I'm an amateur learning to edit videos from my GoPro, DSLR, and quadcopter. I've tried various NLE's for cutting and liked FCPX workflow much more then Premiere Pro and similar editors with tracks. But for color grading looks like most editors use DaVinci. How it is different from FCPX? Does it have any advantages in case of simple grading for amateur projects?
Use Resolve, it is far superior to FCPX for grading.
This is my workflow, since I always shoot in RAW with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. I know there are ways to do this using XML, but I've run into issues with that when I segment a larger clip in FCPX and then bring it back to resolve it will then have each of those clips as individuals, instead of the one larger clip.
- Import the RAW DNG files to Resolve
- Add all clips to my timeline (their order doesn't matter)
- Apply a Blackmagic film to rec709 LUT and perform some basic grades
Export as individual clips. The format and codec you use are up to you, but for editing I use 422 proxy
Ensure that you export your clips using the source filename and save to a folder titled something like "Edit Media" or whatever you'd like
Import those clips from the "Edit Media" folder into FCPX and perform your edits. Once you're satisfied with your edits, go back into Resolve and perform the final color grades of the clips you wound up actually using in your video. Render them at a higher quality (how high is up to you) and overwrite the clips in "Edit Media"
Open the project again in FCPX and render your video. The clips should automatically be overwritten with the new ones you just exported from Resolve, as long as you keep using Source Filenames
There are number of good color grading tools for working directly in FCPX available from 3rd parties if you prefer staying in one app. For example Color Finale is well liked. Apple's own Final Cut Pro X Resources page has a color correction section that lists a number of other color correction plug-ins available for the app.
This might work for you...
I import my source media (BMPC4K + GoPro ProTune) into FCPX 10.3.
I 'Show Package Contents' in the Mac Finder and point Resolve at those files.
After grading is done in Resolve I export an XML file using the FCPXXML preset.
Import that XML into FCPX and it creates a project/timeline with your Resolve edits.
You can create your proxies in FCPX using the Transcode Media function.