Vegas Pro Color Correction Tutorial for Beginners

By Mar 12,2017 23:28 pm

It is not possible to do color correction without professional knowledge but for beginners it is important to learn color correction terms first. Vegas Pro is one of the best software tools for applying color correction on images/videos and the article below contains complete information about how to use Vegas Pro for color correction applications. For those who want to know all about the how to correct color in Vegas Pro, following details can provide complete information with examples.

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Terms Definition

Some of you might have heard about the basic terms used in color signals that are brightness, hue and saturation. All of these play important role in every color image or video signal so it is necessary to be familiar with their basic definitions as well as their use in Vegas Pro.

The table below contains complete information about color correction terms:

Terms Definition How to adjust them in Vegas Pro How to check them in Vegas Pro
Tonal Range It defines the range from darkest to lightest level of brightness Brightness and Contrast Plugin Histogram: displays the Brightness and Contrast of your video
Full Tonal Range Extends from RGB values of 0, 0, 0 (Pure Black) to 255, 255, 255 (Pure White) Brightness and Contrast Plugin
Shadows Refers to luminance values for anything that sits in the lower third of the tonal range. Brightness and Contrast Plugin
Mid-tones The luminance values that lie in middle third range of tonal angle are defined by Mid Tones Brightness and Contrast Plugin
Highlights The values contained in upper third portion of tonal angle are represented by Highlights Brightness and Contrast Plugin
Gamma This value refers to the mid tones; variation of gamma helps to drive signal between darker or brighter mid tones Color Corrector Plugin and Levels Plugin
Contrast The altercation between dark and light defined contrast Brightness and Contrast Plugin
Hue What color it is Color Corrector Plugin Vectorscope: It is used to display values of saturation and hue present in video signal
Saturation Saturation defines intensity value of color signal Color Corrector Plugin
Brightness Refers to luminance value Brightness and Contrast Plugin Waveform: Helps to represent brightness levels in video
RGB Red, Green and Blue Color Curve Plugin RGB Parade: Displays brightness value of individual R, G and B colors

How to correct color in Vegas Pro – Examples

Following steps can help you to understand the implementation of color correction tool in Vegas Pro:

Step 1: Turn on Videoscope

On software screen, go to View present at top left corner and then from drop down menu select Windows layouts, further you need to choose Color Correction.

Turn on Videoscope

Actually Vegas Pro software possesses four different color/video scopes that can be used for different purpose as described in the table above. Vectorscope, Histogram, Waveform and RGB Parade provide complete analysis of video signal. With the help of these easy to manipulate tools users can adjust highlights, mid tones, shadows, gamma values, luminance values, hue and saturation, contrast and brightness as well as tonal range for the input signal.

Step 2: Vectorscope

As already discussed in previous section, Vectorscope is used to provide information related to basic components of video signals that are saturation and hue.

When a value lies at central position of this scope that means it have zero saturation and hue is also missing. As the values keep on moving far away from center point, the amount of hue and saturation into color signal gets added. The information one vectorscope scale are represented in terms of primary and secondary colors where red, green and blue belongs to first category and yellow, magenta and cyan are from second category.

Here I take the photo of my dog shot 5 years ago with my smartphone as an example:

Vectorscope

You can see that all the dots are around the centre on the Vectorscope and that means there are many different hues on this image, but they are not very saturated.

Plugin used - Color corrector:

Open the Video Event FX Window by clicking on the Event FX icon available on screen; then go to Vegas Color Corrector, hit Ok, then go for custom settings and finally increase saturation as per need. The effect will be directly observed on image as dots on Vectorscope will get more distributed away from center point.

Color corrector

Step 3: Waveform

This tool denotes brightness related information.

Observing things on waveform monitor while moving from left to right is same as looking on video preview window in the same direction. If more number of dots are vertically aligned then it represents higher value of brightness.

Using Waveform

From the screenshot above, we can tell that this image is lacking of brightness

Plugin used - Brightness and Contrast:

Brightness and contrast plugin

Increase the Brightness and Contrast by dragging the handle to right

Adjust Brightness and contrast

Now we can see the photo already looks better and clearer than the original.

Step 4: Histogram

Histogram provides information about contrast and brightness.

On this scale, the vertical lines ranging from left side displays black (0) leading to luminance information and it extends towards right side up to 255 that is extreme white representation. Height of these lines display amount of pixels used to represent any particular image along with luminance values.

Histogram

We can see from the Histogram that there too much Shadows and no Highlights of the original photo.

Plugin used - Brigthness and Contrast:

Increasing the Brightness and Contrast sliders, so now the image has exact Shadows, Mid-tones and Highlights

Increase the brightness and contrast sliders

Step 5: RGB Parade

RGB Parade tool is used to display information related to brightness of RGB colors.

This scope can provide quick information about all brightness levels while showing effect of each main color individually.

RGB Parade

From the screenshot above, you can see a band of dots in the Shadow area. That means there are too much blacks and lack of highlights.

Plugin used - Color Curves

Coor Curves plugin

The bottom handle slightly make the image closer to true white. The longer top handle I created at the top expands all the compressed dots that were locating in the lower mid-tone region and also at the same time increase the brightness of the whole video.

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Recommendation:

Vegas Pro is recommended for professionals due to its advanced user interface and higher price range. The sad part is that it can be used only on Windows devices, so if you are searching for something that can work on both Window as well as Mac devices then Wondershare Filmora is best answer for all your needs. This powerful tool is designed with easy to use software interface and it can be downloaded easily from official website of Wondershare Filmora.

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