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In this course, author Robbie Carman details the principles of color grading in Final Cut Pro X, while explaining how to enhance and stylize footage. The course spells out the differences between primary and secondary corrections and demonstrates fixing problematic footage with contrast corrections and neutralizing color casts. The course also discusses secondary corrections with shape and color masks and explains how to make projects broadcast safe. Additional topics include evaluating clips using the video scopes, and how to create stylized looks.
In this movie, I want to show you how you can quickly copy corrections from one shot to another shot. I also want to show you how you can create your own custom color correction preset on the color board and how you can then apply that preset to another shot. Let's go ahead and take a look at this first shot in the timeline. This shot looks pretty good and I have actually already corrected it. Let me go ahead and select the shot and then use the keyboard shortcut Command+4 to open up the Inspector. And here on the Color section of the inspector, you can see I have a Correction number 1. This of course is a default correction that every shot has in Final Cut Pro X. Now, I have used this correction to do some basic balancing of the shot.
Let me go ahead and toggle this correction On and Off by using this little blue square right here. Here is the original shot and then here is the corrected shot. I like the look of the corrected shot better. Okay, let me come back down to the timeline, and let's navigate down to the third shot in this timeline. You can see that this is actually the same exact shot. But this version of the shot has not yet been corrected. Now it doesn't make a lot of sense to reinvent the wheel and to manually correct the shot when I have the same shot already corrected earlier in the timeline. So what I am going to do is go ahead and copy this first instance of the shot, by pressing Command+C to copy it.
Then what I am going to do is come down and select the third shot here, and come up to the Edit menu and choose this option right here, Paste Effects. I can also use the keyboard shortcut Option+Command+V. Let me go ahead and choose this option. In just a second you can see that the correction has been applied to this third shot. Now there are a couple caveats to be concerned about. First, even though the first instance of the shot only had one correction on it, it could have had 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 corrections. It doesn't matter. And those corrections could have been both primary corrections as well as secondary corrections.
And the secondary corrections could have used color masks or shade masks. And we will of course talk about secondary color corrections a little bit later in this title. The other thing I want you to understand is that Final Cut Pro X considers not only color corrections to be effects, but other effects like Tints and Blurs and so on. And you can't actually be selective about what you copy and what you paste. All the effects from one shot are copied and all of the effects are pasted onto a new shot. And lastly, while I only pasted the effects from the first shot onto this third shot, I could have selected multiple shots and then pasted the effects.
And the effects would have been applied to those multiple shots. Let's go ahead and take a look at the second shot in the timeline. This shot also looks pretty good. Let me go ahead and select it, and I've also already corrected this shot. Let me come up here to the Inspector and toggle this correction On and Off by using this little blue square here. Here is the original shot and then here is the corrected shot. Now, I really like this correction. I think it makes the shot like a whole lot better. Well, what I want to do with this correction is actually save it as a color correction preset on the Color Board. And to do that, I am going to activate the Color Board by clicking on this button right here.
And then at the bottom of the Color Board, notice that I have this little pull-down menu right here-- this menu that has a little cog icon on it. And if I click in there, I can see a bunch of Color Board presets that were created by Apple. But notice right here, I can actually save my own preset. Let me go ahead and choose this option. And in just a second, Final Cut Pro X will prompt me to name this New Preset. Let me click into this window; let's call this Indoor Look, and then I will click OK. If I click back into the menu, you can now see at the bottom of the list, I have that preset.
Now, I also want point out that these presets that you create are actually saved in your Final Cut Events folder. Because they are saved there, you can actually copy them from one machine to another machine, if you have multiple seeds of Final Cut Pro going. Let's go ahead and navigate down to the last shot in this timeline. And this is the reverse of the second shot that we saw, this guy down here. So I want to apply the same type of look to this last shot. And what I am going to do is simply have the shot selected, and come back up to the color board here, and then click into this little cog icon menu right here, and then come down and choose the Indoor Look preset we previously created.
And now that look has been applied to this shot. Now there is one caveat to saving your own custom color correction presets here on the color board. Currently, according to Apple, presets only save the current color, saturation and exposure settings. They don't save any mask settings, including whether you have the inside mask or outside mask option selected for a particular shape or color mask. Basically, what that means is that you can't really use color correction presets here on the color board to save secondary color corrections here in Final Cut Pro X, because the mask settings are not saved.
Okay, so while not entirely perfect, I think you can see that copying and pasting corrections, as well as saving presets on the color board, can make correcting a scene or maybe even an entire film with similar shots a quick process.
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