When Final Cut Studio was first released, I was excited to work with the new tools. Finally, a real product for serious color correction available to all editors…Then I tried to use it. The interface might as well have been written in Japanese. I tried on several occasions to get into it, but never really felt like I could grasp even the basics of such a powerful and complex program.
Many people share this lack of understanding when it comes to Color, and luckily Class on Demand has come up with two products to clear up the enigma surrounding this amazing program.
The Training is lead by two veteran colorists, Bob Sliga and Steve Hullfish, who make a great team. Steve is the more relatable guy who keeps everything on a level that the basic editor can understand, while Bob Sliga is able to explain some of the more advanced issues. It's a great back and forth between the guys, that allows you to feel as though you're interacting. As soon as you feel that they are starting to speak beyond the scope of understanding, they manage to bring it back to the purpose at hand…teaching non-colorists how to use Color.
Even the basic training for Color is pretty in-depth, and I wouldn't recommend diving straight into the Advanced DVD without some understanding of Color and all of its interfaces. To call "Basic Training for Color" basic is like saying physics is basic. This DVD gives you a very complete understanding of Color, so perhaps a better title would be "Color for Beginners" because it does start you from ground zero. But it takes you much further than what I consider to be a 'basic' level. Part of what they are teaching you is not just the interface, it's how to be a good colorist…and these are veterans who know exactly what they are talking about.