Managing Grades in the Shots Browser

The Shots browser provides a different way to navigate and organize the shots in your program, in a more nonlinear fashion than the Timeline allows. For example, you can use the Find field in list view to search for groups of shots with common names.

Figure. Shots browser in list view.

You can also use icon view as an organizational tool to rearrange the shots in your program into groups based not on their position in the program, but on the angle of coverage they're from or the type of grade you'll be applying, to give but two examples. For more information, see Using the Shots Browser.

Figure. Shots browser in icon view.

Navigating and Arranging Shots in Icon View

When you're working on a project with many shots, it can help to scroll around and zoom in and out to find the shots you're looking for.

To scroll around the Shots browser when in icon view
  • Middle-click anywhere within the Shots browser, then drag in the direction you want to scroll.

To zoom in to or out of the Shots browser when in icon view
Do one of the following:
  • Press the Control key and drag with the left mouse button.

  • Right-click and drag up to zoom out, or down to zoom in.

You can also rearrange shots freely when the Shots browser is in icon view. Rearranging the order of shots in icon view does nothing to change the shot order in the Timeline, but it can help you to organize shots visually so they’re faster to find, select, and work with later.

To move a shot in icon view
  • Drag the name bar of a shot to another location in the Shots browser.

Choosing Grades in Icon View

You can show all the alternate grades that are available to a shot and select the grade that is currently in use.

To show all of a shot's available grades
  • Double-click the name bar underneath a shot's icon.

    Figure. Showing all available grades in icon view.

    All the grades available to that shot appear as bars underneath, connected to the shot with blue connection lines. Once the grades are revealed, you can change which one is selected.

To select the grade used by a shot
  • Double-click the grade you want to select.

    Figure. Selecting a grade in icon view.

    The selected grade turns blue, while the unselected grades remain dark gray.

    Note: Grades that have been rendered are colored green.

Selecting Shots in the Shots Browser in Icon View

When in icon view, you can select one or more shots in the Timeline just as you can when in list view. Additionally, you can select which grade a shot uses by expanding a shot to reveal all its grades.

To change the current shot in icon view
  • Click the arrow to the right of a shot's name bar.

    Figure. Arrow control in the Shots Browser's icon view.

    The current shot's name bar appears gray, and the playhead moves to that shot's first frame in the Timeline.

To select a shot
  • Click the shot's name bar, underneath its icon.

    Figure. Name bar control in the Shots Browser's icon view.

    Selected shots appear with a cyan highlight over their name bars, and are simultaneously selected in the Timeline.

To select multiple shots
  • Command-click the name bars of all the shots you want to select.

Grouping and Ungrouping Shots

A group is an organizational construct that's available in the Shots browser only when it's in icon view. The purpose of groups is very simple: they provide targets with which you can copy a grade to multiple shots at once.

Some examples of ways you might use groups include:

  • You can organize all shots in a particular scene in a single group to facilitate applying and updating stylized corrections to every shot in that scene at the same time.

  • You could also organize only those shots within a scene that are from the same angle of coverage (and so may be able to share the same corrections), so that you can apply and update the same grade to every shot at once.

  • Every shot of a certain type (for example, all head shots of a specific speaker) can be grouped together to similarly let you apply corrections or grades to all those shots simultaneously.

The uses of groups are endless. In short, any time you find yourself wanting to apply a single correction or grade to an entire series of shots, you should consider using groups.

Note: Shots can only belong to one group at a time.

There are several different ways you can select shots you want to group together.

To select shots in the Timeline or Shots browser (in list view) and create a group
  1. Select the shots you want to include in the group by doing one of the following:

    • Shift-click or Command-click to select a range of contiguous or noncontiguous shots in the Timeline.

    • Set the Shots browser to list view, then Shift-click or Command-click to select a range of contiguous or noncontiguous shots.

    • Use the Find field, or click a column header to sort the list view, to help you identify the shots you want to group together.

  2. Set the Shots browser to icon view.

  3. Press G.

    A group is created, and a group node appears with blue connection lines showing all the shots that belong to that group. Once created, you can rearrange the shot icons as necessary to clean up the browser.

To create a group in icon view
  1. Open the Shots browser in the Setup room.

  2. Set the Shots browser to icon view.

  3. Rearrange the shots you want to group within the Shots browser area (optional).

    Figure. Rearranging shots in icon view.

    Even though this step is not strictly necessary, it can be helpful visually for you to see which shots you're grouping together as a spatially arranged set of icons.

  4. Select all the shots you want to group by Command-clicking their name bars.

    Figure. Selecting shots in icon view.
  5. Press G.

    A group is created, and a group node appears with blue connection lines showing all the shots that belong to that group.

    Figure. A group created in icon view.
To add a shot to an already existing group
  • Right-click anywhere on a shot's name bar, then drag a connection line to the node of the group you want to add it to.

    Figure. Adding a shot to a group in icon view.
To ungroup a collection of grouped clips
  • Select the group node you want to delete, then press Delete or Forward Delete.

    The node and its connection lines disappear, leaving the shots ungrouped.

To remove a single shot from a group
  • Right-click anywhere on a shot's name bar, then drag a connection line to an empty area of the Shots browser.

    Figure. Removing a shot from a group in icon view.

    When you release the mouse button, that shot will no longer be connected to the group.

For more information on working with groups once you’ve created them, see Working with Groups.

Working with Groups

Once you've created one or more groups of shots, you can use the group node to show and hide the shots that are connected to the group, and to copy grades and corrections to every shot that's connected to that group.

When a group is collapsed, the shots that are connected to that group are hidden.

Figure. Collapsing a group in icon view.

Double-clicking a collapsed group makes all the hidden shots visible again.

Figure. Uncollapsing a group in icon view.
To collapse or expand a group
  • Double-click any group's node.

Once you've created a group, copying a correction or grade to the group is easy.

To copy a correction to a group
  • Drag the correction bar you want to copy from the Timeline onto any group node.

    Figure. Copying a correction to a group in icon view.

    The correction you dragged overwrites the settings in the same room of every shot in that group.

    Important: You can only copy corrections and grades from the Timeline to groups in the Shots browser.

To copy a grade to a group
  • Drag a grade bar from the Timeline onto any group node.

    Figure. Copying a grade to a group in icon view.

    The grade you dragged overwrites the currently selected grade of every shot in that group. Unselected grades are not affected.