FCPX Transform LOG Footage Before Color and Exposure w FREE LUT Loader

I typically don't color any type of LOG footage in FCPX, but I will edit in FCPX. Since there still seems to be a growing number of people who edit LOG footage directly through FCPX's poor color board, I thought I would show a different approach. Instead of adding contrast, saturation, and exposure directly to the LOG footage, try transforming it first. Depending on the footage you're working with you might find that it could be easier to saturate colors, adjust highlights, mids, and shadows all without touching FCPX's poor color board.

You can download the FREE LUT Utility from MotionVFX (CLICK HERE) which has some nice built in options for quickly transforming your LOG to 709, but you can also import your own custom LUTS also.

FCPX doesn't really have a simple White Balance tool, and again i'm not a big fan of the built in Color Board, so I suggest grabbing a decent White Balance Plugin. This White Balance Plugin from FCPEFFECTS (found here) allows for more than just cool to warm. You can offset artificial color casts (green/magenta), set exposure, and also tweak individual RGB values within Highlight, Mid, and Shadows. Again very easy tool without having to deal with FCPXs color board.

Download FCPX White Balance Plugin (HERE)
Download FREE LUT Loader (HERE)

3 thoughts on “FCPX Transform LOG Footage Before Color and Exposure w FREE LUT Loader

  1. Jeff Buss

    Another way to add log "processing" is to select a clip/s, go to the Inspector menu and select in the dropdown menu in the lower left "Settings" from there you will see log processing and the various LUTs for most camera manufactures.

  2. Brett Sherman

    For white balance adjustment I use Dashwood Editor's Essentials for FXFactory. I think I've tried half a dozen different ones and it is by far the most natural looking.

  3. I want to thank you for this wonderful advice. I have been experimenting with this for a few hours and the results are phenomenal. Looking at my before and after is unbelievable.. I was trying to grade sonny log footage by hand and it wasn't looking good and it was taking a long time. I appreciate you showing us these great shortcuts. Keep up the wonderful work.

Comments are closed.