Color Finesse v3 with LUT Support
Color Finesse has been a powerful addition to After Effectsbut forgotten by the majority of users. Version 3 aims to change that situation. First of all, you no longer have to open an external application to work with Color Finesseit now includes some essential color adjustment tools, including the long-sought-after three-way color pots, right in the effect control panel.
When you do open the full Color Finesse application, you're rewarded with a completely redone, better-integrated, full-featured color suite that rivals much of the third-party competition. It includes many different modes for color-correction of primary (overall) and secondary (individual) correction, as well as a number of professional tools such as a parade RGB spectrum view and waveform/vectorscope (see Figure 5). With the many different ways to adjust color in here, you'll find yourself playing with these controls and finding favorites.
Figure 5 Color Finesse 3 is much more useful than its predecessors simply for including these controls right in the Effects panel, rather than forcing you to work in a separate user interface.
In Color Finesse version 3, you can even create a 3D lookup table (LUT), which is in turn supported via a new After Effects effect. For users who pass around LUTs among other compositing, color, and non-linear editing applications, the ability to create a lookup table within After Effects is a welcome new professional step up.
Color Finesse still isn't quite as much fun or as versatile as Red Giant Software's Magic Bullet Looks, but it's close. Having this tool built into After Effects means that in a collaborative environment you need to buy and install one less plug-in to get professional-level color-correction tools.