In this second article on look exchange we’ll try to migrate a look created in SpeedGrade CC to DaVinci Resolve 10.
SpeedGrade works extremely well with other software and grading solutions. Iridas used to develop a version called SpeedGrade Onset whose purpose was to create looks on set and eventually move them to the grading station or to the lab for daillies. SpeedGrade then inherited of this great ability to export various kind or flavors of LUT for a wide range of color grading workstations.
Creating the grade
First, we have to open a SpeedGrade project and create a look. For this look we will only use one stack containing three look layers.
Layer 1: A LUT called BLUE ICE created by LookLabs
Layer 2: A Primary to give a bit more crunch in the highlights
Layer 3: A Secondary to remove most of the green in the trees
I’ve been working as a Resolve colorist for the past couple of years but last summer I was asked to sub for a veteran SpeedGrade colorist on a drama to be broadcasted on Radio-Canada. I did the first two shows on Resolve and finished the remaining shows on SpeedGrade. I was amazed at the speed and responsiveness of the Adobe app.
I then began to jump from one system to the other depending on the project and the DP. I find Resolve to be a much more effective tool for creative work with a DP who wants to try very precise variations at the beginning of a project. On the other hand, SpeedGrade is much faster to help you grade through long episodes, apply vignetttes and do modifications on whole scenes during approbation sessions.
As I was changing software so often, I needed to find a way to move grades, tools and looks across platforms and I found out I’m not the only one doing this. This is why I’m writing these articles on looks exchange between apps. The first one is about building a grade in Resolve and moving it to SpeedGrade to use it in another project.
Creating the grade
So, let’s see how to build a complex look in Resolve and export it for SpeedGrade. To do this, we will use the deep Lookup table (LUT) integration in SpeedGrade. SpeedGrade can import, use and even convert various kinds of LUT. Lookup Tables can recreate about any color modification applied to a digital image: saturation, luma, hue. It acts as a reference table between two color setups. It takes the RGB value of the source and gives it the equivalent values in the referenced setup, doing so, it changes the color and applies the look. LUTs are very powerful. The only grading tool it cannot support is the power window. LUT can make no reference to a position, it’s only applying a color modification to predetermined color. Therefore LUTs cannot be used for vignettes, masks or grads.
Here, I’ve a look in Resolve 10 using 4 nodes:
Node 1: I applied the standard Arri Log C to Rec 709 LUT
Node 2: I shanged the color of the big yellow shoe to orange with the Hue vs Hue curve
Node 3: I warmed up the scene with the Primaries
Node 4: I changed the color of the bag from blue to purple with the Qualifier and a Hue shift
Here is my new demo reel. It’s edited with bits of the latest projects I did this year. Most of the were graded in Resolve and SpeedGrade at ilovehue, Looklabs or other clients post houses.
You’ll find part of tv series, tv commercials and feature film I graded. If you want to see more you can browse my website or just write to me and ask for more.
I’m starting to get serious on Adobe Speedgrade CC and I found that the Help file and shortcut reference were a bit lacking so I took on me to edit this keyboard shortcut cheat sheet.
In this version you’ll find all the shortcuts I could find on the Adobe website. I mapped them on a MAC and a PC keyboard. Feel free to download, print and share this. It also make a great desktop wallpaper. And please tell me of you find any errors.