Now, there are times when you're cutting together a video where you have one of a few problems. The color balance could be off and if you look at the scene that I have open, the camera was set for the wrong color temperature, so it's actually everything's a little bit blue. And we don't want that. We want to actually make that nice and white. Other times you may want to use the color correctors as to brighten a scene or to darken a scene or to make two scenes match. Let's take a look at three different filters that can help you quickly fix your color challenges. Now, there are several courses on lynda.com, that go much deeper into color correction or color grading, and if you want to know more I'd advise you to check those courses out.
Now onto fixing our color. I can see right now that the image is a little bit blue/purple. And underneath the effects tab if I type the word color I actually will see all of my different color correction choices. I'm going to choose auto color which you'll find in the adjust bin and simply drop it on top of this clip. Its going to make a best guess as to how the color should be an dyou can see it has improved dramatically. But it still's not quite the control that I want.
There are some options that you can work with, such as snapping neutral mid tones, and so forth, but I think I want a little more control on this shot. So I'm going to go ahead and right click on it And cut it out and move down to a simple yet powerful color correcter called the fast color correcter. I'm going to drop that onto the clip and you'll notice there's no change at all at this point and there's several controls that you can work with But what I really want to work with is the fact that it's a little bit too blue.
I can simply go over here to the white balance eyedropper, select it and choose what should be white in my image. Now don't pick something that's really bright, because it's going to be so blown out there won't be a lot of color... So, I'm going to choose the wall first and when I click on it I do see a subtle improvement. But the challenge is we were getting a lot of daylight that was reflecting on the stove and onto us as the talent. So instead of choosing the wall I'm going to try other areas and I'm going to just choose the microwave.
And as you can see with one click it removed most of the blue and purple from the shot and our skin tone has been dramatically improved. I want to turn that on and off so you can see how dramatic the difference is. If you want to see the before and after at the same time, just click on Show Split View and you can look at that horizontally or vertically. And you can see right here how much bluer that image is and how much nicer it is on the left side. There are additional controls down on the bottom to work with luminance value and really working with some of the areas.
I think a little more saturation would be nice. But I'm going to explore those in a little more detail with the next filter which is the three way color corrector. Now the three way color corrector is even more powerful than this fast color corrector. Let me show you the two shots that I want to work with. There's a wide shot of me taxing the pizza. (CROSSTALK) >> (INAUDIBLE). You've opened up another new world for me. It was delicious and. >> And then, we go to this close up. Now, the colors are almost the same but if I jump back and forth I see that the wide shots a little darker and has a richer feel to it. So I'm going to go ahead and select the middle shot. The middle shot right here.
And scroll down and choose the Three-Way Color Collector, and simply drop that onto this clip. It looks very similar to the fast color corrector, but it allows you to work with just the color in my shadows, my mid-range, and my highlights. I have three eyedroppers instead of just one, so I can go and very quickly say, well, what should be white. So I'll look maybe at this area right here. What should be kind of a neutral grey, and, finally, what should be a nice, rich black.
And this should get me to a point where the colors would match better. And I can manually drag some of these elements to refine it, so it looks good to my eye. But I think this is a good place to start. I really just want to get something out, quickly, to my audience. The bigger problem I have is, that, the black levels and the white levels don't match. So I'm going to slide down a little further and use this area here input and output levels. If I look at this image and I grab the right side of my input level it actually will make my image brighter.
If I grab the left side. It will make the blacks richer. So adding a little more will help these two shots match better. Now if I drop down to output level. And I grab the area on the right side. I can actually bring down some of my luminance, or that really blown out white area. And I think that's going to be a lot closer to the previous and the following shot. If I had grabbed the left side it can actually make my image less contrasty and that's not going to look good. But, let's take a quick look at the before and the after and I think we're pretty good.
Maybe pull down the saturation just a hair. And I can get these two shots to match pretty well. We'll split the difference and we're good to go. Now once I've been able to match these two shots I have other shots in my timeline that also need this grade or need this correction. I can very easily select the clip and right-click. Go ahead and copy that one filter. Select the other filters where I want to paste it onto, hit Cmd+V on a Macintosh or Ctrl+V on Windows, you see that now these turned red. The two additional clips have been color corrected and they match, not only the other cutaway but of course, the wide shot that we used. Color correction can be really fast and easy using these three basic color correction filters.
Of course, you can go a lot deeper and you can explore that in some of the color correction or color grading courses on lynda.com.
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