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Up and Running with SpeedGrade CC
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Up and Running with SpeedGrade CC

with Patrick Inhofer

Video: Welcome

Hi there! Welcome to Up and Running with Adobe SpeedGrade CC. I'm Patrick Inhofer and in this title, we're going to explore the essential aspects of getting up and running with Adobe's very powerful, dedicated color correction app, SpeedGrade CC. Now color correction is an important finishing step in almost all video or film work flows. Most of us are familiar with plug-ins. Color correction plug-ins in our non-linear editor.
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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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Watch the Online Video Course 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

Welcome

Hi there! Welcome to Up and Running with Adobe SpeedGrade CC. I'm Patrick Inhofer and in this title, we're going to explore the essential aspects of getting up and running with Adobe's very powerful, dedicated color correction app, SpeedGrade CC. Now color correction is an important finishing step in almost all video or film work flows. Most of us are familiar with plug-ins. Color correction plug-ins in our non-linear editor.

SpeedGrade falls into the category of a dedicated app. Color correction is what it does. SpeedGrade CC is now also part of Adobe's Creative Cloud. Therefore if you are a member of Creative Cloud, you have access to and can download SpeedGrade CC. So if you're new to color correction or stumped by SpeedGrade, then this title is absolutely for you. Now SpeedGrade CC is Adobe's first update for SpeedGrade, and it features a new streamlined interface, and has a ton of new features, which we'll be exploring throughout this title, including some new integration with Adobe Premier Pro CC.

Of course we're going to get you started right off the bat with SpeedGrade's new interface layout and how to get footage and timelines and sequences into SpeedGrade. And then we're going to be jumping into SpeedGrade's Primaries tool set. This is really where you start seeing the speed in the name SpeedGrade, and it features a layer based approach to color correction as well as this nifty, 12-way color corrector that really allows you to make very targeted, very isolated corrections extremely, extremely quickly.

Then of course, we're going to move into Secondary tools such as masks and keys that allow us to fix problems. Focus the eye which allows us to refine our color corrections even more precisely. One of the huge new areas of focus here in SpeedGrade CC is the Shot matching toolset. Things like the snapshot browser, the continuity checker, the shot matcher, a whole host of features that allows to quickly and easily compare and move grades between shots.

And then there is look creation who doesn't love creating looks. Its usually what everybody wants to jump through first. But first we've got to build the foundation before we start talking about looks. I'm also going to spend a little bit of time talking about an important new emerging workflow over the past couple of years, which is working with log recorded footage and raw camera format, and then finally it's off to rendering and sharing. I mean, what's the point of all this work if we can't get it out of SpeedGrade. I'll show you how we can do that. One of the key aspects to get you up and running with Adobe SpeedGrade CC has been taking a project based approach to this training title, where I've provided you with three different scenes from three different types of projects that are representative of the types of projects I frequently encounter and as part of that project based training.

I take the time to explain some colorist lingual. That way when you're working in SpeedGrade and you're working with a director or you're with a DP and they start dropping some common terms on you, you'll know exactly what they're talking about. I do really feel it's important that you not just watch these, but play along with footage as you learn these tools. You'll start developing some muscle memory and start connecting your physical movements with the visual feedback that you'll see on the screen, and that's essential to really internalizing all the things we're talking about here in SpeedGrade CC.

So without further delay, let's get up and running on Adobe SpeedGrade CC. Thank you for joining me, I'm Patrick Inhofer.

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 12/20/2013. 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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