HELP: How to achieve a certain look I see in every video posted here

thechair2200

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Hey everybody -

I've admittedly been a lurker here for a few years now, but I tend to check out a lot of the videos posted here on occasion. I've never posted here, because while I'm somewhat of a (very novice) professional - I'm terribly ashamed of my work when matched up against yours. But screw it, I'll take the hit as I link to an example of mine.

With that said, there's a certain 'look' that I see on nearly all music videos and titantrons here, like a bit of a sheen or something that I can't really explain that's applied. Doesn't matter the color grade - every video has a certain 'slickness' and screen clarity...even on older footage. My apologies for perhaps not knowing the right words, but I'm kinda at a loss.

So here's a few EXCELLENT examples of videos where this is used:



Compared to something I put out for my job a year ago:


We can debate the differences in actual editing quality in another thread, but there's a discrepancy in the 'look' on each clip. It doesn't have the same 'glow' or 'sheen' as the WWE clips used in the first two posts. What settings do you all normally use to achieve that? Is there a plugin I'm missing? It's incredibly frustrating trying to figure it out.

For what it's worth - I'm on Premiere Pro CC 2018. Thank you for reading along, I hope you could point me in the right direction. This community is immensely talented. Each of you are incredible!
 

Midnight Jazz

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Hey welcome!

I was for sure knew what you might've been talking about halfway through but with your examples provided I got lost. Could you provide a specific time stamp in what you want to achieve?
 

thechair2200

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Hey welcome!

I was for sure knew what you might've been talking about halfway through but with your examples provided I got lost. Could you provide a specific time stamp in what you want to achieve?
Thanks for the welcome and reply! A particular timestamp wouldn't really be helpful on the first two examples because ALL of the footage has this look I'm going for - almost like it looks it's rendered at a higher resolution or something. The footage in the third video just looked flat by comparison. Maybe it's a lack of contrast or something, I'm just not sure.

But I'm curious...what did you think I was talking about before you saw the examples? You might have thought of the issue and I'm not just communicating it correctly.
 

Midnight Jazz

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Thanks for the welcome and reply! A particular timestamp wouldn't really be helpful on the first two examples because ALL of the footage has this look I'm going for - almost like it looks it's rendered at a higher resolution or something. The footage in the third video just looked flat by comparison. Maybe it's a lack of contrast or something, I'm just not sure.

But I'm curious...what did you think I was talking about before you saw the examples? You might have thought of the issue and I'm not just communicating it correctly.
I thought you were talking about the low contrast. Examples:




Where the black was not all black (more grayish and lightened) so it created this nolstagic super reflective look. But I saw you had that in your video. I'm not sure if its my screen but I didn't see this resolution look difference. All the videos looked nice.

The editors you listed are still active members so they may tell you much better than I can.
 
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