Using Video Correction in Ultimatte
Ultimatte software allows you to edit, redesign, create new high-quality footage and apply video correction when needed. Let's see what steps need to be followed when deciding to edit and apply video correction.
Step 1: Open Your Project
Load your footage from File -> Open/Load project. You can also drag it from its folder into the window or right-click on it, and select Open with -> After Effects. Load the plug-in by going to Edit -> Preferences -> Plug-ins and check for the Ultimatte plug-in box. Click it.
Step 2: Open the Video Correction Menu
Make sure the Effects and Presets menu is open. If not, you can find it in the menu bar in Window. Search for Channel, Color Correction and Levels in the dropdown menu. Make sure they stay open, as you will need them for video correction. Go to Levels and drag it to the Layer.
Step 3: Adjust the Tolerance
Check your histogram and stretch the White values and the Black values until they fit the histogram edges. Make sure that the "Clip to Output Black" and "Clip to Output White" boxes stay checked. This helps with adjusting the black and white tolerance levels.
Step 4: Correct Color
Go to Animation Presets in the dropdown menu and look for Color Correction->Curves. Adjust the curves +1 point in the upper part and -1 point in the lower part. This will add a little contrast to your footage.
Step 5: Add a Film Glow
Create a film glow by going to the Layer menu and choose New->Adjustment Layer. This is a common step used in video correction. This will make certain parts of your footage stand out in a natural way. Select the Mask tool from the Tool menu. Select the upper or lower half of your footage and trace a box-shaped selection.
Step 6: Add Box Blur
In the new adjustment layer, go to the dropdown menu again and type in the Box Blur or search for Blur & Sharpen. Choose Box Blur and double click it to apply it.
Step 7: Adjust the Contrast
Go back to the adjustment layer, right click and transfer the mode to Overlay. Increase Contrast and Saturation. Sharpen some of the details using the Sharpening tool. This will highlight color details in your footage, making the dark darker and the white lighter.
Step 8: Add a Colorized Glow
Add a colorized glow to make it more dramatic by going to Blur Box and checking Blur Radius.
Step 9: Add a Lens Effect
Make a Lens effect to point out other footage details. Go to Layer -> New -> Solid, or use CTRL+Y. Click on the small color box and choose a 50% gray color, while RGB remains at 128. Click ok.
Step 10: Final Touches
Add a final light retouch in order to make the background seem a bit brighter. You can also invert colors to add other effects.