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  • Fixing Constantly Changing White Balance

    Posted by Tal Globus on June 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I have footage from a camera that continuously changes its white balance while shooting, so the footage switches back and forth between warm and cool. How do I color correct for a changing white balance? Note, there’s hours of footage there.

    Chris Wright replied 1 year, 3 months ago 11 Members · 53 Replies
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  • Todd Kopriva

    June 16, 2013 at 12:38 am

    First, tell the person who shot this to turn off those automatic settings.

    For the footage that you already have, try the Color Stabilizer effect first. If it doesn’t do a good enough job, look into RE:Match from RE:Vision Effects.

    Even with the best software, it can be very hard to salvage a badly shot set of footage, so be sure to heed the first part about turning off the auto settings in the camera.

    Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
    After Effects quality engineering
    After Effects team blog

  • Chris Wright

    June 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    you can try my free auto white balance/deflicker fixer. it works really well and the best part is that it is free!

    aep cs3 aep

  • Darryl Ephraums

    February 14, 2014 at 7:37 am

    That sounds like a wonderful idea Chris.

    But as a beginner, how I do start using this freebie? Are there any instructions?

    Many thanks.

  • Chris Wright

    February 14, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    if you enable the text layer and scroll Gamma Clamp at gamma*10 so that the text box reads 25, it will
    fix timelapse and old movie’s flicker and white balance for large ammounts of footage. just replace video with yours.

  • Chris Wright

    February 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    also, you can disable the shadow/highlight effect and the Midtones Brightness expression and the template will just work on the white balance.

  • Mark Foerster

    March 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Thankyou for all the help – much appreciated!


  • Aaron Dep

    October 12, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Thank you for making this. I’ve seen you on multiple forums which is good to see. However, you’re using so esoteric language and vague descriptions of how to actually execute this that a beginner to After Effects like me has absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. It would be incredibly helpful if you made a video or step by step list of how to actually enable the text layer, changing the gamma clamp, and all these types of things so that your work can be a lot more useful to the community. Thanks again. Seeing that this was so many years ago I really do hope you see this and get back to me as I’m very desperate to fix my hyperlapse.


  • Chris Wright

    October 13, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    im 99% sure even my last correction slider can be fully automated. I just haven’t touched it because it works and I don’t want to break it. I originally tested the template on train footage that was very flickery and it worked really well.

    I haven’t made a video because its free and you get technical support once every 6 years, lol. i might have time sometime this week for a 60 sec. walkthrough. in the meantime, right click replace video.avi with your footage. there is a hidden text layer in final output comp(de-hide with hide button) that has a number that displays lower right.

    you want the gamma clamp slider to make that number ~25 so that it averages 25 every 30 seconds or so. this has something to do with the shadow pumping required to fix really bad footage. a lot of this was tricky because there’s no direct math working here, it’s more art than science as I stumbled on the right logarithmic code through pure trial and error.

    if you need a professional plugin, I highly recommend digital anarchy deflicker as it supports a wide variety of flickering problems including strobing and florescent light problems for only $149.

  • Vernon Lott

    March 2, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Hi Chris,

    I downloaded your plug-in. Would it be possible to chat with you?

  • Vernon Lott

    March 4, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Chris,
    Could you please email me at

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