Cinematic Look Final Cut Pro

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Cinematic Look Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro X has a robust set of color tools that have vastly improved over the years. Here’s how to use them to give your video cinematic colors.

Making your palette really pop is an easy way to add production value in an instant. In this video tutorial, we’re going to look at how to create your own cinematic colors all within FCPX. Let’s jump in.

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Step 1: Capture High-Quality Footage to Achieve High-Quality Color Grades

Having high-quality footage, the right codec, resolution, lighting, and awesome exposure — all of this is vital to achieving ideal cinematic colors. The footage we’re working with today is 6K Canon RAW shot in Canon Log 2. Check your current camera and see what codecs and color profiles could give you the best color grade.

Step 2: Color Corrections

Address any issue with conversions during the color correcting process.

Once your footage has been imported, it’s ready for the first step of color — color corrections. The process of color correction addresses any issue from conversions for LOG formats. These corrections could be exposure and white balance adjustments. Ultimately, it normalizes your footage’s color into a standard format.

Since we’re working with Canon Log 2 footage today, we’re going to convert our footage using the C-Log 2 conversion LUT in FCPX. These LOG conversion LUTS can be found in the Inspector panel and by selecting the extended function.

After we see the conversion LUT, we can make minor exposure and white balance adjustments as needed and according to the scopes we utilize.

Step 3: Color Grade

Harness true cinematic colors utilizing the features within FCPX.

This is when the fun truly begins. We utilize a variety of curves and color masks to really fine tune our footage. Use the Color Wheels and Color Mask features to isolate and select specific colors and areas to customize your color grade.

For our purpose, we utilized color masking to give our shadows a bit more of a teal look and then another color mask to warm up our mid-tones. This resulted in a strong color contrast that really complimented our footage.

Step 4: Revisions

Revising allows you to make any final adjustments to your footage.

After you’ve completed your grade, it’s always advantageous to take a step back and really evaluate your footage as a whole. This allows you to see if you need to make any minor and final adjustments, like bringing down your highlights or bumping up your shadows a bit. Essentially, you want to give your footage a final look to make sure it’s as pristine and cinematic as possible.

For example, you may want to open your Hue/Saturation Curves to bring down the amount of red in skin tones. This adjustment could be something you may have missed had you skipped the opportunity to make final revisions of your color graded footage.

Step 5: Copy the Grade

If you have multiple clips in the scene that the grade can apply to, you can simply copy and paste the effects. Here’s how you do it.

Select the main clip you’ve graded. Once selected, press Cmd+C. Now, select the clip on the timeline that you want to paste the effects onto. Once selected, press Command+Option+V to paste the effects. If needed, you can make some minor adjustments to perfectly match the clips.

Now that you’re a cinematic color pro, keep elevating your video editing skills with this bonus FCPX content:

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Have video footage that needs to look more Hollywood? Follow these three simple steps to make your video look cinematic in no time!

There are several ways to make your video footage look more cinematic, especially if you have plugins like Magic Bullet from Red Giant. You can even use the Lumetri Presets, which are built into Premiere Pro. While both of these are great options, one will cost you some cash and the other can take a little time to wrap your head around. There is another way.

If you’re working on a budget and have a base knowledge of Fast Color Corrector, RGB Curves, and Crop, then you can make your video look cinematic in only thirty seconds. Here’s the quick three-step process.

Step One: Add Fast Color Corrector

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The Fast Color Corrector effect is a great tool and can get you going quickly. All you need to do: go to the Effects Panel and select Video Effects > Color Correction > Fast Color Correction. Once you find this, drag and drop it onto the clip you want to affect. If you already have that clip selected, you can just double-click on the effect and it’ll be applied.

Now we need to go to the Effects Control Panel. Click on ▶ to access the drop-down options for Fast Color Corrector.

Once you’ve accessed this, select the eyedropper tool and find an area in the video you can white balance from.

Now that you have the white balance set, you can make a few fine adjustments through the color wheel and input levels.

Step Two: Add RGB Curves

Now that you’ve quickly color corrected the video, you need to up the blue hue of the footage. Go to Video Effects > Color Correction > RGB Curves in the Effects Panel. Drag and drop this onto your footage.

Once this is done, access Effect Options by clicking ▶ next to RGB Curves in the Effects Control Panel. Scroll down to the curve options and make your adjustments. You’re going to adjust the blue channel only to give your footage a classic cinematic blue look. This motif has been used by Hollywood for decades, as you can see in the very top cover image from Blade Runner.

Step Three: Crop for Letterbox

Now all you need to do is use the Crop effect to add one more cinematic feature: the letterbox look. Head back to the Effects Panel and go to Video Effects > Transform > Crop.

Drag and drop the effect in and go to the Effect Controls Panel. Just as you did for the first two steps, click ▶ to access the effect options. We’re going to add our crop to only the Top and Bottom options, so all you need to do is type in 10%.

With this step complete, you’ve learned how to make your video look more cinematic in really no time at all. Obviously, this method is meant to be super-quick and simple.

Cinematic Color Grading Final Cut Pro

Got any other easy techniques for making footage look more cinematic? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.