I recently made my first diving videos and they all have this greenish touch. Could you please recommend a video editor to fix this?
Googleing I found a video tutorial for GoPro Studio which looks promising but it's discontinued :/
On Ubuntu I tried AviDemux and Shotcut, but with both I couldn't get good results.
On Windows I haven't found any free tools, but opening a frame from a video in paint.net and using the Auto Level feature (I guess it fiddles with the histogram) leads to very good colors.
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Unfortunately I wasn't able to get even close with any video editor I tried so far.
Thanks for any suggestions, kopi
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Last edited by redwudz; 12th Jul 2018 at 19:14.
Hello and thanks for your tipps. All those programs offer some kind of color correction, but I couldn't find one that does it automatically for each frame. Since I've different depth in my video, the color correction would have to adapt quite often. So I tried AviDemux again and clicked through every filter. The Avisynth color filter has an option for AutoWhite. With this option the videos are not perfect, but ok.
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Would you know another program with such a feature that fixes every frame itself and not by setting a filter for a sequence or even a whole video? Tanks, kopi
Matey - what you are asking for is auto colour correction - this is not really how most editors work
Virtualdub2, davinci resolve, adobe after effects and even the old windows movie maker that came with w7 have correction,
but when i edit my u/w stuff, i do it per clip, and adjust accordingly depending on the depth,
and how much red has been taken out by the water.
in practice, adding some magenta, changing the gamma, and increasing the contrast to varying degrees can give a pleasing result.
this is where i learned how to do it:
I'm not aware of any s/w that can do the above automatically across multiple clips,
although clips taken at the same depth rarely require different settings
You can speed up the process if you carry a "white" slate to help set the white balance,
but i have found carrying an extra bit of gear a larger pain that editing in post.
You could also consider a video light - this brings all the colours out, and
for the lit subjects, no correction would be necessary
Hope this helps rather than confuse.
For specific advice on editing underwater footage, you may like to stroll over to:
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General visualization of water light absorption by depth, with red having the heaviest level of attenuation (loss). While cyan, blue, and probably purple have much less attenuation.
Edit: After looking at the photo there is very little Red information in comparison to the Green and Blue.
2nd Edit: Messing around in Rawtherapee I came out with this. There is just so little Red information, the rocks themselves have about zero Red info, with the white sand having a bit more.
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Last edited by KarMa; 17th Jul 2018 at 22:20.
Davinci does this quite easily, checking the Parade and Vectorscope, you'll get similar results, there's no much color information to work with.
I'm using GIMP as the next example, sorry I'm kind of busy right now, you can also do this in Davinci, to create your Red, Green and Blue channels or layers to subtract the diference between then to find your white, restore some of the details.
Then working layer by layer to reconstruct the shot, os do a post production to do a blue casting to it, colorize the sand, etc.
As people already told you, you need to prep to do underwater shotting for best results.
Last edited by amaipaipai; 18th Jul 2018 at 09:01.
I have settled on Shotcut for underwater video color correction. Here’s the recipe that I’ve discovered works best::
Import your clip(s) then:
Filter -> White Balance (use sand, skin, greys or whites to balance)
Filter -> Hue/Lightness/Saturation (small Hue adjustment +/-5%, reduce Lightness >5%, big saturation adjustment >150%
Filter -> Contrast (50-55%)
Filter -> Sharpness if necessary (40-50% works for me)
I have also used “Filter->Color Grading” to fine tune these levels, but the above is the most efficient recipe I’ve devised so far.
Caution once you dive deeper than 15m then the reds may be too weak to recover - this is a consequence of greater light absorpbtion by the water. You may need to use underwater video lighting unless the underwater visibility is extremely good. Before you dive, make sure you ‘lock’ your camera’s white balance to avoid color drift.
I have produced a document of camera setup tips that might offer additional help - https://barnsleybsacdivers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Underwater-Video-Workshop-v1.pdf