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I shot a video that I had mistakenly not white balanced properly. I also didn't light it correctly becuase I didn't remember that I had boosted the brightness on my camera's monitor when I had last shot outdoors, which made it look properly lit until I got it on a computer. Rookie mistakes.

 

I tried to color correct and brighten the footage in Premiere, but I can't seem to get it to look right. I'm not that good at color correcting yet.

I've attached a short clip of the video. I wanted to see if someone can color correct this clip and let me know how they did it so that I can do it for my edit. 

 

Thank you

 

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The truth is that it is not so bad I thought it had been something catastrophic.

 

Try the following:

Go to the Color workspace. In the Basic Correction tab, use the options that I indicate in my screenshot. Make modifications to your liking.

Captura de pantalla 2020-09-17 a la(s) 11.14.29.png

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Color Correcting Help

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I shot a video that I had mistakenly not white balanced properly. I also didn't light it correctly becuase I didn't remember that I had boosted the brightness on my camera's monitor when I had last shot outdoors, which made it look properly lit until I got it on a computer. Rookie mistakes.

 

I tried to color correct and brighten the footage in Premiere, but I can't seem to get it to look right. I'm not that good at color correcting yet.

I've attached a short clip of the video. I wanted to see if someone can color correct this clip and let me know how they did it so that I can do it for my edit. 

 

Thank you

 

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Correct answer by Byron Cortez | Adobe Community Professional

The truth is that it is not so bad I thought it had been something catastrophic.

 

Try the following:

Go to the Color workspace. In the Basic Correction tab, use the options that I indicate in my screenshot. Make modifications to your liking.

Captura de pantalla 2020-09-17 a la(s) 11.14.29.png

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can you upload a sample to youtube or vimeo ( small sample ) that shows what you've managed to do using your own color controls ??

That way if anyone plays with your mp4 sample they can compare what they get with what you got so far.

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Here are screenshots of the original, color correcting 1, and color correcting 2. Let me know if you need an actual video clip if the screenshots aren't enough.

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The truth is that it is not so bad I thought it had been something catastrophic.

 

Try the following:

Go to the Color workspace. In the Basic Correction tab, use the options that I indicate in my screenshot. Make modifications to your liking.

Captura de pantalla 2020-09-17 a la(s) 11.14.29.png

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Thank you. This is helpful and along the lines of what I'm looking for. It does seem a little blue overall and a little dark for what I'm looking for, but it looks far more natural than the edits that I was able to do on my own. I'm going to try to use your suggestions as a base and then modify a bit to try to get it to look like it did in real life.

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hehe, that was fun. Thanks for the post and question.  Here's my sample...

 

down and dirty.

 

we can make it a 'challenge'... see who comes up with the best guess to match what you want in the shortest amount of time !

 

🙂

 

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This is not a challenge, we just want to help you. Let us know when you have fixed it.

 

Good luck.

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This looks pretty good to me. Maybe a little darker than I'd like it to be, but like the guy above, you're along the same lines of what I'm looking for. What settings did you modify to get this look?

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OMG, Bryan and poster, I DID NOT MEAN CHALLENGE in a negative or flippant or bad way AT ALL.

OMG>.. I'm SO SORRY !

I thought it was really fun to help and I'm so sorry to mislead you guys with that totally stupid suggestion... I apologize and pray to god you will forgive me !

 

To be more concise about what's up I'll just blabber on about what I think happened... so others will understand it better maybe.

 

To Poster... aside from LCD screen misleading you there are sometimes histograms on cameras that can help get exposure more close to what the chip is seeing ( foot candles, F stop, etc. )

You probably had WB around 32k ( tungsten in old days before LED and HMI ) which would make daylight ( hitting edge of window ) blue. The computer monitors are probably 65k ( more blue ).

So basically ( you probably already know this cause you said 'rookie mistake' ) you are correcting from 32k to 56k as best you can, while keeping flesh tones reasonable.

 

I found in  my quick correction that moving color from blue to yellow/orange introduced a little green so played with that a little bit to get waveform kinda lined up but I did this real quick and just dealt with Y (luma) of lift gamma gain and offset and basics.

I did NOT select the window edge and get more into adjusting specific ranges... 

I also just used my laptop ( not color corrected ) ...which is sRGB, but worked in Rec 709 in editor on laptop. I didn't use my editing computer which is under dust covers now.

 

Please forgive me for suggesting we could have fun and also help and explain stuff !!!!!!

🙂

 

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I wasn't upset at all that you wanted to make a challenge out of this. I was acutally excited about it when I read that because I figured that the more people who do that, the more I can learn about their various methods of color correcting. I like the idea.

 

I apprecaite you going into detail with this. I'm out of practive so there's a lot that I didn't think about when filming this. I know that I used a WB card of mine, which makes me wonder why the WB was so off. I used the natural light from the window and an adjustable color temp LED on the right side as well as the warm overhead lights. In hindsight, I maybe should have turned the overheads off and made the LED the same temp as the outdoor/natural light. 

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😄😄😄

Don't worry, I just clarified that it is not a challenge because otherwise we would post anything in order to win but not to help. There are a lot of ways to get a good result in this case and the faster we solve it, is the better for everyone.

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I see your point and really do appreacite that you're trying to help me. You guys have both been helpful thus far. I'm going to leave this thread open until tomorrow in case anyone else has other edits that I can learn from. 

Again, I really apprecite the help.

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I suppose it's important to mention something else about color and cameras vs. eyeballs and brains.

Cameras see things differently than eyes due to color temperature ( measured in Kelvin ).

In pro film work ( motion picture ) there are 2 basic settings for cameras and lights.

32k ( tungsten)

56k ( daylight)

People who shot with film cameras ( 35mm film ) probably remember buying 'indoor' film and 'daylight' film. That was to match the color temps.

Your eyes see things differently than cameras, based on this color temp stuff.

Fact of life... just the way it is.

 

Knowing this helps people to understand why the WB is important based on the KEY lighting etc.

 

I'm looking at my laptop now in this forum while I type this message and the screen looks white. If I shot it with my camera it would look blue.  Unless I made the WB 65k.  It's a fact of life.

 

 

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I had no idea that indoor film/outdoor film was a thing back in the day. So with monitors, maybe it's better to keep them off for videos like this? I feel like in the video that I shot, the monitors are more of a distraction. 

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