White Balancing your Video Camera

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A lot more at HowNowVideo.com. In this quick tutorial I show the Canon XH-A1 and the Panasonic AG-HMC150 and they appear white balanced, side-by-side.

  1. dteubner
    dteubner07-08-2012

    No, I just picked an arbitrary very light blue using Photoshop. Run some tests with different darknesses of blue, from very light to moderately light. Do a whitebalance and see what you like. Of course you can search for professionally made “warm cards” online. Check out HowNowVideo(dot)com for more tutorials. Good luck.

  2. harlaho
    harlaho07-08-2012

    Hi – Do you have the RGB color values of your blue card that you printed ?

  3. dawavecraver
    dawavecraver07-09-2012

    many thanks

  4. dteubner
    dteubner07-09-2012

    I typically zoom into the card so no other items are seen in the field of view. That way you’ll be sure to get a proper white balance.

  5. dawavecraver
    dawavecraver07-09-2012

    I get a lot out of your videos. Could you tell me, when doing a white balance, do I Zoom up on the card filling up the frame or do I use NO zoom and how much of the frame needs to be filled with the card,,, Many Thanks

  6. MountAveTV
    MountAveTV07-09-2012

    hey im a big camera fan…i love cameras and i have a strong love for them if u wanna make a donation you can inbox me…any camera…because i know you have more than 1…real good video it changed EVERYTHING

  7. FrodoDojo
    FrodoDojo07-09-2012

    Awesome … white balance makes sense now!

  8. dteubner
    dteubner07-09-2012

    No, you don’t need to constantly white balance your camera. But if the quality of light changes, you might need to do it occasionally. Some light is warm (reddish) in color, some cooler (bluish). If you’re getting lots of sunlight, then the sun goes behind clouds, the color will change. On some cameras you have an A/B setting for white balance. You can set both the A and B then switch between them as light changes from room to room or from cool to warm. Experiment.

  9. iron4up
    iron4up07-09-2012

    i f you will be shooting in a specific area for more than one day, do you have to white balance constantly the camera ?

  10. shazam75
    shazam7507-09-2012

    thanks David- good video

  11. audayhussain2
    audayhussain207-09-2012

    thanx ,,for this tutorial,,can you tell me how can i stop the frame of the film at a given point,let us say we stop at the frame30 for about 5 second then we continue the film after this stopage??

  12. dteubner
    dteubner07-09-2012

    Yes. I built that whole thing in Premiere. You’ll need to find a video of an explosion. I scale it up and add the sound effects. I do something similar in my 5-hour DVD tutorial. You can order one on my website, HowNowVideo(dot)com.

  13. audayhussain2
    audayhussain207-09-2012

    can you make the fire effect that shown at the beginning of your tutorial by premiere?

  14. girotube
    girotube07-09-2012

    PANASONIC

  15. itdatanow
    itdatanow07-09-2012

    good stuff maN, good stuff.

  16. tozndsand
    tozndsand07-09-2012

    Thanks David for the tip on white balance. I like the result with the blue hue card.

  17. Ahhapictures
    Ahhapictures07-09-2012

    I like the blue card balance better, since it gives the skin and sun kissed look. The whilte balance washes the skin out some. This is very educational with some great little tricks.

  18. returntoyourfather
    returntoyourfather07-09-2012

    same here Super,verry good men i like your videos verry much,i have qustion for you sir ?ware can i download som more like this” Additive Dissolve” becose is my favorite effeckt. i know alredy the existing (Cross Dissolve transition) to premiere pro cs4″but my qustion is ware can i get more like this” Additive Dissolve”for free??? or how to make one is there a way oround??

  19. returntoyourfather
    returntoyourfather07-09-2012

    same here Super,verry good men i like your videos verry much,i have qustion for you sir ?ware can i download som more like this” Additive Dissolve” becose is my favorite effeckt. i know alredy the existing (Cross Dissolve transition) to premiere pro cs4″but my qustion is ware can i get more like this” Additive Dissolve”for free??? or how to make one is there a way oround??

  20. iambrianjones
    iambrianjones07-09-2012

    I guess what I am asking is when the white card is in front of the lens what do I do? Do i push the AWB button on the front of the AG-HMC150? Or is there something else I need to do?

  21. iambrianjones
    iambrianjones07-09-2012

    I guess what I am asking is when the white card is in front of the lens what do I do? Do i push the AWB button on the front of the AG-HMC150? Or is there something else I need to do?

  22. iambrianjones
    iambrianjones07-09-2012

    I guess what I am asking is when the white card is in front of the lens what do I do? Do i push the AWB button on the front of the AG-HMC150? Or is there something else I need to do?

  23. dteubner
    dteubner07-09-2012

    No. White balancing is done with a white card for the benefit of the video camera. Just do a white balance in the camera and take your video. That will do the trick.

  24. iambrianjones
    iambrianjones07-09-2012

    What do I need to do within the camera software once i have taken a reading off of the blue or white card? Do I do something in post production or before capture?

  25. ngvgnDOTcom
    ngvgnDOTcom07-09-2012

    Cool trick 5 Stars thanks for making this video.

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