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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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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.
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