How to Color Grade: Take Your Videos to the Next Level with Creative Color Adjustments
How to color grade using presets
Step 1. Download Movavi Video Editor
Download and install Movavi Video Editor for your Mac or PC. Follow the prompts to install the program on your computer, and then launch Movavi Video Editor to start editing.
Step 2. Upload your video to the program
Click Add Files. From here, you can browse for your video file(s) on your computer and upload them into the editor. Once you’ve added your video, drag it into the Timeline to start using presets for your video’s color grading.
Step 3. Apply color-grading presets
Using Movavi Video Editor’s color-grading presets, you can set your color adjustment and forget it. If you want the software to use its powerful algorithms to automatically select the right color adjustments for you, all you have to do is select your presets. To do this, open the More tools tab. In the Color adjustments menu, you’ll see all available presets, including Auto contrast, Auto saturation, Auto white balance, or Magic enhance. You can preview a preset by simply clicking on it. To apply a preset to your video, drag and drop it onto your video on the Timeline.
Step 4. Make other edits to your video (optional)
If your video is ready to go other than color adjustments, you can skip to step five. Otherwise, take advantage of Movavi Video Editor’s many features and tools to boost your video-editing skills. Along with color-grading presets, you can also add filters for a cool, uniform look throughout your video. Transitions help smooth out multi-clip videos. Make your video more accessible with captioning tools. Optimize your video’s aspect ratio for social media and other platforms. And so much more! And, if you’re not sure how to do something, be sure to check out Movavi’s extensive library of tutorials and helpful videos.
Step 5. Save your video
When you’re done color grading and editing your video, all that’s left is to save and/or share it. You can save your video by clicking on the Export button. You’ll then be guided through quick steps to convert your file if you want to change formats and make any other adjustments before saving it to your computer. This is also where you can share directly to social media or store your video in the cloud. Finally, hit the Start button.
More color grading presets to get the perfect look for your video
How to color grade manually
Step 1. Download and install Movavi Video Editor
First, download the installation file. Once the download completes, select the installation file and follow the prompts to install the program on your computer.
Step 2. Import your video
When you’ve finished installing Movavi Video Editor, launch the program to get started. The next step is to upload your video to the program to start color grading and editing. To do this, either click the Add Files button or drag and drop your video file into the program interface. When you’re done, drag the video into the Timeline to start editing.
Step 3. Make manual color adjustments to your video
Manual color grading just means that you’ll adjust and set each of the color adjustment settings manually instead of relying on presets. To do this, open the More tools tab and select the Color adjustments menu. Next, click Manual mode.
From here, you can use a color dropper tool to change the white balance, and you can use sliders to adjust contrast, brightness, saturation, highlights, shadows, hue, color temperature, and tint. Simply move the corresponding sliders to achieve the desired look.
Step 4. Edit your video (optional)
When you have your video’s color grading set where you want it, take a look at your whole video clip and see if you want to make any other edits. You can make your video shorter and punchier by trimming it and adding transitions. If you want to make it more accessible, you can add captions and titles. For a smoother, more professional look, you can eliminate camera shake. Take a look through all of Movavi Video Editor’s features and tools to see if there are any other changes you want to make before you finish up.
Step 5. Save your color-adjusted video
Finally, when you’re happy with your video, click on the Export button. This will open a new dialog box where you can choose your preferred file format and a few other settings. When you’ve made your selections, choose where you want to save your file on your computer and click on Start. You can also share directly to YouTube or save your video to the cloud from here.
Summary: Give your video the perfect vibe with easy color grading
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Frequently asked questions
What is a color correction?
Color correction is a process in video and photo editing to make an image or video look the way the scene would look to the human eye. Because camera lenses are imperfect, raw footage is often over-saturated, washed out, too warm, or too cool. By correcting the colors in the footage, you can make your video look closer to reality. The first step in color correction is usually white balance adjustment. Because no light source is purely white, the white objects in your video might have a yellow or orange tint. This can throw off all of the colors in the video, but adjusting white balance can help bring everything in the scene back to its true color. From there, you can adjust saturation to tone down or pump up the color. There are other factors involved in color correction, but the main goal is to get your video’s colors as close to real-world images as possible.
What’s the best process to follow?
If you’re working with a powerful video editor like Movavi Video Editor, the best process for color grading is often to automate the process. You can use presets, including auto contrast, auto saturation, and auto white balance, to let the video editor take care of all of your color adjustments throughout your video. If you want to go beyond color correction to color grading, you can also manually adjust color settings to get uniform colors that fit the mood and brand of your video.
Color grading vs. color correction: what’s the difference?
Color correction and color grading are very closely related, but there is a difference. Your goal with color correction is to get your video’s colors to appear as close to reality as possible. Your goal with color grading is to take color correction a step farther. This might mean adjusting your colors to get a warmer tone throughout your video. It might also mean toning down all of your colors to get a washed out look that’s closer to grayscale. Most pro video creators start with color correction as their baseline so that they can take their videos to the next level with a few color-grading adjustments. With the right video-editing software, you can play with both color correction and color grading on all of your videos.
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