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Using the Output tab

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In this movie, I want to talk about the essential aspects of rendering footage from Adobe SpeedGrade. Here, in this project, I have a Timeline that I've already gone ahead and graded. Let me go ahead and scrub through the shots here so you can see what I've done. I'm pretty happy with the way that the shots look. So the next step is to render the footage out of SpeedGrade, and the way that I do that is by coming up here to the Output tab at the top SpeedGrade interface. So the Output tab is pretty simple looking, yet at the same time it's pretty deep and I just want to make a point of that. In this movie, we're not going to talk about all the parameters that you can find here on the Output tap.

Using the Output tab

In this movie, I want to talk about the essential aspects of rendering footage from Adobe SpeedGrade. Here, in this project, I have a Timeline that I've already gone ahead and graded. Let me go ahead and scrub through the shots here so you can see what I've done. I'm pretty happy with the way that the shots look. So the next step is to render the footage out of SpeedGrade, and the way that I do that is by coming up here to the Output tab at the top SpeedGrade interface. So the Output tab is pretty simple looking, yet at the same time it's pretty deep and I just want to make a point of that. In this movie, we're not going to talk about all the parameters that you can find here on the Output tap.

But in your own workflows you may need to tab some of the advanced options that you can find here on the Output tab for different types of renders that you might need to make. So the Output tab is broken down into three main sections; the Output section right here at the top of the Output tab, the Framing section here in the middle, then finally, the Render section at the bottom of the Output tab. Let's start up here in the Output Section. So the first thing that you need to do to configure this render is to tell Adobe SpeedGrade where you actually want the render to. And, you do that right here in the folder area. By default you'll be rendering out to your desktop, but if you click this button right here, you can choose other locations.

So for example, if I choose my Macintosh HD, I click again and choose my Users folder, I click again, I'll choose this user, and then I'll click one more time and I'll choose my Movies folder. And you can see the file path of where you rendering right here. Now actually in this case I'm fine rendering through the desktop. So I'm simply going to click this back button a few times to delete those other locations. Next, you can choose what your file name is. Now this is something that's kind of important. By default Adobe SpeedGrade will try to render out your entire Timeline, which is useful, but it renders out entire Timeline as one self-contained file.

And if you are in a Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade workflow, this is the primary way that you want to render footage back out of Adobe SpeedGrade so you can import a self-contained file back into Adobe Premiere Pro. With that said, you don't have to render a single self-contained file. For example, if you come in and click this M button right here. You have several options that you can use for how files are going to be rendered. And using the source options for example, such as this one right here, source and filename, when you render out, what you'll do is you'll render out each clip, the source, as a different movie file on disk.

And this is nice especially if you go in and say a daily's workflow, but it doesn't work so well when you're trying to get footage back to your editorial applications such as Adobe Premiere Pro. Again in that case, you'll probably want to render out a self-contained file, but it is nice to know that you can render out individual clips. And, in future versions of Adobe SpeedGrade, I'm hoping that the round-trip workflow improves so, that we can actually render out individual clips and then simply pass off an XML file, for example, back to Adobe Premiere Pro and all those individual clips will be reconfirmed back in Premier Pro correctly.

But for right now, what I want to do is simply click on the source file name right here and then click X to remove this type of render. Okay, so let me click back when it says Enter Filename and let me go ahead and call this file GUITAR SEQUENCE. Next, down here in the Format & Options area, you have a lot of advanced options. We're not going to talk about these in this movie. However, I do want to focus on two options that are available here. First is this pull down menu. Here, you can choose from different presets that you have in your system. But if you go ahead and click this other button a new dialog window will pop open.

In this window, what I can do is configure an output preset for various formats including Image Sequences, Quick Time, Native Move and IHSS. Let me go ahead and click back right here what it says QuickTime. What I actually want to do in this movie is I want to output a QuickTime file using the photo JPEG codec. Now you might be thinking to yourself Rob, why photo JPEG? Well, it's not because, of its high image quality. It's simply because, photo JPEG is a cross-platform codec that plays back on pretty much any system, and to do that I'm going to click here in the video section, where it says Animation and then, scroll down toward it says Photo JPEG, this option right here.

Next, what I want to do is change my frame rate to match the footage that I'm using in this Adobe SpeedGrade Timeline. So let me click here and type in 23.976. Next, in the Video Quality section, let me change my quality from Normal to Maximum to render out the maximum quality file. None of my footage actually has any audio in this SpeedGrade Timeline. So I'm going to click here and uncheck Enable audio. In the Time Code section I'm going to check both these options: Add the time code track, as well as to display time code in the QuickTime player.

The last thing that I need to do is actually save a name for this preset. So the way I'm going to do that is by simply clicking here what says enter name for this preset, and then let me go ahead and type in PHOTO JPEG RENDER, and then I'll go ahead and click Save. After I saved my own preset what I want you to notice here in this menu, it appears as a preset on my system. And this is a great way to access presets that you want to use over and over again. Next, down one here in the framing area, we have a few options that we can configure.

First you can choose to render out the Full Image at it's full resolution, or you can render at lower resolutions which is nice when you want to do just quick test renders. Here, with this menu you can choose to change the aspect ratio of the render clip. And then, finally with this menu you can choose to render to a different resolution of your choosing. So for example you can render this 1080 footage out at 720, 540, you can even render out to the iPad if you want. But the interesting thing is when you choose a different size like this NTSC Video option, these options right down here underneath the menus become available, and these options allow you to configure how you're framing the shot within the video frame.

So for example, are you doing a center card, letterbox, and so on, and so forth. I actually want to render this file at a full resolution without changing its aspect ratio or its framing at all. So I'm going click back in this menu and choose same as proxy. Finally, down here in the render area you have two different options that you can choose from: Online Quality which is the option that you should choose most of the time, or you can choose Offline Quality if you're in a super rush. I'm going to make sure that it choose Online Quality. So let me go ahead and click Render and we'll come back when the render is done. Okay so, the render is done and you might have noticed as it was rendering, there were some icons right here on the interface.

And these just give you some performance stats of the render. So once the render is done, you can simply click over to the Render Result tab and then you can navigate to where you rendered to view the actual rendered file. It's worth noting though, that this area is pretty much the exact same thing as the regular Desktop view. You can even bring this file back into your SpeedGrade project. Okay so, that's little more about rendering. Next up in this chapter, we'll discuss bringing the rendered file that we created back into Adobe Premiere Pro, so we can integrate it with things like titles and audio, and so on.

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