December 15, 2014

Take One Minute to Learn How to Correct White-Balance in Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro White Balance Correction
Finding out that your white balance was set incorrectly can lead to a sinking feeling.

Not because it's impossible or even difficult to correct, but because you just know that fixing it in post is going to be a lengthy, tedious process. Luckily, the process is not as bad as you might think, and if you're a Premiere Pro user, you can fix funky white balances in at matter of seconds with the "Fast Color Corrector" effect. Here's Karl Weirauch to show you how.

https://vimeo.com/114308985

There are a couple of things to keep in mind about this process. First and foremost, using the white balance eye-dropper in the Fast Color Corrector can lead to some odd results if there's nothing remotely white in your frame. If you're shooting narrative work, you can usually get away with sampling the slate, although it's best to have a color chart or chip chart in the frame as well for total accuracy. If you don't have either of those things, you can always just sneak in a piece of paper.

In the absence of anything truly white in the frame, you can always select the closest thing to white and adjust the color wheel -- as Karl did in the video -- but that process is bound to be less accurate, especially if you're doing it by eye. For best results, you'll want to use the RGB parade to make sure that you have an even balance of the three color channels in your shot. Here's Andrew Devis and CreativeCOW to show you how to view an RGB parade and how to use it to correct white balance issues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIfw62-z9No

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXs7P5h7TCU

Obviously, nailing white balance on set is simple and not at all time-consuming, so there's not much reason to blow it. With that said, it's something that happens to everybody, so it's worth knowing how to fix it quickly and simply in post. What are your tips and tricks for fixing white balance? Share them down in the comments!     

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You can also use RGB color balance instead of Fast color corrector, if you are a little familiar with primary colors.

December 15, 2014 at 5:35PM

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Panos Karachristos
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Well almost... there's still too much orange cast on the face. If you have Colorista II, then use its Balance dropper over the FCC one. CII does a much better job in these heavier, color cast situations.

December 16, 2014 at 5:51PM

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Razor
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Nice ! Newbies will love this !

December 16, 2014 at 9:38PM

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Agree with your final statement, always better and easier to geti it right in camera, but it's nice to know how to fix it when we've messed it up.

December 20, 2014 at 4:36AM, Edited December 20, 4:36AM

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Kayode
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I usually crop a white (or grey) section of the frame, then watch it through the RGB parade and use RGB curves to balance the three channels.

March 7, 2015 at 5:49AM

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That's how to REALLY white balance:
http://youtu.be/vg6LZQeJn5s?t=12m42s

March 8, 2015 at 3:17AM, Edited March 8, 3:17AM

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