I have often needed a quick way to review the contents of a
CDL files contain ASC-SOP and SAT values which are used to transfer colour grading information between programs.
In simpler words, they are a set of creative instructions to push red, green or blue values of an image in a particular way.
Sure, it can be quickly opened and understood using a text editor since the structure of an ASC-CDL file is XML.
But if you have 20 to 30
.cdl files, each for one clip on a camera roll, you need a quicker way to view those values.
It is obviously not a great visual way of understanding the colour instructions, as you can only see the numbers themselves:
<Slope>1.13947 1.13502 1.13947</Slope>, and so on.
But this is enough for me to quickly determine if two or more grades are the same, since I can see if the numeric values inside are identical.
A plugin for Finder on macOS
The above is achieved using a plugin for Finder’s QuickLook function, installed into the user’s Library folder.
I have simply modified it to support
This is done by adding an extra entry to
Info.plist, which is the dyn signature of the file:
# Line 16 + <string>dyn.ah62d4rv4ge80g3dq</string>
Lecca has welcomed additions of other XML filetypes to the program, but I can’t find a working email address for him.
And I otherwise needed the functionality immediately, so I made the change myself first.
I also include it for for download below, with links and credit back to Lecca’s repo.
Download link: colorxml.qlgenerator_(seb_cdl).zip (GitHub Gist)
Originally forked from colorxml-quicklook on GitHub, authored by Fabio Lecca.
- In Finder, Go -> Go To Folder (Shift+Cmd+G):
- Paste the
- Relaunch Finder
Tested on macOS Mojave 10.14.6. No other OS variants tested to date.