Articles, Blog

Loupedeck CT with Joey Helms: Introduction to Final Cut Pro X

October 29, 2019

Hey I’m Joey Helms, filmmaker and
content creator based out of Chicago, and in this video we’re gonna talk about how the Loupedeck CT integrates with Final Cut Pro and helps me in my editing process. So it all starts here on the home space, where you see the workspaces laid out
according to the workflow that I follow in Final Cut Pro – from organizing,
through editing, color grading as well as audio. These clips were shot this morning
in Helsinki with my drone during the sunrise, it was absolutely gorgeous and now
I want to find the sequences that I really like, to basically put together a compilation
of clips of this drone footage of Helsinki. So for that we just go with the arrow buttons here up and down through the clips, and if we select one clip, we can go with the wheel by ten frames
and find the right in point where I think this is a great shot and it starts well, so then I go through
to the end of this clip and hit the out point, and then I’ll just favorite it. So I go through this procedure with my other clips and drop them in the timeline to
then go into the editing process. So from our organization workspace
we’re going now to editing and this we can easily reach
by hitting the 1 button here on the Loupedeck CT. By simply clicking the default layout, it opens within Final Cut Pro a window
that already has our timeline integrated. From there we can just select our favorite clips and put them in the order we would
like them to have in our timeline. Simply hitting the Insert button here,
let’s start with this nice sailboat clip, then have this wonderful shot of Helsinki
as the next shot as well as a wide shot
to establish the environment. These are clips that we’ve selected so far. These clips are fairly long,
as you can see in the timeline, so we want to cut them down and
the tools are right at our fingertips. Seeing our timeline, obviously it’s a little bit far out. We just hit the zoom button
to be a little bit more precise, use the main wheel again
to go through the clip then just hit the cut button here
to go through our clip and trim it down, so that we just have
the most intriguing shots in our video. We can also simply hit the end button here,
the Cut End, to trim it further down. and so we go through the different steps. If you want to access more tools,
you can simply swipe the touchscreen and access multiple pages of additional tools. Since editing is a very very personal process, you can also fully customize the Loupedeck CT Add the tools that you need, in the order you need them. Once you’re done with your cut,
the natural next step is color grading. This is one of my favorite parts of the editing process, and I usually start with a clip
that is one of my highlights clips to kick it off with, you know, one of
my favorite pieces. For that I just use the wheel here to select the clip, scroll through the frames to hit the right spot here. Simply by hitting number 2,
I open the color grading workspace and it also automatically opens the color grading interface for Final Cut Pro. As a first step, I just dial up the contrast a little bit,
which is super neat because with this dial you manipulate the highlights and the shadows right away. Then I add a little bit of saturation to just check
if my white balance is right. As you can see this this shot
might be a little too warm, so I can just use this dial here
to make this image a little bit cooler and adjust the tint just a tiny bit. The contrast here is obviously a bit too extreme, so if you want to simply reset your settings, just push the dial and it resets into
the default starting point. With all this said, my favorite tool for color correction and color grading are the color wheels. We can simply open those by clicking here in the workspace and it opens up the color wheels for us. So with the color wheel page open,
I’m going to start setting the exposure and contrast. I usually start with the highlights,
and for that I just hit the Highlight button here. It activates the wheel and I can
simply adjust the exposure of the highlights. You want your highlights, the brightest white hit,
100 in the luma scope here. Then I switch back to the shadows, adjust those so that the darkest parts in the image just hit zero. From there I adjust the mid-tones as well,
to have a good exposure and contrast within this image. As the next step we want to adjust the
saturation and pump it up. So for that, we simply hit the function button and
use the wheel to adjust the saturation of the mid-tones. This is a log profile, so you definitely want to
pump up the saturation a little bit harder Do you see here, how nicely the Sun pops already? You can adjust also the saturation
of the highlights as well as the shadows, to really find the right color correction
as it looked like in real life. I think this looks good right now, so from there we can
go into the color grading process. What you really know from cinema is this
orange teal look and we have already a beautiful orange Sun here, so I actually want to adjust the shadows
and get them a little bit more blue For that we simply hit the shadows wheel here,
and the really cool thing is that you can use the touch screen
on top of the wheel to adjust the colors. So I push it a little bit more into the blue
to adjust the color of the shadows only… I think that looks good! So you see, there’s this this orange teal look
now coming through. You can obviously adjust those colors as well
for the highlights and mid-tones. Let’s push up the highlights
a little bit more into the orange to have this color contrast a little bit more extreme. I’m pretty happy with this result!
I used the master wheel to adjust the colors, but you can easily use also the dials
to manipulate the colors and achieve the same result. If you want to see a before and after image, you can toggle on and off
the effects you apply by hitting this button. So now that we have color corrected
and graded our first clip, we can simply copy and paste
these attributes with the Loupedeck CT. We select our initial clip, hit 7,
go to the next clip with the wheel, hit Fn+8 and simply press the Enter button, and all the attributes are copy and pasted! Now we’ll show you how
you can achieve a nice S-Curve, contrast the image within the color curves. So first you want to hover over with your mouse
in the center of the image of the color curve. Just by simply hitting the wheel,
you will create a control point. If you hover over the next point,
you set a another control point and with the wheel you can adjust it
both vertically and horizontally. This is much more precise than
using your touchpad or your mouse, and allows you to achieve
exactly the point you want to reach to achieve this nice contrasty image. Then as last step, we just hover over the highlights, again pull those up, and et voilà – we have a nice contrasty image
following the S-Curve! Last but not least,
we add an audio track to our project. There is a workspace dedicated for audio
on the Loupedeck CT, reached by hitting number 3. As a first step, we want to adjust the view
on our audio track by using this dial here to enhance and zoom into the waveform
of our audio track. Next, we can use the wheel
to adjust the master volume of this track to make sure that it doesn’t clip and then, if you want to, fade in your audio track. We can set two keyframes –
we just set one at our endpoint here and then one in the beginning
and dial it down to zero. This way you can get a nice fade in
for your video. I hope you enjoyed this introductory video and how the Loupedeck CT can enhance and speed up your editing process in Final Cut Pro!


  • Reply Jeremy gay October 29, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Awesome interface. Any plans for compatibility with DaVinci Resolve or Capture One?

  • Reply Nik DPRED October 29, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Didn't like previous loupedeck layout (sorry). Absolutely like the new one! Great job!

  • Leave a Reply