Color Correction Techniques in Adobe CS2

How to use Color Correction techniques in Adobe CS2 to create professional looking video.

Video Transcript

The best way to ensure proper color balance of your video is to manually white balance your camcorder as you're setting up your shots. Now, even if you do this it's sometimes hard to prevent a color balance that's not ideal, so this weeks tips and techniques, we're gonna show you how to color correct using your video editing software.

The light from the sun and the light from a typical house lamp are very different. Our camcorder sees them differently and that's because of color temperature. You see, the sun burns at a very, very hot temperature and the light our camcorder sees from the sun is a little more blue than what you would see from a typical house lamp, which burns a little more reddish.

In this example, our footage has a very strong blue tint to it. This happens because our camcorder was probably set up for an indoor lighting environment. To solve this problem, we'll be using Adobe Premier Pro CS2. You can use other applications to do the same technique. Once we have imported our footage and placed it on the timeline, we can then change the color with the color correction filter. We'll be using the RGB color corrector, found under your Color Correction folder in the Effects tab.

Now, double click your clip on the timeline and go to the Effects tab. Because this clip has a bluish tint, we will click the blue gain adjustment. Now, drop it down until the blue dissipates and becomes what you prefer. For a clip that is too warm or with a reddish tint, you can do the same process, but instead of clicking on the blue gain, you'll be using the red gain adjustment. Taking these steps will allow you to mix different shots from different lighting environments seamlessly into a professional looking video.

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