Colorista II: The Must-Have Tool for Every Event Filmmaker

My wife Tasra is a photographer who specializes in teen girl portraits. As we all know, the bane of most teens’ existence is acne and facial blemishes. My wife used to spend hours retouching photos in Photoshop to correct this. Until she found Imagenomic’s Portraiture plug-in. Basically, what could take an hour she could now do in the click of a button. It was well worth the $200 we paid to get it. I remember seeing it for the first time and thinking, “Man! I wish I had one of those for video!” Well, now I do.

Red Giant Software, the makers of Magic Bullet, has a color grading and correction tool called Magic Bullet Colorista II that is wonderful. There’s a feature in it called Pop that is used to make your video, well…pop. But, when applied in the negative direction, it actually can be used to smooth out skin tones, as well as hide wrinkles and blemishes. It is in essence the video equivalent of Portraiture. I’m telling you, if you’re an event filmmaker that shoots weddings and/or quinceaneras, this is a must-have tool for your repertoire of editing tools. (I own Apple’s Color by default as an owner of Final Cut Pro, but I still forked over $299 to get Colorista II. It’s significantly easier to use and understand. It’s that good).

Here are before and after still images from a recent video we produced.

Before

After

You can adjust the amount of the effect to make as strong or light as you want.

I’m telling you, your brides and bat mitzvahs will love you forever! Below is a tutorial by Red Giant creative director Stu Maschwitz demonstrating this feature. Even this doesn’t really do it justice. You have to see it to believe it. You can download a free trial. There are many other great color correction capabilities of Colorista II, but this one feature alone makes it worth the money in my book.