How to Get perfect colours with iMovie
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.
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!
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.