Color grading is one of those things, along with good sound, that tends to be forgotten about by new filmmakers, but considered to be of the utmost importance by veterans. Good color and sound will add an incredible amount of production value to your film, and should be where you never skimp on budget or quality.
Fortunately, color grading need not be expensive. It used to cost quite a bit to purchase a color suite but those prices have dropped remarkably over the past few years. A new piece of software is hitting the market for color grading called Color Finale Pro, and you can check out a demo video for it below.
The standard version of Color Finale sports the following features and can be purchased for $99:
- Layer Based Grading – The power and elegance of grading via layers. We incorporate the best features of image editing applications.
- Telecine Tools – Industry standard 3 Way Color Corrector and RGB Curves. We incorporate the best that the telecine suite has to offer.
- LUT Utility – Apply industry standard Look Up Tables like OSIRIS and ImpulZ to accurately emulate the look of 35mm film.
- Vector Grading – Powerful vector based grading to apply quick and accurate secondaries.
The new Pro version of Color Finale introduces a color management system through ACES, which stands for the Academy Color Encoding System. This is the very same technology that the Academy uses for the properly converting footage to the color space profile of your choice. This will address log exposure, as well as allow you to match multiple cameras which have different color profiles.
Color Finale Pro also supports control surfaces from Tangent which allows you to create and customize control maps for any of the Tangent panels. To get a better idea of how to use Color Finale Pro, check out the following tutorial video here:
Along with the ability to use Tangent control surfaces, Color Finale has also partnered with X-Rite to create a color checker chart to make color correction easy and accurate. It works within Color Finale and will automatically apply a color correction from which you can work from. Here is a video that gives you further details about how the X-Rite Color Checker works.
Color Finale is available for $99, while Color Finale Pro will run you up $149. Both options are available on the Color Grading Central website. There is also a risk free seven-day trial of the software on the website, as well. Click here to purchase or download the software.