I sure do miss the ability to "white balance" now that I use X

I sure do miss the ability to "white balance" now that I use X (February 13, 2018 03:00AM) Videot
While I've slowly but surely been migrating my workflow from FCP 7 to FCP X here at work, I was doing a VHS-to-DVD salvage operation at home over the weekend and found a horribly color-balanced clip from an ancient tube cam (image lags and comet-tails and all), which I found very difficult to tweak in FCP X. I got wistful for the old "click on a white object in the picture, and the balance will automagically shift" trick so akin to just hitting the White Balance button on a camera (which I wish the original shooter had done in the first place).

I played around with color settings and even tried to let FCP X auto-fix the color, but... nothing. Terribly pink cast over the entire image. Fortunately, it's only about 30 seconds long and I was able to get something relatively okay-ish after an inordinate amount of monkeying around.

Does anyone know of a trick I'm missing in FCP X that lets you simply white balance a shot in post?

Thanks in advance.

— Mike
Re: I sure do miss the ability to "white balance" now that I use X (February 13, 2018 03:20PM) Joe Redifer
I was under the impression that 10.4 could do this?
Re: I sure do miss the ability to "white balance" now that I use X (February 14, 2018 02:54AM) philsfilm
Mike,

In FCP X, Balance Color (Option-Command-B) does a pretty good job of White Balancing. See attachment. You need to change the Automatic Setting to White Balance.

Hope this helps,
Phil

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Re: I sure do miss the ability to "white balance" now that I use X (February 14, 2018 03:00AM) Videot
Cool! Thanks, Phil — I'll try it!

— Mike
Re: I sure do miss the ability to "white balance" now that I use X (February 14, 2018 03:05AM) philsfilm
If it's a really bad scene, it might not work so well. You can also use the Crop tool to find a small section that should be white and, using the Vectorscope and the midtone Color Wheel, move the dot to the center.
Re: I sure do miss the ability to "white balance" now that I use X (February 15, 2018 11:52AM) VidGreg
Hey Mike
There is also the "eye dropper" to the right of the White Balance pop down. You sample an area that is supposed to be white to set the white balance.
After that, you just have to work with the various color correction tools in FCPX.
Really excited about the new tools. Color Wheels, Curves…, HUGE improvement over just the color board.

As Phil says you can crop down to a small white area and then use the scopes to white balance as well.

Hope this Helps, Greg
Re: I sure do miss the ability to "white balance" now that I use X (February 15, 2018 01:10PM) philsfilm
Mike,
The "eye dropper" to the right of the White Balance has worked as well for me as the eye dropper in FCP 7.

Greg, I agree the new color tools in FCP X 10.4 are fantastic.

My suggestion would be to purchase Larry Jordan's training. It really worked well for an old dude like myself who goes back to the days of upright Moviola film editing (see attachment). As far as explaining the basics of FCP X, Larry teaches methodically and slowly. Rippletraining is great also, and I use Mark Spencer's tutorials now, but for learning the basics, there is no better than Larry. His training is well worth it and he updates it at a discount.

[larryjordan.com]

Good luck,
Phil

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