How to Colour Grade DSLR Video With Adobe Premiere Pro

Grading is an essential step in creating beautiful, professional videos. This guide shows how to import, color grade & export video for Youtube/Vimeo.

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Premiere Pro is an editing program made by Adobe. Download a free trial from: www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/in…

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Make a new project using the Digital SLR presets.

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Once you have started the project, you can import your video by going to file>import, or by right clicking in your Project window.

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Your video will now show up in the Project window. Drag and drop it onto the Timeline.

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You should now see your video in the Program window on the left. Hit the spacebar to play your video.

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You can now start adding effects. We will be using a simple 3-step technique to create a basic film look.

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In your Effects panel on the bottom right, search for Fast Colour Corrector. Drag and drop this effect onto the video in your timeline.

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Now click on the Effect Controls tab in your top middle window. You should see the Fast Colour Corrector options displayed.

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First we will adjust the tonality our video. In the Fast Colour Corrector options you should see the section for Levels

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Try sliding the black, white or grey triangles in the Input Levels section and see how they affect your image.

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My image is a bit too dark and needs more whites. To do this I slide the white triangle toward the center.

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I now need to adjust my greys, or midtones. I slide the grey triangle to the left to darken my midtone areas.

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Now my blacks are too dark. I adjust these by sliding the black triangle in the OUTPUT levels to the right.

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Once you are happy with the levels in your image, we will move onto the 3-way colour corrector.

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Again search in your effects panel for this effect, and drop it onto your video in the timeline

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You should now see this effect in your Effects Panel. We are going to adjust the colour of our shadows and midtones to give us a film look.

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Adding blue to your shadows and orange to your midtones is the most basic way to give your DSLR footage a more cinematic feel

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You should see three colour wheels, the left wheel is for shadow, the middle for midtones, the the right for highlights.

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Click and hold the black circle in the middle of the Shadows wheel. Drag it towards the blue area of the colour wheel.

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Now move to the Midtones wheel. Drag the black circle toward the orange area of the colour wheel.

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Play around with these settings until you are happy. Your video should now look like this:

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Go to the Tonal Range Definition option in your effects panel (just above your colour wheels)

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Drop down this option and drag the triangles toward the center. This blends the blue and orange effects together making them look natural.

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Now we will add our last effect, which is Tint. Search for this effect and drag and drop onto your clip.

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Simply change your Map Black To: colour to a very dark blue, and your Map White To: colour a very light orange.

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Change the Amount to Tint to 20 or 30 percent. This adds more blue and yellow to your image while desaturating other colours.

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You may need to re-adjust your Levels in Fast Colour Corrector.

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Now you’re ready to export! Have a play around with your effects, or add music by importing an .mp3 and dragging it onto your timeline.

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To export, click anywhere in your timeline window to select it, and go to File>Export>Media

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If you are using DSLR footage and wanting to export it to Youtube or Vimeo, simply use the present by selecting Format: H.264 and Preset: Vimeo HD

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Hit the Export button and wait!

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Waiting.....................

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Your graded, film-like video is ready to upload!

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