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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 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.
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