what is it?
this plug allows you to reduce the range of possible colors for the clip, reducing the total number of possible colors in the clip from millions to a mere eight (2 for each channel). this plug is similar to flatten channel, except that it keeps red, green and blue synchronized in channel depth.
what should i use it for?
flatten color is a highly specialized color effect plug, to be used whenever you want to limit the range of colors in your clips. it will make the clip look grainier, and somewhat more artificial. it also greatly increases the contrast between colors.
note that even if you limit the colors to eight, the resulting clip will still be rendered in millions of colors (flatten color will not be able to reduce the size of the clip).
area of effect:
define the area of the clip you want to be affected by the plug-in. all other parts of the clip remain untouched.
use this slider to limit the amount of levels per channel. the effect works by limiting the amount of bits per channel for all channels (red, green, blue) simultaneously. Settings are 1 bit (two levels), 2 bits (four levels), 3 bits (8 levels), 4 (16 levels), 5 (32 levels), 6 (64 levels), 7 (128 levels), and 8 (full, 256 levels).
when reducing the color information to fewer bits per channel, some brightness information is lost. the result is a darker image. should you choose to re-lighten, the plug will run an additional lighting process that aims to preserve the original clip’s brightness. however, since brightness and color range are tightly interwoven, the result might be brighter than the original.
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