How to Color Correct, Add Music, and Export Your Video in FCPX
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This final installment in the FCPX Essentials series covers the steps to complete your editing with color grading, music, and export.

In our FCPX Essentials series, we're going to look at some of the basic and most important features of FCPX. Whether you are a brand new editor or a seasoned veterinarian switching to FCPX, these videos will give you a basic understanding of the program. We'll look at the unique design and layout. You will also learn how to import, edit, cut and deploy a project in FCPX.

This is not necessarily a master class. Additionally, it is an entry-level approach to explore and lay the foundations for your professional journey within the program as a filmmaker and editor.

In Part 3 of our three-part series, we'll learn how to complete our video. We'll learn some basic color correction tools, how to add a song, and even how to export a high quality version of our video. Let's jump in.

Step 1. Color correction

Color grading is the means by which we balance the appearance of our footage. We correct any white balance issues, make basic exposure adjustments, and maybe add some warmth or coolness to our images if necessary.

For this we will use the robust one Color wheels Tool within FCPX. It allows for all of the customizations listed above in an easy to understand layout. If you'd like a closer look at the color correction tools in FCPX, check out our tutorial.

The color wheel tool in FCPX.

Step 2. Add a song

One way to really add to the style and energy of your video is with a dynamic music track. A great track is key. First, head over to and find the perfect title that matches the energy and tone you want your video to achieve. Once you find it, you just can Import the track in your FCPX library, then put it in your project.

Once you're in your timeline, start aligning your edits with the music to capture the most dynamic approach. Feel free to tweak your editing a little to get the best look possible.

Match music with editingStart making your changes to the beat of the music.

Step 3. Prepare your high quality export

You are now ready to export your final video. A long list of export options is available in FCPX. Typically, you can't go wrong with an Apple ProRes or H264 codec. Since we are creating a high quality master file today, we are using an Apple ProRes 422 HQ codec.

First select the export Click the button in the top right corner of your screen and select Master file. Next, your export window should appear. click the settings. Select the option from the drop-down menu Apple ProRes 422 HQ (If you prefer H264 you can choose from there too) and then choose Next. Now choose yours Save target. When you have decided where to save your project, select save up. Your export will now begin. Once you are done, you can finally play your final video in high quality!

Choose Apple ProRes 422 HQUnder Settings, select Apple ProRes 422 HQ.

This concludes the three-part FCPX Essentials series. After that, you should have a solid basic understanding of the workflows and skills needed to create your own high quality, dynamic videos – all within FCPX.

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