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November 11, 2013 /Tutorial /

Using Direct Link with Color Presets

This week I wanted to share a video created by reTooled, showing how to work with look presets in both Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade using the new Direct Link integration.

I spoke with Josh Weiss about reTooled and the color presets they have created for Adobe Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade.

What is retooled? is a website dedicated to tutorials in editing, design, compositing, and of course color correction. We also offer tools that are intended to make common editorial tasks easier. 
One of these is Color reTooled, which is a set of color presets that editors can use to apply color grades to their footage.

What gave you the idea to create color presets for Adobe Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade?

I took one look at the Lumetri engine in Premiere Pro and immediately saw a cottage industry being formed around this new power where editors could apply grades with drag and drop simplicity. So we created our presets right away. 
Now with Direct Link to SpeedGrade, it is even easier to create and edit looks for Premiere Pro because its as simple as one click to go between the two applications.

Josh Weiss of

Josh Weiss of

Where do you get the ideas for the looks of your presets?

When you are in editorial mode, you don’t want to break the flow of editing to get into complicated color correction. That said, you also want your footage to look good and not have the quality take away from your edit. So I started with simple percentage based features like brightness, contrast, and vignettes. These could be added to your footage with a simple double click and you could keep working. The Lumetri engine also allows the editor to stack presets so they can add a brightness, a contrast, and a vignette preset all at once. At the same time, we didn’t want the presets to be purely utility based, so our next task was to create a bunch of creative looks including monochrome, tints, blurs, and vintage looks.

What advice do you have for video editors who want to get more into color grading?

My first piece of advice is to start simple. Figure out how to do a basic primary correction by adjusting luminance values. Figure out how to set a good black point and white point and don’t get too caught up in “looks” right off the bat. Keep it basic and don’t overdo it.

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