Using playheads to compare shots
Video: Using playheads to compare shotsIn this movie, I want to show you how you can use multiple playheads here inside of Adobe SpeedGrade to quickly and visually match shots together. Now of course every single Timeline inside of Adobe SpeedGrade has a default or master playhead and that's this guy right here with the yellow number 1 on it. However the issue with using a single playhead when it comes time to match shots together is that you can only see an individual shot at any given time. What I mean is that you can scrub through your Timeline and sort of get an idea of the flow of shots, you can also play through the shots of course, but at any given time you can only see one shot or one frame that is underneath the playhead up here in the monitor.
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Using playheads to compare shots
In this movie, I want to show you how you can use multiple playheads here inside of Adobe SpeedGrade to quickly and visually match shots together. Now of course every single Timeline inside of Adobe SpeedGrade has a default or master playhead and that's this guy right here with the yellow number 1 on it. However the issue with using a single playhead when it comes time to match shots together is that you can only see an individual shot at any given time. What I mean is that you can scrub through your Timeline and sort of get an idea of the flow of shots, you can also play through the shots of course, but at any given time you can only see one shot or one frame that is underneath the playhead up here in the monitor.
But by using multiple playheads, you can visually compare multiple places on your Timeline together for purposes of matching shots together. Let me go ahead and show you how this works. First I'm going to come down to my master playhead and simply position it a little earlier in the shot, something like that. And then what I want to do is go ahead and put my mouse over this little icon at the end of the master playhead. When I do that you can see I gat a little sticky here that says, if you hold down the Ctrl or in this case the Command key since I am on a Mac and drag out you can create a new playhead, so that's exactly what I'm going to do. I want to hold down the Command or if you're on a PC the Ctrl key and then drag out from this icon and when I do a new playhead is created.
Now before I let go, I just want to show you as I position this around I can place it on any shot that I want. But I want to make sure that I have the green plus button on the playhead. Don't drag outside of the Timeline or you'll get this red X, which means that you'll be deleting that playhead. So I'm going to go ahead and position this second playhead right about there and let go. Now notice a couple of things. On the actual playhead itself is the number 2, indicating that this is the second playhead, and notice that that number 2 is not yellow like this number one, indicating that this is not a master playhead. This is just a second playhead in this Timeline.
Also up here in the monitor, I now can see both playheads. This is my first playhead or my master playhead, and this is the second playhead right here. I'm going to go ahead and repeat this process once again holding the Command or if you're on a PC the Ctrl key and dragging out to create a third playhead, then I'll do it one more time creating a fourth playhead. Now because I'm on a Mac I'm going to go head use the keyboard shortcut Command+Home key. If you are on the PC you'd use the Ctrl+Home key to snap the image in the monitor back into the viewable area. So up here in my monitor you can now see that I have all four playheads in view.
Now here's the really cool thing. If I come down to my Timeline and drag these playheads, look they all move in tandem with one and other. And if I press the spacebar to begin playback, they also play with one another. Now the reason that they're all moving together is because of these icons at the end of each playhead. This icon looks like a little play button and when all the additional playheads have an icon on them, when you move the playhead or play the playhead, all playheads will move together in tandem. However if you click on the playhead button, until becomes a stop icon, you can reposition it in the individual playhead to a frame that you want.
And this makes it really easy when you want to change the frame that you're using then compare to other shots. If you click the stop button again, it goes back to the play button and once again all of the playheads work in tandem. So once you actually position your playheads on the shots that you want, you can visually compare them. And when I am looking at these four shots I can see that the sky in this one is a little darker than the pinky sky that I have going on these shots, and I want to go ahead and fix that. So to make it change when you're using multiple playheads, simply select the shot that you want to work with in your Timeline, and then you can come down to your layers.
In this case, I want to come to this Primary layer, in which I've applied a mask, and then I'm going to go head and lighten up that sky just a touch. Something like that works pretty well. If you want a larger view of the clips that you're trying to compare, don't forget about the P key. By pressing P you can temporarily hide all the tabs at the bottom of the SpeedGrade interface. And then if you use the Command or Ctrl key if you're on a PC key, plus the Home key, you can snap the clips into a much larger view up here in the monitor, which is nice when you want to compare shots visually. Press P again to reveal the tabs at the bottom of the interface and then of course use the Command or Ctrl key plus the Home key to snap the clips back into the viewable area up here in the monitor.
So once you're done comparing shots you'll probably want to remove the actual playheads that you've added to your SpeedGrade Timeline, and to do that it's pretty easy. Simply come down to the same icon that you dragged from to create the playhead in the first place. Click and then drag off of the SpeedGrade Timeline and when you do you notice that the playhead has a red X on it. Let go to delete or remove the playhead, and simply repeat this process for all the playheads that you wish to remove from your SpeedGrade Timeline. Okay, so that's using multiple playheads inside of Adobe SpeedGrade. I think in your own project you'll find them a very useful way to visually compare shots, so that you can match those shots together.
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