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How To Digitally Color Correct Movie Film

All film degrades over time, which means your movie film may have become faded & discolored. Once you have converted your movie film to digital, you can color correct your video files to restore the picture back to its original color. To do this, you will need video editing software. We personally like Adobe Premiere Pro, but Pinnacle Studio will suffice & is more affordable. Some video editing software come with "auto" correct, and you can play around with those features. However, manually making adjustments allows you to control every aspect of your video files. When color correcting video files some of the most important tools will be:

The Top 5 Color Correction Tools:


  • Brightness – whether your video is too light or dark, this tool allows you to adjust the lightness & darkness of your video.

  • Contrast- This tool allows you to adjust the difference between the light & the dark points of your video.

  • Temperature – This allows you to adjust discolored video. If you video is too blue, then you can adjust the temperature to "warm" it up.

  • Saturation – This tool allows you to make the colors more vibrant and bold. Be careful to not go too crazy with this tool, otherwise the colors will look fake & blown out.

  • Gamma – This tool adjusts the lightness of the video without affects the white & dark points (the contrast). A high gamma will make a video lighter, a low gamma will make the video.


When applying any color correcting tool, it will affect your entire timeline unless you break it up first. So if a 20 second clip needs to be adjusted, you will need to use the slice tool to break the segment up. This way you can adjust the 20 second clip without causing a negative effect on the rest of your timeline.

If you don't feel up to the challenge of learning how to color correct your own movie film, you can have Larsen Digital do the color correction.

To Learn more about movie film conversion: visit Movie Film in High Definition

To Learn more about digital color correction: visit Digital Color Correction