I've been beta testing (not sure I contributed much) Chromatic, and I don't think I'll use any other third party grading product. I was not paid for this, I wrote this because I actually have used it for material that has actually been broadcasted, and I believe in the product.
My blog post that I've linked to has my personal experiences, using it for several TV shows that have been broadcasted. I love it. Easy to work with, lots of tools so no matter what my goal is, I have a way to achieve it quickly and easily. You should read the blog post. And I was not paid to write that, I wrote it because I use it for paying work and believe in it.
And there is a free trial version you can work with.
Thank you for posting this ...
I purchased this package as soon as you posted this thread .
I really like my Color Finale pro plugin it has a nice color science and it was avant-garde .
Chromatic is excellent I feel very comfortable with it and it has features that for a first version are outstanding.
Great job COREMELT !
Thanks for posting your review link. I was about to pass on Chromatic thinking, 'well, I've already got CF, so whatevs,' but after reading your impressions I decided to give it a go. Even got in under the promo deadline so got the LUT packages as well.
Thank you, guys! I did update it a couple of days ago with a "Chromatic VS Color Finale" section towards the end. I originally didn't want to get into some sort for flame war between the two camps, but the questions come up over and over, so I felt obligated, since I've used both a lot.
There's pros and cons to each. Some folks will go with Chromatic, some will go with CF, doesn't matter, as long as you aver tools you're comfortable with and helps you along.
I also include links in the blog post now to where you can download 35 free color LUTs and support articles from Coremelt. Don't forget the ever growing library of tutorials for Chromatic, either!
I too was in the beta for Chromatic and have some thoughts for the CF vs Chromatic conversation. I was a CF user since it first came out. The reason I was so excited for Chromatic is that I did see some workflow inefficiencies with CF. The first of which is that very often it required multiple instances of the effect in order to complete the grade. This could be whether you wanted to pull a key for the skin tones or to add focus to a scene with masking. This is handled at the effect level with effect masking within FCPX. The second of which is very often in order to get the look you were going it either required Slice X or manual key framing in FCPX (which is a nightmare). But again this was another instance of the effect and another third party plugin. This began to become very cumbersome for me as I would get lost in the stacks of CF effects in the inspector. Chromatic solves a lot of these inefficiencies, at least for me. You can pull a key to effect skin tones, and use masks to add focus to a subject all in one instance of the effect. To top it off that mask is able to be tracked! And you shouldn't over the look the fact that you wipe your grade on and off with a little crosshair to see before and after, this will also output to a client monitor which is lovely. Coremelt did a great job building a plugin that pushes the possibilities and ease of color grading inn FCPX and it is certainly my preferred grading tool.