Create Clips, Stills and Looks

The library in LiveGrade can contain these kinds of items:

  • Looks: these contain a color grade that can be exported
  • Clips: movie recordings with metadata and a look applied.
  • Stills: still images with a look applied.

The icon in the “Type” column will help you differentiate them:

  • Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 12.34.08  Look
  • Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 12.33.46  Still
  • Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 12.33.36  Clip
  • Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 12.33.58 Pre-graded Still
  • Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 12.33.24 Pre-graded Clip

Additionally every Type can have a chain icon overlay that symbolizes a Linked Look (e.g. a Still with a Linked Look):

  • Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 12.34.23 Linked Look Still

Read more about Linked Looks in the article Linked Looks.

Adding items to the clip library

There are different ways to add an item to the library in LiveGrade. The create buttons behave differently depending on the current mode:

  • Slots mode:
    • «New Look» to create only a new grade with metadata
    • «Record» to start recording a new movie
    • «Framegrab» when a video live signal source is attached to store a frame
figure 6: new clip

figure 1: new clip


  • Clip mode:
    • «New Still» will duplicate the metadata of the current clip while adding a new still image. Can be used to create a new look with the same source image.
    • «New movie» duplicates the video and metadata of the currently selected clip

figure 2: adding items in the Clips mode


Importing images from files

Additionally, you can import images from .JPEG, .TIFF and .DPX files. Still frames can also be imported from .MOV files. This way you can use them to create looks on your computer display or as a reference to compare against the live video signal.

To import an image into the Library, select File>Import Image…

figure 3: importing an image

figure 3: importing an image

  • Force Color Profile

It is possible to enable/disable the forcing of the color profile to Rec.709 of the loaded images. This setting tells LiveGrade not to use the embedded color profile of the imported images and use Rec.709 instead. You can modify this setting in Preferences>Advanced.

figure 4: Fore Color Profile preferences

figure 4: Fore Color Profile preferences



Metadata quick entry panel

When creating a new look, still or clip LiveGrade launches the Quick Entry Panel, which is fully controllable by keyboard shortcuts, e.g. tab for switching between fields and arrow up and down for incrementing and decrementing values. You can add the information of the item at this point:

figure 5: metadata quick entry panel

figure 5: metadata quick entry panel


On the other hand, there is also a metadata entry panel when recording clips from a live video signal:

figure 6: video recording metadata panel

figure 6: video recording metadata panel

Please note: The documentation is currently in transition from LiveGrade Pro version 3 to version 4 and may not be up to date yet.