The Color Inspector inside of Apple Final Cut Pro X allows you to work with color in a brand new way. It allows access to the properties of the color board and many different types of curves. In this video, Nick Harauz walks you through the update made to the Color Inspector in the 10.4 version of Final Cut Pro X.
- The Color Inspector allows us to work with color in a brand new way, allowing access to the properties of our color board, our Color Wheels, Color Curves, and Hue and Saturation Curves. Let's see how we can work in the Inspector efficiently. With the release of Final Cut Pro X 10.4 comes brand new ways that you can work with color directly inside the application. To see some of these new features, we're going to first take a look at what's referred to as the Color Inspector and get a sense of how that works.
So, if I just hover over my second clip here in the timeline, what I'm going to do is press c to select it, and as we've done before, I'm going to show my Inspector. The Inspector consists of, as you know, the Video Inspector, as well as you have the Info Inspector, but what you might not be familiar with in this version is the Color Inspector. And you should know that a great way of being able to go there is to press command six on your keyboard. Now, up until this version, the default way to work with color was the color board.
The process was either to go to your effect controls and add the color board or color corrector effect onto a clip and make your adjustments. Now, I could stick to using the color board, as you see here, or add an additional corrector featuring some of the new tools, which consists of Color Wheels, Color Curves, or Hue and Saturation Curves. Now, if I choose something such as Color Wheels, notice that the interface changes inside the Color Inspector allowing me to work with Color Wheels, and hopefully, my video scopes to adjust the image that's in front of me.
Now, one thing that we can do in the color board, let's just say that I want to work with Color Wheels all of the time, and I'm not interested in working with the color board whatsoever. Let me actually delete the effect that I've added through the color board. I want to head over to Final Cut Pro preferences, and under my editing tab comes a new preference for me to change the default correction inside the color board. So I'm going to change that instead to that of Color Wheels 'cause I use that more often, but you can change them to Curves or the Hue and Saturation Curve.
Once that's done, and I close out my preferences dialog box. Notice that inside the Color Inspector, I can start to work with the Color Wheels right away. Now, I'm just going to make a very simple adjustment here. I'm going to go to my shadows and I'm going to make them a little darker by dragging here on the right of the wheel, I'm going to go to my highlights and make them a little brighter. Now I'm doing this without any video scopes, but you can see I've added a little bit more range within my image from the darkest to the brightest point.
Of course, I can click to turn that effect on and off, but I wanted to show you that once you've made this adjustment here in the Color Inspector, if you go to your Video Inspector, you'll now see the Color Wheels effect. So, let me go back to the Color Inspector, you'll want to think about this as where we can add and make our adjustments. So I'm going to go in here and actually add yet, another correction effect, the Color Curves effect, and if I make an adjustment here, on my curves, I'm making kind of this same luminance adjustment, I'm darkening my shadows and increasing the brightness in my highlights.
You'll see in the Video Inspector this is where we can see both the Color Wheels and the Color Curves effect on the clip, which of course, we can turn on and off. But note again, that making adjustments in the Color Inspector for either one of these effects. Now, if I select the Color Curves and go back to my Color Inspector, knows that's what's selected, but if I go back to my Video Inspector and select the Color Wheels, heading back to the Color Inspector, once again, that's where I can make the adjustments to it.
Now, keep in mind that any of the corrections you've added you can actually access in the Color Inspector as well, but there's just a little way of one of the new features of the Color Inspector inside of Final Cut Pro 10.4.
- HEVC support
- HDR support
- Color correction
- Color Wheels and Color Curves
- Creating 360-degree video projects
- Virtual reality effects and titles
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 05/17/2018. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: Camera RAW support and importing, creating, and exporting closed captions.