HyColour PRO – Complete Colour Grading Tool
HyColour PRO is a complete colour grading solution for FCPX that avoids having to round-trip to Resolve or other grading tools.
Building on all the great features of HyColour, this ‘PRO’ version adds:
- Compare Modes – compare your before and after in multiple ways
- Masking – circular and 8 point freeform masks
- Vignettes – white, black and keyframable
- ProMist Filter – for that look of the past
- Colour Tinting – start to develop ‘looks’ to your grading
- Monochrome Filter – instant monochrome
- Widescreen Filter – industry aspect ratios with image offset
- Broadcast Safe Filter – outputting for broadcast? One click and you’re safe.
All you need to know in 1 minute
NEW – the new version of HyColour (version 1.5) has been released with some cool new features:
…compare with reference sample, colour tinting filter, instant monochrome filter and a widescreen filter with standard aspect ratios and offset control.
Checkout the new features in v1.5
All your core exposure and colour tools in one place
Whilst FCPX is cool, the colour correction interface can seem clumsy and unfamiliar to new users. With HyColour you have access to all the core colour correction tools in one place. And if you’re a Lightroom or Aperture user, you’ll feel right at home.
- White Balance with auto exposure compensation
- Fine tune white balance with Warm Hue and Cool Hue
- Overall Exposure control
- Individual control over Highlights, Mid Tones and Shadows
- Saturation Control
- Change the overall bias of the image with Green-Magenta and Yellow-Blue
(great for matching footage from different cameras after a multi-camera shoot)
- Smooth controls. All of the sliders operate within real world limits.
The incredible one-click green cast removal tool
Shooting under fluorescent light? It often leaves a green cast that can be hard to get rid of. HyColour’s one click removal tool works like magic!
Easy and Advanced Image Sharpening/Softening
In EASY mode, HyColour has a super-easy to use sharpening/softening tool. Drag one way to sharpen, the other way to soften. Both are nicely calibrated so you won’t get ugly results. If you need to dig deeper, the advanced controls are where you’d expect them to be.
Isolate part of your image with a circular mask, stretch and pull it’s shape and scale with the on-screen controls. Keyframe it’s properties. A dimming background helps you to position it precisely and a handy bright green border reminds you to turn it off before you render.
8 Point Freeform Masks
As an alternative, isolate your image using an 8 point freeform mask. Push and pull each point to fit your image. Keyframe it’s position, rotation and scale. It’s easy with HyColour PRO.
You can view your grade in 6 different ways, and with the new Compare with Reference Mode, you can compare your current edit with any clip in the timeline or event library. Great for keeping consistency between shots.
This is the default way to view your grade.
Compare with Reference
Compare your current grade with any clip on the timeline or the event library.
Side by Side
Compare the before and after of your grade, side by side.
Picture in Picture
Picture in picture style. Move the un-graded preview using the on-screen control.
Before on the left, After on the right. Slide the barrier using the on-screen control.
Before on top, After underneath. Slide the barrier using the on-screen control.
As well as HyColour PRO’s primary tools for grading, a grab-bag full of secondary effects tools are included.
Switch between a light vignette and a dark vignette, use the on-screen controls for position and the keyframable controls for Amount, Scale, Softness and Tilt.
Pro Mist Filter
A timeless effect that’s easy to apply. One click and it’s on, with a slider for application level.
Colour Tinting Filter
Start to use HyColour PRO to create your own ‘looks’. Colour tinting is essential for this. HyColour PRO makes it simple. Use the RGB sliders or for even more extensibility, use the system colour picker.
Instant Monochrome Filter
It can’t be simpler! Speed is the essence here. Use it to experiment.
Simulate that widescreen cinema look with industry standard aspect ratios and an offset control to precisely postion your footage within the new aspect ratio.
Broadcast Safe Filter
Outputting for broadcast? One click and you’re safe.
Check out this in-depth tutorial on the PRO features of HyColour PRO. This is for version 1.0 of the plugin. The additional features of version 1.5 are covered in a separate tutorial at the top of this page.