Managing Grades in the Timeline

Each shot can have up to four alternate grades, shown with different colors in the grades tracks that are located underneath the video track. The currently selected grade for each shot is blue, while unselected grades are gray. The bars showing the individual corrections that contribute to the currently selected grade are shown in other colors, underneath each shot's grade bars.

Figure. Alternate grade bars in the Timeline.

You can use the grades and correction bars in the grades tracks to add, switch, and copy grades directly in the Timeline. For more information, see:

Adding and Selecting Among Multiple Grades

Each shot in the Timeline can be set to use one of up to four alternate grades. Only the currently selected grade actually affects a shot. The other unused grades let you store alternate corrections and looks, so that you can experiment with different settings without losing the original.

By default, each shot in a project has a single primary grade applied to it, although you can add more at any time.

To add a new grade to a shot
Do one of the following:
  • Control-click or right-click a grade, then choose Add New Grade from the shortcut menu.

  • Move the playhead to the shot you want to add a new grade to, then press Control-1 through Control-4.

    If a grade corresponding to the number of the grade you entered doesn't already exist, one will be created. Whenever a new grade is added, the grades track expands, and the new grade becomes the selected grade. New grades are clean slates, letting you begin working from the original state of the uncorrected shot.

To change the selected grade
  1. Move the playhead to the shot you want to change the grade of.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the grade you want to switch to.

    • Press Control-1 through Control-4.

    • Control-click or right-click a grade, then choose Select Grade [x] from the shortcut menu, where x is the number of the grade you're selecting.

    The shot is updated to use the newly selected grade.

Resetting Grades in the Timeline

If necessary, you can reset any of a shot's four grades.

To reset a grade in the Timeline
  1. Move the playhead to the shot whose grade you want to reset.

  2. in the grades track of the Timeline, Control-click or right-click the grade you want to reset to and choose Reset Grade [x] from the shortcut menu, where x is the number of the grade.

    Resetting a grade clears all settings from the Primary In, Secondaries, Color FX, and Primary Out rooms, bringing that shot to its original state. Pan & Scan settings in the Geometry room are left intact.

Copying Corrections and Grades in the Timeline

You can drag a correction or grade from one shot to another to copy it in the Timeline.

To copy a correction from one shot to another
  • Drag a single correction bar in the grades track of the Timeline to the shot you want to copy it to.

    Figure. Dragging a correction bar from one shot to another in the Timeline.

    The shot you drag the correction onto becomes highlighted, and after you drop the correction, the current grade for that shot appears with the same grade bar.

    Note: When you copy individual corrections, secondary corrections overwrite other secondary corrections of the same number.

To copy a grade from one shot to another
  • Drag a shot's grade bar in the grades track of the Timeline to a second shot you want to copy it to.

    Figure. Dragging a grade from one shot to another in the Timeline.

    The shot you drag the grade onto becomes highlighted, and after you drop it, every correction in the current grade for that shot is overwritten with those of the grade you copied.

You can also copy a grade to another grade within the same shot. This is useful for duplicating a grade to use as a starting point for creating variations on that grade.

To copy a grade to another grade in the same shot
  • Drag a grade bar in the grades track of the Timeline onto another grade bar for the same shot.

    Figure. Dragging a grade onto another grade bar for the same shot.

    The copied grade overwrites all previous corrections.

    Tip: This is a great way to save a shot's grade at a good state before continuing to experiment with it. If you don't like your changes, you can easily switch back to the original grade.

You can also drag a corrections or grade bar to copy it to multiple selected shots.

To copy a correction or grade to multiple selected shots in the Timeline
  1. Select the shots you want to copy a correction or grade to.

    Tip: You can select multiple clips directly in the Timeline, or you can select them in the Shots browser of the Setup room if that’s easier. Shots that you select in the Shots browser are also automatically selected in the Timeline.

  2. Drag the correction or grade that you want to copy onto the grade bar of any of the selected shots, either from the Timeline, or from a bin.

    The grade bars of the shots you’re about to copy to should highlight in cyan.

    Note: When dragging corrections or grades from one shot to another in the Timeline, you should always drop them inside of the grades track of the Timeline. Dropping a correction or grade onto an item in a video track may only copy it to the shot you drop it onto.

    Figure. Dragging a grade onto several selected shots.
  3. Release the mouse button to copy the correction or grade to the selected shots.

    Figure. After a grade has been copied to several selected shots.

Keep in mind the following rules when dragging corrections and grades onto multiple selected shots:

  • Dragging onto one of several selected shots copies that correction or grade to the currently selected grade of each shot in the selection.

    Figure. Before and after dragging a grade onto selected shots in the Timeline.
  • Dragging onto an alternate grade of one of several selected shots copies that correction or grade into the alternate grade of the shot you dropped it onto, but it’s copied into the currently selected grade of every other shot in the selection.

    Figure. Before and after dragging a grade onto the alternate grade of a selected shot.
  • Dragging onto a shot that’s not part of the current selection only copies that correction or grade to that shot.

    Figure. Before and after dragging a grade onto an unselected shot.
  • The current shot at the position of the playhead is not included in a multishot Copy operation unless it’s specifically selected (with a cyan highlight).

    Figure. Before and after dragging a grade, current shot not included.