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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.
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In this chapter we're going to talk about matching shots and, of course, the first step in matching shots is first moving our grades from angles we've already color graded to similiar angles on other shots without having to redo all of that work. There are a couple way of doing that, and in this movie we're going to look at one of the dead simplest ways of doing this. So let's load up where we left off last time on Dead Man's Lake. And we're going to move from the top of this sequence, one, two, three, four, five shots down.
Now this is the first shot that we haven't color graded yet, but if you go back one, two, three shots we already graded that shot. So let's get back to there. And the simplest way of copying the grade from that previous angle is to use the numeric keypad. This only works with the numbers on the numeric keypad. We're going to copy from three shots back. So we just press the number three. and boom! There we go, now we have a preview of that grade. Notice I've labeled the layers in that layer stack, and that comes across as well as the actual grades themselves.
But it's a preview, so for instance if I thought, well maybe that one doesn't quite work I want to go back four shots, ,I just press four And it's pulling that grade back. I press five and we're back at the beginning of the film pulling that grade in, I like three of the best, so I'm going to pull that in. And then, I'm just going to press the return button on my keyboard to accept that grade. Now let's go forward one more shot. And now we're at the wide shot which is the same as the first shot of the film. So I'm going to go back and press now six because it's six shots back.
It pulls up that grade but notice it only pulls up the grade of the grading layer that I'm on. So I'm on this first grading layer. It's pulling up this first grade down here, not the sky expansion grade, just this first one. Now, I'm going to press return to set that and in order to get the skyy expansion going which I don't have going right now. What I'm going to have to do is grab and place another layer clip on that grading layer. Make that layer clip active. Now when I do this copy operation, I'm not grading back six clips, it's the first clip before one clip back on this layer.
So I'm just going to press the one button. And there we go it's pulled up the secondary it's pulled up how I label the secondary. It's also pulled up the mask on the secondary and applied it to that secondary layer and I'm just going to press return to keep it. Quick note the one thing we can't do. is say, copy this clip on this first grading layer to this clip on a different grading layer. There is this keyboard shortcut doesn't work that way. Now there's one cool last little trick I want to show you. So far we have been copying from grades before the shot we're sitting on.
There's actually a way to copy grades forward as well. So let me give you a quick demo that Lets first go to our next shot and I'm going to command Shift down arrow to take me down to the bottom grading layer. And then command right arrow to take me to the next shot. And I'm just going to do a ridiculous grade on this. I'm just going to go ahead and go just way yellow and you know and way yellow. Just something ridiculous. Then I'm going to command arrow left. To this previous shot, and then we're going to go in the opposite direction, take the off set, go crazy blue.
And now I'm going to come to the shot we've been working on. Now if I just press the one button on the numeric keyboard. I'm copying from the clip previous to this one. I'll delete out of that, but what if I want to copy the next shot. Cause that one's also been graded, that one's been graded yellow. What I can do is I can press the alt key on the pc, the option key on the mac. And then press the plus key on the numeric keyboard (SOUND), and now the number button is going to copy forward. So if I press the one key now (SOUND), I'm getting this orange grade; option minus to copy previous; the number one, blue; Option plus to copy shot ahead of me on the timeline.
Press one, and now we're back to orange. And finally if you don't want to be bothered with all that alt or option plus and minus stuff, you can just hover the mouse over a clip you want to copy from that you know you want to copy from. And just hit the C key. There's the blue, I'll come over here. Hover over the clip I want to copy from, hit the C key. Copy orange, lakeside 1, copy and then the grade we actually want, which is the wide shot from the lake. Grab that and boom, we've got these grades copied across.
There you are, a host of different techniques and keyboard shortcuts for copying grades from one clip to another, and the key to getting really fast here on speed grade CC is learning all of these various keyboard shortcuts, and making them second nature.
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