You are talking about color grading. AE and Lightroom handle that in completely different ways. There are great 3rd party plug-ins like Colorista, Magic Bullet and others to help you with color grading. Speed Grade comes with the CC suite and it's very powerful.
Once you have a color grade setup you can save it as a preset and apply it to multiple clips but let me tell you one thing that newbies to video production often expect but never happens. I've been working on motion pictures and in television since October of 1969 full time. I've been in thousands of color grading sessions on everything from feature films to local "come buy our used cars or I'll hit this one with a sledge hammer" commercials, and I've never seen a single project that had more than 2 shots in it that didn't need at least a little tweaking on each and every shot to perfect the look and feel of the video. If you shoot 100 stills in a portrait session you can match all of them with a single click in Lightroom, but if you have an actor walk from he left side of the screen to the right you may need to adjust the color grading as the actor crosses the screen.
Thank you so much for the reply and useful information.
I guess I will just plough on through with curves and hue/sat then.
Like I said, you can create a preset, then select multiple layers in your timeline and apply. I'd never use curves and hue/sat to do color grading on a project because there are so many better tools available. I do use curves and hue/saturation for other things though....
Thanks again Rick.
You were correct with the term 'novice' as I would not even know what a plugin was lol.
I will just plod along and see where it takes me.
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SA Color Finesse is included with After Effects and offers a lot more capability than the basic curves/hue/sat. It doesn't use the same controls as Lightroom, but the same capability is there. And there's nothing else to buy.
Thanks Bob. I will try this option.
Also, if you're new to AE, I would highly recommend that you start here: Getting started with After Effects The resources contained therein will help you avoid a lot of frustrations AND will give you a foundation to build on with future tutorials.
It will walk you through things like Adjustment Layers (which I think you would find useful - you can apply an adjustment layer with color grading (using Color Finesse or another tool, but I like Color Finesse) across an entire composition and then apply Levels/Curves/Color Finesse/etc. to each layer as needed to color correct underneath that.
Thank you. Believe it or not, I have watched dozens of them. It is just so easy to do the same thing over and over again in Lightroom in seconds. I was kind of hoping the same would apply in AE.
Well, you can make an animation preset and apply that to as many layers as you would like too.
I would ask of the OP ..why are you doing this from AEFX.?
Start your video "edit" in PPRO and then use AEFX for FX and something like Speedgrade or Resolve for CC and Grade.
These are professional video workflows and have the tools and systems to connect them.
Lightroom has no where near the power of Resolve/ SG for CC and Grade.
Windows and masks would be an example.
I would even say that the masks, ( pseudo power windows) ,tracking ability in Premiere would be more functional for Video CC /Grade purpose than Lightroom