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Up and Running with SpeedGrade CC
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Up and Running with SpeedGrade CC

with Patrick Inhofer

Video: Additional resources

Before sharing my final thoughts with you, I just want to comment that the past few years has seen a remarkable increase in color correction resources dedicated to both the teaching the software and the craft of color grading. If you want to learn more about SpeedGrade or just color correction in general, here are a few of my favorite resources. First for more information on speed grade itself from within the app press F1 and that'll take you to its product page on Adobe's website. From there you can find a slew of additional training videos, blog posts and the speed grade forum.
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  1. 30m 23s
    1. Welcome
      3m 40s
    2. Where does SpeedGrade fit in a post-production workflow?
      5m 7s
    3. Exploring additional equipment
      5m 28s
    4. Using the exercise files
      9m 7s
    5. What's new in 7.1
      4m 57s
    6. What's new in 7.2 NEW
      2m 4s
  2. 46m 7s
    1. Interface overview
      7m 7s
    2. Navigating to media in the Media Browser
      4m 58s
    3. Direct Link vs. Native
      5m 39s
    4. Direct Link on the Mac
      2m 54s
    5. Manipulating the viewer
      5m 44s
    6. Manipulating the Timeline
      5m 3s
    7. Using analysis tools to evaluate contrast and exposure
      6m 42s
    8. Using analysis to evaluate color
      8m 0s
  3. 23m 14s
    1. Importing clips directly into SpeedGrade
      4m 42s
    2. Using automatic scene detection
      5m 53s
    3. Sending a sequence from Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade
      6m 6s
    4. Using an edit decision list (EDL) to conform a project
      6m 33s
  4. 35m 30s
    1. Colorist lingo: What is a primary correction?
      4m 11s
    2. Understanding the 3-Way controls: Contrast
      4m 59s
    3. Understanding the 3-Way controls: Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights
      5m 26s
    4. Understanding the 3-Way controls: Hue and Saturation
      5m 16s
    5. Using the slider controls
      6m 39s
    6. Adding, deleting, and working with primary layers
      8m 59s
  5. 17m 9s
    1. Making initial contrast and color adjustments
      6m 59s
    2. Balancing your shots by removing color casts
      6m 6s
    3. Grading in passes
      4m 4s
  6. 48m 23s
    1. Colorist lingo: What is a secondary correction?
      2m 9s
    2. Colorist lingo: The vignette
      1m 42s
    3. Using masks
      9m 43s
    4. Mask linking
      5m 41s
    5. Maks and layer linking
      2m 30s
    6. Grading layers and grading clips
      5m 29s
    7. Tracking masks and using the keyframing controls
      8m 15s
    8. Understanding the secondary layer
      8m 16s
    9. Pulling HSL keys and limiting with masks
      4m 38s
  7. 11m 25s
    1. Tracking a face
      5m 25s
    2. Keying and grading skies
      4m 18s
    3. Using a mask with a sky correction
      1m 42s
  8. 27m 10s
    1. Copying corrections from one shot to another
      4m 59s
    2. Using the Snapshot Browser
      7m 19s
    3. Using the Continuity Checker
      5m 47s
    4. Using the Shot Matcher
      4m 14s
    5. Saving and recalling grades
      4m 51s
  9. 14m 8s
    1. Understanding the Look layer
      7m 55s
    2. Saving and applying looks using the Look Manager and Look presets
      6m 13s
  10. 17m 8s
    1. Colorist lingo: RAW, LOG, and look-up tables (LUTs)
      5m 5s
    2. Controls for RAW footage
      5m 46s
    3. Understanding LOG (flat) footage and LUTs
      6m 17s
  11. 19m 40s
    1. Setting up a render
      6m 42s
    2. Importing rendered media back in Premiere Pro
      2m 40s
    3. Sharing looks between SpeedGrade and Premiere Pro
      5m 35s
    4. Direct Link to Premiere Pro
      4m 43s
  12. 4m 36s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 36s
    2. Goodbye
      2m 0s

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Up and Running with SpeedGrade CC
4h 54m Beginner Aug 15, 2013 Updated Jan 24, 2014

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Using Adobe SpeedGrade CC, powerful professional color correction and color grading is available to anyone with a Creative Cloud membership. In this course, professional colorist Patrick Inhofer offers a project-based learning experience to get you familiar with the SpeedGrade tools. You'll work three different types of projects through the color correction and grading process, which includes getting projects and footage into SpeedGrade, color correcting and grading shots, and then rendering and outputting shots. Each step of the process is rich with lessons and anecdotes that are applicable to real-world color grading scenarios that editors, producers, and other creatives will face.

This course was created by Patrick Inhofer and produced by Robbie Carman. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the interface and reading scopes
  • Getting clips and projects into SpeedGrade
  • Understanding the 3-way controls
  • Making contrast and color corrections
  • Pulling HSL keys
  • Making secondary corrections and using custom look layers
  • Tracking masks to objects
  • Matching shots
  • Rendering footage
  • Moving timelines between Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade
Subjects:
Video Color Correction
Software:
SpeedGrade
Author:
Patrick Inhofer

Additional resources

Before sharing my final thoughts with you, I just want to comment that the past few years has seen a remarkable increase in color correction resources dedicated to both the teaching the software and the craft of color grading. If you want to learn more about SpeedGrade or just color correction in general, here are a few of my favorite resources. First for more information on speed grade itself from within the app press F1 and that'll take you to its product page on Adobe's website. From there you can find a slew of additional training videos, blog posts and the speed grade forum.

The coolest part about the SpeedGrade forum, the active participation of the SpeedGrade development team. Now another active SpeedGrade forum is the one on creativecow.net which is a user helping user forum. Next, if you enjoyed the format of these videos, check out the color grading membership website that I co-founded with two other professional colorists, Mixinglight.com. Our insights library has a growing collection of speed grade articles, plus tips on the business side of color correction and plenty of talk about gear and hardware.

Now if you'd like something that's akin to a reference manual on speed grade, my friend and colleague Alexis Van Hurkman has a great and in depth book Adobe SpeedGrade CC classroom in a book. If you're serious about SpeedGrade, you want this book. For general color correction book learning I have got two book recommendations for you. The first is the color correction handbook again by Alexis Van Hurkman and then coming in a close second, the art and technique of digital color correction by Steve Hullfish.

This book is in its second edition and if you want to stay on top of the color correction industry on a weekly basis. I personally produce a free newsletter about color correction and finishing its called the Ta Colors Newsletter and it's hosted on my other website taoofcolor.com. Its a free sign up and delivers most Sunday mornings. Finally as you use SpeedGrade, you'll no doubt find new features you'd like to see implemented or you'll stumble across bugs that need fixing.

In that case, you'll want to head over to Adobe's feature request and bug reporter form. It's the single best way of influencing the development team to create the color-grading app you'd like it to be. By jumping on SpeedGrade right now, you're one of the new wave of creatives learning the value of color correction and learning it through the power of SpeedGrade CC.

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Q: This course was updated on 12/20/2014. What changed?
A: This update covers the new features added to SpeedGrade 7.1. There are new movies covering the Direct Link workflow, which allows you to open Premiere Pro projects in SpeedGrade. Also covered are improvements to mask and layer linking, grading layers, and grading clips. We also revised several movies to reflect the impact Direct Link has on managing media, tracking, rendering, etc.
Q: This course was updated on 1/24/2014. What changed?
A: We added one new movie to address the changes in the 12/12/2013 update to Creative Cloud.
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