You can find the Livegrade preferences within the main menu under Livegrade > Preferences… The preferences window is divided into the following tabs:
- Localization: Choose your desired unit for focus distance and the preferred language to be used in the Livegrade user interface.
- UI Appearance: Set the brightness of the User Interface Dimming effect.
- Labels: You can define a project-based custom label text for each color label. The custom text is displayed together with the color label in the shot library, the info tab and can also be included in reports.
Note: You can exchange the label preferences with other machines or users via settings export/import; see the article Exchange Settings.
- Titles for Custom Fields: You can assign project-bases titles for the “Custom 1” – “Custom 6” fields.
- Shots Table: Choose which action to apply when double-clicking a shot in the shots table and set if the library slot should always follow the selection in the shots table.
- Shot Creation: Set your preferred default values for new shots: Clip identifier, automatic camera value, default label, and secondary label. Furthermore, set if you want to increase clip number and take number automatically on shot creation. Choose if you want to add a “modified” postfix to your look name for edited looks and if you want to create linked looks from linked slots, see the article Linked Looks for further information.
- Still Image Export: Choose your default directory for still image exports, your preferred file naming scheme for still image exports, and your preferred image file type.
- Slating System: Choose a “Slating System” to show only relevant menu items within the “Edit Global Metadata Field” menu for your preferred slating system:
- “Standard” lets you work with continuous slating with scene / shot / take fields (e.g., Scene “56” / Shot “4” / Take “2”)
- “American” lets you work with American slating with scene / take fields (e.g., Scene “56C” / Take “2”)
- “All” lets you see all available menu items for full flexibility
- Scene Letter: The “Scene Letter” checkbox allows you to enable/disable the behavior to append a letter on “Increase Scene” actions automatically (e.g., increment “5” to “5A”). “Scene Letter “is enabled automatically when switching to the “American” slating system and disabled when switching to the “Standard” slating system.
Note: Incrementing letters in the scene/shot/take fields use the overflow system (e.g., “Z” to “AA”, etc.)
- Skipped Characters: You can also define specific characters to be skipped when incrementing letters in the scene/shot/take fields.
- Grade Controls: Set the sensitivity for printer lights steps (for PRT tab in the CDL node) and simple grade steps (for the SPL tab).
- False Color: Toggle between the different false color modes. For more information, please check the article False Color modes in Livegrade.
- Look History: The look history can be updated to either 1 second (which is the default), 3 or 10 seconds. Additional settings are available to limit the look history for increased performance.
- Hardware Panels: If you are using a hardware panel to accomplish your grading tasks, you can set the sensitivity of the panel controls by adjusting the slider.
- Hue-Sat-Lum Curves: Choose if the “Hue-Sat-Lum Curves” should show the primary color hue points by default.
- Apply Look on Startup: Enable the use of the last look used when Livegrade starts.
- Identify Devices: Set a mode for temporarily blinking to identify a device.
- Store Look: The next option allows you to store the look you have currently selected on the third-party device (e.g., IS-mini, Teradek COLR) connected to Livegrade when quitting the app.
- Framegrab: Choose if to refresh the framegrab from devices before shot / look creation.
- Capture Devices: You can enable “Use all video connectors as inputs” for using all SDI-connectors of half-duplex capture devices as inputs (e.g., AJA Io4K Plus). If this option is disabled one connector remains available for video output.
- ARRI Alexa: Set if Livegrade should automatically store looks on ARRI cameras.
- IS-Mini: Choose if Livegrade should search for IS-Mini devices connected via ethernet. Note: It is recommended to connect IS-Minis via USB if possible.
- Interactive Video Routing Appearance: Set a color scheme for the UI of the interactive video routing panel.
- Media Folders/Record Folder: Set the storage location/s for your project’s media files and inspect information like the name of your “Volume”, the media folder’s “Path”, the available “Disk Free” space of the media folder, amount of media “Files” stored in the folder, the “Last Used” date, and your media folder’s “UUID”. “Reveal in Finder…” opens the selected media folder/record folder in a new Finder window.
- Disk Space: You can define a size limit for a warning letting you know that you are soon running out of disk space.
Note: Livegrade Pro is limited to one active media folder (record folder) per project, while Livegrade Studio also supports multiple media folders simultaneously. Learn more about Livegrade’s media storage system in the article Media Folders and Record Folder.
- Recording: For general information about the image capturing feature, please check the article SDI signal recording and Framegrabs. It’s possible to set the following options:
- Record Format: Choose between the following formats:
- ProRes 422 Proxy
- ProRes 422 LT
- ProRes 422
- ProRes 422 HQ
- Trigger Record Behavior/Trigger Stop Behavior: Set if the record flag should toggle (start/stop) recording in all slots or just in the triggered slot.
- Record Format: Choose between the following formats:
- External Video: All the details about this feature can be found in the article Image View Output to HD-SDI in Livegrade. Additionally, you can choose to release the SDI Output device when Livegrade is in the background so that you can use the device with other software apps.
- ScopeBox Integration: Livegrade can be connected to ScopeBox to get advanced video scopes. All the details about this feature are found in the article Professional Video Scopes for Livegrade with ScopeBox.
In the Livegrade preferences, you can manage the available ACES versions and transforms. For more details about this feature, please read the article Using the ACES CDL Grading Mode.
- Image preview: Force color profile of loaded images to Rec.709
- LUT Interpolation: You can choose between different interpolation methods. It is recommended to choose tetrahedral interpolation for improved color accuracy on video output and still image export.
- Image Export: You can enable/disable color profile tagging for still images and apply the appropriate color profile for most common colorspaces (Rec.709/Rec.2020/Rec.2100 PQ/Rec.2100 HLG/sRGB).
- ICC Profiles: The setting within the “Advanced” section allows you to limit the use to ICC profiles to your Display Curve. This may result in a less accurate color display but, on the other hand, decreases the possibility of banding effects.
- ColorSync: Check the article Matching Livegrade’s Image View with a broadcast-video display to learn how to ensure the correct display of images in the Image Viewer on different monitors (e.g., broadcast-video displays).
Enable the use of the Livegrade Remote app through this tab. For more information about the Livegrade Remote app, please check the article Livegrade iOS Remote.
- Automatic Updates: Updates for Livegrade will automatically be delivered through the built-in update mechanism. If a new update is available, Livegrade will notify you and ask for permission to install the update. To check if the automatic update function is enabled, go to Livegrade > Preferences…> Updates. There you also can change the interval of how frequently Livegrade should look for updates. If you disable automatic updates, you can start a manual update via the Livegrade > Check for Updates option at any point. However, we strongly recommend using the automatic update notification feature.
- Data Collection: The anonymous usage statics is selected by default and allows the Pomfort development team to improve the functions and features of Livegrade. If you do not want to supply this information, just deselect the checkbox. Also, choose if Livegrade should automatically send your crash reports to the Pomfort development team, helping them to analyze problems and fix potential issues.
In the accounts tab, you can add your ShotHub accounts to upload your project to ShotHub. Learn more in the article Connecting Livegrade to Pomfort ShotHub.