Final Cut Pro X: Wide-gamut HDR tips and tricks

Wide-gamut HDR tips and tricks

The following tips can help you streamline your wide-gamut HDR workflow:

  • When you color correct HDR images, the highlight details in the wider color gamut or above 100 nits are clipped in the viewer on a Mac display. To see the image details of HDR clips or projects on the Mac display, select “Show HDR as raw values” in the Playback pane of Final Cut Pro preferences. This “flat” view is helpful when you need to see pixel details (for example, to select an area with an eyedropper or add a Draw Mask effect). To play back the wider range of colors in an HDR project accurately, it’s recommended that you use an external reference HDR video monitor. See View playback on an external monitor or display.

    Important: The “Show HDR as raw values” setting is for wide-gamut HDR projects only. In Rec. 709 projects, this checkbox should remain unselected (the default).

  • You can use the HDR Tools effect to convert between color spaces and HDR standards, or to limit the brightness of a clip to a specific level. For more information, see Adjust HDR clips.

  • You can fix missing or incorrect color space metadata using the Color Space Override pop-up menu in the Info inspector. For more information, see Change a clip’s color space metadata.

  • You can use guides in the waveform monitor to precisely measure and set video levels. Guides are useful as a quick annotation or reference point. To add a horizontal guide, click once anywhere in the waveform monitor. To remove the guide, drag it off the top or bottom of the waveform monitor.

    A horizontal guide in the waveform monitor
  • Because the library color-processing setting affects all projects and media in the library, it’s a good idea to create a separate library for each project or deliverable. This prevents accidental color space crossover issues. For more information, see Create a new library.

Published Date: Mar 22, 2019
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