Color Grading with FCPX LUT: Action in Final Cut Pro X
60 Action LUT Files
A LUT is a Look Up Table that contains a mathematical formula for modifying an image. The LUT changes every pixel’s color to the corresponding color indicated by the table. By manipulating each pixel, LUT’s can change each color range differently, giving the user more control over their look. The Action LUT pack comes with 60 action-inspired CUBE LUT files.
Instant Action Looks
Inspired by contemporary film grading techniques, FCPX LUT: Action can instantly make any footage look like the next blockbuster. Bold contrasts, desaturated tints, and everything inbetween. With 60 different action color gradings to choose from, you can make your project look anywhere from thriller to blockbuster in the click of a mouse.
FCPX LUT Action Loader
CUBE LUT files are extremely versatile. They can be used in many different softwares. With the FCPX LUT Action Loader from Pixel Film Studios, editors can quickly and easily load a LUT file directly into Final Cut Pro X to color correct or grade their footage without having to use another software. Users can simply drop the loader on top of their footage and then, use the drop down menu to select or import a CUBE file.
Customize the LUT
If the LUT doesn’t fully achieve the desired look, editors can use the built-in customization controls in the FCPX LUT Action Loader to adjust the strength, contrast, brightness and saturation of their image. They can also make further adjustments to color of the lights, darks, and mids.
FCPX LUT Action Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X
While we don't have a Lesson for this exact LUT pack at the moment, all the LUT loaders are similar in functionality and usability. Watching this following tutorial should help users understand the workflow and how to correctly apply and modify each LUT effect. A Lesson for this exact LUT Style should be available in the near future, and can be found here once it is available.
FCPX LUT Action Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find the Plugin?
FCPX LUT Action will be located in the effects library. The effects library is located in the bottom right of the Final Cut Pro X application window.
Are The LUT's Preview-able?
The FCPX LUT Loader is a look-up-table file loader tool built with real-time application in mind. The LUT files are designed to populate in a drop-down menu, which can only be previewed by selected the LUT when its already applied to a clip.
Can The LUT Files be Adjusted?
The FCPX LUT Loader includes opacity adjustments, Vignette controls, and also gives users the ability to add tints to their Lighter Tones, Mid-Tones, and shadows. This adjustment has a Mix control allowing the effect to be strong or subtle, depending on the users liking.
How Can I add other LUT's to the Drop Down Menu?
To load an external LUT, the location of the LUT file itself isn’t important. So long as the user knows where the LUT is located (i.e. the desktop), it can be loaded from anywhere. To make things easier for the user, it’s possible to populate the dropdown list by adding LUT files to the directory:
Just make sure that you’re using the correct “Library” folder. There are a number of other “Library” folders in varies places that the user could mistake for the correct one. The first / means that you’re at the root level on the hard drive. To get there, open up any finder window and press Cmd+Shift+g. This will bring up the go to folder command. The simply type “/“ without the quotes and press enter. The user may need administrative privileges to get to the folder and change it’s contents. If the LUT files don’t show up in the dropdown list after adding them to the directory, try restarting Final Cut.
Troubleshooting FCPX LUT Action
Plugin Doesn't Work
This plugin requires multiple Installers. Depending on your OS, you should see three different installers in your download folder for the LUT acquired. If you are using Mac OS Sierra, make sure you follow the provided instructions and run the marked Sierra Installers. IF you are using an older OS, run the non Sierra Installers.
Why don't I see the LUT Selection Drop Down Menu?
This usually happens due to one of the installers not running or your Security Settings blocking an Install. Try running both installers again and restarting FCPX. If more help is needed, please refer to the Installation portion of this page.
Is there only one preset in the effects?
Yes, there is one effect located in the FCPX LUT Loader. All necessary controls and drop downs are located in the effect preset.
When I apply the effect, I am getting a Red or Orange screen that says the effect failed to render. How do I fix this?
If you have done any updates to your computer, this may happen. An easy way to fix this is to perform a clean install on the plugin. Here is how to do this.
You will need to a full uninstall first:
Go to this directory: Macintosh HD>Library>Plug-Ins>FxPlug>FCPXLUTLOADER.fxplug
Delete this file and empty the trash.
Then, go to this directory:
Movies > Motion Templates > Effects
Delete the "Pixel Film Studios - FCPX LUT LOADER" folder
Empty the trash can.
Then run all the necessary installers again.
My Inspector Controls are Missing. Did I do something wrong?
Uninstall FCPX LUT Loader (See previous answer above for Location instructions), Re-download the plugin again, After the download run install script (step one, step two, and step three), then restart FCPX..
I am getting a Red Screen with a Yellow Exclamation Point, how is this fixed?
This usually occurs due to either an Installation error, or its just that your FCPX version is out of date. You can upgrade, its simple and usually free in the Apple App Store. If your operating system is out of date, that may need to be updated first, in order to update the other relying software.