Post Production POSTS

Color Correction with Final Cut Pro X

The primary tool for color correction in FCP is the Color Board, which is accessed with the arrow button opposite Correction 1 in the Inspector (see Figure 11.7 ) or more simply with the keyboard shortcut Command-6 (see Figure 11.8 , also in the color section). You can close the Color Board with the same shortcut or with the arrow button in the upper left. You can also access the Color Board from the Window menu, from the Enhancements menu in the Toolbar, and from each clip’s badge where it’s called Color Adjustment. Five ways should be enough. The Color Board has three tabs. The first that we see when we open the tool is the Color tab. The second is the Saturation tab, and the third is the Exposure tab (see Figure 11.9 ). The last two look almost identical.

FIGURE 11.7 Arrow Button to the Color Board.

The Exposure tab has four buttons or pucks, which can only move vertically, up and down. On the left, the larger puck controls the overall exposure of the image, raising and lowering the brightness. Inside the Exposure board are three separate pucks to raise or lower the Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights. These are not sharply defined regions but ones that have considerable overlap.

FIGURE 11.8 Color Board.

Saturation is the amount of color in an image, whether it’s colorful or washed out, or even black and white. The Saturation tab looks the same as the Exposure tab, with four pucks. The large one on the left controls the overall saturation, and the three others control how much color there is in Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights.

FIGURE 11.9 Exposure Tab.

The Color tab also has four controls. The larger puck raises and lowers the overall color in whatever hue you want. Here, the pucks move not only vertically, but also horizontally. If you want to add more blue to the overall look of an image, you take the large puck, move it to the blue section of the Color Board and push it upward. Up will add more of a certain color, and down will remove a certain color. There are three smaller pucks that let you change the color values in specific luminance ranges: Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights.

Excerpt from Final Cut Pro X for iMovie and Final Cut Express Users: Making the Creative Leap by Tom Wolsky © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group. All Rights Reserved.

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