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How to Use the Comparison View in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)

Learn to Use the Comparison View in Adobe Premiere Pro CC!

Looking at a before and after can be really important when working with color. Our eyes play a trick on us the longer we work with the color grading of a piece of footage. We get used to the changes, and keep thinking we need to add “just a little more”. After a while, we have moved away from a nice subtle shift, and have moved into a large change that doesn’t look too great. This is where understanding the comparison view can help. It gives us a quick way to see where we started, so that we don’t stray too far from that. Today I will show you how to use the Comparison View in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

How to Use the Comparison View in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)

  1. Note this is a new feature, so make sure you are up to date with Premiere Pro!
  2. Create a sequence and drag in your footage from the project panel.
  3. Go up to your preview panel and find the “Comparison View” button in the set of buttons beneath the displayed footage.
  4. If you don’t see the button, go to the plus button at the bottom right of the preview panel. Click on this button, find the “Comparison View” button, and drag it into the set of icons.
  5. Once this button is activated. Move up a little bit, and there will be 4 new buttons next to the timestamp.
  6. The first on the left will make it so the before view is synced up with the timeline. This way you can get a real time comparison view.
  7. The second will create a before and after.
  8. The third will create a left-right before-after split.
  9. The fourth will create an up-down before-after split.
  10. In the before-after splits, you can click on the center line to drag it back and forth.
  11. Note, if you turn off the comparison view at any time, the before will be lost. So make sure to keep it on while editing!

There you have it. A really easy to access before and after built right in to Premiere Pro! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions!

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