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Color Bars
What are they and why do you need them? Color bars are an electronically generated signal that presents bars of red, blue, green, yellow, cyan, and magenta, gray, black, and white. These are used at the beginning of a videotape as a reference so that the playback machine and monitor can be calibrated to insure accurate color saturation and balance. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) established the color bar standards.
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Warming Cards
Under certain lighting conditions, neither auto or manual white balance will provide you with a pleasing color balance. For instance, if the lighting source for the shot is the warm glow from a fireplace, white balancing on a card or object that is white will render the scene with a bluish cast .  In this lighting situation, you will obtain a more pleasing result by performing manual white balancing on a card that  is bluish rather than white. In effect, you are "tricking" the camera's circuitry into producing a warmer tone. On the other hand, if you want your camera to produce an image that is colder, more bluish, you need to white balance on a yellow or orange card. We have provided you with several warming and cooling cards. Simply print them out and cut to size.

Without Warming Card

       With Warming Card

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