Still from video footage Tasha Van Zandt shot in San Francisco, California.

Colorize and Slow Down Your Videos

Cinematographer, film director, and photographer Tasha Van Zandt has worked in many countries for a long list of clients. She’s also a practiced teacher who regularly instructs National Geographic Expeditions participants in the art and science of shooting film and photos. Now you can take advantage of Van Zandt’s expertise without leaving home. In the two how-to videos below, she shares Adobe Premiere Pro CC techniques to use on your video footage.

Click above to play the final, edited footage with both techniques applied.


Click above to watch the first tutorial, with narration by Tasha Van Zandt.

Step 1: Capture Your Footage 

Capture the footage that you want to be in slow motion. I shot mine in 60fps. 

Step 2: Start a New Project

Create a new project in Premiere Pro and import your footage.  Right-click on the clips that you want  to update and click Modify. Next, click on Interpret Footage.

Step 3: Modify Your Clip

In the Modify Clip panel,  click Assume this frame rate and type 23.976 fps. Then click OK.

Step 4: Bring into Your Timeline

The footage in now in slow motion. Drag the clip into the Timeline and press Play to see the updated footage.

Step 5: Start Editing

Edit your clips and begin to build your video.


Click above to watch the second tutorial, with narration by Tasha Van Zandt.

Step 1: Capture Your Footage

To properly color your footage, be sure to shoot in LOG so you can work with flat footage.  

Step 2: Start a New Project

Start a new project in Premiere Pro and bring in the clips you want to edit. Bring your favorite clips into the Timeline.

Step 3: Open the Color Panel 

In the Color panel, you’ll see Lumetri Color on the right and Lumetri Scopes on the left. Right-click on Lumetri Scopes and update Waveform Type to RGB. 

Step 4: Basic Correction

Edit your exposure, contrast, and levels while keeping an eye on the waveform. Don’t go over 100 (absolute white, which will be clipped without detail) or below 0 (absolute black, which will be crushed without detail). 

Step 5: Color Wheels and Match

Now it’s time for some more precise work. Go down into color wheels to modify the shadows, midtones, and highlights, while still following the waveform. 

Step 6: Match Your Shots

Move to the next clip to match shots and make sure the colors match seamlessly from scene to scene. You can input your LUT if you have one you want to apply, or you can adjust levels to reflect the same tones and color as your previous shot. 

Step 7: Get Creative

Click on Creative, where you can import a film look and experiment with its intensity. 

Step 8: Curves

Open the Curves panel, which lets you make more precise changes to your master channels. 

Step 9: HSL Secondary 

HSL Secondary lets you select any color on your footage so you can change its hue and saturation or even make it entirely a different color.

Step 10: See the Before and After

After your footage is colored and your shots match, you can check and uncheck your tabs to see the footage before and after the changes.

To see some of Tasha Van Zandt’s work, visit her portfolio on the Adobe Stock website.

October 8, 2018