278: Color Tools in Apple Final Cut Pro X

278: Color Tools in Apple Final Cut Pro X


Join host, Larry Jordan, as he illustrates how to use a wide variety of color tools and effects in Apple Final Cut Pro X to make your images look their best.

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Presented: May 6, 2020

Several times each month, Larry Jordan presents a live, on-line, video training webinar discussing issues related to video editing and post-production. For a list of upcoming webinars, click here.

Duration: 54:34
Download file size: 732 MB (ZIP file)
Format: QuickTime movie (HD: 1280 x 720)

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Color is a powerful force, guiding emotions as viewers watch your projects. If you’ve been wondering what all the color tools do in Final Cut Pro X, this session is for you.

Join host, Larry Jordan, as he illustrates how to use a wide variety of color tools and effects in Final Cut to make your images look their best. This session covers:

  • Fast, simple color correction
  • Display, configure and read the video scopes
  • Color Looks and Presets
  • Color tools, including color wheels and curves
  • Primary and secondary color correction effects

Color grading is a vast subject. This session provides a solid foundation to help you bring your color skills to the next level.

NOTE: This session does not discuss HDR or LUTs. Those subjects will be covered in a future session.


While this intermediate-level session benefits from some FCP X experience, this session teaches you what you need to know about color. This training is delivered as a single QuickTime movie, you don’t need to own Final Cut to benefit from this session.


To help you quickly find the information you need, we include chapter markers in the QuickTime download  to simplify navigation. Click here to learn how to display them in your download.


  • Welcome
  • – Agenda
  • Color Basics
  • – What is Color Space
  • – Gray-scale ranges
  • – Color terms
  • Simple Color Correction
  • – Balance Color tool
  • – Match Color tool
  • Video Scopes
  • – 4 Types of Scopes
  • – Thoughts on Color Analysis
  • – Video scope display
  • – Waveform Monitor
  • – Vectorscope
  • – Change scope layout
  • – RGB Parade/Overlay
  • – Reading scopes
  • – Skin Tone
  • – Video scope shortcuts
  • Color Presets & Looks
  • – Looks
  • – Comic Looks
  • – Color Presets
  • Color Tools
  • – 3 Rules of Color Correction
  • – Color grading thoughts
  • – Basic Color Correction Steps
  • – Grayscale drives emotions
  • – Color Wheels remove a color cast
  • – Change color tool preferences
  • – Correct skin tone colors
  • – Keyframe color correction
  • – Color Curves
  • – Hue/Sat Curves
  • – Broadcast Safe effect
  • Table: Skin Tone values
  • Summary