Four Ways to Load Footage in SpeedGrade

Last time we looked at the SpeedGrade Desktop. This week, let’s look at how to get your content onto the Timeline where you can work on it.

Patrick Palmer, Product Manager for SpeedGrade has created a video which shows how this is done.

There are four ways to get your footage into SpeedGrade. The most automated way to do this is to use the Send to SpeedGrade command in Premiere Pro. The most flexible way is to load an Edit Decision List (EDL) and conform your clips. This allows you to update, or swap out, individual clips, for example. You can also load an existing SpeedGrade project ( an .ircp file). The most manual way, is to add individual clips to the Timeline one-by-one.

Send to SpeedGrade
In Premiere Pro, you can use the Send to SpeedGrade command to render out DPX sequences and send the completed project into SpeedGrade for grading and finishing. When you do this the project opens automatically in SpeedGrade.

The Send to SpeedGrade command in Premiere Pro

The Send to SpeedGrade command in Premiere Pro

This is simple to use, but since it creates DPX frames, Send to SpeedGrade is most suitable for shorter projects when you have picture lock and are ready for finishing.

Loading Individual Clips
To add a clip, open the Desktop, either by launching SpeedGrade, or by pressing D on your keyboard if the application is already running. Check our previous post Meet the SpeedGrade Desktop for more tips and tricks on finding and sorting your media.

Double-click on a clip to add it to the Timeline. Simple as that.

To add a second clip, double-click on it. It will appear on the Timeline after the previous clip, or clips. If you want to insert the new clips before another one, or between two clips that are already on the Timeline, simply drag it into place. A highlighted red line will appear once you’re at the right position.

Note: drag and drop on the SpeedGrade Timeline is pretty powerful, so if you drop a clip in the wrong place, or accidentally create a second Timeline, just undo (CTL+Z or CMD+Z) and try again.

Double-click a clip to add it to the Timeline. Or you can click the + button. Or you can drag-and-drop it onto the Timeline. Your choice.

Double-click a clip to add it to the Timeline. Or you can click the + button. Or you can drag-and-drop it onto the Timeline. Your choice.

Loading Multiple Sequences at once
If you want to add all of the contents of a folder from the Desktop, click Add All (at the bottom of the Desktop pane). This places all files onto the Timeline in the same order in which they appeared on the Desktop.

Tip: If you want to delete the current timeline, click on the “x” icon, and then confirm in the dialog box.

Load an EDL
You load an EDL the same way as you load a clip, by double-clicking on the file. You can do this with any CMX 3600 EDL. Export the EDL from Premiere Pro (or another NLE, if you really must) and then locate the EDL via the SpeedGrade Desktop.

To create an EDL in Premiere Pro, select a sequence, choose File > Export > EDL, give the EDL a title and then click OK to export the EDL to your hard drive.

Once it is on the Timeline in SpeedGrade, the EDL is like an empty shell, waiting for the clips. It shows where the cuts are, but there are no contents yet. The next step is to load the reels (clips) which you do in the Reels pane under the Timeline tab.

After you add an EDL to the Timeline, click on Load from Desktop to link the clips in one fell swoop (also known as "conforming").

After you add an EDL to the Timeline, click on Load from Desktop to link the clips in one fell swoop (also known as doing a conform).

In the Desktop, navigate to the folder containing your clips (unless it is the same folder). Then click on Load from Desktop; the reels load automatically.

This is what an EDL looks like with the reels (clips) loaded.

This is what an EDL looks like with the reels (clips) loaded.

Update (December 12, 2012): detailed article on the EDL workflow from Adobe Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade CS6.

Load a SpeedGrade project

You can also load existing SpeedGrade projects by double-clicking on the .ircp file. This loads the whole Timeline and all your grading, masks, keyframes etc.

Load a project, including all color settings, masks, and keyframing, by double-clicking on the .ircp file.

Load a project, including all color settings, masks, and keyframing, by double-clicking on the .ircp file.

That about covers the matter of getting your content into SpeedGrade. Next week we’ll take a look at the SpeedGrade color correction toolset.

Want more? 
Check out Colin Smith’s popular walk-through of SpeedGrade CS6.
Download the free SpeedGrade CS6 30-day trial.
For help, or any technical questions, visit the SpeedGrade user forums.

2 Responses to Four Ways to Load Footage in SpeedGrade

  1. Riza says:

    How can send to SpeedGrade as DPX take care of fades? As far as I can see it doesn’t create in/out handles for grading them separately? This makes grading programme that has fade effects impossible and wipe effects very difficult.