Media 100 Tutorial Part 13: ColorFX Parameter Pt 2

Media100LogoA new Media 100 tutorial

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last lesson in our look at Media 100, we started talking about the ColorFX window (click here), and how to make alterations to the “classic” color settings, like Brightness, Contrast and Saturation. In this lesson, I want to talk about the first next tab in the window, the Curves tab.


What’s important to keep in mind about the first Curves tab is that it is a YUV curves tab, and it will be used primarily for the “Y” or Luminance values. This is a quick way to make changes to the brightness of either the Hightlights, Midtones or Shadows, in your image.

To use it, first determine what you want to adjust.  In this case, I want to make the Midtones of my shot a little brighter. Then, with making sure that the “Y” value is selected in on the left side of the interface, select the “plus” icon on the right side of the interface. Then pick an area of the curve line in around the middle, and once you click on it, you’ll notice a control vertex appear, and you are able to pull it up and down (and left to right as well), to adjust the luminance value of a specific range of your shot, in a matter of seconds.

This method of color correcting is one that can be used across many different applications including Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Media Composer and many more.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.

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