a little...make the slope between them steeper. Sorry, this is colorist talk. But basically lower the blacks to make them darker, pump the mids or brights to brighten the image in the highlights.
Shane's advice is (of course) excellent.
You have two options to achieve this end: the Color Corrector 3-Way filter (allows grading from within FCP) and Color (you can round-trip from FCP for serious grading.)
The advantage to Color Corrector 3-Way is it's fast and relatively easy. It's even possible to de-sat the entire with a single filter if you use a nest. The downside is it's 8-bit and lacks the control of Color.
The advantage to Color are pretty much the inverse of Color Corrector 3-Way... full-on color grading that frankly scares a lot of guys.
Hope this helps
Hi Shane and Ratvega,
Thanks a lot for your input here. I though I should be looking for some external plug in...I experienced a bit with Color Corrector 3-ways, and Shane, you were right, crushing the blacks and pushing the whites made a huge difference. I might also try Color, if I have some time, but life sure seems easy with 3-way :-)
Jim Cookman wrote:
NEXT time, take two monitors to your shoot, tweak one down to black and white, and light your shots using that monitor. You can get some stunning results.
Doesn't that presuppose that one monitor was used the last time out?
A lot of the guys I get would say "what monitor?"
Excellent idea none the less...
Since I'm not an expert when it comes to B&W... I wonder what's the difference between shooting the footage using the camera's B&W mode and shooting it in color and then processing it in FC? Would one of the two give me more options to play with while editing?
Thanks a lot!
I'm thinking it will depend on the camera; some of the advanced cams have non-linear "cinegamma" settings that mimic film.
The brilliance of Jim's suggestion is that it gives you better control in general and may may allow you to develop your own settings (depending on the camera you're using.)