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It depends on your camera. Some cameras, like the Blackmagic cameras only let you guestimate. In this case, you'll just have to know that the color temperature of an outdoor scene is closer to 5600K, warm tungsten light is closer to 3200K, etc. Then, you'd adjust the image in post to make it more accurate. Using an x-rite color chart with software like ...


I will often shoot some short footage with a white, gray, and black card for reference. I then use my editor's color correction tools (the Color Board in FCPX, for example), to move the color of those cards to neutral.

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