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Colour Grading

Set the mood of your entire video

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What are colour grading?

Carried out by a trained colour technician, colour grading is a specialist post production technique consisting of careful adjustments to the brightness, contrast, colour balance & vibrancy of a video; making everything look its best in the process.

When filming on location, there are so many factors that can affect the colour balance of the captured image. As a result, colour grading is often essential for matching shots that have been filmed at different times of day, at different locatons or from different camera angles to ensure there’s consistency for viewers throughout. In fact, most videos you watch will have had some degree of basic colour grading to enhance the visuals.

Colour grades are a clever way to neutralise a “colour cast” encountered on location; the result of unavoidably filming too close to a strong colour (bright walls being the main culprit!) and turning everything & everyone in shot the same shade. To avoid the time & expense of restaging or refilming, colour grading can fix the issue instead.

As well as being used for lighting corrections, a colour grade can also be applied to a shot for artistic effect. Frequently used in documentaries and dramatisations, a dramatic colour scheme can help to build suspense, create a subdued mood or suggest to viewers they’re taking a look back in time.

In contrast, bright colour grades can be used to make an event highlights video appear a lot sunnier than it really was or direct viewers to key elements within a shot, such as corporate branding, by making them more vivid than everything else.

Take a look at a selection of different colour grading styles below to help give you some inspiration!

Types of 3D visualisations

  • Colour matching
  • Creative "mood" grades
  • In-scene highlighting

What To Expect

In many cases the effect of a colour grade is imperceptible to the viewing audience, so we’re often asked if they’re always necessary. In our expert opinion, the answer is absolutely yes!  Even after the ‘perfect’ shoot, if you watched the raw footage before colour grading was applied, you’d really notice the difference in finish and especially in the case of creative colour grades, your video simply wouldn’t be as effective without one.



As a minimum, we’ll give your video an instant boost by fine-tuning the key colour parameters using professional software.



For more creative requirements, we’ll apply a colour grade to targeted elements, specific scenes or even your entire video!



You can trust us to do all the necessary checks to make sure your video’s colour displays properly wherever it is broadcast.

Why Humanoid…

With today’s technology, it may seem like colour grades can be achieved at the mere click of a button, but there’s actually more skill involved than you might think.

We pride ourselves on having a real eye for colour (which not everyone does!) and a natural instinct for ensuring a finished video has the right all-important ‘feel’ to it.

With an excellent understanding of colour theory and broadcasting standards, we’ll use the power of colour to deliver a striking, effective and beautiful video.

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Colour grading isn’t the only way to add polish to your video, you might also be interested in some of our other services:



From adding and removing elements to replacing the colour of the sky, our team can work wonders to enhance your final edit.

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