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Premiere Pro Guru: Fixing Video Color and Exposure Problems

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Learn how to fix color, tone, and exposure issues using Premiere Pro.

Even under the best lighting conditions, your footage can have problems. The right post-production tools and techniques can help you achieve the color, tone, and exposure you want for your videos—whether you’re performing corrections or creative adjustments. This course shows you how to correct color and exposure issues with Premiere Pro CC. Rich Harrington explores various methods for evaluating and fixing problems: using curves, Lumetri effects, adjustment layers, toning, and more. For more complicated footage problems or an extra boost, Rich shows you how to use the more advanced specialized tools in After Effects, such as the Color Stabilizer and Color Neutralizer effects. Plus, learn how to keyframe effects to compensate for color or exposure changes over time, work with raw video, and make sure your footage is broadcast safe.


  • Fixing color and exposure problems in video with Premiere Pro
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. Evaluating and Adjusting Images
  • Set up a color correction workspace
  • Using the waveform monitor
  • Using the vectorscope
  • Using the RGB Parade
  • Toggling the Lumetri effect to compare
  • Using multiple Lumetri effects to organize adjustments
  • Using adjustment layers in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adding masks to the Lumetri effect
  • Using the Comparison View in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Matching color and exposure with the Comparison View
2. Making Basic Corrections with the Lumetri Effect
  • Applying an input LUT
  • Fixing your white balance
  • Getting a properly toned image
  • Restoring the correct saturation
  • Saving basic corrections as an input LUT
  • Applying a Lumetri correction to a master clip
3. Making Creative Corrections with the Lumetri Effect
  • Applying a creative Look
  • Adjusting film qualities
  • Sharpening your video
  • Adjusting color stylistically
  • Split toning for shadows and highlights
  • Controlling the vignette effect
  • Saving creative corrections as a Look
4. Restoring Color and Tone with Curves and Color Wheels
  • What is a curve?
  • Using RGB Curves
  • An introduction to Hue Saturation curves
  • Working with the Hue vs. Saturation Curve
  • Working with the Hue vs. Hue Curve
  • Working with the Hue vs. Luma Curve
  • Working with the Luma vs. Saturation Curve
  • Working with the Saturation vs. Saturation Curve
  • Balancing color with color wheels
5. Making Secondary Corrections
  • The role of secondary correction
  • Creating a selection for secondary correction
  • Refining a selection to avoid jitter
  • Revisiting curves for secondary color correction
  • Tracking masks for advanced secondary color correction
6. Managing the Lumetri Effects
  • Copying, pasting, and removing attributes
  • Creating presets
  • Managing Looks and LUTs
  • Storing LUTS in a library
7. Other Useful Color and Tone Effects
  • The Levels effect
  • Relighting a scene with Lighting effects
  • Stabilizing exposure with the Color Stabilizer effect in After Effects
  • The Change Color effect and Change to Color effect
  • Neutralizing color with the CC Color Neutralizer in After Effects
  • Adjusting foreground and background with layers and the RotoBrush tool
8. Keyframing Effects
  • When to keyframe an effect
  • Adding keyframes
  • Smoothing keyframe transitions with handles
9. Using Blend Modes to Improve Footage
  • Fixing overexposed footage
  • Fixing underexposed footage
  • Adding a stylized vignette or border
  • Adding contrast with a black and white effect
10. Working with Raw Video
  • Why shoot Raw video?
  • Working with a .R3D file
11. Legalizing for Broadcast
  • Why legalize?
  • Using the Video Limiter effect
  • Applying the limiter when exporting
  • Next steps

Taught by

Richard Harrington

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