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  • How Can I Graduate Clip from Colour to Monochrome Sepia?

    Posted by justin brown on January 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    I am an almost total beginner to video editing.

    I have a colour clip that I want to change gradually, (from in-point to out-point), to a monochrome sepia tint. I have discovered how to do this from colour to b&w, but the only tutorials I’ve seen with regards to applying something in sepia use the rgb controls to simulate sepia, but not render a true monochrome.

    Michael Gissing replied 1 year, 4 months ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Michael Gissing

    January 21, 2022 at 12:10 am

    A simple way to do this is add an adjustment layer above your clip in the timeline. Add a grade to the adjustment layer which is your sepia B&W. Then fade the adjustment layer in to the point where you want it to be full sepia B&W. The clip underneath has it’s full colour grade. This is also a really easy way to adjust the start and end of the change to sepia B&W without mucking around with keyframes. You can even tweak the opacity to allow a little bit of color through and all sorts of other fun with blend modes. People often forget how powerful adjustment layers above graded clips can be.

  • justin brown

    January 21, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for your suggestion Michael.

    I have added the adjutment layer above my clip, and, on the Edit screen, I have dragged the top left white tab of that layer to the top right, creating an even graduation from start to end.

    How do I now apply the sepia tint? I can go to the Colour screen, then Workspace>Gallery, and select the Sepia option, but I don’t know how to apply it to the adjustment layer, as on the Colour screen the adjustment layer isn’t visible, and on the Edit screen the sepia option is not accessible.

  • Michael Gissing

    January 21, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    You can apply a grade to an adjustment clip. Just select it. If you cant then make sure the track is enabled

  • Glenn Sakatch

    January 22, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Old school…

    color your clip to the black and white to your taste.

    Razor your clip where you want the effect to begin.

    On the clip to the right hand side of the razor, add a node, and color it to the sepia you want to end with.

    Dissolve between the two clips…as long or as short as you want.

  • justin brown

    January 23, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for your help Michael. I have succeeded!


  • Michael Gissing

    January 23, 2022 at 11:51 am

    Great. Glenn’s technique would also work very well but it’s good to get your head around adjustment clips and the extra options they can give you.

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