Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with multiple corrections, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Color Correction.
- Multiple color corrections can be applied to a clip for both primary and secondary correction. Let's see how we can set this all up once we apply the color correction effect. So I have my clip here on the time line, ready to go, and I'm just going to apply a color correction effect, the way I've done every single time so far. I'm gonna go to the Color Menu here, and select the Color Correction effect, and apply it to the clip. You'll see the Color Correction is applied, and here is the Color Board.
I want you to notice that right now you have Color Correction 1 applied. So let me just go inside the Color Board, and go into Exposure. I'll make a quick Exposure adjustment. Lowering the shadows, increasing the highlights, and I might play around here with the midtones, bringing it down a bit. Now that I've made that adjustment, I want to draw your attention up here to the top, so this is correction number one, but let's just say that I wanted to further enhance this by isolating his shirt like I did in an earlier movie.
I could come up to this menu here, and choose to add another correction. Once I do, you can see that there's a Correction 2 listed up here. If I go back to the area where I can see my effects, I have my original Color Correction 1 which is containing my Exposure adjustment, and my Color Correction 2, which I can now apply a secondary Color Correction to. So let's just go through, and I'll add a Color Mask. This time, the Color Mask, which I'm applying to the Color Correction 2, I'll isolate the green in the grass.
So I'm just dragging out to make a selection of the green, I might further do this by shift clicking. I'll option click on the singer's hair to try not to include it. And I'm just trying to get a general selection of the green, you can see here that there's some different colors. But what might also help is a mask or a shape mask that isolates the subject here. But, here you know, Color Correction 1 which will increase the overall exposure, and now Color Correction 2, where I can effect just the grass in my image, or everything else besides the grass.
So I'll go into the Color Correction 2, into the Color Board, and I'll make an adjustment. Let's make an adjustment to the grass. I'll go to the Saturation tab, and bring up its saturation just a little bit. You can see how that's applied to the grass. And I want to step Outside the Mask, and maybe bring down its Saturation. If I head back into my Effects area, you see that I have my Color Correction 1, which applied that overall saturation effect, and Color Correction 2, which isolated the grass, as well as just made a little bit of desaturation on everything besides the grass.
The great thing is that you can keep adding as many Color Corrections as you like to perform both primary and secondary isolated adjustments.
- Evaluating the shot with video scopes
- Automatically fixing white balance
- Adjusting contrast
- Adjusting color
- Working with compositing modes and masks
- Applying filmic looks and effects