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How to Make Cinematic Film Look | Depth of Field & Color | Adobe Premiere Pro CC Tutorial

October 30, 2019

hey everybody and welcome to Premiere Gal
today is a Friday FX tutorial and I’m going to teach you how to turn an
average stock video shot into a cinematic shot in Premiere Pro and my
goal here is for you to leave feeling like you don’t need to purchase a
high-end camera to achieve cinematic looks in your edit okay so this is the
before and after that you see here I’m going to show you how to create this
after right now here I have a demo sequence here this is the original clip
it’s a stock video clip of a gorilla that I got from pond5 and it’s in a 4k
resolution and just by looking at this you can automatically see that it’s not
the best shot we really want to focus on the gorillas face in that character we
don’t really want to see this grass here isn’t doing much for us and also
everything is in focus there’s not really any depth of field here so we
want to change that and of course add a nice film color grade as well and lastly
I’ll show you how to add a lens flare and even some rain effects if you want
from Production Crate which we will cover at the end
so first let’s scale it up and reframe it because it’s a 4k shot we can scale
it up more so we can use the scale controls over here to scale the clip in
like so now if you had a 1080p clip you probably wouldn’t be able to scale up
this much without losing resolution so if you’re going to do this i’d highly
recommend shooting in 4k or getting stock video that’s in 4k and it’s
everywhere now even some free clips from is in 4k so what I want to
do is show you guys the rule of thirds to show you how to align clips better I
actually have a motion graphics template that’s free from my website it’s called
the rule of thirds grid and you can drag and drop it on top of
your clips so you can see you know where you’re positioning your subject ideally
with the rule of thirds you want to place the subject where these lines are
intersecting and right now it’s pretty good we could even move this clip over a
little bit more if we wanted it to be more in the rule of thirds section so
let’s go ahead and do that and if you want to download this just go to my
website and click on templates and you can
find this free rule of thirds Premiere Pro overlay that you can import into
your central graphics panel so now that we have it in place let’s go ahead and
delete that graphic and now let’s work on fixing this image color correcting it
and adding a film grade so we’re going to use lumetri scopes to read the
image and I have a full tutorial on how to read the lumetri scopes because
they are intimidating at first so you should watch that I will link to it in a
card up here and we’re going to use a lumetric color panel – if you do
not have this open go up to a window and go to the lumetric color
I think what I want most is to add some more contrast so I’m just going to
increase the contrast here and let’s go ahead and reduce some of the highlights
where it’s kind of right on his back and in the grass area and let’s also add a
film look I really like the Fuji real a 500 D kodak look and this comes with
Premiere Pro by the way so if you click on that you can see automatically it’s
much more contrast it looks a little bit more cinematic but it’s a bit too much
so I’m actually going to reduce the intensity of it just a tad by using the
slider here and then of course you can make it more of a faded look if you want
to I kind of like the faded look in this case some people really do not like
faded film looks but I’ll just increase it a bit I will also add some vibrancy
which will just saturate the areas of the image that are not saturated more
than they were if you use saturation it saturates everything and it’s just too
much right so so this is why I never use saturation I always use vibrancy so now
it’s looking a little bit better but I want to bring out some of the orange
in his hair up at the top and on his side I’m I’m a huge fan of the orange
and teal look so I like to use the curves here hue saturation curves to
basically click here on the wheel and bring out some of that red and orange
see what just happened there and play around with it until it’s just right but
if I click this on and off you can see that it just added a hint more of orange
there and because the opposite of orange is blue and that’s the orange and teal
look right so I’m going to boost in some of the Blues here a little bit more as
well even though there’s not a lot of blue in the shot it’s just nice to add
to give it more of an orange and teal look it’s looking pretty good contrast
is better but what we need to do now is make the background out of focus right
and the focus on his face so we want to mimic an aperture of a lens let’s say at
a 1.8 or 2.8 which makes the background appeared to be out of focus and the
focus on the subject so to do that first we need to duplicate the clip in the
timeline and I’m going to delink the audio from the video by hitting command
L and then deleting the audio then I’m going to click alt option on my keyboard
and click and drag to duplicate the clip on video layer 2 now let’s turn off
video layer 2 for now and let’s search for a blur to apply to video layer 1 so
here under effects I’m going to search for a blur called Gaussian blur and I’m
going to drag and drop that on to video layer 1 and nothing happens because we
have to go back here and increase the blurriness let’s increase it to about 20
and now you can see that everything is out of focus so what we have to do now
is add a mask around the face and chest area here on video layer 2 so let’s turn
that back on and let’s use the opacity controls to use the pen tool to draw a
mask if you click and hold you can make a curved point which is ideal because it’s
less hard and here is the background so we want that to be able to focus so I’m
going to avoid that as much as I can like so and you can get the hang of
masking real quick once you practice all right, so now you can see immediately after
I let go there and closed off the mask now his face right if I click down here
in the timeline is in focus and the rest is blurry but you can see this harsh
line we do not want this harsh line there it just looks bad so we need to
feather it to blend in with the background so let’s go back over here to
the mask and let’s just feather it out let’s increase this feather up and see
how it looks now it’s looking better let’s add a little
bit more here and that’s looking pretty good so now you can see the before if I
open up the original video clip I double click and open it up in the source panel
you can see it just looks so much better now I mean the grade is better the focus
is on the gorilla but to give it even more of a WOW factor you can use some
overlays from Production Crate I use Production Crate all the time they have
awesome resources if you go to you can search
for lens flares and you can download free ones without the stars but if you
want to get a pro membership which is just $49 per year you can download
unlimited assets for the entire year so it could be lens flares and they also
have like sound effects music and visual effects and motion graphics and I also
downloaded some light rain I’ll show you what I downloaded here because I wanted
to see if I could add some rain to this shot so if you click on this you can see
that there’s some rain here so I wanted to see if I can create sort of a rainy
scene with a lens flare so I downloaded these assets just by clicking this
button and I dragged it into a bin here that I created called Production Crate
lens flares and here I have the lens flare and the light rain so first let’s
add the lens flare let’s drag and drop it on the clip here and let’s reduce the
clip to be flushed with Clips below and you can see that it’s not as big as 4k
and that’s no problem just right click just right click and set the frame size
to scale it up and now we need to get rid of the black so we can see below so
go to effects controls and under opacity blend select screen and here we
this nice shot with the lens flare now but it does look a bit artificial so I
want to tone it down let’s make it around 30% opacity so now we have this
clip here with the lens flare and it’s looking pretty good
the only thing I want to add is maybe some rain so I’m going to drag and drop
the rain on top and use the rate stretch tool by hitting R to slow down the rain
and you can extend it to the length of the clip so it just reduced the speed
down to 91 percent which is pretty cool tool the rate stretch tool is my
favorite tool in Premiere Pro and so now we have some light rain and a lens flare
do you see that which is so awesome and so we turned this flat shot here of this
gorilla stock video from pond5 into a cinematic shot that would actually wow
the viewer so that’s it for this Friday effects tutorial if you guys found this
useful be sure to give it a thumbs up and let me know what other effects you
want to learn in a comment below I’m doing Friday effects tutorials every
Friday and it’s all gonna be based around something visual anything that
you see on TV anything that you want to learn okay so anyway don’t forget to
check out Production Crate they have some awesome effects I use them a bunch
in my tutorials so I’m sure you’ll see me using more effects in the future so
that’s all and I’ll see you all very soon buy


  • Reply Sourov Ahosan March 23, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I am first

  • Reply Aditya Jadhav March 23, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    How to make Color correction of D Log footage???

  • Reply Aditya Jadhav March 23, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Can you make a video on it??

  • Reply Malayalam Tech Street മലയാളം ടെക് സ്ട്രീറ്റ് March 23, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Really helpful

  • Reply The Scott Sattler March 23, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Awesome video, PG! Very easy to follow along. 👍

  • Reply FAIVOR MEDIA March 23, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Waaw verry nice

  • Reply Umar Ali Gaming March 23, 2018 at 6:19 pm


  • Reply Damien Wilde March 23, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Hypothetical question (as I know it would be silly to attempt to add bokeh like this IRL): But, would you keyframe the mask if you attempted to apply this to a moving subject?

  • Reply Ritik Sharma March 24, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Hey gal! Is there any 32bit version of premiere pro .if it is send me link. My friend 's computer has 32 bit processor he ask me about this

  • Reply Ameer Abdulla March 24, 2018 at 2:16 am


  • Reply Ralph Bullis March 24, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Way cool tutorial. More 'film look' and how to make video pop is desirable. A dedicated tutorial on the vibrance slider would be good since you seem to be the only person on planet earth that understands the tool.

  • Reply Hart voor Paarden March 24, 2018 at 6:47 am

    great video! I filmed a video for a sponsor last Wednesday and due to the weather it wasn't all that. It is a very big sponsor so I was looking for some sunshine to add to my video and there you came with this tutorial! As if you guessed what I needed. Again, you made my day. Thank you.

  • Reply omr khaled March 24, 2018 at 9:47 am

    i love u premier gal but i have a question can i find a tool like roto scoping in premier pro even if it was a plugin

  • Reply Ramesh Editor March 24, 2018 at 12:26 pm


  • Reply Che Hojas March 24, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    very very helpful and great video, super nice explained ! I took notes of everything! thank you

  • Reply kcoppa March 27, 2018 at 4:24 am

    Why not just put the mask on the blur effect instead duplicating the video. You are rendering you color grade twice the way you did it.

  • Reply Justin Woo April 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Very cool! I've seen other masking tutorials before, but this was the first one that actually felt clear, concise, and useful. Thanks, Premiere Gal! 🙂

  • Reply Asfilm production April 20, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Very good. tutorial! Thanks

  • Reply New York Hoje by Silvia Matera Gerber May 29, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for these wonderful tutorials!

  • Reply Nat Var June 2, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    You rock my socks

  • Reply Suranjan Karmakar December 15, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Please upload iphone video color grading tips. Regards

  • Reply John Gormley March 19, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Excellent. So well explained.

  • Reply Tube4You April 5, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Thank you so much…. now i can use my 8 mm on my DX format camera and get Awesome Depth of Field!

  • Reply BM May 25, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Or if you film in 1080 just get a closer shot or position your subject when shooting and you are good to go.

  • Reply Andy H. Tu June 5, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I learned alot of other cool tricks on my own just by watching this tutorial. That masking and blur trick gave me a ton of new ideas 🙂 Thank you!

  • Reply Scott Hsieh August 12, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    hi, I was just wondering if the mask would move with the mask-covered area when the video resumes playing?

  • Reply Gabriel Alvarez October 5, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    The end result looks so much better. Thanks for sharing this technique. 👍🏼

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