View Full Version : Colour Correcting live music that uses coloured lighting

08-19-2009, 05:03 AM

This is something that's been frustrating me lately. When I video live music I sometimes am able to talk to the lighting guys about the lighting setup, ensure it's video friendly etc.

However, many other occasions I can't, and as such the performance has that awful coloured hue you get from the lights - often a bad purplish/pink/blue colour.

Is there a good way to colour correct this footage to get it back to neutral, and then re-colour correct to your chosen look? As everything I do seems to retain the awful hue so my choices get so limited - oh maybe I'll have it all pink, maybe all blue - there's very little latitude for change and it means I get crap looking footage.

08-19-2009, 06:40 AM
Never bother the live production dudes over this. Just color correct/create as needed. If reds get illegal, tone em down when you have to and leave em alone whan ya don't. Go by your scopes. You'll find disolves from a color corrected clip to an untreated clip work fine. Cuts will if the change happenes in a frame.