274: Using HDR Media in Adobe Premiere Pro

274: Using HDR Media in Adobe Premiere Pro


High Dynamic Range (HDR), RAW, sLog, vLog, HDR, 10-bit, 12-bit … With all these different high-end video formats, how do you work with them in Premiere Pro CC? In this session, Larry Jordan shows how.

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Presented: July 25, 2019

Several times each month, Larry Jordan presents a live, on-line, video training webinar discussing issues related to video editing and post-production. For a list of upcoming webinars, click here.

Duration: 46:32
Download file size: 638 MB (ZIP file)
Format: QuickTime movie (HD: 1280 x 720)

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High Dynamic Range (HDR), RAW, sLog, vLog, HDR, 10-bit, 12-bit… With all these different high-end video formats, it’s easy to get confused. How do you work with them in Premiere Pro CC?

Larry Jordan was asking himself these same questions. So, he borrowed some cameras, started shooting, then shared what he learned. His goals for this session are to illustrate:

  • Key definitions and core concepts behind HDR media
  • Tips for color grading media in Premiere
  • Issues with HDR media in Premiere
  • How to work with RED, log and ProRes footage in HD sequences
  • How to create HDR sequences
  • How to create a custom LUT using Premiere and Photoshop
  • How to export HDR media from an edited Premiere sequence.

If you want to learn how to make your images look better, or learn more about these high-end formats, or have been working with HDR for a while and have questions, this session is for you.


This is an advanced-level session. Some knowledge of Premiere Pro CC and video formats in general will be helpful to make the most of this session. This is delivered as a QuickTime movie, no other software is required to view this presentation.


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  • Welcome
  •   – Perspectives on HDR
  •   – Session Agenda
  • Core Concepts
  •   – HDR stills vs. video
  •   – Definition: High Dynamic Range
  •   – Current status of HDR
  •   – Definition: Color space
  •   – Rec. 2100 distribution formats
  •   – Illustration: Color space
  •   – Definition: RAW media
  •   – Definition: ProRes RAW
  •   – Illustration: Log vs. Linear
  •   – Definition: LUT
  •   – Illustration: LUT
  •   – Definition: Tone-mapping
  • Color Grading Tips
  •   – HDR requires a color grade
  •   – HDR & SDR grades differ
  •   – HDR monitor required
  • Limitations of HDR in Premiere
  •   – Rec. 709 is default color space
  •   – HDR export formats
  • Premiere Pro Demos
  •   – Get started
  •   – Set Preferences
  •   – Demo: RED workflow
  •   – Set scopes to HDR
  •   – Set Lumetri panel to HDR
  •   – Demo: vLog in Rec. 709
  •   – Color grade Rec. 2020 clip
  •   – Create a custom LUT
  •   – Export HDR media
  •   – MediaInfo – a useful utility
  • Audience Questions
  • Extra Resources
  • Summary