COLOR REPLACE: Paint it Black…or Yellow or Red or…

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Color Replace: Paint it Black...or Yellow or Red or...

  • Instant Color Change Within Two Clicks Under 20 Seconds



Your producer just came into the bay in a snit: the car commercial you're doing this morning has a glitch...the car that was shot is not the new color scheme your ad is supposed to be hyping, and the commercial is due yesterday. You don't have a budget for a're on your own.


Another magical application: Drop Color Replace on your clip, one click with the eyedropper on the offending car color and then choose any color in your full palette: Instant gratification and happy client.  It really is that easy.


The learning curve is practically zero and no depending on a colorist. A few controls let you tweak edges and saturation, and presets let you hone down quickly to your range of colors. The addition of a mask toggle lets you view the affected areas for any fine adjustments you may need to make. While It's not perfect in all color situations, in most cases it'll let you get home at a decent hour.




Coming Up Next Week: Saturation EQ - Punching Up That One Color

Jonathan Moser is a veteran 6 time Emmy Winning Editor/Producer in New York. He has edited for all major networks and also writes for various post production publications. He has worked as post supervisor and senior and supervising editor in addition to being series producer for a docu-reality series for Animal Planet. Currently, he is editing the true crime series, Stranger Among Us in Los Angeles for Discovery ID.
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