Advanced Color Grading in Adobe SpeedGrade CC and Premiere Pro CC
Color grading fuels emotion into your visual productions. This course is designed to build on to your Adobe Premiere Pro CC knowledge by furthering your color grading capabilities inside of SpeedGrade CC. Software required: Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 or later, Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2015 or later.
What you'll learn
Have you ever wondered how to inject more emotion into your video productions as an editor? If so, Advanced Color Grading in Adobe SpeedGrade CC and Premiere Pro CC is the perfect course for you. In this advanced course you will go beyond the fundamentals of video editing by learning how to isolate color into primary and secondary layers for pixel-perfect tone correction. This will allow you to create powerfully effective imagery that cannot be done inside of Premiere Pro alone. First, you will learn how to properly analyze, monitor, and easily manipulate color inside of your Premiere Pro video edits to successfully produce broadcast friendly content that can be aired on television. Next, you will leverage the power of LUT (look up table) files inside of Premiere Pro CC (2015) and carry that information over to Adobe SpeedGrade by using the power of Adobe's Direct Link inside of the Creative Cloud platform. This will allow you to perform complex color corrections in seconds. Finally, you will understand how to process R3D (REDCAM) and RAW video footage inside of SpeedGrade by using EDL files, IRCP files, and Direct Link from Premiere Pro for optimal pixel perfect color flexibility. When you're finished with this color correction and grading course, you'll not only know how to create the popular "Pleasantville effect" with objects in your video content, but also how to manipulate the color of moving objects by performing auto-tracking with masks around your subjects. Software required: Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 or later, Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2015 or later.
Table of contents
- Introduction 1m
- Color Correction vs. Color Grading 3m
- Identifying Color Correction Opportunities 2m
- The Client Scenario 1m
- Exploring Client Assets with the Luma Waveform Scope 5m
- Monitoring Broadcast Safe Zones with the Vectorscope 2m
- Analyzing Color Balance on a Shot 2m
- Leveraging Look up Tables for Color Correction 2m
- LUTs in Action 4m
- Color Balancing Workflow in Premiere Pro CC 7m
- Using RGB Waveforms to Validate Color 5m
- Working with Color Wheels and Gray Backdrop Analysis 9m
- Crucial Dynamic Setting Adjustments for REDCAM Footage 7m
- How to Use Grading Sliders and Advanced Color Controls 4m
- Understanding Pass-thru Layer Stacking 5m
- Performing Effective Primary Layer Multi-stacking 6m
- Walk-thru Color Grading Pass on RAW R3D Footage 9m
- Effective Secondary Layer Grading 1m
- Color Isolation Using a Secondary Layer 7m
- Using Multi-layered Mask to Isolate a Subject 7m
- Flower Pedal Manipulation Using Secondary Layer 9m
- Enhancing a Blue Sky 4m
- Guided Point of Focus Using Multi-layered Grading Mask 5m
- Mask Auto-tracking a Moving Subject 9m
Adobe SpeedGrade is a color grading application that allows you to perform advanced color correction, mastering, and design for digital video projects.
Some of the major advantages of using SpeedGrade include:
- More visual consistency in your projects
- More aesthetically compelling projects
- Advanced set of tools for full control of color grading
Color grading is the process of manipulating various attributes of an image or video such as color, contrast, saturation, hue, etc. to improve the overall appearance and/or achieve a specific look and feel.
This course will teach you advanced color grading capabilities in SpeedGrade and Premiere Pro. Topics covered include:
- Color grading vs color correction
- Levaraging LUT (look up tables)
- Using RGB Waveforms to validate color
- Direct linking to SpeedGrade
- Handling RAW R3D footage workflows
- Color grading with primary layer stacks in SpeedGrade
- Effective secondary layer grading
- Auto shot match and applying look layers in SpeedGrade
- Render settings and name automation
- Much more
This course is for anyone who wants to learn color grading skills through Adobe SpeedGrade and Premiere Pro! Editors, filmmakers, colorists, and VFX artists will find this course especially useful.
This is an advanced level course, and as such it assumes you have a solid understanding of Adobe Premiere Pro beforehand. Some experience with SpeedGrade will also be helpful, but is not as critical.
These tutorials are based on Adobe Premiere Pro 2015 and Adobe SpeedGrade 2015, so it would be best to have those versions or newer. But the principles taught should apply well to most available versions.