X-Rite Really Nails Modern Moviemakers’ Color Chart Needs with Two New Models, ColorChecker Video & ColorChecker Passport Video

by Karin Gottschalk3 Comments

X-Rite, famed for the ColorChecker family of color control products long relied on by professional photographers and graphics artists the world over, has spectacularly broken into the moviemaking field with a pair of color checking color charts aka targets named ColorChecker Video & ColorChecker Passport Video.

After reading both products’ specifications and watching the BTS video ‘Behind the Scenes – Color for Authenticity: X-Rite ColorChecker Video Target‘, I suspect that ColorChecker Video & ColorChecker Passport Video will become time-and-money-saving must-haves for moviemakers at all levels of desire and achievement.

Why? Three interlinked and growing trends – small crews, DIY color grading and multi-camera shoots.

The last because no single camera can do it all, so you select the cameras that will deliver the best results for each type of shot needed. Color can vary radically camera to camera so their output needs to color match as closely as possible.

The second because the color grading capabilities of popular non-linear editing suites keep improving and so do color grading plug-ins for them. And, the availability of free color grading software like Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12 is great incentive for all of us to keep skilling up in the color area.

The first because with smaller budgets in many areas of moviemaking added by the growth of the DIY movement in most aspects of the industry in combo with increasing affordability of higher-end cameras, it has become possible to deliver great results more easily and effectively.

With money and thus time being precious, and limited, post-production needs to be radically tightened up while still delivering those high quality results. Color matching your footage from capture through editing into color grading with tools like X-Rite’s two new video color checkers is a no-brainer.

Knowing that color grading software, non-linear editing suites and plug-ins like Color Grading Central’s amazing Color Finale will soon be supporting the X-Rite ColorChecker Video & ColorChecker Passport Video is the gravy. A coming standard update to Color Finale, CGC CEO Denver Riddle told me, will add support for both versions of the new video color chart.

I am looking forward to their arrival in the marketplace and using them in shoots from then onwards. We all have more than enough to do in every project nowadays. We owe it to ourselves to take the heat off getting color right.

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Behind the Scenes – Color for Authenticity: X-Rite ColorChecker Video Targets

ColorChecker Video

Via X-Rite:

ColorChecker Video is an all-in-one full size durable and rigid color target, specifically intended for video production. It includes a newly designed video color chart on one side and a large spectrally neutral white balance card on the flip side.

Colorchecker video

Video Color Target includes:

  • Chromatic Colors: six saturated and six de-saturated color chips aligned with video production
  • Skin Tones: six color chips from light to dark with different undertones
  • Gray Levels: four larger steps for even gray balance, including white, 40IRE gray, deep gray and high gloss black reference patches
  • Linear Grayscale: six steps for even gray balance, including highlight and shadow regions
  • Illumination Check Chips: black and white color chips at two corners to better assist in determining even illumination

White Balance Target: Create in-camera white balance to start at a neutral point for all the footage you capture. With this chart, you’ll be able to:

  • Eliminate color casts
  • Make post production color editing and grading faster and easier by eliminating the need to neutralize frames individually

Use for a variety of applications, including:

  • color grading
  • color balancing
  • gray balancing
  • setting perfect exposure
  • color matching multiple cameras
  • shooting and editing for mixed lighting

Read full ColorChecker Video product features and specifications Here.

ColorChecker Passport Video

Via X-Rite:

ColorChecker Passport Video combines 4 video production targets in one durable, protective “passport-size” case, giving you the ultimate in functionality and portability

ColorChecker Passport Video

Video Color Target: Includes 6 chromatic color chips aligned with video production, 6 skin tones chips, 6 gray balance chips, and 6 highlights and shadow chips (including a high gloss black) to achieve the ideal color balance

Grayscale Target: 3 steps include white highlight, 40 IRE midtone gray, and saturated high gloss black reference patches to achieve perfect exposure

White Balance Target: Create custom in-camera white balance for a consistent neutral point, eliminating the need to color correct each frame later

Focus Target: A chart facilitating center and edge focus

Portable Protective Case: Adjusts to accommodate multiple positions so you can tailor the targets to any scene.

Use these charts for a variety of applications, including:

  • color grading
  • color balancing
  • gray balancing
  • setting perfect exposure
  • color matching multiple cameras
  • shooting and editing for mixed lighting

Read full ColorChecker Passport Video product features and specifications Here.

(cover photo credit: snap from X-Rite)

Comments

  1. stantod

    Since we started using a color chart, it has made a big difference for our editor/colorist and, as a result, our videos.  We shoot with only one camera but  often the same people appear in very different settings.  If the color varies wildly from scene to scene, we know our viewers will be so distracted they will miss the story.  The color chart helps us avoid that.  There is one catch though. Today the people who own the edit faciiities, like my boss, seem too content to let the colorist use a computer monitor and not even a 4K monitor when it’s 4K video.  I miss one thing from the old days…when edit suites had a broadcast quality, DC restored monitor that was set for accurate color and luminance levels.  No matter how good your color charts, white balance and camera are, how do you know you are getting accurate colors without a pro monitor?!  Heck, my boss won’t even spring for a $200 Syder color calibration tool to at least make sure the computer monitors are accurate.  Guys & gals, don’t forget the basics!

  2. XRITE PHOTO AND VIDEO

    Hey David – we feel bad that your boss won’t pay for a monitor calibrator. It’s such an important and time saving tool for photographers, filmmakers, colorists when viewing or editing images and video and we want to help make your job easier so we’re going to send you an i1Display Pro as a gift from us to you. Contact me directly at sandrakehoe@xrite.com so we can get your shipping info. – X-Rite Photo & Video

  3. Jerry

    Color Finale support is great, but it limits the usage of the Colorchecker video to Apple users – a minority. What about the majority, the Windows users? Can we expect a plugin for a popular NLE, like for example Premiere Pro, to make us interested in buying one of these tools?

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