Correction in After Effects

We make mistakes. We’re human. Luckily, Adobe isn’t, and has ways to fix little things we might’ve overlooked when shooting out video. For example, say you didn’t know how to change the white balance, and your video ended up looking dark and discolored. After Effects has very simple ways to fix that.

First things first, import your videos.

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Select the video you want to add effects to, and drag it to the bottom left-hand box:

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Now the video should appear in the timeline and preview box. For a bunch of different ways to play with light and color, you can select Effect > Color Correction:

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So let’s lighten up that image by selecting Exposure:

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Now the controls should show up in the top left-hand box:
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Play with the Exposure and Gamma Correction. Here I’ve increased exposure to lighten the image:

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(Before)

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(After)

So now I want to change the colors in the video, because that purple curtain deserves its time in the spotlight. I select Effect > Color Correction > Hue/Saturation:

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And again the controls should show up in the upper left-hand box:

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But because I only want to highlight the blue in the curtain behind the woman, I change the control from Master to Blues. This way, when I change the saturation, it won’t effect anything but the blues in the image:

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Here I’ve increased the saturation to 61. This also works for changing certain colors to black and white — simply select the color you’d like and decrease the saturation!

Hopefully this helps make your videos beautiful and strange!

— Melissa

~ by mdiasmandoly on March 18, 2013.

 
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