Vectorscope display options

The Vectorscope shows the distribution of color in your image on a circular scale. The color in your video is represented by a series of connected points that fall somewhere within this scale. The angle around the scale represents the hue displayed, with targets indicating the primary colors of red, green, and blue and the secondary colors of yellow, cyan, and magenta. The distance from the center of the scale to the outer ring represents the saturation of the color being displayed. The center of the scale represents zero saturation, and the outer ring represents maximum saturation.

Viewer and Vectorscope

The Vectorscope shows you, at a glance, the hue and intensity of the various colors in your image. Once you learn to identify the colors in your clips using the Vectorscope, you can more easily see where two images differ and correct them so that they match as closely as possible.

The Settings pop-up menu in the upper-right corner of the Vectorscope provides a variety of display options:

  • 100%: Sets the reference chroma level for the color bar targets (the squares representing each color in a standard color bar test signal) at 100 percent saturated chroma. Use this when your source media uses 100 percent color bars as its reference.

  • 133%: Sets the reference chroma level for the color bar targets at 75 percent saturated chroma. Use this when your source media uses 75 percent color bars as its reference.

  • Vector: Uses a normal chroma hue reference, with red near the top.

  • Mark3: Uses a 90-degree rotated chroma hue reference, with red on the right side.

  • Show/Hide Skin Tone Indicator: Shows or hides the diagonal line that represents the human skin tone chroma phase, which is between the yellow and red color bar targets.

  • Monochrome: Dims and desaturates the scope display to prevent visual distractions and color perception issues in your color-finishing suite.

  • Brightness: Sets the relative lightness or darkness of the scope display.