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Brigitte BöttcherColour Correction/Grading
by on Dec 9, 2014 at 10:58:46 am

Hi all,

I am quite the beginner when it comes to colour grading/correction in After Effects. But I was asked to rescue this footage (I have taken a screenshot):

Any advice for me to what to do? All help is much appreciated.

Thank you.

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Colour Correction/Grading
by on Dec 9, 2014 at 11:40:20 am

What is the format of the footage? ( codec, bitrate, color...)
This will give us information of what you have to work with.
It makes a huge difference if the footage is a 4:2:0 or 4:4:4 for example.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist

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Brigitte BöttcherRe: Colour Correction/Grading
by on Dec 9, 2014 at 11:56:02 am

Codec: H.264, Linear PCM
Color profile: (1-1-6)

Does that help? Sorry I am very inexperienced so not entirely sure if that is the correct information.

Thank you for your help.

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Tero AhlforsRe: Colour Correction/Grading
by on Dec 9, 2014 at 1:25:30 pm

I'm not really sure what needs rescuing in this picture. The highlights are probably gone but there seems to be enough information to balance this to whatever is the previous and next shot.

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Todd KoprivaRe: Colour Correction/Grading
by on Dec 9, 2014 at 5:48:53 pm

Andrew Devis has done an excellent series of tutorials on color grading and color correction here on the COW. I collected them in this post:

I recommend going through those resources to get a good foundation for this kind of work.

Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
After Effects product manager and curmudgeon
After Effects team blog

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George GoodmanRe: Colour Correction/Grading
by on Dec 10, 2014 at 4:34:51 pm

Everyone else is right, but two quick wins here.

Add orange to the hue - the white balance is shifted too far blue, so this will make it look more natural.

Your highlights may be gone, but that also washed out your blacks. Darken the shadows for more contrast.

There's about a billion ways to go about doing those two things, but that will go a long way in "fixing" your footage.

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