Quickstart: Color grade a sequence

The workflow for color grading a sequence consists of the following steps:

Load an EDL

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.

  1. In SpeedGrade, select the folder containing the EDL file with the file browser in the upper-left corner of the user interface.
  2. 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.

Reconnect the source clips in the reels

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.

  1. If not already done, display the source clips on the Desktop window by selecting the folder containing the source clips.

  2. Filter the thumbnails for the media type of the source clips. Example: QuickTime movies.

  3. Click the Timeline tab and then click the Reels panel to view the source clip placeholders.

  4. Reconnect the source clips to the thumbnails by clicking Load from Desktop. SpeedGrade reconnects the source clips on the Desktop and the video track.

    Load from desktop button

Create a grading clip

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:

  1. To create a series of grading clips in the grading track, click the Extract Grade Clips button in the third column of the Setup window.

    Extract Grade Clips button
  1. To create a grading clip for a single video clip, drag the Grading Clip tool into the grading track above the target clip.

    Grading Clip tool
  1. To add grading clips for all the video clips in the video track, drag the Grading Clip tool on a video clip in the video track.

Apply color grades to a grading clip

  1. Select a grading clip in the Timeline, not a video clip.
  2. 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.

Apply a grading clip to additional video clips

You can apply a single look to additional video clips on the Timeline.

  1. Drag the Grading Clip tool from the Timeline tab into the grading track above a video clip.

  2. Drag the right side of a grading clip to cover multiple clips.

    Drag grading clip

    Grades in the grading clip are applied to any video clips below it.

Render a graded sequence

  1. Click the Output tab in the upper-right corner to open the Metadata Render Engine.
  2. Click the Desktop menu and select a destination folder.
  3. Assign a name to the rendered file in the File Name text box.
  4. In Format & Options, select an output file format for the render.
  5. Click Online Quality in the Render tab.
  6. Click Render.