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Elliot Beach
B&W color tint
on Jun 11, 2012 at 11:14:46 am

Hi there,

I am just finishing up a music video which will be in black and white throughout, but Would like it to have a slight brownish tint to the image. What would be the best way to have that same constant coloration to the image.

Should I leave the saturation up a tiny bit and push the color wheels to the desired effect.

Or could I create a matte color, layer it over the entire video and bring the opacity down? Will that effect he overall image quality?


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Michael Gissing
Re: B&W color tint
on Jun 11, 2012 at 12:02:11 pm

If you use a filter to create the B&W first and then add a three way CC after and set the sepia tone using the color wheel, then copy that filter combination into a bin and then select all clips in the timeland and drag the filter combo to all clips.

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Tom Matthies
Re: B&W color tint
on Jun 11, 2012 at 1:22:31 pm

Or use the sepia filter in the filters tab...


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Aeolan Kelly
Re: B&W color tint
on Jun 11, 2012 at 9:30:36 pm

You can also nest your entire sequence into another timeline, and apply filters to the resulting nest. Then you can load the nest into the viewer and manipulate the effect settings there, and they'll be applied to your entire edit. If you decide you don't like the filters, you can just create a new nest and repeat the workflow, or you can disable the filters by unchecking them in the tabs in the viewer. You can also delete the filters altogether and add new ones. In doing this, the filters will only be applied to the nest, not to the individual clips, and if you need to change or get rid of them later, you don't have to worry about going through every clip and deleting only the attributes you don't like (that's a very time-consuming process, especially if you other filters on individual clips).

To do this, create a new sequence and drag the icon of your edited sequence into the new one. When a dialogue box pops up asking if you want to change the settings of this new timeline to the old one, say "yes."

When working with nests, if you doubleclick the nested sequence, it will simply open the original sequence back up in a new timeline. The idea here is to treat the nest as a standalone clip, so that you can apply one filter to the whole thing and be done with it. Assuming your edit station can handle the real-time processing, this is a fast way to preview the effected look of the overall project, while still being able to make changes in the original edit.

To load the nested sequence into the viewer as a standalone object, control-click or right-click on the icon of your nested sequence (either in the timeline or in the browser) and select "open in viewer." Then you can go into the tabs in the viewer and play with the detailed settings on the filter(s).

An alternative to nesting and putting a filter on the nest is exporting the picture-lock to Quicktime (File>export QT movie, not QT conversion), then re-importing it. When the dialogue box comes up asking what kind of settings you want to use, select "current settings," and un-check "recompress all frames."

By exporting it as a standalone FCP referenced Quicktime, you ensure that the frame size and codecs are the same, and the new file should just drop right into the timeline on top of your audio. Do this on a different track if you're nervous, and disable the view option on the video track of your cut sequence. It'll work either way. The difference between this and nesting your sequence though, is that you won't be able to just step into the nest and make changes to the edit, you'll have to go back to the original sequence, make your changes, and then re-export the video and re-import it. This second method is also helpful if you are on a laptop, or if your video card doesn't have the power to process all the effects. Though it takes a little longer, it can save you a lot of headaches on a lower-end hardware system.

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