Do you have your video edit picture finally locked by the client, and now you are ready to color correct the video? If so, you'll need to prep your sequence for color correction. Here are some tips that will help you do it.
Export a Reference Video
Things do not always translate properly when going from video editing software to color correcting software. That's why it helps to export a reference video that is exactly how the sequence is intended to look by the video editor. You can then compare this video to the imported timeline and see how they compare by flipping back and forth between the two. This can help you with making blow-ups of the footage that did not come through properly, or translate other missed video effects like horizontally flipped footage.
Reconnect Your Raw Footage
Don't make the mistake of doing all your prep work with low res proxy files connected to your sequence. Now is the time to reconnect those raw footage files so that your export media contains the master clip. If not, you'll be creating a lot more work for yourself in the color correction software trying to get everything reconnected.
Simplify Your Timeline
Chances are, there are a lot of video layers in your project that are simply not necessary. You may have other shots that are not used buried underneath active tracks or videos layered on top of each unnecessarily. You'll want to simplify your entire timeline so that it is as easy as possible to export. This means trimming the heads and tails of clips so that they are all on one track of video and getting rid of graphical elements that will not be color corrected.
Put Additional Shots at the End of the Timeline
If you have alternative shots that you want color corrected, it is a good idea to place them at the end of the timeline after the main edit. This will make it easier to grab that footage and compare it to the rest of the sequence while color correcting. When exporting the final color, it will also be placed sequentially at the end of the list of exported files.
Do Not Export Audio
Since you're focusing on color, it's a good idea to remove all audio from your sequence when exporting it for color. That reference picture can be used to bring in a single track of audio if you need to hear it, rather than individual audio clips that may become out of sync.
To learn more, contact companies that supply color grading software.
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