FCP X: Shape Masks for Color Effects

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FCP X: Shape Masks for Color Effects

[This is an excerpt from a recent PowerUP webinar: Color Correct a Scene in Final Cut Pro X, which you can download from our store. You can also access all our webinars by becoming a subscriber.]

This short video tutorial illustrates how to create and modify shape masks in Final Cut Pro X to make color and exposure adjustments to a portion of the frame.

In this scene, the window and bookcase are too hot (white levels are too high), while the actress is too dark. We can’t just make the whole scene brighter, we need to make adjustments to elements within the frame. (This is called making a “secondary color adjustment.”)

In this video training on Final Cut Pro X, you’ll learn how to create shape masks and use them to adjust exposure levels (gray-scale) on different visual elements of this clip.

FCP X: Shape Masks for Color Effects

TRT: 7:54 — QuickTime HD movie

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4 Responses to FCP X: Shape Masks for Color Effects

  1. Bob Lee says:


    I have recently migrated to FXP X and attended a 2 day hands-on familiarization class. Whenever I need a quick refresher tutorial…I first google you and the topic. You always come through with the best demos. Your method of teaching is not only cook book concise…but also adds elements of theory so future editing will become intuitive. Thanks for making these easily available.

  2. bOB says:

    I hate shape masks, but you made me love them. I want to eat a shape mask like a warm chocolate chip cookie.

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