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Understanding color correction

From: Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

Video: Understanding color correction

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.

Understanding color correction

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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Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
      56s
  2. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 42s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 27s
    2. A tour of the interface
      4m 55s
    3. Customizing the window layout and the interface
      7m 0s
    4. Exploring the different ways to drive Premiere Pro CS6
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding system configuration and the Mercury Playback Engine
      3m 17s
    6. Adjusting essential preferences
      4m 40s
  4. 40m 7s
    1. Importing files and folders
      11m 2s
    2. Importing card-based media
      6m 1s
    3. Capturing from tape
      4m 10s
    4. Organizing media
      12m 3s
    5. Reconnecting offline media
      6m 51s
  5. 21m 0s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 44s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      7m 11s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      9m 5s
  6. 33m 37s
    1. Editing clips into the Timeline
      7m 56s
    2. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      2m 53s
    3. Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit
      4m 11s
    4. Adjusting edit points in the Timeline
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips using the Razor tool
      2m 16s
    6. Deleting clips
      2m 38s
    7. Performing an insert edit
      4m 14s
    8. Performing an overwrite edit
      3m 9s
    9. Dragging to a second layer to edit cutaways
      4m 14s
  7. 43m 16s
    1. Performing a three-point edit
      7m 23s
    2. Performing a replace edit
      3m 48s
    3. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      3m 1s
    4. Linking and unlinking audio and video tracks
      3m 51s
    5. Performing roll and ripple edits
      6m 51s
    6. Performing slip and slide edits
      6m 42s
    7. Creating subclips
      4m 29s
    8. Locating and working with different versions of a clip using Match Frame
      7m 11s
  8. 42m 51s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      7m 57s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      5m 32s
    3. Performing audio-only and video-only edits
      4m 49s
    4. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      5m 41s
    5. Rendering
      7m 43s
    6. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 31s
    7. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      5m 35s
    8. Creating buttons
      3m 3s
  9. 23m 28s
    1. Working with audio
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the Source Monitor
      3m 0s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the Timeline
      10m 10s
    4. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      4m 56s
  10. 9m 4s
    1. Inserting markers
      4m 8s
    2. Snapping markers to each other
      4m 56s
  11. 29m 52s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 57s
    2. Moving on stills
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting and re-importing stills
      3m 47s
    4. Working with still and animated graphics with transparency
      2m 39s
    5. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 35s
  12. 20m 58s
    1. Changing speed and reversing a clip
      6m 22s
    2. Changing speed at a variable rate
      9m 10s
    3. Creating and using freeze frames
      5m 26s
  13. 28m 21s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 23s
    3. Modifying transitions
      8m 37s
    4. Setting default transitions and applying multiple transitions
      3m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Applying and modifying effects
      4m 51s
    2. Applying presets and motion effects
      5m 42s
    3. Saving favorites
      3m 50s
    4. Understanding color correction
      4m 4s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      3m 23s
    6. Working with green screen and chroma key footage
      6m 36s
    7. Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips
      6m 27s
    8. Applying filters to audio
      1m 43s
  15. 27m 45s
    1. Creating static titles
      7m 8s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      10m 2s
    3. Creating a credit roll and crawls
      6m 41s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles
      3m 54s
  16. 20m 0s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 46s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      4m 1s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a Timeline
      4m 26s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      6m 22s
  17. 9m 51s
    1. Exporting a movie
      4m 12s
    2. Sending to Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 44s
    3. Printing to video
      1m 55s
  18. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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