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Performing secondary color correction with color masks

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Video: Performing secondary color correction with color masks

Adjusting a single hue or a range of hues in a scene is called secondary color correction. Final Cut has a basic secondary color corrector which is what we'll explore in this movie. All right, so I'm going into 10.6, and let's take a look at what we have got here, we have got our opening shots of the orange grove, and we have our close-up image of the orange, and this really gorgeous shot of the orange grove with the solar flares, and then we have the shot here, and even though I have taken it through the appropriate color correction workflow to improve its contrast, color balance, and saturation it still doesn't contain nearly the same beautiful orange colors as the previous two images.

Performing secondary color correction with color masks

Adjusting a single hue or a range of hues in a scene is called secondary color correction. Final Cut has a basic secondary color corrector which is what we'll explore in this movie. All right, so I'm going into 10.6, and let's take a look at what we have got here, we have got our opening shots of the orange grove, and we have our close-up image of the orange, and this really gorgeous shot of the orange grove with the solar flares, and then we have the shot here, and even though I have taken it through the appropriate color correction workflow to improve its contrast, color balance, and saturation it still doesn't contain nearly the same beautiful orange colors as the previous two images.

So if I go into this correction and say okay, well I'll just add some more orange to it-- let's open up the Inspector and go into Correction 1--and I have already added some. But as I keep adding orange you can see that it's not really working in the way that I want it to, even when I come over. And this is not working at all because it's applying it to the entire image and so on and so forth. So what I want to do is isolate these oranges and get everything looking a lot more vibrant.

Let's pop back out to the main Inspector window and take a look at how to do this. So rather than going into my Correction 1, which is what I have applied to improve the image from before to after, I'm going to click on the Plus sign to add another correction, and then I'm going to click on this button here Add Color Mask. I'll just come into my image here and then sample a color that I would like to change. So I'm going to get right here on an orange and drag out.

Notice that if I drag too far it's going to include everything, and that's not going to be good. I just want to make sure that I include these orange colors, and you can sort of see them isolate from the rest of the image, and I'll let go here. And you can see right here that it's sampled that color. And just like we suspected it's not a nice vibrant orange color. It's this sort of brown peachy color. So let's go ahead, in Correction 2, open up the Color Board and then under color we're going to just globally bring the orange way up, and as you can see here, it's a little bit too far, but may be up like that and then saturation bump that up as well.

And now the oranges are coming alive. Now if I come back to the Inspector window, let's just take a look at before and after, and things are looking good the oranges are coming alive, I'll just take a look at this slider here, this is the softness slider, and it let's me blend the correction into the background, and in this case I think bumping it up just a little bit looks nice. So let's say I also want to affect the color of the trees maybe made them more green and vibrant. Again, I'm going to come up to this Plus sign, and select Color Mask and then select the colors of the trees and again if I go too far, its going to get the background, I don't want that.

So may be about like that, so again here's the color mask, this is the color that's going to be affected. Again, I'm going to come into the Color Board with this arrow here. And let's go to Color and take my Global controls on green, go to sort of more of a yellow-green. And maybe I don't want the Global control actually maybe I just want the mid-tones. So, I think so I think we'll just kind of go in to the mid-tones and get that yellowish green and also the shadows, there we go, like so.

And I'm going to go back and take a look at my saturation a little bit, and let's go check the softness slider. So it'll need a little bit of tweaking, I probably I'm going to want to go and then apply a third Correction back here. It's a little bit dingy gray, and I think we'll probably want to make sure that that's nice and green as well. But if we take a look at here, versus here, and here we're getting closer. And it's certainly better than where we came from which was that. So we got our oranges looking, we got our trees looking good, and then we'll keep going, keep tweaking until it really looks like it belongs in this world, right here.

That's what secondary color correction is all about.

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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

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  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 16s
  2. 23m 30s
    1. Understanding the world of nonlinear editing
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: A new take on story creation
      1m 48s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      8m 59s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      6m 23s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      1m 18s
  3. 24m 41s
    1. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      8m 19s
    3. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 59s
    4. Displaying event data
      6m 3s
  4. 42m 11s
    1. Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing
      7m 16s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 20s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      7m 31s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 54s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      3m 45s
    6. Moving clips within the primary storyline: Swapping shots and creating gaps
      3m 28s
    7. Removing material from the primary storyline
      3m 44s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning
      4m 13s
  5. 23m 58s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      9m 9s
    2. Manipulating transitions: Using the Roll tool
      5m 36s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 40s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 33s
  6. 14m 2s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary storyline
      7m 0s
    2. Understanding the features and limitations of Connected Clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary storylines
      3m 22s
  7. 31m 23s
    1. Adjusting the audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 47s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      4m 57s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 25s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 46s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 4s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 24s
  8. 25m 6s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      4m 1s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      6m 16s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 9s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 43s
  9. 14m 28s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 47s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 53s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 48s
  10. 1h 26m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      10m 32s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      6m 25s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 46s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 26s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 30s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 18s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 15s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      7m 18s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 46s
    10. Adding animated themes
      4m 7s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 51s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      8m 2s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 19s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 4s
  11. 36m 15s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 49s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      10m 29s
    3. Apply multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 41s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 11s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
      6m 15s
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 30s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      4m 20s
  12. 18m 54s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      5m 56s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 14s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      1m 58s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 18s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 28s
  13. 16m 13s
    1. Managing events between different drives and destinations
      6m 13s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 56s
    3. Collaborating and archiving
      7m 4s
  14. 34m 38s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      7m 41s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      3m 46s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      7m 54s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 22s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      5m 33s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      8m 22s
  15. 14m 1s
    1. Solving offline media problems
      10m 29s
    2. Troubleshooting data and settings corruption problems
      3m 32s
  16. 3m 28s
    1. Next steps
      3m 28s

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