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Pleasantville Effect for Final Cut Pro

Creating the 'Pleasantville Effect' in Final Cut Pro If you are new to Final Cut Pro, and were wondering how in the world to create the 'Pleasantville Effect', here is a quick tutorial on how it is done.

You can also create the pleasantville effect using the 'color corrector 3-way' filter. Here are the steps.

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The first step, is to find a clip that has an object with a particular color that you would like to change into (black and white). In this case, this orange flower. Pick something that is short in duration to test out. In this case the clip is only 3 seconds long.

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Next, navigate to the Browser window, and find the (color corrector 3-way) video filter. Drag the (color corrector 3-way) filter to your clip in the timeline.

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Now double click on the clip within your timeline window. Final Cut Pro will load your clip back into the Viewer window.

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Within the viewer window you will see the 3-way color corrector tab. Click on it to access the filter parameters. In Final Cut Pro, there is a hidden twirl down menu that you need to open up. Click on the twirl down arrow at the bottom left corner of the screen to open up the limit color selection parameters.

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Next, use the eyedropper to select the color that you want to limit. In this example, the orange color.

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*Important. Make sure you turn off the blue checkmark for limit (SAT) and limit (LUMA). Only the limit color should be turned on. You can hold down the shift key while using the eyedropper to add different shades to your selection. Or you can drag the four corners of the color ramp and expand your selection manually as shown above. The last step, is to take out the Saturation, by dragging the (Sat) slider to the left. Then click on the (invert button), which is in the lower right corner of the (Limit Effect Parameters box)

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That's it! You can now play your effect. If you have Final Cut Pro 4.0 or greater, this effect should play in real-time.
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