How to fix fluctuating white balance/exposure in a video

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Mar 05, 2016 Mar 05, 2016

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Hello

I feel like this is a relatively common issue with filming where for example you have a dark background and are wearing light clothes; everytime your arms move into shot your camera tries to compensate for this new light and adjusts the contrast etc. It resulted in my video having very noticible fluctuation in contrast and white balace, changing often. It distracts from the content. I am very new to this software and was wondering if there was a way to fix this.

P.S. I have edited my video into lots of seperate clips so preferably a solution that I don't have to apply to...70 seperate teeny little clips haha.

Thanks!

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Guide , Mar 05, 2016 Mar 05, 2016
as far as I know, there are no plugins that can do all of this all at once fully automatically. Luckily,I made an AE template that automatically fixes constantly changing white balance, shadows, saturation, contrast, flicker, on the fly. about the only thing you need to move is if you enable the text layer and scroll Gamma Clamp at gamma*10 so that the text box reads @ 25 as an average every minute or so.it will also fix timelapse and old movie's flicker.auto white balance cs3 and upCreativeCOW

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as far as I know, there are no plugins that can do all of this all at once fully automatically.

Luckily,

I made an AE template that automatically fixes constantly changing white balance, shadows, saturation, contrast, flicker, on the fly.

about the only thing you need to move is if you enable the text layer and scroll Gamma Clamp at gamma*10 so that the text box reads @ 25 as an average every minute or so.

it will also fix timelapse and old movie's flicker.



auto white balance cs3 and up

CreativeCOW

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Mar 06, 2016 Mar 06, 2016

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thanks! i'll give it a shot

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 06, 2016 Mar 06, 2016

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The better permanent solution is to get the camera OFF auto settings for white-balance and contrast at least, if not going totally manual. It's one thing to try and match stills in RAW formats with auto camera settings but horridly more complex to try and fix video.

Neil

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Apr 03, 2020 Apr 03, 2020

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This sounds like exactly what I need, but I'm struggling to understand how to use the template (sorry, I'm no expert in AfterEffects!).

 

Is there a simple way to use the template? Do I drag my clip over or under the existing layer (master solid) and what do I do following that?

 

Another question is, the project is set to 480p, but my footage is 1080. Can the template be modified to accommodate for that without decreasing the resolution of the footage?

 

Thanks!

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Mar 07, 2016 Mar 07, 2016

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I feel like this is a relatively common issue

Not for professionals, at whom this software is targeted.

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May 05, 2017 May 05, 2017

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@Jim_Simon Wow, such a helpful response! Thanks SO much for taking the time to share.

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May 05, 2017 May 05, 2017

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It's very easy to avoid the situation the OP was in, and very hard in post to recover from it. A pro can't afford to blow the time ... no DP will get a second job if they shoot that kind of camera setup for a first one. It's simple ... set your camera to all manual settings and properly CONTROL the shoot. When you need to, you add controlled and crafted lighting setups to the scene. The constant changing of exposure ... goes buh-bye.

That's professional work. You eliminate all variables that cause problems later. All the way through the job. Or you don't last long in the business.

Jim's response was pithy ... but accurate. DP's need to know their part of the craft, but further ... what the choices they make do to the next person down the line, the editor. Editors need to know what their choices mean to a colorist or f/x person. The DP should also know how to set things up for the colorist also. As far as their work does have a ripple effect on down the line.

This software is designed to allow professionals to push their content way down the line. They didn't build in things to recover work that few people using it would have produced, but concentrated on the things to allow editors working with good professionally created media to work to get fantastic results.

Neil

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New Here ,
Feb 23, 2018 Feb 23, 2018

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Yeah... so I get this footage and it fluctuates and has auto-white balance on it. Should I tell the client to "do it better next time they shoot video" instead of editing what I have and finishing the job? I'll see if I can find an answer to this question.

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Feb 23, 2018 Feb 23, 2018

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You're welcome to work on it and get as good a result as you can. At times, it's all you can do.

I do suggest educating the client as to how to shoot it better. If you charge per hour, you can mention it took 3 extra hours to mostly sort of clean up what would have been three less billing hours shot with correct camera settings.

As someone now past 40 years of living off my camera and post skills ... I prefer to work with educated clients.

But we don't always have that.

Note the AfterEffects script listed above ... might be of use for you.

Neil

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Jan 30, 2021 Jan 30, 2021

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not always tho,

I've just fallen into this problem because the footage I'm dealing with is self-submitted videocam footage (I'm arranging a compilation of those) and funnily enough the higher quality one is the one with auto-exposure 😞

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how to apply a background to a video

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Here is a little Tutorial how you can fix it in Premiere Pro

https://youtu.be/SP7Qh-rGSq8

When you leave your Camera, Drone, Smartphone or GoPro on Auto while shooting a Video the lighting (Exposure/ ISO) in the Video will change. Most of the Time...

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New Here ,
Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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Thanks, I take timelapses very early in the morning and the exposure difference between "before sunrise" to "sunrise" is so great that I don't feel I can just set the exposure and let it run. If I'm wrong, I'd love to find a better way since I'm still learning filmmaking (and know I have a lot to learn). I also have my most incredible sunrises back when I was a beginning beginer (unlike now, when I'm just a beginner 😉 ), and didn't know to lock White Balance at the time.

 

I look forward to watching the tutoral and appreciate you putting out this info.

 

 

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