What is Color Grading?

Louay Zambarakji
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Motion Graphics / Visual Effects / Video Editing
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Adobe Premiere Pro CC: Video Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

Learn Video Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro with Color Correction & Color Grading and Professional Video Editing practices

09:45:56 of on-demand video • Updated January 2019

  • By the end of the course you'll have created your own Demo-Reel from 1min to 4/5 minutes - depending on your ambitions
  • The Entire Video Editing Process while you create you Demo Reel with professionally shut footage provided for you.
  • Efficiently use all the editing tools in Premiere Pro CC - The right tools with right techniques at the right place and time
  • How to use the powerful Editing Monitors within Premiere Pro CC from the Trim Monitor to Speed adjustment Monitors
  • The complete and professional Color Correction Process - A step by step approach, Including how to use the all Lumetri Scopes and the Lumetri Color Panel.
  • The concept behind Color Grading and how to apply Color Grading in a professional way to create different moods and feelings for your Videos
  • How to use the latest Graphics within Premiere Pro CC to create Titles, Lower thirds and more...
  • and much, much more...
English [Auto] Come guys do grading in this lecture you start learning about the concept of calibrating what is collaborating. Why would you want to use that grading and what's its purpose and how does grading affect your film or documentary. You'll also get a glimpse on what colors or Pallister to use to achieve the kind of grading you are looking for. I would also show you a few examples of color grading that might start you in becoming a top grader in the world. I hope so. So let's start that you have learned that color correction is about setting your blacks and whites setting the contrast adjusting highlights and shadows then working on the Croma that is balancing your clothes on a moving clock as if any. Then you move on to ensure color consistency from a clipper to the other when you have completed your color correction usually for the whole video. You start now. Color grading not necessarily for the whole video but for the scenes that you want to portray certain emotions. Collaborating is about using color palette to style your film The color palette. Use will provide an additional tone to portray certain emotions the emotion portrayed will depend on the color palette and the colors within the palette. You can get very different feelings from different parts of course. Collaborating is about adding or creating certain feelings creating certain moods creating certain style for your video with color greeting you change the look and the spirit of a scene to show the right emotion. If it is all warm dangerous or totally impersonal Let's see some examples here. I have two second shots only from the series. I Zombi I don't know if you watched this pretty or the scene on the left is a bit warm. It seems like she's concerned she's thinking about other people. Even if you change it a bit you will not dislike. She is a bit kerek but the scene on the right she seems cold. She seems cool impersonal. Now this is achieved through Glading. The girl did not change her skin color and the color correction is pretty good here. Actually after the color correction is done they added a certain grading on the left want to show that it's warm and they add another grading on the right one to show. It's called an impersonator. If you watched now the two clips for example come over here the first one is a police station and she is concerned and the second one she is in a lab it's called is impersonal. So actually this is about calibrating. You notice that the same person to environment and the grading is very different and you feel different towards what is happening within your film. What colors should you use to make it cold or cold or to make it warm and concerned. Let's go to a small chart that I proposed over here on the left side you have the cool colors. I prefer to call them coat colors but people like moderation and they go for cool cool colors around the blues and mixed with yellow and red. On the other side they put there somehow a kind of impersonal environment a calmness without warmth result feelings or love. If you like some comfort but a comfort that is just for the body you are if you want to see. It's not about heart is not about feelings. On the other side you have the warm colors that are based mainly on the red so red mixed also with yellow. Even the yellow green and the plain red. Most probably no. It's about danger and on. So the one pollers will provide you with this warm climate. This energy passion softness some more in the heart some hurt feelings towards love. Of course it's lively is a rich environment. I'm sure that you have seen movies about old castles when they want to portray a rich old castle and the people are good and there is fun and love within the castle. They go for Orange and the orange yellow and sometimes red but when they want to portray it called scary Castle old world where sinister things happen they go around the blues and they tend to go around the Bluegrass. This is gridding and this is the moves that you want to learn how to set. Let's go now to our guy here. So I put just the same video one next to the other I used the crop here as an effect to clap it out and to show you something similar. Now let's grade this one. I'm going to give you some examples here. There are several ways to apply grading get your videos to the clips or to the whole film was implemented. So I just want to show you now about the creative here. It's pretty easy if you come to look. You will notice that you can use a look there are not many. In fact you will discover that many more. You can also come over here for the video or sharpen it or add some vibrations or some such variation. Let's do that let's take the video I guess on the right now. Let's take the one on the right here. That's the right one. And let's sharpen it first of all let's go to sharpening and I guess is good enough let's say 60 is good. The second one here and sharpen it to 60. So actually they are almost identical within sharpening. Let's take a look. We look at the right turn. I hope so. And let's give it as big minus blue. So you are removing the blue but in big quantity that is what's happening here. What feeling do you get when you watch this guy. I guess this guy called and you can come up just that you can add the vibrancy a bit. For example you can add the saturation and that is what's happening to the skin color here and not just what's happening to his heart and so on. So actually looking at the right one you get a different feeling somehow from the left on the left turn and add a warm look. We are going to use of course the red eye now about a good one here at least I like it which has debacle. Here it is. We apply this. Now notice what's happening here. This either beat the vibrance and let's get the saturation go I will exert a little bit now not is the feeling here. What do you feel about this guy. His warm he's near you. He's talking from his heart. Then this guy is a bit distance a bit in person and that's what you have achieved using the grading. Of course you can come now to teach it. Let's take the one I'm a bit lost let's see which one is that. Let's take this one and add even more ones. So I will use the shallow team here. I will take it towards the red. Notice that it moves very slowly it won't let you move too fast. Here you are. So I did it for the shadow. Then here I'm going to do another Tinta for the highlight going towards the close. OK. And you can balance that in. Now take it towards the shadows or the highlights over here. It doesn't really matter but not this now. There is quite a difference here this guy. I don't want to talk. This is guy you know what I mean his distance and this guy is warm towards me. This is what you notice from the color chart over here. I used the word colors against the cool colors. You can achieve a lot with grading and let your viewer fill the scene without words and without emotions even from the actors just by using grading you know very well that this is happening pretty nicely over here. She's warm she's cool. If you've played the scene for example here you will not this is the same girl. What is the look of concern but is not enough. So you use color grading towards the blues. And this one was the Reds to get this warmth and to get this cool or coldness. So this is about color grading and I hope you will use it on your videos to portray the scene and to portray these emotions for your video. Thank you very much. I'll see you in the next lecture.