Join Simon Walker for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the correct order to apply color correction adjustments, part of Color Correction: Color Grading for Locations and Times of Day.
There is in general a correct order to make corrections to your clips.…I'm using the color correction sequence here in Premier Pro, and I'm going to…switch over to the Color Correction layout so, I can see the RGB scopes.…On this shot, I can see that the RGB channels are reasonably well-balanced, but…they're not very bright. The brightest of these traces only reaches…about 60% on the scale. And if I wanted to increase the contrast…or increase the brightness of the shot, I need to raise these up to a higher levels.…
I'm going to use the three way color corrector here.…And drop it on to the clip, and open up the Effect Controls tab to see the settings.…So, if I use the input sliders here, this controls the highlights and this controls…the shadows with essential pin controlling the midtones.…So, if I direct this one to the left, it reduces the width of the slider and…increases the brightness of the traces. Similarly, if I drag the input levels and…drag them down, it makes the shadows darker.…
And what you want to try and avoid generally is impacting these levels on…
Simon works with Adobe Premiere Pro and the Magic Bullet Colorista II and Looks plugins, but these lessons can be applied to any color correction workflow.
- How our eyes see color
- What colors tell the audience
- Making sure color is consistent
- Applying adjustments in the correct order
- Understanding how warm and cool colors frame emotion differently
- Isolating and adjusting skies
- Changing the time of day with color
- Designing interiors like an office, a hospital, or an interrogation room
- Creating fake depth of field
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Do I need any plug-ins or additional software to perform the color grading work shown in this course?
A: This course demonstrates techniques that will work in any color grading software, including the built-in 3-way color corrector tools in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Avid Media Composer. However, the author uses some plug-ins for Premiere Pro in this course. While you can still get similar results with other tools, you may wish to try the same tools used in the course. If so, you can install Colorista II and Looks by Magic Bullet. There are free trial versions of these plug-ins available at the Red Giant website at https://www.redgiant.com/downloads/trial-versions/registration/magic-bullet-colorista-ii/.