Media 100 Tutorial – Part 15: Waveform Monitor

Media100LogoBy Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In a previous lesson, in our look at Media 100, talked about working with the ClipFX Parameter (click here), and before that, we discussed the ColorFX Parameters (click here and here), and some of the options for effecting your color/luminance like Curves, and Brightness/Contrast.  In this lesson, it’s imporant that before we get a little too far along, we talk about the Waveform monitor, and how it works inside of Media 100.

The Waveform Monitor in Media 100

To access the Waveform monitor, simply press CMD+3 on your keyboard, and you will see the “Video Signal” panel appear, where you have access to the Waveform monitor, the Vectorscope and Component Color Bars. What’s important to keep in mind about the Waveform monitor, is that it is not looking at the entire image when giving you a readout, it’s looking at one line only. So to choose the line you want to see, simply grab the slide bar and drag, and you’ll immediately notice a line appear on the screen, to show you where you are.

In a digital world, ideally, you want your white levels to be at 100, and your black levels to be at 0. You actually have access to two lines of video, for situations where you need to compare two aspects of a shot.  For the scale reading, and which one to choose, for NTSC video, you’ll be using IRE, and for PAL video, you’ll be using Millivolts.

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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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