Basic Hardware Setup
The article Basic Hardware Setup covers the most common hardware setup with Livegrade for live color grading.
The article explains:
- Video signals on set (HD-SDI for video signals)
- Basic Device Requirements (monitor and LUT boxes)
- Additional features of LUT boxes (time code, frame grab, and metadata)
Please make sure you read the article Basic Hardware Setup first, before you proceed with more advanced options below.
In addition to LUT boxes some cameras and monitors can also perform the look processing (“in-camera grading” and “in-monitor grading”). See the article All Supported Devices for an overview of all supported devices and their capabilities.
Using HD-SDI capture devices
The application can use connected capture devices to get access to live image within the software.
By capturing live signals you can:
- Monitor live signals in the application’s image viewer,
- store thumbnails of the current image in the shot library, and
- store frame grabs and record clips for later reference.
Using HD-SDI output devices
The application can use connected video output devices to output image from within the software to HD-SDI.
You can output:
- Stored frame grabs and for reference output,
- playback of recorded clips,
- processed live image (when also using a capture device), and
- combined and split view of frame grabs and live image
Learn more about video output in the article Image View Output to HD-SDI.
Controlling an HD-SDI router
HD-SDI video routers allow to route signals from any source to any destination. The application can control a video router and automate routings depending on the state (e.g. selection of slots) in the user interface.
Please see the article Controlling an External Video Router for learning more about controlling a video router.
Setting up HDR/SDR dual monitoring
For HDR/SDR dual monitoring the camera’s video signal can be wired to one grading device configured to display the signal in Rec.2020 HDR colorspaces on an HDR monitor and another grading device (or second LUT box channel) to display the signal in Rec.709 colorspace on an SDR monitor. Alternatively, the camera’s video signal can also be distributed to two devices via a video router (see above).