Using Blender to Color-Correct Video

Figure 1: Blender adds a little red for “color correction” of the fur to gold

Many people don’t know that Blender can be used as a non linear video editor, with some nice features like color grading, wiping, fading, and other special effects.   Many people use the program for things that are not video, and so a potential user of Blender for NLE might not think to try it.  I’ve put together a series of clips for a quick-hit list that sets up the NLE editing session for the purpose of brightening and color-correcting a video of my dog Hutch, undershot as usual, due to the video being shot indoors.

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The Blender software is available at – and is great software.  This site and author has no affiliation with that project.


Some Notes about MJPEG

Figure 1: The S8600 has an enormous built-in zoom lens.

The fact that some software can act as an NLE editor for video is sometimes a by-product of animation facilities.   The frame-by-frame JPEG image file format of motion-jpeg – which uses the MJPEG acronym – makes it automatically a candidate for any kind of animation software action, in the same way gifs and apngs are animated.  MJPEG is just a series of JPEG picture images inserted serially into a file.  MJPEG is all I need, so I don’t care about any other codecs (whether they exist or not).  It’s beautiful in its simplicity, although it does have some drawbacks.

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