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Frank Brown
Colour correction snow footage [help]
on Jan 30, 2012 at 7:45:46 am

Hello everyone.
I`ve got a problem with colout correction - I can`t get rid of the blue colour on bluish snowy footages.
I shoot outside so the sky is also present on the videos.
I`ve tried to play with Levels, Curves, Magic Bullet Looks but in the final result it looks like overexposed footage.

Any minds how to make snow from blue to white?
Maybe there are some cool and smart plugins for these purposes?


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Colour correction snow footage
on Jan 30, 2012 at 8:07:43 am

Post a clip or still of your footage... it's hard to give advice on visual issues without actually seeing the problem.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Chris Buttacoli
Re: Colour correction snow footage
on Jan 30, 2012 at 3:57:30 pm

How about first masking out the sky, and then simply de-saturating the remaining blues?


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Frank Brown
Re: Colour correction snow footage
on Jan 31, 2012 at 9:01:08 pm

Chris, there are a lot of video (about 4 hours). Sorry, but each masking isn`t solution for me.

Ted, I`ve attached file with the sample. Please check it.
Thanks in advance.

3614_colourtestblue.mp4.zip


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Colour correction snow footage
on Feb 1, 2012 at 2:22:21 pm

From the shot you posted it seems that Auto Color (under Color Correction)should do the trick. Not having a shot with sky in it is hard to estimate how that would look but I think you should be ok.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Colour correction snow footage
on Feb 1, 2012 at 2:34:55 pm

One more thing- make sure you mention this to whomever shot this footage: manual white balance! This would've eliminated all the work you need to do in post to color correct the footage.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Frank Brown
Re: Colour correction snow footage
on Feb 2, 2012 at 1:21:27 pm

Ted, basicly we shoot in "Snow" mode and
white balance is always different because we shoot in different places and different time.

Auto Color is awesome! Thank you very much!


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Colour correction snow footage
on Feb 2, 2012 at 3:30:44 pm

Snow mode is not the best choice if you want your footage to look professional. White balancing for every location/light setup is the right way to go about this. It takes 20 seconds and it eliminates hours of post work.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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