Color grading is widely used in film reproduction with a view to making video images perfect under different environments on diversified devices. With easy access to this high-tech, color adjustment is just a snack for all of us. When it comes to colorgrading, do you know what attributes will affect image appearance? They are contrast, color, saturation, detail, black level and white point. If you have a tool capable of color grade in such aspects, there is a belief that your video images will become both clear and bright.

Now, let me introduce to you some best color grading software. Some are very easy to use, helping you with color grading automatically and saving you from color adjustment including each video image attribute. Some are full of color grading video tools, allowing you to try each option and create your masterpiece. Follow this color grading tutorial and see which free grader you like best.

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1. DVDFab Video Enhancer AI

For those who have little knowledge of color grading, there is music to your ears. Supported by artificial intelligence (AI), this free video color grading software works like a person and is qualified to color grade by presenting you with the best image effect. Most importantly, almost all the video color grading work is done automatically and what you need is just several clicks. There will be no watermark left on your file even in a free trial. Now let’s see the main steps on color adjustment with this freeware.

Step 1: Download and install DVDFab Video Enhancer AI on Windows and launch it

Then you will see the main interface of this best video color grading software. If you want to set language and output directly or authorize this AI video enhancer, click the “Triangle” icon in the upper-right corner and “Settings” to finish that.

Step 2: Add video(s) for color grading

There are two ways for you to import your file to this video grading software. You can either click “Add Video(s)” or click “Drop & Drag videos here to start”. 

Step 3: Set AI Models, Output Format, Resolution and Bitrate

After adding your file to this color grading software for video, color grade it with just a few clicks. Here, you can choose one AI model among “For Movie Video”, “For Home Video” and “For Web Video”. Select an output format from “MKV.H265”, “MKV.H.264”, “MP4.H264” and “MP4.H265”. Set video resolution as “Same as Source”, “200%”, “SD 480P”, “HD 720P”, “FHD 1080P” or “UHD 2160P”. And pick a bitrate like Standard Quality (3314 kbps), Same as Source (1625 kbps) and “High Quality (6628 kbps)”.

Step 4: Click the button of “Start”

After all the settings, it is time for color grading. Click the button of “Start” and DVDFab Video Enhancer AI will work fast to process your file and finish that 10 times faster than the normal speed.

This is the easiest and fastest way to make your video images clear and bright. If you are a beginner in color grading, DVDFab Video Enhancer AI is your first choice. Also, class act in colorgrade needs this tool as well. It is free within 30 days, allowing you to color grade 5 videos without any limit in functions. If you are fond of this AI video enhancer after a free trial, $79.99 per month, $99.99 per year and $139.99 for lifetime color grading.

2. Adobe Color Grading

When it comes to video color grading software, Adobe is one of the most famous toolkits you cannot miss. Many experts are accustomed to using it but may be lost by its complicated settings. If you have the same problem, let’s see how to color grade in Premiere.

  • Download and install Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows or Mac
  • Drag a video clip to the timeline section of Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Create a new adjustment layer and click “File” > “Adjustment Layer” > “OK”
  • Drag adjustment layer on top of the video clip on the timeline
  • Find the Lumet recolor tab on the right for color grading
  • Set options like white balance exposure, contrast, highlights
  • Go to the Creative tab to adjust “Faded Film, Sharpen, Vibrance, Saturation, Curves, Color Wheels, etc.”
  • Preview and start cinematic color grading

Adobe Premiere Pro is worth $20.99 per month with an annual plan, $31.49 per month on a month-by-month basis, and $239.88 per year which is very expensive. No matter which version you purchase, there is no automatic color grading but manual operation. Most significantly, artificial intelligence (AI) is not embedded in Adobe color grading, so the output video image effect from Premiere Pro cannot be ensured. Any color grade tool if you neglect, your image may look not good. So choose AI video enhancer and your worries will disappear.

3. Davinci Color Grading

Besides DVDFab Video Enhancer AI and Adobe Premiere Pro, Davinci Resolve color grading also deserves your attention. If you want a word to describe this video color grading software, that will be “Complex”. There are 8 sections you need to learn about when you are going to color grade with this free grader, including “Interface Toolbar”, “Gallery”, “Viewer”, “Node Editor”, “Timeline”, “Left Palette”, “Center Palette”, “Keyframe Editor, Video Scopes and Information” which have be expressed as “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8”. Now, let’s start Davinci color grading.

  • Download and install Davinci Resolve on Windows, Mac or Linux
  • Add your video to section 3 and set up all the nodes in section 4
  • Go ahead to section 8 and set a black point for color grading
  • Add saturation on section 6, set skin tones and start color adjustment in section 7

4. Conclusion

There are lots of video color grading software in the market, but most of them call for a good knowledge in colorgrade. If you don’t want to waste time in “learn color grading” but easy access to color adjustment, choose AI video enhancer like DVDFab Video Enhancer AI for help. Empowered by artificial intelligence and trained by a neural network together with super-resolution technology, this free grader does well to sharpen video images from all aspects, such as contrast, color, saturation, detail, black level and white point. There is no need for you to adjust each option one by one, but purely automatic color grading. Of course, if you are good at using Adobe color grading and Davinci Resolve color grading, they are still your solutions to make video images cleaner and edges more defined.

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