We just completed a small job for Thai Nissan’s new car “Teana”. I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to test out Apple’s Color seeing as the commercial only had 5 shots in it.
The colouring toolset in Color is fantastic compared with FCP. There are good tools in FCP, but Color takes it to another level.
After skimming over the Color manual I had got the idea of how it is meant to work. Basically:
Treat it as if you were taking an online edit to a telecine session.
Understanding that makes it all so simple.
I was making the mistake of thinking I could easily jump BACK and FORTH between FCP & Color and use lots of layers, but it is not meant to we worked that way.
How I do this:
Getting there and back
There seems to be 2 ways to get your edit from FCP to Color and back to FCP.
1. Use the ‘send to color’ & ‘send to fcp’ option
2. export your sequence as xml from FCP, then open it with Color, then export as xml from Color, and import into FCP.
I used option 1 for the Nissan job, but today I have been using option 2. I prefer this option because it allows me to save the XML files where I want to (good for our current workflow).
I think Color is a fantastic version 1 release and hopefully it means there will be a lot more cool stuff to look forward too.