A Color Correction Conundrum
Hey you smart guys - help a guy out? Please?
By Bruce A Johnson | June 08, 2010
Hey folks, remember I mentioned that one of my first big projects with the CS5/nVidia Mercury/CUDA combo is a choral concert? Well, it is time to cut that puppy. I recorded the concert with 3 Canon HDV cameras, which look great, and my brand-spankin'-new GoPro Hero HD camera. Problem is, I didn't have time to white balance the GoPro (in fact, I'm not even sure how you would go about it. Gotta re-read the manual.) In any event, I clamped the GoPro to a light stand and pointed it at the piano keyboard. Blind, of course, since the GoPro has no monitor, but I had a good feeling about the framing. What I didn't count on was how far out the white balance would get. You can look at the thumbnails on this page, or go find full-sized .TIFs of the GoPro shot and a reference from the back of the church at these Flick addresses:
The wide shot from the back of the church
the piano shot.
Honestly, I'd be happy just to get the piano shot *close* to the wide shot, but at this point I will take what I can get. BTW, I would suggest you give tips using the basic PremPro color-correction tools, like 3-Way Color Corrector and such. I've gone through a dozen interations, sometimes stacking different CC filters, but so far no luck.
I'm just a simple country videographer - all this color-correction stuff isn't in my native skill set. See what you can do and educate us all! Fame awaits (in ot her words, I'll post the names of the folks that come closest.)
Thanks in advance!
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