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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.
One of the big new features here in SpeedGrade CC is the Shot Matcher. And the Shot Matcher allows us to take the grade that we've done on one shot and automatically try to get another shot to match. Now, there are a couple things we need to point out. For instance, if I were going to use the first shot in this sequence here, as the shot I'm going to use as a reference to match two. I've got a couple primary layers here that have a mask attached to them. Masks do not come across when using the Shot Matcher.
That's just something to keep in mind. So what are we going to do? Well, let's take a look at shot number six in this sequence, and I'm using Cmd+right arrow to get to that shot. And, we want to match the drummer to this single of her, where we got this heavy red light form the sign above her head. So we want to get more of that in there, and I'm thinking well, maybe let's use the Shot Matcher and see if the Shot Matcher can put some reds into those highlights. And what I'm going to do now is go into the 2-Up continuity checker by pressing Option+2.
That pulls up the second playhead as we learned in an earlier movie when talking about the continuity checker. And I'm going to take this second playhead and move it here onto this first shot we want to match too. Now, the thing to remember about the Shot Match function is that the playhead that is active, which is in this case is the one with the orange, number one here is the active one, is the one that will get the grade applied to it. So, if I were to come here and click on the number two, it becomes orange.
Now, what's going to happen is if I were to use the Shot Matcher on this shot, it would get applied to this shot, because it is active. But that's not what I want, I'm going to come over to playheadnumber one, make that active. And now this is the shot that will get the grade applied to it over here on the right hand side. I'm going to go ahead and click this button here, which is the Shot Match button. (LAUGH) and then there you go, there's our shot match. clearly it's wrong, we're going to have to fix it. But first, let's take a quick look at what precisely happened.
When I clicked this button, what SpeedGrade CC date is it added a special layer called the Auto Color Match layer. Now, unlike the perimeter control, where I have all of these controls available to me, if I click on the Auto Color Match layer there are no controls. This is very much an under the hood kind of thing. It either works or it doesn't, and in this case, yeah, it did not work. But before we abandon it, all may not be lost. It might just be we need to pick two different frames. So, let me come here to, to this second playhead, press this Play button to unlink play head number two.
And I'm just going to move it up here where I've, I've got fewer shadows, because, what it did is it add a lot of red in the shadows. And then I'm going to come over to playhead number one, and I'm looking for a point when they're looking at. Yeah, right there. When their fac, heads are up, their faces are looking at each other, and I probably have some highlights here that the shot match will work with. I'm going to come down here to this original Auto Color Match layer and delete it. And this time I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+M or Ctrl+M on a PC.
And there we go, we got a much better shot match going on here. This is absolutely looking like I've got the red sign up there, giving me those red highlights here, that was missing when I have the grade turned off here. Also notice, let me turn the grade back on, and you can see this vignette around Chris Jane. I'll turn this off. Turn it back on. Notice there is no vignette around the drummer and the keyboard player, because that does not get copied across. And that in a nutshell is the shot match function here in SpeedGrade CC.
As you saw, it doesn't necessarily work every time. But when it fails all may not be lost, and you may be able to recover by f, by selecting slightly different frames that will give you a different shot match result. So give it a shot, play with it a little bit. it will work sometimes, it won't work sometimes. But it's good to know you've got it there when you have move real quick and move from shot to shot to shot to shot.
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