12-Minute Crash Course: Final Cut Pro X with Denver Riddle

Mac’s exclusive Final Cut Pro X is definitely one of the best video editing software. Released by Apple Inc., the application is meant for wide-range users, from amateur to professional. Matter of fact, Final Cut Pro X has contributed greatly to the current movie production worldwide, yet at the same time is quite popular among beginners.

Final Cut Pro X offers magnetic timeline, 3D titling, impressive flow transition, smoothed out jump cut, expanded professional color tools, rich support for 360-degree VR content, and support for HDR and HEVC. Among the list, the improvement of the color grading tools from one version to another has been exceptional. Knowing how vital the role of color grading in video editing, this improvement raise the value of Final Cut Pro X in the industry.

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So, what’s the use of color grading? Color grading, also known as color correction, helps to correct mistakes made during the shoot (overexpose, underexpose, or incorrect white balance), matching sots taken at different times and/or locations so that they would look captured at the same time and place, creating particular look or style to support the mood (making a scene appear bright, warm, and cherry, or dark, cold, and foreboding.).

Apple official website runs a written tutorial for Final Cut Pro color grading. But, let’s admit it, most people prefer hands-on tutorial and youtube is the best place to get video tutorial. Denver Riddle from Color Grading Central has made “12-Minute Crash Course” for using Final Cut Pro X. During those 12 minutes, learn to use the color tools to create a great footage.

What will you learn in those twelve minutes? You will first familiarize yourself with the color itself, such as hue, saturation, and luma. Of course, you will also learn about all of the most important buttons to play this color grading, for example, which button to adjust the hue, saturation, or luma. Then, once you get familiar with the term, learn the workflow, which are:

  1. Correct exposure
  2. Fix white balance
  3. Adjust saturation

Ability to read video scope will be very beneficial, and so Denver Riddle will also make a quick overview of them. There you will get a simple but throughout explanation about waveform, RGB overlay, and vectorscope. Each is responsible for one type of color grading workflow.

Now, ready for practice?

Get the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxEVQaQ2Y1E and just follow the explanation. Then if you think these 12 minutes is not enough and you need to learn more about color grading, then join the in-depth training for free!