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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
When shooting video, directors of photography often spend a long time getting the color temperature correct. They want the colors to look accurate, but a lot of times, when we get footage to play with, it is not accurate and we need to correct it. This is referred to as adjusting the White Balance. The White Balance actually refers to the color of the footage here. As we could see, there is a kind of like an orangish tint to everything. I can't really put my finger on why this is, but it just does look too warm to me. So what we can do is we can go to the Adjust category inside the Video Effects, and there are several color correction effects here.
There is a several in Color Correction and Image Control as well. They're kind of spread all over the place, which is a little confusing. So we're going to take this chapter and look at some of these color adjustment tools, because really, as far as the look of your video is concerned, these color adjustment effects could really make a huge difference. So these auto effects actually work very well for correcting simple problems instantly. So all you've to do is just drag and drop, let's say, Auto Color onto a clip and it's improved a little bit. I'm not sure that really did the trick enough. We can click this Effects icon to see the before and the after.
So there is a little bit of difference. If you look at these olives right here, you can see that before, they're much more a yellow orangish and then, as we click this, that goes away. We could also see some difference in the jeans. I'm just going to go ahead and click Auto Color and delete it. Auto Levels is actually the effect that's going to help me out most here. I think I'm going to drag and drop this onto my clip, and there we go. This looks like a much more realistic representation of what those olives probably look like. If you want to, you could open up Auto Levels and adjust some of the settings.
If it's a little bit too strong, you can increase the Blend With Original value. You'll see this Blend with Original property in many effects. Basically, what that is it's kind of like a reverse Opacity slider for the effect itself. If it's at 0, then we're just seeing the effect. But if we take it up to 100, then we're seeing the original footage. So we can click and drag until we find a good balance that we like with this effect. I actually kind of like the way that Auto Levels corrected this. It looks pretty good to me now.
So if you feel that your footage has a tint in one direction, then you can go ahead and use one of these Auto effects to correct that.
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