Give your footage a retro look with these 10 free vintage presets for Final Cut Pro.

Vintage color grades are a simply way to give your footage a distinct look: Go for a 1970s haze, a golden glow for Autumn, or a green-tinged cast that triggers warm and fuzzy nostalgia. In the following post we’ll take a look at how to use vintage color presets in Final Cut Pro and discuss how to install them onto your computer.

Desaturated Vintage Preset in Final Cut Pro
This video from Shutterstock used the ‘Vintage – Desaturated’ effect preset in Final Cut Pro.

The following video shows us how to install and use these 10 free vintage presets for Final Cut Pro. The presets were created to work in FCPX.

To download the presets listed in the above tutorial, download the file below.

Download Free Final Cut Pro Presets

Using the effects presets is incredibly easy. Just drag and drop the effect from the effects browser onto your clip. That’s all there is to it!


If you’ve never installed effects presets inside of Final Cut Pro, follow the steps below.

Installing the Presets

It’s next to impossible to find the Final Cut Pro preset folder on your own. While the Adobe software file structures are fairly easy to navigate, the Final Cut Pro file structure can get confusing. Here’s how to install presets in Final Cut Pro.

Step 1: Unzip the Preset Folder

Vintage Presets in Final Cut Pr Step 1

To unzip the ‘Vintage Presets’ double click on the zip folder in the finder. You will see a folder labeled ‘Vintage Color Presets.’

Step 2: Copy the Effects Presets

Select all of the effects presets and hit Command+C.

Step 3: Navigate the (Complex) Folder Structure

In the Finder hold down Option and navigate to Go>Library. It’s important that you hold down option while you do this or you won’t see the Library folder. Once inside you can release the option key. Navigate to:

Application Support>ProApps>Effects Presets

Step 4: Copy Preset Files

Vintage Presets

Now paste the preset files into the ‘Effects Presets’ folder (Command+V).

Step 5: Restart FCPX

In order to see the presets in Final Cut Pro you must restart Final Cut Pro.

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