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Editing the color and tone of a video

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Editing the color and tone of a video

Here we're going to take a look at how we can start to work with color and tone in our video clips, how we can make color and tone adjustments in corrective or creative ways. One of the first things I want to do is work with this clip here. It's a video portrait of a famous and professional surfer Rob Machado. I want to trim this a little bit. We already know how to do that. Click on the Gear icon and the action that I want to get to starts right here. So I'm going to go ahead and drag my play needle to that point. Then I will drag my trim point to that point as well and then I'm going to close this view so I can just work on this clip here at this point.

Editing the color and tone of a video

Here we're going to take a look at how we can start to work with color and tone in our video clips, how we can make color and tone adjustments in corrective or creative ways. One of the first things I want to do is work with this clip here. It's a video portrait of a famous and professional surfer Rob Machado. I want to trim this a little bit. We already know how to do that. Click on the Gear icon and the action that I want to get to starts right here. So I'm going to go ahead and drag my play needle to that point. Then I will drag my trim point to that point as well and then I'm going to close this view so I can just work on this clip here at this point.

I'm going to play a little bit of this clip, it's a little bit noisy but you'll get a gist of it. Here it goes. (clip playing) I'm going to stop it right there. I can see a nice view there, the image is sharp for this moment. I kind of like the energy of this, it's handheld, it's just kind of a fun little video portrait of this fascinating person. Well here, one of the things I noticed is I'm not totally convinced about the color temperature, I may want to change that. Well, one of the ways that you can modify color temperature is with the Quick Develop controls.

That's one of the reasons why I wanted to show those in a previous chapter. We can take advantage of these Quick Develop controls in order to make some great changes. Let me show you what we can do here. Well, if you go to the White Balance area you can expand this, so you have more precise controls to custom change the color temperature. Well, here I'll go ahead and click a few times to the left, well, now that's a little bit more neutral and then perhaps I want to remove a little bit of the red. I'll click a few more times down here. Now that was too much, just to kind of come up with a new version of this file.

Now what's great about this is, if we play this clip-- well that color temperature is applied to the entirety of the clip not just the moment where we stopped it, right. Now the only trick with this, of course, is that we can't really see a before and after very easily. We could click Reset All, but then we would have to reapply our settings, whatever we've applied, so it's not the best way to work. Well, there has to be a better way, right? Well of course, there is and there is a better way which involves creating what's called a Virtual Copy.

Let me show you how we can do that. It's really easy. Navigate to the filmstrip and then right-click or Ctrl+Click and here what I want you to do is to choose Create Virtual Copy. The good news about this is this won't increase the file size on your hard drive, it's not duplicating the entire video clip, rather it's just creating a new set of instructions, so we can have another version of this clip. Well, now here this clip if we scrub down the line a little bit, we can see it has this nice color temperature.

We could then go back to the original, this one over here and then Reset this one. Now when I reset, it goes back to the default as it was captured color temperature. Well, now I have the ability to kind of click between these two and see which one I like better, because you know the reality of making adjustments is sometimes you make them, but maybe they are not very good and so it's nice to kind of have the ability to make these comparisons. All right! Well, what else could we do? Well, let's say we want to create another Virtual Copy because we want to get a little bit creative here.

Well again, right-click or Ctrl+ Click and choose Create Virtual Copy. What could we do with this? Well, let's scrub down the line and then let's choose perhaps a preset. Here I'll go to these Presets and I want to choose perhaps a Black & White Preset, maybe an Infrared preset. This is going to be kind of interesting. We'll click OK and then here we can see what this preset would look like. It doesn't really work. No big deal. We can choose another preset. We could go to Color Preset, we could try perhaps something like one of these Bleach Bypass looks or an Aged Photograph.

And again, this is just going to go back to that original file and then apply these settings to it. Now this warning message is just saying you can't do everything that you could do to images to video. That's okay. We'll simply click OK and now we kind of have this aged look here, a little bit of a different type of aesthetic. We can do something which is a bit more normal as well. Let's go to B&W and try out the Red Filter, which tends to work well with people and just see how that looks. Kind of an interesting look! Now, you can take this further of course by going to Tone Control.

In Tone Control we can increase the Exposure a little bit, maybe a little bit of Contrast here. We could work with our Whites or our Blacks here making changes to those areas of the picture. And again, the type of changes that we make really depends on what type of a look we're going for in regards to our own video file. So, let's go ahead and scrub down and see that we now have kind of an interesting black-and-white version of this video clip. And what's fascinating about this is all of a sudden we have these controls to not only just trim the video file but even more than that.

We can make corrections or enhancements to the color and tone of our video clips right inside of the Library module.

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    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
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      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
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      3m 17s
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      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
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      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
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      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
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      5m 34s
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      3m 39s
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      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
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