How To Combine Group Grades With Shared Nodes While Avoiding The Pitfalls

September 3, 2020

In Part 2 of this advanced workflow series, learn how you can use Shared Nodes inside Group Grades for quick & easy revisions down the road.


Part 2: Using Shared Nodes to apply looks and effects that depend on clip-level tracked power windows

In the first part of this series we learned how to combine Shared Nodes and Group Grades to gain flexibility, efficiency and consistency across multiple groups.  In this Insight, you’ll employ that concept as part of an innovative method for executing a Power Window-based look across multiple groups while maintaining a single, shared node for making client revisions.  This method avoids the typical ‘ripple changes’ and ‘paste attributes’ operations, using Shared Nodes to apply a stylized look across multiple groups that are driven by individual tracked Power Windows on every shot.

Techniques covered in this Insight

  • Creating shared nodes
  • Using groups
  • Applying shared nodes across multiple groups
  • Combining shared nodes with Power Windows
  • Separating Power Windows and tracking operations from color operations
  • Layer mixers & blending modes
  • Directional Blur OFX


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– Peder


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  • Jade R

    This is a great technique Peder, thanks for sharing – I am going to try to use this in my next project as I can see this being really helpful. I’ve never really used shared nodes very much, but I can see how they would be very useful, particularly on episodic projects.

  • Peder Morgenthaler

    Thanks Jade! Glad to hear I’ve opened up a new way of thinking about shared nodes. This technique will definitely pay dividends on episodic projects!

    I’ve been using shared nodes this way a lot lately, and its really changing how I approach grades. Now, instead of jumping straight in, I’m trying to think about the project holistically and identify places I can streamline & optimize things. The best part is, by removing some of the work I was doing to ensure consistency, I’m grading more creatively! Hopefully you’ll find the same. I’d love to know what you think once you’ve tried it.

  • Diego B

    Very helpful, Peder! I recalled it thanks to your tutorial and now I am a Shared Node dependent. Also, I added to my Essential list I started with the Robbie Carman “A liitle work up front…” article, years ago.

  • Peder Morgenthaler

    Thanks Diego! Welcome to the Shared Node club! Honored to have made your Essential list.

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