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X-Rite ColorChecker in Video | It’s Time for Your Close-Up


by Brenda K. Hipsher – April 7th, 2012

Photographer and educator Dennis O’Clair, of Hallmark Institute of Photography, is a no nonsense videographer. He’s both a working professional and Video/New Media Instructor at Hallmark. I recently attended a weekend video workshop for digital photographers at Hallmark and had an opportunity to experience, first hand, his streamlined workflow.

One thing that I found interesting was how he used X-Rite ColorChecker PassportColorChecker Classic, and ColorChecker Gray Scale in his color workflow for video. ColorCheckers have been the standard color reference for still photography for decades. And with the recent advent of Camera Calibration Software from X-Rite, still photographers can create custom DNG profiles for their particular camera sensor in every lighting condition. But video is a horse of another color! White balance is often set by selecting the Kelvin temperature setting while viewing the  camera LCD.  Dennis uses the ColorChecker Classic as a reference when “dialing in” the Kelvin temperature.

X-Rite ColorChecker Classic DSLR Video Workflow

ColorChecker Classic provides a color reference point for adjusting Kelvin temperature settings for video.

Dennis utilizes the ColorChecker Grayscale using a post production technique. After placing the  ColorChecker Grayscale in the scene, the three color target allows final color tuning in the editing software. He explains this technique in the video below.

Dennis O’Clair will be teaching another weekend video workshop for DSLR photographers May 19-20, 2012. Learn how you can up your video game at www.workshops.hallmark.edu.

Get your color video workflow under control with X-Rite ColorChecker solutions.  You’ll find everything you need at www.xritephoto.com including monitor profiling solutions like X-Rite i1Display Pro. Stop guessing. Start knowing. Let your inner video color perfectionist out with X-Rite color management solutions for photographers and videographers.

If you use X-Rite ColorCheckers in your video workflow we would like to know. Just post your video and leave us a comment here, at X-Rite Photo on Facebook or use the hashtag #videocolorchecker on Twitter.  Be sure to follow X-Rite Photo on Facebook and @xritephoto on Twitter. We want to feature you!

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