How To Give Your Video A Cinematic Look – Colour Correction

Colour Correction & Colour Grading

Almost all video footage that you will find in cinemas, on TV or online has been processed to some extent. There are two main steps involved in making dull and boring footage look epic and cinematic: colour correction and colour grading.

Colour correction is the process of correcting any problems with your footage relating to its colour. You want to make sure your clip is properly exposed and that the white balance is spot on so the colours are as authentic as possible.

Colour grading is the process of creatively applying colour adjustments, filters and stylistic effects to your footage to achieve the final desired look. There are very few hard rules in this area, it is all about finding the look that works best for your project.

It is very important to correct the colour of your footage first before you move on to colour grading. Otherwise it's like putting on a fresh coat of paint without a proper undercoat. Therefore we will look at colour correction in this tutorial and I will discuss colour grading in a later one.

While I will use Adobe After Effects & Adobe Premiere Pro for this tutorial, you should be able to follow along with any other video editing or visual effects compositing software that you have available - as long as it allows you to alter the colour of your footage. Now let's get started!


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5 Years Ago
April 4, 2015 @ 3:22 am
which software do you use for editing these videos. i don't know the software name..
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5 Years Ago
April 26, 2015 @ 11:02 am
I edit all my videos in Premiere Pro
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4 Years Ago
October 24, 2015 @ 3:50 am
You are awesome!
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4 Years Ago
April 5, 2016 @ 0:05 am
Hello, thanks so much for your tutorial, my videos look so good and neat because of you!, Now I will check out regularly your website
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3 Years Ago
April 28, 2017 @ 7:39 pm
I havent even completely read your post or tried this but just scrolling through I already know you have given us a good coaching. Id be stuck on your blog now as I learn along. thank you so much
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Surfaced Studio@ Eva Alordiah
3 Years Ago
May 12, 2017 @ 0:14 pm
Haha, thanks for the feedback Glad to hear you're finding my content useful!
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2 Years Ago
June 8, 2018 @ 5:39 am
How can I remove the background from video
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Surfaced Studio@ sumit kumar gupta
2 Years Ago
June 22, 2018 @ 2:49 pm
There are different techniques that you can use depending on what your footage looks like. Check out my tutorials on green screening (the recommended approach) or, if you didn't film with a green screen you can use rotoscoping. Again I have a few tutorials for that that on my YouTube channel and this website

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