FCP X: A Simple, but Amazing, Color Correction Trick [video]

[This is an excerpt from a recent on-line video webinar: “Simple Tricks & Pithy Tips for Apple Final Cut Pro X” which is available as a download in our store, or as part of our Video Training Library.]


It is easy to get caught up in all the amazing technology contained inside Final Cut Pro X. But, sometimes, its the simple things that drive us the most nuts. In this webinar, we take a step back to discover those tricks and tips that can make editing faster and more fun; then show you specifically how they work.

Areas we look at include:

In this short video excerpt, Larry Jordan illustrates a very simple, yet extremely powerful, technique to color correct a clip when you don’t have a lot of time.

A Simple Color Correction Trick Using Final Cut Pro X

TRT: 5:30 — MPEG-4 HD movie

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14 Responses to FCP X: A Simple, but Amazing, Color Correction Trick [video]

  1. Jay says:

    Thank You, that was cool.

  2. Oh thank you so much! I have really been missing the ‘white balance’! This is the solution!

  3. Constance Beutel says:

    Thank you Larry

  4. David says:

    As always, the best!
    Art: making complicated things simple.

  5. Michael Dennis says:

    Thank you Larry, thats a nice tip. Too bad it didn’t have a white picker, it sure would be fast that way also. It’s sad that iMovie has one, but X doesn’t.

    However, thank you for the best tip I’ve seen on white balancing in X!

    • Larry says:


      I’m glad you liked it.

      Truthfully, I haven’t seen a white picker that I like. They all come “close,” but never close enough to actually use in practice. What I like about this technique is that it can truly nail your colors.

      And, you can use this exact same concept in Premiere, Resolve or Media Composer, only the interface changes.


  6. Jacob Hodgman says:

    Great tip Larry. I find it efficient to skip the step of selecting and applying the colour correction effect, by using Command+6 to make the colour board active. This really pays off when you’ve been looking at other effects – you don’t have to scroll back up to the top of the effect library to start colour correcting.

  7. Mike says:

    Color correction has been my biggest challenge in FCPX…not anymore!

    Thank you Larry!

  8. Miguel Gutierrez says:

    Right!!! VERY VERY COOL!

  9. Dale Johnson says:

    Will this also work if you only have some black in the scene that you can crop down to?

    Absolutely excellent technique. Add one more special “Thanks”.

    • Larry says:


      This technique works with black, white, or gray values. The key is they must be “gray” – that is, supposed to have equal amounts of red, green and blue.


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