Brighten a clip using FCPX?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Beach Guy, May 5, 2012.

  1. Beach Guy macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2011
    Is there a way to brighten a dark video clip in FCPX? The clip is usable for my class project, but it would look better if I could brighten it just a bit. Thanks!
  2. floh, May 5, 2012
    Last edited: May 5, 2012

    floh macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2011
    Stuttgart, Germany
    Sure there is. You will get lots of noise, but it may be more usable...

    The option for color correction is a little hidden and I did not find it on the spot, too! The easiest way for me was:
    - Select the clip on your timeline
    - Open the inspector (Command-4)
    - You will find that there is a section for "Color" with a subsection "Correction 1"
    - click on the small arrow right of "Correction 1" and the Color Correction will appear
    - on the top, choose the tab for "Exposure"
    - There are 4 exposures to adjust: Global, Shadows, Midtones and Highlights
    - You can either drag any of the four up and down and adjust to your liking
    - I found that I had good results when lifting the Midtones but leaving the Shadows as is (or even bring them down a little) to not get too much noise in the dark parts that I don't need.
  3. Beach Guy thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2011
    I really appreciate the help...thank you very much. These forums have been an incredible resource for me.
  4. cgbier macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2011
    And don't forget to turn on the waveform monitors (not the histogram!) when you do any color/exposure correction.

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