If you come from Adobe After Effects, you may be used to working with adjustment layers and even use them to animate color. Can you make an adjustment layer in Apple Final Cut Pro X? In this video, author Nick Harauz demonstrates how to apply a color correction effect to the adjustment layer created in Apple Motion and then animate it.
- In the last movie, we created an adjustment layer with motion. In the this movie, we're going to apply a color correction effect to an adjustment layer and then animate it. So I'm here in my chapter seven three project which can be found in my chapter seven folder. And what I'm going to do is actually duplicate this clip and add a color correction effects on top of the duplicate copy that I'll then keyframe over time by adjusting that's clip's opacity value. In the last movie, this in someways could be considered an adjustment layer, but one thing it doesn't do is extend over multiple clips.
If you're looking for that, you can essentially create a tile with motion and publish it over into Final Cut, but keep in mind that you can't keyframe with that. Regardless of the fact there are ways of mimicking the idea of adjustment layers which you might have learned from Photoshop by using these techniques. So let me just option click this clip and drag it up. Now I have another copy. And I'm going to go into the color correction and add a color correction effect on top of that clip from my effects browser. So I have this clip selected and I'm going to make an adjustment so I want to kind of just keyframe a little bit of the saturation values over time on this clip.
So let's go into the Show Color Correction. I'm going to go into the Saturation pane. In this case the global slider all the way down to completely desaturate the clip. Now with that done, what I'm going to do is go to the beginning of this shot. And keep in mind that this particular color correction effect can't be keyframed. You're just not allowed to keyframe it. The one thing that you can actually keyframe in the color correction effect though is an actual shape mask if you want to move it over the screen if you were trying to follow something.
So there are some keyframe abilities. It just doesn't relate to do with the actual color pane. So here, let me just make a simple adjustment. I'm just going to click to add a keyframe on the first frame of the second shot. I'm going to keep its opacity value at 100%. Now let's move over to about one second and now I'm just going to take that opacity value, make it zero. And here you can see that now we have a variable color-based adjustment where we have this clip go from completely desaturated to being completely saturated or at saturated level.
Now the cool part about this is although this involves a little bit of duplication, I could essentially do this with other types of color correction as well. So if option clicked this first clip and duplicate it again, just to show you just to keep everything straight, we've got the original clip. If I pressed v here just to turn off the top layer, you've got the second clip which has the desaturated change. And now we have the third clip which has no color correction effect. So I'm going to add a color correction effect to that.
And just to show a different variable color change, kind of close to the end of this clip, I'm going to do a few things and one is I'm going to go into the color board. Let's just kind of lower the overall exposure of this shot mixed with a saturation adjustment. So in this case I want to do the exact opposite. I'm using just two different values in this case just for the end, but if I go back in to my effects tab, I'm close to the very end of this clip, I'm going to add a keyframe next to opacity by clicking on the diamond shape and make that value zero.
I'm then going to hop to the very end of the shot, bring up that opacity to 100%. So notice here, we've got a different treatment here at the end compared to the one at the beginning, but they're essentially separate color treatments. So we could keyframe exposure on one clip and keyframe saturation on another and even keyframe color on another. So you do have flexibility when it comes to color correction inside of Final Cut even though it is a little bit of a work around and we are able to create variable color changes across our clips through simple duplication methods.
- 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