A Review of the Hawaiki Color and Analyzer for FCPX

July 9, 2015

A video tutorial, overview and breakdown of the Hawaiki Color and Analyzer color correction filters for Final Cut Pro X.

The FCP X Desert Island Challenge Part 14

Hawaiki Color and Analyzer for FCPX: An Overview and Breakdown

If you work heavily in FCPX or Premiere Pro then you should know about FX Factory. And if you don’t, consider yourself ‘clued in’ from this moment on. To paraphrase the FX Factory website they are: “The Plug-in App store for post-production software.”

An App Store for filters is a good description of FX Factory

They have a free app that you download and it’ll manage all the plug-ins they deliver to you from a single interface. FX Factory works with FCPX, Motion, After Effects and Premiere Pro. They are a clearinghouse for over 20 different plug-in developers. The FX Factory app allows you to download Trials, buy filters, activate and deactivate filters and also ships with a set of free plugins.

Prices for FX Factory filters range from the ever-popular Free to $299. The vast majority sit between the $49 and $99 price-point, making them appropriately affordable as overall prices for NLE and motion graphics software has dropped significantly over the years.

FX Factory has a range of color-related filters for us to explore

Kindly, Niclas Bahn (FX Factory creator) gave me licenses for all the color correction filters I thought looked interesting for the Desert Island Challenge. Of those, I’ll be doing overviews of those filters I think are strong contenders to be ‘The One’ I select as the MVP for adding value to the base FCPX filter set.

We start by looking at the Hawaiki Color and Hawaiki Analyzer filters

The Hawaiki Color filter takes a completely different approach than the Color Finale and Colorista III filters we’ve previously looked at in this series. Its User Interface is very customizable and can be changed as you gain expertise in the filter to make it less obtrusive while putting the controls in the direct context of your image.

In truth, at first, I was hostile to Hawaiki Color’s User Interface

When seeing YouTube demos of this plug-in – I hated the UI. But once I personally loaded it up and saw the additional options for minimizing those controls, my opinion has softened considerably—to the point I consider this plug-in a viable contender in the FCPX Desert Island Challenge.

If you don’t like the UI overlays from the product shots, I say: Give it a shot and play with the customization options. As you’ll see in this Video Insight, the developers recognize this reaction and have given you options to minimize the UI’s impact on viewing your images as you color correct.

The Hawaiki Analyzer is also explored in this Video Insight

Hawaiki Analyzer is a separate purchase from Hawaiki Color and not in contention for the Desert Island Challenge – but it takes a very interesting approach to analyze the colors of our pixels… so I decided to take a few minutes at the end of this Insight and show it to you.


– pat

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  • Out of all the FCPX color tools, Color seems to have the most “gotcha” that break a traditional color workflow. Unique UI though!

  • Patrick Inhofer

    The Saturation thing is a bit of a gotcha, agreed. But not terrible since most images will have some color that those sliders will be effecting. It’s only because I started with a black & white image that I noticed how the image was being processed ‘out of order’.

  • Hello, there, I’m a student editor with a BMPCC and love color grading. I use Resolve when I’m filming in RAW. but it’s heavy on my MacBookPro, although I know some settings to get better performance… So, for some projects I like to shoot ProRes and go straight into FCP X. I use Color Finale (+ SliceX) to finish these projects in FCP X, it’s fun! So this series has been of great help for me to get to know these tools better, Thank You. So far, this combo (Color Finale+SliceX) seem to be the best choice for doing secondaries (and looks..), I might be wrong off course. I like Hawaiki too since I’ve got FXfactory app, I’ll give these a try too, in demo, thanks. I would love to hear your thoughts about Koji Advance and I’m waiting for response from Coremelt if indeed these Editor’s Tools Color Plugins are compatible with FCP X. Already looking forward to the next Challenge…

  • Patrick Inhofer

    I’m still waiting to hear back from Coremelt (its summer so the person I contacted may be on vacation). I’ve been playing with Koji Advance for a couple weeks and it’s in the Desert Island Challenge. We’ll be posting it in a few weeks 🙂

  • thanks, great.

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