… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Tip #1558: Change Color Grades Within a Shot
The key is a long slow dissolve to blend colors during the transition.
(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.