How To Use The Color Matching Tool In Premiere Pro


Hi Guys! Jordan with Motion Array and today we’re going to be looking at the Premiere Pro Color Match tool.  This tool basically gives you a one click solution to try and match up the color between two pieces of footage.  So let’s jump right into it and take a look!

How To Match Color In Premiere Pro

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So here we are inside of Premiere and we’ve got two pieces of footage on our timeline that we want to match the color between.  And right off the bat you can tell that the color is off between them. This can be a big problem in your videos because when you cut from one clip to another and the colors are very different, it can feel very much like a mistake, which in this case it is, it’s not a stylistic choice.  And it can be distracting to your audience.

So how do we match them up so that they feel like once cohesive project?  Well Premiere Pro has a one click color matching feature that can do almost the whole job for you.  Start by finding the color matching feature by going to lumetri color, and then going down to color wheels and match.  Once you drop it down, you can see the color matching section here. And if you click comparison view, you can start working with this feature.  

Here you can now see we have a layout that gives us a reference clip, and a current clip.  You’re going to want to find a clip that you are most happy with. This is known as your Reference Clip, and is located in this window here.  

This will be the clip that stays the same, and that you’ll use as a template to change the color of the other clip with.   There’s a couple different ways that you can go about choosing this clip.

You have a slider down here at the bottom of that frame that if you scrub through, it goes through your current timeline and you can stop on any reference frame of your choice.  But what I like to do is have a little bit more control, and find the particular frame that I want on my real timeline down here. Then once I’ve found it, copy the timecode here, and then paste it into the timecode up here for the reference clip.  Now we have exactly the right frame that we want as our starting reference.

Next, we’re going to find the clip that we want to change the color of to match the one on the left.  This is easy, because it works by just taking the current frame that you’re over with your playhead. So once you find the right clip with your playhead, you’re ready for the next step.

If you wanted to play around with particular ways of viewing your clips, down here you have three particular ways that you can view your reference and current clips side by side.  You have this first view called side by side, and you can also view them with a linear divide in either a horizontal, or vertical divide. And if you select either of these, you can move the divide around to see more or less of a certain clip.  Cool right?

Ok, so now we have our reference and current clips set up to go, so what do we do next?  Well truthfully the hard work has already been done. There’s just 2 more things to double check.  Go over to your color match section and look at Face Detection. If there’s a face prominently displayed in your footage, like in our example, then leave this checked.  What this does is ensures that a special degree of care is given to skin tones when matching these two pieces of footage, because, fun fact, no matter who you are or what color your skin is, all skin tones will appear somewhere in this small region of the color wheel.  

But if there’s no face prominently displayed in your shot, like in this landscape example for instance, then you should uncheck this so that it’s not searching for something that’s not there.

Great! You’re ready to go ahead and hit Apply Match.

And you can see right away that this does a great job of matching the color between our two clips.  If we do just a quick before and after, we can see that our final result is way better than what we started with.  And here’s the best part. If it does a good job but doesn’t quite get it perfect, you can still go in and make changes yourself, and you can use what the color match did to give you a much easier starting place.  You can use the color wheels down here like what the color match tool used, or you can use any other portion of lumetri color to continue making changes. Now you can go ahead and make your images look absolutely stunning!  

And guys that’s it that’s an overview of the Color Match tool in Premiere Pro.  I hope you found this video helpful. If you did, as always we’ve got lots of other tutorials ready to view for free here at  Please give us a thumbs up and if you’d like to see more tutorials, we’ve got lots of other Premiere Pro TutorialsAfter Effects tutorials, and filmmaking tutorials for you to check out!

Thanks for watching and see you in the next video.

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