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Up and Running with SpeedGrade CC
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Saving and recalling grades


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Up and Running with SpeedGrade CC

with Patrick Inhofer

Video: Saving and recalling grades

Throughout this chapter, we've looked at a variety of different ways of managing our different color corrections and moving them between different clips. In this movie, we're going to take a look at SpeedGrade CC's .look file. A single .look file takes an entire layer stack and save it off as one file. The way we save it off is by pressing these buttons down here, these Save-look button. Before I do that, let me show you where we're saving it to.
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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 NEW
      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

Saving and recalling grades

Throughout this chapter, we've looked at a variety of different ways of managing our different color corrections and moving them between different clips. In this movie, we're going to take a look at SpeedGrade CC's .look file. A single .look file takes an entire layer stack and save it off as one file. The way we save it off is by pressing these buttons down here, these Save-look button. Before I do that, let me show you where we're saving it to.

You come over to the inner-phase, there's this full filled in square. If I click that. That takes us to our Look Management view and it consists of two different areas. There's one area on the right hand side here with all sorts of tabs. It's showing you a bunch of presets that ship with SpeedGrade that you can apply. As well as a custom area for you to save off your own .look files and just like we talked about in an earlier movie on snapshots the default location.

It's buried down here under the Documents folder in Adobe > SpeedGrade > 7.0, settings > looks That's all very well and good. Couple of problems, one we can add sub-folders directly from within SpeedGrade, so just like with the Snapshots folder. We have to jump back out into the operating system and create sub-folders of our own, and that's what I like to do. I like to keep my looks and my snapshots together with my actual project files. So, how do we do that, we're going to scroll up here and I'm going to go to where I've saved the Projects files for this training course and that's on the desktop.

And that's going to give me my Exercise Files folder, I'll triangle down and I've created a Looks folder here. And if I want to go ahead and just on this shot right here, go ahead and click the Save button. Boom there it is, there's my shot, that's my .look file but I actually want to create a sub-folder for each individual project I'm working on. So, I'm going to right-click on this, delete this look, click through the confirm deletion. Scroll down this triangle and now you can see that I've got this Chris Jane Music Video, Dead Man's Lake and Death Scenes.

I'm going to highlight Chris Jane Music Video. Now, I'll save off this grade. I'll double click it to give it a name and I'll call this wide. And while I'm here I'm going to open up two more tabs one for each of the three timelines we're working on so I have quick access to them. Later as we continue working with these projects. So, I'm going to press Plus twice. And it's giving me three folders. All of them to the same place, which is the same, Chris Jane music video. I'm going to select one of them and set it for death scenes.

And then I'm going to select the second one. Set that for Dead Man's Lake and now I've got the Jane, Chris Jane music video, Dead Man's Lake and death scenes. To hide the look manager, I'm going to press Cmd+L and it hides it. But now hiding doesn't do me a whole heck of a lot of good because now how do I apply this angles look to any time I see this angle? Well, I can come up here to the Quick view and it just opens up a little film straight up here. And as I save these off they're just going to go one right after the other left to right.

So, now I'm going to command Right arrow looking for another instance of the wide shot. And there we go I found a wide shot. I'm going to click on it once. It's applying the wide shot but notice we're in Preview. It hasn't accepted it yet. So, I'm going to press Return. That accepts it, but notice the other thing that happened. It didn't copy off all this second grade clip here. So, what I'm going to have to do is add a grade clip to this shot and then come back to this shot, highlight that grade clip and now save that grade clip off.

I'm going to call this wide, and because these are called grading tracks and this is the second grading track, I'm going to give it the acronym grade track 2, gt2. (SOUND) wide-grade track 2, click Return to accept it and now (SOUND) these two are looking pretty darn similar to each other. Check the mask.

And I'm going to have to now apply and slightly change and move this mask because the camera has slightly changed. And there it is, saving off your own looks so that you can recall them later while you're grading on the same project. Or even in other projects or eventually in Premier Pro as we'll discuss in a later chapter.

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.
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