Join Todd Kopriva for an in-depth discussion in this video Exporting to SpeedGrade, part of Premiere Pro CS6 New Features Overview.
Adobe SpeedGrade is a color grading application included with CS6 Production Premium, CS6 Master Collection, and Creative Cloud. In this video, we'll see how to send a sequence from Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade for color grading. Let's begin by opening a project. Click Open Project, and in the Assets SpeedGrade folder, choose Bike Race Project. Now, let's do a quick preview of this sequence, just to see what we have.
Three, two, one, go. (music playing) Well, as we can see, there's a lot of snow in these shots so it must be cold outside. But from the warm yellows and oranges in many of the shots, it also looks a little bit too warm. So, we don't want these contradictions. One of the things that we could do is push the colors more toward blue to make the entire sequence feel more cold. We'll send the sequence to SpeedGrade through that push toward blue. With the sequence selected in the program panel, choose File > Send to Adobe SpeedGrade.
Premiere Pro asks where we want to store the SpeedGrade Project, which has the file name extension.ircp. We'll put it in the SpeedGrade Interchange folder. Click Save. Right now, Premiere Pro is transcoding the footage to DPX image sequences, and then SpeedGrade opens automatically. Once SpeedGrade is open, we can navigate in the browser here to find out project. One thing you'll notice is that we don't have very much room to work with here in this interface.
That's because for this training, I'm recording on a very small monitor compared to the large monitor that is preferred for SpeedGrade. The minimum system requirements for SpeedGrade require a monitor of 1680x1050 pixels and recommended is 1920x1080 or greater. Here is our project. Drag it down to this timeline area in the middle, add the sequence to a timeline. Click the Monitor tab to show the sequence in the monitor. The first frame of the sequence is black, so let's move the Current Time Indicator to another frame so that we can see something.
Again, notice that because of our small screen, we don't really have enough room for the monitor. But we can see enough to make some color corrections for now. To create a Grading layer, we drag the Grading Icon on top of the timeline. Let go, and a Grading layer is created. I'll select a grade, then click the Look tab. Then notice that we can't really see our color wheels either for the same reason of compressed UI on this small display. So, I'll have to scroll to see my Offset, Gamma, and Gain color wheels. And we currently have overall selected.
So, we'll just push the overall offset toward blue by dragging the central point toward blue. I'll do it in quite an exaggerated way so that we can really see the result. There, that's a simple rather exaggerated grade. So, now that we have a look we can output by clicking Output, specifying a location, we'll put things in the Output Files directory.
Choosing a format, I'll stick with DPX. Choosing Online Quality for the highest quality, and then clicking Render. So, that's a quick tour of SpeedGrade, specifically how to send a sequence from Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade. For color grading, SpeedGrade is a very deep application, and we won't be covering it in this training which is about the new features in Premiere Pro. And now that SpeedGrade has finished rendering this output to a DPX image sequence, we can bring that DPX image sequence back into Premiere Pro for further work into After Effects, into Adobe Media Encoder, or into any application that reads DPX image sequences.
- User interface improvements
- Importing and sequence setup improvements
- Editing improvements
- Effect improvements
- Performance improvements
- Audio improvements
- Exporting improvements
- Miscellaneous new and removed features