Color grading and finishing in Premiere Pro CS5.5
Speed up your color grading and finishing!
This video tutorial teaches how to do primary, secondary and some pretty advanced color correction in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5. You’ll learn how to create masks for color correction inside of Premiere Pro, and to tweak parts of the image without affecting others. You’ll learn how to use Jarle’s Grading Tools (a collection of useful presets) to speed up your own color grading workflow.
Also covered are some common finishing techniques like how to fix moiré, blown-out highlights, blue sky fix, sharpening, letterboxing, noise reduction, stabilizing and scaling/crop.
Real life material
All the footage is real life recordings from my own films. No home video quality. No “we-recorded-this-for-the-tutorial” stuff. This is the real deal. Still, it’s shot with a Sony PMW-EX1 camera and the video is 8-bit 4:2:0 MPEG-2, so we’ve got some artifacts to deal with. You’ll learn how to fix these, of course.
Not for beginners
This tutorial is not meant for beginners. You’re supposed to know how to add effects, tweak settings and how to operate Premiere Pro in general. The source file is 1636 x 920 pixels, so feel free to go to Vimeo and download the source file when possible if you want better quality.
Please download the free preset collection “Jarle’s Grading Tools” so you can start doing professional color grading in Premiere Pro without wasting your time on unnecessary tweaking. These tools will make sure you finish before deadline, and they work in both CS5 and CS5.5. For presets compatible with CS6, read more here.
Note: These presets are a bit old now. If you’re on Premiere Pro CC you should download Jarle’s Premiere Pro Presets v 2.0.
As usual, the music is by Lars Nårstad, www.lydleggern.no
EDIT: I’m getting some questions about where people can find more stuff like this. Well, the material is taken from the upcoming book The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro. You can download a PDF version of the chapter on Color Grading.