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Color Managed Workflow for Film and TV Productions
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Color Managed Workflow for Film and TV Productions

Color Managed Workflow for Film and TV Productions workshop is designed to look at the process of color management. This course includes an online course + 2 days of classroom training + ColourLab Plugin + HDR Plugin.


  • AbelCine New York
  • 88 35th Street
    NY, 11232




This is an updated course for 2018, including online learning, which is completed before attending the two-day, classroom-based, practical training session. Color management establishes and maintains the desired look throughout the production process - from on-set monitoring, editorial and VFX, to finishing and final mastering. Color Managed Workflow is the de facto standard for modern film and TV productions and is recommended by Netflix, Amazon and HBO. Each participant will be awarded a full license in Colourlab for Davinci Resolve. NOTE: Students are required to bring their own laptop computers for this workshop.


The course focuses on the process of color management in modern digital film production. To work in a creative role in our industry in the age of digital cinematography, it's increasingly essential to understand the fundamentals and concepts behind color and look creation, control and management. Participants will learn all the tools, technologies and processes of color management in digital cinematography, including how to achieve and maintain optimum image quality, workflows and best practices. The course has been designed as three online training modules plus a two-day, classroom-based, practical training session. The content combines the theoretical side of color management with practical real world training on workflows, approaches and techniques as well as creative look development.

ONLINE MODULE ONE: Introduction to Digital Cinematography

  • Light and the human visual system
  • Digital camera sensors
  • RAW processing pipeline
  • Color spaces
  • Gamma, linear, log, PQ
  • The truth about resolution, bit depth and compression
  • Common digital camera models


ONLINE MODULE TWO: Introduction to Color Science

  • What is Color Science?
  • Physics of Color
  • Artistic view on Color
  • Primary Color Correction
  • Secondary Color Correction
  • Color Cube - 3DLUT
  • Expanding our view on Color
  • Mysterious world of illusion
  • Color and Emotion
  • Color and Harmony


ONLINE MODULE THREE: Color Management Fundamentals

  • Color Managed Workflow overview
  • What is Look?
  • Color Management On-set
  • Color Management in Datalab
  • Digital dailies and Transcoding
  • Color Management in Post Production
  • Color Management for VFX
  • Color Management for Masters and Deliverables
  • ACES – Academy Color Encoding


CLASSROOM DAY ONE: Practical Color Management from On-Set to Final Master

  • How to load Colourlab software and get started
  • Colourlab interface overview
  • Advanced color science and how this works in Colourlab
  • Waveforms, vectorscopes and histograms
  • Colourlab neutral looks
  • Making a LUT and exporting LUTs
  • Primary color correction
  • Creating ASC CDLs
  • Working with Box I/O
  • Working with OMOD
  • Working with RED
  • Working with Pomfort Live Grade
  • Working with Davinci Resolve in a Lab Environment
  • Color Metadata creation for Editing
  • Working with Davinci Resolve for final grade
  • Color Metadata Conform
  • The techniques that are most effective for final grading and mastering


CLASSROOM DAY TWO: Show LUT Creation and Creative Looks

  • How look development works and how to use Colourlab
  • Contrast Profiles and how to use them
  • Film stock emulation profiles and how to use them
  • Creative palettes profiles and how to use them
  • Secondary colour curves
  • What you can do to protect image quality
  • Create a look from RAW camera files: Panasonic, Sony, Red, Alexa
  • Show Lut & Color Bible Creation
  • Examples of looks:
    • Hipster looks
    • Cross process
    • Sci-Fi looks
    • Color isolation
    • Classic black and white
    • Orange and teal
    • Naturalistic look
    • Classic action movie look
    • Grunge and horror movie look
    • Flashback looks


*NOTE: Students are required to bring their own laptop computers for this workshop.  



Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for DITs, DOPs, VFX artists, post production supervisors, editors and junior colourists. In fact, anyone with a desire to get into digital colour management will benefit from attending the course.



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