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An overview of the interface

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Video: An overview of the interface

In this movie, I want to start out by launching Adobe SpeedGrade so I can give you a quick tour of the user interface. In later movies in this chapter we'll break down specific UI elements in more detail, but as I said for right now, I just want to go ahead and launch the application and give you a quick tour. Since I am on a Mac I am going to come down to my dock here and click on SpeedGrade icon to launch the application. And just a second Adobe SpeedGrade opens up and what should've notice is that it opens really, really fast and I love this about Adobe SpeedGrade. Next notice that the user interface is not really maximize to it's full potential. I mean sure, I can come down here and hide my dock or come up here and click on the plus button to maximize the interface.

An overview of the interface

In this movie, I want to start out by launching Adobe SpeedGrade so I can give you a quick tour of the user interface. In later movies in this chapter we'll break down specific UI elements in more detail, but as I said for right now, I just want to go ahead and launch the application and give you a quick tour. Since I am on a Mac I am going to come down to my dock here and click on SpeedGrade icon to launch the application. And just a second Adobe SpeedGrade opens up and what should've notice is that it opens really, really fast and I love this about Adobe SpeedGrade. Next notice that the user interface is not really maximize to it's full potential. I mean sure, I can come down here and hide my dock or come up here and click on the plus button to maximize the interface.

But I want you to learn a great keyboard shortcut and that's F on the keyboard; F toggles Adobe SpeedGrade into Full Screen mode. Let me show you how it works. I'll go ahead and press F and here I am in Full Screen mode. Now again, because I am on Mac notice that dock has disappeared. Also, take a look at the top of the user interface. I no longer have a Menu bar. If I press F, I can toggle out of Full Screen mode, and if you're in Full Screen mode at any time if you place your cursor at the very top of interface, you can once again reveal the Menu bar. Now I really love working in Full Screen mode and I'll be working in Full Screen mode throughout this title.

And the reason I love it is because it allows me to be to focus on Adobe SpeedGrade, and when I am focused I can grade and work faster. Next, the most dominant thing here at the top of user interface is the Desktop view, and a good way to think about the Desktop view is it's simply a way to navigate to various files and folders and even drives that are attached to your system. In the later movie in this chapter we'll talk about the Desktop view in more detail, but for right now what I want you to do on any one of these Desktop tabs here is click on the Desktop right here and then to Exercise Files. Over here in the main part of the Desktop view, I am viewing the contents of this folder.

Now if I scroll down a little bit, you'll notice that I have some clips here, as well as if I scroll up, actual Adobe SpeedGrade or .ircp project files. If you're following along with the exercise files and you don't see all the same files that I have here in the main Desktop view when you have the Exercise Files folders selected here in the file tree, make sure you come to this menu right here and choose the option Sequences from folder + subtree. This just ensures that any sub folders that are in the directory that you have selected are also viewable here in the main area of the Desktop view.

For right now lets go ahead and click this plus button to launch this first project file called 01_01_interface.ircp, and when I do that down here, this my Timeline I now have some clips that are populated in that Timeline. Now how do I actually view the Timeline? Well, that's simple. You can simply click on the Monitor button right here to switch over to your Monitor views, so you can actually view your clips. Another choice that you have by the way, if you're in Desktop view, is to simply use the keyboard shortcut D. D toggles between the Desktop view and the Monitor.

So there is the Monitor and if I press D again, I am back to my Desktop view. Again we'll talk more about the Monitor and the Desktop view in later movies in this chapter. Now the first thing that you'll notice about the image here in the Monitor is that it's really, really big. It looks like it's been zoomed in a million percent. This is normal behavior of Adobe SpeedGrade. Don't worry about it. What you can do is you can come down here and click on this button right here to Zoom to fit, that means that the image will be fit to the viewable area of the Monitor. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Home or Command+Home key.

Down here in the middle of the interface, as I mentioned, is my timeline and right here I have traditional Play, Rewind and Transport controls. I have some buttons right here for toggling scopes on and off and then down here is the actual Timeline itself. Now the most distinguishing thing about the timeline that I want to talk about right now is how you actually move the playhead, because this is a gotcha for a lot of new users to Adobe SpeedGrade. In many editorial tools you're use to simply clicking here at time code rule, to navigate your playhead, and you can actually do that inside of Adobe SpeedGrade as well.

But what you can't do is click and drag the playhead. That's because the playhead is not up here. It's down below the clips; this guy right here. This is my playhead and right now notice it has the number 1 on it, that's because it's the first playhead. We can actually have multiple playheads inside of the Adobe SpeedGrade. And in a later movie in this title I'll talk about using multiple playheads for purposes of scene-to-scene color correction. So if you click on the playhead you can click and drag through your clips. At the bottom of interface you'll notice that I have several tabs.

The first is the Timeline tab, and on the Timeline tab I can do things like configure my setup, I can view different reels, I can be really geeky and work with color space controls. On the Clip tab, this is where I can control the aspect ratio of a clip, as well as several other parameters. On the Look tab this is where most of the magic inside of the Adobe SpeedGrade happens. Here on the left, I have my Layers palette and this is where I can work to add corrections and create looks on my footage. The Mask tab allows me to create geometric shapes for purposes of isolating corrections.

The Annotations tab is actually kind of neat, what this allows me to do is leave notes or markers to myself as I am working on a project, and I find the Annoations inside of Adobe SpeedGrade to be particularly useful when you're working on long form projects. If I was working on a Stereo 3D Project, this tab would become available. So with the Audio tab, if I had audio my project, and if I had done any pan and scan on a particular clip, the Pan and Scan tab would become available. Now there are a few more tabs that I want you to show you and I where I founds those tab is on the upper right-hand corner of the interface. Right up here.

Let's start out with this one called Settings. On the Settings tab, you have a plethora of preferences and control's that you can use to setup Adobe SpeedGrade. Here on the Output tab this is how you control how your render footage out of Adobe SpeedGrade, and later in this title we'll talk about using Output tab here to render out footage from SpeedGrade, and after you have rendered, you can view the results of those renders here on the Render Result tab. Now that's a super quick tour of Adobe SpeedGrades interface. Now if it seems like I skipped over a whole lot.

Well, yeah I did. Throughout the rest of this chapter and indeed throughout the rest of this title, we'll explore in more detail various controls and buttons that we have inside of Adobe SpeedGrade, so you can become even more comfortable with the user interface.

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