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  1. #1 How do I make the colors look bright and vivid without looking oversaturated and fake 
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    I've recently been watching Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix and really like the color grading for the show. There are a lot of scenes where the colors pop. Here is a screenshot to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.



    Does anyone have some tips on creating a vibrant image without overdoing it? I know I can increase saturation and color boost, but I feel like I'm missing something.
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    I haven't seen the show, in this frame there are several props and costume parts that carry vibrant colors that pop, so it might be part of their color concept on set.

    Grading, thin line between vibrant, natural looking colors and garbage, like clipping in digital audio or tightening a screw until it breaks.

    One thing that's always worth a try is use the Lum vs Sat curve and keep the shadows unsaturated, so you can boost a tad bit more without starting to look fake. Same for skin tones I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stip View Post
    I haven't seen the show, in this frame there are several props and costume parts that carry vibrant colors that pop, so it might be part of their color concept on set.

    Grading, thin line between vibrant, natural looking colors and garbage, like clipping in digital audio or tightening a screw until it breaks.

    One thing that's always worth a try is use the Lum vs Sat curve and keep the shadows unsaturated, so you can boost a tad bit more without starting to look fake. Same for skin tones I guess.
    Shoot at least 4:2:2 10bit originals. 4:2:0 8 bit will bloom on edges and take on a fake cartoonish look as you increase saturation. Hard to get clean vibrant color with 4:2:0.
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    It's interesting how video is coming into it's own and evolving these days. You can have shows that look good without being pigeonholed into being either film-like or videoey. They can have a look that serves the story not some preconception of what TV or Cinema is supposed to look like. I feel that on this site it's film, film, film all the time, it's dogmatic thinking that seldom acknowledges context. I've been watching The Chef's Table in 4K, talk about food porn.
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    Have a look at www.epicolor.film if you have FCP-X around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howie Roll View Post
    It's interesting how video is coming into it's own and evolving these days. You can have shows that look good without being pigeonholed into being either film-like or videoey. They can have a look that serves the story not some preconception of what TV or Cinema is supposed to look like. I feel that on this site it's film, film, film all the time, it's dogmatic thinking that seldom acknowledges context. I've been watching The Chef's Table in 4K, talk about food porn.
    There is definitely an emerging digital aesthetic that goes beyond the past capabilities of either video or film. I like it. Infinite possibilities to explore.
    In the doc on artist Max Ginsburg i'm exploring grades that mimic the color palette and textures of his paintings.

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