Chromatic Tutorial: How to isolate and grade skin tones using color replace in Final Cut Pro X

Chromatic Tutorial: How to isolate and grade skin tones using color replace in Final Cut Pro X

Coremelt Chromatic is the most complete and flexible grading plugin for Final Cut Pro X. Featuring integrated mask tracking with the Academy Award wining mocha tracker, powerful color keying, full RGB and HSL curves, three way colors wheels, auto white balance, and exposure, color temperature. Unlike other solutions, in Chromatic all these functions and more are available in one powerful product.

Chromatic Tutorial

Learn how to isolate and grade skin tones without changing the background with this Chromatic tutorial.

Learn more | Purchase Coremelt Chromatic at Toolfarm.com

You can also get Chromatic bundled with LUTx Color Looks. – Learn more

Coremelt also has many other Chromatic tutorials. View the playlist here.

Coremelt Chromatic is Now Available – Comprehensive Grading Tool for FCPX

Coremelt Chromatic is the most complete and flexible grading plugin for Final Cut Pro X. And to celebrate it’s introduction, Coremelt is offering Chromatic bundled with all 5 LUTx Color Looks for only $99, but only through August 7, 2017.

Chromatic features integrated mask tracking with the Academy Award wining mocha tracker, powerful color keying, full RGB and HSL curves, three way colors wheels, auto white balance, exposure and color temperature.  Unlike other solutions, in Chromatic all these functions and more are available in one powerful product.

coremelt chromaticOur all in one solution puts all the tools you need in a simple clear interface.  This includes tracked masks, and individual grades overall, inside the mask and outside the mask. Also included are Camera LUTs for many popular cameras that can shoot with a log color curve, including Sony A7S2, Panasonic GH5, Blackmagic Design camera’s and more. No additional installation or hunting for LUT files, it’s drag and drop.

Chromatic can load LUT files as part of the workflow but we also include a license for our stand alone LUT loader LUTx and the feature film look collection.  We have other LUT collections for sale and you can also create your own LUT collection of standard CUBE files or import any LUT files you have purchased elsewhere.  Manage your LUT collections with real time previews of the clip on the timeline using our own custom LUT gallery.

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Get Chromatic and the full LUTx Bundle (over 150 LUTs – a $99 value) for only $99.

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Hurry, sale ends August 7, 2017.

 

Chromatic is also included in the Everything Bundle, still only $299!

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FxHome Ignite Express 2017 – 90+ Free Plug-ins

FxHome Ignite Express 2017 – 90+ Free Plug-ins

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FxHome Ignite Express 2017 is first-of-its-kind, a collection of more than 90 professional-quality FREE plugins to drive your film edits into high gear. They are for Mac OSX 10.9+ and Windows 7+. 64-bit only.

The plug-ins work in the following hosts:

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple Motion
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve
  • The Foundry Nuke
  • Grass Valley Edius Pro
  • Magix Vegas Pro
  • Sony Catalyst

Get HitFilm Ignite Express 2017

Need More? Check out HitFilm Ignite Pro 2017

Ignite Pro 2017
Ignite Pro 2017

Over 150 creative plugins to transform editors into visual effects toolkits.

Ignite Pro 2017 is a collection of over 150 creative plugins that can be used with your other software. Bring HitFilm Pro technology to other editors with powerful plugins including color correction and keying tools, light flares, particle effects and much more. Compatible with Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Sony Catalyst, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, The Foundry NUKE, Grass Valley EDIUS, Avid Media Composer and Vegas Pro 14.

Highlights of Ignite Pro

Feature descriptions:

  • Wherever, whenever: Ignite fits into any workflow. Install the plugins on Mac or PC, to all hosts, on up to 3 computers. No arbitrary restrictions.
  • Professional keying: T he best chroma key in the business, with project-saving spill replacement for 100% realistic composites.
  • Atomic particles: Form-based particle system with fractal and audio-driven animation.
  • Light flares: The ultimate lens flare collection with streaks, highlights, leaks, artificial lens dirt and anamorphic artifacts.
  • Advanced effects inside your chosen editor: The Ignite plugins transform editors like Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X, turning them into powerful visual effects toolkits.
  • Colorist’s toolkit: Expand your color correction and grading potential.
  • All major hosts: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Sony Catalyst, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, The Foundry NUKE, Grass Valley EDIUS, Avid Media Composer and Vegas Pro 14.
  • Also included with HitFilm Pro 2017:  Ignite is available on its own or included with HitFilm Pro 2017.

Learn more about FXHome Ignite Pro 2017

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New and Updated FCPX Plugins, November 2016

New and Updated FCPX Plugins, November 2016

Here’s a list of every new FCPX Plugin that Toolfarm has announced during the past month. Get them while they’re HOT!

New: inSync FrameFormer. FCPX Plugin – Assists With Mixed Frame Rates

Simple and clean integration of mixed frame rate content in your project.

FrameFormer for Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) is a motion compensated standards conversion plug-in for FCP X and Motion. High-quality motion-compensated conversion guaranteed; preview your conversion results as you work.

Buy inSync FrameFormer for FCPX
MSRP: $629.00, Toolfarm Price: $597.55

Download a free trial


New: NewBlueFX Titler Pro 5, FCPX Plugin (and other hosts)

The new Titler Pro 5 now has more customizability, greater workflow enhancements, and a new multi-title management experience. Titler Pro 5 is the standard for fast titling. It’s easy-to-use and delivers results beyond what’s possible with your editor’s built-in titling application.

Through its familiar drag-n-drop workflow and intuitive controls, Titler Pro 5 makes it easy to get started and quickly master. Create a stunning title in seconds by applying one of the over 100 animated templates, then customize the text, colors and more for a powerful result.

Titler Pro 5 Ultimate Reg: $499, Toolfarm Price $474.05
Upgrade from v4: $299

Titler Pro 5 Elite Reg: $399, Toolfarm Price: $379.05
Upgrade from v4 $249

Titler Pro 5 Reg:$299, Toolfarm Price: $284.05
Upgrade from v4 $199

Learn More | Purchase NewBlueFX titler Pro 5


Monadnock 1 Matte Mask, FCPX Plugin

Reposition and scale any masked footage with Monadnock 1 Matte Mask, part of the FXFactory family of products.

Advanced tool to reposition and scale any masked footage.

1 Matte Mask is the ideal tool for custom split screens, graphic templates and projection mapping. 1 Matte Mask uses a single matte track to mask an unlimited number of video and still layers, and it works in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Motion.

Learn More | Purchase Monadnock 1 Matte Mask
MSRP: $99.00, Toolfarm Price: $94.05

This product requires Noise Industries FxFactory to run (Free Download).

UsefulFX Survey, FCPX Plugin

Maybe the election has passed but there will be another one before you know it! Use Survey to map, chart and graph the presidential election without tons of layers. Part of the FXFactory family of products.

Learn More | Purchase UsefulFX Survey
MSRP: $129.00, Toolfarm Price: $122.55


osmFCPX Shnorp, FCP Plugin

Shnorph lets you twirl, morph, inflate and shrink any graphic or clip on your Final Cut Pro X timeline. Part of the FXFactory family of products.

Fun and Unique Twirl Effects! Shnorph makes twirling, morphing, inflating and shrinking animations from any graphic or clip on your timeline. Shnorph doesn’t require any keyframing. It’s the latest in the conspiracy to make your content cooler and keep your job simple. Available exclusively for Final Cut Pro.

This product requires Noise Industries FxFactory to run (Free Download).

Learn More | Purchase osmFCPX Shnorph
MSRP: $49.00, Toolfarm Price: $46.55


Color Finale Color Grading Tools, FCP Plugin

Professional color grading tools for Final Cut Pro X. The new Pro version adds Academy Color Encoding System technology, control surface support, preset samulti-cliplti clip color management.

Layer Based Grading

The power and elegance of grading via layers. We incorporate the best features of image editing applications.

Telecine Tools

Industry standard 3 Way Color Corrector and RGB Curves. We incorporate the best that the telecine suite has to offer.

LUT Utility

Apply industry standard Look Up Tables like OSIRIS and ImpulZ to accurately emulate the look of 35mm film.

Vector Grading

Powerful vector based grading to apply quick and accurate secondaries.

Learn More/ Purchase Color Finale for FCPX

Download a Free 7 Day Unrestricted Trial

What’s New in FCP X Plug-ins, October 2016 Edition

What’s New in FCP X Plug-ins, October 2016 Edition

Final Cut Pro X always has new plug-ins available and we don’t give them enough publicity so I thought it would be a good idea to start a new monthly column telling you what’s new and cool! Often, new products have a limited time.

Note: We have two late additions to the list. Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite v13 came out yesterday after this article was published, so I’ll add some info near the top since it’s a big one! The Luut Action pack was sadly missed, but it’s being added now!

Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite v13

Magic Bullet Suite 13 includes seven products. Five products have been upgraded and one is entirely new. Magic Bullet Looks 4, Colorista IV, Denoiser III, Mojo II, Cosmo II, Film 1.2, and the all-new Magic Bullet Renoiser.

What it does

Magic Bullet Suite is a set of seven tools that bring intuitive real-time color correction and more into your editorial timeline.

Why it’s special

There’s no other tool like Magic Bullet Suite on the market. Instead of listing the details here, I’m linking you to Toolfarm for the information.

Video Overview

Get Magic Bullet Suite v13

Get Magic Bullet Suite at Toolfarm for just $854.05, 5% off every day (MSRP: $899.00)

Download a free demo of Magic Bullet Suite here. Note: You must register at Toolfarm first, but we are cool and we will not sell your email address to anyone or needlessly spam you.

All the Magic Bullet Suite Products are fully compatible with Final Cut Pro X.

Digital Anarchy Samurai Sharpen for Video

$99 Introductory Sale Through November 15th, 2016

What it does

From my own personal experience, most sharpening plug-ins on the market tend to over-sharpen and bring out the noise and compression artifacting. The good noise reduction tools are often expensive and/or slow. Samurai Sharpen was developed so that users can isolate noisy areas and sharpen just what needs to be sharpened. It’s made to be fast, precise, and easy to use.

Why it’s special

  • Isolate only the areas you want to sharpen with edge-aware algorithms and fine tuning controls
  • Built-in masking allows users to avoid sharpening noise.
  • One license supports Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple FCP X. Avid and OpenFX support is coming soon.
  • Learn more

Intro Video Tutorial

Get it now!

Get Samurai Sharpen at Toolfarm for just $99 through November 15, 2016.

Download a free demo of Samurai Sharpen here. Note: You must register at Toolfarm first, but we are cool and we will not sell your email address to anyone or needlessly spam you.

CrumplePop AutoWhiteBalance

What it does

As you probably know, there’s no “White Balance” button in Final Cut Pro X that balances with the ease of an eyedropper, so it’s necessary to use plug-ins or use color wheels. I’ve recently tested some green screen footage in which the skin tones were very orangey from the Tungsten lights, and the actress had no areas of white to sample. This plug-in worked great!

Why it’s special

  • The powerful AutoBalance algorithm white-balances your shot automatically fast even if there is nothing white visible in the frame.
  • It’s fast and easy. Just drag and drop! There are
  • Works in both Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro with one license.

Intro Video

Get it now!

Regular price: $59.00
Toolfarm Price: $56.05

To try a free demo, download and install FxFactory. It’s free! You can install a horde of plug-ins from within the FxFactory app.

The Luut Action Pack

Special Introductory Pricing only $39! Ends November 1, 2016

What it does

The Luut Action Pack is a gigantic library of fun and cool pre-made, hand-drawn, that quickly add pizazz to your animations and edits.

Why it’s cool

  • It’s customizable
  • It comes with alpha channels
  • It’s HD

Video promo for The Luut Action Pack

Get it now!

MSRP: $49.00
SALE: $39.00 (20% OFF), Sale ends November 1, 2016
Buy it now!

This product requires FxFactory to run. Download and install FxFactory. It’s free!

Stupid Raisins Fast Pop

Special Introductory Pricing only $39! Ends October 27, 2016

What it does

Fast Pop is a collection of 46 professionally animated quick blur transitions, including

  • Zoom in
  • Zoom out
  • Slide
  • Close
  • Flip
  • Spin
  • Push
  • Open

They’re also made just for Final Cut Pro X.

Why it’s special

  • Blur transitions are fun and useful in so many situations.
  • Easy to use… simply drag and drop the preset onto your footage. There are many options to customize the transitions.

Intro Video


Here’s a tutorial that explains how it works.

Get it now!

Buy Stupid Raisins Fast Pop at Toolfarm.

This product requires FxFactory to run. Download and install FxFactory. It’s free!

Kingluma Radiance

What it does

Radiance allows Final Cut Pro X users to quickly and precisely generate gorgeous glows, festive flares, and lovely light leaks effects and transitions.

Why it’s special

  • Precise, powerful and highly customizable glow and light ray transitions and effects.
  • Fast and easy to use with stunningly beautiful effects.

Intro Video

Get it now!

MSRP: $79.00
TF Price $75.05

To try a free demo of Radiance, download and install FxFactory. It’s free! You can install a horde of plug-ins from within the FxFactory app.

White Balance Roundup for FCPX

White Balance Roundup for FCPX

What is White Balance?

White should look white, not peach, pink, or baby blue. White balancing footage will help your video look natural by looking at the color temperature in your shot and setting an accurate white, removing any unnatural color cast.

This can’t be done with the color picker in FCPX, but there are ways to make your whites accurate.

Plug-ins for Quickly White Balancing Footage

Dashwood Editor Essentials

Dashwood Editor EssentialsDashwood Editor Essentials is a set of utility plugins that can repair footage or do tasks that would normally require a lot of time and effort. It can make all the difference in delivering your edit on time, including white balancing your footage!

Cineflare White BalancerCineflare White Balancer

With CineFlare’s White Balancer, you can utilize the Apple Color Picker to find your exact white balance color.

 

Hawaiki AutoGrade

Hawaiki AutoGradeAdvanced automatic white balance correction tool with a host of easy-to-use additional grading features. AutoGrade 3 for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects & Motion.

Ripple Tools for FCPX

Ripple Tools for Final Cut Pro X

12 Final Cut Pro X plug-ins that allow you to quickly accomplish a number of effects and editorial tasks, including color balance using traditional color wheels.

 

Sheffield Softworks Cinemage

Sheffield CinemangeCinemange can white balance footage and so much more. It’s both more sophisticated and streamlined than almost anything out there. If you’re looking for something to make your footage look ordinary – to balance your whites and tone your highlights, midrange, and shadows – Cinemage is not that plugin. If you’re looking for something that will make your footage look gorgeous, you’ve come to the right place.

CrumplePop SkinTone for FCPX

CrumplePop SkinTone

SkinTone for Final Cut Pro X lets you quickly restore beautiful, natural skin tones in your subjects. Whether you forgot to white balance or had to wrestle with mixed lighting, SkinTone makes it easy to fix the shot. SkinTone gives you the same powerful Temperature and Tint controls found in photo editing applications – right inside FCP X.

Hy-Colour

HY-FX HyColour

HyColour is a really neat color grading effect for FCPX that brings white balance, exposure, green cast removal, saturation, color bias, sharpening and a broadcast safe filter, together in one place. Super handy, super cool.

 

NewBlueFX Plug-ins

NewBlueFX LogoNewBlueFX has several plug-in packages that include great tools for white balancing footage.

NewBlueFX ColorFast
Quickly correct color balance your image with ColorFast’s powerful white balance algorithm. Just select the whitest part of your image with the dropper tool. It’s that easy… Plus, there are several other plug-ins in the package.

NewBlueFX ColorFast 2
ColorFast streamlines both color correction and color grading in one simple workflow. Use one of the 65 presets or create your own look from scratch. Perform primary color correction with easy to use controls or bring out the full potential of your clips using deep color grading options.

NewBlueFX Essentials Volume 3 – Change white balance and add film gamma to fix white balance issues with footage shot in harsh sunlight or indoor lighting. NewBlue Essentials 3, Volume 3 delivers 8 versatile editing tools built to soften wrinkles and remove blemishes, optimize color and contrast, fine-tune luminance values, and more

NewBlueFX Filters Ultimate – NewBlue Filters 3 Ultimate presents over 250 presets in 22 video effects to instantly enhance video through an array of distinctive looks

Perform an Automatic Color Balance in Final Cut Pro X without Plug-ins

Premium Beat has an article that explains how to use the Inspector in FCP X to perform a white balance. They explain how to color balance whether the shot has been analyzed upon import or not. Read more here.

FCPX Workflows for Rapid Turn-around Music Videos

FCPX Workflows for Rapid Turn-around Music Videos

Brian King, Director at Lucid Potato, FCPX user

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!

Read the article: Have Mercy on Me: FCPX Workflows for Breakneck Music Video Deadlines at Medium.

Watch the video

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 Logo
Lucid Potato Logo

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!

Doing a Lot of Tight Deadline Work?

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?

Learn more about Intelligent Assistance Finisher for Final Cut Pro

CoreMelt SliceX + TrackX + DriveX Bundle

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.

Learn more about CoreMelt SliceX + TrackX + DriveX Bundle

LUTs and LUT Freebies

LUTs and LUT Freebies

What is a LUT?

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.

What Is A LUT? Explained with Cats. from Ground Control on Vimeo.

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.

LUT Collections:

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.

Learn More about CoreMelt LUTx Bundle (Feature Film Looks +  Beauty Fashion Food): Reg: $55

Beauty Fashion Food (NEW!)

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 LUTs
FCPXFree.com LUTs

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.

Check out the collection here.
Red Giant LUT Buddy

Red Giant LUT Buddy

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.

Get it for free at Toolfarm.

MLUT Plug-in

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!

Download MLUT here

More Free LUTs

  • Ground Control Color – These LUTs have versions that will work in just about any color app. Perhaps they’ll work in your application.

All Editors Need Basic Color Grading and Correction Skills

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.

Premium Beat goes on to explain how to give your footage a vintage or retro feel. Check out their post, Learn Color Matching and Retro-Cool Color Grading in Final Cut Pro X, for more on that.

Matching Color Between Clips in FCP X

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

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

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.

Nattress Advanced Plug-ins for Apple’s Color

Nattress Advanced Plug-ins for Apple’s Color ColorFX nodes give users immense flexibility. You can use the built-in functionality of Color to save and load your favorite combinations or settings.