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Walter Biscardi -- Euphonix MC Color Control Panel Review
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In this article Walter Biscardi, Jr. tries out the new MC Color controller from Euphonix.




Apple Color has brought a powerful color enhancement tool to the masses much like Final Cut Pro did for editing when it was released. What was once possible with only a high end hardware based system, like daVinci, was now in the hands of anyone with $999 who purchases Final Cut Studio. What has finally started to appear on the landscape are reasonably priced hardware controllers that emulates the same controls used by colorists for years. 

No longer the domain of $15,000 specialized hardware, we now have choices from about $1,500 to $7,000 (US) to run and operate Apple Color. To date I’ve had the opportunity to test and use the JL Cooper Eclipse and the Tangent Wave controllers. Now the folks at Euphonix have invited me to try out the new MC Color controller.

I’m going to follow the same article structure as my original Tangent Wave review so you can compare and contrast the two products easier.

 

THE HARDWARE

Now first of all, the system we’re testing this panel on.

  • Mac Pro 2.93 8-Core "Nehalem" processors with 16GB RAM
  • ATI 4870 Graphics Card
  • AJA Kona 3 Video Card
  • 24” Dell Monitor and 22” Viewsonic Monitors driven off the single ATI
  • FSI 2450W Reference Monitor
  • At the time of testing we’re running Final Cut Studio 3 with the Color 1.5.1 update.
  • At the time of this testing we’re using the EU Control 2.5.3.66099

As with my previous testing on the Tangent Wave I asked my buddy Ron Anderson to come over and give his impressions as well. He’s a 30 year colorist who operates daVinci, Scratch and Color among others. He’s also extensively used the full set of Tangent panels with Color in a DI suite along with the new JL Cooper Eclipse panel.  

 

OUT OF THE BOX.

So first impressions out of the box. Sleek, low profile and very solid. The surface of the controller has a nice matte rubberized finish giving a nice feel for your hands. Buttons and controls are nicely done, they feel solid and are very quiet. It’s plastic, much like the Tangent Wave, but that rubberized matte finish and the silver appearance of the buttons definitely makes it feel a little more polished.

It’s a very small footprint, smaller actually than the Wave, just a tad wider than a standard Apple keyboard. It fits very nicely on my Anthro Fit Console leaving plenty of room for my keyboard and Wacom Tablet.


Compared to the Wave, the MC Color is a heavier panel, but that’s just relative, it’s still a very light controller compared to the JL Cooper Eclipse. As with the Wave, being lighter, it’s easier to move the keyboard shelf up and down. When we have the Cooper on that shelf, we have to be very careful and have a good hold on the shelf before we start to move it or it could drop the shelf all the way down causing the panel to fall off.

The MC Color comes with the trackballs packed separately so you just have to drop them in. One big concern though is the lack of a locking mechanism to lock them in place. If you were to tip the unit, the trackballs would simply fall out. If you have a shop like ours where you have multiple edit suites that might share one panel, you’ll need to careful to either remove the trackballs when you move the panel or keep it flat when you carry it. Or if you don’t use the panel all the time and keep it off to the side, you would need to remember to keep it flat when you moved it into position for use. I would personally like to see this updated in the future to ensure the trackballs will stay locked in place if the panel is moved around.

The MC Color also comes with a power supply, an ethernet cable and a pair of lifts that can raise the height of the panel when in use. We didn’t use the lifts, just the feet that are built in.

INSTALLATION

The MC Color requires an Ethernet connection and a power outlet in order to operate on your system. Now I need to explain the set up of our facility at this point as the ethernet connectivity does create somewhat of an issue in our case.

First off we do not have the Mac Pro computers in any of our edit suites. All of the Mac Pros are kept in the Machine Room and we use a DVI / USB extenders to connect our monitors / keyboards / mice up to 100’ feet away. So connecting this control panel is not as simple as hooking up a 10’ ethernet cable to a local Mac Pro. We have to run and ethernet cable through our cable chases and back to the Machine Room in order to connect. For the purposes of this review, I used one of our own 25’ Ethernet cables and ran it through to the machine room as the Euphonix supplied cable was far too short. If I were to use this panel in any of our other rooms, we would have to run a 75 to 100’ cable through all the wire chases and back to the machine room.

Secondly, we run a Maxx Digital Final Share SAN in our facility which runs completely off ethernet. This system allows us to share our 32TB media array with up to 12 workstations in our facility all working with Apple ProRes HD video. As such, the ethernet ports are used on all the machines and we’re fortunate to have a 24 port router in the machine room giving me a port to connect the MC Color to the system. Now in our original testing with the JL Cooper (which also connects via ethernet) we introduced some playback and stability issues in our SAN due to IP conflicts. So if you run a network, be sure you know all your IP addresses and put the controls surface on another port to avoid network stability issues.

Ok, now that’s of the way.....

Put the MC Color where you want it and feel free to connect the Ethernet and power cables, but don’t turn it on just yet.

Run the EU Control software installation.

Turn on the MC Color and go “ooooooooh” “aaaaaaaah” at the pretty lights.

Now you need to go in and set it up to properly recognize on the network. Setup controls are very simple and well documented in the manual, but as there are multiple User Manuals on the same installation disc that comes with the MC Color, be sure you’re reading the right one. At first we were trying to set up the network using the commands for the MC Control panel and could not get the IP address to change. Once we figured that out, we were good to go.

Compared to other control surfaces for Apple Color, Euphonix has put a lot of emphasis on fewer controls doing more things. This means there are less switches, buttons, knobs and digital displays compared to the other surfaces I’ve tried out. On the plus side, it makes the panel smaller, on the negative side, it means you use the same button / controller for multiple functions and this did get a bit confusing during operation.


 

 

BASIC LAYOUT AND OPERATION

Right off the bat, I can tell you that the trackballs and trackwheels are outstanding. Incredibly smooth control and the feel is really nice, right on part with the more expensive JL Cooper panel. Especially the trackwheels, they’re a pleasure to work with and the slight rubber surface on them makes them very smooth to the touch. To the upper left of all three trackwheels are the Hue Reset and Luma Reset buttons. These are labelled R1 - R6. These buttons also reset any of the other parameters these controllers operate in the use of this panel.

You have to keep the trackballs at a moderate speed though, don’t just spin them freely or try to move too fast as they will not be able to keep up with your movements. This is standard with any controller, but the MC Color does seem more sensitive to keeping the speed at a moderate pace. You should also know that the trackballs / trackwheels are used for multiple functions from vignette to transport controls in addition to actual color grading.

Across the middle of the panel are Soft Keys, 9 user assignable function buttons. Their functions change depending on which room you’re using. So 9 buttons plus 8 rooms can give you up to 72 functions available via the push of a button.    

Press the NAV key in the lower left and you can then select any one of the Rooms in Color by pushing down on the corresponding Soft Knob. The Soft Knobs work well to the touch, push down on any of them to reset the appropriate parameter. One of the neat uses of the NAV function is to first select the Secondaries Room, then hold the Shift key and hit NAV again. This allows you to select Secondaries Room 1 - 7 via the Soft Knobs. Room 8 isn’t available with this method, not sure why, but it didn’t come up. But the NAV key is your basic quick navigation function key to get to you any of the available Rooms in Color.



Right above the Soft Knobs are the 6 OLED displays. These sit flat on the panel, rather than angled back towards the user and display two rows of information. Generally information on the Trackballs / Trackwheels across the top and the Soft Knobs across the bottom. I would prefer to have them angled downward so they’re a little easier to read. Of more concern is the fact that, well there’s only 6 displays and 6 knobs. This does limit how many controls are at immediate reach. The Wave has 9 and the Eclipse has 11 or example. The more displays / controls on the panel, the quicker and easier to use.

On the upper right of the panel, there’s a series of buttons including Bank 1 / Bank 2 and the Show key. The Bank buttons bring up additional pages of controls for the various rooms. In the Primary In Room, Bank 1 is the Basic Tab while Bank 2 is the Advanced Tab while in the Secondaries Room Bank 2 switches the trackballs / trackwheels to operating the vignette controls.

The Show key is something you’ll use a lot, especially when you first start using the panel, because it shows you what all the Soft Keys do in a particular room. You can also program the various Soft Keys using the EU Control Setting

Below that, there are 4 dedicated Copy Grade (CG 1-4) and 4 Paste Grade (PG 1-4) buttons on the right side of the panel. To copy a grade, simply select the CG button of your choice and it lights up to tell you that a Grade is saved. Paste a Grade simply by hitting the PG button directly below the corresponding CG button.

Transport controls are on the right hand side of the panel and work fine, though I would like to see dedicated Jog / Shuttle controls. Yes you can use a softkey to switch the right hand trackwheel to jog but I’d really rather not keep switching the control of that trackwheel.

 

GREAT POTENTIAL, BUT...

As I noted, this is very small panel. Only 9 1/4” from top to bottom, so Euphonix tried to pack a lot into a very small area. There’s no doubt they are the class of the field when it comes to the operation of the Trackball / Trackwheel, they are absolutely perfect. The function buttons operate smooth and quietly. The overall construction of the unit is outstanding, it feels like a solid product that will last a long time. 

 


 

But we have used both the JL Cooper and Tangent Wave in grading sessions and there are definitely some shortcomings in the MC Color.  

The first big issue we hit was in the Secondary Room. In the Color 1.5 update, Apple changed the functionality in the Secondaries so they Enable automatically once you make the first adjustment in those rooms. For some reason, with the MC Color we have to manually toggle the Secondary Enable button. We reconnected the Tangent Wave to the same machine to ensure the auto Enable was still working and it did work properly with the Wave and it worked properly using the Secondaries with the Wacom Tablet. I’m sure this is something that will be addressed with a future update in the software.

My biggest overall issue is the over dependence on the Soft Keys for a lot of functionality, while keeping their functions hidden from the user. As I noted earlier, there are up to 72 user defined functions available via the 9 Soft Keys. In order to know what function you have available in a certain room, you either have to memorize the setting for each button in each room, or you have to keep calling up the Show key which brings up a window to show you what each key does. Unless you use the MC Color every single day, I think you’re going to be hard pressed to memorize the 9 Soft Key functions for all 8 rooms and using the “Show Key” gets old pretty quick. Euphonix could have made better use of the OLED displays for this very purpose.   

For some reason, Euphonix chose to use one row of the displays to show us what the Trackballs / Trackwheels are doing. We can see that on the Color interface. I’d rather see what the soft keys are set up to do. 

On the Wave, for example, there are 9 soft keys with their functions listed at all times with Bank controls to change the functions. As you scroll through the Banks, the display changes to show the functions so we don’t need to memorize them. This is absolutely perfect for a facility like ours because we don’t use Color and the control surfaces every single day and we have multiple people who will use the control surface.

Now there’s 9 buttons and 6 displays on the MC Color, but with the Page Left / Right function we could probably make that work. Of course, there’s plenty of real estate on this panel for 9 displays and even 9 soft knobs on the MC Color, so maybe for a future upgrade..... 

I’m not a fan of all of the variable functionality assigned to the Trackballs / Trackwheels. In particular, I was not thrilled using those controllers for the Vignette changes in the Secondaries. I much prefer using the soft knobs like the other Color controllers for controlling the Vignettes. And using the right hand trackwheel as the Jog Control just doesn’t work for me. When I’m in a grading session, I want to know that anytime I touch the Trackball / Trackwheels, I’m adjusting color on the image, not doing anything else, period.

The positioning of the Soft Knobs also caused some problems during the grading session. The knobs are positioned below the digital display putting them exactly 3” above the middle trackball. I found myself often hitting the middle trackball with my wrist, especially when reaching for the Number 3 and 4 knobs in the middle of the panel. Positioning the knobs above the digital display would eliminate this potential issue.

Ron noted the lack of a wrist rest when he was using the panel can lead to wrist pain if you’re not careful. After an hour of using the MC Color, I did see what he was talking about. Extending the bottom of the panel by another four inches or so would give the user a nice wrist rest to cut down on this. In the meantime, you’d do well to put some sort of padding at the bottom to keep your wrists comfortable.

Finally, the ethernet connectivity is something that would limit the use of the panel in our facility and one of the reasons we don’t run the JL Cooper here. Tangent has shown the USB connectivity works and it even draws the power via USB. Would be nice to see Euphonix adapt to USB connectivity as well as it’s just so much easier to plug a panel directly into a keyboard or monitor than it is to run an ethernet cable all the way back to the computer. 

 

FINAL VERDICT

Euphonix has actually done a great job with the basic design concept of this control panel. It has the potential to bring the incredible controls of the Cooper Eclipse down to a much more reasonable price. It’s a solid panel, well constructed, just the functionality and ease of use could be improved.

If you are a dedicated Colorist and this is all you do day after day, you will probably like this panel just for the trackball / trackwheel controls and you’ll be able to memorize what the Soft Keys do in the various rooms.

If you’re like me and our facility, where you will use it multiple times per month or on occasion, you might want to wait for an update to this unit to make it a bit more user friendly or consider the Tangent Wave.

This product has great potential and I hope Euphonix makes Version 2 even more user friendly.


Walter Biscardi, Jr. is a 19 year veteran of broadcast and corporate video production who owns Biscardi Creative Media in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Walter counts multiple Emmys, Tellys and Aurora Awards among his many credits and awards. You can find Walter in the Apple Final Cut Pro, AJA Kona, Apple Motion, Apple Color and the Business & Marketing forums among others.

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Comments

Re: Euphonix MC Color Control Panel
by tan wei
hi,my control surface trackwheels too fast in scratch,I don't know why,did you know?Thank you.
Re: Euphonix MC Color Control Panel
by Liv Woren
I am relatively new to color grading.
I am using Apple Color and have been using a normal keyboard.
I know that the professional colorists use color control panels, but I would like to know what exactly the pros are for using one, and what soft keys, soft knobs and OLED displays actually mean. Tried to google information about color control panels, but found nothing that helped me.
Would you be able to give me more insight in to all of this?
Thank you!
@Liv Woren
by walter biscardi
Colorists use a variety of control surfaces to meet their budgets and production needs. They make you much more efficient and faster once you get the hang of the actual control surface vs. keyboard / mouse.

OLED display is simply the digital information on the control surface. In the third photograph you see the yellow digital displays on the top of the MC Color, those are OLED displays.

Soft keys are just button on the control surface that activate certain commands or keystrokes instead of hitting them on the keyboard.

The knobs control parameters in the software. Turn the knob right, saturation increases, turn it left, it decreases for example.

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Re: Euphonix MC Color Control Panel
by Jim Bannockx
Here, I have the same problem with my Euphonix MC Color. It don't start up after a few weeks of vacation. I also have the MC transport, it works fine with the power supply of the MC color, so I think it's a problem with the hardware. I don't know what to do to fix this problem.

Grtz.
Jim Bannockx
Re: Euphonix MC Color Control Panel
by Nhan Nguyen Dinh
Hello,
With the very efficient help of John Haydon from AVID, I have received, very quickly, a new MC Color from Dublin Ireland since 4 days to replace my previous one which did'nt light on anymore.
MC Color is a very good product, I have a great pleasure to work with it. I wish that the French MC Color distributor make more effort about communication and support for that excellent contol surface.
Best regards
Nhan
Re: Euphonix MC Color Control Panel
by Nhan Nguyen Dinh
Thank John Haydon who helped me very quickly : Owing to Jphn, I am waiting for news from Avid Dublin Ireland to replace my MC Color.(RMA)
Nhan
Re: Euphonix MC Color Control Panel
by John Haydon
Nhan Nguyen Dinh,

Please email me directly at john.haydon@avid.com

Thanks,
JC
Re: Euphonix MC Color Control Panel
by Nhan Nguyen Dinh
Hello,
I am in Paris. My MC Color was working well during 4 months, since April 2010. After, I did'nt use it during 3 weeks of vacation. Back from my holidays, when I turn ON it, nothing happened, no light under the 3 trackball as usual. Even the AC-DC adaptateur works normally.(measured with a Voltmeter)
The online technician of Euphonix advised me to "press the Power button during 2 seconds" Even I know very well how to use MC Color during 4 months, I did as he said anyway, but naturally nothing happened.

I contact the distributer of Euphonix in France, he said that Euphonix belongs now to Avid, himself, he doesn't know who can fix Euphonix problems, and he said that is trying to contact the wew owner of Euphonix but nobody can explain to him how.

I phoned to Euphonix USA, one lady sent me to a gentlman and this gentlman sent me to another gentlman and so on, nobody could advise me how to do.

I contact the reseller, he said that I must contact directly Euphonix, after 30 days, he don't take charge of the product anymore.

As you have a good relation with Euphonix, and you have a great notority, please help me in asking Euphonix (Avid ?) what I have to do.
Thank you very much
Nhan
MC Color review - OLED displays
by Christopher Adams
I for one would have preferred by default that the positions of the text on the oled's were reversed top to bottom. It took me a min. to figure out that the top text was the trackerballs/wheels and the bottom was the knobs. That doesn't seem intuitive to me and wondered if they should have been swapped so that The knobs settings were on top and the trackerballs/wheel info was on the bottom of the oled display.
I just think that that makes more sense.
discussion
by walter biscardi
Not sure what to discuss quite honestly. The panel is no longer here, it was returned to Euphonix so there's nothing I can further test on this end.

When we connected it, it did not work with the default settings. So we tried two IP address with manual setups that I thought would work but they didn't.

So I pulled out the IP Address and settings for the Cooper Eclipse panel and the MC Color was recognized and started working. We have in the neighborhood of 20 IP addresses or so in play with our network and the Final Share SAN. All devices with Ethernet connectivity have to be set up manually in order to properly operate with our network.

You have to keep in mind here that Ethernet connectivity is just one aspect of this review. There are multiple reasons why I would recommend either of the other two panels ahead of the MC Color and I mention these in the review.
I would like to discuss with
by John Haydon
I would like to discuss with you, offline,the IP configurations that "did not work," as I would like to get to the bottom of your particular issue. For most users, default DHCP addressing will allow them to connect the Artist Series to a switch or router on their network and in minutes be up and running. This allows for multiple workstations and control surfaces on a network connected as the user would like.

I understand that you have a more complex configuration, but please recognize that there are thousands of people using EuCon in home studios and professional facilities. Most setup issues are solved in a matter of minutes, and do not require advanced knowledge of network configuration.

Thank you very much for taking the time to review MC Color. I look forward to your email.
Plug and Play
by walter biscardi
This did not work in our setup. We tried two IP addresses at first and the MC Color did not work.

Then I entered in the IP address we use for the Eclipse and then it worked. So if you're supposed to be plug and play right off the bat, that did not work at all.

If you're talking "plug and play" after entering the IP address for the first time, the Eclipse and Wave both do this as well. We can connect to any of our 4 current systems and the panels will work on any of them after the first setup.
Bonjour plug and play
by John Haydon
Hi Walter,

Thanks for your answer. The major difference I would like to point out is that the Artist Series uses Bonjour plug and play ethernet, which is a newer interface than those used by previous ethernet products. We also use a <10 mbps bandwidth to send and receive EuCon messages. So theoretically, switching machines could be as easy as plugging it into a switch in a new room and assigning it to the my surfaces list of a new machine.

I understand that USB is better for your specific configuration, but it is important to note that difficulty of installation has been implied by experience with another product, not directly by use of the Euphonix Artist Series.

Network installation
by walter biscardi
John,

In my article:

Now in our original testing with the JL Cooper (which also connects via ethernet) we introduced some playback and stability issues in our SAN due to IP conflicts. So if you run a network, be sure you know all your IP addresses and put the controls surface on another port to avoid network stability issues.


I think it's pretty clear in my writing where I had those issues. During the initial installation of the JL Cooper and the issue was caused by IP Conflicts. It should also be noted that the JL Cooper Eclipse was not the problem, IP conflict was the problem.

But based on that experience we would have very likely run into the exact same issues with the MC Color if it was the first product we had tried to install. Then the installation of the JL Cooper would have been very easy.

Both the Euphonix and JL Cooper manuals give basic instructions for setting up the IP Address but since each installation and user setup is different it's usually trial and error on the user's part to get this set up correctly. I used the same IP Address we assigned to the JL Cooper for the MC Color and that worked just fine.

The Ethernet connectivity of the Euphonix Artist Series is just not nearly as convenient for the end user as USB connectivity for any external devices. USB is more convenient to set up and very easy to move from machine to machine. In addition, when you have an Ethernet based SAN like we have here, we really do not want to add any additional hardware to the Ethernet ports, as I have already said.

So in the article the original issues were caused by our setup of the JL Cooper Eclipse, not the Eclipse itself. By comparison the Tangent Wave was the simplest product to setup and install.
Differentiation
by John Haydon
I think it is important to note that the issues you have mentioned in your review regarding playback problems and SAN conflicts were experienced during your use of the JL Cooper device, and not the Euphonix Artist Series.

ethernet
by walter biscardi
So you can just plug them into your LAN, launch Eucontrol, and choose which surfaces you want to assign to which machine.

In Walter's situation, I would suggest putting a switch at the end of that long ethernet cable to connect multiple units.


Not quite so simple when you're running an Ethernet SAN as we are here. As I noted in the article, we ran into some stability issues with our SAN when we first tried the JL Cooper Eclipse in here. That was due to IP address issues and how we connect the Cooper to the system, which was to connect it directly to one of the Macs. Because of that lesson, we were able to set up the MC Color pretty quickly, but control surfaces can create some havoc with Ethernet based SANs. With the documentary programming we're doing, this has made a lot of economical sense in maximizing our facility.

As for that "long ethernet run," we currently have 4 edit suites and will have 8 in the new facility. So that's 8 runs of ethernet back to the machine room and then 8 additional runs for each adidtional control type surface we were to use.

With USB devices, we simply connect through the Dell monitors that are in each suite which are already connected back to the machine room via USB extenders. So there is no additional wiring required beyond what we already have set up.

We already have a 24 port router which is 3/4 full running the SAN. I would rather keep the additional ports open so we can add another editing workstation than tie them up with control surfaces. We have already had two instances where we needed another editing system, so I have literally gone to the Apple store, picked up a machine, brought it back, connected to the SAN and we're editing a short time later.

That's why I prefer to stay away from ethernet based control systems and stick with USB based control systems. The MC Color is a great product, just not suited for me and for me, not as functional in Color than the Wave. Neither control surface is nearly as functional as the JL Cooper Eclipse.

I'm fortunate that I have had the opportunity to really test and use all three of the control surfaces available for Apple Color today and I can tell you from my own experience what does and does not work in our shop. I'm not sure Ethernet based SANs were considered during the development of your product, but I can tell you they are being used more and more widely as word gets around of their affordability and ease of use. I might have been on the "cutting edge" when I first installed it here, but some major studios are now working them into production.

Folks definitely have to be able to get a hold of these surfaces and try them out for themselves. Each will make the right decision for their own situation. Ethernet may not matter at all to some folks, but here it is a consideration.


Ethernet
by John Haydon
Because the Euphonix Artist Series is sending packaged EuCon messages on the network and use DHCP or static IP addresses that the user can set, it is quite flexible. It can and has been connected to and utilized on many networks in many facilities and have been put to use at Electric Entertainment, SAE schools worldwide, and many other production houses. In fact, each unit has a unique Mac ID.

The Artist Series controllers "remember" which workstation they are connected to in a setting in the host software, and can be used to switch between applications and workstations. So you can just plug them into your LAN, launch Eucontrol, and choose which surfaces you want to assign to which machine.

In Walter's situation, I would suggest putting a switch at the end of that long ethernet cable to connect multiple units.
Color and Transport
by John Haydon
Hi Illya,

MC Transport indeed functions as a Transport controller with numeric keypad entry. It allows you to navigate to specific clip locations on the timeline, or specific clips via numeric entry. All of the softkeys are programmable, so you can use them to move between grades (for A/B), rooms, secondaries, etc.

One thing that absolutely be noted is that the Euphonix surfaces allow you to map not only Color commands, but keyboard shortcuts and macros (multiple commands) not only in Color, but any application.
Softkeys
by walter biscardi
Yeah, the softkeys and the reliance on the right hand trackwheel as jog/shuttle were definitely issues for me in the operation.

The Wave is definitely much easier to simply pick up and use right off the bat and also if you don't use it all day every day. If Euphonix re-does the software so the displays show the softkey operation, like the Wave does, that will be a big help, but as it is now, the Wave has more functionality and is easier to use.
agreed Walter. I think my main
by adam taylor
agreed Walter. I think my main concern was not whether the Wave was better or worse, but more did the MC have any extra dealbreaker functions that would have swayed my decision.

Your comments about the softkeys is a case in point. I have so many shortcut keys to remember between all my different apps (FCP, Shake, AE, C4d, Protools) that to add any more than really necessary would probably have finished me off!

Whichever control surface is chosen, the user will benefit from a vastly improved interaction with Color - definitely worth the investment.

adam
Wave vs. Color
by walter biscardi
They're both good panels Adam, it's really going to come down to the end user and which one "feels" right to them.
MC Transport
by walter biscardi
I actually had an MC Transport here as well, but never connected it because I would have needed another long ethernet run to the computer and that's an add-on anyway. I just wanted to compare the actual color control surfaces.

And if choosing between the monitor or the control surface, the monitor is more important. Get that and then come back for a control surface later. They're only going to get cheaper the longer you wait.
Thanks!
by Illya Laney
I've been torn between getting an FSI or a control surface. Now I'm thinking a new monitor is probably the best choice after reading this.

I'm curious to see how the MC Transport works with the MC Color though since it has 6 softkeys, a keypad, function keys, jog wheel, and shuttle ring. I'm thinking they kept MC Color stripped down because of the MC Transport connectivity.
great review Walter. I began reading
by adam taylor
great review Walter.

I began reading with trepidation, wondering if my week old wave was an impulse purchase...however, having read your sterling report, i'm satisfied my thoughts were just foolish what if's!

adam


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Creative Cow Contributing Editor Zed Saeed has helped create pioneering Final Cut Pro workflows for major feature films and episodic TV production. This year, he and the team at DigitalFilm Tree faced their biggest challenge yet: posting 3 major shows, for 3 different networks, every week -- with the same small team that used to do just one. How do they do it? World-class workflow management.

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Apple Color
Apple Color: Building Vignettes in the ColorFX RoomApple Color: Building Vignettes in the ColorFX Room
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Apple Color offers a variety of tools for custom effects, each with different features. Answering a commonly asked question, broadcast editor and Creative Cow leader Walter Biscardi shows you how to take advantage Colors node-based compositing to create a vignette in the ColorFX room.

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Walter Biscardi
Apple Color
Apple Color: Auto Balance FeatureApple Color: Auto Balance Feature
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In this short Apple Color video tutorial, Walter Biscardi demonstrates the auto balance feature in color. This is a basic level tutorial.

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Apple Color
Should you use Final Cut Pro or Color?Should you use Final Cut Pro or Color?
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Should you use Final Cut Pro or Color? In this short video tutorial, Walter Biscardi demonstrates some of the differences and why you might use one program over the other. This is a basic level tutorial.

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Walter Biscardi
Apple Color
Apple Color: First Time You LaunchApple Color: First Time You Launch
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In this Apple Color video tutorial, Walter Biscardi demonstrates everything you need to know the first time you launch Apple Color. This is a basic level tutorial.

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Walter Biscardi
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