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Expanding the User Interface – MasterGrade – Flame 2020


Hi everyone, Grant for the Flame Learning Channel. In this video, you’ll learn about using the expanded user interface… with the MasterGrade. This will give you more controls up front… And less digging down into multiple menus. We’ll cover some of interface options… As well as the new layout of the MasterGrade… When it is fully expanded. Lastly, before we continue… The expanded user interface is also available for other tools… Within the image toolset… Gmask Tracer… And finally the Action 3D compositor. These can be either in the editorial or compositing contexts… And may be explored in future videos. So take any media that you have loaded into Flame… And access the image toolset… Either through the Effects environment… Or use an image node in Batch. Now this is the standard interface… That you may be used to… If you’ve been using previous versions of the Flame products. As a reminder, Action, the Gmask Tracer and the Image Toolset… All use a two-column layout. So for instance, the primary’s object menu is on the left… And the MasterGrade for the Primary is on the right. So both controls are only using half the interface… And you have a range of sub-menus… to access the additional controls. In the middle of this interface… There are now three buttons… That control the interface layout. The middle button is the standard two-column layout. This is normally the default layout. However, if you go with expanded or standard layout… It will be persistent… As you jump in and out of the controls later on. Now you have two expanded layout options. One for the column on the left… And one for the column on the right. So you can expand either column… As well as switch between them. Now the tabs for each column still remain… And if you select them… The layout will automatically switch between the left and right columns… In order to display the selected tools. So you can expand the interface into any column… And switch between them. Now very importantly… The MasterGrade in particular… will always favour the right column. So here is its tab… And this will always switch to the expanded right-column. Now before we look deeper into the expanded interface for the MasterGrade… The standard layout is mapped to SHIT+ALT+DOWN ARROW. This is the two-column display. To expand the left column across the interface… You press SHIFT+ALT+LEFT ARROW. And finally, to expand the right column across the interface… This is mapped to SHIFT+ALT+RIGHT ARROW. Remember that the tabs are still accessible… So if you don’t see what you want… you can switch between these tools… Like the Default camera and the MasterGrade. Now when you look at the MasterGrade… The first big difference… Is that the LIFT, GAMMA, GAIN and OFFSET… All have their own colour wheels visible at the same time. With the standard layout… Normally one colour wheel is visible at a time… And you need to switch between the tools. This is not the case… when the MasterGrade uses the whole interface. So you have your Primary controls in this menu… And if you switch to the Tone controls… You also have an expanded version of the tools… With the colour wheels for BLACK, SHADOWS, MIDTONES, HIGHLIGHTS and WHITE. So the PRIMARY and TONE menu… Show their specific tools for a particular purpose. However, there is a third menu… Called PRIME/TONE… Which combines the primary controls in the left column… And the tone controls in the right column. So both are on display all the time. This was done because some of you favoured separate controls for primary and tone… And others favoured a combined interface of both. You can work in whatever manner you choose… And all the controls are connected together… Making it easy to switch between different layouts… Depending on your preferences and tasks. Another tip worth mentioning… Is that you can set which MasterGrade layout to display first… When switching to the expanded interface. For example, the default settings… Is to show the Primary menu… When switching to the expanded interface. But if you switch to the standard layout… And call up the main preferences menu… You can go to the TimelineFX Batch BFX tab… And tell the MasterGrade to favour the Primary and Tone Menu. You can close the preferences once you’ve enabled the settings. The next time you switch to the expanded interface… It will automatically switch to the combined Primary and Tone menu… Instead of the separate ones. So it’s up to you… how to expand the MasterGrade… And take full advantage of the grading controls. Finally, for those of you using any of the supported Tangent Panels… There have been a few updates alongside the expanded user-interface. For example, you are no longer required to be in a particular interface… In order to have access to the MasterGrade controls on the panels. For instance, all Tone controls… can now be used in the Tangent Panels’ Primary modes. The expanded interface shortcuts… have also been mapped to the Tangent control surfaces… and some of the newer controls can also be mapped to the panels… Using the Tangent Mapper application. Please check the on-line documentation for further information. As a final reminder, the expanded UI is also available in the Gmask Tracer and Action… And hopefully more objects will be expanded… As the interface continues to develop. Don’t forget to check out the other features, workflows… And enhancements to Flame 2020. Comments, feedback and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated. Please subscribe to the Flame Learning Channel for future videos… And thanks for watching.

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