Color temp approximation

Philip wrote on 10/14/2019, 9:46 PM

I'm using Movie Studio 16 Plat. I recorded an interview today (Vixia HF-S 200) but, due to time pressures, was unable to get the warm color temp I wanted. My background light was a 500W tungsten with a 1/4 CTO through a cookie; key was a daylight CFL wrapped in a 1/2 CTO.

My camera has limited settings and a custom balance through a 1/8 CTB was too subtle a change. I settled on the tungsten white balance setting and, of course, ended up with a coolish-neutral image, though hoping for a sort of late afternoon tonality. Subject is seated in front of a whlte mantle. I tried playing with track color correction adjustment in Vegas, but seemed to be going either red or toward yellow-green, even though trying to move the dots in an orange direction. I really don't know my way around in the RGB adjustment domain.

Can someone suggest some color correction settings that will steer me in the direction of "adding" another 1/4 CTO or so?



Musicvid wrote on 10/14/2019, 10:18 PM

Post a full resolution screen grab with no correction.

Philip wrote on 10/15/2019, 8:12 AM

Musicvid wrote on 10/15/2019, 9:25 AM

Tough one, because it's a little flat as well.

Are you looking for a correction to 16-235 or 0-255?

Philip wrote on 10/15/2019, 2:19 PM

Yes, I shoot in the camera's cine mode, because I expect someone else will eventually edit them and so I don't do a whole lot to them before rendering. I would be looking to 16-235 rather than full range.

Thank you very much for your attention to this. If it's a bit too tricky, I can leave it. I just thought I might bring it a bit closer to intention.

Musicvid wrote on 10/15/2019, 2:25 PM

Ahh, I'll leave the Cine mode alone -- you will have your own profiles for that, and I'll just correct the white balance. Hang on.

Musicvid wrote on 10/15/2019, 3:47 PM

You know, after expanding your still out to an approximation of viewing levels, the white balance doesn't look bad at all. Maybe add .01 of red to midtones using color balance, but no more.

Philip wrote on 10/15/2019, 5:44 PM

OK. Again I appreciate your taking the time for this. In another life, I'll have more time for the things I love to do and learn.


Musicvid wrote on 10/16/2019, 12:15 AM

Best to do it in this life, while there's still time. Fewer regrets that way.