Using the Shots Browser

The Shots browser lists every shot used by the current program that appears in the Timeline.

Figure. Shots browser tab.

This bin can be used for sorting the shots in your program using different criteria, selecting a group of shots to apply an operation to, or selecting a shot no matter where it appears in the Timeline. For more information, see:

Shots Browser Controls

These controls are used to control both what and how items are viewed in the Shots browser.

Figure. Shots tab.
  • Icon View button: Click to put the shot area into icon view.
  • List View button: Click to put the shot area into list view.
  • Shots browser: Each shot in your project appears here, either as a thumbnail icon or as an entry (in list view).

Choosing the Current Shot and Selecting Shots in the Shots Browser

Icons or entries in the Shots browser are colored based on their selected state.

Figure. The current and selected shots in the shots browser.
  • Dark gray: The shot is not currently being viewed, nor is it selected.
  • Light gray: The shot at the current position of the playhead is considered to be the current shot and is highlighted with gray in both the Timeline (at the bottom of the screen) and the Shots browser. The current shot is the one that's viewed and that is corrected when the controls in any room are adjusted.
  • Cyan: You can select shots other than the current shot. Selected shots are highlighted with cyan in both the Timeline and the Shots browser. To save time, you can apply grades and corrections to multiple selected shots at once.

Goto Shot and Find Fields in the Shots Browser

The Goto Shot and Find fields let you jump to and search for specific shots in your project. These fields work with the Shots browser in either icon or list view modes.

Figure. Goto Shot and Find fields.
To go to a specific shot
  • Enter a number in the Goto Shot field, then press Enter.

    The list scrolls down to reveal the shot with that number, which is automatically selected, and the playhead moves to the first frame of that shot in the Timeline.

To search for a specific shot
  1. Click the header of the column of data you want to search.

  2. Enter a name in the Search field.

    As soon as you start typing, the Shots browser empties except for those items that match the search criteria. As you continue to type, the Shots browser dynamically updates to show the updated list of corresponding items.

Note: All searches are performed from the first character of data in the selected column, read from left to right. The Find function is not case-sensitive.

To reveal all shots after a Find operation
  • Select all of the text in the Find field, then press Delete.

    All shots should reappear in the Shots browser.

Column Headers in the Shots Browser

When the Shots browser is in list view, up to nine columns of information are visible.

  • Shots Browser Column Headers: These columns appear when the Shots browser is in list view.
    • Number: Lists a shot's position in the edit. The first shot is 1, the second is 2, and so on.
    • Shot Name: The name of that shot, based on its filename.
    • Colorist: Lists the name that occupied the Colorist field in the Project Settings when that shot was last corrected. This column is useful for keeping track of who worked on which shots when multiple colorists are assigned to a project.
    • Status: Shows that shot's rendered status. You can right-click on this column for any selected shot and choose a new state from the shortcut menu. For more information on the five possible render states, see Possible Render States in the Status Column.
    • Reconform: Lists whether that shot has been affected by a Reconform operation. For example, you can sort by this column to quickly identify and navigate to new shots that aren't yet graded because they were added to the Timeline as a result of a Reconform operation. For more information on reconforming a project, see Reconforming Projects. For more information on the four possible Reconform flags, see Possible Flags in the Reconform Column.
    • Time Spent: This column appears only when the Show Time button below the Shots browser is turned on. It shows how much time has been spent grading that particular shot. Color keeps track of how long you spend working on each shot in each program, in order to let you track how fast you've been working.
    • Notes: The Notes column provides an interface for storing and recalling text notes about specific shots. Shots with notes appear with a checkmark in this column.
    • Match: The Match column only appears when a project has been created by importing an EDL into Color. This column displays the percentage of confidence that each shot in the Timeline has been correctly linked to its corresponding DPX, Cineon, or QuickTime source media. The confidence value is based on the methods used to do the linking. For more information, see Explanation of Percentages in the Match Column.

Possible Render States in the Status Column

Each shot has one of five possible render states that appear in the Status column of the Shots browser:

  • Queued: The shot has been added to the Render Queue.
  • Rendering: The shot is currently being rendered.
  • Rendered: The shot has been successfully rendered.
  • To Do: The shot has not yet been corrected in any room.
  • Aborted: Rendering of this shot has been stopped.

Possible Flags in the Reconform Column

Each shot that has been affected by a Reconform operation has one of four possible flags that appear in the Reconform column of the Shots browser:

  • Shorten: The shot has been shortened.
  • Content Shift: The shot's duration and position in the Timeline are the same, but its content has been slipped.
  • Moved: The shot has been moved to another position in the Timeline.
  • Added: This shot has been added to the project.

Explanation of Percentages in the Match Column

The Match column displays the percentage of confidence that each shot in the Timeline has been correctly linked to the corresponding DPX, Cineon, or QuickTime source media, based on the methods used to do the linking. The percentages displayed correspond to the following linking methods:

  • 100% confidence means the timecode for that shot in the EDL matched the timecode found in the header data of the corresponding DPX or Cineon frame, and the EDL reel number matched the name of the directory in which that frame appears.

  • 75% confidence means the timecode for that shot in the EDL matched the frame number of that DPX or Cineon frame, and the EDL reel number matched the name of the directory in which that frame appears. For more information on timecode–to–frame number conversions, see Required Image Sequence Filenaming.

  • 50% confidence means the timecode for that shot in the EDL matched the timecode found in the header data of the corresponding DPX or Cineon frame, but the reel number could not be matched to the name of the directory in which that frame appears.

  • 25% confidence means the timecode for that shot in the EDL matched the frame number of that DPX or Cineon frame, but the reel number could not be matched to the name of the directory in which that frame appears. For more information on timecode–to–frame number conversions, see Required Image Sequence Filenaming.

  • 0% confidence means that no media could be found to match the timecode for that shot in the EDL, and the shot is offline in the Color Timeline.

Customizing the Shots Browser

The following procedures describe ways you can sort and modify the Shots browser.

To sort the Shots browser by any column
  • Click a column's header to sort by that column.

    Figure. Clicking the Shot Name column to sort the Shots browser.

Shots are sorted in descending order only. Numbers take precedence over letters, and uppercase takes precedence over lowercase.

To resize a column in the Shots browser
  • Drag the right border of the column you want to resize.

    Figure. Resizing a column in the Shots browser.
To reveal or hide the Time Spent column
  • Click Show Time, located underneath the Shots browser.

    Figure. Show time checkbox under the shots browser.

Adding Notes to Shots in the Shots Browser

Color provides an interface for keeping track of client or supervisor notes on specific shots as you work on a project.

To add a note to a shot, or to read or edit an existing note
  1. Open the Setup room, then click the Shots tab.

  2. Control-click or right-click the Notes column of the Shots browser, then choose Edit File from the shortcut menu.

    A plain text editing window appears.

  3. Enter your text.

  4. To save the note and close it, do one of the following:

    • Press Command-S, then close the window.

    • Close the window and click Save in the dialog that appears.

    When you've added a note to a shot, a checkmark appears in the Notes column.

    Figure. Notes column in the Shots browser.
To remove a note from a shot
  • Control-click or right-click the Notes column of the Shots browser, then choose Delete File from the shortcut menu.

Note: Notes are saved within the subdirectory for that particular shot, within the /shots/ subdirectory inside that project bundle. Removing a note deletes the note file.

Selecting Shots and Navigating Using the Shots Browser

You can use the Shots browser to quickly find and select specific shots—for example, to apply a single grade to a group of shots at once. You can also use the Shots browser to quickly navigate to a particular shot in the Timeline. These procedures work whether the Shots browser is in icon or list view.

To select one or more shots
Do one of the following:
  • Click any shot in the Shots browser to select that shot.

  • Command-click any group of shots to select a noncontiguous group of shots.

    Figure. Selecting noncontiguous shots in the Shots browser.
  • Click any shot, and then Shift-click a second shot to select a contiguous range of shots from the first selection to the second.

    Figure. Selecting contiguous shots in the shots browser.

    Selected shots appear with a cyan overlay.

To navigate to a specific shot in the Timeline using the Shots browser
Do one of the following:
  • Double-click any shot.

  • Type a number into the Goto Shot field.

    The new current shot turns gray in the Shots browser, and the playhead jumps to the first frame of that shot in the Timeline. That shot is now ready to be corrected using any of the Color rooms.