In this video, I’ll walk you through my grading process. Here’s what I’ll be covering:
- How to bring clips to a certain ‘level’.
- How to grade S-Log2 while keeping the filmic look and the intended vision.
- Finally, how to match clips so they all look like they belong in the same sequence.
Note: Before you watch the video, please note that I’m not a colorist. I make no claims to the quality of the color grade. I’m pretty sure any half decent colorist can do a better job than I did. What I can show you is how to overcome the technical obstacle of grading S-Log2, so you never have to be afraid of it again.
Here are the steps:
- Make sure you grade in a 32-bit environment.
- Use Offset and Gain (or Lift/Gain) to work with the shadows and highlights
- Use the RGB parade to correctly white balance the shots.
- Adjust saturation and local settings (Offset/Lift/Gamma/Gain/Curves/Levels) to match clips.
- Apply a LUT or Look or color grade – whatever you prefer. I prefer the latter. I don’t like using LUTs or Looks.
- Use masks/power windows and tracking (if necessary) to enhance your grade.
- Always view your grades in 100%.
- Playback your sequence to see if it all ties in well.
- Give your eyes some rest. A good night’s worth of sleep is the secret ingredient!
Once you’re happy with your grade, it’s time to look at noise reduction and sharpening. This is purely a subjective matter. If you’ve exposed correctly, the noise is aesthetically pleasing!
Please tell me what you think. I’m also looking to improve my grading skills, you know!