FilmoraPro Video Editor

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Scopes Panel

The Scopes Panel enables users to have a more detailed look of their video clips and get a grasp of what needs to be done. Many video editors utilize this features to help with keeping up with the set broadcasting standards. Tasks such as color correction and can also be performed with the help of this feature. Having knowledge of how to read the video scopes can in a great way provide the user with great control over the images. Scopes panel allows you to monitor the color values of the output of your project, based on the combined layers visible on the timeline at the playhead’s current position.

There are 4 types of scopes Histogram, RGB Parade, Vectorscope, and the Waveform for you to use on the Scopes Panel, which can help you set exposure and balance on your video accurately as well as ensuring consistency between shots.

color scope panel in filmorapro video editor

The Scopes Panel

The icons located at the upper right corner can be used to rearrange the scopes panel layout. Users can either choose from the combination of two, three, or four scopes or you can as well display a single scope. The scopes helps users with monitoring the color information existing in each of the images. It measures issues such as color saturation, hue and other aspects related to color.

color scope layout

The names of the specific scopes are shown right above them and users can make changes to the scope they want displayed by clicking on the scopes name and then selecting one of the scope options from the dropdown menu. You can select a similar scope more than ones, so it's possible to have two Histogram or RGB Parade scopes all displayed at the same time.

show different color scope

Right next to the drop down menu that shows the scope that's displayed, there is a cog icon. You can use the icon to adjust the scope's properties. Remember that each of the scopes have different properties that in a way affects how color values gets displayed in the Scopes Panel.

color scope settings

The Four Types of Scopes

FilmoraPro has four types of scopes that enables users to evaluate their projects from diverse perspectives. Each of the scope has a set of unique properties that enables users to control the information that gets displayed. The cog icons that are located over each scope enables users to adjust their properties and also to select the type of data a scope can monitor.

Histogram

histogram color scope

The color tones are normally displayed in the Histogram scope and the tones range from pure black that's on the left to the pure white on the right. The height of the graph however represents the relative frequency of a color tone within the video clip.

You can find the collowing properties in Histogram Scope:

  • Mode: Select the color information that appears in the Histogram. All modes:

    control color

    • Luminance – Represents the brightness in an image in a grayscale graph.
    • RGB – Shows colored overlays with Red, Green, Blue color.
    • RGB Parade – Shows Red, Green, Blue color separately and parallelly.
    • Red – Displays Red channel only in an image.
    • Green – Displays Green channel only in an image.
    • Blue – Displays Blue channel only in an image.
    • Alpha – Displays the values of the alpha channel.
    • CbCr – Depicts the difference in blue and red channels in the YCbCr color space, in which the Y axis represents luminance that can be chosen separately.
    • CbCr Parade – Depicts the blue and red chroma difference channels of the YCbCr color space as single read–out in vertical stacking.
    • Cb – Only the blue chroma difference channel is displayed.
    • Cr – Only the red chroma difference channel is displayed.
  • Analysis Downsample – It is used to increase or decrease the accuracy of read outs. Lower sample rates increase speed while reducing accuracy. Higher sample rates are slower, but provide more accurate readout.
  • Color Space – Three color space options for choose:
    • REC.601 – For standard definition (SD) footage.
    • REC.709 – For high definition (HD) footage.
    • REC.2020 – For ultra–high definition (UHD) footage.
  • Analyze Using – Allows you to analyze the footage with GPU or CPU.

Parade

parade color scope

The Parade scope shows the readout of the color channel content contained in the image. Each channel reads out separately, one by one, as in a "Parade".

In the Parade, the horizontal axis of each channel graph represents the pixels of the image from the left edge to the right. Colors on the left side of the image therefore gets depicted on the left side of the graph with their intensity being measured by the height of the graph on the vertical axis.

As per the image above, you can notice that the green is towards left side and that makes the spike of green values to appear on the left side of the graph. Color red is dominant on the right side of the image with the red color peak being clearly visible on the right side of the graph.

The Parade Scope consists of the following options:

  • Mode – Select the color information.

    parade color settings

    • RGB – Shows colored overlays with Red, Green, Blue color.
    • YCbCr – Shows Luminance Y and Blue–difference(Cb) and Red–difference(Cr) chroma component in YCbCr color space.
  • DirectionColors that are found on the vertical axis gets displayed from left to right by default, however, users can use the rotation wheel to change the colors by setting the direction to 90–degrees. It will then alter the way in which an image gets mapped so that colors located on the left side are displayed at the top of the scope while those on the right gets located near the bottom of the scope.
  • Brightness – Users can control how dark or how bright the graph within the scope is. By increasing the brightness, users can get to read the graph much faster. The brightness and adjustments that you get to make within the Parade scope may not have any impact on the footage.
  • Analysis Downsample – You can either increase or decrease your readout's accuracy by lowering the sample rates as you offer more speed and less accuracy.
  • Color Space – Three color space options for choose:
    • REC.601 – For standard definition (SD) footage.
    • REC.709 – For high definition (HD) footage.
    • REC.2020 – For ultra–high definition (UHD) footage.

Vectorscope

color scope in filmorapro

The Vectorscope displays hue and saturation values of the image on the timeline of the tracks, on which you drag the playhead along the timeline or clicking the play button to monitor how these values change on different frames. The hue is displayed around the circle, while the saturation is displayed along the radius.

If the color is highly saturated, it appears on the outer edge closer to the circle, and if the saturation is low, the color appears at the center closer to the circle.

The Vectorscope has six color points placed around the circumference, which represents the color of the standard video color bar. There is a diagonal line in this range called "Skin line" to help find the skin tone in the video.

Settings and Options:

vectorscope settings

  • Brightness – This feature controls the level of darkness or brightness of the graph within the scope. Users can increase the brightness so as to read the graph much faster. It's important to note that the adjustment in brightness adjustments that you make within the Vectorscope don't have any impact on your footage.
  • Analysis Downsample – This feature enables users to either increase or decrease the accuracy of the readout with the lower sample rates offering more speed and less accuracy.
  • Color Space – Three color space options for choose:
    • 601 – For standard definition (SD) footage.
    • 709 – For high definition (HD) footage.
    • 2020 – For ultra–high definition (UHD) footage.
  • Skin Line – Turn Skin line on or off.
  • Standard Color Bars – Turn Skin line on or off.

Waveform

wave color scope

Waveform scope displays all the contents of the current frame, where the colors appear on horizontal axis from left to right, and colors on the left side of the frame appear on the left side of the graph. The vertical axis represents the intensity of a specific color channel within the frame.

The Waveform Scope consists of the following options:

  • Mode – Select the color information that appears in the scope.
    • RGB – Shows colored overlays with Red, Green, Blue color.
    • YCbCr – Shows Luminance Y and Blue–difference(Cb) and Red–difference(Cr) chroma component in YCbCr color space.
  • Direction – Colors that are on the vertical axis are normally displayed from left to right by default, however, users can change that through use of the rotation wheel as they set direction to 90–degrees. The result will then alter the way in which an image gets mapped so that the colors that are found on the left side gets displayed at the top of the scope while those on the right will be located near the bottom of the scope.
  • Brightness – Users can also control how bright or dark the graph within the scope is. By increasing the level of brightness, you also get to read the graph much faster. It's important to note that adjustment to level of brightness done within the Vectorscope has no impact on your footage.
  • Analysis Downsample – You can also increase or even decrease the readout's accuracy. Lowering the sample rates leads to more peed and less accuracy.
  • Color Space – Three color space options for choose:
    • 601 – For standard definition (SD) footage.
    • 709 – For high definition (HD) footage.
    • 2020 – For ultra–high definition (UHD) footage.

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