Having a series of shots look consistent in dialogue scenes is important so that your audience is not distracted by radical color shifts when you cut between multiple shots in a project. In the movie, author Nick Harauz demonstrates how you can use Apple Final Cut Pro X’s automatic match color tool to try and have two shots look the same.
- Having a series of shots look consistent within dialogue scenes is important so that your audience is not distracted by radical color shifts when you cut between multiple shots in the project. Let's see how we can use Final Cut's automatic match color tool to try and have two shots look the same. In this movie, we're going to take a look at matching shots automatically inside of Final Cut Pro X. I have my project's chapter 2.4 opened up and just to note that I'm taking a look at my RGB parade which we brought up in the video scopes.
You can just see here, if I look at the first clip, what's happening is that there seems to be a little more contrast, it's a little bit more evenly lit than looking here at the second clip. It seems to be a bit more muted. We can see here that the color's a little bit more off in terms of there's just a large amount of blue. I just want it to look a little bit more like the first clip that we see here. One thing that we can do in Final Cut to automatically help us with matching color between shots is to select the clip that we want to put the match correction on and then with it selected, we can head to the magic wand menu, which I like to call and then choose something called match color.
The minute you do, we have a split screen display up here. You can see it's set to match color. It says skim to a frame you want to match to and click preview. We want to make sure that skimming's on, which it is automatically. If it's not, you can press S. We want to skim over to the first clip. What I want to do is try to select a frame in here and I'm thinking about this frame right here. I want to see here what happens to the clip here on the right hand side. You can see there that it is trying to, it looked at the color of the shot, and it tries to match it to the best of its ability.
If there's a lot of different action here in the shot, what I would recommend is skimming to multiple frames to see if that has any impact on the matching of your shots. Depending on the type of shots you have, you're going to get varying results. Again, this is an automatic process. It doesn't necessarily replace a manual based process, but can definitely save you time in certain situations and is something worth trying. Once you're happy with your selection, you can apply the match to your clip.
And if we head over to the inspector with our clip selected, you can see the match color source, or we can turn it on and off, comparing it from its original. And again, of course, moving back and forth between our clips to compare the waveforms and see if it is just right for how we want it. There you have it, matching shots automatically in Final Cut Pro X.
Note: This version covers the October 2018 update to Final Cut Pro X, including new features such as the comparison view, auditions, compound clips, Photoshop LUTs, exporting to Resolve, and more.
- Using and customizing a color correction workspace
- Making basic corrections
- Previewing adjustments with auditions
- Fixing white balance
- Color matching shots
- Adjusting curves
- Creating a secondary color selection
- Combining shape and color masks
- Applying creative looks with color correction presets
- Creating lookup tables (LUTs) in Photoshop
- Applying filmic looks and effects
- Working with HDR video