Color Correcting Saturated Blue Hue

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    • #46209

      Hey Gang,

      I posted this in Final Cut Express as well. I’m currently editing the
      first episode to a new web series that I’m creating. I rented two field
      cameras from a TV station and shot the episode outside with both
      cameras. When I came back to edit, one camera had recorded the footage
      nicely, while the other recorded everything in a blue hue as if the
      camera had a blue filter on it (But it didn’t). I am now playing around
      with Final Cut Express trying to get the blue hue footage to look like
      the regular footage and the Color Corrector filter is not solving the
      problem–either I’m not using it right or it’s not up to snuff.

      anyone know a) how to solve my problem, b) of any software that might
      solve my problem? I have Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and After Effects CS5 on
      my computer, but have not used either of these yet–if you can help me
      resolve my problem using either of these, please let me know.

      view the blue hue, please go to: The
      first shots of the girls have the blue hue. And later on in the trailer
      when Cortney says “Bragging” that’s the color I’d like to have on the
      blue hue shots.

      If this problem cannot be resolved, I’m thinking
      that I can just convert the blue footage to black and white, which might

      Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

      Thank you,


    • #190744
      • I’m not familiar with Final Cut Express. In Sony Vegas this would be relatively easy to correct, using one or more of the Color Correction tools, the Primary and Secondary Color Correcter and Color Curves.
      • If you have color correction tools, try establishing white first — the girl’s teeth or the white stripes in the ref’s shirt, for example — with the center wheel. Then use your secondary CC plugin to tweak the blue channel and, if necessary, use Color Curves to further tweak. Also see what happens if you use the desaturation plugin to tone down the blue.
      • It will take some experimentation on your part but you shouldn’t have to resort to going to black and white.


    • #190745

      As Jack says, in FCE, use the 3-way color corrector and set white.  If you find areas that just won’t be fixed this way, you can finish CC in After Effects- the combination of rotoscoping masks and layers with Color Finesse 3 should allow you to overcome nearly any problem.

    • #190746

      Thanks guys! I’ll see if I can sort it out.

    • #190747

      So I went into FCE’s Color Corrector and sure enough, there’s a little eye dropper. I tapped it on something white and viola! Magic! Thanks again for the help!!!

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