Shot Matching 101 – Matching Black Levels

March 9, 2016

In this insight dan shares his approach and methods to matching black levels. Matching is hard but with practice you can become much faster!


In this Insight, I properly dive into the world of matching. We start with some tips on matching black levels.

Matching black levels, and blacks, in general, is probably the single most important task we do as colorists.

As the light levels change human eyes will accept a certain amount of tolerance before being jarred out of the film or video – but as soon as the black is wandering it jumps out immediately.

In the video below I show off a couple of tips and also the theory on how I approach matching my shots.

There is more to matching black than just having it hit 0 on your scopes!

I don’t think I have covered every possible area of matching blacks in this insight but it’s a good start and we can discuss what you’d like to see next in the comments!



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