Tip #1558: Change Color Grades Within a Shot

… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #1558: Change Color Grades Within a Shot

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

The key is a long slow dissolve to blend colors during the transition.

Lindsay walking from outside into the studio in a single shot.

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(I discovered this tip while researching a recent PowerUP webinar showcasing Advanced Color Techniques for Premiere Pro.)

Let’s say you have a shot where the talent walks into an interior scene from the outside. Most cameras need to be white balanced for either daylight or interior and can’t adjust on the fly.

So, now you are looking at a shot in post that either starts blue and goes normal, or starts normal and goes orange. You can’t keyframe color settings, so how do you fix this?


  • Cut the clip in the middle of the transition from outside to inside.
  • Color correct each side of the clip for the appropriate color.
  • Then, add a SLOW (4-8 second) dissolve between the two clips.

Because the action matches, the only thing the viewer will see is a smooth transition from an outside color grade to one for the interior.

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2 replies
  1. mike janowski
    mike janowski says:

    This is a great tip.

    And if you hadn’t figured this out as an editor by now, why are you still in the business?

    This is also how people who don’t “like” keyframing audio tend to do ramps as well…

    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      Smile… Remember, not everyone reading these tips is an “old pro.” Some are newbies still learning the software.

      Interesting comment about audio, though. I would never have considered this technique for doing cross-fades.



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