How to Easily Color Match Any Two Cameras in Post-Production

Watching films is one of the most common ways of entertainment but it takes skills to come up with great end products. One of those skills is knowing how to merge pictures from different cameras in order to make them look the same. This is important because most great films require multiple cameras during production. It can also be challenging when the cameras used are from different brands and therefore have different specifications.

Matching colors in two different cameras may differ in complexity depending on the make and model or the cameras involved. However, with the correct methods, you can get the job easily done.

Get the tools

There are many available apps that can help one complete such a task easily. You simply need to choose one that appeals to you most. One tool that is commonly used and is very helpful is the Look Up Table. Simply known as lut, this tool can help you match colors from 2 cameras with ease.

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Start by creating an outer layer that extends beyond the area you need the size of the image you want to match. You then add a lut to create the general outlook of the color you want. This will make it easier for you to fine tune the two colors.

Exposure

Matching the contrast colors between the two images is the next step in matching colors post production. You can simply adjust the exposure controls by choosing the contrast you want for the two images/videos.

Adjusting the shadows and highlights can also help to give you the perfect end result so you can also use them after getting the best contrast.

Balancing

Some people set up the white balance feature before they start but sometimes it doesn’t give the desired results. You still need to make sure the colors are well balanced since the cameras may have more colors than others. A vector scope can be very helpful in this case since it will show you which images have more blue or orange colors.

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Once you identify them you can simply add orange color to the areas that have more blue and add blue to the parts that have more orange. You should pay more attention to the characters captured by the camera since the skin tones are usually the most problematic areas.

Tint

Since every camera is made differently with different features, they all respond to different factors differently when being used. Light, specifically has been known to affect different cameras differently because of their different sensors. They may therefore give you images that are green or pink.

You therefore have to rectify this by using tint to cover such areas. This requires you to be very careful since the colors may not easily visible but can still have undesired results if not changed.

Conclusion

The process of color matching may be long and tiring but it gives great reward. You have to be patient and go through every detail slowly. Switching between two shots constantly to see if they match is even more difficult. Some cameras have incorporated a new feature called “comparison view” that helps you match the footage side by side. This helps makes matching easier and increases chances of doing it right thereby reducing the time it takes to edit.