MC 239 - Color Grading with Media Composer and Symphony

2 days

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Course Description

Color grading is more popular today than ever before - and in greater demand! Avid Media Composer has a powerful toolset allowing you to combine both HSL and Curves corrections for robust corrections, while Symphony takes it to the next level with advanced secondary correction tools and the fastest color-grading workflow in the industry. You can learn to use these powerful tools efficiently, using expert techniques to achieve consistent, professional results.

The Color Grading with Media Composer and Symphony (MC239) course will teach you to carefully analyze images to diagnose the problems and fix them quickly. Learn to grade in multiple passes, leveraging various tools for flexibility in correcting the toughest images. Learn to control the eye of the viewer through little known shape-based secondary tools found in both Media Composer and Symphony that enable you to create animated masks, vignettes, and gradients. Plus, master the advanced relationship-based grading tools in Symphony to streamline your grading workflow and finish in less time than you thought possible.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for:

  • Colorists
  • Editors
  • Assistant editors
  • Multimedia producers


What You Will Learn

  • Color Grading Fundamentals
  • System Configurations for Color Grading
  • Core Grading Tools and Techniques
  • Using Curves for Grading
  • Advanced Primary Color Correction
  • Secondary Color Correction (Avid Symphony)
  • Using AniMatte with Color Correction
  • Grouping Color Corrections
  • Delivering a Graded Digital Master

Course Outline:

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Lesson 1: Color Grading Fundamentals

  • Introduction
  • Before You Grade
  • Core Color-Grading Workflow
  • Color Correction Mode

Lesson 2: Analyzing Images with Scopes

  • Video Scopes, Color Science, and Speed Dating
  • Overview of Scope Displays

Lesson 3: Establishing the Base Grade

  • Performing a Primary Correction
  • Using Tonal Controls in HSL
  • Using Chroma Controls in HSL

Lesson 4: Grading with Curves

  • Identifying the Curves Controls
  • Exploring Curves Adjustments
  • Performing a Primary Grade Using Curves
  • Grading a Sequence in Curves

Lesson 5: Matching Shots

  • Methods of Shot Matching
  • Using the Color Match Controls
  • Understanding NaturalMatch
  • Working with Color Correction Effect Templates

Lesson 6: Stepping Up to Symphony

  • The Added Power of Advanced Tools
  • Identifying Symphony's Advanced Tools
  • Understanding the Symphony Grading Workflow
  • Understanding the Levels Group
  • Understanding the Channels Group

Lesson 7: Performing Secondary Corrections in Symphony

  • Understanding Secondary Corrections
  • Understanding Luma Ranges
  • Using Luma Ranges
  • Exploring the Secondary Group
  • Performing Vector-Based Corrections

Lesson 8: Intraframe Effects: Avid's Hidden Secondaries

  • Exploring Avid's Shape-Based Secondary Tools
  • Using the Spot Color Effect
  • Using the Paint Effect
  • Using AntiMatte to Create Spot Corrections

Lesson 9: Finishing the Grade

  • What's in a Look?
  • Techniques for Applying Looks
  • Keyframing Color Changes
  • Creating Popular Looks
  • Managing Multiple Grades
  • Delivering Safe Colors
  • Rendering Effects with ExpertRender