X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Video

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Video

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Video

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  • Ruggedized Pocket-Sized Hard Case
  • Four Color/Camera Calibration Targets
  • Color Chip Chart
  • White Balance Card & Grayscale Card
  • Focus Target
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Bringing control and consistency to your workflow can be a creative boon, and the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Video provides you with tools that allow you achieve more consistent results, quicker, and with more ease. Designed for the professional, non-professionals can also benefit from using this tool with their editing and color correction applications. The pocket-sized hard case is easily carried with you, contains all four test charts, and protects the charts from dirt and fading when not in use.

The three included color calibration targets and focus target provide a wide range of options for use on your shoot. The focus target can be used to check your lens's calibration, and you can use it to set your focus on your subject. The white balance card aids you in manually setting your camera's white balance in changing environments. The grayscale card and color chip chart provide you with references for color balancing your footage in post, whether trying to intercut two different cameras together or adjust to different lighting set ups.

Video Chip Target
The chip chart has been simplified and redesigned to be more meaningful. The grayscale chips run vertically, which matches a waveform monitor's display much better than a horizontal scale does. Further, the chromatic and skin tone chips match the video spectrum, and display neatly on a vectorscope. A description of the columns on the chip chart follows:
  • Chromatic Row - Yellow, Red, Magenta, Blue, Cyan, Green
  • Range of skin tones from dark to light and different undertones
  • Linear Grayscale steps for even gray balance, with extra steps close to the highlight and shadow regions
  • Highlight and Shadow grays including a high gloss black to ensure it is dark enough to capture the range of a digital Camera
White Balance Target
Creating in-camera white balance helps to start at a neutral point for all images you capture. Balancing your footage to a consistent color balance makes editing go smoother, and is less jarring when cutting from one shot to the next. The consistent color balance can also speed up color correction, and with the increased speed and ease, you may find yourself with more time and energy to explore creative color choices.
Grayscale Target
The three panels of the grayscale target are white, 40 IRE gray, and black. These targets can be used to align the exposure and contrast of cameras you may be matching on set, and can help ensure that mid-tones, such as flesh tones, are rendered accurately. The combination of the white, gray, and black patches allow you to evaluate your exposure to prevent your highlights from clipping, while protecting your shadow detail, and 40 IRE provides a good standard to compare your exposure on faces to.
Focus Target
The focus target can be used to confirm / adjust your lens's flange focus / back focus distance. You can also use it to shoot focus test and compare your different lenses sharpness to each other.
UPC: 710762440418
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.1 x 5.2 x 0.6"
ColorChecker Passport Video is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 35.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Does what it promises, but is WAY overpriced and feels cheap So yes, it works as advertised (which is a good thing). So what's my gripe? I just feel like it's really cheaply made, definitely not rugged and set ready. Plastic case and hinges feel like they might just break, even with being careful. For the price I feel like it should have an aluminum or metal casing. If I were on a gameshow and someone handed me this and said guess the price I'd say $19.99? Heck, even being generous and going as high as $50 would be iffy, but pricing this at over $100 feels like a bit of a rip off, even in the camera world. Especially considering that you'll inevitably have to purchase a second one when it breaks :(
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Takes the pain out of calibrating colours - even with log I use this in conjunction with ColorFinale to balance my color in Final Cut Pro automagically. My initial tests show it works well, even when working with V-Log from the GH4. When I get the chance I'll test its matching capability across different cameras. My only gripe is that nothing on the cover says it's the video version. I also have the photography edition, and I can't tell which one I'm grabbing unless I open it up - which is a bit of a mission because the clasp is pretty stiff. Note - you can't use the video checker for photography or vice versa - the swatches are different.
Date published: 2015-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Way over priced. Like many people working in the professional video field, getting accurate colors is important. This product does provide the ability to aid in the calibration/correction of color process. But, for the cost, vs what you can hold in your hand, it is way over priced. We are basically talking about simple plastic case with a good quality color chart (on paper, or paper like material). I have not used other products, but for the cost vs. value, I can't give it high marks. I purchased the product based on it appeared to be 'industry' accepted equipment, but I think that there are likely comparably good products- cheaper. Bottom line, shop around before you overpay for this tool.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I bought this Colorchecker specifically to use with Color Finale for Final Cut Pro X. The reason is because they've designed Color Finale to work with Colorchecker for color balancing. You film your shot with the Colorchecker, then in FCPS you draw a rectangle around the Colorchecker and boom, you're color is balanced. I can't tell you how fantastic it is to be able to blow past the color balance phase of grading. Now having said that, it's not perfect. It doesn't work as well in low light situations. It also doesn't work if the reflective black square is casting a reflection at the angle of the camera. I've only used it in tests so far. Haven't done a full project with it, but I can't wait. I filmed my tests under LED, tungsten, fluorescent, daylight, etc. They all balanced beautifully and instantly. So much timed saved!
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from First try with 4 cameras - didn't work well at all. It sounds like other people have had good experiences. This didn't save me any time at all during a 4 camera shoot yesterday. The match was way too bright, and for some cameras it was really bad. First of all, it's expensive. And there's no reason the software couldn't be written to do this with the photo version. Except money. The focus chart is a really cheap commercially printed sticker. Kind of insulting. I would swallow all of this if the cost weren't extortionate. Or if it worked. I tried to use this to match 4 different cameras (C100, 5Diii, 7D and GoPro Hero 4 silver protune) under daylight video fluorescents in a bright room at lowish ISO. Shots that I am able to match by hand. I was hoping this would save some time. The balance it spit out using Color Finale 1.1 Beta on FCPx needed hand-tuning to bring down the whites significantly and up the saturation on two of the cameras. On the other two, it was completely unusable and unsalvageable. The go pro in particular was pretty crazily out of whack. All I can say is make sure, if you buy it, that you can return it for a full refund if it doesn't work for you. That's what I'm doing.
Date published: 2016-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not easy with Premiere Pro There must be a way to use this if you are working with Premiere Pro but I can't find the workflow yet. They don't make a program for this. If you are on Final Cut they have a program that makes it easy. It also works with Resolve. I intend to use it anyway for my videos and see what happens.
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Excited at first... dissapointed and overpriced Ya it's over priced but anything film is. Did a quick test with multiple cameras, couple different color temps, worked awesome, super stoked. But in real life situations it's not holding up. It must be super tack in focus and as big as possible in the shot all while making sure that the black reflective swatch isn't bouncing light. I shoot a ton of interviews and if I don't have the time or a PA to help me do this before the subject shows up... Hi sir, uh ya can you hold this thing ever so carefully, don't touch the surface, a little higher, little to the left, slightly rotate the angle of it... etc. Ya, not going to happen. When I get tack sharp, not reflecting images of the color checker it's still a gamble if the software (I'm using it within FCPX Color Finale) won't freakout and actually give you decent colors. All of that adds up to an expensive time consuming device that gives you funky party effect colors most of the time.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Poor quality construction/design for the price but does job. Ok. Like the regular version for photography the video version is portable, and functional. It does what it does. You got your white, gray, and black and the colors. OK. But that's where it stops. For $ I was expecting a little bit of quality construction and design sense on the part of X-Rite. The black and white color inset chips are shiny and it's very difficult to open this thing once you shut it. There's also no finger rest or a free place where you can hold it so you don't smudge the color chips with your fingers! The black and white are very shinny and if you hit the camera in the wrong angle you'll get a big glare where your blacks will look white! So, during the shot, you have to move it around so at least one frame will have no reflection. I'm sure I will break it in no time as once closed, there's no grip to open it! I mean, how easy it could have been if this opened just like a regular make up kit with non-reflective color chips in there? Seems like there was no thought for $ gadget that feels more like $. Anyway. Enough of the negatives. The positive is that it's portable and when used properly, it will do the job. Color Finale in FCPX and Resolve are supposed to support it and that's why I bought it. Otherwise, I wouldn't have. I hope it works better for you guys.
Date published: 2015-12-10
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