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May 6, 2012

Improve Your Color Correction Skills While Playing the 'Color' Game

Many argue the legitimacy of games when it comes to learning, but games can certainly exercise the mind if they challenge you to think and problem-solve. I've never really seen a game of any kind that could possibly help me become a better filmmaker -- that is, until now. If you're brand new to color correction, or even any sort of graphic art where color is involved, there is now a game called Color that will help you improve your skills.

Steve Hullfish over at ProVideo Coalition discovered the game, and rightly he mentions that it could improve your skills at color correction by forcing you to quickly and efficiently match colors in hue and saturation. Here's a quote from Steve about the game:

Trying to see and match colors is critical to a colorist. Also, as I played numerous iterations of the game, I realized that my eyes must have a specific deficiency in a hue range that is just on the magenta side of red. I was getting perfect and very good scores all the way around the color wheel, but in that specific area I was rarely getting very good scores.

While this might seem like a negative, it's good to know whether you have any deficiencies in your vision, especially if you're going to be coloring. It might hurt a little to know that your vision isn't as perfect as you thought it was, but there have been plenty of people with deficiencies who have succeeded in the film industry. Regardless, this is going to improve your skills at recognizing colors that work together, and it's an important skill to develop. The game gets much harder as you advance, since it starts simply with hue and saturation, and then adds complimentary, analogous, ternary, and quaternary. I had a few perfects early on, but ternary starts to get very difficult, and quaternary is downright hard.

The game comes from a website called Method of Action which is aimed at teaching design to analytic and logical thinkers (people like me, actually). Their other two games, Kern Type, and Shape Type, are more design-based, but still fun if you're interested in this field. Either way, the Color game is a great way to improve your skills after you learn your camera, take some video, and begin the editing process.

Post your color score below if you're feeling competitive!

Links: Color Game & Method of Action

[via ProVideo Coalition]

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4.7... :/

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7.7...This just made my day

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maghoxfr

8.4. This is an awesome game, I agree it just made my day too. Thank you for sharing, Joe!

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2nd round, 8.9. My confidence was definitely stronger this time! I think my weaknesses are in the reds too.

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7.3 love the website strugeling with the speed.

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Koert van der Ploeg

6.8

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Chris Soto

8.2 and I can't see how it is useful at all.

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Hugo

9.2. The last few quaternary colours caught me up.

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Latham

9.2. Too fast!

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9.4, I win.

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Guillaume

7.5

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Setiawan

8.9 second try...

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Setiawan

8.2 Not bad.

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8.0 while watching TV.. mh :D

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Carlos

Whoa, I got 9.8 on my first try; only missed the "complimentary" (although I got one or two "very goods" in other categories, too, so it looks like it's a bit forgiving). I guess getting a color calibrator for my laptop screen was a worthwhile investment (or, you know, I just have good vision). I wonder if this correlates with things like age etc.

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cows

I guess I did less well at typing correct words, though.

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cows

8.3 - and I scored the lowest on complementary :S

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mardus

6.8! (although I forgot to blink and my contact lenses have dried up). This is actually quite useful, thanks for posting.

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9.8 first try, 9.8 second try.

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Jacob

I managed to get '11' in one of the categories once, but I haven't been able to reproduce it. I wonder if it's a bug or a reward for doing extra-well. Getting "perfect" four times in a row does not seem to be sufficient.

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cows

That's the "This Is Spinal Tap" bug. :)

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Joe Marine
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7.7....this is cool, but I'm not sure how much it would help with color correction, unless you're correcting with a gun to your head. With unlimited time, presumably anyone could get a perfect score, unless they had an actual physical deficiency in the colors they percieve. But I suppose it could help to see what colors you're fastest/slowest with.

On this topic, does anyone know of a good guide to color correction for film? I'm getting closer and closer to that stage and fearing it, because I can't afford to hire a pro but it's the stage I know the absolute least about.

May 7, 2012

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No colorist has unlimited time, time is money, great colorist deliver quality fast, they use $30,000 systems just to shave a few seconds off each correction over desktops.

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Ryan

By film do you mean 35mm film, feature films, grading for theatrical release, or what,
regardless step one is get a calibrated monitor that matches your final output gamma and color spaces

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Ryan

8.7 first try!

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Edge

9.3 second

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Edge

9.3 second time around

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Edge

9.7

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So it seems like it is possible to get a score above 10. In particular, I just got a 10.2. My hunch is that if you get all perfects in a particular category AND get at least one of the colors exactly correct (rather than just imperceptibly close) it gives an 11.

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cows

9.2.

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Rob

8.0 watching a movie... lol funny game but my monitor is really off... Well, I just use scopes...

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Alex Mand

7.3 !...

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keri

7.7

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Stan Perry

8.3 first try, I'll definitely go back to this. Not entirely sure my monitor is calibrated though....

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8.2! Cool btw!

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Tobias

9.2, but I'm not convinced of the usefulness of this. By the time you get to quaternary, it's frankly confusing. That's not because you can't match colours, but because you have no immediate reference to which "cursor" is which quadrant of the central wheel. In other words, it's not getting harder in terms of matching colours, it's getting harder mechanically. Personally, I think the xrite colour ordering test is probably more useful.

http://www.xrite.com/custom_page.aspx?PageID=77

(for the record, I score zero, as in perfect, on that test, so I might be biased towards it :p )

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Luke

Got 8.8 for the test. And for the above (nice one Luke) I got 21 (apparently still signification better than the average for my age group). Although I also agree with the above comment, I'm also beginning to wonder how well these tests compare to physical world tests - as I've previously done a colour test with an optometrist and achieved a perfect score. Also, I think monitor calibration does play a major role in many of our scores.

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8.8!

I agree with Luke though. In the later levels half my time is spent readjusting to what my dominant cursor is.

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Ampersand

8.8!

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9.2 for me... its like Tetris for Color Finesse 3.

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shaun wilson

first try, 7.8
second try, 8.7

and yes, "adjusting to what my dominant cursor is" can actually be more difficult than nailing the colors :)

May 7, 2012

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and 15 on the x-rite test

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8.9 on first try.

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Jerry

0 on the other game :D

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Jerry

8.4

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Cory Ewing

8.8 but the first tertiary I bombed learning how the mechanics work with the cursor.

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I got an 8.7 overall. Pretty beat little game, though it is a little hard to tell which cursor your mouse is controlling towards the end of the game. But, it is good eye training for matching colors.

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Braden

9.2

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Gerardo

Out of curiosity I tried it on an uncalibrated not-at-all modern screen (10+ years old) and actually managed to get a 10.3. Of course, this is probably like the 10th time I've played the game, so the practice helped. I like the timing because the difficulty is less in knowing when the colors match (because that's not necessarily something that can be practiced) and more in knowing which direction to move when they don't; as such, I think including the timer makes it more "useful."

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cows

whether the monitor is calibrated or not doesn't matter: you're matching one on-screen color to another on-screen color, whether it will look red-ish or orange-ish when projected on a cinema screen is irrelevant

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