Edius SP: Using Color Correction

Edius SP is a very unique combination of hardware and software solutions that provide the professional video editor complete control over almost any video footage. It enables the user to provide real time editing of standard definition and high definition videos along any format structure and can work with almost any other professional audio and video equipment on the market.

Its color correction abilities are particularly noteworthy in the sense that they provide the user with precise control over the look and feel of the video footage.

Step 1: Fixing the White Balance

You will load a suitable clip that needs color correction, into the Edius timeline. You will now go to the effects palette and find the white balance filter. You will click and drag this filter onto the timeline, and then go to the Information palette and double click the white balance filter to bring up its settings dialog box.

You will notice that the default settings selected by the Edius program are already fairly adequate for the correction process. You can now simply click on a portion of the screen that is in neutral color. You can try hitting different points and see the color balance in the screen change with it. You may want to use a “hit and trial” technique to find the appropriate white balance.

You can use the preview controls to change what part of your window will actually show the preview of changes being made. This is especially useful for comparing close shades of white. You may also change the proportions of the preview display. Click OK to apply the white balance filler to the clip.

Step 2: Fixing Brightness (Color Balance)

You will go to the Effects palette to grab the color balance filter and move it to the timeline. Open up its settings and you will see a slider for brightness adjustment. You will proceed to adjust the brightness and color levels on the scene according to your choice. If you notice that the filter is not providing you the degree of control needed according to your needs, you may delete the filter from the settings area and apply a different one.

Step 3: Using the Curve Filter

A curve filter is used to provide the video editor with a greater degree of control over luminance, which means that you will be able to adjust shadows and highlights individually. You will be able to drag the curve up and down and adjust the luminance range on the scene. You may click anywhere to create additional “spline” points and then modify them according to the true nature of your footage. You can use the preview controls to change what part of your window will actually show the preview of changes being made with this filter as well.

Scrub the clip around to see if the color changes suit your requirements and make any suitable changes accordingly. If you are happy with the changes, you will click OK to apply the filter and associated changes.