Join Robbie Carman for an in-depth discussion in this video Downloading new Color FX looks, part of Color 1.5 New Features.
If you've spent a lot of time in the Color FX room building your own looks and creating fixes, then you'll probably appreciate that Apple now has over 90 looks available for download. Simply navigate to apple.com/ finalcutstudio/resources and then come down to the Color Looks section and click the Download link. Once the looks have downloaded, I'll open up the directory and here you can see a bunch of folders for different categories of new looks. In just a minute, we'll take a look at these in Color. You can read the ReadMe file to find out where this look should be installed, but I'll just tell you.
What you need to do is open up your hard drive, and then navigate to your User then Library > Application Support > Color and then Effects. The Effects folder is where all your Color effects room presets live. You can take all the downloaded folders and simply dump them here or you can organize the contents of this folder in any way you want, as Color will respect Finder level organization. I'm going to do that latter and by doing that I'm going to keep all my existing presets here separate from the new downloaded presets. So let's go ahead and create a new folder and we'll call this Downloaded ColorFX.
Then with our folder selected, I'll double-click on it to open it up and then take all the new downloaded presets, and drag them into that folder. Okay, so now the presets are installed. Let's close these windows and open up the Color project. Let me double-click on this one I have here. With Color open, let's make sure we are in the Color FX room and then the Color FX Bin. Right here, you can see the Downloaded ColorFX folder that we just created. Let's click to open that up. And inside that, there are all the different categories that I downloaded.
Things like Bleach Bypass, Cold, Deep and Soft Shadows, Drama and so on. With the first clip selected in the Color Timeline, let's go into the Deep and Soft Shadows category. You may find it easier to change your view from list view to icon view. By clicking on the icon view button, you can get a preview of all the different looks. So let me double-click on this first one called De-Sat_Deep Shadow 1. Very cool. This gives me a very contrast-y filmic look. Okay, let's go back up one level in the Color FX Bin.
Let's navigate tot the Vignettes category. First thing, I want to do is select all these nodes from the previous preset and then press Delete on my keyboard to delete the node tree. Then let's apply the second preset right here called Vignette blue-green, very cool. This gives us a very stylize vignetted look that we didn't have to create from scratch. I have to say Apple really did do a good job with these new presets and there are a ton of looks. But I think one of the most useful categories day-to-day are the skin smoothing looks, which I use all the time. So let's navigate to the second clip in the Color Timeline and go up one level in our Color FX Bin and then choose the Skin_Softening category.
Like any preset, these looks will just get you started, but first I need to make sure that I have the second clip in the Color Timeline selected. So with the second clip in the Color Timeline selected, let me click on this first one called Skin_Soften 1 to apply it. So here's a node tree, but to make it work I have to adjust some settings, namely this HSL Key node. So to do that, I'm going to first double- click on the Blur node below it to lock the viewer into view of the Blur node. And then we'll click on the HSL Key node and then click back over to the Parameters tab. You'll notice here in my viewer that the matte doesn't look so good.
There are a lot of holes in it. It's kind of gray, and what we want is a solid white image on the skin tone here and everything else being black. So I'm going to spend just a second to adjust the HSL qualifiers here of the HSL Key node. Okay, that's much better. Now let's double-click anywhere in the gray area to unlock this Blur node from the viewer and then let's select the second Blur node and let's up the Spread. This Blur node controls how much softening is actually happening on the skin tone. So we'll scroll up to a value of about 1.5.
So there you go, over 90 looks of the Color FX room that you can download and install and be using within minutes. I encourage you to explore all these new presets on your own footage and let's hope that Apple keeps adding to this collection.
- Sending freeze-frames, stills, multi-clips, and speed-adjusted clips to Color
- Working with new vectorscope and color balance control options
- Using improved drag-and-drop for corrections and grades
- Understanding new timeline viewing and navigation shortcuts
- Working with 4K DPX and 4K RED files
- Using a Cinema Tools Database to conform a project