Wedding Video Editing: Filters and Tones

Wedding video editing is a specialized craft. It is a very important job. You are piecing together footage from one of the most important days in two people's lives. This footage will become their wedding video, and they will watch it for years to come. If you're coming into video editing from a photography background, then you're used to using filters and tones to touch up your work in programs like Adobe Photoshop. Yet, if you're using Adobe Premiere Pro to edit the footage, you won't find the words "filter" or "tones" in the video effects menu. But just because they're not plainly labeled doesn't mean they're not there. You just need to do a little searching to get the results you want.


Filters allow us to place effects over the whole image. In Photoshop, they're all organized under Filters, but in Premiere Pro's video effects, they're all over the place. But they're there under Blur/Sharper, Distort, Stylize, etc. When editing a wedding video, you don't want to go too crazy with the filters. Moziac, for example, isn't really appropriate for the content. But there are still a lot of creative options that are available to you, especially in video.

With video, you can control an effect over time. Maybe you can start the ceremony in black and white and then fade everything to color (with key frames) when the bride arrives. The only limit is your imagination. Just don't go overboard. You can quickly irritate your viewers by throwing effect after effect at them. Keep it natural for the most part. After all, the purpose of the video is to preserve memories.


In video, we change our tones using the power of color correction, which is an art in itself. In fact, there are some people in the motion picture industry who make a nice living through color correction. But since you most likely do not have the money to hire them, it's up to you to do it yourself. 

A digital camcorder works by capturing light through a lens. That light is converted by an image sensor into pixels. Each pixel is made up of a unique combination of three colors; Red, Green, and Blue. Because light is usually made up of different colors, depending on the situation, a camera man "white balances" to compensate for this. By white balancing, he lets the camera know that this is what white is under the particular circumstances.

White balances aren't always perfect. Sometimes you need to adjust the overall tones in your image. If the image seems too warm (orange), then you have to take down the red color values. If it's too cool (blue) then you need to take the blue levels down and raise the reds. This is just a quick crash course; the best way to learn is to experiment on you own. Color correction is an added effect, so if it's not working, you can simply delete it and revert back to your original image.

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