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Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro CC

with Richard Harrington

Video: Welcome

Learn how to fix contrast, color, noise and other problems in your footage with Premiere Pro CC.
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  1. 2m 29s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. What you should know before watching the course
    3. Exercise files
  2. 19m 10s
    1. Set up a color correction workspace
      1m 30s
    2. Using the Waveform monitor
      4m 51s
    3. Using the Vectorscope
      4m 18s
    4. Toggling an effect
      1m 46s
    5. Using a split screen
      1m 55s
    6. Using adjustment layers
      2m 20s
    7. Adding masks
      2m 30s
  3. 23m 52s
    1. The Auto Contrast effect
      3m 15s
    2. The Auto Levels effect
      2m 27s
    3. The Auto Color effect
      2m 15s
    4. The Levels effect
      4m 8s
    5. The Shadow/Highlight effect
      4m 29s
    6. Relighting a scene with the Lighting Effects effect
      3m 39s
    7. Stabilizing exposure with the Color Stabilizer effect in After Effects
      3m 39s
  4. 33m 17s
    1. The Brightness & Contrast effect
      2m 18s
    2. The Change Color effect and Change To Color effect
      4m 37s
    3. The Equalize effect
      1m 44s
    4. The Fast Color Corrector effect
      5m 33s
    5. The Three-Way Color Corrector effect
      3m 25s
    6. The Luma Corrector effect
      3m 36s
    7. The Luma Curve effect
      3m 45s
    8. The RGB Curves effect
      2m 12s
    9. Adjusting vibrance in After Effects
      3m 3s
    10. Neutralizing color with the CC Color Neutralizer in After Effects
      3m 4s
  5. 12m 53s
    1. Removing grain with After Effects
      6m 37s
    2. Using Red Giant Denoiser
      3m 22s
    3. Using Neat Video
      2m 54s
  6. 7m 16s
    1. When to keyframe an effect
      1m 30s
    2. Adding keyframes
      2m 50s
    3. Smoothing keyframe transitions with handles
      2m 56s
  7. 12m 27s
    1. Sending to After Effects with Dynamic Link
      6m 24s
    2. Darkening the background
      1m 56s
    3. Relighting with Tiffen Dfx Light
      4m 7s
  8. 11m 8s
    1. Fixing overexposed footage
      1m 44s
    2. Fixing underexposed footage
      2m 1s
    3. Adding a vignette
      4m 18s
    4. Adding contrast with the Black & White effect
      3m 5s
  9. 6m 53s
    1. Why shoot raw video?
    2. Adjusting an R3D file
      3m 23s
    3. Adjusting with a RED EPIC HDR R3D file
      2m 49s
  10. 6m 50s
    1. Why legalize?
      1m 4s
    2. Using the Video Limiter effect
      5m 46s
  11. 1m 31s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 31s

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Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro CC
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Ever hear the refrain "let's just fix it in post"? Even under the best lighting conditions, your footage can have exposure problems. Luckily, you can correct issues and even improve average video after the fact, aka in post production, with Premiere Pro. Rich Harrington explores various methods for fixing exposure problems: using effects, adjustment layers, toning, blend modes, and more. For more complicated footage problems or an extra boost, Rich shows you how to use the more advanced specialized tools in After Effects. Note that these techniques are designed for the Creative Cloud, but most of will work in older versions of the programs.

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Topics include:
  • Using the Waveform Monitor
  • Toggling effects on and off
  • Working with Auto Contrast, Auto Levels, and Auto Color effects
  • Using color correction effects to fix exposure and tone
  • Controlling noise and grain
  • Keyframing effects
  • Sending projects to After Effects with Dynamic Link
  • Extracting backgrounds with the Roto Brush tool
  • Adding a vignette to footage
  • Working with raw video
  • Legalizing video for broadcast
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Hi, my name's Rich Harrington and today, we're going to explore fixing exposure and color problems with video footage. To do this, I'm going to be using Adobe Premiere Pro, the Creative Cloud Edition. But these techniques will work on earlier versions of Premiere Pro as well. We'll explore how to take advantage of different filters and effects to really get the job done. And occasionally, where there's a extra little boost needed, we'll jump into After Effects, take advantage of some of the more advanced compositing or specialized effects that exist there.

Almost every shot that I get into an edit suite has a problem. You can shoot it the correct way but there's always environmental conditions or, user mistakes or just sheer things with the limitations of the camera. You can always make the footage look better, and I find that getting the exposure right is essential before you start to tackle tasks with color. So, we'll explore the process of getting great exposure, and along the way, we'll pick up a few color issues as well.

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