Working with Multiple Shots in Colorista II

Working with a multi-shot sequence may require applying the three stages of color correction that Colorista II provides you with. This is how you can use their features within one effect. As an example here, we will take a case where you would like to grade several shots across a sequence, using the three different stages built in Colorista II. For instance, you can use the Primary stage to even out the shots, Secondary stage to choose specific relighting adjustments, and Master stage to finish the overall look of the scene. The following instructions will lead you step by step through the process.

Step 1: Adjusting the Overall Look of the Footage

Open the Effects menu, go to Video Filters, then to Colorista Magic Bullet and select Colorista II. The Effects window appears. Go to the Master section and modify the color settings such as Shadows, Contrast and Highlights until you achieve the overall look you desire.

Step 2: Applying a Power Mask

Go to Secondary section and create a power mask. Adjust its shape to match the shape of the objects you want to modify, and click on Apply.

Step 3: Transferring the Selected Settings to Other Shots

Apply the specified settings to any other shots by clicking on Colorista II of the Effects window, and then drag and drop it onto the desired shots in the timeline. The detailed modifications settings you already selected are saved and easily applied on other scenes if needed.

Step 4: Correcting the Next Shot

Move on to the next shot. Create a power mask and place it where you would like the focus of the scene to be set. Go to the Primary section and modify the color settings in order to match the shot with the previous one and achieve consistency.

Step 5: Transferring the Selected Settings

Move on to the next shot. If needed, you can drag the Colorista color settings from the previous shot and transfer them to the current shot as well by dropping them onto the shot in the timeline. If this misses the point of the current shot, do not do it, as you aim to keep the shots smoothly following after each other.

Step 6: Changing the Transferred Settings

In case the color settings of the previous shot match the idea of the current one, you can use them without the power mask that you applied previously, in case it causes the shot to lose its focus. You can turn it off by going to the Secondary section and by-pass the power mask.

Move on to the next shot and repeat Step 5. You can play with the Secondary stage settings and the position and options of the power mask on the shot. You can then modify Primary stage color settings as well like Exposure and Brightness.