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Speedgrade newbie help!

May 22, 2012 2:30 PM

Tags: #resolutions #saving #speedgrade #looks

I'm very new to doing any grading outside of Premiere!

 

I'm trying to learn SpeedGrade, but it's been quite a challenge thus far...

 

  1. Looks:  In trying to use the pre-packaged "looks..." I noticed that when I first used them, they were white in color at the bottom of the screen.  Somehow they turned red.  Now, when I try to save a look, I get an error telling me it's a read only folder.  I've even tried going to the root folder in the system to change from "read only..."  That didn't work either! 
  2. Color Wheels:  When trying to use the color wheels with my Wacom Intuos 3 pen, I find that when I try to "modify" the outter circles, the pointers move slightly, then freeze, as if "that's it... that's all you can do!"  I've had to go to the numerical inputs to make my changes... am I doing something wrong?
  3. Resolution:  Is there a limit to the footage input or output resolutions?  I'm using R3D files, but they are coming in at 2+K, even though they are shot at 5K.  Is there a way to change that, or is this what it is?  What is the largest export size?

 

Thanks if you can provide some answers that get me up and going.  It's truly appreciated.

 

Curt

 
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    May 23, 2012 2:35 AM   in reply to Curt Pair

    Hi Curt,

     

    for 1: assuming you're on a Windows machine, launch the application once with admin privileges, that should do the trick of giving you access to the folders. If you don't want to do that: you can always open additional .Look folders by clicking the "+" icon next to the last Tab currently open. Any new Tab can be pointed to any folder on your HDD.

     

    2.: don't try to follow the triangles, simply click on it, then move either to the left for lowering or to the right for getting the value higher up.

     

    3.: SpeedGrade is using Dynamic Qualities to allow for real time playback on machines without Red Rocket cards / less capable CPUs. You can change the behaviour under Settings / Dynamic Quality. You can change the quality for playback and for pause separately, so it might be good to see what your machine is capable of during playback, then adjust the settings accordingly. If your machine already is equipped with a red rocket, it will be detected and put to work automatically.

     

    There's no limit to export size - and the export size will not be affected by the settings in Dynamic Quality. Also, things like masks will be scaled automatically, so there's no danger in using lower resolution while grading if real time playback is what you're going after.

     

    Cheers,

    Pat

    Curt Pair wrote:

     

    I'm very new to doing any grading outside of Premiere!

     

    I'm trying to learn SpeedGrade, but it's been quite a challenge thus far...

     

    1. Looks:  In trying to use the pre-packaged "looks..." I noticed that when I first used them, they were white in color at the bottom of the screen.  Somehow they turned red.  Now, when I try to save a look, I get an error telling me it's a read only folder.  I've even tried going to the root folder in the system to change from "read only..."  That didn't work either! 
    2. Color Wheels:  When trying to use the color wheels with my Wacom Intuos 3 pen, I find that when I try to "modify" the outter circles, the pointers move slightly, then freeze, as if "that's it... that's all you can do!"  I've had to go to the numerical inputs to make my changes... am I doing something wrong?
    3. Resolution:  Is there a limit to the footage input or output resolutions?  I'm using R3D files, but they are coming in at 2+K, even though they are shot at 5K.  Is there a way to change that, or is this what it is?  What is the largest export size?

     

    Thanks if you can provide some answers that get me up and going.  It's truly appreciated.

     

    Curt

     
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    Jun 29, 2012 7:04 AM   in reply to Curt Pair

    There's another thread that indicates that at this point Wacom tablets do not work properly on Speedgrade CS6. I was trying to use mine last night and had the same issue with the little traingles, after an online search I found out that for now we're going to have to stick to mouse or trackball instead. Hopefully they will provide a quick update (Adobe or Wacom, whoever has to) and this will be fixed.

     
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    Jun 29, 2012 10:01 AM   in reply to Curt Pair

    With regards to the difference, possibly a difference in .R3D decode settings, you are not actually viewing the RAW image but a processed image (gamma curve etc).

     

    Check this in SG go to Timeline tab, Format Defaults.

    Select R3D

    You have two options "Use settings stored in each clip" or "Use the settings below"

    If you have it on "Use the settings below"  it will ignore the clips own settings so could look different.

     

    Might also have something in the .RMD not carrying over.

     

    Have you calibrated your monitor with a probe and tested the output from SG?

     

    If your monitor is correctly calibrated I would not worry as your SG ouput will be correct and it is a grading system after all.

     

    Jonathan Smiles

    3D/2D Production & Post Production Specialist (Freelance)

    http://uk.linkedin.com/in/digitalsafari

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