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Why a Full Screen Still-Store is Better Than a Split Screen

Aaron Williams

Use a full screen still-store instead of a split screen to train yourself to match shots more quickly and focus on how well the shots “edit” together.

One of the most useful tools in a color grading application is the still-store. This lets you store a reference image and call it up when working on another shot to see how they compare. Most still-stores default to a splt screen view so you can compare the two shots at the same time. Instead of utilizing this view to make sure the shots match exactly, try using a full screen view of the reference image.

DaVinci Still Store

Using a full screen still store does two things:

  1. It makes you match shots perceptually, which is how the audience will be viewing the piece. They won’t get a split screen view to compare one shot to the next. They see them one at a time, and what matters is that the shots appear to match. Perception is reality in this instance. Sometimes even when two shots are perfectly matched color-wise, they still do not “edit” together well when seen one after the other. How they edit together is much more important than the actual “correctness” of the matching.
  2. It makes you faster at matching. Instead of relying on a split screen to see what the differences are, you train your eye to notice color casts, recognize target hues when you reach them, and quickly analyize a shot for what is necessary to correct it.

The split screen view is a crutch most of the time; a well-trained eye is far more effective and valuable. Save the split screen for when you really need that level of detail on the tricky shots you encounter.