Adobe SpeedGrade CS6 has been on the market for a mere seven months and the big names have already created some great online training resources. In this post I will give you an overview of the courses offered by fxphd, Lynda.com, and Video2Brain. All are well done, and are reasonably priced – and we are big fans of all three presenters!
First out of the gate on June 21, 2012 June was Video2Brain, who published Getting Started with SpeedGrade CS6. Here’s how they describe the course:
SpeedGrade is a color grading and finishing tool that lets video editors control color and light for any type of content, and it is now part of the Adobe Creative Suite. In this workshop filmmaker and author Chad Perkins teaches you the basics of this powerful software. You’ll learn how to perform a basic color grade, create looks, mask footage, apply grades to multiple clips, and much more. You’ll also see how SpeedGrade fits into your overall post-production workflow.
Getting Started with SpeedGrade CS6 includes 30 lessons, clocking in with a total of 2 hours and 10 minutes of footage. The course includes some cool sample projects (“Hollywood Blockbuster” and “Horror Movie) to give you and idea of how creative look design can be approached in different ways. The cost, including project files is $34.99 – or via a monthly subscription to Video2Brain.
fxphd fast forward
The next online course to arrive on the scene (August 15, 2012) was SpeedGrade CS6 Fundamentals in the fxphd fast forward training series.
SpeedGrade CS6 Fundamentals will quickly get you up to speed on how to more effectively use the new grading software from Adobe. Taught by Joost van der Hoeven, this all-new course contains over three and a half hours of training covering the fundamentals you need to know to get most out of this new release. This course is intended for users who are new to SpeedGrade or even a dedicated color grading program in general. While it is targeted towards editors and effects artists using the Production Premium bundle, the course will help get anyone quickly up to speed.
SpeedGrade CS6 Fundamentals is broken down into 10 lessons, generally around 30 minutes each. The cost, including project files, is $99. You can also get this course through an fxphd subscription.
We knew Lynda would come through, and they did! Up and Running with SpeedGrade, was released on October 2, 2012.
In this course, professional colorist Robbie Carman guides colorists and video editors through this new dedicated color correction application. The course walks through the interface, and then shows how to import footage and start making primary and secondary color corrections. Discover how to use masking and create and apply looks for maximum impact. The final chapters show how to make sure your corrections match shot to shot, and how to render your final output.
Up and Running with SpeedGrade includes six chapters with 24 lessons, and a total running time of 2 hours and 43 minutes. Monthly subscriptions to Lynda.com start at $25, but you will need a premium subscription ($37.50 per month) to be able download the project files. Of course the membership includes access to all of the Lynda.com training content. A seven-day trial membership is available.
How to choose?
Each of these courses includes free introductory videos to give you an idea of which one might be the best fit for you.
We on the SpeedGrade team want to send out a big “Thank You!” to fxphd, Lynda.com, and Video2Brain for creating these wonderful courses and helping so many of our users make the move to color grading with Adobe SpeedGrade CS6.