Super-Easy EDL Workflow in SpeedGrade
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.
We’ve written about how to get content into SpeedGrade, and have described the EDL Conform process in previous posts, but SpeedGrade has one more EDL trick up its sleeve that I think many of you will love. This one is about as easy as it gets.
Here’s how you do super-easy EDL export from Adobe Premiere Pro into SpeedGrade:
1. Render out your edited content in Premiere Pro as a single flat clip. You could use a format such as DNxHD in a QuickTime wrapper, or any another QuickTime format.
2. Still in Premiere Pro, export the EDL for the project (File>Export>EDL)
3. Now move over to SpeedGrade and load the clip.
4. In the SpeedGrade Desktop (the SpeedGrade media browser) locate the EDL.
5. Drag the EDL onto the timeline and … presto! … all your cuts are added!
When you are finished grading, render out the project as individual clips, or as a one big clip. You can open the graded content in Premiere Pro or After Effects (for example, if you want to add titling), or you send it to Media Encoder or Encore to create your deliverables.
What if I don’t have an EDL?
I’m glad you asked that, because SpeedGrade has yet another great tool to help you with longer pieces, such as archived material. No EDL? No worries! You can still to flag your cuts with our awesome Automatic Scene Detection tool.
We’ll cover that workflow in an upcoming blog – but if you want to start playing with this SpeedGrade power feature, you’ll find the Scene Change Detect button on the right side of the Setup pane in the Timeline panel.
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Happy color grading, everyone!