Want to quickly add a filmic, high contrast sort of look to your footage in Apple Final Cut Pro X? By using blending modes, you can create this look. How is it created? In this movie, author Jeff Greenberg walks you through how to add a filmic, high contrast look to your video with blending modes in Final Cut Pro X.
- One of my favorite subtle looks to a shot,…beyond just, say, fixing contrast or the like,…is to give it just a little bit of blown-out highlights,…a little bit of filmic sort of looks.…And one of the neat ways that you can play with this…is what's known as the overlay mode to a clip,…putting it on top of itself.…On my timeline here, I've got a shot…of a guy playing piano.…And it's a nice shot.…The only problem I have with it is it's just a little flat.…I'm gonna hold down my option key.…I'm gonna just drag it upwards,…duplicating this, putting it on top of itself.…
And I'm gonna take the blending mode…and say 'overlay.'…Overlay is in that middle section…that's a mixture of making things brighter,…making things darker,…and it instantly provides some deeper contrast.…Boy, that gives it this very cool,…sort of filmic look.…If it's a little too strong,…you might want to consider…just pulling back the opacity of it.…And one little secret trick that I often find myself doing…is going to a blur effect,…just a gaussian blur,…
- How do blending modes work?
- Getting best performance from FCP X
- Overlay text
- Knocking out white
- Revealing elements
- Correcting color
- Creating day for night
- Using luma key for partial selections
- Creating alpha effects
- Using third-party flickers and grunge