Color Balance


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  • Free Final Cut Pro X Plugin
  • Work with Traditional Color Wheels
  • Apply as an Effect in Final Cut Pro X
  • Control Contrast
  • Control Color Balance
  • Set White Clipping



How to use the Free RT Color Balance Plugin

In the Effects Browser, select the Custom category, then locate the RT Color Balance Effect. Drag the effect onto any clip (or clips) in the Timeline; or if the clip is selected, double-click the effect thumbnail.


With the clip selected, press Command-4 to reveal the Inspector window. The Color Balance Effect and its parameter controls appear at the top of the inspector. As you can see in the screenshot below, we’ve given you independent control of the Shadows, Midtones and Highlights. To bring up the Color picker for any of the tonal ranges, click the color chip next to the range you want to affect. Use the vertical slider to alter the brightness (luminance) and use the color wheel to alter the hue and saturation (color balance).


This effect also includes a clip color value control. For example, if your white levels exceed legal limits you can use this pop-up menu to clip the values at white, black or both. Below is a before and after image of the Waveform monitor showing the result of the “At White” clipping control.


Using this simple effect you can manipulate 3 tonal ranges to neutralize the color balance, create looks, tints and anything else you you might want to use it for.

Image courtesy of Samah Tamagachi

About the Author:

Steve Martin and Mark Spencer
Steve Martin is the creative force behind Ripple Training and has been using and teaching Final Cut Pro since 1999. Since Final Cut Pro's introduction, he has introduced thousands of people to Final Cut Pro through his classes, workshops and training products. He has consulted and/or trained for Apple, Adobe, Disney, Canon, Walmart and other companies. He is also a writer, producer and avid photographer.
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Mark Spencer is a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. Mark is also an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 and the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion, including the Apple Pro Training Series Motion 5, all from Peachpit Press.
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4 reviews for Color Balance

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter A.

    Great Whitebalance Tool; I’ve used it for years now and have such good results with a few easy steps. Thank you very much.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very coooool!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thank you! You guys are awesome!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tingue J.


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