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    I am using power director for doing my video editing (OK I know you all probably think this is noobish,,, but it is fast and doesn't crash!)

    I want to do colour corrections / adding looks to my videos though - and I don't know any progs that will let me do that as a stand alone thing (power director doesn't support many plugins as far as i can tell.)

    I have looked at magic bullet - but it is very expensive... and although it says it has a stand alone version... it then says you need to have avid / FCP / vegas etc for it to work (can't quite work that out myself.)

    So... any reasonably priced colour correction stand alone stuff out there?

    All I have found so far is this.....

    http://mentemagica.com/wp/category/f...eo/cinemantiq/

    Which at first looked good - but a lot of the info looks out of date so I am very wary of buying it.


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    You might try the free trial of Vegas Movie Studio. It's darned near a pro NLE re-packaged with a few less features...some that might be a deal-breaker for some...but worth a try none-the-less. Don't forget to actually watch your videos on your target media. My videos go on Blu-Ray to be watched on my cheap Sceptre flat-panel...which I have to say look best right out of the GH1 with minimal color "enhancements"....unlike many of the vimeo masterpieces. I've been in love with the GH1's default "nostalgic" mode, no adjustments in cam or NLE, since day one....when I actually watch it on my TV. "Film look" plug-ins just seem to ruin the organic feel.

    Good luck!!
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    "I am looking for a cinematic approach that will display more angles and creative sweeping movements more like a music video.
    I also want a video that will have a soundtrack that will set the theme of my wedding production and the end result is more dramatic.
    Can you offer me this in your video, if so then I will book too! Also can you work with budgets?"



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    You could always try Blender. It has a built in node-based compositor with CC tools and a timeline. It also has a MASSIVE learning curve, though. I know a few people who swear by it. It's free, so I guess it's just a question of- do you have the time to download tutorials and learn it?

    Have used it a little over the years for 3D stuff, but can't say I use it myself for CC or compositing. Though you start talking serious money when you move to AE/Colorista/Looks, Color, DaVinci Resolve, etc. Suggestion of Vegas Movie Studio was probably a decent one.


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    Cheers.

    Had a look at blender.... yikes. WAY too much work. But thanks for letting me know it is possible - i hadn't considered it before.

    I guess I am looking for something like looks... but that is truly stand alone (not needing any of the big NLES') and for less than $100. Not possible?

    Will maybe have a look at vegas... but as I said - I really do want to stay with power director except for colouring... not so keen on buying vegas just to do colour correction as it seems a bit of a waste.


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    You'll definitely love looks, I hadn't even realised it was stand alone (I use colorista, but don't have looks). Checking it out on the red giant site now I'd say it's the perfect solution to your problem. Only thing I can see being a pain with it would be if you have to load your clips into it one by one. Maybe a looks owner can comment?

    Either way I'd take the color tools in a red giant product over those built into an nle any day of the week. So yeah, forget vegas and start seriously considering looks


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    Quote Originally Posted by Deere View Post
    You'll definitely love looks, I hadn't even realised it was stand alone (I use colorista, but don't have looks). Checking it out on the red giant site now I'd say it's the perfect solution to your problem. Only thing I can see being a pain with it would be if you have to load your clips into it one by one. Maybe a looks owner can comment?

    Either way I'd take the color tools in a red giant product over those built into an nle any day of the week. So yeah, forget vegas and start seriously considering looks
    Well - it says it is stand alone.... but then in requirements it says you need vegas/FCP etc... so I am confused. Anyone who has uit care to explain?

    I am a bit put off by the price as well - but no denying it looks like the best solution.


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    havent had it long, but it appears in 32bit Vegas' FX choices, when you apply it it opens the Looks builder EXE with the frame of where your CTI was in Vegas.
    So I guess technically it is a stand alone app, but I cant see how you can apply it to your footage without a host NLE. One frame at a time may get a bit tedious.
    Thats the way I use it, but as I said I havent had it long and dont know that much about it.
    yeah copy that, just tried to open Looks builder EXE without Vegas and it just sits there, lots of right clicking and I cant find a way to open any media.


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    As jedman said, Looks will only do stills as a standalone. Have you tried the 15 day trial for Pinnacle Studio 14 Ultimate? A lite version of Looks is included - but then you would be using a different NLE...


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    Thanks for confirming that guys.

    I am really reluctant to go near pinnacle - it has a reputation for being very buggy doesn't it?

    Dammit I thought this would be easier.

    No one has tried this?

    http://mentemagica.com/wp/category/f...eo/cinemantiq/


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    Just thinking about this again... are there any cheapish compositing deals out there? After effects lets you do colour correction doesn't it? I cant seem to find a cheap alternative that isn't blender?


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