Exporting to SpeedGrade the Premiere timeline: it will do this, but leaves chunks of clips brown, as blank info in the SG timeline
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Thanks for your helpful comment, Jim. What I meant is obvious if you've ever seen it on a SpeedGrade timeline: clips which are brown in color, have no information, and represent parts of the imported timeline which were, for whatever reason, not transferred/imported into SG. So you have an incomplete timeline, which means, if you were to work all day and all night on it and, say, ignore those "brown clips", you'd then be saving and exporting back to Premiere a color-graded but incomplete set of instructions, and I don't know what that would do to the project, nor am I going to try. Does that make it kind of clearer?
By the way, FYI, there's a new e-book on SpeedGrade, which I hope PeachPit Press will print and publish as a normal hand-holdable book:
Adobe SpeedGrade: Getting Started, 1/e
You can get it for the Kindle or the Kindle app.
Message was edited by: mjscox
I have exported plenty to SpeedGrade. Never seen what you're talking about. Send to SpeedGrade creates DPX files of your sequence and they always show up in SG. (At least for me, hence the confusion.)
If they don't for you, it might be best to take that up in the SpeedGrade forum.
Yes, I tried to find that forum and couldn't which is why I posted here, but since I have you on the line, and since you apparently have lots of experience with SG, can I ask you:
Because of the way I've done this documentary I can only grade it now that the picture/sound is locked. If I export a ProRes flattened movie into SG, it will have the effects, titles etc which is not what SG wants, right? So do I duplicate a timeline in Premiere, delete the titles, etc, (what else: effects?) and then export to SG?
If I export the timeline (using a MacPro but not the fastest newest model, 16GB Ram) it takes about three or four hours to export the DPX files. I'm trying it again, but don't hold any hope that it will export without some of those incomplete clips. I don't know what causes them. Could it be sections with effects, with stacked clips which have wipes and other stuff, combining them in the ProRes export to a single image but in a timeline exported to SG maybe its not reading that info?
Whatever you can suggest would be great.
I actually ended up passing on SpeedGrade for my projects. As you've observed, there are problems with any method used to get the project in there. Instead, I ended up using Adjustment Layers right inside PP for my CC and grading. I find it a very powerful new method, and using MB Looks and Colorista (and occasionally the built-in effects), I have most of the tools and power I need for my projects.
I may come back to SG, if Adobe ever implements a full round-trip Dynamic Link connection for it. But until SG shows me everything I see in PP, including titles, effects, transitions, AE comps, etc. and allows individual grading of every element, and also allows me to go back into PP to make any changes without losing the work I've already done in SG, then it just won't be useful for my needs.