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In this movie we are going to touch on color correction to show you how you can fix some shots that would otherwise be unusable. Now, if you really want to dig deep into color correction, there are several other courses at lynda.com that really explain the nuances of controlling color in video. So we have two shots on our Timeline, one that's a little bit underexposed, and one that actually has the wrong color balance. Let's step into the Effects panel and show you how you can adjust these to make them look a little bit better. For the first clip I'm going to use something called the Fast Color Corrector, and this is located inside the Color Correction folder of Video Effects.
So I am going to drop the Fast Color Corrector on my first clip, double-click to load it back into the Source panel, and then switch over to the Effects Control panel. There is the Fast Color Corrector, and it does a lot. We can use this to fix color balance, but right now I just want to use it to fix the fact that he's a little underexposed without blowing out the background. So I slide down here, and there's lots of sliders and numbers you can play with, and I really recommend just playing with the sliders to see what they do and you can always hit undo or press any of these little arrows that are your reset buttons.
Now, the Reset button for color is above here, but I didn't want to make you watch me scroll up. So in this case, the Mids are too dark. In other words, he is backlit, so I can actually use this slider to bring up my Midrange without blowing out my highlights. Now, as I do that, there's a little bit of overlap, and I lose some of the punch of this, so I am going to change my Input Levels so my blacks get a little bit deeper and a little bit goes a long way. So that's getting close, but when I brightened up the Mids, I kind of washed out the scene a little bit, so I am going to goose up the Saturation--and there's a Saturation controller right here. I'm just going to bring it up until it feels about right. I kind of like that.
Now, this is an important thing to realize whenever you are doing any kind of color correction or color grading, it's always good to look at what the clip looked like before you started working on it, because you can drive yourself crazy tweaking things and forget how far you've come. So in this case, I am just going to simply toggle off the effect, and as you can see a couple of slider adjustments and this clip is a lot better. Let's take a look at another clip that has a serious problem with the color balance.
So we are going to step over here, and when I mean color balance is this shot is obviously too blue. This could be because the wrong filter might have been set up on the camera so it didn't white balance, or there could have been just a lot of blue light shining on him. To fix this I am going to again select the clip, and I am going to use some of the Auto Adjustments in Adobe Premiere Pro. And to quickly find those I am going to type in auto, and right here under Video Effects, under Adjust, I have an Auto Color, Contrast, and Levels.
Let's go ahead and drag Auto Color onto this and see what Premiere can do. Well, that was pretty quick, and I see the image is a lot better. As a matter of fact, I could probably leave it here, but if I wanted to I could tweak it a little bit more. If you don't quite have what you want, go ahead and try the Auto Contrast. That does help it a little bit, and Auto Levels. Now, sometimes it improves the shot and sometimes it doesn't, and if it actually makes the shot worse just simply delete it or click undo.
So going back to what this looked like before and what it looks like now, I can go ahead and double-click to load this back into the Source panel, and there is the before, and there is the after. A couple of slider adjustments and my image is already better. There are a lot of filters that you can work with to improve the quality of your images. This is a good place to start. Go ahead and try some other filters and just work with the sliders and see what you can do.
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