There are many ways to convert color footage into a grayscale shot – and they are certainly not created equal. Perhaps most surprising is that the time-honored technique of removing all of the saturation from an image can produce unpleasant visual artifacts. In this article on Artbeats.com, we run through our favorite techniques in After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Motion for deriving a pleasant grayscale image.
By the way, this is the article I blogged about earlier which nearly drove me crazy: the same effect can have different names in these programs, while different effects can have the same name. It’s always worth taking the time to test and explore, rather than taking a result a face value.
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