Whether it’s during color correction or color grading, sometimes you just want the freedom of tweaking your colors in post. If you were shooting in bad lighting, had trouble white balancing, or you just need to go the extra mile to make those skin tones pop, Hue Saturation and Luminance Curves might actually come to the rescue.
Keep in mind that most popular DSLR and mirrorless cameras, like the Sony Alpha and Canon EOS lines, are limited to 8-bit color for internal recording. Some newer camera lines like Fujifilm and Panasonic Lumix offer higher bit depths. Even if 8-bit is all you have to work with, you can still get some great results if you’re careful with your color selections. If you want to learn more about color bit-depth, there is a great article that covers this topic over on Videomaker’s website.
This isn’t exclusive to any one NLE, so all the big names like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Davinci Resolve have these options available to you. While these are just the top three, any video editor that lets you manipulate colors might have these options as well. However, some more basic/mobile video editing software like iMovie, Kinemaster or Premiere Rush will not have this flexibility. Typically, advanced color manipulation will require editing on a desktop or laptop.
I’m going to start frequently sharing how I approach a variety of my video projects in hopes to reach anyone who might need help in their video production process. Rather than a random dude that just records videos for YouTube, I hope to actually share some insight from my actual client work. If you have any specific questions or requests on future video topics, I’d love to hear them! It will help me plan more videos like this in the future.
Now…..go isolate some colors, friends!