In Depth: 8 Plug-ins for White Balancing Footage in Final Cut Pro X
White should look white, not peach, pink, or baby blue. White balancing footage will help your video look natural by looking at the color temperature in your shot and setting an accurate white, removing any unnatural color cast. Here are 8 tools for white balancing your footage in Final Cut Pro.
Updated September 1, 2016, with tutorials from Dashwood, Hawaiki, Ripple Training.
Of course, it’s always best to white balance your footage as your shooting, but sometimes you forget, or your client doesn’t do it, or your camera may not even have the option to white balance. Here are a 8 great tools, in no particular order, for white balancing footage in Final Cut Pro X.
Final Cut Pro X Plug-ins for Quickly White Balancing Footage
1. Dashwood Editor Essentials
Dashwood Editor Essentials is a set of utility plugins that can repair footage or do tasks that would normally require a lot of time and effort. It can make all the difference in delivering your edit on time, including white balancing your footage!
Note: Dashwood Editor Essentials is no longer available at Toolfarm.
Correct white balance should not be a huge mystery, and in fact, you only have a Red, Green, and Blue slider to deal with. But trying to dial in the right combination of color for your white balance can be like trying to crack a safe. But with White Balancer we make this easy!
3. Hawaiki AutoGrade
Advanced automatic white balance correction tool with a host of easy-to-use additional grading features. AutoGrade 3 for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects & Motion.
12 Final Cut Pro X plug-ins that allow you to quickly accomplish a number of effects and editorial tasks, including color balance using traditional color wheels.
- Buy Ripple Tools for Final Cut Pro X
- Try a free demo: Download comes as part of FxFactory installer.
5. Sheffield Softworks Cinemage
Cinemange can white balance footage and so much more. It’s both more sophisticated and streamlined than almost anything out there. If you’re looking for something to make your footage look ordinary – to balance your whites and tone your highlights, midrange, and shadows – Cinemage is not that plugin. If you’re looking for something that will make your footage look gorgeous, you’ve come to the right place.
6. CrumplePop SkinTone for FCPX
SkinTone for Final Cut Pro X lets you quickly restore beautiful, natural skin tones in your subjects. Whether you forgot to white balance or had to wrestle with mixed lighting, SkinTone makes it easy to fix the shot. SkinTone gives you the same powerful Temperature and Tint controls found in photo editing applications – right inside FCP X.
Note: CrumplePop SkinTone is no longer available.
7. HY-FX HyColour
HyColour is a really neat color grading effect for FCPX that brings white balance, exposure, green cast removal, saturation, color bias, sharpening and a broadcast safe filter, together in one place. Super handy, super cool.
8. NewBlueFX Plug-ins
NewBlueFX has several plug-in packages that include great tools for white balancing footage, so I’m grouping these together.
NewBlueFX ColorFast Quickly correct color balance your image with ColorFast’s powerful white balance algorithm. Just select the whitest part of your image with the dropper tool. It’s that easy… Plus, there are several other plug-ins in the package.
NewBlueFX ColorFast 2 ColorFast streamlines both color correction and color grading in one simple workflow. Use one of the 65 presets or create your own look from scratch. Perform primary color correction with easy to use controls or bring out the full potential of your clips using deep color grading options.
NewBlueFX Essentials Volume 3 – Change white balance and add film gamma to fix white balance issues with footage shot in harsh sunlight or indoor lighting. NewBlue Essentials 3, Volume 3 delivers 8 versatile editing tools built to soften wrinkles and remove blemishes, optimize color and contrast, fine-tune luminance values, and more
NewBlueFX Filters Ultimate – NewBlue Filters 3 Ultimate presents over 250 presets in 22 video effects to instantly enhance video through an array of distinctive looks
Ian Stark shows you how to use the white balance feature in Color Fixer Pro from the Essentials collection.
- NewBlueFX Filters Ultimate
- Buy NewBlueFX Essentials Volume 3
- NewBlueFX ColorFast 2
- Download a demo of all NewBlueFX Plug-ins
Perform an Automatic Color Balance in Final Cut Pro X without Plug-ins
Premium Beat has an article that explains how to use the Inspector in FCP X to perform a white balance. They explain how to color balance whether the shot has been analyzed upon import or not. Read more here.
Posted by Michele Yamazaki