Color Grading Strategies

I found a great site for people who are hands on working with Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) – like I am. It’s the blog from Oliver Peters – an independent video/film editor, colorist, post production supervisor and consultant

I found it through the article below about how some color grading strategies. Color grading (or Colour Grading as I call it!) makes all the difference between amateur and professional looking footage. Oliver’s article walks through a grading example and is a clear step by step of the process. It should work for any editing software too, because, as with all good processes, it is a concept that is not dependent on your tools.

Great stuff, and I’ll be looking at Oliver’s blog frequently!

1 Page Film School: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Now this is cool.

Editor Vashi Nedomansky seemingly has an obsession with Raiders of the Lost Ark. He has compiled what he calls a ‘1 Page Film School’ about the landmark Lucas/Speilberg picture. He has assembled video clips and PDF downloads that cover many aspects of the production (and post-production) of the film.

It is incredibly informative to get this information together in a single place and it is especially great that this is all from an industry, not fan, point of view.

Well done, Vashi!


BlackMagic Design is up to something!

We already love BlackMagic design. They now make great inexpensive-ish cameras that have changed indie filmmaking, but before that they made an amazing line of convertors and upscalers.

And now they have bought eyeOn, makers of the state-of-the-art VFX platform Fusion, amongst other things. If you want an overview of fusion watch this.

Now, when you bring you jaw up off the floor you can see why this company’s software, partnered with BMD’s hardware is a very interesting pairing indeed!

I can’t wait to see what comes of it!

FCPX Color Correcting from the master – Larry Jordan

I found this great video the other day and had to share it.

One of the HUGE differences between a crappy amateur looking film and a professional one has to be color correction. Now, before I have said that sending your film out to a colorist is the best thing to do and a great place to spend money to get bang for your buck. But, of course, you can (and maybe should) learn about these things yourself.

If you are even remotely interested in video editing you should know who Larry Jordan is. He has an amazing website and an even more amazing body of tutorials. He has probably educated more people in the art and craft of editing than anyone.

In this video he spends 25 minutes explaining how you should be using Scopes inside of FCPX to do your color correcting.

Watching this could elevate your film from the mundane to the sublime. Learn this stuff!

FCPX Multicam tutorial

Recently I had to edit together a multicam segment using FCPX. Of course I do what all good editors do – I turned to YouTube for a tutorial.

I found this one from DVWorkshops. Yes, he’s a bit slap dash with everything but he hits the salient points.


  1. Remember to record audio on all cameras – even if you won’t use it you need it for easier syncing
  2. Enter the Camera Name and Angle in the metadata and set it to be a number – for quick keyboard switching

Good stuff!

It all comes down to the cut… the magic and power of film editing

Over on A Bittersweet Life’s Tumblr is a good article with lots of inline references about the magic and power of editing.

I love to edit – it is one of my favourite parts of the filmmaking process. It’s the time when you take the block of stone and reveal the sculpture lurking inside.

The post references old school editors and whereas I think some of the rules have changed it never hurts to have a good historical perspective on your craft.