Using Power Masks in Colorista II

Power Masks in Colorista II are tools enabling you to perform advanced editing of footage. Colorista II is a plug-in with three stages of color correction. At the Primary stage, the overall look of your footage can be adjusted with options like Lightness, Exposure, Saturation and more. Secondary and Master stages offer much more complex editing and allow you to change specific areas of the footage by creating two power masks. For super control over your correction preferences, you can link the two masks and achieve the desired result. The following steps will give you the idea about the process. The following example takes footage in which you want to make the light on the background fade off, while making the objects on the front lightened, emphasizing on their saturation and contrast.

After adjusting the general settings of your footage, such as Saturation, Brightness and other settings, you can start with the Secondary and Master stages. You have a motion in your footage, so you need to have the achieved effect for its whole duration. Instead of doing it keyframe by keyframe, you can do it by sticking the masks' center points to the appropriate points of the moving objects. The power masks do not automatically fit to your objects shape so you can adjust them yourself. You can thus cover an area of your footage only by using the ellipse and rectangular masks, which makes the process quite simple but yet very effective.

Step 1: Creating a Secondary Power Mask

Go to the Secondary menu, create a rectangular power mask, and adjust the secondary exposure according to your needs. You can easily extend the mask and set its exact position on the footage. For instance, you may use it to decrease the lightness of the background and make objects or a specific area on the front more lightened to focus on them.

Step 2: Creating a Master Power Mask

Go to Master power mask and create an ellipse, placing it on the footage to make the two masks intersect (covering the objects or the entire area you want to lighten up). This is how you basically turn off the darkening effect of the background.

Step 3: Tracking the Master Mask

Go to Animation menu and choose Track Motion. Put the Tracker on the right place of the footage where you want your power masks center to stick. Click Edit the Target and from the dialog window appearing, choose Colorista II/Master Center, then click Apply. This is how you position the Master power mask.

Step 4: Tracking the Secondary Mask

Go to the Animation menu and choose Track Motion. Set the appropriate locations of the Tracker and the Control point to position your Secondary power mask properly. Click Edit the Target, and from the dialog window appearing, choose Colorista II/Center, then click Apply.

You now know how to use Power Masks in Colorista II.