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Using color correction tools

From: Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2013)

Video: Using color correction tools

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.

Using color correction tools

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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Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2013)

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  1. 5m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 1s
    3. What is Premiere Pro CC?
      1m 19s
  2. 29m 33s
    1. Why you should watch this fast-track chapter
      1m 33s
    2. Importing media
      1m 29s
    3. Selecting shots
      2m 48s
    4. Editing to the Timeline
      4m 51s
    5. Refining the edit
      2m 41s
    6. Adding transitions
      3m 2s
    7. Adding titles
      4m 9s
    8. Adding and adjusting music
      7m 35s
    9. Outputting your show
      1m 25s
  3. 30m 13s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      5m 13s
    2. Touring the interface
      4m 29s
    3. Customizing windows and panels
      4m 56s
    4. Choosing your editing style
      6m 5s
    5. Understanding system requirements
      3m 1s
    6. Adjusting some basic user preferences
      6m 29s
  4. 47m 5s
    1. Setting up a project and sequence
      7m 11s
    2. Understanding all the types of media used in creating a video
      5m 12s
    3. Importing files already on your computer
      3m 57s
    4. Importing pre-organized media
      3m 24s
    5. Importing media from existing Premiere projects
      4m 39s
    6. Importing card-based media
      6m 11s
    7. Importing Final Cut XML files
      2m 36s
    8. Organizing your media
      6m 13s
    9. Reconnecting offline media
      7m 42s
  5. 18m 54s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 38s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      6m 12s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      3m 9s
    4. Creating subclips
      4m 55s
  6. 9m 19s
    1. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      3m 35s
    2. Moving clips in the Timeline
      1m 27s
    3. Trimming edit points in the Timeline
      1m 24s
    4. Splitting and deleting clips
      2m 53s
  7. 24m 59s
    1. Performing an overwrite edit
      5m 7s
    2. Performing an insert edit
      3m 20s
    3. Using swap edits
      2m 37s
    4. Using multiple tracks
      4m 24s
    5. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      4m 8s
    6. Cutting a B-roll sequence
      5m 23s
  8. 20m 16s
    1. Looking at three-point edits
      5m 26s
    2. Performing replace edits
      6m 5s
    3. Linking and unlinking audio
      4m 48s
    4. Working with markers
      3m 57s
  9. 24m 49s
    1. Performing ripple and roll edits
      5m 53s
    2. Using slip and slide edits
      6m 34s
    3. Performing J and L cuts
      3m 32s
    4. Looking at the Trim Monitor window
      2m 47s
    5. Increasing trim efficiency
      2m 11s
    6. Tips and tricks for trimming
      3m 52s
  10. 27m 28s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      4m 7s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      4m 32s
    3. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      3m 22s
    4. Rendering media in your Timeline
      5m 34s
    5. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 22s
    6. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      4m 19s
    7. Creating buttons
      3m 12s
  11. 29m 43s
    1. Exploring audio in Premiere Pro
      6m 32s
    2. Adjusting audio levels of clip
      7m 17s
    3. Keyframing audio levels of a clip
      4m 33s
    4. Mixing audio
      7m 34s
    5. Fixing out-of-sync audio
      3m 47s
  12. 20m 56s
    1. Importing still images
      4m 57s
    2. Working with stills
      6m 36s
    3. Animating stills with keyframes
      4m 49s
    4. Animating Photoshop files
      4m 34s
  13. 8m 59s
    1. Changing clip size, cropping, and position
      5m 16s
    2. Animating the position of clips over time
      3m 43s
  14. 14m 43s
    1. Applying basic video and audio transitions
      3m 1s
    2. Modifying transitions
      8m 6s
    3. Applying multiple transitions
      3m 36s
  15. 47m 2s
    1. Applying video effects
      2m 42s
    2. Modifying effects
      4m 47s
    3. Combining multiple effects
      8m 30s
    4. Keyframing your filters
      6m 22s
    5. Adjusting existing filter timing
      5m 56s
    6. Applying effects to multiple clips
      2m 31s
    7. Copying and pasting attributes
      4m 25s
    8. Creating and saving effect presets
      6m 46s
    9. Applying audio effects
      5m 3s
  16. 25m 36s
    1. Looking at the Warp Stabilizer
      5m 14s
    2. Working with chroma key and green screen
      4m 45s
    3. Using color correction tools
      6m 55s
    4. Looking at the Lumetri color looks
      4m 6s
    5. Using adjustment layers to save time
      4m 36s
  17. 27m 41s
    1. Fit-to-fill editing
      6m 41s
    2. Stretching a clip
      4m 15s
    3. Looking at the Clip Speed/Duration dialog box
      9m 17s
    4. Making variable speed changes
      7m 28s
  18. 15m 29s
    1. Creating a static title
      4m 35s
    2. Creating a lower third title
      2m 57s
    3. Creating rolling and crawling credits
      3m 40s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles from within Adobe Premiere
      4m 17s
  19. 22m 2s
    1. Introducing multicam
      2m 57s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode and sync points
      5m 13s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using audio waveforms
      2m 55s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in the Timeline
      6m 50s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      4m 7s
  20. 21m 38s
    1. Finishing techniques
      8m 35s
    2. Exporting a master
      6m 52s
    3. Exporting for devices and the web
      6m 11s
  21. 16m 55s
    1. Moving and copying a project
      7m 46s
    2. Archiving a project
      6m 49s
    3. Preparing and integrating your workflow with non-Adobe applications
      2m 20s
  22. 1m 35s
    1. Next steps
      1m 35s

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