It’s an industry rule of thumb to never rely on fixing things in post, yet so many things wind up being corrected after production. If you find yourself in that situation, these tutorials will help.

Color Correcting and Color Grading in FCPX

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Color correction and color grading (which are different things) have become a huge part of a video editor’s workflow. While some productions use professional color houses to fix footage or create the overall look and feel of a film, more often it’s falling upon the editor to have a working knowledge of color. This includes both color theory and an eye for good looking footage.

Final Cut Pro X features an amazing tool called Match Color. This tutorial from Shutterstock and PremiumBeat will show you how to use the match color function, as well as a few ways you can tweak footage yourself.

For more on color grading and color correction, check out this great Final Cut Pro X tutorial roundup from PremiumBeat.

Stabilizing Footage in FCPX

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Have a problem with shaky DSLR footage? You can stabilize your clips within Final Cut Pro X. In this tutorial from Lynda.com, you will see how to do just that.

First, import your footage. The option to stabilize isn’t available at import, but can be selected after the clips are in Final Cut Pro X. Then simply select the clip, navigate to the Modify window and select Analyze and Fix… Under the video options, you will see a checkbox for Analyze for stabilization and rolling shutter. Make sure it’s checked.

Now in the video Inspector, you will see the option for stabilization. Turn it on and adjust as necessary.

Boost and Smooth Audio in FCPX

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One of the best resources for Final Cut Pro tutorials is Larry Jordan, who happens to be Apple certified and has taught about production at USC, UCLA, and Cal State Fullerton.

If you don’t know the basics of audio, check out Larry’s introductory tutorial on editing audio in Final Cut Pro X.

When you have the basics down, Larry provides some wonderful guides for the Final Cut Pro X workflow. One of the best is the Boost and Smooth Audio Levels. You can follow his workflow and even out those dBs.


Want to hone your FCPX editing skills? Check out the Final Cut Pro X Editor Kits from Shutterstock and PremiumBeat. These five tutorials have FREE footage, music, SFX, and video elements for you to follow along with.

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