Quickstart: Color grade a clip

To load an EDL and color grade a sequence, see Color grade a sequence.

Select a clip

  1. In SpeedGrade, select a folder that contains video clips using the file browser in the upper-left corner of the user interface.

    The Desktop window shows thumbnail versions of the content in the selected folder.


    To filter the thumbnails by file type, select All Files in the upper-right corner and then select a file type.

  2. Place a clip on the Timeline by double-clicking it on the Desktop.

  3. Click the Monitor Tab in the upper-left corner to view the image.


    The default display size is 100%. To fit the image in the monitor window, click the Zoom to Fit button below the scopes window on the right side of the interface.

    Zoom to fit button

Apply a primary color grade

Make basic color changes like temperature, white point, black point, and more, to the entire image. The changes are applied to a primary grading layer.

Access the grading controls by clicking the Look tab in the lower left, below the timeline.

Look tab

Make global changes

Make global changes to the image with the sliders at the top of the Look panel.

Global adjustment sliders
Global adjustment sliders

To adjust a global setting, do the following:

  1. Right-click the triangle icon on the slider and release the click button.
  2. Swipe the mouse left or right to change the value.
  3. Right-click the triangle icon again to accept the setting.

Make changes to specific regions

Modify color and luminance values in the image's shadow, midtone, and highlight regions using the color control wheels on the Look panel.

Color control wheels
Color control wheels

To adjust the luminance, do the following:

  • Left-click the triangle icon on a wheel and drag the mouse left or right in a straight line. Don't drag the mouse in a circle. The further left or right you drag, the larger the change.

To adjust the color, do the following:

  1. Right-click inside the circle and release the click button.
  2. Swipe the mouse in any direction to change the value.
  3. Right-click again to accept the setting.

You can use color sliders instead of control wheels. To access the sliders, press Shift+Enter.

Color sliders
Color sliders


Use the zero (0) key on the numeric keypad to toggle the grade on and off for a quick before and after view. Make sure the NumLock key on your keyboard is selected.

Apply a secondary color grade

Make targeted adjustments to a specific hue range in the image. The changes are applied to a secondary grading layer.

  1. Access the secondary color grading tools by selecting the +S icon in the lower-left corner of the Layers window.

    Secondary tools button
  2. Select a hue range as follows:

    • Select a preset hue option by clicking one of the colored buttons along the top of the Hue selection tool.
    • Sample a hue range by clicking the eyedropper tool with the + icon and then dragging to select a portion of the image in the Monitor window.


    You may have to resize the lower border of the Desktop window to see the eyedropper tools. To resize the window, use the drag resize tool located at the bottom center of the Timeline.

    Hue selection tool
  3. View the portion of the image targeted by the hue range selection by selecting an option from the Gray-out menu at upper-right corner of the Look tab.

    Gray out menu
  4. Make adjustments and refinements to the selection using the upper triangles of the sliders. Use the lower triangles of the sliders to adjust fall-off.

  5. Make secondary corrections with the Off-set and Gain control wheels in the center of the Look window.

  6. Soften and blend secondary corrections using the Denoise and Blur sliders on the right of the Look window.

  7. After making secondary corrections, set Gray-out to None.

Render a graded clip

  1. Click the Output tab in the upper-right corner to open the Metadata Render Engine.

    Output tab
  2. Click the Desktop menu and select a destination folder.

  3. Assign a name to the rendered file in the File Name textbox.

  4. In Format & Options, select a output file format for the render.

    If a desired preset doesn’t exist, create a new one by clicking Other.

  5. Click Online Quality in the Render section.

  6. Click Render.