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Using the Snapshot Browser


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Up and Running with SpeedGrade CC

with Patrick Inhofer

Video: Using the Snapshot Browser

One of the most fundamental tasks of any colorist is to match shots. And here in SpeedGrade CC we have several different ways of doing that. In this movie we're going to take a look at the snapshot browser. Which essentially allows us to take a still image of any shot, and then pull it up and compare it to any other shot. To get us going, we're going to pick up with where we left off, with this Chris Jane music video, which is 06_06_Jane_end. And what I want to do is compare this wide shot to the first medium close up. Which is shot number one here.
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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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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

Using the Snapshot Browser

One of the most fundamental tasks of any colorist is to match shots. And here in SpeedGrade CC we have several different ways of doing that. In this movie we're going to take a look at the snapshot browser. Which essentially allows us to take a still image of any shot, and then pull it up and compare it to any other shot. To get us going, we're going to pick up with where we left off, with this Chris Jane music video, which is 06_06_Jane_end. And what I want to do is compare this wide shot to the first medium close up. Which is shot number one here.

And I'm going to double-click on this shot and hit Play so it loops through this shot and I'm looking for a moment when her eyes are looking at camera. I'm going to click the home button here because that is actually a great place to save off a still for comparison. And to save off that still I come over here and I press this little camera icon except I'm not going to press it quite yet because I need to show you first where we're storing these snapshots.

If it isn't already in view which it isn't on my screen right now. Click this little disclosure triangle to show these snapshots browser. The snapshots browser has two different window panes here. One of these is a hierarchal view showing you your folder structure on your hard drive down to where SpeedGrade is going to save your snapshot. And then this little window in here is a snapshot browser. That's going to allow you to see the various snapshots that you've pulled. Now that thing that kind of gets me about this that I'm not particularly pleased with is the default location.

It's kind of buried. It's buried in a documents folder where it's labeled Adobe, then SpeedGrade. Then you've got the SpeedGrade 6 folder, if you've installed a previous version, plus SpeedGrade 7, which is what we're working on now, SpeedGradecc. And buried down into settings and then there's the snapshot subfolder. And if I were to take a snapshot right now by clicking this button, it's now pulled up and dropped this snapshot into this folder. Now I'm not particularly pleased with where this is because it's very difficult to find.

And if you're doing a couple of jobs a week and you're using this one default storage location. You're very quick and you get overwhelmed with snapshots from multiple different jobs. So, I'm going to right-click on this and delete the snapshot. And then click through the Confirm Delete. What I've done is I like to save my snapshots with my Project file, whatever I'm keeping my Project file. I'm going to save it in the Exercise folder, which I've placed on my desktop. So I'm just going to come up here to my desktop, and scroll that down.

And there it is, my Exercise Files folder. And now if I were to save this snapshot, it will save it at the top level of my Exercise files. I don't actually want that, I actually created a Snapshots folder just now. Now I couldn't do this from SpeedGrade (INAUDIBLE) right click. There's nothing that happens there's no way to add a folder here within SpeedGrade. I had to go back out on the Mac to the finder level and you have to do the same thing on a PC and add this folder called snapshots. And in fact since we're working on three different projects, three different timelines.

In this training series, I've created three sub folders, one for each of the different timelines. I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to set a Chris James music video here as my location where I'm going to save that snap shot. Now, I'm going to go up here, press the snap shot and boom there we go. We got this snap shot. I'm going to rename this as CJ MCU. And now, at any time when I'm working on any other shot, I can pull this up and do a comparison. Now you're seeing a comparison of the exact same shot because we are sitting on the frame.

But if I move to a different shot, you can see how these shots update. Alright so now I'm on the wide shot that I want to compare to the MCU. If I decide that I'm happy with this and I don't want to make any further changes. I can make this snapshot go away simply by clicking this blue highlighted button telling me it's active.

And it goes away. If I want to recall this MCU snapshot. The only way to do that is to double click on it. Double click and it pops back up. And then if it wants, if I want it to go away, I make it go away. So lets go ahead, lets call up this view, because besides this side by side view, we've got a couple other views that we could do. I'm going to go ahead and hide the grading panel so we can get a better look at what's going on here. Besides side by side, I have these two other buttons that let me customize how this view looks.

I give you side by side and I can do top and bottom. This is a two way toggle, it just toggles between these two states. In addition to this, I can collapse these and if I want to do a more traditional wipe between my still and my actual video, I can go ahead and do that. I can click this button here on the right. And now it's collapsed the two windows into a single window. And now I have a split screen view. If I want to modify that split screen, I merely have to hold down the Ctrl button, and then just move the mouse.

I don't even have to click down onto the picture, just move the mouse and in fact let me move the wipe, all the way right there, to the left hand side. I'm going to let go of the Ctrl key. I'm going to come here to the right-hand side, and now I'm going to press Crtl and start moving the mouse, and it just jumps to that mouse position. So I can do very easily do quick wipe without actually having to hold down the mouse button. Instead of a vertical wipe like we've got here, if you want to do a horizontal wipe, you just come over to this button on the far right most side, click on it.

And now we've got ourselves a horizontal wipe. Once again, hold down the Ctrl key and it just jumps to where my mouse is and follows me as I wipe up and down. For this particular shot, I like the vertical wipe, and I'm going to go ahead and switch that. Now I am showing you how to do this with the mouse, the keyboard shortcuts or much quicker. On a Mac you can have to hold down the command key on a PC its just calling this buttons up. Cmd F9 on a Mac will switch you to side by side and then to wide mode and then its just a toggle between those two.

On a Mac Cmd+ F11, will swap these between left and right and then if I want to turn off my snap shot view it's Shift +C turns it off. Its going to bring up my grading panel lets say we move back one shot and we want to grab that as a snap shot. Let's see what's a good frame here, maybe something like that. Shift +C grabs the snapshot and puts us into snapshot view. And that's the basics of using snapshots here on SpeedGradeCC.

I find them instrumental, especially if I don't want to be bouncing around the timeline. Snapshots are a perfect way to grab that image to be reused later in the grading session.

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.
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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