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How To Get Color Right In Your Video

Getting colors in video to look right is tricky. You will do better if you white balance the shot before you begin.

Next, we'll want to do some secondary color correction. One thing that's really helpful is balancing or changing specific areas of a shot. We can do that with a mask. For example, let's use a mask to reduce the amount of blue in the bar towel.

First, select Mask.

Then expand the Secondary Color Correction submenu.

Select the eyedropper tool and click the area on the monitor you'd like to change.

The resulting mask should look something like this.

Because we're trying to change the towel's color, click the Add dropper right next to the first tool, then add areas on the towel until it's more completely white. If you make a mistake and add something that highlights too much of the frame, click the minus tool and remove the selection.

Now, set the tonal range to Master and click and drag the Master Hue Balance and Angle toward the bluish section of the hue and balance wheel. Play around with it a bit, and notice how the color of the towel changes slightly.

Or, simply enter Adobe's recommended settings below the color wheel.

Set the output to Composite to turn the mask off and see the results.

This is our result using Adobe's recommended settings.

I recommend experimenting with the various settings to achieve the look you want, but always make sure to check the wave forms for broadcast safety.

Before you finish, you should save a preset for your color correction settings. Right-click on the three-way color corrector in the effects controls and select Save Preset.

Now you can drag the color settings onto all the clips you'd like to have those color effects.

The last step for any color correction is simple in Premiere Pro. Simply drag Broadcast Colors from the Effects menu onto your clips. That will ensure your movie will be viewable on a television set.

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