I am not associated in any way with the team at Visual Supply Company. I was not paid to write this, I simply have a love for the product, the results that can be had and would love to share the steps I took to use this color grading solution. Here is the final cut from the video (above) in the screen cast tutorial.
Please note, this is not a quick process, and the process is exceptionally similar regardless of NLE, just replace the word Project Manager in Premiere with Media Manage from FCP 7 and you’re golden. Also, keep in mind, this was my workflow with the beautiful VSCO Film filters, there might be other more effective ways of getting in and out of Lightroom 4 (as it’s just on a the brink of being discovered as a killer/fun color correction solution). VSCO did their own quick tutorial that rocks it, but doesn’t dive into specifics as far as workflow, so here’s a little more in-depth view from the process I used on my San Diego Creatives film / you can also see another example in Fin Art ::
Step one :: Cut entire film and lock edit. This is important (and hopefully will change in the future if Adobe is hearing our voice, and will add the ability to grade with presets in Premiere or Speed Grade), I needed to be locked on my edit before going into LR4, as making changes after this point mean’t exporting/correcting individual clips which can lead to a lot of time spent watching bars crawl across your screen.
Step two :: Export entire project using Project Manager (Project > Project Manager). The way in which you complete this step determines how long your export will be out of LR, so if you are planning on doing an overnight process, choose Collect Files and Copy to New Location. If you need to do it as quick as possible, choose Create New Trimmed Project. The difference being, when you relink back in Premiere, the first choice will still have the ability to edit within those clips (slip through the clips), where as the second choice is locked with no ability to change length for timing, music, different emotion, etc. Only check the sequence that you want to export, pick a destination and hit ok. (Keep in mind, thanks to Chris, we now know that FCPx does not have a trimmed clip option. It also has a different option to export // choose Duplicate Project + Used Clips Only)
Step three :: Import clips/project files into Lightroom 4. Import all the clips from the Project Manager exported folder.
Step four :: Edited clips using VSCO Film. The whole kicker with editing video in LR4 is you can’t edit in the Develop tab, you’re limited to the Quick Develop under the Library tap. Use the Saved Preset tab to select the VSCO filter you prefer and then you’ll be able to make other minor tweaks to dial things in using the limited controls to get exposure, white balance, saturation and a couple other settings where they need to be (note: holding alt/option will change vibrance into saturation).
Step five :: Export clips. Select H.264 under the video tab in the export window, Max under quality. The naming scheme is important for the next step. Name them exactly how they were originally named and dropped them into a different folder. Then hit export and walk away (depending on the size of project, this can take a really long time).
Step Six :: Relink Clips. Before you open the project again to relink, first go into the finder and change the location of the original source files, so Premiere will ask to locate the clips. At that point, ‘replace’ them with the new files that were processed in Lightroom. (Update thanks to Erwan) Keep in mind, if you were originally working with ProRes files in FCP, you may want to reconvert them back from H264 to ProRes after coming out of LR4 (here’s a quick tutorial on how to use MPEG Streamclip for the conversion). The reason for that is because H264 isn’t a native codec that FCP can handle, so you’ll be dealing with quiet a bit of render time to preview the grade before final export. And expect export to take a little longer to chug out the conversion. Here’s a quick
And that’s it. My project was color corrected in Premiere and awaiting final export. It’s not a quick way to color correct, however, it’s unique and beautiful. You’ll notice that you lose the grain you normally see in the VSCO film when you apply it to photographs. I used Gorilla Grain to add a little bit back. Graded another fun piece with VSCO film for Happyolks here, but didn’t use the Gorilla Grain if you want to see an example without.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Cheers -