Color Correction 


Homework 9: Modules 10-12


  • Identify the difference between color correction and color grading
  • Memorize the basic color correction terms
  • Use a vectorscope to identify the hue of skin
  • Use a waveform monitor to set contrast 
  • Create a mask to examine color casts
  • Create a track matte to separate the foreground from the background
  • Complete and mix the sound for the Ventura Glass video


  1. ™Total audio mix level: -3 dB to -6 dB
  2. ™Principle speaker (SOT) audio: -6 dB to -12 dB
  3. ™Sound effects audio: -12 dB to -18 dB
  4. ™Music when its an underscore: -18 dB
  • Title the video your lastname_firstname, export at either Youtube or Vimeo preset, and upload it to the dropbox in 3006

color correction 

Can be very simple, but it can also be incredibly detailed and intricate. Think about what we have done so far: we have looked at the waveform monitor and made sure that the blacks were at 0% (video black) and we kept all of the detail in the shadows. Additionally, we have worked with the highlights-making sure that they are close to 100% while also making sure they have detail as well. 

Let's start with basic color theory:


To the left is subtractive color mixing and is usually associated with print. The reason why it is called subtractive is it creates black when all cyan, magenta, and yellow are mixed equally (in paint or ink.) Additive color is associated with projection, videographic, and photographic images and creates white when all of the colors are combined.

More practically, the color wheel above is very helpful to understanding how all of the correction below works. If you have an image or a part of an image that is too green, blue, or magenta you add the opposite color to neutralize it. For example: if an entire image is too blue, you will add orange to take away the color cast. 
First lets work on the terminology. 

First lets work on the terminology. Check out this link that explains color correcting terminology and an explanation of color correction versus color grading at this link