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Top 10 Free Intermediate/Advanced Color Correction Tutorials for FCP X

Posted by Iain Anderson on

Once you understand how to balance shots and get them looking like they belong together, you’ll probably want to explore how you can enhance your shots further, by selectively controlling the light and color within them. Here, we'll explore secondary color correction further, as well as looking at how to control mood, prep for broadcast, smooth skin, use tracking to limit the effects of third-party color tools, and apply LUTs — all for free in Final Cut Pro X.

 

Creating Mood by Color Grading Central

1. Creating Mood by Color Grading Central

A great start to the fundamentals of why you might push a shot warmer, cooler, lighter or darker, this is another great tutorial from Denver at CGC.

 

Popular Looks by Color Grading Central

2. Popular Looks by Color Grading Central

Another video from CGC, this discusses common looks in today’s films and why you might want to use them.

 

Focusing with Secondaries by Color Grading Central

3. Focusing with Secondaries by Color Grading Central

Once the look has been mastered, you’ll probably want to focus on some areas and de-emphasize others. You can use secondary color correction to do this, and CGC will show you how.

 

Final Cut Pro X 107: Core Training: Color Correction Masterclass - 20. Using Color Masks by macProVideo

4. Final Cut Pro X 107: Core Training: Color Correction Masterclass - 20. Using Color Masks by macProVideo

I made this video as part of a (paid) color correction course for macProVideo.com, but this short excerpt should be useful on its own. It shows how to limit your color corrections using a color mask — ideal if you want to make a blue sky even bluer, or a parrot’s head grey.

 

Skin smoothing and color correction by The Edit Room

5. Skin smoothing and color correction by The Edit Room

If color isn’t enough, this tutorial shows you one way to not only correct skin color, but also blur out that skin area to soften it.

 

How to Use Broadcast Safe Filter by Larry Jordan

6. How to Use Broadcast Safe Filter by Larry Jordan

If you ever need to deliver a spot for broadcast, you’ll want to know about this built-in filter that can keep luma and chroma under control.

 

Secondary Color Corrections by Dan Allen

7. Secondary Color Corrections by Dan Allen

This video shows how to combine several different secondary color corrections at once, to make a shot really sing. There’s a lot going on and it’s worth a careful look.

 

Color Grading a Film Tutorial by Color Grading Central

8. Color Grading a Film Tutorial by Color Grading Central

This long, comprehensive tutorial uses the (paid) plug-in Color Finale to correct a feature film, but if you want to take the next steps in color correction and really need curves, it’s a good choice. Even if you don't own Color Finale, it's great to see a professional colonist at work.

 

Tracked Corrections in FCP X by Ripple Training

9. Tracked Corrections in FCP X by Ripple Training

In this special episode of MacBreak Studio, Sam Mestman shows how to correct just part of a face with Color Finale and SliceX. (This technique will also work with SliceX Free.)

Bonus Video: This feature was first shown to Sam and the rest of the FCPWORKS audience in a live CoreMelt presentation at NAB 2015 (watch the video here).

 

LUTx Free by CoreMelt

10. LUTx Free by CoreMelt

This one’s both a tutorial and a free product. If you’ve not used them before, LUTs are pre-packaged color corrections, and can be used early in the process, to compensate for a camera’s Log profile, or later, to apply a stylised look. LUTx Free offers both, and can apply LUTs you’ve found here on FCPXFree.com. There’s a tutorial alongside the product link that shows how to use the Pre-Exposure control in LUTx, and explains how the product works.

 

Iain Anderson is an Apple Certified Trainer, videographer, editor, animator, writer, designer and occasional coder based in Brisbane, Australia. Find him at http://trainingbrisbane.com and @funwithstuff on Twitter.


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