Color Correct Using Skin Tones – Final Cut Pro Tutorial 2018

Color Correct Using Skin Tones – Final Cut Pro Tutorial 2018


In this video, I’m going to show you guys a cool little trick you can use when color correcting to properly adjust white balance. Hey guys, whats up. My name is Serge, and welcome back to my channel for another Final Cut Pro tutorial. Today, we’ll learn how to properly set white balance for your clips by using skin
tones. Skin tones are a great reference point for taking any color cast out of your image, because they are always the same hue. Even though skin can be many different colors, it always has the same hue. Lets take a look at our first clip. As you can see, the colors in this clip are a little bit off, but its hard to pin-point the exact color
cast. A little bit of trial and error can help here, but there is a quicker way. First, let bring up our scopes, by Pressing Command 7 and switch to vectorscope. This line right here, between red and yellow, is the skin tone indicator line. All skin colors will fall on this line. If you don’t see a line in your vectorscope, click on the scope button and select show skin tone indicator. There’s a lot going on in our image, so its impossible to isolate just the skin
tones. What we have to do first is trim our clip to remove anything thats
not skin. Click transform button, select crop, and make sure trim is selected in the viewer. Next, either use the on screen controls, or sliders in the inspector to trim your clip until only skin is visible. This nicely cleans up our vectorscope, so now, all we see if the skin hue traces. For a proper skin tone color, we need to be right on this line, about one fifth or one sixth of the way up, right around here. So this tells us we have a little bit too much red in our image. To fix this, open the color inspector, and click and drag the global color puck away
from red, a little bit into the blue, right about there. Now lets reset our crop, and take a look at
out clip. This is our image before, and after. Much better. Lets try this again, this time on a slightly different skin color. Once again, lets select the crop tool, and trim the clip to only leave skin. As you can clearly see, this image has way too much blue in it, so lets grab the global color puck and drag it towards the red side, maybe down a little bit towards yellow. Once again, we want to be about one fifth of the way up the skin tone indicator line. Now lets reset our trim and take a look at
our clip. This is before, and this is our clip after the color correction. Lets try one more example, this time with a significantly different skin
color. Same as before, use the crop tool to trim your image until there’s only skin left in the frame. If your trimmed area is too small, and the traces are faint and hard to see in the vectorscope, you can switch to the transform tool, and scale in on your image. This will make the traces much brighter and easier to work with. This image also has too much red in it, so lets drag the color puck away from red, maybe adding a little bit of yellow, to get on the skin tone indicator line, about a fifth of the way up. Right about there. Now, lets reset our transform tool, and the crop tool, and take a look at the
clip. This is our video before, and after. If you have people in your clip, using this color correction trick can save you a lot of time. Using the skin tone indicator line and vectorscope helps you quickly identify and remove any color cast from your clip. Try it out next time you’re color correcting, and let me know in the comments if this works
for you. Or, if you have any other tips to help speed up color correction, or video editing in general, feel free to share them in the comments below. I’m sure the community will appreciate it. So, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you back here next week for another Final Cut Pro tutorial.

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