How to Get a Film Noir Look in Final Cut Pro

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Getting a film noir look in Final Cut Pro will make your finished movie look like an old detective film. Get a film noir look in Final Cut Pro with help from an experienced film professional in this free video clip.

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Hey, my name's Zach, and I wanted to show you how to get a film noir look in Final Cut Pro. This is a great look to have on your films and can stylize it very well. So I'm gonna show you over here. That's why I have an image here and the first step is going to be de-saturate it. So we're gonna go into the effects panel here and then we're gonna go to video filters. In video filters we're go to color correction. We're gonna go to the 3 way color corrector here and we're just gonna click and drag and drop it right on this clip here. Now you'll notice a green line when above but that's no problem you can still play your video through as you can see and now what I can do is double click here, go to filters, I'm gonna hit this little triangle here. We're gonna go and increase our black level by dragging down. We're gonna also increase our highlight control. We're gonna pump those up a little bit and now we'll go into this 3 way color corrector here and we're gonna drag the saturation all the way down just to remove all that color. Now we're gonna try pump a little bit more black into it but not too much so we lose definition. You can also play with your midrange controls to adjust how the background looks and you now have a film noir look as you can see and that was pretty simple. My name's Zach and I just showed you how to do a film noir look in Final Cut Pro. Thanks for watching.

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