Color Grading Video
Now something a little bit different. I like to mess around with the colors of my pictures in lightroom and photoshop and I also like to do the same things for my videos. But it’s not always as simple as it seems. The videos shot with the Canon 7D have a limited latitude (or dynamic range) compared to RAW photos from the same camera. If you shoot using the standard settings of the camera, the video will look very good, saturated and with a lot of contrast, but this doesn’t give you much room to play with the color grading. Instead, the idea is to shoot the video with a more flat, soft, style, less contrast, less saturation, and most important, lighter shadows. In this way, when you play with colors in After Effects, you can push the things a little more. I created my custom picture profile starting from the “Super Flat Picture Profile” and then i modified the Curve, to be only more of a Shadow Recovery than am Highlight Recovery (because unfortunately, the recovered highlights don’t look too good).
Then, if Affert Effects, I usually play with Curves, Tint, Colorista II and so on…
This is a little test I did today:
(Before and After)
And this is the final video: