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By Stu Maschwitz

June 23rd, 2009

In this week's episode, Sin City's Visual Effects Supervisor - and our new Creative Director - Stu Maschwitz, shows you how to get the Summer Blockbuster look seen in Transformers 2, Terminator: Salvation, and The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3.

Comments

January 1st, 2013 at 7:28 pmSeraphin says:

Interesting tutorial. But the funny thing is that the looks don't really lookthe movies they are inspired by. Transformers was the closest. But Terminator Salvation was not even close.

July 4th, 2012 at 10:41 amxixaw says:

how to get the tinker tailor soldier spy look??

January 19th, 2012 at 1:42 pmAlex says:

Interesting tutorial. Thanks.

December 15th, 2010 at 11:12 pmCWC says:

i want to make a video for cricket worldcup 2011.so, these products are very useful. i want to buy!

October 5th, 2010 at 4:53 pmIskander71 says:

Hello,
thank you for all your great job !
I have a little problem, when I started a project downloaded here, After effect tells me that Light factory, Form, Looks and Rg Shadows are missing !!
I found all but not Rg Shadows, so if you can help me it will be really cool !
thx
Iskander71

August 14th, 2010 at 12:03 amAbhishek Aryan says:

Great....
Nice reference for colorist..

March 23rd, 2010 at 1:31 amocskin says:

I am yonguy and in to video editing and i wana laern more

February 17th, 2010 at 10:41 pmJJM says:

I have used Magic Bullet Looks and think its a great program full of all the tools you need for color grading. But the bad thing is that most people seem to hit a preset and run with it. Its gotten where MB is a dead giveaway. I can usually tell when someone uses it over seperate plugins. I prefer RebelCC myself.

February 4th, 2010 at 6:45 amTJ2000 says:

Quality! I've been trying to read up on colour correction on the web but this video has taught me more in 35 minutes than I've learned in the last 3 months. Thank you guys!

November 27th, 2009 at 5:37 pmKerry says:

That was incredible... And you used tools I'm familiar with, thank you!!

August 26th, 2009 at 11:17 amGortNY says:

Easily one of the best tutorials I can remember. Not only on a practical level, but also for "seeing" the techniques used in current TV and Film.
I just happened to be watching Alias recently and picked up on the palette that Stu explained -- in the CIA "lab" scenes, the scheme emphasizes green/blue for the shadows with punched saturation in the skin tones. In the SD-9 interiors, its the same, but with more of a push towards blue for the shadows.
Very cool.
More please ;)

August 24th, 2009 at 8:43 pmAdrian says:

what camera was used to shot the tutorial footage, REDONE?

August 18th, 2009 at 10:54 amAharon Rabinowitz says:

Dimsith- We used Voice123.com for our trailer. The VO artist we used is named David Brewer, and he is fantastic and inexpensive. http://voice123.com/davidwbrewer

August 13th, 2009 at 9:44 pmDimsith says:

Hi!
Where i can find voiceovers to trailer...
please help me...i am loking everywhere

August 13th, 2009 at 5:57 amed kishel says:

Great tutorial and it gives you a good starting place. Unfortunately MB Looks isn't fully compatible with Vegas Pro- no power-masking available, I would have like to have tried that. The compatiblity page doesn't show this. Still a great episode.

July 27th, 2009 at 7:58 amLucas says:

Actually i really need to know where do u get your voiceovers? downloaded or recorded?? thanks im in need of help here...

July 7th, 2009 at 8:13 pmPeter says:

Mr. Maschwitz, what a great tutorial! Very inspirational, but now I'll have to buy Colorista ;-)
Peter, Denmark

July 2nd, 2009 at 7:53 amJohn Major says:

Thanks for upgrading the server. I have upgraded my brain to see the iPhone link. Thanks!

July 1st, 2009 at 3:59 amAharon Rabinowitz says:

John - there are iPhone viewable episodes. There's a link at the top of each tutorial page to get the video in Tunes. Or you could click on the link for the RSS, and download it directly.
As far as speed - this episode caused a major slowdown because of such high demand. We've upgraded pour servers since then.

June 30th, 2009 at 12:47 pmJohn Major says:

Please post iPhone viewable versions. The flash video took forever to cache and watch on my cable connection on a MacBook pro - it spluttered and stopped and finally I had to download the clip to see it. An mpeg4 version would allow me to watch your videos while ridin in on the bus

June 28th, 2009 at 7:11 pmAaron says:

This was the best tutorial I have taken on RedGiant. Stu and Aharon, thank you.

June 28th, 2009 at 7:11 pmAaron says:

This was the best tutorial I have taken on RedGiant. Stu and Aharon, thank you.

June 27th, 2009 at 4:51 pmAmine says:

Nice tutorial.
But even after i brought RG Looks..it doesn't work cause i have ATI maybe

June 25th, 2009 at 1:18 amFrank Busch says:

Some guys know what they are doing. Stu Maschwitz is one of them ;-)
Great Tutorial.

June 25th, 2009 at 1:17 amthiescos says:

Hi?
I'm in Belgium, sorry for my english.
I am very glad to discover this great website.
I took a trial version of Colorista and Looks. is it normal that i don't have all fonctions that i see in this Stu video?
I'd like to order on of the two but till now i don't find a real difference between Colorista and Looks, can you give some techniques explanations about?
I work in Final Cut Studio 2 and I have Color but till now i have some problems to master Color because it's a little bit complicated and i don't have time to loose. Does Colorista works like Apple Color? Can i work with the both later?
Which is the best way to work with Colorista in other have a real good result, in Final Cut Pro or in After Effect?
Thx

June 24th, 2009 at 2:11 pmilld says:

@ Sean Safreed:
Thanks for your quick and detailed (somehow doubled?) answer. Maybee you could suggest this 32-bit CC Workflow as an RGTV-Episode one day. There is a lot information in the web about the 32-bit mode in AE, but I couldn´t find something on 32-bit CC, especially on MB/Colorista.

June 24th, 2009 at 2:10 pmilld says:

@ Sean Safreed:
Thanks for your quick and detailed (somehow doubled?) answer. Maybee you could suggest this 32-bit CC Workflow as an RGTV-Episode one day. There is a lot information in the web about the 32-bit mode in AE, but I couldn´t find something on 32-bit CC, especially on MB/Colorista.

June 24th, 2009 at 9:11 amSean Safreed says:

Ild,
Thanks for asking specifically about the overbrights. This is one issuethat Looks and Colorista can handle easily. First, both tools offer full floating point precision for calculations so any overbright information is NOT simply chopped off at 1.0 but is is preserved for later processing.
In After Effects, you could use the HDR Highlight Compression filter in 32-bit mode to push the overbrights back down into the 0-1 range or in Looks you could use the Shoulder or Auto Shoulder tools to automatically compensate for overbrights. In Final Cut Pro, you could use the RGB Gain or Levels filters to bring the white point back into legal range as long as you set your sequence to process YUV floating point pixels (by choosing Render all YUV Material in High Precission YUV).
Most likely the clipping you see in the screencast is from Stu working in 8-bit mode (to make the update speed snappy) and compression for web delivery.
Hope that helps.
Sean Safreed
Director of Products
Red Giant Software

June 24th, 2009 at 9:08 amSean Safreed says:

Ild,
Thanks for asking specifically about the overbrights. This is one issuethat Looks and Colorista can handle easily. First, both tools offer full floating point precision for calculations so any overbright information is NOT simply chopped off at 1.0 but is is preserved for later processing.
In After Effects, you could use the HDR Highlight Compression filter in 32-bit mode to push the overbrights back down into the 0-1 range or in Looks you could use the Shoulder or Auto Shoulder tools to automatically compensate for overbrights. In Final Cut Pro, you could use the RGB Gain or Levels filters to bring the white point back into legal range as long as you set your sequence to process YUV floating point pixels (by choosing Render all YUV Material in High Precission YUV).
Most likely the clipping you see in the screencast is from Stu working in 8-bit mode (to make the update speed snappy) and compression for web delivery.
Hope that helps.
Sean Safreed
Director of Products
Red Giant Software

June 24th, 2009 at 8:45 amLo says:

Loved this tutorial. I posted on my blog for it… http://lostringsattached.com/stu-maschwitz-creating-a-summer-blockbuster-film-look

June 24th, 2009 at 6:02 amDavid Martin says:

This is fabulous... in essence, a 30-minute crash course in grading. Well done.

June 23rd, 2009 at 10:41 pmGORAN FX says:

hi thanks for tutorial nice Magic Bullet Looks

June 23rd, 2009 at 5:05 pmilld says:

Hi Stu and Aharon,
now that was a great introduction to MB and colorista. I enjoyed every minute of it. MB I am coming to getcha!
But I also have a question: At some points it seemed to me that your clips had some hotspots (overbrights) after the CC. For example the actors face in the Transformers example. I assume this was because of the minor quality of your camera or/and format you recorded on. Could you tell us if/what went wrong here? Or is it some issues with my eyes ;)

June 23rd, 2009 at 5:05 pmilld says:

Hi Stu and Aharon,
now that was a great introduction to MB and colorista. I enjoyed every minute of it. MB I am coming to getcha!
But I also have a question: At some points it seemed to me that your clips had some hotspots (overbrights) after the CC. For example the actors face in the Transformers example. I assume this was because of the minor quality of your camera or/and format you recorded on. Could you tell us if/what went wrong here? Or is it some issues with my eyes ;)

June 23rd, 2009 at 1:05 pmDavid Martin says:

If this is RG TV out of beta, you need to fire your beta testers...... it doesn't work: the video takes forever to load, and plays a few frames then stops. The other videos of "sand from text", eg, work fine.
regards, David, Ottawa

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