Edit Decision Lists (EDLs) are metadata documents used to migrate project timelines from editing tools like Adobe Premiere Pro to post-production tools like SpeedGrade.
Tip: Before starting, place the source clips and the EDL file in a single folder. This organization makes the process quicker and more efficient.
- In SpeedGrade, select the folder containing the EDL file with the file browser in the upper-left corner of the user interface.
- Double-click the EDL file to load it.
Tip: If you have too many thumbnails, you can filter them for EDL files by selecting the EDL option from the All Files menu in the upper-right corner.
SpeedGrade places placeholder thumbnails in the video track and in the Reels panel. The Reels panel is on the Timeline tab on the lower left of the screen.
The Reels panel gives an overview of the reels in an EDL. When loading an EDL, SpeedGrade inserts placeholder thumbnails of the source clips in the Reels panel. Reconnect the source clips to the placeholder thumbnails in the Reels panel as follows.
When color grading a sequence, work in a non-destructive grading clip associated with the video clips in the sequence. Don't grade the video clips directly. The grading clip can be saved, moved, and applied to multiple video clips. Grading clips are managed in the Timeline in a grading track above the video track.
To create a grading clip, click the Setup button on the Timeline tab and do one of the following:
- Select a grading clip in the Timeline, not a video clip.
- Apply color grades to the selected grading clip. For more information on grading, see Color grade a clip.
The grade is applied to all the video clips sharing the grading clip.
Tip: Compare video clips for shot-to-shot color matching by using multiple playheads. For details, see Compare shots with multiple playheads.
- Click the Output tab in the upper-right corner to open the Metadata Render Engine.
- Click the Desktop menu and select a destination folder.
- Assign a name to the rendered file in the File Name text box.
- In Format & Options, select an output file format for the render.
- Click Online Quality in the Render tab.
- Click Render.