How to Match Different Cameras in Post for Color and Exposure

When you get serious about your videos & short films, you will start shooting with multiple cameras – either on a multi-cam shoot or just because the main camera is not available anymore and you’re forced to shoot with another. Working with multiple cameras on set is not an unusual practice; its widely used in filmmaking, especially for setups that combine the use of a traditional camera and a drone.

In such cases, shot matching (matching the color and exposure of each camera) can become a challenge.
Most Camera manufacturers have a different color science for their own products.

It means, there will be some apparent differences in your footage (capture from the various cameras) regarding overall color balance, exposure, contrast, and sharpness.

If left untreated, it issue could affect the flow of your edits, and even distract your audience if you don’t color-correct the different cameras.

Here, we take a look at some important concepts and how to match shots so that your clients and your audience can’t tell the difference. It’s not too-hard to match two different cameras.


How to Match Shots from Two or More Cameras for Color and Exposure