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  • Proper white balance on music videos with multiple cams?

  • dallas kruse

    January 25, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    I do music videos and live performance vids for fun. I have a Sony a7sII and 2 Canon T4i’s. What’s the proper way to set custom white balance when the lighting scenes will constantly change and there’s really no scene with all “white” lights?

    Do I set the lighting to a scene I’m gonna use in the shoot and then use a white balance card?

    Do I turn on “house” lights then white balance?

    What’s the process of white balancing when the scene is set to a “mood” lighting or multi-colored?

  • Robert Olding

    January 25, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    If you follow these simple rules it’s easy to deal with.

    Most importantly. Will the colors be exact? No, but they’ll be close. Will the colors look good to your eye and be similar to what you saw in person on set? Yes.

    First off, don’t use the “auto” white balance on a “mood” or multi-colored scene. The multi-colors will just confuse the auto white balance function of the camera causing the white balance to change while you’re shooting and deliver you a big mess.

    – If you’re using tungsten lighting, set your camera’s white balance to the tungsten setting.

    – If you’re using daylight lighting such as HMI’s or the sun, set your camera’s white balance to the daylight setting.

    Even if you’re using colored gels on the lights the rules work.

  • dallas kruse

    January 26, 2021 at 2:53 am

    Thanks, Robert. Very helpful!

  • Mark Suszko

    February 6, 2021 at 4:23 am

    In addition to the good advice already given, try to capture a full frame from each camera of a real color bar or chip chart, not the internally-generated camera bars which are useless. Shoot the charts under the show lighting, then you have a real point at which to line up a split screen and tweak while watching the scopes.

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