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Chapter 13. Compositing and Special Effects > Using Color Correction Tools

Using Color Correction Tools

Like editing, color correction is an invisible art. It's an essential part of post-production that can have a significant impact on a show, but it's not a high-profile part of the process. Final Cut Pro 3 introduces an improved set of image-quality measurement and color correction tools that make it feasible to complete a broadcast-quality finished product without leaving the desktop.

At the most basic level, you can use these tools to ensure that the video levels in your finished program don't exceed broadcast-legal limits. If the video in your program already looks good, careful color correction can make it look even better; if you have exposure problems or intercut shots that don't match, color correction can salvage your show. You can also use color correction tools to completely transform the look of your footage or to create an illusion—“day for night,” an old movie trick where scenes shot during the day are printed very dark to simulate night lighting, is one example.


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