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Color correction is the part of the 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! 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.

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1. Introduction

1.1 Introduction

Color correction is an important part of the post production process. This is where you balance and neutralize all of your clips and give all of your shots a uniform look. Without color correction your sequence can look disjointed or mismatched. This is a different process than color grading. Where you deliberately push the exposure in the saturation in the colors away from the natural to give things a more stylized look, to help sell a setting or a particular mood. Although the process of color correction sounds complex, the basics are easy to understand. Hi, my name is Dave Bodhi for Envato. And in this course, you are going to learn how to color correct your video in Adobe Premiere Pro. You're going to learn about what color correction is, what footage works best, and what doesn't, what sorts of effects are used to adjust footage, how to adjust exposure, saturation, color temperature, secondary color correction, and you'll see a few demonstrations of color correction in action. By the end of this course you'll know how to adjust exposure, adjust saturation, fix color temperature and color cast issues, and more. To get started check out the next lesson where you are going to learn what you need to follow along.

1.2 What You Need

In this lesson, you're going to learn what you need to get started. So first and probably most obvious is you're going to need a computer with Premier Pro. Now I'm only going to be using the stock effects that come in Premiere Pro. So as long as you have a recent version of Premiere Pro you should be able to keep up fine. Now I am going to be using the lumetri color engine and that is something that was fairly recently added in Premiere Pro. I believe it was in the summer of 2015 but I will show you how to use some other color correction effects in there, the three was color corrector, curves and fast color corrector. Very briefly but most of the color correction that I'm going to be doing is using the Lumetri Color Panel. Because it's very fast and it's very easy, which you're going to see coming up in a later lesson. Now it's also going to be good if you have some familiarity with Premiere Pro. You don't have to be a Premiere expert, but if you have a little bit of experience moving things around. Maybe editing a few things together, that's going to be very helpful because this is not a course designed to teach you how to use Premier from the start. We're gonna jump right in to color correction. So a little bit of familiarity is going to help. Monitor calibration is also going to be important because you're going to be staring at your monitor in making critical color decisions. If your monitor isn't calibrated, if it isn't based in reality, the choices that you're going to be making are going to be skewed all over the place. You may be pushing things warm because your monitor is really blue. So you wanna make sure that you get your monitor calibrated. Now, that sounds complicated and maybe a little expensive but it's really not a big deal. You can pick up a monitor calibrator for around $100 USD and up. And the whole process is fairly straightforward and simple. And it'll get your monitor dialed in to look its best. Now, I like the monitor calibrators with an ambient light sensor, because that will help you to set your monitors brightness, which is an important factor based on the actual lighting in your space, how bright it is. Now lighting is another important thing when you're making kind of critical color decisions, it's best to have some kind of light controlled environment. And it's usually best to have it fairly dark because your eyes don't do really fantastically when they have a really bright light source and your monitor Is going to perform much better if it's at a lower brightness level. You'll get much better contrast and the blacks will be much closer to black. It's usually best to completely block the light coming in from the windows with some blackout curtains and then bring up the light level just a little bit with some artificial lighting. In my space, I have two windows that are completely blocked off, and then I have some very low lighting. In fact, it's so low that I have to have a backlit keyboard because I can't really see the keys. But, this way I get my monitor set up so that it has the most contrast in the deepest blacks, and that's what I like. So that's pretty much it. You're going to need a computer with Adobe Premiere Pro. You're going to have to have some familiarity with Premiere Pro. Having a decent monitor that's calibrated is very important. And controlled lighting in your space is going to be best for making critical color decisions. Now that you know what you need to follow along, you're ready to move on to the next lesson where you're gonna learn what color correction is and what color correction isn't.