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5 Top Color Grading Presets and Film-Look LUTs for Final Cut Pro X

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Getting your look just right can be tricky and a headache, so lets look at how you can achieve the look you want in less time with presets and profiles.

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Colour Correction and Grading

Although they often get mentioned together and even grouped together, colour correction and colour grading are different parts of the video-making process.

  • With colour correction, your aim is to get your footage as clean and clear as possible, correcting any over or under-saturation, contrast, exposure and other basic adjustments.
  • Colour grading is all about how you want your film to look; its aesthetic. A creative process, your colour grading adjustments will help you to convey the mood or story. 

Color grading comes second, and it rests on the foundation of clean correction. This might be through a strong, cinematic effect, dramatic black and white film noir style, or even something a little more subtle that just gives your footage a different edge.

How to Colour Grade Your Film

Colour grading can help you to create continuity in your videos. Here's a lesson from our the Envato Tuts+ course Video Editing in Final Cut Pro:

Pre-made Style Presets and Look-Up Tables

While you can make colour corrections and work on colour grading right in your editing software, you might find it easier of more effective to combine this with some pre-made look up tables or add-ons.

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An example of a LUT from colour to black and white

Using add-ons or LUTs for existing video suites isn’t only a time-saving exercise, or for those who aren’t confident with how to get their desired look in the software. They’re actually a great source of inspiration – you can type in key words associated with your desired look, and come up with a LUT that suits that particular mood. Or you can find a pack and move through a variety of looks until you hit on something you think will work.

Look-Up Tables (LUT) For Final Cut Pro X

Pre-made LUT templates for Final Cut Pro can be hard to find at times but there are some good assets out there. Here are some great LUT packs from VideoHive, part of Envato Market.

1. CinematicLooks and Color Correction Pack

There are 1200 cinematic looks in this pack, so you can try mixing and matching until you get the look you’d like. The project is well organised and you don’t need any plugins to use it. The looks and corrects are divided into thirteen categories to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, so in just a few clicks you can transform your footage.

2. FCPX Mega Cinematic Pack

This is a massive pack of more than 1000 elements you'll need as a filmmaker or video editor. In addition to hundreds of transitions, light leaks, and audio FX, this bundle includes over 200 LUTs. Each premade LUT has its own cinematic look that you can use to experiment. Use this bundle to save time without sacrificing quality. 

3. Film Looks for Final Cut Pro

Create breathtaking video projects with Film Looks for Final Cut Pro. It includes 700 LUT color presets with a cinematic quality that can be applied with a single click. There are multiple categories of LUTs, including:

  • fashion
  • weddings
  • black and white
  • commercials 

This is a great pack of LUTs that will help you finish a wide range of projects.

Style Presets for Apple Motion

If you're looking for some more colour helpers for your film, then here are some style preset packs made for Apple Motion from Envato Market.

4. 50 Great Filters

With 50 filters sorted into 5 categories, this download is great for short films or editing footage for presentations.

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50 Great Filters for Apple Motion

5. Color Correction Pack For Apple Motion

Just drag and drop one of these 15 colour presets for fast transformations for any project. Help notes and a video are included when you download the pack.

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Color Correction Pack For Apple Motion

Learn More About Final Cut Pro From Envato Tuts+

Video editing is easy to get into but tough to master. If the program of your choice is Final Cut Pro, we've got some helpful tutorials that you can use to keep improving your skills.

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