Brighten a clip using FCPX?

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

  1. Beach Guy macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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

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

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