Color correction


Color correction effects are designed to enhance the visual quality of layers by adjusting their colors. Color correction is intended for the initial color manipulation and for fixing problems.

Also see Color grading.

Auto color, contrast & levels

These effects automatically adjust the layer's color, contrast or levels.

The image below shows the different results of auto color, auto contrast and auto levels from top to bottom:

autograding

By default the auto grading effects update on each frame, which can cause fluctuations in the layer's appearance as the contents of the frame change.

By activating the Select frame property you can manually choose a frame to use as the source for the automatic adjustment, which will be used for the duration of the layer.

Brightness & contrast

Quick adjustment of the layer's brightness and contrast.

Brightness contrasrt

Color balance

Individually adjust the balance of red, green and blue in the layer's shadows, midtones and highlights.

The Preserve luminosity property retains the layer's original brightness when altering the colors.

Color balance

Color correction wheels

This effect provides a visual way to quickly adjust the highlights, midtones and shadows of your layer.

wheels

You can drag on the color wheels to adjust the color balance of highlights (top wheel), midtones (middle wheel) and shadows (bottom wheel). The further out from the center of the color wheel you drag the point, the more saturated the colors will become.

The sliders can be used to adjust the strength and lightness of the adjustment, and the rotator on the wheels changes the hue.

Additional controls can be found in the property groups below the wheels, including a white balance property which functions the same as the separate white balance effect.

Here you can see the difference the color wheels effect can make to a layer, with the original shown first and the color corrected version below it:

Color wheels

Color temperature

Use to warm or cool your layer.

Color temp

Crush blacks & whites

An alternative to simply altering the contrast, this enables you to change the black and white points separately for finer control.

crush

Exposure

Requires HitFilm 2 Ultimate.

Simulates the effect of letting more light into the camera lens.

Exposure

Gamma

Individually alter the gamma of red, green and blue channels.

Gamma

Hotspots

Requires HitFilm 2 Ultimate.

A quick and easy way to isolate the bright areas of your layer.

highlights

Hue, saturation & lightness

Control over the hue, saturation and lightness of each color channel.

HSL

Levels histogram

Requires HitFilm 2 Ultimate.

Levels gives you detailed information about the channel composition of the layer. The graph tabs or the sliders can be used to constrain the layer. The histogram is a more accurate way to assess colors than by eye.

levels

Levels example

White balance

If your video was shot with incorrect white balance, this effect can help to correct the problem. Use the color pipette to select a part of the video that should be white and the layer will be corrected.

In the example below, the white balance has been set to the wall behind the actress. The top image is the original, with an overly warm, yellowish appearance, while the bottom image shows the corrected white balance.

whitebalance