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Using grade objects

Posted: Sun, 18th Jul 2010, 5:35am

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RockeyJStudios

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How or where do I get really DETAILED help for some problems. I am extremely into film though I don't know too much about this software. The confusing part to me is the color grading and applying a preset but it won't show on the canvas.
Posted: Sun, 18th Jul 2010, 5:50am

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Axeman

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If you can similarly be more detailed in your description of the problem, we can offer more detailed answers. The best place to go for detailed intro to the software is the video tutorials.

What grading filter and/or preset are you applying, specifically? Does it not ever appear, or does it seem to disappear after a while. Are you working with grading filters, or Key grade filters? What view is the Canvas in (show at the top right corner of the canvas)?
Posted: Sun, 18th Jul 2010, 6:40pm

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RockeyJStudios

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What I did was drag a FX preset from color grading into the timeline. Specifically, it was "Epic". I extended the runtime of the preset to the duration of the short film (1 minute, 33 seconds). I played it and it seemed that nothing was changed. The film on the screen did not change its look even when the preset was on. So, after that, I right-clicked on the preset on the timeline on clicked "Apply Preset". That still changed nothing. Ahhh! Counfusing!
Posted: Sun, 18th Jul 2010, 6:47pm

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RockeyJStudios

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Ok, I think I figured it out. I have to drag the preset onto the canvas, not the timeline. When I drag it onto the canvas, it works and appears on the film and timeline. Here is one last question: Why does it not work if you drag it directly to the timeline but it works if you drag it onto the canvas? Just wondering. Thanks!
Posted: Sun, 18th Jul 2010, 6:55pm

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spydurhank

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Not sure about that but you can also double click on the effects engine icon or effects preset that you want to use and that'll open the effect on the canvas depending on where your timeline scrubber tool thingy is so make sure that it's at the point in time in which you want to apply it.
Posted: Sun, 18th Jul 2010, 7:18pm

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Axeman

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When you use a grading preset, it has to be applied to an existing layer on the timeline. If you just drag it to the timeline, VisionLab won't know where to put it. You can't just apply a filter to adjust colors to 'nothing', it has to have some colors to work with, which will be found in an existing layer.

Of course, if you want to apply a preset to multiple layers, you can use a Grade Object to affect all the layers below it.

Typically, if you want to apply a grading preset to any given layer, you'll use the FX icon on the timeline, for that layer, to access the presets, look at previews, and select the one you want. You don't have to do it that way, of course, you can use whatever process works for you, but that's the most common method, I think.