Specifically designed for video production work, the X-Rite ColorChecker Video is an all-in-one full size durable and rigid colour target to make your workflow faster and ensure consistent and more colour balanced results. This double-sided colour calibration tool provides chromatic colour chips, skin tone chips and grey reference chips on one side and a spectrally neutral white balance card on the other side. This larger colour target is perfect for pre-camera checks and wider shots.
X-Rite ColorChecker Video
Achieving the proper colour balance and exposure for video can be challenging. F-stops in cameras don’t always match. Ambient lighting conditions change. Multiple cameras and lenses have different looks, even if they are the same brand and model. All of this adds up to quality control challenges and increased workload in post-production for your colorist or editor. Here’s what ColorChecker Video offers:
Video Colour Target includes:
Speed up your colour grading workflow by achieving ideal exposure and colour balance, whether shooting with one camera or multiples. This colour chart includes a series of chromatic colour chips, skin tone chips, grey chips and illumination check chips. The layout is designed for ideal performance when used with vectorscopes and waveforms, whether on camera or in software.
- Chromatic Colors: two rows of six chromatic color chips, both saturated and desaturated, specifically designed to align with the color axis on a vectorscope. These colours provide two levels of color information to more quickly achieve an ideal color balance.
- Skin Tones: ranging from light to dark with subtle undertones to better reproduce accurate flesh tones. This row of chips is positioned on the outer edge of the target for easy alignment.
- Large Gray Levels: four larger steps for even grey balance, including white, 40IRE gray, deep gray and high gloss black. These levels are ideal for determining proper exposure whether you use a waveform, zebras, or false colors. Use these levels to align the exposure and contrast of cameras you are matching and ensure that mid-tones are rendered accurately. These chips are positioned in the center of the test target for maximum exposure, even on a wide set.
- Linear Grayscale: six color chips for achieving even gray balance. This row addresses highlight and shadow regions.
- Illumination Check Chips: black and white chips at two corners to better assist in determining even illumination across the target
White Balance Target
Starting with an accurate white balance ensures the colors you capture are true and provides a point of reference for post-shoot editing. The White Balance target found on the reverse side is a spectrally flat target that provides a neutral reference point across mixed lighting conditions that you encounter during a video shoot. Since the target reflects light equally across the visible spectrum, creating an in-camera custom white balance can properly compensate for varying lighting.
With this chart, you’ll be able to:
- Eliminate colour casts
- Improve the colour preview on your camera’s display so your histograms are more reliable
- Make post production colour correction and editing faster and easier by eliminating the need to neutralize each frame individually
Why can’t I use just any white object for white balancing?
White balancing on a piece of paper or other gray element in the scene may seem like a simple workaround, but most objects are not actually neutral under all lighting conditions; and they’re certainly not consistent. An inaccurate white balance will result in color casts, and a lack of consistency between lighting conditions, making color corrections extremely time consuming.
Use for a variety of applications, including:
- Colour grading
- Colour or balancing
- Setting perfect exposure
- Colour matching multiple cameras
- Shooting and editing for mixed lighting
X-Rite ColorChecker Video
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