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The 3-Way Color Corrector in Final Cut Pro is an amazing tool to add that final touch to your movie project. In the following steps I will show you a simple way to add versatility to your color correcting and how to achieve that desired cinematic look.

Step 1: Bring Clip Into Timeline

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Let's get started!

Double click on the clip in the Browser window to bring it into the Viewer window. Create your in and out points then drag the clip into your timeline.

For my clip I chose a shot of the Saw Stop table saw at Techshop in Menlo Park.
 
Nicely done!

The only area where I could see for improvement is that you're relying heavily on your own color perception while doing this, and coincidentally, your monitor's color calibration. While not inherently a problem, if your monitor is off, then everything else your video plays on will be, as well.

The solution: Video Scopes!
You can open these up by either selecting them in the tools menu or selecting "Color Correct" in the arrangements, which are in the window menu.

A quick tutorial for how to read them:
http://www.larryjordan.biz/technique-how-to-read-scopes/
RoryWard (author)  AlternateLives3 years ago
I appreciate the comment. Thank you!

I am very familiar with video scopes, but incorporating that in this tutorial would take away from the simplicity of this, especially for someone new to color correcting in FCP. I suppose "correction" is slightly misinterpreted as in this tutorial, it's more about adding an artful touch. This is just the route I like to take when adding a cinematic look to my projects.

I checked out your tutorial on your site. It's very insightful! :)

Thanks again!
Rory