Another Useful Boris Tool: Continuum 3-Way Color Grade Unit
• Primary Color and Luma Controls. Separately adjust dark, mid, and bright regions of an input clip using industry-standard lift/gamma/gain controls.
• Built-in Power Window Matte and Masking System with Motion Tracking. Isolate a color adjustment to a specific region in the image. Adobe After Effects masks and matte layers can be imported – a perfect complement to CS5’s new Rotobrush tool.
• Inside/Outside Color Grading. Separate color correction can be applied inside and outside of the mask region within a single instance of the filter.
• Built-in HSL Keyer. Isolate areas of the image based on color values for more precise color adjustment or to replace the selected color.
• Exposure Parameter. Enables fine-level exposure control; editors can globally lighten or darken an image by setting f-stops in the slider control.
• Built-in Compare Mode. Enables live-view comparison of the filtered result with the unfiltered source via either a side-by-side view or a live split-screen view.I haven’t used this particular tool but it looks to contain the usual suspects when it comes to a good color correction tool. It’s got some stiff competition as a color correction plug-in with Magic Bullet Colorista II (which costs $299 and $99 for an upgrade) but at $99, the price certainly is right. You can get a free trial to test it out as well as check out a tutorial on the Boris FX website. Unfortunately one big host is missing from the new 3-Way host list: Avid Media Composer, also missing from Colorista II supported hosts. If you look at the specs for the entire Boris Continuum Complete 7 package, Avid support is missing there as well. Version 6 is the only Avid AVX version. I hope that Avid can get this lack of 3rd party tool support rectified with a new release of their AVX plug-in architecture (I’m guessing that’s the hold-up for a lot of these tools) as it’s frustrating to have this great new version 5.0 of Media Composer but not be able to add a lot of these new plug-in packages. Fingers crossed.