I've been playing around a little bit, and I'm wondering...just who can use SpeedGrade in their current work flow?
Here's why I ask.
It seems we have two methods of getting our PP sequences into SpeedGrade. The first is to use the Send to SpeedGrade... command, which creates DPX files for every frame of our sequence. This has the advantage of including all effects, AE comps, transitions, etc. so that what we see in SpeedGrade is just what we saw in PP. But this has two distinct disadvantages. The first is that it takes forever to do the DPX export. Man, is that slow! But that by itself is more of an annoyance. The deal-breaker with this work flow option is that there is no way to go back into PP and make changes to the sequence, while keeping all the work we've already done in SG. Now I know there is such a thing as "picture lock", but seriously Adobe, outside of Hollywood who among us ever gets that? There HAS to be a way to reedit the footage and keep all the grading when working in most every level of this industry below that of a Cinema Editor.
So, the second method is to export out an EDL. This has the absolutely necessary feature we were missing from the first method, the ability to go back into PP, tweak the edit, and simply reconform the footage in SG so we don't have to redo all our grading work on the new edit. But like before, there are two disadvantages to this work flow. The first is more of an annoyance in that SG is pretty limited in the formats it can work with from an EDL. Seems MPEG based formats aren't on the list. That's a major negative, but not a show stopper as one can always covert those formats to something usable. I found that SG takes in AVI files using the free UT codec just fine, and it so happens I often convert my raw footage to UT for editing anyway. But the second disadvantage, and this one is a deal-breaker, is that the EDL doesn't include all the effects and transitions applied to our PP footage. So what we see in SG is NOT exactly what we see in PP.
So...I'm at a loss here. Just who does Adobe think will be able to use SpeedGrade, when both work flow options contain fatal flaws and make the program unusable? The two things that are absolutely essential to make SpeedGrade a viable component of the post production chain for the vast majority of PP users are 1) the ability to see in SG exactly what we see in PP, with all effects, transitions, AE comps, titles, etc., and 2) the ability to reedit our PP sequence without having to completely redo our grading.
Currently, I can't see a work flow that allows both of those two critical components. Hence the question...
Just who can possibly use this wonderful new grading tool, Adobe? Am I missing something here (and I truly hope I am), or did you guys actually release the program without a way of achieving those two necessary components - a full sequence transfer and reeditability? Currently, all I can see is "or". But we absolutely must have "and".