Color correction is the part of the video post-production process where you balance all your clips to neutralize colors and get a uniform look to all the shots. Without color correction, your sequence can look disjointed and mismatched. This is different than color grading, in which you deliberately pull the look of the clips away from the natural and true to give them a stylized look to help sell the setting or mood.
Although this sounds like a complex process, the basics are easy to understand! Here are two great courses from Envato Tuts+ instructor Dave Bode that will give you a solid grasp of color correction using both Adobe Premiere and the free software DaVinci Resolve.
1. How to Color Correct Video With Adobe Premiere
In this short course, you will learn the basics of color correction for video. You will learn about what footage works best and what doesn't, what sorts of effects are used to adjust footage, and the steps of the process. You’ll also see a few demos of color correction in action!
By the end of this course, you will be able to adjust exposure, fix white balance, and fix color cast issues.
2. Automatic Color Correction With DaVinci Resolve
Have you ever had to color correct footage that was improperly white balanced? How about trying to balance the color of clips that were shot with low-quality lighting? It can be a nightmare!
What if you could automate this tedious process with quick and affordable tools? You can!
In this course, you will learn how to color correct your video using an inexpensive color reference target and free software. You will get a brief overview of Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve, learn how to color correct with a reference target, and discover how to export your clips back to your editor.
With this method, you can use one of your clips as a reference and then apply the correction to all the other clips that were shot under the same lighting conditions. This method takes a lot of the hassle out of color correction and gets you back to editing your project!
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