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Copying corrections from shot to shot


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Up and Running with SpeedGrade

with Robbie Carman

Video: Copying corrections from shot to shot

In this movie, I want to show you an easy way to copy a grade from one shot to another shot by using keyboard shortcuts. During the course a project you'll have shots that you want to have match, and one way to have these shots match is by copying grades that you've developed from one shot to another shot, to at least getting the ballpark of the look that you've developed. You can then go in refine the actual individual corrections that make up that grade on an individual shot. But the first step is copying a grade from one shot to another shot, so you at least have some consistency through your program. And in the Timeline I have a shot that has pretty stylized look on it. It's kind of a bleach bypass type look.

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Up and Running with SpeedGrade
2h 43m Beginner Oct 02, 2012

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With Adobe SpeedGrade, editors working with the Creative Suite now have a professional-level color correction and grading application in their hands for the first time. In this course, professional colorist Robbie Carman guides colorists and video editors through this new dedicated color correction application. The course walks through the interface, and then shows how to import footage and start making primary and secondary color corrections. Discover how to use masking and create and apply looks for maximum impact. The final chapters show how to make sure your corrections match shot to shot, and how to render your final output.

Topics include:
  • Viewing clips and navigating the timeline
  • Using automatic scene detection
  • Sending a project from Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade
  • Using SpeedGrade in a stereoscopic workflow
  • Making primary contrast and color corrections
  • Creating and applying looks
  • Making secondary corrections
  • Copying corrections from shot to shot
  • Importing rendered media back into Premiere Pro
Subjects:
Video Color Correction
Software:
SpeedGrade
Author:
Robbie Carman

Copying corrections from shot to shot

In this movie, I want to show you an easy way to copy a grade from one shot to another shot by using keyboard shortcuts. During the course a project you'll have shots that you want to have match, and one way to have these shots match is by copying grades that you've developed from one shot to another shot, to at least getting the ballpark of the look that you've developed. You can then go in refine the actual individual corrections that make up that grade on an individual shot. But the first step is copying a grade from one shot to another shot, so you at least have some consistency through your program. And in the Timeline I have a shot that has pretty stylized look on it. It's kind of a bleach bypass type look.

Well this second shot doesn't have that look on it at all. So what I want to go ahead and do is copy the look from this first shot to this second shot. Okay, so the first thing I need to do is tell Adobe SpeedGrade from which direction on the Timeline you want to copy grade from, either earlier in your Timeline from your currently playhead position, or from later in your Timeline from current playhead have position. And the way that you do that is by using two different keyboard shortcuts. To copy a grade from earlier on the Timeline from your current position, simply use the keyboard shortcut Alt or Option and then the minus key on the keyboard number pad. If you want to copy a grade from later in your Timeline from current playhead position, use Alt or Option and then the on the keyboard number pad.

Okay, so in this case I'm going to go ahead and press Alt or the Option and then the minus key on my keyboard number pad to copy grades from earlier on the Timeline, this area down here. And then what I'm going to do is go ahead and press the 1 key on my keyboard. Why 1? Well because I want to copy the grade from one clip back of my current playhead position. So if I go ahead and press 1 now, I've applied that earlier grade. Now obviously this grade doesn't match exactly, but what I do want to show you down here on the Look tab is this red text right here where it says Preview. You have not actually committed to this copy as of yet. You can still get out of it if you don't like the look that you've copied to the shot.

And the way that you do that is by pressing the Backspace or the big Delete key on your keyboard. When you do that, you've cancelled the copy. If I go ahead and press 1 again to copy from the previous shot and if I press the Enter key on my keyboard number pad, you'll notice that I've actually committed to the copy. Okay, so on this shot it doesn't match exactly to the first shot. It's a little bright. So what I'm going to go ahead and do is just darken down the shot just a little bit something like that. And you know what, I've actually decided that I want to warm this clip up quite a bit. I want to make it nice and warm, something like that.

Now I have the opposite problem. The first shot doesn't match the second shot in the Timeline. If I use the keyboard shortcut that I told you about earlier Option and then the plus key and now once again press 1, I'll copy the grade from one clip forward. And just like last time, you're not actually committed to this grade right now; notice it says Preview until you press the Enter key on the keyboard number pad. Now you're probably thinking yourself, okay Rob that works great when the shots are adjacent to each other, but what about shots that are not adjacent to each other? Well, what I'm going to do is go ahead and simply duplicate the second clip by coming over to this icon right here on the second clip and then holding down my Command or if you are on a PC, the Ctrl key and then duplicating that clip.

Then what I'm going to do is go ahead and do something a little more funky on this first shot, let's select the first shot, there it is and we'll make this a little red, something like that, and then we'll lighten this up, so we have a nice sort of neony type look. So then what I am going to do is navigate down to the third shot in my Timeline, then I'll use the keyboard shortcut Option or Alt and the minus key to copy from previous clips in the Timeline, and then I'm going to go head and press the number 2, so I copy from two clips back of my current playhead position. And there you go. Once again the grade was copied.

Just don't forget, to commit to the preview grade you simply need to press the Enter key on your keyboard number pad. After committing to the grade you can come back in to your color controls and adjust the grade however you see fit. Okay, so that's using keyboard shortcuts to copy grades from one shot to another shot. And the thing about this is that you can copy up to nine different shots, either forward or backwards using the one through nine keys on your keyboard number pad. In a later movie in this chapter, I'll show you another way that we can copy grades and that's by using .look files.

But for right now I think you can see that using keyboard shortcut is an easy way to copy grades from one shots to another.

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