How I Color Grade My Videos

Have you ever wondered how to make your videos stand out with vibrant and cinematic colors? Look no further – in today’s blog post, I will be sharing my personal process for color grading videos. By utilizing the right tools and techniques, you can elevate the overall quality of your footage and make it visually stunning. Whether you are a beginner or have some experience in color grading, this guide will provide you with the necessary steps to enhance your videos and make them pop on screen. Read on to discover my tips and tricks for achieving professional-looking color grades in your own videos.








How I Color Grade My Videos

How I Color Grade My Videos

One of the most common questions I get asked on the channel is how do I color grade my videos. I’ve already made a video exactly like this but since it was quite some time ago, quite a lot of things have changed so I thought I’d make an updated version for you guys. But before we jump in, I want to say a big thank you to Skillshare for sponsoring this video. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of inspiring classes with so much to explore, real projects to create, and the support of fellow creatives. Skillshare empowers you to accomplish real growth. Skillshare offers classes in filmmaking, design, photography, and much more. The best thing about Skillshare is it’s less than ten dollars a month with an annual subscription. I’ve teamed up with Skillshare to help you guys out with a special offer – the first 1000 people to click the link down in the description of this video will get a free trial of Skillshare Premium membership.

The Editing Platform: DaVinci Resolve

The first big change is that DaVinci Resolve is now my editing and color grading platform of choice as I switched over from Premiere Pro just over a year ago now. I’ve got to say, honestly, I’ve never looked back since. Resolve is easily the most powerful tool I believe when it comes to color grading and editing. In my opinion, it’s a really good editing platform as well and the crazy thing about it is it’s actually free.

Base for Color Grading

So, first off, the most important thing is your base for that color grading – the footage that you’re starting with. Personally, I shoot all of my footage in a flat picture profile. You can use a log profile or you can simply use the existing profile in your camera and turn down the sharpness, the saturation, and the contrast. This will give you a good neutral base for your work and really expand the possibilities of your color grade. Next, make sure your image is well exposed.

The Use of Look Up Tables (LUTs)

Another question I get asked a lot is do I use LUTs or Look Up Tables on my footage and the answer is yes. For me, lookup tables are not the be-all and end-all when it comes to color grading. My LUTs only really change the color in the shot; they don’t change the brightness or the contrast of the overall image.

Color Grading Process

Here we are in our edit tab with four clips that I’m going to be color grading for you guys today. I’ve done all of the stabilization and reframing within this editing panel so far. Now we’re going to move over into the color tab. The first thing we’re going to do is bring up the scopes to get an overall picture of the luminance values in the shot. We’ll adjust the lift, gamma, gain, and offset to balance out the shadows, midtones, and highlights to achieve the desired look.

Overall, color grading is a process that involves manipulating the color and tone of your footage to enhance its visual appeal and storytelling. It’s a creative and technical skill that can greatly impact the overall quality of your videos.


FAQ

What is color grading?

Color grading is the process of enhancing or altering the color of a video to achieve a desired look or mood.

What software do you use for color grading?

I primarily use Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects for color grading my videos.

What factors do you consider when color grading?

When color grading, I consider the lighting conditions during the shoot, the overall mood or tone I want to convey, and how the colors will affect the viewer’s perception of the video.

Can you explain your color grading process?

Sure! I first start by adjusting the exposure and white balance of the video. Then, I work on adjusting the contrast, saturation, and hue to achieve the desired look. Lastly, I fine-tune the colors and add any additional effects if needed.

I hope you find useful my article How I Color Grade My Videos, I also recommend you to read my other posts in my blog at this link.

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