FCPX Colorist

Professional Grading Tools for FCPX

The FCPX Colorist brings professional color grading tools to Final Cut Pro X users. Now, editors can adjust curves, hue, saturation and color levels like never before without ever having to open another color grading software.

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Color Grading with FCPX Colorist in Final Cut Pro X

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Professional Grading Tools for FCPX

Modular Color Grading Tools

Each FCPX Colorist Tool installs into Final Cut Pro X as a separate filter in the Final Cut Pro X Effects library. This modular set-up allows users to stack, combine and re-arrange multiple filters on their footage to achieve endless looks.

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Professional Grading Tools for FCPX

Custom Curves in Final Cut Pro X

FCPX Colorist introduces curve color correcting to Final Cut Pro X. The Custom Curves Tool allows users to adjust the tone and color of their image along the Red, Blue and Green color channels. Curves can be used to color balance an image, create high-dynamic looks, control light clipping or adjust contrast.

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Professional Grading Tools for FCPX

Primary and Balance Colors

The Primary and Balance Color tools allows users to adjust the color of their image based on exposure. The Primary Tool controls the Lift, Gamma and Gain; while the Balance Tool adjusts the Shadows, Mid-tones and Highlights.

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Professional Grading Tools for FCPX

Hue-Hue Color Adjustments

The Hue-Hue Tool allows Final Cut Pro X users to isolate a specific color range in their image and adjust the hue of it. From skin tones to eye colors, users can use this tool to correct and grade a specific range of the color spectrum in their image.

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Professional Grading Tools for FCPX

Hue-Saturation

The Hue-Saturation tool allows Final Cut Pro X users to increase or decrease the saturation for a specific color range like never before. This tool can be used to create stylized looks like the Sin City effect, in which everything is black and white except for reds.

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Professional Grading Tools for FCPX

Create and Save Custom Presets

The Hue-Saturation tool allows Colorist users to increase or decrease the saturation for a specific color range. This tool can be used to create stylized looks like the Sin City effect, in which everything is black and white except for reds.

Installing FCPX Colorist

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How do I Install FCPX Colorist in Final Cut Pro X?

Here's how to install FCPX Colorist for any Mac operating system.

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Sierra Instructions

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Pre-Sierra Instructions

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How do Uninstall ProFreeze Threshold in Final Cut Pro X?

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  1. Go to this directory: Macintosh HD>Library>Plug-Ins>FxPlug
  2. Delete any file that starts with FCPXHue, FCPXCurves, FCPXPrimaries, FCPXBalance, and FCPX Saturation
  3. Empty the trash
  4.  Go to this directory Movies > Motion Templates > Effects
  5. Delete the "Pixel Film Studios – FCPX COLORIST" Folder
  6. Empty the trash can
  7. Clear the effect from your timeline and shut down FCPX

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Unidentified Developer and Won't Install

The message you got was to inform you the app wasn't purchased in the Mac App Store.

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Sierra Instructions

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Pre-Sierra Instructions

FCPX Colorist Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X

Learn how to adjust curves, hue, saturation and color levels directly inside of Final Cut Pro X with the FCPX Colorist Lesson from Pixel Film Studios. With intuitive pop-up windows and custom preset loaders, The FCPX Colorist can help Final Cut Pro X users create endless color grade looks.  

FCPX Colorist Frequently Asked Questions

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How do the Saturation controls work?

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Saturation controls allow you to adjust color strength

Here's how to highlight a particular color in a scene.  

  • Place a dot on the line for the color you want to isolate
  • Place points at the left and rights ends of the color range you'd like to keep
  • Drag the outer points down, this brings down their saturation
  • You can also increase saturation, by moving the color point up

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How do the Hue controls work?

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The hue controls in colorist give you the option of changing any color into another

Lets say you want the color blue in a photo or video. 

  • Place a dot on the line in the hue controls, that represents the color you want to change
  • Place two dots on the outside of this color, this ensures you only change 1 color or a particular color range
  • move the point up or down, to get new colors. The new color will be represented on the top half of the controls, where the dot was placed

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What's the difference between Balance and Primaries? How do they work?

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Each preset adjust color in a different way, through a color wheel:

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Balance works by adjusting shadows, midtones, and highlights

  • Shadows works on the top bottom 20% of luminance colors
  • Midtones works on the middle 80% of luminance colors
  • Highlights works on the top 20% of luminance colors

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Primaries works by adjusting the Lift, Gamma, and Gain

  • Lift changes the darkest luminance (Black) 100% and tapers off to 0% at the lightest luminance (White)
  • Gamma adjust the middle luminance 100% and tapers off to 0% at the darkest and brightest luminance
  • Gain is the opposite of lift. It affects colors with high luminance the most, and colors with low luminance the least.

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Balance and Primaries both include an offset color wheel.

  • In balance, offset affects shadows, midtones, and highlights equality
  • In Primaries, offset affects lift, gamma, and gain equally.
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How to the Curves work?

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Adjust the shadows, midtones,  and highlights of a photo/video

you can adjust the entire luminance a photo/video, or adjust the red, green, and blue channels separately.

  • Shadows are located towards the bottom of the curve, midtones in the middle, and highlights at the top.
  • If you move the points above the curve, the colors get brighter.
  • If you move them below the curve, they get darker.

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Can I see which part of my video will be affected with the color wheels?

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Yes, each color wheel gives you the ability to identify which portion will be affected

The bottom right wheel give you this option. Click and drag it down to darken the and raise it back up to lighten it again.

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Are the effects stackable?

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Yes, instead of acting as one, the effects act separately, giving the user more control over the color

Since the effects act separately, the user more control over the fine details when it comes to color grading. The effects run from top to bottom. Lets say you have two effects on top of one another. The top one gets applied first and the one below that gets applied next

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I installed FCPX Colorist and see a red screen similar to this.

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Why is this Happening:

This means that Final Cut Pro is currently out of date.

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What is the Solution:

Update Final Cut Pro. You can update by going to the app store.

Click Here to Watch Troubleshooting Video

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Where do I find FCPX Colorist?

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Once the installation is complete, you can find FCPX Colorist in the FCPX Titles library.

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Where is your tutorial for FCPX Colorist?

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You can search for the tutorial on the actual product page located at the bottom under the tutorial tab (if one is available). Keep in mind not all tutorials are available yet for each plugin. We are working daily to update new lessons for older and new plugins.

FCPX Colorist Troubleshooting

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The presets don't have an open controls window.

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Why is this Happening:

If you are missing controls or a drop down menu, it is due to an installation issue.

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What is the Solution:

Completely uninstall what you installed, then reinstall the product. These instructions are located under the installation tab.

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I installed the FCPX Colorist and see a screen similar to this.

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Why is this Happening:

This means that Final Cut Pro is currently out of date.

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What is the Solution:

Update Final Cut Pro. You can update by going to the app store.

Click Here to Watch Troubleshooting Video

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I installed the FCPX Colorist and see a screen similar to this.

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Why is this Happening:

This may happen if you make an updated to Mac OS or Final Cut Pro. You will need to reinstall this plugin. 

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What is the Solution:

Uninstallation and Installation instructions are in the instructions tab. If you need a new download, contact out email at pixelfilmstudios@gmail.com with the plugin name, purchase date, and order ID. The order ID starts with PIX. You can find the order ID in your purchase history or confirmation email for your purchase.