Director and editor Brian King talks about his experience working on a music video for the song Mercy by Citizen Four. He covers deadlines, color grading changes, workflow, logging, back trimming, and more. He shares some excellent workflow tips for FCPX. Even if you’re not interested in reading about his experience while working on the video, read the article for the tips!
I admit that I’m not familiar with the group, but they are talented. This is a very catchy song, and the video, of course, looks fabulous.
About Lucid Potato
Lucid Potato was founded by King and Sean O’Brien in Los Angeles, CA, in 2008. They have done a multitude of production work in tv and commercial, working on anything from branded content, full campaigns, documentaries, and more. They have a fun name, as well!
Here are a few suggestions on products that can help greatly with workflow, especially when under quick turnaround times.
Intelligent Assistance Finisher for Final Cut Pro
Take your a-roll edit (a.k.a. “radio” cut) and send it to Finisher to add b-roll and lower third titles, automatically! Go from radio cut to ready-to-view in minutes; speed your finishing workflow. How many places will this save you time?
The SliceX / TrackX / DriveX bundle gives you three powerful tools for using Academy Award winning mocha tracking directly on the timeline in FCP X.
SliceX lets you create instant tracked Shape Masks to cut out layers or isolate effects. SliceX includes eleven motion templates for common tasks and you can also use the Shape Masks with built-in effects, the built-in color corrector or with third party plugins. SliceX powered by mocha takes the pain out of following complex motion, just draw a shape and hit “track”. You can then adjust with manual keyframes as needed.
TrackX can track text or graphics to background movement for innovative title effects, or track and insert a layer for screen replacements, to replace a sign, or extend a set.
DriveX harnesses the full power of Mocha tracking with complex 3D effects and particles, and stylish motion graphics. CoreMelt DriveX allows advanced users to link any parameters inside an Apple Motion Template to track data, and publish the result as an FCP X effect. DriveX includes 40 motion templates to get you started with more coming soon.
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LUT is short for Look Up Tables. It is a lot like a multiplication table that allow users to apply color grade presets to your footage. Wolfcrow has a great explanation of what exactly it is. Read it here: What is a LUT (Look-Up Table)?
This is a cute little video and explains it all better than I can.
CoreMelt LUTx (free LUTx with CoreMelt’s Everything Bundle!)
CoreMelt LUTx is the most powerful LUT solution for Final Cut Pro X. Color Look Up Tables (LUTs) allow you to apply preset color grades by professional colorists easily on your own footage.
The Bundle contains two LUT collections, Feature Film looks and Beauty, Fashion, Food Looks. Plus, get LUTx for free when you purchase the CoreMelt Everything Bundle!
LUTx can also load standard LUT cube or dat files in 1D or 3D format, such as ones created in Da Vinci Resolve, Adobe SpeedGrade or LUTs contained in dozens of commercial LUT packages on the internet.
Feature Film Looks
40 Feature Film looks designed by feature film colorist Shane Bartley in our first LUT collection. Unique features include the ability to create subtle looks by lowering the intensity of the LUT in shadows, midtones, and highlights, custom intuitive sliders, real-time previews of LUTs in our LUT browser and real-time wipe preview.
30 looks designed by experienced colorist Shane Bartley These looks emulate popular styles from fashion and beauty photography, from timeless styles to recent trends.
The Food LUT’s will enhance the vividness of any food and beverage footage, giving clean and crisp images. Purchasing LUTx Beauty Fashion Food Collection gives you a download link with all the Beauty Fashion Food look LUTs in standard cube format so you can also use them in Premiere Pro, Resolve, After Effects or Photoshop.
Free LUTs and LUT Tools
FCPXFREE.com LUTs for use with Coremelt LUT
FCPXFree.com has many free Look Up Tables (LUTs) for use with CoreMelt LUTx, to get the professional finish you are looking for.
Look up tables let you apply color correction looks created by professional colorists onto your footage inside FCP X, or you can apply Camera LUTs which convert from LOG to rec709 (video) color space. These cannot be loaded directly into FCP X. You need a LUT loader plug-in, the two free templates in CoreMelt LUTx will allow you to load and apply these LUTs.
LUT Buddy was created with the professional colorist in mind. In fact, the product came directly out of the film work of Stu Maschwitz, the Creative Director for many of our products. LUT Buddy runs in popular editors like After Effects and FCP, and shares its values beautifully with our new BulletProof application. Get LUT Buddy as part of Shooter Suite or Color Suite, but you can download it by itself too.
Achieve cinematic looks with ease with MLUT. MLUT is a professional 3D LUT loading tool for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 from MotionVFX. It allows you to collect, use and manage your LUT files, all in one place.
Import your own .cube files or use our packs from MotionVFX. There are five free LUTs included too!
Colorists spend years learning their craft and tools, but there’s no reason that you can’t learn some of the basics such color theory, color matching, and color grading. Knowing and utilizing even the most basic color grading tricks will give your projects the professional boost they deserve. Luckily, there are loads of tutorials and plug-ins to help you achieve the best results in a fast and easy manner.
First, let’s get the whole color grading vs. color correction spelled out. Color correction is what you do first to fix contrast, skin tones, bad white balance, color shifts, and that type of thing.
Color grading is the process of modifying the tones and colors in your project to give your footage a look or mood. These tutorials and tools often can do both. Sci-fi films tend to have crushed blacks and blueish tones. Romance movies may have warmer tones and a softer color palate. Action films often have saturated and contrasting colors.
Color Grading and Color Correction Tutorials
Understanding Color Theory
Let’s start out with the very basics. If you don’t quite understand color theory, Blender Guru has a nice tutorial on understanding the basics, like complementary colors, split complementary colors, tertiary colors, etc.
Color Matching and Color Grading in FCP X
Premium Beat has a cool training feature that came out around NAB Show that goes through the basics of color grading using the color board in Final Cut Pro X. They also explain the process of matching color between shots that do not match. The tutorial comes with media that you can download so that you can play along. Color grading and color matching are great skills for any editor to have.
Larry Jordan also had a program on color matching.
Final Cut Pro X – Color Grading a Film Tutorial
Denver Riddle has a full hour-long class about color grading a feature film in Final Cut Pro X that will get you started.
Plug-ins for Color Grading and Color Correction
Hawaiki Auto Grade
Hawaiki Auto Grade is an automatic white balance correction tool with several of extra grading features. It’s fast and easy to use. It works in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects & Motion. Buy Hawaiki Auto Grade at Toolfarm for just $46.55. It sells everywhere else for $49.
The video below is from Larry Jordan and he goes through some of the features in Auto Grade.
Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse
Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse – Standalone and plug-in for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Premiere Pro. Now you can have telecine-style color correction that fits your workflow rather than imposing a new one. Color Finesse 3 gives you the high-end color correction and enhancement tools you need both as a plug-in for your favorite application.
Red Giant Colorista III
Red Giant Colorista III brings gorgeous color grading to your favorite editors and moves between them with consistent, natural-looking results. Its three stages of correction — Primary, Secondary, Master — use a color engine that’s similar to big-budget systems. Included with Red Giant Color Suite and works with After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro.
Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks
Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks works with After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere, FCP X, Motion, Avid and Sony Vegas. This is a tool for specifically color grading, and starts out very simple, with 100’s of beautifully designed presets and treatments, ranging from practical lighting to popular Hollywood looks. Or you can always create your own.
Tiffen Dfx is a standalone and plug-in for After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere, Final Cut Pro and FCP X, and Avid. Tiffen Dfx simulates 2,000+ popular award-winning Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, plus natural light and photographic effects. The Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite is the definitive set of digital optical filters for top motion picture filmmakers, video editors, and VFX artists worldwide.
Boris Continuum Unit: Color and Tone
Boris Continuum Unit: Color and Tone unit is for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Motion and it brings professional grade color grading tools to the table. It includes videoscope monitoring to ensure that your colors are safe. BCC 3 Way Color Grade lets you independently adjust the bright, mid, and dark region of a clip via built-in color spheres which are not only easy to use but offer real-time results. BCC Color and Tone filters are also included with Boris Continuum Complete.
Yanobox Moods – Plug-in for FCPX, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Moods is a unique color grading plug-in with a full-screen interface.
Nattress Levels and Curves
Nattress Levels and Curves are plug-in for FCP, Motion, and After Effects that use the power of curve-based color adjustments applied in film-log space.
Stupid Raisins Love Pop is a collection of 25 beautifully animated, professionally designed wedding titles and templates. Don’t do wedding videos? These titles and templates are useful for helping out a friend or relative who are getting married. Relatives always want something on the cheap! 😉 Actually, Love Pop is also useful for digital invitations for birthday parties and other events, so you can surely use this. Here’s an example of what’s in the collection.
My husband is a photographer and shoots a lot of weddings, but not does not shoot video too often. If and when he does, it’s usually stop motion of the pictures of the whole day. This new tool from Stupid Raisins would be a great option for him to really kick up his video style (and possibly charge more!)
Love Pop is $99 regularly, but Toolfarm discounts it by 5% every day, so get it for just $94.05. It also requires the Noise Industries FxFactory FxEngine, which is a free download.
I’ve always been a big fan of the Automatic Duck tools and they’ve been known to have one of the coolest logos in the industry. But more importantly, their tools have always helped get your projects from one host to another, like a bridge between two cliffs. The Automatic Duck tools have been workflow godsends for so many people in the industry. Xsend Motion creates a bridge between Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and if you’re a power user, this is very obvious to you that this was missing! Wes Plate of Automatic Duck is back with a new product that translates those Transform parameters, titles, blend modes and more, from FCP X to Motion.
Here’s a little video to give you an idea how it works.
Xsend Motion Reviews
There have been a few reviews out in the past week since it was released and they have been very positive. Don’t believe me? Here it is from some others.
Everyone needs more efficient workflow and better organization, so if you’re a Final Cut Pro X user, here is an overview with tutorials and resources to help you gain access to easier metadata and tagging, to speed up your edits in a big way.
Keyword Collection and Tags
Did you know that you can add tags in Apple’s Finder that will help with logging footage and organization of your projects in Final Cut Pro X. FCP X has the capacity to retain the tags as metadata and folder structure you set up in Finder. How cool is that?! You just need to take the time to do it!
Workflow and Organization using Metadata
Speaking of speeding up workflow, I’d highly recommend checking out Philip Hodgett’s book Conquering the Metadata Foundations of Final Cut Pro X($14.95 for the paperback) for some great tricks on upping your FCP X workflow skills. Also, check out Intelligent Assistant software if you’re still using FCP. Philip was recently on Larry Jordan’s Digital Production Buzz talking about mMetadata and organization in Final Cut Pro. Listen here.
Why FCP X Rocks for Efficient Workflow
Speaking of Larry Jordan, (everything is related!), he writes about the super great feature in FCP X. “Apple’s view is that modern, digital video editing software should take advantage of the huge amounts of metadata available from cameras and audio devices and the power of computers to help users tag, filter, and sort media in ways they never could before.”
If you haven’t done much motion tracking in Final Cut Pro x, you need to meet CoreMelt SliceX and TrackX, both powered by Imagineer mocha. In this tutorial, Iain Anderson explains how Replacing Packages with CoreMelt TrackX powered by mocha. Learn to blur artwork from packaging with CoreMelt’s Blur Shape Mask Tool included in CoreMelt SliceX powered by mocha. To replace the package, use CoreMelt Generators in CoreMelt TrackX powered by mocha to track and place new art. It’s VERY easy!
Replacing Packages with CoreMelt TrackX powered by mocha
CoreMelt SliceX powered by mocha lets you create instant Shape Masks to cut out layers or isolate effects directly in Final Cut Pro X without having to go into Motion or create the masks with an external program. SliceX includes nine motion templates for common tasks and you can also use the Shape Masks with built in effects, the built in color corrector or with third party plugins. SliceX powered by mocha takes the pain out of following complex motion, just draw a shape and hit track. You can then adjust with manual keyframes as needed.
CoreMelt TrackX powered by mocha lets you track text or graphics to follow background motion directly in FCP X. Insert floating lower thirds tracked to people, replace screens or signs, all with one step and no need to use another compositing package.
Have you ever wanted to up your look and create am Extruded EPS Logo in FCP X? John Rofrano Senior VASST trainer for Boris TV has a new set of tutorials for Boris FX, covering one of my favorite tools, Boris Continuum Unit: 3D Objects, which comes as it’s own unit or part of Boris Continuum Complete.
Extruded EPS Basics in FCP X, Part I
Learn to make an extruded EPS logo in FCP X with Boris Continuum Complete 3D Objects. He uses the Ferrari Logo in his example.
Extruded .EPS Basics, Part II
Learn how to animate the logo that was created in part 1.
The plug-in we’re focusing on here is BCC Extruded EPS, which rovides an easy way to import and extrude Illustrator layered vector logos and graphics. The filter includes full integration with After Effects’ 3D camera and lighting system and incorporates the same 3D material presets and free-form deformation properties of other 3D Objects filters. The filter is capable of tracking an EPS file using a Watch Folder, making the EPS file “live” should it be edited in Illustrator. A handy “Keep EPS Color” feature lets operators preserve the original fill colors for each element as a diffuse color option of the materials.
Of course, you don’t have a 3D Camera in FCPX, like you do in After Effects, but don’t worry because there are adjustable camera parameters built right into this great plug-in.
Tutorial: Doctor Who Inspired Titles – Paul Ezzy explains how to create some Doctor Who inspired titles with Boris Continuum Complete. He uses the BCC Type-on-Text to create the 3D animated title, which is also contained in this unit. He also generate a smoky 3D particle background with BCC Organic Strands, BCC Particle Emitter 3D, and BCC Film Glow, which are in Continuum Complete.