Why I May Have to Leave FCP X for Resolve 12, Episode 2

by Hugh Brownstone1 Comment

In this second episode of our series “Why I May Have to Leave FCP X for DaVinci Resolve 12,” I reverse myself after watching a Ripple Training video in which two recent FCPX plug-ins – Color Finale and SliceX – combine to create a very powerful capability that until now I thought was only available in Resolve 12 – tracking color corrections.

Grading scares the crap out of most one-man bands, event videographers – basically, anyone who is on tight deadlines and even tighter budgets – and for good reason: it takes time, skill and big, fast editing suites to do the business.

Even so, a few months ago we started this series after I saw a demo of DaVinci’s Resolve 12 and was blown away.

All well and good, but then I went back to my workaday world of short form corporate videos and gear reviews, screenwriting, grocery shopping, and insurance premiums — and forgot all about the idea of taking the time to go deep into a new color grading tool which has morphed into an NLE, too.

MacBreak Studio Ep 325: Tracking Color Corrections in FCPX

So when I got a query from a planet5D reader asking when I was going to come out with another episode of WIMHTSTDR12, I was caught pretty flat-footed.

And felt guilty enough to return to it – only to find, quite by coincidence, this video in one of my RSS feeds.

I am hardly in a position to evaluate how good this is vs. the tracking and color correction capabilities in Resolve 12, but I’m willing to bet on two things:

1) I am not good enough nor working on things complex enough to appreciate the difference whatever it is; and
2) With this written, years of hardcore, Hollywood blockbuster experience has found its way into Resolve 12, something which these two FCP X plug-ins are not likely able to assert.

I could be wrong on both counts.

This being the case, we’d love to hear from planet5D readers more knowledgeable than I am to answer the question “How good a solution is this Color Finale/SliceX combo for anyone NOT doing feature length films?”

Please tell us in the comments section below – and thanks!

Via Youtube Video Description:

This week on MacBreak Studio, Sam Mestman from wemakemovies.com demonstrates how to track a color grade to a moving subject using 2 third-party plugins for Final Cut Pro X: Color Finale and Slice X.

Check out our full FCP X tutorials here: www.rippletraining.com/categories/final-cut-pro/

Check out Color Finale here: try.colorgradingcentral.com/colorfinale/

Check out our free and paid plugins here:

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
Hugh Brownstone


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