Balance a clip’s colors

Clips in Final Cut Pro have a Balance setting that turns automatic color balance correction on and off, whether the clip is in the Browser or the Timeline. The frame used as the reference frame is either a frame chosen during color balance analysis, the frame the playhead is on in the Timeline, or the middle frame. For more information, see Color balance overview.

Turn a clip’s color balance correction on and off

  1. Select one or more clips in the Timeline or the Browser.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Modify > Balance Color (or press Option-Command-B).

    • Choose Balance Color from the Enhancements pop-up menu in the toolbar.

      Enhancements pop-up menu in toolbar
    • After you have applied a color balance correction (using one of the methods above), select or deselect the Balance Color checkbox in the Effects section of the Video inspector.

      Color section of Video inspector showing on/off controls and color balance analysis status

Note: To ensure the highest-quality results, the Balance Color and Match Color effects appear at the top of the Effects list in the Video inspector by default.