Need to match the color and contrast of two different cameras in post-production? Here’s how you do it in Adobe Premiere Pro.
Imagine, if you will, that you’ve been dropped into a gig that gives you an a7SII and Canon 80D, and then for your own benefit, you pull out your phone. The difficulty that comes with shooting videos with multiple cameras, aside from wrangling all the footage with sufficient coverage, is matching the two images in sequential order during your edit. Each camera produces a wildly different type of image, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them look similar enough to pass as the same. Here are a few tricks for matching two shots, regardless of where they came from.
So to help out with your edit, first make sure that each camera is set at the same white balance. Recording with the same color temperature will make the grading process much, much easier. Then when it comes time to edit and you’ve put your footage into your timeline, go over to Settings > Comparison View. This will allow you to look at the two shots side by side.
In the video, Todd suggests that you pick one of the shots (most likely from your best camera — or your A-camera) and use that as the base shot to grade against from there on out. So, first he applies a Lumetri Color effect to the clip. Then, open up Effects Controls > Lumetri Color, then drop down to the Curves tool. Once you’ve done this, it’s all about matching the contrast between the shots.
Once you’ve set the contrast appropriately, you’re going to want to find the perfect balance of the general color temperature in the shot, so you’ll open up the “Basic Correction” tab in the Lumetri Color Effect. Then we’ll play with the temperature (which will be your orange and blue), and then tint (more of magenta and green). Playing with these two tools will bring the footage from your two cameras closer to each other. Now, we’re going to color-correct both of the shots.
Hit the “New Item” button, then “Add Adjustment Layer.” Once you’ve done this, go ahead and throw on a LUT or perform your standard correction procedure for however you’d like your final images to look. The point is to get the two RAW shots to look as close as they can to each other by using one of them as the base shot.
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