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Lyric Masked Color Correct

Masked Color Correct

The Lyric Masked Color Correct filter provides a suite of common color-correction controls. It can be used in conjunction with matte filters and other alpha-channel sources to allow its effect to be masked to certain areas within the clip's frame, and it can also be applied to specific image channels to achieve color-correction and other stylistic effects.

The Lyric Color Correction filter also contains a unique variation on color-cast removal, allowing you to pick the color to be removed directly in the scene.

The above example shows the background areas being both darkened and desaturated slightly to emphasize the foreground object. The Lyric Color Matte was used to select the red petals which was then inverted to create a filter mask for the background.

The Masked Color Correct filter includes a set of effect controls that are common across all Lyric effect filters. For a detailed description of these controls, please see the Common Effect Controls documentation.

For background information on mattes and masks and their uses in Final Cut, please refer to the Lyric Matte Primer.

The Levels section contains standard Photoshop-style level controls. The White Level sets brightness level in the source image that is scaled up to full-white, so moving it to the left increases overall brightness of the image. The Black Level sets the brightness level in the source image that is scaled down to full-black; moving it to the right decrease overall brightness. Moving the Gamma to the right pulls the midtones towards white, lightening the scene without lifting the blacks or blowing out the highlights; moving it to the left pulls them towards black, again without overly darkening the highlights or dropping the shadows.

The Output White control sets the value of full-white in the final image. Reducing output white is often useful for toning down scenes with blown-out hightlights. The Output Black control sets the value of full-black in the final image.

The Color Cast section contains controls for adding or removing a color cast. The Mode menu selects either Remove Cast, which removes the selected color as you increase the Amount slider, or Add Cast, which adds in the selected color as you increase the Amount slider. The Color control lets you select the cast color from within the current video by clicking the eye-dropper in the color control and then clicking on the desired color in the Canvas. If the color you select is not highly-saturated, you can often improve the cast adjustment by increasing the saturation of the selected color. The easiest way to do this is to open up the color control by clicking on the righ-facing arrow to the left of the eye-dropper, and then using the S & B sliders to increasing saturation and brightness.

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The Color Controls section has standard Saturation and Phase Shift (Hue angle) controls.

The Effect Controls section is a set of common controls that are documented on the Common Effect Controls page. They can be used to achieve masked and other specialized filter effects.

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