Insights Training: Adobe SpeedGrade CC

A complete video training series for Adobe SpeedGrade CC

Length: 4 hours 54 minutes

Difficulty: Novice to Intermediate

Type: Project-based video training. Downloadable and Streaming tutorials.

Access: Requires payment. MixingLight members receive substantial discount.

Instructor: Patrick Inhofer   Producer: Robbie Carman

Updated to include SpeedGrade's new Direct Link and Masking features! Click to open and learn more
SpeedGrade CC 7.1 was updated and includes two major new features: Premiere Pro Direct Link & Multiple Masks per Grading Stack.

Our SpeedGrade CC training include these new features. This update added 33 minutes of new material across 9 movies plus minor updates on another 10 movies.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to watch the video “What’s new in SpeedGrade 7.1?” as well as several other FREE previews.


Description: Do you feel the quality or impact of your video images need to be improved? Are you looking for a tool that will help advance your career? Then you need to take a look at Adobe’s SpeedGrade CC.

This SpeedGrade CC training will teach you how to use Adobe’s powerful color correction software. Learn how you can improve the look of any project. In this title, colorist and co-founder Patrick Inhofer guides you through the essentials of using Adobe’s color correction and grading software

The specific skills you’ll learn in this color correction training:

  • Colorist terminology for communicating with your clients
  • Get tons of practice time with three different projects (included)
  • Learn the Ins and Outs of the new Direct Link workflow
  • Discover how to quickly create primary and secondary corrections. 

No matter if you’re a new colorist or a seasoned pro, if you need (or want) to learn SpeedGrade CC then this title is for youSpecific topics include:

  • Exploring the interface
  • Using the scopes in SpeedGrade
  • Importing clips and using Scene Change Detection
  • Conforming a project using an EDL
  • Direct Link: Moving sequences between Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade
  • Making primary corrections
  • Using masks and keys for secondary corrections
  • Shot matching and scene to scene color correction
  • Saving and applying looks
  • Using the Lumetri Effect in Premiere Pro CC
  • Rendering 

As part of this SpeedGrade CC training, you’ll also get these special bonuses:

  • 1-hour Webinar: Why Color Grading Is So Hard (and what you can do about it)
  • Color correct the 1080p camera original footage!: We’ve licensed our training to other  websites… but only here can you purchase and color grade the Camera Original footage! It’s three different projects each shot to slightly different codecs… ProRes422, ProRes422HQ and ProRes4444. If you’ve got the internet bandwidth (2.9GB download), then you can grade with this camera-original footage (you can also download the ProResLT media (1.5GB download) if you’re ‘bandwidth-challenged’).

Tutorials Only

  • $49
    download & streaming video
  • 1080p downloadable movies
  • Movies with iTunes metadata
  • iPad-ready movies
  • 720p Streaming Video
  • Follow Along with
    SpeedGrade Project Files
  • Follow Along with
    Camera-original footage
  • Bonus 1-hour webinar
  • Credit / Debit Card or PayPal

Full Package

  • $79
    tutorials plus exercise files & footage
  • 1080p downloadable movies
  • Movies with iTunes metadata
  • iPad-ready movies
  • 720p Streaming Video
  • Follow Along with
    SpeedGrade Project Files
  • Follow Along with
    Camera-original footage
  • Bonus 1-hour webinar
  • Credit / Debit Card or PayPal

Member's Only Pricing

  • $49
    same as the Full Package
  • 1080p downloadable movies
  • Movies with iTunes metadata
  • iPad-ready movies
  • 720p Streaming Video
  • Follow Along with
    SpeedGrade Project Files
  • Follow Along with
    Camera-original footage
  • Bonus 1-hour webinar
  • Click to verify Member Status

SpeedGrade CC: Color Correction Training Syllabus!

FREE PREVIEWS! (Click items in red for Streaming Videos – may take a few seconds to load)
Chapter 1 - Introduction ( 30m )

An introduction into this training series.
03m 33s

Where SpeedGrade fits in the post-production pipeline and what it does.
5m 53s
 Essential equipment
System Requirements for running SpeedGrade and other optional equipment.
5m 35s

How to use the exercise files and relink to footage in Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade.
9m 54s

Overview of new features in the 7.1 update.
4m 57s
Chapter 2 - The SpeedGrade Interface ( 40m )

Interface overview
An overview of the SpeedGrade interface and its layout.
7m 7s

How to view, import and delete footage, projects and EDLs.
5m 04s
 Direct Link vs Native Mode
There are two types of SpeedGrade projects: Direct Link and Native.
5m 40s
 Direct Link on the Mac
Cautionary comments about using Direct Link on the Mac.
2m 55s
 Working with the Viewer
Get comfortable with manipulating the Viewer.
5m 44s
 Working with the Timeline
How the timeline is configured, In/Out points, working with clips.
5m 3s
 Analysis Tools: Contrast
Using the built-in Scopes, with an emphasis on image contrast.
6m 43s
 Analysis Tools: Saturation, Color
Using the built-in Scopes, with an emphasis on evaluating image color.
8m 1s
Chapter 3 - Getting Clips and Projects into SpeedGrade CC (25m )
 Importing clips directly into SpeedGrade
How to import clips directly into SpeedGrade.
4m 43s
 Using automatic scene detection
Importing, splitting movies into individual clips—automagically.
5m 54s
 Direct Link: from Premiere Pro To SpeedGrade
Using Premiere Pro’s ‘Direct Link to SpeedGrade’ command.
7m 0s
 Importing EDLs
Using an EDL to conform a timeline and link back to the camera-original footage.
7m 12s
Chapter 4 - Making Primary Corrections ( 36m )

What are ‘Primary Corrections’ and how SpeedGrade’s differ.
4m 11s
 Hue Offset Controls: Contrast adjustments
Contrast adjustments using the color wheels) interface.
5m 0s
 Hue Offset Controls: Tonal ranges
Understanding grading in Shadow/Midtone/Hightlight tonal ranges.
5m 26s
 Hue Offset Controls: Color adjustments
Using the Hue Wheel and Input / Output Saturation controls for primary corrections.
5m 16s
 Using the slider controls
Working with the Warm-Cool, Magenta-Green sliders (and how they relate to the color wheel). Plus pivot, contrast and RGB slider controls
6m 40s
 Working with primary layers
How to add multiple Primary Layers and why you’d want to do that.
8m 59s
Chapter 5 - Primary Corrections In Action ( 18m )
 Making initial contrast and color adjustments
Examples of executing primary color corrections.
7m 0s
 Balancing shots
Refine your primary corrections, ‘balancing’ a shot.
6m 06s
 Grading in passes
Learn how to manage your time by not trying to fix every problem all at once.
4m 05s
Chapter 6 - Making Secondary Corrections ( 45m )
 Colorist Lingo: What is a secondary correction?
What do colorists mean by Secondary Corrections?
2m 10s
 Colorist Lingo: The vignette
What’s a Vignette and how do you create one?
1m 42s
 Using mask shapes
How to create, manipulate and add masks to a shot.
5m 24s
 Mask Linking
Creating one mask and then linking multiple layers to that mask.
5m 41s
 Multiple masks in one layer stack
Creating multiple masks shapes in a single layer stack.
2m 31s
 Grading Layers and Grading Clips
Understanding and working with multiple Grading Layers and Grading Clips.
5m 30s
 Tracking masks and using keyframing controls
How to track and Masks to objects. Plus: Keyframes.
8m 16s
 Understanding the secondary layer
How to isolate elements in an image by using a Secondary Layer.
8m 17s
 Limiting keys using masks
Combine a Secondary Layer with a Mask for more precise isolations.
4m 39s
Chapter 7 - Secondary Corrections In Action ( 14m )

Learn the extremely useful color grading task of tracking a face.
6m 45s
 Keying clouds and skies
Work through the most fundamental secondary color correction skill: Enhancing clouds and skies.
4m 48s
 Using a mask for a sky correction
Practice limiting your sky corrections by adding a Mask.
1m 42s
Chapter 8 - Matching Shots ( 28m )
 Copying corrections between shots
Speed up your workflow by copying grades from one shot to another.
4m 59s
 Using the Snapshot Browser
Use the SnapShot Browser to compare and match shots together.
7m 19s
 Using the Continuity Checker
How to compare multiple shots simultaneously.
5m 47s
 Using the Shot Matcher
Using the automatic Shot Matcher… and what to do if it fails.
4m 14s
 Saving and recalling grades
How to save off a grading layer and reuse it elsewhere in the timeline.
4m 51s
Chapter 9 - Looks and Look Layers ( 15m )
 Understanding the Look Layer
What are Look Layers and how do you use them?.
7m 55s
 Saving and applying looks using the Look Manager and look presets
SpeedGrade ships with a full set of preset Looks. Learn how to use and manage them.
6m 13s
Chapter 10 - Working with RAW and LOG Footage ( 18m )
 Colorist Lingo: RAW, LOG and LUTs
Understand the terms RAW, LOG and LUTs and how they apply to digital color correction.
5m 5s
 Controls for RAW footage
How to access and use RED .R3D and ArriRaw controls.
5m 47s
 Understanding LOG footage and LUTs
How to apply LUTs to LOG-recorded images. Also applicable to DSLRs set to shoot ‘flat’.
6m 18s
Chapter 11 - Rendering Out and Sharing Grades ( 21m )
 Native .ircp Workflow: Rendering
Learn the fundamentals of the Render Tab, including rendering out to DNxHD.
7m 01s
 Importing rendered media back into Premiere Pro
Export out a self-contained movie and bring it back to PremierePro and sync it up with the original locked picture.
2m 41s
The Lumetri Effect: Sharing looks between SpeedGrade and Premiere Pro
The Lumetri Effect, it’s SpeedGrade inside of Premiere. Learn how it works and where to find the Lumetri Looks presets.
5m 38s

How to set up a render in the Direct Link workflow (and a few other thoughts).
4m 43s
Chapter 12 - Conclusion ( 5m )
 Additional Resources
Where to go to continue your color correction education.
2m 37s
All good things must come to an end. Thanks for sharing your time with me!
2m 01s



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