Post Production in Premiere Pro CC
We've just had a great day of filming and I'm now back at the campsite, and I wanna do a little bit of post-production just to show you a few things that I do to achieve that film look. So we're just gonna hop in. I've already selected a clip. I wanna show you guys my screen, so we have a special connector here connected to my laptop and I also have my hard drive right here. I've already inputted the clip that I like so we'll just jump right in. I'm gonna use Adobe Premier to do this and the principles still apply though if you use another editing app. So I'll show you the clip that I have. It's a clip of me orbiting around my friend kayaking in the river, and you see we got that sun flare right there. I think it looks really cool. And as I mentioned during the lesson, I did shoot a flat color profile, so that then allows me to come in to Adobe Premier and do some color correction. So I always start with my color correction first, and then I'll do a color grade after that. So I'm gonna...
double-click on my clip. And I'm gonna come over here to my basic color correction tab. And if your screen doesn't look like mine, it's maybe because you're up here on the editing tab. So when I do color correction and color grading I click right here on the color option and then I get this nice panel right here. So I can adjust the color temperature. If I double-click on that, it resets at zero. I can adjust the exposure. Again, double-click and it goes back to zero. I do like to have my imagery be a little bit warmer, so I tend to give it a little bit of a booster right there on the temperature. And I'm going to pull my highlights back just a little bit. And I might bump up my shadows, and I'm basically just doing this to taste. So I'm just kind of looking at the scene. I shot it flat, meaning that I can start to play with some of these parameters. I know that my shadows were a little heavier because of the way I shot it, so I'm just gonna pull them up just a little bit. And then I might pull my whites down just a little bit so the sky area up in here isn't so blown out. So if I'm happy with this, then what I do next is I move on to the creative channel down here. And this gives me a whole new dialogue box. And this is where I put in my LUTs. So that's the look-up table. It's basically like those pre-sets that you can apply to a photo if you ever edited in Instagram or something like that. So I'm gonna click right here on this option, and I can browse and go find some LUTs that maybe I downloaded or I bought online. Or yours might look like this. You might already have some installed in here, and so I basically do is I just kind of filter through 'em to see which ones I like. I'm just clicking over here on the right-hand side. Just seeing which one kind of catches my eye. So this gives me nice quick preview. And I do have favorites, so sometimes I'll just go straight to my favorite. I do like this SL gold western though, so if I'm happy with this, I'm going to apply it by clicking right here on this image and now you can see I just applied it to my footage. And for me this is a little too intense. It's a little heavy. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna pull it back right here on this intensity. I'm gonna just pull this slider back. I just want the effect to be there, but I don't want it to overpower the shot. So maybe somewhere right in here. And again, what this has done is this has given my footage now a little bit more of a style. This water looks a little bit different. I can show you by clicking here, turning it on and off. I've lost a little bit of the blue and we've gone a little warmer. And because I did shoot it with that profile that we went over during the class, I know that my sharpen was down. So if I feel like it's relevant I will tend to give a little bit of sharpen here. So all these settings always change, depending on what I'm editing, but these are the main ones that I tend to go through. So if I'm happy with this, I'll just kinda scroll through it. I think that looks pretty good. What I'll do from here then is throw in a letterbox .png file. And you can make your own in Photoshop. Some type of imaging app like that. Or you can go find some online and download them. So I'm just gonna import one that I like to use. And I'll just select it, I'll import it. And then I'm gonna throw this on top. And I'll drag this out so the duration matches. And now you see that I have my black bars. SO this is one of the reasons why I like to take full advantage of the sensor. So in the case of shooting with a Phantom that's using the 3.2 aspect ratio, staying away from the 16. because you can always do a crop in post. And what this now allows me to do is I can select my effects controls, and I can move this clip up and down and kind of reframe the shot because I have more imagery on the top and the bottom of those bars. So I'm gonna make sure that she's not too close to the bottom. And I'll just scoot this back up and make sure that looks pretty good. Yeah, that looks pretty good. And I'll just play it to see what it looks like. Alright, so that looks pretty good. Now what I'm gonna do, give it a quick save. I'm gonna go up to file, export media. And if you are comfortable with making your own settings in here, go ahead and do that. Otherwise, what you can do is you can just use one of the presets. I'm gonna give it a quick name though. So on the output I'm just gonna throw it right here. I'll make an export folder. And I'll save that. And I'll come down to this preset. And usually what I do is, depending on where this is gonna go, if this was a full video, longer than obviously the 16 seconds or so that I'm showing you here, if I'm gonna post it to YouTube, I'll use the YouTube preset. If I'm gonna post it to Facebook, there's a Facebook preset. A Vimeo, et cetera. So let's just say I'm gonna post it onto YouTube. I'm gonna do a YouTube 1080p HD. Because I shot it 1080p HD. And I'm gonna scroll down, and sometimes if the quality isn't good, I will change this target bitrate and I'll increase this to something higher. Maybe somewhere in the 20s, something like that. But I won't know until I look at it. And then too if I'm having any issues with the compression, I will switch this over to a variable bitrate two-pass, see what that looks like. And then if I'm really frustrated with those settings, I'm just gonna give it a constant bitrate. And that just means the file is gonna be even bigger because the variable bitrate compresses it depending on how complex the scene is. So I'm gonna try leaving it just at that one pass and seeing how that is. I'm gonna click right here, use maximum render quality, and I'll click on this export option. Let's go on and run through the export right here. And then we'll check it out. Full screen. See how this looks. Got the flare coming right through the trees there. I think that looks pretty cool. The reflection with the clouds and the water. And I'm happy with that. So that's just basically a quick look at how I go through and edit my clips. I always apply a color correction first. Make sure it looks right before I throw on the fun stuff like a filter, which is known as a LUT. And really what I encourage you guys to do is to play with these settings. You don't have to completely copy what I have. Go through, adjust it, see how it looks. All footage looks different depending on the time of day, where it was shot, so you really need to find what works best for you. But this is my workflow. I highly recommend you add the letterbox bars at the end. It gives you that cinematic look that you're used to seeing when you watch a movie. So that's how I go through and edit my photos. I hope that was helpful. I want you to tag your photos, your videos with FromWhereIDrone. I would love to see it. And thanks so much for watching this episode, and I'll see you guys next time.