Color Correction to Achieve Film Look - Final Cut & Premiere Tutorial 7

Uploaded by polcan99 on 19.02.2010

Welcome to Tutorial #7. This is actually the continuation of the previous tutorial... #6
which, if you haven’t seen it, I suggest you go back to it and watch it prior to watching
this one, or, in fact, watch all of my tutorials since I go from the basics to the more advanced
techniques in each tutorial. Anyways, basically we're going to continue doing color correction
on this music video that I’m working on. So, in this night version of the shot,
I'm kind of happy with what I was able to achieve right there on the set. I guess, what I kind of
do want to change is to make it even more drastic, even more
dramatic-looking, more stylized.
So I want to black out all of this, just crash all those blacks there.
So, you don't see any of it. And also... just kind of play more around with the levels.
But overall the colors of it are OK. So, again, I'm going to go to my "Video Effects", "Adjust Levels".
I'll drag and drop it into the clip. And then, I'm going to play around with it...up here.
Levels. Click the settings for it. And I'll just crash it a lot.
And then I'll take the midtones and I kind of bring them back up. Maybe there. Too much there.
It's there. Maybe a little too much.
OK. And one thing you'll notice is whenever you basically increase
the contrast in your shot, the saturation goes up too, so it's good practice then to kind of...
unless you really want these crazy, poppy colors, but if you don't want that,
you can go to your color correction tools and pick the color balance HLS,
which stands for Hue, Lightness and Saturation. And, basically, here we'll just take
the saturation and tone it down, so it looks more realistic and a little less jarring.
And that's it. That's pretty much... maybe I desaturated too much, maybe.
I'll do like forty, so you can still see the blue in there. It's not too bluish.
And this is how it looked before. And this is how it looks after. So, before.
And after.
So, it kind of makes the shot look more dramatic.
Alright. I'll show you guys one more example,
which is this shot up here. This is actually from a documentary that I shot recently
In South America - in Ecuador on the coast of the Pacific - about this little surfing town
called "Montañita". You can check out the trailer by following the link or you can
find the link in the description of this video. Basically, this shot is... it's like, you know,
I guess, most of the times when you're shooting documentaries, you're just kind of
out there in real locations, so you don't have the luxury of doing any kind of set design
or art direction. So, in this case, these are just neutral kind of colors. Just one surfer
out there who is kind of relaxing in the water. But I knew that I wanted to get
this kind of nice... almost, almost sunset kind of look to this shot. It was nice
because usually the water was crowded with other surfers and I happened to get this
one guy all alone in the water and the waves. So, I took the opportunity and I shot into
the sun. So the sun is above the camera, slightly to the left, and I underexposed
the shot on purpose, because I knew I wanted it to be darker. And I wanted to get
a little bit of these reflective highlights in the water and the ripples. And then...
now in post, I'm just going to change the colors, just to make it look like
it's actually taking place during sunset. So, again, we go to "Video Effects",
we'll go to color correction, take out our three-way color corrector, drag and drop it onto
the shot and here is what we’ll end up doing.
So.... I'll go down here to our colors.
And I'll basically, first make the midtones, just kind of, just brownish, kind of reddish.
More like that.
The shadows, maybe I'll counter it so that not everything is so red.
Kind of pull it a bit more towards blues. Like that. And then... I'll add a bit more
gain to the midtones. And the highlights, I'll make them very golden looking.
So, I like that. There, see. Right away, it make it look nice. Then, I'm also
going to go to the Master Channel here. And I'm going to overall take the whole shot
and kind of making it look reddish. Add a bit more gain to it.
Take away some of the gain. Yeah. There.
Something like that.
A bit warmer.
And then the last thing that I'll do is, again, quickly add my Levels,
Drag and drop the Levels. Click on the settings.
and I want to make it, even more dramatic, so I'll really crash the blacks.
Like that. And overall, I'll pull all the midtones to the right side.
Kind of darken the shot. And see this. Right there. And that makes the shot look like
it's a... like it's a, you know, like if it was filmed during the evening or sunset hours.
This is before how it looked.
And this is the after. So, you can see the big difference.
And here I'll show you another example. This is a shot for the same documentary
that I did. I just shot it neutral and very flat. As you can notice, there is a lot of
details in the shadows and the highlights. It's a... my settings in the camera...
Whenever I'm shooting something, especially documentaries, where I don't know really what my final effect
is going to be and I want to have more control and information in post, then
I'll just shoot the image very flat looking like here. And so now I just want to...
I'm happy overall with the shot, but I just want to add some warmth to it, to really
make it look like it’s in a hot, tropical place. So, again, I'll go to my
three-way color corrector. Drop it into the shot. Go to my highlights.
Add some...
some of those kind of golden reflections in there. The highlights. Something like that.
Take the midtones too.
Add some warmth. And then, I'm going to take the shadows, though,
and add a bit more blue to it. Something like that. Maybe too much.
More greenish looking.
And then I'm also going to, again, take my Levels, and add some contrast back into the shot,
since I purposely shot it looking kind of very flat. So, go do something like this.
Not too drastic, but... you know...
Something like that, maybe.
And... then you can go back in, adjust the highlights there. Get them looking...
I want them.... they're too, too greenish.
So, take some warmth... like that.
So, that's good. So, that's pretty much what I was looking for.
So, this is how it looked before.
This is the after. So, as you can see, without the Levels, it’s looking a bit flat.
With the Levels, it just adds some contrast to the shot. So, it's a nice looking shot now.
So, as you can see, you don't really need any fancy plug-ins or anything like that.
Just use a standard three-way color corrector, which is pretty much identical to what DaVinci
Suite has, other than the fact that... the DaVinci Suite is all hardware driven and
it has, you know, actual knobs and things like that, that you can do in real time.
But at the core of it, I guess, the controls are the same. So, it's the same kind of techniques
that they're using on big-budget films and music videos.
And... yeah, it’s simple.
Little adjustments, but they make a big difference. And another thing that I guess you should
keep in mind is, it’s good to always do different versions. Kind of play around.
Try different things. And then test them out on a TV, a big screen TV or something and
see what they think. And then go back in. Keep adjusting your shot back and forth until you
get it looking the way that you think it's should be looking. And just have fun with it.
That's it. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and stay tuned for the next one.