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Importing clips directly into SpeedGrade


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Up and Running with SpeedGrade

with Robbie Carman

Video: Importing clips directly into SpeedGrade

In this movie, I want to talk about importing clips directly into Adobe SpeedGrade without using another instruction set like an EDL or even an Adobe Premiere Pro project file. Now you might be thinking to yourself, Rob, why would I want to import clips directly into Adobe SpeedGrade, because after all, don't I want to you color correction at the end of the editorial process? Well, normally that's true, but think about it like this; maybe you're on set and a lot of times when you're on set, you want to be able to bring footage into SpeedGrade to do some test grades, to make sure that things like your lighting and the overall look of the scene are working.

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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

Importing clips directly into SpeedGrade

In this movie, I want to talk about importing clips directly into Adobe SpeedGrade without using another instruction set like an EDL or even an Adobe Premiere Pro project file. Now you might be thinking to yourself, Rob, why would I want to import clips directly into Adobe SpeedGrade, because after all, don't I want to you color correction at the end of the editorial process? Well, normally that's true, but think about it like this; maybe you're on set and a lot of times when you're on set, you want to be able to bring footage into SpeedGrade to do some test grades, to make sure that things like your lighting and the overall look of the scene are working.

And to do that you'd simply attach camera media to your computer, copy files over, and then import clips into Adobe SpeedGrade. Now that's not to say that this workflow is only germane to on set or on location work. Of course, at anytime you can import individual clips into Adobe SpeedGrade, so you can color correct and grade them, but I think that you'll find this direct to Adobe SpeedGrade workflow most often useful when you are on set or on location. If you're following along with the exercise files, be sure to open up this project or this Timeline called 02_01 directtospeedgrade.ircp.

I've actually already gone ahead and opened up this Timeline and it's here in the middle of the interface, and you can see that this Timeline contains no clips. Well, let's go ahead and remedy that. Over here in the Desktop view make sure that you have the Exercise Files directory selected, and then in the main part of the Desktop view, with this pulldown menu, make sure that you have the option, Sequences from folder + subtree selected. Remember, this option simply allows you to view subfolders within a selected directory over here in your file string. Okay, so with everything set up properly, what I'm going to do is scroll down just a little bit and I'm looking for four different clips; here's the first one right here, directclip1.

Here is clip2, clip3, and clip4. And I want to get all four of these clips into this blank Timeline here in Adobe SpeedGrade. So let's start out with directclip1. Probably the easiest way to get a clip into a blank Timeline and thus into Adobe SpeedGrade is very simply placing your mouse over the clip, and then if you click this little plus button right here, you can add the clip to a Timeline, but did you notice what that little yellow sticky said? It's said, Insert after selected clip. Well, right now since I have no clips on this Timeline, this clip will be added to the beginning of the Timeline.

All right, so we'll go ahead and click the plus button here, and then there you go. The clip has been added to this Timeline. If you don't want to go through the somewhat arduous step of clicking that plus button, you don't have to. All you need to do is simply come up to a clip that you want to add and double-click on it, and it's added to the Timeline after the clips that you've previously added. Let me repeat that process for clip 3 and 4. I'll click the plus button for 3 and then I'll double-click for 4. And then down here on my Timeline, you can see that all four clips have been added. Now I should point out, if you have an entire folder of clips that you want to import, you can easily do that without having to click on each individual clip.

All you do is navigate over here in your file tree, to the directory, to the folder that you want to import, and then simply click this button right here to add all the items that are viewable in the Desktop view and thus in that folder or directory to your Timeline. Of course, to view the actual clips that you've added to the Timeline, you simply need to switch over to the Monitor tab right here. And remember, a great keyboard shortcut to quickly switch between your active Desktop in the monitor is simply D on the keyboard. Just remember, when you switch over to the monitor, your clip will look rather zoomed in and large.

You can remedy this by simply clicking this button right here called Zoom to fit, or if you're on a Mac you can use the keyboard shortcut Command and then the Home key, or if you're on a PC, you can use Ctrl and the Home key. Okay, so I think you can see that it is really simple to import clips directly into Adobe's SpeedGrade, and again, in postproduction this workflow is not all that widely used. It's more often used when you're on set and you simply want to get clips in quickly, so you can do test and preview grades while onset or while on location.

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