How to Get per­fect colours with iMovie

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5 White bal­ance

… Presto! The colours in­stantly lift to the right point. Try this first with vir­tu­ally any dodgy-look­ing winter clip and a de­cent re­sult should be ob­tain­able al­most in­stantly. Hit the tick to con­firm your changes.

6 Fix­ing colours

How your footage looks straight off the cam­era de­pends what you shot it on. An ex­pen­sive cam­era doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily get it right every time. DSLRs, for ex­am­ple, of­ten shoot quite flat footage, so hit the Color Cor­rec­tion but­ton next.

7 Con­trast

This slider is a bit tricky to mas­ter. The ex­treme ends ad­just a clip’s lev­els: where the black and white points are, so drag­ging them away from each other in­creases ap­par­ent con­trast. Ex­per­i­ment un­til it looks right to you.

8 And bright­ness

The han­dle in the mid­dle ad­justs bright­ness – nor­mally drag­ging it slightly right will get your clip look­ing spot on; while the tee­ni­est of tugs on the sat­u­ra­tion slider to the right should fin­ish most jobs. Ap­ply a light touch!

9 Copy

Big­ger projects, of course, will have mul­ti­ple in­di­vid­ual clips, and if they were all shot in the same light­ing con­di­tions, the changes you’ve made to your first clip will be ap­pro­pri­ate for other clips. To copy your set­tings, right-click and choose Copy.

10 And paste

Choose an­other clip, and click Edit > Paste Ad­just­ments. If you’ve fol­lowed the steps above, Video is the one you want to choose, but you’ll no­tice there are plenty of op­tions be­sides – as well as be­ing able to copy all your ad­just­ments at once.

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