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Jackie Ziesemer
Matching color and lighting between many different stock video clips
on Jan 2, 2018 at 6:24:04 pm

I'm putting together a video in AE CC 2017 that utilizes a lot of stock footage. The problem is, most of the clips are noticeably different in both color and exposure.
Here are some stills of the clips to give you an idea of what I'm working with:








I want to make the stock footage look as consistent as possible across the entire video. What's the best way to match the color and lighting of many different clips?

I was even wondering if Premiere has some sort of built in tool to do this automatically. If that's the case, could I just pull the project from AE into Premiere and edit the clips there?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Matching color and lighting between many different stock video clips
on Jan 2, 2018 at 7:51:04 pm

The BEST application to use may be DaVinci Resolve... and it's a free download!

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Jackie Ziesemer
Re: Matching color and lighting between many different stock video clips
on Jan 2, 2018 at 8:41:46 pm

Cool, I've never heard of that before. Do you know if it would be easy for a newbie to pick up on? Unfortunately, this project has kind of a tight deadline.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Matching color and lighting between many different stock video clips
on Jan 2, 2018 at 9:05:20 pm

I don't know how easy or how tough it would be. It certainly won't be fast. Color correction & grading are difficult skills to learn for anyone.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Chris Wright
Re: Matching color and lighting between many different stock video clips
on Jan 2, 2018 at 9:07:34 pm
Last Edited By Chris Wright on Jan 3, 2018 at 12:13:29 am

I agree. premiere only has a global hue under fast color corrector. you'd have to luma key everything, and that is silly.
ae/photoshop does have a hue control per color in a pinch. davinci's hue vs hue and hue vs sat was made for this.

for matching grades, first match black point, then white point, then global gamma, then global saturation. then go in with curves, white balance the overall shot, then wb blacks, whites, shadows midtones, highlights, then rotate color hues. then secondaries luma, sat. etc.


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