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Pleasantville effect using Apple Color

Here's a short tutorial on how to create the 'Pleasantville' effect using Apple Color's software.  Apple Color is included within the Final Cut Studio package of software products.

I recently attended the 'unveiling' of Final Cut Pro X, and it appears that Apple has integrated the major features of Color within the next version of Final Cut Pro.  It will be interesting to see what happens to Apple Color.  My guess, is that it will be at the end of its life after Final Cut Pro X ships.

For what it's worth, here's a great tutorial on using Apple Color to isolate and shift a particular color.  Enjoy!
It easy to create the Pleasantville effect within Apple's Color software.

To start click on the Setup tab and navigate to a folder containing your media.

Double click on a clip that you'd like to color correct.

While you are in the setup room, you may want to take a quick look at default render directory in the user preferences so you can find your processed media when you are finished.

To isolate a range of color click on the secondaries tab.

Move over to the HSL qualifiers area.

Click on the eyedropper.

Move over to the main canvas area and select the color that you'd like to isolate.

By default, the desaturated preview mode button may be on, which means you'll only be seeing the isolated color that you've chosen.

Turn off the Saturation and Luminance checkboxes within the HSL Qualifiers in order to further isolate the color.

Now, you may need to adjust these color range sliders a to isolate more or less of the color your trying to isolate.

Then click on the final image mode button.

Change the secondaries control menu from inside to outside.

You can now decrease the saturation of the image to 0.

Now, as an option, you can flip the Secondaries control menu back to inside which will allow you to shift the isolated color to a different color.

Okay, when you're done click on the Render Queue tab. 

Then add your clip to the queue and press the render button.

That's it.

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