Chapter 8. Shot Matching and Scene Balancing

One of the most time-intensive tasks the colorist must perform is the process of matching the color, contrast, and visual quality of all shots within a scene so they look like they’re all taking place at the same time, within the same location. Noticeable variations in color or exposure between two shots, such as one shot being a little brighter and another shot being a little dimmer, will accentuate the cut point joining them together, which can make the editing seem choppier than it really is. Also, in the worst cases, such variations appear as continuity errors, and you don’t want that.

Careful cinematographers may make shot matching easier for you by balancing the lighting and exposure in each ...

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