Video scopes overview

Broadcast facilities have limits on the maximum values of luma and chroma that are allowable for broadcast. If a video program exceeds these limits, distortion can appear in the form of colors bleeding into one another, the whites and blacks of your program washing out, or the picture signal bleeding into the audio signal and causing audible distortion. In all these cases, exceeding standard signal levels can result in unacceptable transmission quality. As you’re color correcting clips in your project, you can use the Final Cut Pro video scopes to make sure that the luma and chroma levels of your video stay within the parameters referred to as broadcast-safe, or acceptable for broadcast.

Even if your project is not intended for broadcast, using the video scopes is an important part of your workflow. If the monitors you’re using don’t display color accurately or you’ve been working with the same clips for a while, you can easily get used to seeing a color cast or blacks that are not quite right. The video scopes provide exact measurements of the luma and chroma levels of your clips so that you can make more informed decisions about adjusting Final Cut Pro color correction settings.

Final Cut Pro provides the following video scopes:

You can display multiple video scopes at once and choose from among 12 different scopes layouts. For more information, see Display video scopes.