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Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 41 of 65

Color Correction: Adjusting To A Master Clip


Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 41 of 65

Color Correction: Adjusting To A Master Clip


Lesson Info

Color Correction: Adjusting To A Master Clip

Here's an example. Now here's a shot we look at. It's a, if we look at this on the scope. And I want to have some interaction here. I want you to tell me, based upon the scope, and based upon the image, what are some of my challenges? Or what are, what's the problem? Other than it looks like nobody wants to be in Amsterdam this day. It's a little blown out. It's a little green. Maybe even a little pink. You know, from the red over here. There's my sky. I can see that. As a matter of fact, if you look at the waveform, it's kind of like a graphical representation of what's happening from left to right. You can see the elements. Colorwise, it's meh. But we wanna make it better. We should be able to make it better. I think I might have even cheated. I might have pre-baked. Let me, I wanna see if I pre-baked this. I did. I actually did it and turned it off. I would just, we can look at the finish because it's gotta, kinda crazy. So, this is, you can, I want, you can see how easily you can, ...

or not easily, this was all fixed with the lumetri color filter by going down through those steps. And if we have time I can do that. But I wanna show you something else that is a really useful feature. I talked about something called master clips. Or, adjusting color to a master clip. Let's say I shot a lot of footage. By the way, this was shot with a GoPro. Four k GoPro. It just wasn't balanced. But I shot a lot of stuff that day. And I shot some long stuff. And I wanna be able to color correct everything. Not just what's in my timeline. So I wanna point out something that's important and valuable. And you can find this in two locations. When you're inside the lumetri color panel, you'll see here, that there's two panels. One that says master. And one that says just the clip, which is oh four. It doesn't matter which one of these boxes is checked. But this is the master clip. The one that's inside of your project bin. If I go over here, to my effects controls, I have the same options. You'll notice, I fixed it on this clip that's in the sequence. Here's my fix. Turned it on and off. But if I look at the master, there's no color filter there. So what I can do, and I'm gonna show you this is a couple of examples, is, let's say, we're not even color correcting at all. Let's say I wanna make everything black and white on this reel of film we'll call it. I can go ahead and I can apply to the master clip, because this is selected as master, any filter I want. Now my filters have been relocated because we really weren't using them. Where are my filters? I don't see them. So I'm just gonna get them from here. Effects. Here they go. And we're gonna go and we'll do we discovered that there is one called black and white. Black and white. And I'm gonna actually throw this on the master. And what you see is this just turned to a really ugly color but, the point is, that's because in reality this is now black and white. And every time I use any piece of this clip, and if it's a 20 minute clip, it will come in with that correction. In this case black and white. Or any effect you want. I want to show you that you can do this with any filter. So you can color correct it. I'm gonna actually go now apply this color correction to the master of this clip. So every time I load it from the project file it will already be corrected. So to do that, I'm gonna switch back over here to the master. And there's my black and white. I'm gonna select it. And delete it. I don't want it black and white anymore. That was just for an example. I wanna go over here. And this is the clip in the timeline. I'll turn it on so you can see it. I'm gonna copy. Command c. I'm copying every change I made. And this is the clip in the timeline. The master, even though I'm clicking up here, is actually the clip in the project bin. So remember, and this is a little hard to get your head wrapped around, if I did a match frame, this is the clip from here. This is the clip, this is good. This is what I like. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna just look kind of at the other side that's down here and apply that color correction. Under effects control, I'm gonna hit paste. Now in the master, it's all corrected. The reason it looks horrible here, doesn't look horrible there, is because if I look at this here, guess what, it has the same color correction on it twice. So I'm gonna go ahead and delete that. So now what I've done is I've applied it to the master so anytime I use any part of this clip in my show it's already correct. It's already neutral. I can still add a look to it. I can still add other filters to it. But I don't have to worry about, oh I have to go back and paste this in. Or do that. And it's really nice. So, the tricky thing about this is, if I load this clip into my timeline, and I look at it, I don't know at first blush that there's a filter on here unless I remembered that. Because I would have to look at the master side and then I would see that's there. I point that out, as you'd probably make the fix, but sometimes you forget that you've done this, and you're like, "I don't remember why it." And usually it's not because you color corrected it. It's because somehow you pasted like a blur, or some kind of strange thing on it, and you're like, "Every time I open this clip it looks horrible. But there is no filter on it." If that ever crosses your mind, look at the master side and see if you accidentally pasted something in. And that could cause you to have a few less headaches. So, with that, I think we're close to the end on the time. I will again open up the floor to questions about color grading. This should be enough to get you started. And hopefully to fix some of the challenges you had. When, one of the questions, and I do wanna just kind of throw that out there, one of the things that's a challenge is scene-to-scene color correction. You can do that by just toggling back and forth, and fixing one, just make the match to the eye, and to the scope. Scopes are really good for matching scenes 'cause as you toggle back and forth, you'll see dramatic changes in one aspect of the scope perhaps. And you'll say like, "Oh, there's a little more red." The scope should be very similar between the two shots. And then you can balance that way. Personally I have done that. But there are some reasonably priced third-party plug-ins that literally say, I put the filter on. I point to what I want it to match to. It does an analysis. And it gets it really close. And then I can go have lunch and life is happy. So, third-party plug-ins are great. Sometimes they may seem expensive momentarily. $100. Think of what you're time is worth. If you spend 40 hours color correcting, and you could do this in four with a plug-in that allows you to do it faster, you just got 36 hours of time for that $100 you invested. So, keep in mind, that, yes you can do a lot of things with what's here. But there's some great stuff out there.

Class Description

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Join one of the best editing instructors, Abba Shapiro, to learn how to work effectively in Premiere Pro®. In this series, you'll learn the tools that allow you to build a story with video.

Abba will cover essential topics such as creating time-lapse videos, building a rough cut, working with audio, and incorporating motion and titles in your videos. Abba will show basic color correction techniques, as well as incorporating filters to enhance the look of your final video.

Lesson Plan

  • Understanding Editing 
  • Tour the Interface 
  • Building a Rough Cut 
  • Refining Your Edit 
  • Working with Audio 
  • Transitions 
  • Filters & Effects 
  • Motion and Animation 
  • Titling and Graphics 
  • Speed Changes 
  • Color Correction 
  • Finishing: Prepping for Output 
  • Sharing and Exporting 
  • Ingesting Media  
  • Media Management & Archiving 
  • Multi-Camera Editing 
  • Creating Timelapses 
  • Advanced Editing Techniques 
  • Thinking Like an Editor 
  • Green Screen, Warp Stabilizer and other Special Tools 

By the end of this class, you will feel proficient in creating video with this complex program. If you've been paying for Adobe's Creative Cloud, this is your guide to understanding and using one of the best tools within your subscription. You’ll be able to bring your images to life, organize your media and begin to build stories to share with your family, friends, and clients. If you’ve been thinking about expanding your business to include video, this class will give you the tools to successfully start creating quality products that will impress!  

For more interaction with Abba during the bootcamp, you can join his Facebook group: 

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"Great class -- wasn't ready to take the leap into Premiere Pro until I had a framework. Not only did Abba give me that framework, but he gave me the tools to manage and balance the story, the editing process, and the start to-finish workflow to create a finished product. And it was fun!" - Creative Live Student 

Software Used: Adobe Premiere CC 2017


  1. Understanding Editing: Bootcamp Overview
  2. Understanding Editing: Overview
  3. Understanding Editing: Video Examples
  4. Tour The Interface: Digital Video Workflow
  5. Tour The Interface: Project Panel
  6. Tour The Interface: Choosing Your Shot
  7. Tour The Interface: Music And Voice Over
  8. Tour The Interface: Video Tracks
  9. Tour The Interface: Edit Markers
  10. Building a Rough Cut: Cut Planning
  11. Building a Rough Cut: Selecting Media
  12. Building a Rough Cut: The Edit
  13. Building a Rough Cut: Edit Points
  14. Refining Your Edit: Preparation
  15. Refining Your Edit: Making Cuts
  16. Refining Your Edit: Using Markers
  17. Refining Your Edit: J and L Cuts
  18. Refining Your Edit: Replace Edit
  19. Working with Audio: Overview
  20. Working with Audio: Levels
  21. Working with Audio: Music
  22. Working with Audio: Mixing And Syncing
  23. Transitions: Overview
  24. Transitions: Effect Controls
  25. Filters & Effects: Overview
  26. Filters & Effects: Using Multiple Filters
  27. Motion & Animation: Motion And Animation Overview
  28. Motion & Animation: Movement With Still Images
  29. Motion & Animation: Picture In Picture
  30. Motion & Animation: Motion Effects
  31. Titling & Graphics: Overview
  32. Titling & Graphics: Advanced Tools
  33. Titling & Graphics: Roll And Crawl Effects
  34. Titling & Graphics: Working With Photoshop
  35. Speed Changes: Overview
  36. Speed Changes: Stills And Variable Speeds
  37. Color Correction: Overview
  38. Color Correction: Lumetri Scopes
  39. Color Correction: Contrast
  40. Color Correction: Advanced Tools
  41. Color Correction: Adjusting To A Master Clip
  42. Finishing: Prepping for Output
  43. Finishing: QC Edit Points
  44. Sharing & Exporting: Overview
  45. Sharing & Exporting: Size And Quality
  46. Ingesting Media:
  47. Ingesting Media: Transferring And Importing
  48. Media Management & Archiving
  49. Multi-Camera Editing: Overview
  50. Multi-Camera Editing: Creating A Sequence
  51. Multi-Camera Editing: Switching Multiple Cameras
  52. Multi-Camera Editing: Finalizing
  53. Creating Timelapses: Shooting Strategies
  54. Creating Timelapses: Editing Images
  55. Creating Timelapses: Importing Strategies
  56. Creating Timelapses: Animation
  57. Advanced Editing Techniques: Take Command Of Your Timeline
  58. Advanced Editing Techniques: Transitions
  59. Advanced Editing Techniques: Keyboard Shortcuts
  60. Advanced Editing Techniques: Preference Hacks
  61. Thinking Like an Editor: Editing Choices
  62. Thinking Like an Editor: Telling the Story
  63. Special Tools: Warp Stabilizer
  64. Special Tools: Morph Cut
  65. Special Tools: Green Screen


a Creativelive Student

I've never even tried video editing before this class. I opened the program once and panicked. After only 9 lessons I was able to throw a short video together (basic of course, but still pretty cool). I wish all of my teachers growing up were just like Abba. He goes over everything without dragging anything on for too long. He repeats things just enough for me to actually remember them, and he is funny. He keeps it fun and shows that even he makes mistakes. I can't even believe how much I have learned in less than a quarter of his class. I have a long way to go and am very excited to learn more. This class is worth every penny and more! I was hesitant on buying the class because I have CS6 and he works with CC, but I have already used what I've learned in his course to create a video. The first 9 lessons were already worth what I paid for the entire course. Thank you, Abba! You are an awesome teacher! You have me absolutely obsessed with creating right now! I highly recommend! You won't find this thorough of a course for this decent price!

Patricia Downey

Just bought this yesterday and cannot stop watching!!!! What a FANTASTIC teacher-- just love the way he explains everything. For someone like me (who has a zillion questions) it is perfect. As soon as he introduces a feature, he explains several aspects in such a way that's easy to grasp and remember. So, so happy I got this. Thank you Abba and CreativeLive!

a Creativelive Student

I am only on lesson 19 and I am so glad I bought this class, so worth it and Abba packs so much information into these lessons its crazy. I will for sure have to come back and watch again when I need to remember to do stuff or need a refresher. He is funny and quirky and a great teacher. I so recommend this to anyone wanting to become a better video editor!! I am coming from being self taught and using iMovie and he makes it so simple and understandable. Can't wait to learn more :)

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