Color - Introduction to FCP Color

1 day

Course Description:

This one-day, hands-on course teaches the powerful workflow in Final Cut Pro. This class is designed to help students learn the color workflow, using Final Cut’s tools to balance and grade footage.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Set up and customize the Final Cut Pro workspace for use with the color tools
  • Balance clips using Final Cut’s automatic balancing tools and balancing clips manually
  • Use each of Final Cut’s color tools, the Color Board, Color Wheels, Color Curves, Hue/Saturation Curves and Color Adjustments, to balance and grade footage.
  • Make secondary corrections
  • Use Final Cut’s color effects and creating their own effects to apply to clips
  • Work with LUTs
  • Understand how to use HDR footage in an SDR timeline and SDR footage in an HDR timeline.

Who Should Attend:

This class is designed for anyone looking to learn color in Final Cut Pro.


Students should have the following knowledge prior to attending the course:

  • Basic understanding of the Final Cut Pro interface and workflow
  • Knowledge of MacOS and computer navigation
  • Basic knowledge of editing terminology is highly recommended

Course Outline:

Note: the curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Lesson 1: Getting started with color

  • Overview of the interface
  • Understanding the scopes
    • Reading the waveform editor
    • Understanding the lumascope in a rec. 709 workflow
    • Reading the RGB Parade
    • Looking at the Vectorscope

Lesson 2: The Color Inspector

  • Reading and using the Color Board
  • Manipulating the Color Wheels
  • Learning how to use the Color Curves
  • How to use Color Adjustments

Lesson 3: Viewers in Final Cut

  • Using the Comparison Viewer to match shots
  • A review of Color keyboard shortcuts

Lesson 4: Balancing an Image

  • Methods of adjusting and fixing white balance
  • Manually balancing color
  • Understanding exposure
  • Adjusting saturation and using the HSL curves
  • Color matching and copying effects
  • Adjustment Layers, Auditions and Compound Clips

Lesson 5: Working with Curves

  • Reading the curves
  • Understanding a S-curve
  • Working with color curves
  • More with HSL curves

Lesson 6: Secondary corrections

  • Balancing vs. grading
  • Working with parts of an image
  • Working with masks and vignettes
  • Combining effects with masks
  • Being creative

Lesson 7: HDR and SDR footage

  • HDR Tools
  • Automatic Color Conform

Lesson 8: Working with LUTs

  • Adding, adjusting and applying LUTs to clips