Color 101: Introduction to Color Correction in Final Cut Studio

Duration: 2 Days


This two-day Apple Certified hands-on course will familiarize students with the colour correcting capabilities of Final Cut Studio. Start with the basics of colour balancing and correction, and move on to the fine points of secondary grading, including scene matching, using vignettes to isolate and track regions, creating advanced colour effects and “looks,” skin tone adjustments, adjusting the composition and framing of a shot, and much more.


Basic knowledge of the Macintosh OS and colour correction terminology is helpful. Basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro 7 is required. Level One Final Cut Pro End User certification is preferred. Ideally, prior attendance on an FCP 101, FCP 102, FCP 200 or FCP 250 course.

Course includes

Instruction from our Apple certified trainer, the official Apple reference manual covering course topics, follow-up telephone support and, for training on Transmedia premises, lunch and refreshments.

Course outline

Controlling Contrast

  • Understanding Contrast
  • Controlling Contrast with the colour Corrector 3-Way Filter
  • Setting the Mood with the Mids and Creating Artificially High Contrast

Controlling Colour

  • Understanding colour Balance
  • Using Primary colour Correction
  • Understanding the colour Balance Controls
  • Identifying and Correcting colour Casts
  • and Manipulating colour Directly in the Blacks
  • Mids and Whites

Colour Correcting for Scene Continuity

  • Achieving Visual Harmony
  • Comparing Two Clips
  • Setting Up for Scene-by-Scene colour Correction
  • colour Correcting a Complete Scene and Project Tasks

Working with the colour Interface

  • Setting Up a Project
  • Understanding the Eight Rooms
  • colour's Task-Based Workflow
  • Exploring the Setup Room
  • Applying Basic Grades
  • Viewing Your Images
  • Performing Secondary Grades
  • Employing colour FX
  • Applying Final Touches
  • Panning and Scanning
  • Utilizing Still Stores
  • Correcting the Sequence and The Render Queue Room

Basic Grading

  • Exploring the Primary Room
  • Using the Auto Balance Control
  • Grading with the colour Balance Controls
  • Grading with Curves and Understanding Additional Controls

Basic Secondary Grading

  • Three Types of Secondaries
  • Performing Key-Based Secondaries
  • Keying with HSL Qualifiers
  • Performing Vignette-Based Secondaries
  • Creating a Look and Secondary Curves

Advanced Secondary Grading

  • Using Multiple Secondaries
  • Combining a Key and a Vignette
  • Using Multiple Keys
  • Creating Custom Mask Shapes
  • Combining Vignettes and Incorporating Curve Effects

Color Effects

  • Overview of the Color FX Room
  • Applying Nodes
  • Building Color Effects
  • Controlling Node Order
  • Monitoring Inactive Nodes
  • Adding Nodes to Existing Trees
  • Saving and Reapplying Effects as Presents and Working with Preset Color Effects

Grade Management

  • Managing Grades on a Single Shot
  • Switching Between Grades
  • Adding and Deleting Grades
  • Duplicating a Grade
  • Setting the Beauty Grade
  • Saving Corrections and Grades
  • Deleting Saved Corrections
  • Organizing Corrections
  • Saving Secondary Corrections
  • Saving Grades
  • Moving Grades from Clip to Clip
  • Dragging Individual Corrections
  • Grouping Shots
  • Applying Grades to Groups and Working with Multiple Grades

Keyframing Effects

  • Animating Effects in Color
  • Manipulating Keyframes
  • Navigating to Keyframes
  • Deleting Keyframes
  • Keyframing Other Rooms
  • Changing Interpolation Settings
  • Animating User Shapes
  • Adding Intermediary Keyframes and Keyframing Color Effects

Recomposing and Tracking

  • Using the Geometry Room
  • Recomposing Shots
  • Animating Pan and Scan Effects
  • Tracking Objects
  • Applying Tracking Data to Corrections
  • Offsetting the Vignette and Manual Tracking Techniques

Primary Out and Rendering

  • Global Changes and Final Tweaks
  • Modifying and Replacing Primary Out Room Settings
  • Creating a Stylized Look
  • Applying Stylized Primary Out Corrections to Grouped Clips
  • Manually Controlling Broadcast Safe Output
  • Adjusting Black Levels
  • Limiting Black Level Adjustments
  • Manually Adjusting White and Black Levels
  • Manually Adjusting Chroma Levels
  • Rendering Color Projects
  • Adding Clips to the Render Queue
  • Rendering Shots and Sending to Final Cut Pro and Using Color's Archive Feature

This course is available as a private or customised course. Contact us for further information and to customise this course to your exact requirements:

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