Getting the right white balance in your video footage can make a huge difference and if you want your stock to sell well it’s a good idea to make sure it’s as good as it can be prior to uploading. Premiere Pro CC is an extensive editing suite that at first glance may seem a little daunting but the color correction has just had a great update that makes things a lot easier.
Get Your Clip In
To import your clip make sure the Assembly tab is selected at the top of the screen:
Double click in the Project Panel:
Locate the clip in your browser. Then drag the clip from the Project Panel to the Sequence Panel:
This then makes a new sequence, where you assemble clips, and adds the sequence to the Project Panel (1).
Your clips can be assembled in any order in the Sequence (2) and by clicking and dragging on the Current Time Indicator (3), or playhead, you can scan through your footage and see it in the Program Panel (4)
Back at the top of the screen you’ll see a tab called Color, this is another Workspace. By clicking on this you change what panels are presented to you.
First thing’s first, don’t panic, this looks hi-tech and scary but for our needs right now all we need is the panel on the right, the Lumetri Panel. This is new in Premiere CC and makes correcting white balance issues a breeze.
With the clip selected in the Sequence the sliders in Lumetri become available and they may seem very familiar. These work in exactly the same way as the sliders in Photoshop Lightroom’s Develop Module and in Adobe Camera Raw.
In the clip I have here all I need to do is take the Temperature slider up a little to add a little warmth and the Tint up to reduce the green tint to the footage.
As with photography, a well calibrated monitor is a must here.
I’ve corrected the footage but there’s a lot more to Lumetri. If you’re wondering where Vibrance and Saturation are for example, click the Creative tab:
Getting The Clip Out Again
To Export the clip go to: File > Export > Media
This will open another huge and somewhat confusing dialogue box. It’s worth doing some research on what format you want to export to. Quicktime, H264 and Mpeg4 may be the ones of first choice.
If in doubt here, let Premiere make the decisions for you, it’s quite intuitive and will more often than not be right.
Click Export to have your clip saved to the destination.
The final version:
As always, a big thanks to Eric for supplying this super detailed tutorial. Stay tuned for next week and in the meantime, check out more of his tutorials on his website, YouTube and you can find him on Facebook and Twitter should you wish to get in touch with him!