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Sending a Final Cut Pro sequence to Color for grading

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Tools like Final Cut Pro's Color Corrector 3 Way help make simple global changes to the look of your video. But to professionally grade your edited sequences for final delivery, you'll want to send them to Color. Color's dedicated primary and secondary grading tools expand well beyond Final Cut Pro's filters to give you complete control over the final look of your movie. Final Cut Studio offers a complete round-trip solution for grading in color. But before you send your sequence to Color, there are a few things you need to know.

Sending a Final Cut Pro sequence to Color for grading

Tools like Final Cut Pro's Color Corrector 3 Way help make simple global changes to the look of your video. But to professionally grade your edited sequences for final delivery, you'll want to send them to Color. Color's dedicated primary and secondary grading tools expand well beyond Final Cut Pro's filters to give you complete control over the final look of your movie. Final Cut Studio offers a complete round-trip solution for grading in color. But before you send your sequence to Color, there are a few things you need to know.

First of all any color corrections you have created using the Color Corrector 3 Way will be converted to primary color corrections in Color. But avoid using any other color correction filters in Final Cut Pro since they will be ignored. Also, make sure you only use one instance of the Color Corrector 3 Way on any given clip. Filters applied to your clips in Final Cut Pro like this Light Rays effect will be ignored by Color, but it will be re-applied in Final Cut Pro when your project returns from Color.

If your filter has changed the color of clips, you may need to compensate for the changes when you adjust those clips inside of Color. Transitions created in Final Cut Pro won't be visible in Color but they will be preserved when you return to Final Cut Pro. Motion projects and other nested sequences in your Timeline will not be available to edit in Color. So if you want to grade them in Color, you will need to render them as self-contained QuickTime movies and then replace the originals in the Final Cut Pro Timeline.

And finally, for picture-in-picture and other superimposed composting effects, Color will only display the topmost shot. You will be able to grade the other shots by hiding the topmost shot, but you may find it easier to render a QuickTime movie of the superimposed section and replace the original clips in your Final Cut Pro Timeline. To send your sequence to Color, first make sure that the sequence is conformed using the highest quality format available. You can use the Media Manager to re-conform as necessary. Ctrl+Click or right-click the sequence in the Project bin and choose Send To > Color.

Name the Color project to be created and click OK. Color launches and you'll be asked to choose which directory you'll use to store and render the media used in the project. Preferably choose a drive alternate to your system drive and click OK. Your Final Cut Pro sequence should now appear in the Timeline ready to grade. In the following lessons, we'll look at how to perform basic grading tasks. But right now, let's jump to the final part of the process, the Return trip to Final Cut Pro.

Select the Render Queue tab and then click Add All to add all shots to the Render Queue. Click Start Render and then wait for the render process to complete. Progress bars indicate time to completion for each shot. When the render is complete, choose File > Send To > Final Cut Pro. A new sequence will be added to your existing project containing the newly color corrected sequence.

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Final Cut Studio Overview

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  1. 47m 22s
    1. Initial setup
      2m 35s
    2. Exploring the Final Cut Pro interface
      5m 59s
    3. Logging and Capturing footage from Tape
      4m 22s
    4. Ingesting video from solid state media
      1m 33s
    5. Editing in the timeline
      3m 1s
    6. Editing using the Viewer and Canvas
      2m 59s
    7. Superimposing video layers
      1m 44s
    8. Working with the Motion tab
      2m 37s
    9. Editing keyframes in the sequence timeline
      1m 34s
    10. Cropping video
      57s
    11. Applying filters
      2m 15s
    12. Performing color correction
      3m 37s
    13. Stabilizing footage with Smoothcam
      1m 40s
    14. Adding basic titles
      1m 6s
    15. Exporting via the Share menu
      2m 13s
    16. Creating retiming effects
      4m 39s
    17. Creating markers
      1m 39s
    18. Editing markers
      1m 13s
    19. Working with marker colors
      1m 2s
    20. Performing ripple edits with markers
      37s
  2. 55m 44s
    1. A first look at Motion
      6m 19s
    2. Exploring the Motion interface
      6m 17s
    3. Adding content to the project
      3m 6s
    4. Working with the Inspector
      3m 4s
    5. Adding filters
      1m 38s
    6. Adding behaviors
      4m 16s
    7. Organizing layers
      1m 57s
    8. Exporting the final project
      1m 30s
    9. Creating a 3D composite
      5m 12s
    10. Working with cameras
      2m 57s
    11. Adding lights
      2m 6s
    12. Adding objects
      1m 47s
    13. Using camera behaviors
      3m 38s
    14. Creating a custom framing
      3m 59s
    15. Creating shadows, reflections, and specular highlights
      4m 40s
    16. Creating Motion templates for Final Cut Pro
      3m 18s
  3. 14m 50s
    1. Exploring the Color interface
      3m 30s
    2. Sending a Final Cut Pro sequence to Color for grading
      3m 35s
    3. Performing primary color corrections
      2m 30s
    4. Performing secondary color corrections
      2m 26s
    5. Creating custom shapes
      2m 49s
  4. 22m 22s
    1. Exploring the Soundtrack Pro interface
      10m 5s
    2. Sending a single clip for noise removal
      4m 8s
    3. Sending an entire mix for a final sweetening
      2m 46s
    4. Conforming after picture changes
      4m 1s
    5. Spotting sound effects to picture
      1m 22s
  5. 14m 20s
    1. Exploring the DVD Studio Pro interface
      7m 46s
    2. Creating a DVD using templates
      6m 34s
  6. 17m 19s
    1. Exploring the Compressor interface
      7m 15s
    2. Encoding for the web, iPod, and iPhone
      5m 55s
    3. Encoding for DVD
      4m 9s

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