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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.
If you're a premium member of lynda.com Online Training Library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. When you download the exercise files zip, the first thing that you need to do is unzip it by double-clicking on it. After you do that, you'll be presented with a folder called Exercise Files. Now I've actually already gone ahead and unzipped the exercise files, and here they're on my desktop. If you open up this folder, you'll notice three additional folders--Final Cut Events, Final Cut Projects, and Import for Balance Color. We'll use this last folder to import a clip in Chapter 1.
The two folders that I want you to pay attention to right now though are the Final Cut Event and Projects folders. Final Cut Pro X is pretty specific about how it accesses projects. So what I actually want to do is launch a new finder window here and then navigate to my user Movies folder. The Movies folder is the default folder that Final Cut Pro X uses for event and project organization, and what we're going to do is add most of the content from the Exercise Files here into the Movies folder, and this way we can quickly access projects and the event for this course. Now, if you've previously launched Final Cut Pro X, you might see these folders here inside of the Movies folder called Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects.
If you haven't previously launched Final Cut Pro X, you won't have these folders. So if you previously launched Final Cut Pro X and you open up the Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects inside of your Movies folder, you'll see any previous events and projects that you've created. So the issue is if we were to drag the Final Cut Events and Projects folders from the Exercise Files into the Movies folder, we'd actually replace any existing events and projects, and you probably don't want that to happen. So a better option is to simply go back to the exercise files here and open up the Final Cut Events folder, and then drag this event called Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X into the Final Cut Events folder in the Movies folder.
This way, now when you launch Final Cut Pro X, you'll have access to all the media used in this title, as well as any media that you've previously used in Final Cut Pro X. Projects work the same way. I'll come back to the Exercise Files here and open up the Final Cut Projects folder, and then simply select all of these projects, and then drag them in through the Final Cut Projects folder in my Movies folder. Now, if you want to focus solely on this title, you can actually copy any existing events and projects to another location on your system, and because they're not in your Movies folder, Final Cut Pro X won't be aware of them.
So I'll simply go into the Final Cut Events folder here and take this event and drag it out to my desktop. I'll then go down to the Projects folder and take this project and drag it out to the desktop. When you're done with this title, you can copy any existing events and projects back to the Event and Projects folder and your Movies directory on your system. If you haven't previously launched Final Cut Pro X before, the Event and Projects folders won't exist in your Movie folder. In that case, you can simply copy both the Final Cut events and Projects folders in their entirety from the Exercise Files folder to your Movie folder.
Okay, now that we've copied the exercise files to the appropriate places, let's go ahead and close these windows, and then let me go down to my dock here and launch Final Cut Pro X. After Final Cut Pro X launches, I'll be presented with the Project Library right down here, and here I can see all of the projects that I used in this title. I'll be sure to mention what project we're using for a particular movie, but all you need to do if you're following along is open up the Project Library and then choose the appropriate project to follow along with the movie that you're watching. And to open up a project, you simply double-click on it.
Additionally, up here in the Event Library, I have one event. This event is called Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X. This event contains most of the media that we'll use throughout this title and it's already connected to the projects that we use, and all of the media is already online. For most of this title, I'll actually have the Event Library hidden just like this, but you can still see the media from that event. Now that we've covered all the technical details, I'll tell you about this footage. The footage used in this title comes from the independent short film called The Funeral by filmmaker Colin Foster.
You can find out more about the film by visiting thefuneralmovie.com. It's a great film, and I have had the pleasure of grading it recently. The film will be making rounds at festival soon, but all the media from the film was originally shot 4K on a Red One camera. Since Final Cut Pro X currently doesn't have any direct support for native red material, and to make your download smaller and faster, the footage has been encoded as Apple ProRes Proxy. Although 8-bit, ProRes Proxy is still robust enough for the Color Correction we'll be doing in this title. The last thing I want you to keep in mind is that for the most part, projects in this title use a single shot or a few shots together.
When shots are put together, they're not really meant to tell a story or be part of the original film. Furthermore, since this film was shot using a separate digital audio recorder to record audio, the footage that you'll find throughout this title doesn't have any sound associated with it. So don't think this is a bug with your system. If you don't have access to the exercise files, you can follow along from scratch with your own assets or just watch the movies.
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