Color Correction Workflow in FCP: Get Spectacular HDR10 Colors From Your Sony a7s III!

In the comments section of my YouTube channel, I’ve gotten numerous requests for an HDR color correction workflow. The problem with trying to do a tutorial on YouTube is that QuickTime screen recorder only captures in SDR, resulting in a dark image and wacky colors, so for now, screen captures are the way to go. An X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Video is required for this method. A comprehensive HDR workflow can be found here.

Here is the proper way to adjust luminance for vibrant, contrasty HDR images that will pop off the screen! hehe

If you found this post helpful, you might also be interested in checking out my blog post on noise reduction.

12 thoughts on “Color Correction Workflow in FCP: Get Spectacular HDR10 Colors From Your Sony a7s III!

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  1. Thank you so much for this.

    I was worried about wether to use my Color Checker Video Passport in HDR workflow or not…

    But this gives me confidence.

    One question – At what level do you keep the White Patch in the Waveform ?

    The Glossy Black is close to 0… Middle Grey is ~18% … And White Patch is ~90% IRE..
    So my question is what should be the ideal values for them in the Waveform ?

    By the way.. any plan to make a post / blog for something similar in Resolve ?

    ( Note – I am still shooting on the old original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera since 2016… Budget constraints…. 😋

    1. Hi, Rajesh. Great questions! I’m pretty sure reference white should still be 100, middle gray in the ~40s and black should be 0, so my example is off a bit! I recently got Resolve Studio 17 with the Speed Editor and plan to switch over very soon! Once I do, I will be sure to make a workflow for DaVinci as well.

  2. Comments say that some BlackMagic cards don’t fit well in this model.
    Well, I wanted to know what made you choose the fully integrated BlackMagic box.
    The fact to be able to use the keyboard and mouse? But maybe not only?

  3. Because it is compact, affordable and reliable. It is compatible with both DaVinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro. It has been updated to work with the new M1 chip. I’ve successfully used mine with the 2017 27” iMac and 2019 16” MacBook Pro, the Asus ProArt PA32UCX, LG C7 and CX OLED TVs and the BlackMagic Ninja V. Highly recommended!

  4. Can you advise on where skin tone levels would be for delivering in HLG? How about an HLG delivery workflow?

    1. Max should be 75%, skin tones should be around 55 to 60%. Set library to wide gamut HDR, project to Wide gamut HDR Rec.2020 HLG. When you are finished editing, send to compressor, create an HEVC master file then upload to YouTube.

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