Apple Final Cut Pro X has a number of color correction presets that you can easily apply to clips. How do you apply looks with effects and blend modes in Apple Final Cut Pro? In this video, join author Nick Harauz as he explores how to use blend modes to apply looks with effects to a clip in Final Cut Pro X.
- Final Cut Pro X has a ton of looks available in the Effects Browser. Let's see a few of the ones available, and how we can adjust them with the help of blend modes. I'm here in my chapter 4.2 project that I found from my chapter four folder that's located under the footage event. What we want to do is just explore some of the looks that are in the Effects tab in Final Cut that you can use for color correction, and how we can also integrate this with blend modes. One way of treating color in Final Cut is to use these looks, and, in this particular method, what I'm going to do is actually duplicate the clip in my timeline.
So, I want to Option+Click to duplicate it and make a secondary copy. So, now I've got two clips, one on top of the other. Sometimes with color correction, even before applying looks, I will make a duplicate copy and blend a clip into itself. This is available directly in the Video Inspector under Compositing modes. Blend modes can be a great way for you to create different color looks, or stylistic looks, right off the bat. Final Cut tries to help you a bit in this category, so from Subtract to Linear Burn, basically, while there's a mathematical engine working underneath your pixels, what this is going to do is darken your image.
Add to Linear Dodge, it's going to brighten your image. Overlay to Hard Mix, it's going to kind of do a 50/50 of them both. Regardless, I would just recommend that you try and explore some of the blend modes available. So, if I go here to Multiply, notice it's done an extremely strong effect on this clip. If I brought down my Opacity, you would see that I can also just sort of bring down the strength that was applied on that particular shot. Let me just press Command+Z to undo that change, and switch the blend mode maybe to something a bit brighter such as Overlay, and you'll see there that if I take this clip and press V to enable and disable it, the effect that it's having on your clip.
It sort of takes your shadows and brings down a little bit more of the darker values. Again, if this is too strong, you can take this value of the opacity that's currently on your clip and bring it down even further to integrate it into the shots. You can see there, that instead of a full opacity value, I've brought down so it sort of mixes back into the clip. Take a second to explore all the various blend modes available here with this shot. I just want to reset each of these values, the blend modes and the opacity.
Sometimes what I find myself doing is taking a look, so these are the looks category, and you'll see here that they're all basically kind of stylistic treatments that you can apply in your color correction process. Some of them might be named after films. Some of them are named after popular looks that you see in films, such as this Indie Red. One thing you can do is essentially take this Indie Red, you could apply it to a duplicate copy of your clip, and note that you can play around with the blend modes and how this is blended overall in with the shot.
If I go here and select something like Overlay, you'll see how those two shots blend in together, and you can play around with the opacity value. The cool thing with things such as looks is that they also have their own amount slider. Even if you don't duplicate your shot, you could play around with this amount slider, the amount of Indie Red mixed into your shot, as well as choose to use things such as Protect Skin to protect the skin tones that are in your shot to the best of this effect's capabilities.
This is just one of several effects, and I would like to encourage you guys to go inside that looks category, add a few effects onto this clip after you've removed this current Indie Red, which you can do by selecting it and pressing Delete, and playing around with various blend modes to see if you can create some stylistic treatments that you can use on your next project.
- Using and customizing a color correction workspace
- Making basic corrections
- Creating a secondary color selection
- Applying creative looks with color correction presets
- Restoring color and tone
- Working with raw video
- Applying filmic looks and effects
- Sending clips to DaVinci Resolve
- Legalizing for broadcast