Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

After Effects CS6 New Features
Illustration by John Hersey

Working with Adobe SpeedGrade .look files


From:

After Effects CS6 New Features

with Chris Meyer

Video: Working with Adobe SpeedGrade .look files

Another nice little improvement in After Effects CS6 is that the Apply Color LUT, or Lookup Table, effect has been updated to read more formats. Namely, you can now also read cineSpace.csp files, overrange IRIDAS files, and most importantly for us, Adobe SpeedGrade .look files. To try them out, you can use of almost any piece of footage. I have a clip here of this airplane landing. Let's add the Apply Color Lookup Table effect to it. I'll drag it under the clip. I'll get a File Open dialog, and I've included with the exercise files that come with this training a little folder with a handful of SpeedGrade Looks that they've given us permission to share with you.

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
Please wait...
After Effects CS6 New Features
2h 13m Appropriate for all Apr 11, 2012

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

Get up to speed quickly with the new features in After Effects CS6. Join veteran After Effects user Chris Meyer as he explores the key enhancements to this industry standard visual effects and motion graphics software. Chris shares creative ideas and important production advice while covering the strengths of features such as memory optimization with the new global performance cache, 3D motion tracking with the 3D Camera Tracker, and the new 3D rendering engine for ray-traced 3D rendering.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the global performance cache
  • Using ray-traced rendering with beveling and extrusion
  • Working with 3D Camera Tracker
  • Performing rolling shutter repairs
  • Adding variable mask feathering
  • Working with CycoreFX HD plug-in
  • Touring Imagineer Systems mocha AE and Adobe SpeedGrade
  • Round-tripping between After Effects and MAXON CINEMA 4D
Subject:
Video
Software:
After Effects
Author:
Chris Meyer

Working with Adobe SpeedGrade .look files

Another nice little improvement in After Effects CS6 is that the Apply Color LUT, or Lookup Table, effect has been updated to read more formats. Namely, you can now also read cineSpace.csp files, overrange IRIDAS files, and most importantly for us, Adobe SpeedGrade .look files. To try them out, you can use of almost any piece of footage. I have a clip here of this airplane landing. Let's add the Apply Color Lookup Table effect to it. I'll drag it under the clip. I'll get a File Open dialog, and I've included with the exercise files that come with this training a little folder with a handful of SpeedGrade Looks that they've given us permission to share with you.

Here are just a couple simple ones. There, Bleach Bypass is a particularly nice, cool, desaturated version of this look. Pick another LUT, Seventies look, and finally, Warm Overall look, which is a nice treatment. Before and after. If you happen to own the Production Premium CS6 Suite, Adobe SpeedGrade CS6 is now included with that bundle. So let me just give you a really quick tour of how to get around SpeedGrade. I've switched over to SpeedGrade, I currently have the Sources tab forward, and one of the nice features about SpeedGrade's browser is not only can you look at the currently selected folder, but you can also look at the entire subtree, all nested folders inside this folder.

So I don't need to go fish out just the video; I get to see all of my sources here at once. I can look at them as thumbnail images or as a list, which gives me information about resolution, et cetera. I'm going to go down to that Transportation footage we were looking at previously, select it, and add it to my timeline. You can actually put together multiple files in SpeedGrade, in case you want to look at several files at once or jump back and forth between two different clips for reference. Once I'm happy that I've added all the clips I need, I change the tab from Sources to Monitor, drag out my Current Time Indicator to find a good representative frame of this shot, maybe right around there.

I can zoom to fit, which I've done already, or zoom to a specific size like 100%. As I click and drag, I have a very good indication of my RGB values. I'm going to zoom to fit for now, since I have a relatively tight screen, and you've got a pretty nice set of scopes. I've got a very nice histogram display here, Waveform Monitor, and vectorscope, and I'll leave those open for now. You actually do your creative work down underneath the Look tab. SpeedGrade comes with a number of preset looks for you to play with. The SpeedGrade team doesn't want you to think of these as finished looks but more as starting points.

For example, some nice compressed looks for the shots, a few cinematic starting points, the Bleach Bypass we saw earlier, a series of desaturation effects, some stylized looks, like the Sixties and Seventies, and also different temperature changes: Warm, Cold, et cetera. An individual shot can have a number of primaries and secondaries applied to it. Some of these can have masks or alpha channels. There's the ability to apply shaders and effects.

However, when you're creating LOOK files, keep in mind that only the Lookup Table, the table that says change this color to that color, comes across. No masking, no effects like blooms, glows, et cetera, are going to come across. So if you're doing this specifically to go into After Effects, stick with the normal Primary. I'm going to reset this to have a clean the starting point. I'm going to work originally on the overall tone, increase my Gain to get some contrast, reduce the Offset to bring on my blacks, maybe play with my Gamma a little bit also to dial that in, and I have a number of other adjustments.

For example, I can indeed change the temperature to warm this up or cool this down even more. I think I'm going to go over in this warm direction. There are also individual controls over the shadows, midtones, and highlights. Say I want to take the highlights and push them even more in this yellow direction. In addition to these color wheels, you have ordinary sliders or pure numeric entries if you prefer those. I'll go back to the pseudo-trackball interface. When you have something you like, you can save it as a look.

This appeared down here in the folder I was currently in. You can add folders as well. I can rename it, such as transportation idea 2, delete it, or export it. Normally, the LOOK files are saved inside the SpeedGrade package, but you can export these as a series of different LUT formats for a variety of other systems. You have a long checklist here and you can add others to that checklist as well. Very flexible, very powerful. The SpeedGrade LOOK format itself saves not only the LUT, the Lookup Table, but also all of your parameter adjustments.

It will take all of the LUTs you have checked and save them all in an archived ZIP folder that contains that LOOK file and these LUTs, and also a small JEPG thumbnail to remind you of your color treatment. I'll go ahead and export this one. I'm going to save it in the SpeedGrade folder called transportation idea 2--I was playing with another idea as well. Export, tab over to the Finder. Here's the new transportation idea I just saved off, double-click it to open the archive, and there you'll see inside the folder all of those different LUT formats I saved, as well as the SpeedGrade LOOK file and the JPEG thumbnail of the treatment I created.

Let's switch back to After Effects and I'll show you an important gotcha about this workflow. I'll choose a new LUT, open up my transportation idea 2 folder I exported, select the transportation idea 2 look, click Open, and the result is considerably more orange than it looked in SpeedGrade. Well, this is actually a problem in color management. I'll open up my Project Settings. After Effects is capable of being a color-managed application using ICC color profiles. SpeedGrade, however, does not use ICC profiles, and it builds the color profile it assumed into the color lookup table it was using.

Therefore, if you want to bring SpeedGrade lookup tables into After Effects, you need to set the Working Space to None so that both After Effects and SpeedGrade are making the same assumptions about the underlying footage. I'll click OK, and there was our treatment. So if you're a Production Premium owner, SpeedGrade is quite an important addition to CS6. I hope you can take advantage of it.

There are currently no FAQs about After Effects CS6 New Features.

Share a link to this course
Please wait... Please wait...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed After Effects CS6 New Features.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Welcome to the redesigned course page.

We’ve moved some things around, and now you can



Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked