Isn’t life funny sometimes… just when you’re looking for answers, they present themselves!
In this case, I’m editing Episode II of my webseries, 7 Shades of Lenity, and we had shot a fight scene at night, and some of the footage is way too dark, and using the usual color correction plugins is way too complex, and wasn’t yielding decent results (I’m a newbie at this).
Enter Richard Harrington of RHED Pixel, an Adobe Product Evangelist with his brand new tutorial on “Equalizing Color and Exposure” on CreativeCow.Net.
This simple plugin, with 3 options and a slider, helps light up your footage that you thought was previously unusable.
Obviously, dark footage, when bumped up shows a lot of noise, so I’ve had to stick in the 2%-8% range, but the difference is clear.
So, if your shots are just a little too dark (next time, light them properly) but give Equalize a try.
Thanks a lot, Richard.
Writer, Director, Filmmaker