Use Cases Based on Practical Experience.
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Simplified Clip and Look Matching
Collect and transfer look metadata, and create reports
For creating color-graded dailies, looks created in LiveGrade Pro can be exported to Silverstack for automatic matching with source clips, or directly imported in grading tools such as DaVinci Resolve. LiveGrade Pro also creates PDF reports with all looks (including CDL look information) for reference.
When using the capture feature of LiveGrade Pro to create frame grabs, LiveGrade Pro can extract timecode information for simplified matching with source clips, as well as comprehensive camera metadata such as white balance and exposure information from the HD-SDI live signal.
Manage Multiple Cameras
Monitor Live Image and Camera Metadata
Sets with multiple cameras can introduce some practical challenges to the camera crew – simply by the amount of devices and settings that have to be supervised. LiveGrade Pro extracts comprehensive live metadata from the camera's HD-SDI signal and displays the information together with the live image in one overview.
This camera metadata is stored in the Shot Library, creating a full history of setups and settings over an entire shooting period. Picking up shooting or handing over to other units can now be supported with rich camera and look information.
With thumbnail images for visual reference, technical information such as timecode and white balance as well as manually editable slate information, the association with source files from the camera is as easy as never before, and ambiguity is reduced to a minimum. Communication overhead is reduced and dailies creation becomes much faster.
With past and current camera and look metadata available in LiveGrade Pro at any time, the chance for accidental errors is minimized, technical consistency is improved, and preparation time is reduced.
Having the overview of lots of technical parameters consolidated at the DIT cart supports both DITs and DPs in their work.
Capture Live Images for Reference
Record movies and make frame grabs with current looks for later comparison.
In order to maintain the overall look over the entire duration of a project, it is very helpful to have records of older shots at hand for reference.
LiveGrade Pro can capture live HD-SDI signals as QuickTime ProRes files (at configurable quality and bitrates) or as high resolution TIFF images and stores camera metadata for later review. The stored clips can be use in LiveGrade Pro's split view side-by-side with the current live signal for precisely matching the current look.
Use Camera-Specific "log2video" LUTs
LiveGrade ships with a broad set of camera-specific LUTs.
Technical LUTs provided by camera manufactures convert “log” camera signals to Rec.709 for previewing on-set. This lays the base for creating and refining creative LUTs.
LiveGrade includes essential technical LUT presets for cameras such as Alexa Log-C, Amira Log-C, Canon C-Log, REDlogFilm, as well as SLog2, and SLog3 and Vlog.
Having footage from the entire project at hand at any time directly within LiveGrade Pro makes it easy to maintain the look of a project. Different lenses or optical filters can always introduce color-casts – but in direct comparison with other footage you can make sure that the grades of different scenes always match.
Applying technical as well as creative 3D LUTs directly on set helps to adjust signals of different cameras, to better master critical focus, spot lighting and exposure situations, and generally avoid the effort to “fix it in post”.
Create and Preview Grades on Files
Use file grading capabilities for JPGs, DPX, or movie frames.
To keep the creative process flowing, at times it is necessary to compare or import looks from existing material in your library.
LiveGrade Pro opens JPGs, TIFFs and DPX files and can extract still frames from QuickTime files. That option lets you grade directly on the still or allows a instant side-by-side comparison of your different looks or color grades. Also LiveGrade Pro's powerful video scopes can be applied not only to live sources but also to imported footage.
Control LiveGrade Pro Remotely
Use the easy-to-use wireless remote control on the iPhone.
During the interaction with members of the production team it is somtimes crucial to have access to the software also from the distance.
LiveGrade Pro Remote turns your iPhone into a remote control surface. Connected over WiFi, it enables to select and apply different grades from the library, to bypass color, and to switch between LUT devices. The result appears interactively on any connected monitoring device.
Benefit from the simple and intuitive way not only to create looks on the live image but also on existing files. LiveGrade Pro now offers more options to achieve your desired look.
Controlling LiveGrade Pro while being away from your Computer accelerates the collaboration with DOP, producers, and the director in the field. LiveGrade Pro Remote is available for free at the App Store.
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LiveGrade Pro is the standard software for look management on set. It integrates with a wide range of camera workflows and setups.
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