If you happen to be looking for a Final Cut Pro tutorial describing how to color grade, then you’ve come to the right place—here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxEVQaQ2Y1E. Obviously, you ought to have Final Cut Pro X installed on your work Apple desktop/Mac laptop.
You’ve got it? Good. Let’s begin.
Now before we start, you have to keep in mind these three elements of color grading: hue (the colors themselves); saturation (the intensity of the color); and luma (the brightness/shade of color). In addition, familiarize yourself with these scopes in color grading: luma waveform (the indicator that you can use to correct the exposure); RGB/Red, Green, Blue overlay (the indicator for adjusting white balance issues, read in red, green, and blue color channels); and vectorscope (the indicator that shows what colors are present in the video/image as well as their saturation). All are present in the software display.
Here’s what basically the color grading workflow presented in the tutorial:
- Correct the exposure, or brightness, of the image,
- Fix the white balance, or color temperature, should there are any issues, and
- Adjust the saturation, either by increasing it or decreasing it.
In those three simple steps broken down in more detail, you’ll find that the process of color grading is not a difficult task to achieve. By understanding the core essentials in it, soon you’ll have no difficulties on accomplishing how to color grade in Final Cut Pro X.