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Up and Running with SpeedGrade CC
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Interface overview


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Up and Running with SpeedGrade CC

with Patrick Inhofer

Video: Interface overview

In this movie we are going to go on a whirlwind tour of the SpeedGrade CC interface, designed to get you familiar with all the major aspects of the UI, but not digging down into any one aspect of it yet. So I'm going to start by coming down to the dock and launching SpeedGrade CC. And (LAUGH) before I can even finish saying the word, SpeedGrade CC is already launched. Notice it's launched into its own window. I'm not a huge fan of this view for a couple of reasons. One is Well I see the finder bar up here and normally that's a good thing but here in speed grade, there's no file or edit menu.
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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
      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

Interface overview

In this movie we are going to go on a whirlwind tour of the SpeedGrade CC interface, designed to get you familiar with all the major aspects of the UI, but not digging down into any one aspect of it yet. So I'm going to start by coming down to the dock and launching SpeedGrade CC. And (LAUGH) before I can even finish saying the word, SpeedGrade CC is already launched. Notice it's launched into its own window. I'm not a huge fan of this view for a couple of reasons. One is Well I see the finder bar up here and normally that's a good thing but here in speed grade, there's no file or edit menu.

There's nothing up here so this is kind of wasted real estate. Then I'm seeing my desktop background down here which is blue which could mess up with my color perception. I want to hide that, I've got the dock down here with all this little eye candy. Who needs that kind of distraction Luckily here in SpeedGrade I can press the F key, and that takes me into this full screen view. Notice what it did. The finder bar is gone. If I come up and put my pointer, there we go. It comes scrolling back. I can also come down to the bottom where my dock was. The dock will come and pop back up. But the cool thing is, is the SpeedGrade UI now takes up My entire computer screen allowing me to focus on what it is we're here to do which is color correct.

Now when we launch speedgrade the first place it always puts us is here in the media browser often called the desktop because it always launches us into the desktop folder. Now here in this hierarchical tree desktop contains all of your attached drives, as well as what's literally on the desktop of the user. In this case if you have access to the exercise files and follow the work flow on the exercise movie, on the desktop you have this exercise files folder. And you can scroll down and see their sub-folders.

Notice this is not showing me the sub folders, in here it will only be populated with the actual assets that Speed Grade can put into its timeline. So, to see all of these sub folders down here, and all of their sub folders, I'll come over here to this view pull down menu, and select sequences from folder plus sub tree, and that plus sub tree is now digging through this, all the sub folders in all of these folders, and now it's populating this media browser with anything that SpeedGrade can read.

This includes movie files like we have down here in the bottom part of the interface. If I scroll back up, I've got EDLs in ere and mostly IRCP project files. IRCP is the extension for speedgrade project files. What we're going to do is start by launching one of these 02, 01 interface.IRCP And that's going to open up a fully populated timeline here. And I wanted for demo purposes to give you a quick look at what a finished timeline might look like. And if this bottom track doesn't have this same color as you're seeing here, you're going to need to reconnect back to the source footage.

And if you're not sure how to do that Watch the exercise file movie where I go through this in detail. Now how do we see the actual image that we're sitting on down here? Well what we need to do is come up here into the color tab, and when I click the color tab the upper third of this UI changes into a viewer. And I have a bunch of viewer controls including my transport controls. I've got in and out and mark controls, and loop controls. I also have this fit control. If I want to see this at 100%, I pull this down and now my viewer changes to 100%.

If I just want the viewer to fit into the available space, I can do that by clicking fit and now it will do that. In the middle part of this interface is of course, our timeline. Here's our play head. SpeedGrade CC can multiple play heads, up to nine of them. And we can move through the timeline by clicking and dragging on this little play head down here. Or we could click up here And we can also click and drag, which is new here in SpeedGrade CC, this click and drag functionality up here in this area. Down in the bottom third of the UI is really where we're going to spend most of our time.

The first tab, the Timeline tab is where we set everything up from aspect ratio to how SpeedGrade does it's image processing. Here in the Clip tab are essentially a lot of the same options from the Timeline tab except. We can overwrite those on a clip by clip basis. And the Look tab is where we make our money, this is where we spend all of our time. And I can come up here and use this little divider to give ourselves some more room. So we can see our UI controls here. And it's split into several major areas. In the left here is our layers palette, or our layers stack.

And you could see that I've stacked two primary corrections in here. And notice here that in the timeline, not only do I have this one track, this blue track which is my video track. And yes, but the way in SpeedGradeCC we can only have one track of video I've got these additional tracks, these are called Grading Layers. So this entire layer here is a grading layer and these are grading clips, allowing us to do additional grading on top of the initial grade here on the clip itself. In the middle here is our interface that does double duty.

The first thing it does is give us our controls depending on what type of layer we select here in the layers stack as well as the brand new look manager. The Look Manager allows us to save off our looks, recall them, apply them to other shots, even use them in Adobe Premier. I can go ahead and hide that if I want and now give this over to my entire interface. And then on the right hand side here, if you're not seeing these. Press the W key to reveal them. These are tabs that used to be along the top here are now integrated with this look tab, because this is where we want them.

We want them when we're color grading. We've got the SnapShot browser here where we can grab still images and recall them to wipe against the current image. For shot matching. We've got our Mask tools down here for creating shapes, and color grading inside and outside of those shapes. And then we've got the Annotations menus here, that allows us literally to markup this frame With notes to leave ourselves. Now there are just a couple areas left to look at. We've got these two tabs up here, the render and result tab. They kind of work together right? So the render tab allows me to set up my renders my codex, all of that fun stuff, and the result tab shows me where my last render ended up.

To allow me to quickly access it and even play it back here in speedgrade in context. And then of course there is my preferences which is this wrench icon I click on that and I pull up my preferences I can close them out and the other way of getting to them is with the shortcut key S. The two I want to really point out in this movie is my playback settings which allows me to set my base frame rate for playback and my editing settings which allows me to set the base frame rate for the timeline. Once I've set all of my settings, I press the escape key and that will save and close out my preferences.

And that is our whirlwind tour of the SpeedGrade CCUI. I know, we've zoomed through this. The point was to show you where all the major aspects of the interface are as we learn how to use this great app in color correcting our own projects.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Up and Running with 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.
Q: Why am I getting the 'File Not Supported' error when reconnecting to the source files in Premiere Pro?
A: If you get the 'File Not Supported' error when reconnecting to the source files in Premiere Pro - this is a problem with the reconnect dialog in
Premiere Pro that Adobe has not yet fixed. Everything is fine with the media and the projects. To get around this 'bug':
 
1. Open the Premiere Pro project in Premiere.
 
2. During the reconnect dialog click Locate and navigate to Exercise files > Media and then to the sub-folder of media the dialog is asking for...
 
3. Here is the trick: You MUST actually select/highlight the first file that Premiere is asking for. The easiest thing is to click the 'display
exact name' button and then *actually click on the file* that matches the name.
 
*If you don't highlight the file*--navigating to the folder and *clicking ok without selecting the file will give you the 'file not supported' error
each and every time*. You must select the file that matches - Premiere is not smart enough to just figure out the folder contains the file.
 
This is not something that is unique to this training its just a little quirk of Premiere Pro currently.
  
After you select the first file all the other files should reconnect - assuming you have 'relink others automatically' selected.
 
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