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How to Use Video Color Correction in iMovie?

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Jun 11, 2024• Proven solutions

The cameras are more and more popular in our daily life, especially when you travel to some places. Today, the cameras make it very easy for you to get some good quality videos and photos. But sometimes, the autofocus camera may misread the brightness or balance of the environment and your work get a not good-looking or natural color. At this time, you want to correct the color of your photos or videos to get true colors under different lighting conditions and boost weak colors.

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Part 1: How to Correct Movie Color in iMovie?

Here are the detailed steps of color correction in iMovie for your reference.

Step 1. Turn on Advanced Tools

To use iMovie color correction, you should turn on the Advanced Tools first. You can do this by going to iMovie Preferences > General, and then you will see a window as below. Select "Show Advanced Tools" to turn iMovie color correction on.

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Step 2. Open the Video Inspection

Go to File > Import > Movies and select videos from your computer to add the video to iMovie. Open the video Inspection by double click it or hit the gear in front of the video clip and select "Clip Adjustments".

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Step 3. Begin to Correct Video Color in iMovie

In the Inspector, choose the "Video" tab and in the following window, you can change and correct video color as you like. Here you can adjust the exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation, red gain, green gain, blue gain, and white point. You can preview the effect in the viewing window in real-time. If you are satisfied with the effect, hit "Done" to save and finish the video color correction in iMovie.

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Learn More: Color Correction and Color Grading in Post Video Creation


Part 2: An Easier Way to Correct Movie Color on Mac

To help you easily adjust colors, Wondershare Filmora can be a good choice. All you have to do is drag-n-drop your videos to the program, double click it and then adjust the Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, and Hue. Besides, you can also use it to crop, split, rotate, merge, adjust audio, and add lots of cool video effects as you like. Now just download it and explore the endless editing features it provides!

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Step 1. Import Your Media Files

Go to File > Import Media or just drag and drop your videos from iTunes library, Photo Booth, etc. You can also use the capture device or the built-in iSight to capture video.

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Step 2. Correct the Video Color

Place the video onto the timeline and double click it. In the pop-up Video Inspector, you can easily adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, and hue of your video. There'll be a real-time preview result shown on the right. If you're happy with the effect, hit "OK" to confirm your settings.

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Step 3. Save or Share Your Video

When everything is OK, hit "Export" to save or share your video. You can either directly share your works to YouTube or Vimeo or save to local disk and mobile devices. What's more, you can also burn to DVD.

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Shanoon Cox
Shanoon Cox is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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