Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the more intuitive Three-Way Color Corrector, part of Premiere Pro CS6 New Features.
One of the effects that got a lot more powerful and easy to use is the Three-Way Color Corrector. Previously, I was a much bigger fan of the Fast Color Corrector because of its simplified interface. The Three-Way Color Corrector in earlier versions of Premiere Pro suffered from too many controls. And fortunately, the team redesigned the interface. All the core power is there, but it's much simpler to jump in and start to get results with your shots. Here is how it works. So, we've got a sequence here, and this particular shot is a bit dark.
In the Effects Browser here, let's just type in three. We'll grab the Three-Way Color Corrector. Quick double-click and it's applied to the selected clip. There it is. You see the green line down below, indicating that it's been applied. Now I am going to go ahead here and take a look and you see right away we have got the ability to fix color-cast issues. Now, one of the unique things about the Three-Way Color Corrector is the ability to affect areas independently. So I can take the Highlight eyedropper, find something that's pure white, and click.
I could find something in the midtone range and click to remove a color cast, and you see that what it's doing there is it's independently moving these hue offsets. Now, what's cool is the ability to do something like mark an in to out and with that, I'll do Ctrl+Shift+Space and it's going to play in to out. Now that works pretty well, if we want, we can also loop. I am just going to customize this and drag my looping button down instead.
And now with looping turned on, Ctrl+Shift+ Space will just keep looping that shot over and over again, which is nice. I can now watch it as I color-grade. So notice here we can continue to drag the hue offset, and I am going to make this shot a little warmer. I really like the red. Let's scroll on down and take a look at the Levels. And this is just like Levels in another application. Using the middle slider here you could darken down the midtones or brighten them up.
I like this opened up a little bit, but I feel the highlights are a bit high. So I'll go ahead and pull them down to clip the output levels. Down below is the definition of what's a highlight and a shadow. So if you are getting any posterization, you can drag that feathering out for a smoother transition between them. Under Saturation, you now have the ability to control overall saturation with the Master Saturation slider. So I could bring that saturation up and then specifically go after the midtones, shadows, or highlights with a more dialed-in value.
Now, back up here at the top, if you needed to fix color balance uniformly, clicking Master will let you go after everything all together and they all move together. But really, the benefit here with the Three- Way is doing these independently. All right! Let's keep looping that. Down here at the bottom, we can get into other advanced options, like Secondary. This allows you to make a mask, no different than before though, and of course our ability to control Auto Levels for Contrast to fix the contrast in a shot. That looks great.
Everything down below that is really just numeric controls for what you had up top. It's a lot easier to use the visual user interface. So, when you're happy with that-- it's a piece of a cake--I could just right-click and choose Copy, come down to my next shot, and Paste Attributes, and that allowed me to paste that filter and reuse the color values of that effect from one shot to the next. If I need to tweak it--piece of cake-- just come in, pull that down a little, and by adjusting my out point, Ctrl+Shift+Space will let you loop that in to out, so you can look at those two shots back to back. And that looks pretty good.
I want to go ahead and just bring Saturation up here on this wide shot. Let's just bring the Master up a little. That looks pretty good to me, and we'll call that good. So you see, the Three-Way Color Corrector, very, very versatile. Now a full course in color correction is beyond our focus today, but if you are a lynda.com subscriber, you will find another class by me in the Online Training Library all about fixing exposure problems, as well as color correction. Be sure to check that one out. It was done with CS5, but everything in it works great in CS6.
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