Color Grading with Pro-Fi in Final Cut Pro X
The Lo-Fi look became popular in the 1980’s with the release of low-budget, meniscus lens cameras that left heavy vignettes, color distortions, and blurs on their photos. With the 35 customizable presets that come with Pro-Fi from Pixel Film Studios, you can re-create the same looks of these Lo-Fi lens with your footage in Final Cut Pro X.
Pro-Fi presets let users Add a Frame
After choosing the Lo-Fi photo grade you like among the Pro-Fi presets, Final Cut Pro X users can easily add a film frame to each individual shot. Once the frame is added to the footage. users can then adjust the size, roundness, and softness parameters in the FCPX Inspector with the customization controls, changing the looks of each Pro-Fi frame preset.
Control the Lens Blur with Pro-Fi
Film-makers can control the lens blur using the on-screen controls in the FCPX viewer with Pro-Fi. Pro-Fi’s on-screen controls let users simply grab one of the handles to adjust the position and size of your blur area. Then use the simple sliders found in Pro-Fi, located in the FCPX Inspector to adjust the strength and softness of the area. Pro-Fi’s controls allow this to be done in real-time, without any of the rendering.
Designed for Final Cut Pro X
Pro-Fi from Pixel Film Studios was professionally designed to work seamlessly inside of Final Cut Pro X. As an FCPX effect, Pro-Fi presets can be dragged and dropped onto your footage and previewed in real time without rendering. Pro-Fi contains easy-to-use controls that can be found in the FCPX inspector, along with visual 0m-screen controls to help with blurring each shot. Pro-Fi helps users calibrate lo-fi looks in a few seconds with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Pro-Fi Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X
Learn how to create and customize your own Low-Fidelity effects with the Pro-Fi Lesson.
STEP 1 - Preparing the Timeline
Let’s begin by selecting our footage from the FCPX media library. Then Locate Pro-Fi in the FCPX Effects library. Scan through the Pro-Fi presets and choose a style that works best for your project. For this example we will be using the Pro-Fi 1 preset. Click and drag the effect directly on top of your footage. Select your media and go to the Inspector Window.
STEP 2 - Color Controls
First let’s start by adjusting our Saturation in the Color Controls section. Next select a color for the shadows, mid-tones and highlights. After choosing your desired colors you can start adjusting the Color Change slider. The Color Change slider controls the opacity of the color balance.
STEP 3 - Holga Controls
Once you have the Color Controls set you can move on to the Holga Controls section where we will start adjusting the wash amount slider. Underneath you can continue adjusting shadow darkness, contrast, and noise amount. You can then control the Jitter amount and Flicker amount. The Jitter Amount will make your media your media look like it is vibrating. The more you move the Jitter amount slider the right the more it will vibrate.
STEP 4 - Burn Controls
Next is the Burn Controls section. Let’s begin by selecting a burn color. Once you have a color selected you can adjust the opacity Then choose from a variety of blend modes to add on to the authenticity. After choosing a blend mode go on to adjust the burn center and burn size. You can also adjust the position with the on screen control located in the viewer window. Click and drag the center control puck on the far left adjust the position of the burn.
STEP 5 - Frame Controls
Now that we have our Burn Controls adjust we can start customizing our Frame Controls. Start by selecting a frame color. Then adjust the frame’s x and y position. Underneath Continue adjusting the x and y scale. Finish off the Frame Controls section with the Feather and roundness sliders.
Now for some Final Touches. Let’s begin by selecting customizing our vignette and Blur in the Vignette Controls section. First select a vignette color. Then adjust the Vignette size. Continue adjusting the vignette darken and falloff slider. The Vignette falloff slider controls how much light reaches the center of the vignette. Once you have your vignette customized to your liking you can then adjust the blur amount, blur size, blur center and lastly blur feather. You can control the blur size and blur center by using the on screen controls located in the viewer window. Click the center control puck to position the blur Then click and drag the outside of the circle to adjust the size of the blur.
Pro-Fi Frequently Asked Question
Where do I find Pro-Fi?
Once the installation is complete, you can find PRO-FI in the FCPX effects library.
How do I apply Pro-Fi to a clip?
First select the clip you wish to effect in the timeline.
Then scrub your cursor over the Pro-Fi presets in the FCPX effects library to preview them in real time.
When you find the preset you like, you can drag and drop it on to your clip or simply double click on the thumbnail.
How do I customize the look of Pro-Fi?
Once you have applied Pro-Fi to a clip…
Select the clip in the timeline.
You will see a new set of parameters in the FCPX Inspector.
Use these parameters to control the look of the Pro-Fi effect.
How do I copy Pro-Fi settings?
You can copy Pro-Fi settings from one clip to another.
Select the effected clip in the timeline and press Cmd+Opt+C
Then select the second clip and press Cmd+Opt+V
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.
What Version of FCPX does this require?
You will need to make sure your version of the software is updated to at least version 10.2.1, and this may require an OS update, which should be available for free in the App Store.