The Shot Library

Shots

The shot library stores all shots of the current project. Users can view, manage, and recall their shots in the shot library. 

Shots are stored in bins, and bins can be grouped in folders. You can organize folders within folders to create a project hierarchy. Selection of bins and folders behaves recursively: Selecting a folder shows the shots of all the bins and folders in the selected folder.

The shot library with bin and folder outline

Each “shot” (e.g. each entry in the shot library) consists of 

  • all associated clip metadata received from the camera and from custom-filled metadata fields,
  • the look metadata with all grade settings from the slot where the shot has been created from, and
  • an optional media asset, such as a frame grab or movie recording (if available from a capture device in the slot where the shot has been created from).

All shot information is collected at the moment of creation, but can be either edited or updated at a later time if needed.

Media assets can be frame grabs or movie recordings generated within Livegrade while creating the associated shot, or imported images, imported still images from a movie or imported movie files.

The primary actions for lists of shots are:

  • Export look metadata of selected shots as CDLs or lookup tables
  • Create shot reports as PDF from a bin or folder
  • Export a bin or folder to Silverstack’s automatic look matching feature.

The primary actions for single shots are:

  • Apply the shot’s attached look of a selected shot to the current slot
  • Use the shot’s attached still frame or movie clip as a reference (e.g. split screen) in the current slot
  • Output the shot’s attached still frame or movie clip to HD-SDI (either in the current slot or permanently in the library slot)

All actions are available through context menus (right-click) or main menu entries / keyboard shortcuts. PDF reports are now customizable, the selection of columns in the report follows the selection of columns in the shot library.

Smart Groups

There is an advanced “Smart Groups” view accessible from the shot library window, that displays a hierarchical structured outline of the currently selected folder level of the shot library. Smart groups are auto-generated based on shot metadata. You can define the hierarchy levels for the outline in a gear menu, that provides the metadata fields “Season”, “Episode”, “Crew Unit”, “Shooting Day”, “Scene”, “Shot”, “Take”, “Camera”, “Caption”, “Location” and “Rating” to choose from. You can also apply from predefined layouts or save custom layouts.

Smart Groups

Note: Smart groups are pre-filtered by the selected folder/bin in the shot library sidebar. When you want to view all available items in the library, make sure to select the “Library” home folder in the shot library sidebar.

The path in the “Shots” sub-toolbar shows the current library folder and smart groups level and lets you browse and choose within the library.

Library path with smart groups level

 

Shot Info Panel

The right panel besides the shot library has three tabs: One for the shot details, one for look presets, and one for the history.

The Shot Info shows detailed information about the currently selected shot and a preview image. You can resize the preview image by resizing the right panel.

Shot info panel

Importing Reference Images and Reference Movies

When building a new look it can be beneficial to import a reference image or reference movie in order to compare color, lightning and exposure with the current grade:

  • Import one or multiple image/s by choosing “Import Image / Still from Movie…” from the “File” menu and selecting one or multiple image/s. 
  • Import a still image from a movie file also by selecting a movie file in this dialogue. A pop-up window lets you playback and scrub through the selected movie and lets you set the position of the still image.
  • Import a movie by choosing “Import Movie File…” from the “File” menu and selecting a movie file (mov, m4v or mp4).

Note: The original movie file will be copied into Livegrade’s recordings folder. Depending on the file size this might take a while. Movies will show up in the shot library as soon as the copy process is done.