Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video What's new in Final Cut Pro X 10.4?, part of Final Cut Pro X 10.3 and 10.4 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] In this movie I'd like to introduce you to the main new features of Final Cut Pro 10 Version 10.4 within the context of an essential-training title. This movie is really just for people already familiar with Final Cut Pro 10 who want a rundown of what's new. With every major software release, I will aim to update this what's-new section with new highlights so that you can just check back in the introduction for the latest. No exercise files with this what's-new content. So just sit back and watch. I first do want to mention that one of the most exciting upgrades in this version of the software was all of the virtual-reality updates, which, again, is very exciting for the industry.
You can see some of the awesome capabilities here in this list. With this update there were also some upgrades for workflows in high-dynamic-range video, as well as highly-efficient video and photo formats. Now, all of that said, I'm sorry to say that virtual-reality workflows and the upgrades in high-dynamic-range video and highly-efficient video and photo formats are beyond the scope of this essential training. But, be on the lookout for other trainings in our library that address these topics. What topics are contained within this essential-training title? Well, we got a huge upgrade in advanced color-correction toolsets, and we also got advancements that allow the import of iMovie iOS projects.
I'll briefly take you through the major highlights of these now, and then you'll see these much more fleshed out within the body of the course. Let's first talk about the color-correction advancements. Before, Final Cut's main color-correction toolset was the Color Board, which you brought up by pressing cmd + 6, and that still works here. I can press cmd + 6, and the Color Board comes up. But I'd like to show you this new Color tab up here. This is accessible whenever you have the Inspector open. If I click on the Color tab, you'll see that, by default, the Color Board comes up, but you also can add any of these other color-correction tools, as well.
Let me start with the Color Board because the Color Board did get some upgrades in its own right. So we'll start here. I'll just go to my Color & Effects workspace so that we can take a look at some of these videoscopes as we make our adjustments. I'll put away my Effects Browser. All right, so, let's just make some basic changes using the Color Board to fix this image. I'm going to just raise my highlights a bit and bring my shadows down to improve the contrast, and I'll lower my midtones just a bit. The thing I want to show you is down here.
We have the master, shadows, midtones, and highlights values broken down, not only to see the changes, but you can also make the changes from here. If I wanted to type in a specific value, I could. Or I can use this as a value shuttle. You simply click in here, and drag up and down, and you can make the changes from these new text fields. These new features are available no matter what tab you're working on in the Color Board. If I come to saturation and bump up my master saturation a bit, and my midtone saturation, you'll see it's down here, as well.
But the big news within the color-correction toolset are these additional toolsets that you can access. First up, let's go to Color Wheels. And before I make any adjustments in Color Wheels, I'm going to go back to the Video Inspector. You can see that I have the Color-Board effect applied. I'm going to uncheck that so that we can do much the same workflow within the Color Wheels. Let me just click on this color icon here. Now we're in Color Wheels. Now, things are broken out very similarly to the Color Board; it's just presented in a different format.
Here you have your master color wheel, and then shadows, midtones, and highlights. And then, along the right side of each of these wheels is the exposure control; along the left side of each of these wheels is saturation; and then you have your color controls in the middle. So, let's take the same workflow, and we'll bring our shadows down and our highlights up to improve the contrast. OK. And then I'll bring my midtones down just a bit.
OK. And then I'm going to bring my master saturation up and my midtone saturation up. I'm pretty balanced within my red, green, and blue color channels, but if I wanted to make just a little bit of an adjustment, I might just bring the reds and my shadows down just a bit. I'd come down to my shadows control, and then I want to drag away from red so I'm adding cyan a little bit, until those match up a little bit better. All right, down here, at the very bottom of the Color-Wheels window, I also have a temperature slider to cool off the image or warm it up.
I have a tint slider. This goes towards green and towards magenta, of course. And then I have a hue-shift control, as well. Let me undo that. Below that I have this accordion menu of master, shadows, midtones, and highlights, and it shows me the adjustments that I made up here in the wheels, or it gives me a new way to change the value. So if I wanted to adjust saturation down here on this slider, for example, I could do that. You can see that it is also reflected up here within the wheels.
I'll undo that. K. You can see that I have similar controls within all of these categories. All right, so that is the Color Wheels. I really like this addition to the Final Cut Pro color-correction toolsets. I also have the ability to access Color Curves. Think I'm going to come over to this image to demo Color Curves because it has more of a color cast where I can demonstrate this better. Right now this has no corrections applied, as you can see. But if I go to the Color tab, and add a Color-Curves effect.
This is just a standard curves effect, if you've used them in other color-correction software. I have my luma curve, my red curve, green and blue curves. OK. Let's just make some basic adjustments here. We want to lower our shadows and bring up our highlights. So I'm going to take my control point and my shadows, and drag to the right until that approaches zero. And I'll take my highlight-control point, and drag to the left until that comes up to about 100. And let's bring our upper midtones up just a bit. I'll add a control point here.
K, things are already looking better, but we do have a colorcast. We want to raise the blues and the highlights, especially. I'm going to come to my blue curve, and we'll drag this to the left to raise it. All right. And let's bring our reds down in the highlights. We'll come to the reds, and bring those down. OK, and things are becoming much more aligned. Here is the before and after on that. I really like curves to get rid of colorcasts. Let me just fix the blue shadows, as well.
All right, so that's Curves. And the last one that I want to show you is the hue-saturation curves. Going to come back to this image briefly, and let's add another color-correction effect on top of the Color Wheels which we already have. So I'm going to add the hue-saturation curve. As you can see, there are lots of different tools, lots of curves within this particular toolset. I'll just show you a little bit. Let's change, maybe, the saturation values of Mike's shirt. So, it's already color-corrected.
I'm going to leave that alone. And then I'm going to come in to my hue-versus-saturation curve, and then I'm going to just click on this eyedropper, and I'm going to select that color on his shirt. You can see that it adds a control point at that exact hue value. So I can drag up to increase the saturation; I can drag down to decrease it. I'll bump that up a little bit. You can also add more control points, of course, if you want to expand the ranges that you're changing. Again, this is a little secondary color-correction in terms of isolating the hue to affect saturation.
I'll do one more on the hue-versus-hue curve. I'll grab my eyedropper, and again select the color of his shirt. And this time you'll see that, as I drag up and down, you can see that I'm going through the entire color spectrum but I'm isolated on his shirt values. Of course, I can add control points to that, as well, so that I'm expanding the colors that I'm changing. Now he has a purple shirt. All right, so that is quite a lot of new stuff within Final Cut Pro 10's color-correction capabilities.
There are more, but definitely check out the latter half of Chapter 10 where I've inserted a bunch of movies that are related exactly to this 10.4-color-correction content. I next just briefly want to mention the ability to bring in iMovie iOS projects from your phone or tablet into Final Cut. So let me briefly show you a project that I have on my phone here. Here you can see that I have my iMovie project fired up. All I'm going to do is bring it over to my system.
There's a couple ways you can do that. I can AirDrop it, or I can add it to iTunes, which is what I think I'm going to do here. I'll send over my iMovie project. And now I'm going to go to iTunes, and you want to make sure that your iOS device is selected, and then you want to come down to File Sharing. Make sure to select iMovie. You can see that here it is. I'm just going to bring this to my system. I'll just drag it to my desktop, I think, like so.
This is bringing over the project and the media, 'cause that's what I selected. Now I'm going to go back to Final Cut, and this is initiated from within Final Cut. I just come up to File, and then Import, and then iMovie iOS Projects, and I'm going to navigate to that, and import. Here you see that a brand-new event is brought into my Final Cut library. In that event I have my project and I have the clips associated with that project.
All right, those are just a few of the new features in the Final Cut Pro 10 Version 10.4 update. Now let's get on with the course.
- Ingesting and organizing your assets
- Editing and refining
- Basic audio editing
- Additional editing and organizational techniques
- Multicam editing
- Working with effects
- Color correcting footage
- Project and media management
- Sharing and exporting video
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 11/22/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Final Cut Pro X 10.4, including how to work with the color correction tools and Compressor.
Q: This course was updated on 06/06/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Final Cut Pro X v. 10.4.1, including updates related to closed captions, the export settings interface, and exporting stems using roles.