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30 Second Color Correction Tricks in Final Cut Pro

30 Second Color Correction Tricks in Final Cut Pro

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Published by Thomas Grant
Using Artbeats stock footage is an excellent way to enhance the storytelling value of your production. A common myth exists that says stock footage gives your production a cookie-cutter look. The important thing to understand is that any footage (shot by you or by others) can give your production a cookie-cutter look unless the shots have been color corrected. In this tutorial I will show you how to breathe life into your stock footage in Final Cut Pro using techniques that take only 30 seconds. In this tutorial, I will use only two filters, the Color Corrector 3-Way and Brightness and Contrast filters found in Final Cut Pro.
Using Artbeats stock footage is an excellent way to enhance the storytelling value of your production. A common myth exists that says stock footage gives your production a cookie-cutter look. The important thing to understand is that any footage (shot by you or by others) can give your production a cookie-cutter look unless the shots have been color corrected. In this tutorial I will show you how to breathe life into your stock footage in Final Cut Pro using techniques that take only 30 seconds. In this tutorial, I will use only two filters, the Color Corrector 3-Way and Brightness and Contrast filters found in Final Cut Pro.

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Published by: Thomas Grant on May 20, 2011
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30 Second ColorCorrection Tricks inFinal Cut Pro
by Charles Angelis, Final Cut Cafe
Tips & Tricks
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Using Artbeats stock footage is an excellent way toenhance the storytelling value of your production. Acommon myth exists that says stock footage givesyour production a cookie-cutter look. The importantthing to understand is that any footage (shot by youor by others) can give your production a cookie-cutterlook unless the shots have been color corrected. Inthis tutorial I will show you how to breathe life intoyour stock footage in Final Cut Pro using techniquesthat take only 30 seconds. In this tutorial, I will use
only two lters, the Color Corrector 3-Way and Bright
-
ness and Contrast lters found in Final Cut Pro.
Applying color correction is largely a personal affair.You are trying to match one shot with another whilecreating a unique look. In this example, I found theoriginal to have too strong of a blue cast. I also feltour characters blended in with the water too much.
Figure 1: Artbeats clip A013-C174. Top image is before, bottom image isafter the color correction was applied.
I began by increasing the white
values in the Color Corrector 3-Waylter. This brought emphasis to our
characters by increasing the lu-minance of the white shirt. It alsoincreased the shine on the boat,helping to separate our charactersand the boat from the background.Next I decreased the black levels togive the shot a richer feeling. This iscommonly referred to as crushing theblacks. Detail is taken out of the dark-er, shadowy parts of the frame andthe end result is a shot that appearsto have more depth to it. Increas-ing the mid tones came next. Thisbrought back more detail after havingdecreased the blacks and added tex-ture to the water. Lastly, I decreasedthe saturation so the dominant colorin the frame, blue, would have lessstrength in the overall look.
 
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Figure 2: Clip AGG-FH117-51 is from AQUA Geo Graphic, part of the Artbeats FootageHub, left image is before, image to right is after color cor-rection.
In this shot, I wanted to bring outmore detail in the manta ray andhave it appear to pop out of theframe, bringing the viewer’s atten-tion right to the manta ray. Thistime I started by decreasing the
blacks rst. I only lowered the black
value a little so as not to remove alldetail from the sea creature. ThenI increased the mid tones to helpseparate the manta ray from theburst of light in the background.After that I shifted the hue towardsblue to give the water a more tra-ditional ocean look. Increasing thesaturation was a natural next step,making sure not to take it too far. Iwas going for realism here. To helpthe manta ray stand out from the
background, I used the Brightnessand Contrast lter to increase the
contrast by a value of 5.The end result is a shot that hasmore clarity. The foreground andbackground also separate well.This is essential in directing yourviewer’s attention to certain areasof your frame.
 
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My goal this time was to create amore intense or edgy shot. The origi-nal gave me the feeling of fall and Iwanted to give it a bright and warmsummer feeling to it. I started byincreasing the mid tones to brightenthe image, especially the sky and thesand. I then decreased the blacks fora more edgy look and to increase the
detail in the water. Bumping up the
saturation just a little gave my skythat nice summer blue without goingover the top. Increasing the satura-tion also improved the coloration of the boat, which helps your viewer’sline of sight travel from the boat tothe man walking on the beach. I stillfound the image to be too cold forsummer. I shifted the hue towardsthe yellow/green side of the spec-trum. The yellow added the warmth Iwas looking for and the green en-hanced the nature colors.
I then used the Brightness and Con
-
trast lter to increase the contrastby a value of 10. This further dened
the edges of the trees and the distanthillside in the background.
Figure 3: Artbeats Clip ASC134; left image is before, image to right is aftercolor correction.

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