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.

Auto Color

Ignite includes three Auto grading effects to adjust the layer's color, contrast or levels.

Compare the following image in each of these three effects to see the different results they give.

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Threshold: sets the threshold below which colors will remain unaffected.
Blend With Original: the effect of the Auto Color can be softened by increasing this setting. Higher values retain more of the original color.
Select Frame: 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.

Auto Contrast

Ignite includes three Auto grading effects to adjust the layer's color, contrast or levels.

Compare the following image in each of these three effects to see the different results they give.

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Threshold: sets the threshold below which colors will remain unaffected.
Blend With Original: the effect of the Auto Contrast can be softened by increasing this setting. Higher values retain more of the original color.
Select Frame: 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.

Auto Levels

Ignite includes three Auto grading effects to adjust the layer's color, contrast or levels.

Compare the following image in each of these three effects to see the different results they give.

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Threshold: sets the threshold below which colors will remain unaffected.
Blend With Original: the effect of the Auto Levels can be softened by increasing this setting. Higher values retain more of the original color.
Select Frame: 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.

Color Temperature

Use to warm or cool the colors in your layer. Color temperature is measured in Kelvin.

Temperature: adjusting to the left reduces color temperature, introducing more orange and red into the image. Adjusting to the right increases the color temperature, shifting it towards blue.

Crush Blacks & Whites

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

Black: Increasing this slider will raise the threshold below which shadow areas will be pushed into Black.
White: decreasing this slider lowers the threshold above which highlights will be pushed into White.

Hotspots

A quick and easy way to isolate and alter the bright areas of your layer. Hotspots allow you to select and modify the brightest areas of your image, based on a user-defined brightness threshold.

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Threshold: Sets the brightness threshold on which the effect is based. Only areas above your Threshold setting will retain detail.
Threshold Add Color: All areas of the image below the threshold level will be filled with the color you select here. By default the color is black, which can be useful for isolating the hot spots in your image for compositing purposes. For example, you could duplicate your footage, apply Hot Spots to the top copy, then set the blend mode of the top copy to Screen to blend the results of the Hot Spots effect onto the original copy of the footage below it.
Saturation: Adjusts the intensity of the colors in any areas brighter than the Threshold.
Brightness: Alters the brightness of all areas in your footage which are brighter than the Threshold.
Smooth Source: Applies a blur to the source image before calculating the threshold, which is useful for smoothing the transition areas around the threshold and removing graininess in the result.

White Balance

If your video was shot with incorrect white balance, or has an undesirable color shift, this effect can help to correct the problem. Use the color pipette to select a part of the video that should be white (or neutral grey) and the layer will be corrected.

In the example below, the white balance has been set to the frames of the sunglasses. The first image is the original, with an overly warm, yellowish appearance, while the second image shows the corrected white balance.

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