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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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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.
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