Two Great FCPX Plugins That Play Nice For Tracking Secondary Color Grades Just Like DaVinci Resolve

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Wow! Four Australian connections in one! It’s enough to do an Aussie girl proud. In Ripple Training’s MacBreak Studio episode 325, Tracking Color Corrections in FCPX, Sam Mestman of We Make Movies, LumaForge and FCPWORKS shows us how to track a secondary color grade to a moving subject with two of my favorite third-party plug-ins, Color Finale by Color Grading Central and SliceX by Roger Bolton of CoreMelt.

With this killer combo, you can complete your movie’s primary and secondary grades all within Final Cut Pro without ever having to round trip to Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12. This episode of MacBreak Studio does a brilliant job of showing and telling how to do exactly that.

And the Australian connections in those two paragraphs, if you haven’t already guessed? There’s Sam Mestman, Roger Bolton and Blackmagic Design. That’s three, but there is one more, much less obvious.


Way back in the days of Final Cut Studio, before it morphed into Final Cut Pro X, colorist David Gross worked at Apple on Color, the grading component, and some of Color’s DNA eventually found its way into FCPX. Mr Gross later retuned to Sydney to set up his own post-production company in the grounds of Fox Studios.

Thanks to Ripple Training’s Mark Spencer for pointing me to this invaluable free short training movie and reminding me of the power to be found in the world of plug-ins for FCPX. His article about it is at ProVideo Coalition.


“If you already use SliceX and Color Finale, you'll be excited about this additional functionality,” Mr Spencer writes. I am excited, for one.

DaVinci Resolve is an amazing product in its Studio and free versions. It really is “the Swiss Army Knife of the post-production world”. But you don’t always want to roundtrip if you can do everything your project demands in just one application. Plus plug-ins. [bctt tweet=”Two great FCPX plug-ins play nice for tracking secondary color grades just like DaVinci Resolve.”]

MacBreak Studio Ep 325: Tracking Color Corrections in FCPX

(cover photo credit: snap from Karin Gottschalk)

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