The role of a colorist is evolving, and more often video editors are color grading and color correcting footage themselves. With that in mind, here are a few ways you can easily adjust the overall look of your project in minutes.

White Balance

Before you start color grading your clips, you need to white balance the footage. This lets you maintain a consistent look, especially if footage was shot on different types of cameras or in different formats. Here are three quick ways to white balance footage in Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, and DaVinci Resolve.

  1. How to White Balance in Final Cut Pro X – PremiumBeat
  2. How to White Balance in Premiere Pro using Fast Color Corrector – RocketStock
  3. How to White Balance in DaVinci Resolve – PremiumBeat

Color Board, Match Color, and Presets in Final Cut Pro X

Creating a custom look in Final Cut Pro X is incredibly simple with the built in color board and powerful match color feature. In this tutorial from PremiumBeat, you will learn how to use the color board to create a nice a clean stylized look. In fact, Shutterstock and PremiumBeat collaborated to give you free footage and music for you to follow along with the tutorial. The tutorial also shows you how to use the match color button to quickly sync the look of two different clips.

Final Cut Pro X also includes a variety of drag and drop color presets that automatically change the look of your footage. Looking for experiment with some custom color presets? Download our 10 free Final Cut Pro X vintage presets here. This tutorial will show you how to install these free FCPX color presets and how to use and customize them to best suit your project.

Lumetri Color Panel and Presets in Premiere Pro

The latest version of Premiere Pro CC features the Color workspace with Lumetri Color Panel. The color panel allows you to simply adjust things like temperature, tint, exposure, and contrast. Then you can dive into the Creative tab and start adjusting the tint, or applying a look using presets. There are a variety of included presets, but you can also create your own look and save them for future use.

Check out this great breakdown from Learn Color Grading on the Lumetri color panel in Premiere Pro CC. Color Wheels and Presets in Final Cut Pro X

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