Test Charts for Production

Why bother shooting test charts in everyday work? Why bring them on location or use them on set, especially if you’re only using one camera?

“Chip charts” have long been used to adjust and match cameras in live TV production, but they also add value in cine-stye shooting. Adam Wilt describes common color and grayscale test charts and shows how they help you in production and post—and, increasingly, how they let you color-correct clips with one click of a button. He’ll also discuss the use of focus targets and lens-testing charts, both in prep and in production.

  • Common chip charts: ColorChecker, OneShot, ChromaDuMonde, etc.
  • Color references and grayscale references and what they're good for.
  • Camera matching.
  • Manual corrections.
  • One-click color correction.
  • Focus targets and lens-testing charts.
Adam Wilt has been working off and on in film and video for the past thirty years. He pays the bills writing software for animation, automation, broadcast graphics, and real-time control for companies including Abekas, Pinnacle, Omneon, CBS, and ABC.