Matching Grain in Avid

Avid Match Grain filter feature allows users to take a picture of film to video media. From here, the feature will create a grain signature for that snapshot and this can be used to match grain with a destination clip, especially if that clip has very little or no grain. All users need to use this technology is Avid, a film or video, and some step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Using the Match Grain Effect

Many of Avid's effects, including the Match Grain effect, were created by Boris FX. This company has created effects and filters for other programs, including After Effects.

Boris FX's Match Grain filter will take a video or film clip, duplicate the grain signature for the copy and then apply the grain signature to a new, destination clip. This will help users naturally combine multiple images and clips.

For example, let's say that a user has a clip of a rollercoaster going down a track, but they want to add another rollercoaster in the background. The person can add the new image to the clip and then add the Match Grain Filter to the new rollercoaster image so that it matches the original grain.

Further, if users plan on using this same clip to create other composite images, the original's clip's grain can be saved using the Grain Presets options. This way, the source clip's grain can then be applied to subsequent clips.

Step 2: How to Use the Grain Presets

  • As mentioned previously, the Grain Presets options allow users to use the same source clip grain for other composite images. To save a source grain, follow the below steps: Open up the clip that will be used for the source grain.
  • Go to the Grain Presets menu.
  • Click on Save. Now, the grain signature for the current clip will be saved.
  • To load this signature for other clips, follow the below steps: Open up a clip.
  • Go to the Grain Presets menu.
  • Select the grain signature that needs to be used for the new Clip. Hit Load.

This will add the selected grain signature to the new clip.

Step 3: Other Items in the Grain Presets Menu

Besides being able to save or add grains to clips, the Grain Presets menu also allows users to choose what type of grain that they would like to use. The two types of grains are Monochrome and RGB.

The Monochrome grain will output the clip in monochrome colors. This is generally black, white or gray. The RGB grain will output clips in shades of red, blue and green.

The View menu within the Grain Presets allows users to set how they would like the grain to display. These displays are broken up into the following categories: Sample Layer, Generated Grain and Final Output.

  • Sample Layer will take a section of the image and zooms in on it. Users must select a clip within the Sample Layer menu to display the zoomed section.
  • Generated Grain will show the type of grain that will be applied to the clip.
  • Final Output shows what the clip will look like with the grain filter.