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Further to my previous two posts on this topic, PART 1 and PART 2, I practiced with grading of my HLG footage in FCPX a little bit more. So far, I found that the best way to grade HLG footage for SDR TVs and screens is to grade them on Rec.709 Timeline using the following LUTs: Lemming Camera LUT 'Pro Sony A - HLG to Rec.709 and Custom LUT 'Quicker - Neutral Film Brightest'. After applying LUTs, I graded clips as usual. It does not take more time and does not require a special monitor. There are probably other and better ways to grade HLG footage, but I do not know them yet. Here is the link to the video Shooting HLG Underwater-Grading on Rec 709 Timeline You could see depth, ISO and F values of each clip in captions. Another version of this video, graded in Premier Pro, was kindly put together by Juan M.Núñez It would be interesting to know your opinion about the quality of images on SDR screens. Also, if anyone would like to play with raw HLG clips that Juan and I used in these two videos, please let me know and I will share a link to the Dropbox.
Here is my second project using FCPX: https://youtu.be/6u1IIMjMOWA I will greatly appreciate your constructive criticism and recommendations. In this video, I was trying to capture a beauty and abundance of marine life in Raja Ampat during our 9-day stay at Misool Eco Resort. My camera is Sony A7Rii with a 28mm and 28mm+fisheye lens. I used two Keldan Video 8X lights (11000 lm, 92 CRI), which are fantastic video lights. Thank you very much.
Attached a few clips showing before and after color correction comparisons of a couple of 4k clips filmed in 4K 30p 10 bit and 4K 60p 8bit during our trip to Fiji. Color Correction was done with the Color Finale Plugin for FCPX. Only simple correction of color channels, plus exposure and saturation correction. A bit of hue fixing here and there to get the blue right, but no sophisticated grading. I may do something similar using Davinci Resolve 14 if I find the time