How to Color Correct in Final Cut Pro


Color correction is a process used to make color in video appear more realistic. This wikiHow will teach you how to perform a basic color correction in the video editing software Final Cut Pro.

Part 1
Preparing

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Select the single panel layout. Make sure you are clicking on the "View" button located in the Color & Effects workplace and not the one located above the video viewer.

Part 2
Adjusting Exposure

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Change your channel to "Luma". Make sure your scope is set to "Waveform" and your units are set to "IRE".

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The highest point of your Luma waveform should be around the 100 mark on its graph. The "Highlights" knob is the third knob. Make sure you are referring to the Luma waveform graph located in the "Color and Effects" workspace. Ignore the percentage value below the "Highlights" adjustment knob. If the highest point of your Luma waveform graph is already around the 100 mark prior to adjusting, leave it as is.

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The lowest point of your Luma waveform should be around the 0 mark on its graph. The "Shadows" knob is the first knob. Make sure you are referring to the Luma waveform graph located in the "Color and Effects" workspace. Ignore the percentage value below the "Shadows" adjustment knob. If the lowest point of your Luma waveform graph is already around the 0 mark prior to adjusting, leave it as is.

Part 3
Adjusting RGB Values

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Change your channel to "RGB Parade". Make sure your scope is set to "Waveform" and your units are set to "IRE".

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Make it so the highest points of your colors’ waveforms are roughly even and around the 100 mark on the "RGB Parade" graph. The "Highlights" knob is the fourth knob. Make sure you are referring to the "RGB Parade" graph located in the "Color and Effects" workplace. Ignore the percentage values below the color board and try to keep "Degrees" at 250. Though you can freely move the "Highlights" knob, only move the "Highlights" knob up and down. Do not move any other knob besides the "Highlights" knob. If the highest points of each color’s waveform is already roughly even with the others and around the 100 mark on the "RGB Parade" graph prior to adjusting, leave it as is.

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The bottom of each color’s waveform should be roughly even with the others and around the 0 mark on the "RGB Parade" graph. The "Shadows" knob is the second knob. Make sure you are referring to the "RGB Parade" graph located in the "Color and Effects" workplace. Ignore the percentage values below the Color Board and try to keep "Degrees" at 180. Though you can freely move the "Shadows" knob, only move the "Shadows" knob up and down. Do not move any other knob besides the "Shadows" knob. If the lowest points of each color’s waveform is already roughly even with the others and around the 0 mark on the "RGB Parade" graph prior to adjusting, leave it as is.

Part 4
Saving the Color Correction Preset

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This is just for convenience.

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Instead of going through the color correction process all over again for a new clip, you can simply search for your effects preset in the effects browser then drag and drop it onto your new clip.