Learn how to adjust the color and luminance in video clips, correct video that’s too dark or too light, or set the levels to meet broadcast requirements.
Premiere Pro provides professional quality Color Correction tools that let you edit footage directly on your timeline. You can find the color and luminance adjusting effects in the Color Correction bin inside the Video Effects bin.
Color correction adjustments are used for several reasons:
Color Correction effects are applied the same way as Standard effects. Although other effects also adjust color and luminance, the Color Correction effects are designed for making fine color and luminance corrections.
The American Society of Cinematographers Color Decision List (ASC CDL) is a format that standardizes the exchange of primary color information.
The parameters of CDL are: Slope, Offset and Power. Each function uses a number for the red, green, and blue color channels for a total of nine numbers comprising a single-color decision. A tenth number, Saturation, applies to the R, G, and B color channels in the combination.
The Brightness & Contrast effect adjusts the brightness and contrast of an entire clip. The default value of 0.0 indicates that no change is made. Using the Brightness & Contrast effect is the easiest way to make simple adjustments to the tonal range of the image. It adjusts all pixel values in the image at once—highlights, shadows, and midtones.
The Change Color effect adjusts the hue, lightness, and saturation of a range of colors.
The Change Color effect has the following options:
The Change To Color effect changes a color you select in an image to another color using hue, lightness, and saturation (HLS) values, leaving other colors unaffected.
Change To Color offers flexibility and options unavailable in the Change Color effect. These options include tolerance sliders for hue, lightness, and saturation for exact color matching, and the ability to select the exact RGB values of the target color that you wish to change to.
The Change To Color effect has the following options:
The Channel Mixer effect modifies a color channel by using a mix of the current color channels. Use this effect to make creative color adjustments not easily done with the other color adjustment tools: Create high-quality grayscale images by choosing the percentage contribution from each color channel, create high-quality sepia-tone or other tinted images, and swap or duplicate channels.
The Channel Mixer effect has the following options:
The Color Balance effect changes the amount of red, green, and blue in the shadows, midtones, and highlights of an image.
Preserves the average brightness of the image while changing the color. This control maintains the tonal balance in the image.
The Color Balance (HLS) effect alters an image’s levels of hue, luminance, and saturation.
The Color Balance (HLS) effect has the following options:
If the Color Balance Saturation control does not give you the results you want, try the Saturation control in the Fast Color Corrector effect.
The Equalize effect alters an image’s pixel values to produce a more consistent brightness or color component distribution. The effect works similarly to the Equalize command in Adobe Photoshop. Pixels with 0 alpha (transparent) values aren’t considered.
The Equalize effect has the following options:
The Leave Color effect removes all colors from a clip except those similar to the Color To Leave. For example, a shot of a basketball game could be decolored except for the orange of the ball itself.
The Leave Color effect has the following options:
Lumetri Color provides you professional-quality color grading and color correction tools that let you grade your footage directly on your editing timeline. Using these tools, you can adjust color, contrast, and light in your sequences in new and innovative ways.
The Lumetri color effect has the following options:
The Tint effect alters an image’s color information. For each pixel, the luminance value specifies a blend between two colors. Map Black To and Map White To specify to which colors dark and bright pixels are mapped. Intermediate pixels are assigned intermediate values. Amount To Tint specifies the intensity of the effect.
Use the new Video Limiter effect to limit RGB values to meet HDTV digital broadcast specifications. You can use it as a per shot effect or add as an output effect to limit the entire sequence upon export. The Video Limiter enabled on the timeline is applied both during editing and at export. The Video Limiter does not include the additional Chrominance limiting needed for legacy Analog NTSC transmissions.
The Video Limiter effect has the following options: