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Scratch Digital Intermediate Volume 01

This courseware is intended to quick start existing colorists migrating to ASSIMILATE SCRATCH. Mike Burton tackles several situations that cover what is most often required of colorists everywhere. Further offered are topics covering features unique to SCRATCH.

Length: 2 Hours 53 Minutes 48 Seconds

Price: Free

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Chapter Descriptions

From SCRATCH

In this first chapter we will explore the basic functionality of the SCRATCH user interface.  We'll learn about recommended system configurations from the ASSIMILATE website, discuss control surfaces, we'll set up a project and adjust specific parameters to customize the SCRATCH UI.  This will get you up and running in SCRATCH and prepared to start working on your first project. 

SCRATCH in Production

In Chapter two we'll explore the many ways in which SCRATCH is being used on set in production environments.  Using footage from the film "Cafe" starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Kennedy and Alexa Vega we'll work on RED One 4K files, adjust metadata settings, sync audio in the SCRATCH Media Browser, do a one light color pass, create custom metadata notes and render our dailies to an Avid MXF codec for offline editorial.  Learn how SCRATCH can become the central hub of your digital lab.

Conform

This chapter will take an in depth look at conforming a short sequence from the independent film, "BloodLine".  First, we'll dive into FCP and look at setting up the sequence timeline for conforming both EDL and XML deliveries to SCRATCH.  In SCRATCH, we'll load both our EDL and XML and examine the benefits of both methods while exploring the EDL/XML Assembler.  

Primary Grading 

In this chapter we will perform primary color grading on a short scene from the feature film "Cafe".  This simple scene stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy who are at odds with one another in a small cafe in west Philadelphia.  Our job is to subtly enhance the emotion of the scene, which we will do with some primary color adjustments.  We will use our scopes in SCRATCH to "balance the image", use Lift, Gamma, and Gain controls to add color and contrast, and even learn some secondary keying techniques.  Let's cool off these two before someone gets hurt!  

Advanced Grading Techniques

Our challenge in this Advanced Grading Chapter is to take the basics which we've learned in the previous lessons and apply some new techniques as well to save a shot from the cutting room floor"¦at 1500fps.  We'll take an in depth look at using "Scaffolds" to isolate different aspects of the frame, make color/hue adjustments, keyframe semi-articulate shapes and finally de-noise the shot with the "Neat Video" de-noiser plugin in SCRATCH.  We'll also make some older 35mm film footage look like new again with grain reduction techniques using "Neat Video's" de-noiser plugin. 

Composting

In this chapter we'll composite multiple layer elements onto a Honda Pilot dashboard to create an LCD Navigation display.  Masking, keying, texturing, staging and structure will be terms you will get to know intimately as we explore the SCRATCH compositing toolset.  

VFX Preparation

In this chapter we'll explore visual effects preparation.  Working with original footage and final composites from the independent feature film, "BloodLine" we'll set up a shot for exporting to visual effects, create custom colored notes, create custom metadata for visual effects facilities and discuss versioning with real-time performance as the key to fast vfx reviews.  

Output

Finally, we'll look at how SCRATCH manages outputs within its "output module".  We'll get familiar with the output node layout, use the output module to create our final color decisions, create multiple output deliverables including guides, burn-ins and add them to the "Queue" for processing in faster than real-time rendering performance.  

About Mike Burton

http://www.imdb.com/company/co0360933/
Michael Burton is co-owner and Colorist at Pretty Moving Pictures, LLC  working in the Motion picture and  Television industry for over 10 years. Michael graduated film school from the Academy of Art University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2004 with an emphasis in editing / post-production.  Shortly after Michael went on to freelance as an editor / colorist and has worked in many aspects of post-production since. 

Michael's work can be seen in many genres of the business including National Commercials, Feature Films, Documentaries, Corporate, Online and more.  He has worked with with companies such as Apple, Inc, Microsoft, Acura, PepsiCo, Electronic Arts, Adobe and Intel to name a few.

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BloodLine IMDB

 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1650041/?mode=desktop

 

Cafe IMDB

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1436572/

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About Mike Burton

Mike  Burton

Michael Burton is co-owner and Colorist at Pretty Moving Pictures, LLC working in the Motion picture and Television industry for over 10 years. Michael graduated film school from the Academy of Art University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2004 with an emphasis in editing / post-production. Shortly after Michael went on to freelance as an editor / colorist and has worked in many aspects of post-production since. Michael's work can be seen in many genres of the business including National Commercials, Feature Films, Documentaries, Corporate, Online and more. He has worked with with companies such as Apple, Inc, Microsoft, Acura, PepsiCo, Electronic Arts, Adobe and Intel to name a few.