Get to know Adobe SpeedGrade and learn how to use this tool from the Adobe package – WAU

Adobe SpeedGrade is a program focused on correcting and redefining colors for editing professional videos. It is an advanced image processing tool and can be a great differentiator for the final result of your audiovisual productions.

Digital Marketing is one of the ways to generate new business opportunities, including for small companies. And as your actions are very broad, it is essential to focus on those that will truly bring results to your company.

The production of video content is one of them, that’s why you need to know tools like Adobe SpeedGrade.

Despite being part of the Adobe package that brings other programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effetcs, among others, SpeedGrade has some peculiarities, especially in its visual presentation.

So, so that you get to know it well in order to produce quality videos for marketing your business (or ask someone to do it), stay with us until the end of this post and understand what Adobe SpeedGrade is and how to use it this software, plus some tips for getting started with it.

What is Adobe SpeedGrade

Adobe SpeedGrade is a program aimed at editing videos, mainly focusing on color correction. Therefore, it is a software used by those who work with professional audiovisual production.

So, if you want to invest in producing high quality videos for your business, Adobe Speedgrade is one of the best options.

As it is a program that requires knowledge not only of the Adobe package, but also of audiovisual editing, we will continue with a step by step on how to use the program. So, even if you don’t operate it, you’ll still be able to understand the work that a video professional will do on it.

How to use Adobe SpeedGrade

After downloading and installing SpeedGrade, to start a job, you can select an image or video and import it into the program. To do this, go to “Setting”, choose “Playback” under “Options” and set the frame rate (or frame rate), being able to select an integer or a fraction.

To give you an idea, every 1 second of video has 24 frames. So by default, the number per frame to be inserted is 24.

SpeedGrade supports videos and images of different resolutions, which is great if you want to mix videos of different qualities, for example, a video of excellent quality made by a professional and the amateur one recorded with a cell phone.

Use more than one monitor when editing with SpeedGrade

Have you seen those people who use two monitors instead of one to work on the computer? This format is also ideal for the SpeedGrade.

This is because the software interface has so many options that you would need a monitor of at least 27 inches to take full advantage of all its functions.

To do this, under “Setting”, choose “Options”, check the box to activate the dual monitor and select the window size.

Choose the playback resolution and color settings

To do this type of configuration, go to “Setting”, select “Dynamic Quality” under “Options” and choose “Playing Frame Rate” (1: 1 referring to total quality and 1: 8 referring to the lowest quality).

Then, go to “Paused Resolution” (1: 2 being the default suggested by the program) and, in “Color Depth”, choose the color depth (8 bits is the default and the other option is 16 bits). For the paused color depth follow the same format.

After saving, you are ready to start using Adobe SpeedGrade. Although it has numerous other options, the ones mentioned above are the basic ones for you to start handling the program.

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Tips for using Adobe SpeedGrade

Now that you know how to do the initial configuration of the SpeedGrade, here are some tips that can help you get the most out of it.

Know the main items of SpeedGrade

The first reaction that a person usually has when opening SpeedGrade is to be completely lost, starting because the program does not have a main menu. That is, “File”, “Edit”, among other items that are commonly found in the menus of other software – including Adobe -, in SpeedGrade simply do not exist.

This is because such items are not necessary to use the program, as the ones you need to use are already there. They are: Desktop, Timeline, Tools / Grading and Monitor. So let’s see how it works in practice!

When choosing and importing a Desktop video, you move it to the Timeline. From there, the visualization becomes the Monitor item, while Tools brings the tools that will be used for editing the video you produced and also for the classification of colors.

Introduction to the Desktop

As said, you use the Desktop as a kind of media browser to find the files you want to work within the program. This is a simple way to locate and classify images and videos that have been imported into SpeedGrade, as well as showing which formats are supported and which are not.

In short, if you can see a thumbnail of the file, it means that SpeedGrade supports the chosen file format.

Introduction to Timeline

The timeline is the space where your video is located and is divided into “Playhead”, “Tracks” and “Timeline”.

The playhead shows the movement of your clip. So you can move images left or right, and you can create many playheads.

The tracks bring the layers of the file, such as footage tracks (grading tracks), grading track (rating tracks), audio (sound), pan and scan (light and transparency). You will notice that the SpeedGrade layers resemble those of Photoshop.

And by the way, now that you’ve checked out our top tips on Adobe SpeedGrade, how about learning how to edit your video audios perfectly? For this, check out this article we wrote about Adobe Audition!