I was watching the favorite music video from my favorite girl band Little Mix and I saw some purple trees and hold on a second his bit of jiggery-pokery going on there I've never seen purple trees before so I've got into Final Cut Pro and tampered around with the colors and I got myself some purple trees then I thought back to a music video that Alan and I shot in 2015 featuring an orange muscle car and drawn footage from our phantom – with the GoPro 4 and I thought wouldn't it have been better if that car was pink or blue or green then I thought maybe I should use my newfound color grading powers for good and take drone footage and modify the Blues in the skies a little and the greens and the grass is a little just to get some nice or more muted cinematic tones tasteful drone colors Who am I kidding let's be honest I just want to change the color of my t-shirt stir cattle here from Tron film gate the channel we're willing to fly like filmmakers I do love a good gimmicky technique I'm not going to lie it gets my creative juices flowing I've showed you an introduction there that the gimmick is a two things has found application in music videos I'm sure there are tons more examples with that if you really rein it back in then you can refine your colors and create some really nice looks and do things with taste and sophistication the Technic in question is the HSL sliders if you will the hue and saturation curves in this case we are using Final Cut Pro X fcpx Final Cut Pro 10 a little while ago this functionality was added as a fairly kind of professional level of color correction and color grading so I can't guarantee that you're going to have it on your software but at the very least hopefully you'll find some inspiration here to dig a little bit deeper if this is something you're interested in so check out this we sequence here this is from 2015 shot on a GoPro phantom 2 for these two drawn shots okay so let's say we want to change that car pink as orange we want to make it pink so select the clip you can see I've already done a bunch of color Corrections here cuz this was all corporal footage but this is our base clip essentially so we click on the color grading triangle here click on this down arrow add a hue saturation curve no this is a little bit intimidating but what we're looking for is the hue versus hue hue is the color we want to change the color it's like that we drop her up there that's the color picker we'll go over to the color that we want to pick in this case it's the orange car click on that and you see these three dots appeared on the lane what we want to do is pick the middle of the three now imagine that this Lane is like a circle it's a kind of representation of the color wheel so the middle one is this one here to the right hand side we've got some yellow and oranges and to the left hand side we've got some Reds trying as I say imagine that as a continuous line so we go to the middle here and essentially we can just drag that about and do as we wish with the colors it's absolutely fantastic and so much fun so much fun I really love this stuff I really do okay there it's pink simple as that job done there's not really anything more to it than that something you need to know is that this technique or its best with blues and greens the reason being those colors are not found in your skin tones there's a reason when people do chroma keys that you have a blue screen or a green screen so with that in mind let's look at this example this was a test that I did in the garage before I shot the intro we're going to apply exactly the same technique as I showed you previously there so let's go up and get our hubris is Q curve so color picker pick the car there it is and let's make it purple whoa hey oops I've just turned myself purple because my skin tones are full of the orange that I've just selected in the car that's a major problem now this is a complex one so I'm going to do is I'm going to show you on an easier example I hope to get around that issue and get to use your imagination imagine that the side of the screen here that there is a great big orange plant so essentially if I change the color of this car to purple is going to change that orange plant to purple because it selects all the orange in the image but we don't want that to happen so let's add another hue saturation curve and select the car and boom there we go it's pink we're hey but we've just turned this imaginary plant pink what we're going to do is we want to put a mask around the section of the image that we want the hue versus you effect to apply to so you go to this wee icon up here add a shape mask drag the shape mask over the image and in this case it's a nice clean simple adjustment that we need to make here and there you have it everything that falls within the mask that I just created will be affected by the hue versus hue adjustment anything outside that the imaginary orange plant will not be affected and will still be orange so this was how I was able to get the cool effect in the intro where I actually had the cart driving into the man so if you look at that I just proved the mask out the way there and let's have the car drive in see that pretty neat car it's changing to orange it's changing to pink as it drives into the mask and out of the frame coming back to the more complicated Mustang example if I want to make the car pink but leave the rest of the image unadjusted I have to draw a mask around that car so that the adjustment only hits that car and that's really only possible here because the car isn't moving so in this case what I do is I duplicate the clip through a draw mask on and then I physically draw around the car so I'll just take a section of it here just so you can get a rough idea and then I switch the effect off and I invert the mask and there you go you can see the car is pink but the background and I am NOT added to that I was standing like this I was standing still so that my hands didn't cross the car it was all very deliberately done but nonetheless with a bit of planning you can still get some great results and short like shots like that let me show you how to make your more standard landscape drone footage a little bit more or classy with this technique this is a perfect example we have a bright blue sky bright green grass it looks beautiful so lovely shot but the colors just look a little bit kind of straight off camera I'd like to look make them look a little bit more nurtured so let's add our hubris is Hugh curve to the sky so let's pick the sky this time we're messing about with Blues so we can do all kinds of mad stuff with the Blues here but we're not going for that this team all I want to do is just add a little bit of teal in there now I like the color but it's too vivid for me so let's pick the saturation and let's just take some saturation out of that that looks quite cool I think I'll pull back the teal a little bit something like that yeah now that looks more like it I like that for a little bit of color contrast I want that grass to not look so kind of greenish or almost kind of blueish I want to add a bit of warmth to it so let's pick the grass there's the greens and a bit of cannon oranjee red no we're talking that that I really like done love it let's look at it before before after so subjective doesn't really matter you can find a look that suits you I like that very much and you can see how easy it is to do it yourself with the humor sees here in the universe's saturation curves so there you have it do with that information as you wish don't shoot the messenger and know some of that selective color stuff can be a little bit hard to look at at times but it's a lot of fun enjoy it now don't forget to check out our premium content we have our own cinematography masterclass and a drone film grid a lot back with a free training video you can check out links to those below we've got a big list of stuff coming up for this 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Without exaggeration, this color grading tip changes everything! From over-the-top color changing to subtle and classy color adjustments to your drone footage, use the hue vs hue curves (HSL sliders) to target colors in your image and adjust the color (hue), saturation or brightness (luma). The technique is incredibly easy to do…the challenge is doing so tastefully! But have some fun, experiment and let me know how you get on in the comments below!

The software we use in this video is Final Cut Pro X.


  1. Wayne Harrison

    You need to do a video on that Mustang for all the car enthusiasts out there. Pop the hood, show the interior, crank it up so we can hear that Boss 351 purr. Then do a burnout as you and Alina drive off into the sunset.

  2. Akshay Oza

    You made a video about < "Best cinematic settings for mavic 2 pro" I am a very big fan of urs, I follow all ur videos. Please please make a video about best cinematic settings for "Phantom 4 pro V2.0"
    please its very humble request and it will be a great favour to me.
    Thanks in Advance

  3. Ray Keogh

    That was superb I am always trying to look for better ways to use FCP X so thank you very much, I had a STROKE a few years ago although I managed to come out of it physically ok it left me with hard to learn new things and difffercult to take things in but that was put a cross so easy for me I usually have to learn using FCP X from children on youtube to be ablate take things so thanks again for that.


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