Tip #302: How to Reset a Color Wheel

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #302: How to Reset a Color Wheel

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

A simple trick to reset any color wheel setting.

A color wheel for color correction in Apple Final Cut Pro X.
To reset any color wheel control to its default, double-click it.

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I’d been using Final Cut Pro X for years before I discovered this tip.

To reset any setting in a color wheel back to its default, double-click it.

So simple! And it took me so long to discover.


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5 replies
  1. Bruce Macbryde
    Bruce Macbryde says:

    Clicking the curly return arrow resets all settings. Double-clicking the exposure or saturation pointers just reset that setting. Also, the just colour change puck resets when double-clicked.

    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      I my system, FCP X 10.4.6 and later, double-clicking the color puck, saturation or gray-scale sliders all reset with a double-click. And you are correct, double-clicking only resets a single value, while the reset button resets everything.


  2. Jake Hodgman
    Jake Hodgman says:

    Or just hit the little ‘return’ arrow you can see on the bottom right – half the clicks! All the various colour settings (wheels, curves etc) have this function. It often isn’t highlighted until there’s a change to reset.

      • Jacob Hodgman
        Jacob Hodgman says:

        Interesting to find out the differences between reset all and just one element, as described by you and Bruce in the other comment. That’s new to me – and makes your tip more valuable 🙂 #alwayslearning


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