COLOR GRADE LESSON - COLOR GRADE PLUGIN TUTORIAL FOR FCPX - PIXEL FILM STUDIOS
Learn how to use color grade plugins with Pixel Film Studios Color Grade Lesson. Color is a powerful tool that help a film set the temperature, time, tone and even helps create a reoccurring stylistic theme throughout a film.
WELCOME TO A COLOR GRADE LESSON
Welcome to a color grade plugin lesson from Pixel Film Studios. Color grade effects allow Final Cut Pro X users to stylize their film quickly and easily without having to open another color correction software.
Color is a powerful tool that helps set a film’s temperature, time, or tone. It can also create a reoccurring stylistic theme throughout a film.
From vintage to action, each of the Pixel Film Studios color grade packs are designed to emulate a unique genre, lens type, or film era.
STEP 1 - PREPARING THE TIMELINE
Let's begin by selecting a clip in the FCPX media library and dragging it to the timeline.
Once you have your footage in the timeline, go to the FCPX effects library to locate your color grade presets. For this example, we will use a ProHue filter.
Scan through the presets in FCPX effects library. If you select your clip in the timeline and then scrub the cursor over each filters’ thumbnail, you can preview each preset in real time.
Once you are done browsing, select the grade that best matches the mood or style you are trying to create in your scene. Then, drag and drop the effect on top of your clip in the timeline.
STEP 2 - CUSTOMIZING YOUR COLOR GRADE
Once you have applied the Pixel Film Studios color grade to your clip, you will see a new set of controls and parameters appear in the FCPX Inspector.
Some plugins come with more parameters than others depending on the look they are trying to achieve. For this example, PROHUE allows you to control the temperature, wash, primary and secondary color levels, and vignette.
All of the plugins are designed to be easy use and manipulate in FCPX.
STEP 3 - COPYING YOUR SETTINGS
Once you have the filter looking the way you want it. You can quickly and easily copy these settings onto the rest of the clips in your scene.
Select your color graded clip in the timeline, and press command, option, c on the keyboard.
Then select another clip in the timeline and press command, option, v.
Repeat this step with the rest of the clips in your sequence.