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It really depends on your camera setup. I can make my two GL-2’s produce two totally different pictures, and I can make the VX-2100 film almost identical picture to my GL-2’s. It’s all in the configuration (to an extent, no doubt).
If you white balance all of your cameras at the same time to the same spot, you’ll have a very close match. You can tinker until they look very close on the LCD screens, and usually by then, they’ll be pretty good.
The best tip doesn’t really have anything to do with color matching at all. If you want your cameras to play nice together, keep them on different shots. If two cameras have very similar shots (say, one camera is a wide shot from the balcony, and another is a wide shot from the back of the ground floor) very little changes in the shot, and your eye, always looking for something to investigate, will notice the color change. But if one shot is a wide shot from the back of the room, and the next camera gets a tight shot of the speaker, your eye is distracted by the change in scenery, and doesn’t notice the color so much. THis only works to a limited extent, but if you get your colors as close as possible, this can be the final touch to make it work. If you do have two cameras with similar shots and dissimilar color, the solution is to do a brief cut take to a shot of B roll stuff, like an audience shot, or scenery, and then cut to the second camera. That will again distract the eye with all the changes, and by the time your eye is ready to look for color changes, it’s too late.
All in all, you can get the two cameras to play nice together. 🙂