SpeedGrade CC 7.1 introduced Direct Link, a new type of integration which connects the editing and color grading workflows. We wanted to explain what Direct Link is, how it works, and how to get the most out of this cool new feature.
Direct Link vs. Dynamic Link
With Direct Link, the whole Premiere Pro project (.pproj) can be opened in SpeedGrade. No file conversions or XML-based translations are involved; you get the complete native Premiere Pro timeline, except that it’s in SpeedGrade.
Dynamic Link works between two applications running in parallel on the same machine (and sharing the same memory). Dynamic Link is great for doing work on specific clips. You get immediate feedback and can make changes on the fly moving back and forth between After Effects and Premiere Pro while you perfect a composition within your editing project.
Color grading is rarely done this way. Although you may do several color grading passes over the course of your postproduction workflow, color work is generally done on a whole project, for example to match shots to each other or apply creative looks across scenes or an entire project. Continue reading…
Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s start off 2013 by taking a look at Looks.
SpeedGrade CS6 ships with four collections of .Look file presets which you can use right out of the box (so to speak), or as a starting point for building your own looks. The four sets are called Cinematic, Desaturation, Style, and Temperature. Each of the folders includes eight Looks, for a total of 32.
The SpeedGrade Look presets, along with any new Looks you create yourself, are displayed in the Look browser at the bottom of the Look panel. After loading content, close the Desktop (D) and click on the Look tab to open the Look panel. Continue reading…
The Send to SpeedGrade command in Adobe Premiere Pro provided a great DPX finishing workflow with SpeedGrade CS6. We covered that in an earlier post called Four ways to load footage in SpeedGrade CS6. The DPX route is great for short projects, or if you have lots of horsepower (and lots of storage for all those DPX frames), but for some scenarios an EDL workflow will make more sense.
In this post we’re going to look at how to get an Edit Decision List (EDL) out of Premiere Pro and into SpeedGrade. Rather than creating a whole new set of files, this approach allows you to load your cuts and “conform” your source material on the SpeedGrade timeline. This is often the fastest way to get a project into SpeedGrade CS6 or SpeedGrade CC.
Update (October 31, 2013): With the release of SpeedGrade CC 7.1, you also have the option of using Direct Link to bring Premiere Pro projects into SpeedGrade. While that will be a preferred workflow for many scenarios, EDL workflows are still fully supported in SpeedGrade CC and SpeedGrade CS6.