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Here’s a round-up of useful SpeedGrade CC learning resources.
Creative Cloud Learn
hands-on tutorial with downloadable assets
Presented by Colin Smith
How to correct color and create stylized looks with SpeedGrade CC is an excellent free tutorial and includes downloadable files so you can follow the short tutorial videos exactly: a great place to start for the beginner.
video tutorial by Robbie Carman
The SpeedGrade scopes are essential for accurate color grading. Here’s an introduction to the Luma Waveform to get you started working with scopes, or “Analysis Tools” as they are called in SpeedGrade-speak.
video tutorial by Jeff Sengstack
Jeff is a very knowledgeable colorist and this short tutorial is packed with interesting observations.
video tutorial by Patrick Inhofer
This piece is a little dated, but it’s a great primer (is that a pun?) in using the 12-way color corrector and Pat Inhofer is another great SpeedGrade trainer.
video tutorial by Patrick Inhofer
Again, this shows an earlier version of SpeedGrade, but it’s a great introduction to basic color correction in SpeedGrade
video tutorial by Patrick Inhofer
SpedGrade now allows you to apply global corrections to Master Clips, but you may still need to copy grades from one clip to another. This tutorial shows you how to do that quickly and easily.
video tutorial by Patrick Inhofer
Learn to use this feature to ensure visual continuity between different clips on your timeline with a handy side-by-side view.
SpeedGrade Help Docs
This Help doc provides an easy overview of all the new features in SpeedGrade CC (October 2014.1 release)
This handy guide includes a downloadable PDF, making it even handier. Sometimes keyboard shortcuts are the fastest way to learn a new piece of software.
This is a great overview article with lots of great embedded video resources by Jonny Elwyn in Premium Beat
Lynda.com course by Robbie Carman
Here’s the latest SpeedGrade CC course taught by the great Robbie Carman. Definitely worth joining Lynda.com for this!
By Alexis Van Hurkman
This book does not include Direct Link or any of the 2014 features, BUT it is packed with brilliant grading advice from one of the gurus of color grading, Alexis Van Hurkman.
Download SpeedGrade CC and get started today!
SpeedGrade CC update (2014.1) available today
We’re delighted to announce that the Adobe SpeedGrade CC (2014.1) update will be released today. This update includes new features, enhancements, and a number of fixes. The new features, including Curve adjustments, Hover Preview Looks, Grading Layer Grouping, and more, are detailed in our IBC 2014 preview post, which you can read here http://adobe.ly/1BjpeuV.
The 2014.1 update is expected to be available to to Creative Cloud members by the end of the day. Download SpeedGrade CC (2014.1) via Creative Cloud for desktop, or online through your Creative Cloud account.
Adobe MAX 2014 announcements
This SpeedGrade CC update is part of a series of new releases across all of the Creative Cloud desktop applications, as well as new and updated mobile apps, including Adobe Premiere Clip, a brand new iOS app which makes it easy to turn footage on an iPhone or iPad into great-looking videos clip.adobe.com. Details of the wider release will be presented today at Adobe MAX 2014, the world’s leading creativity conference www.adobe.com/go/MAXblog.
Below is a list of new features and bug fixes included with the 2014.1 update to SpeedGrade CC
New and improved features in SpeedGrade CC (2014.1)
- Improved Mask render performance in Direct Link
- Improved Autosave workflow for Direct Link and SG native projects
- NEW Mercury Transmit support for external monitoring via Blackmagic video I/O devices
- NEW support for 4K video output via Mercury Transmit
- NEW Hue & Saturation Curve adjustment controls
NEW RGB Curve adjustment controls
- NEW HiDPI-support for Windows 8.1
NEW enhanced UI for improved visibility and easier control of color tools
- NEW Grading Layer Grouping functionality, including drag and drop for Look presets
Added a global mute button to video monitor
- NEW support for audio playback in Direct Link
- NEW support for Blackmagic Pocket cDNG RAW
Added Intel AVX2 codepath for better performance on latest CPUs
- New SpeedLooks grading presets including 3562 – Retro (New), 3562 – Retro (EV), 3560 – Neutral Start (EV), 3562 – Gold Sport (EV)
- NEW Hover Preview Looks
- Improved – GoPro .MP4 files can now be opened in SpeedGrade “native mode” without renaming the file to .MOV
- Improved support for Alexa Open-Gate format
- Improved – Inverted Inside/Outside icons to match other DVA apps + PS
Improved – Secondaries now include gamma control
- Improved Changed playback behavior to match PR: Playback stops when dragging/moving playhead
Improved memory management by sharing memory between SpeedGrade, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder
- Changed default to display supported media only in SpeedGrade Media Browser
Bug Fixes in SpeedGrade CC (2014.1)
- Fixed a crash on application start on Intel Iris platforms (latest MacBook Pro)
- Fixed: Project was broken if the layer name contained quotation marks
- Fixed: UI bug when scene-detection was cancelled
- Fixed: Secondary color picker did not work correctly with Master Clip Effect
- Fixed: PAR issue in Direct Link projects
- Fixed a crash when drag and drop used with Look preset to Direct Link project
- Fixed: Color picker did not work when mask panel was open
- Fixed: Disabled non-supported “Copy to reconform” function in Direct Link
- Fixed: SpeedGrade crashes when undoing creation of a new project
- Fixed: Some PNG file stopped working in SpeedGrade “native mode”
- Fixed: UI freeze when loading settings dialog while applying grading adjustments
- Fixed: Loading a SpeedGrade project via double-click in OS level didn’t load the project properly
- Fixed: issue with scrolling layer stack
- Fixed: Welcome screen pops up when undoing actions in Direct Link projects
- Fixed: Occasionally keyframe-UI disappeared from timeline when applying a Look preset
- Fixed a occasional crash when holding down “*” key while playback
- Fixed a random bug where SpeedGrade process wasn’t killed successfully after quitting the application
- Fixed non- localized strings from OS in Open/Save dialogs on Mac (German, French, Italian, Spanish
- Fixed a bug when welcome screen was not centered on Mac HiDPI screen
Pricing and Availability
Today’s updates to Creative Cloud are expected to be available to Creative Cloud members by the end of the day as part of their membership at no additional cost. The new and updated mobile apps are free to everyone. More information will be available later today at: http://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/mobile.html. To join Creative Cloud, special promotional pricing is available to customers who own Adobe Creative Suite 3 or later. Membership plans are available for individuals, students, photographers, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. For pricing details, visit: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud.html#buy.
We’re really proud of the development of SpeedGrade since the launch of Creative Cloud. A lot of engineering muscle went into creating the industry’s first integrated editing and color-grading pipeline with Direct Link, which allows users to move Premiere Pro projects in and out of SpeedGrade without the hassles of transcoding or XML translations. This kind of seamless integration is revolutionizing how color work is done and brings professional color grading into easy reach of everyone who edits video.
Now that the hard work is done, we’ve turned our attention back to the creative tools, which are the heart and soul of SpeedGrade. This includes, new Curve adjustments, awesome new Grading Layer Grouping, hover previews for Looks, and a whole bunch of enhancements. For those of you with Blackmagic video I/O cards, such as the Decklink line, we’re delighted to announce that the wait is over. SpeedGrade now offers enhanced Mercury Transmit with support for 4K output and, let me repeat it, Blackmagic cards.
Altogether the new features and enhancements add up to really smooth workflows, whether you are a seasoned pro or just starting out with color grading. Let’s dive in and learn more about the 2014.1 release – coming soon to Creative Cloud on your desktop.
Like all of the Creative Cloud video applications, the new release of SpeedGrade offers a refined new user interface with support for HiDPI displays, including Windows 8.1 systems.
The color scheme is more subtle and UI elements have been simplified. For example the Effects menu has been organized to make it easier to find what you are looking for. Click the “+” icon at the bottom of the Grading Layer panel to see it.
The first thing you see in the new Effects pop-up menu is “Curves.” Click it to reveal two new color tool options: RGB Curves and Hue & Saturation Curves. Click either one to add a new grading layer – the Curve controls open in the grading panel. In both cases you can drag the curve line, adding (or removing) control points until you get the result you want in your image.
With RGB Curves, the leftmost curve controls the Luma, which is like a ganged adjustment of all three (R, G, and B) channels.
The Hue and Saturation curves allow you to boost or mute any part of the color spectrum. Add control points and drag the line to apply your adjustments.
You can use Curve adjustments on their own, or combine them with any other grading layers, Looks, or LUTs. This brings us to the next awesome feature …
Grading Layer Grouping
From the very earliest days, SpeedGrade has used layers (rather than nodes) for adding and combining grading adjustments. With the 2014.1 release we’re taking layer-based grading to the next, um, “level.”
With Layer Grouping, you can now collect parts of your grade (or “Look,” as we call it) and collect them together. Not only does this allow you to organize complex Looks better, it also means you can adjust the opacity of a group of grades at once. This makes it easy to combine multiple Looks and effects and create a kind of “Look remix” out of them.
You can now multi-select individual grading layers, for example to save as a new Look, or to copy, just those parts of the grade. And then there’s drag and drop with Look presets – which brings us to the next feature …
Hover preview Looks
Now when you hover over a Look thumbnail, you see how that Look will impact your image, right in the Monitor. This makes it incredibly easy to test out Looks. To apply the Look, all you have to do is click on it (no more forgetting to press Enter and wondering later what happened to your Look …). Alternatively, you can drag the Look thumbnail into the grading layer stack, where it will appear as a new Group, and is automatically applied to the image.
Words don’t do this justice: you have to try it out yourself to see how smooth this really is. We think you will love the new Look workflow.
Better Direct Link
We have added audio support for Premiere Pro projects inside SpeedGrade, so now you have sound with your color. This is great since soundtracks or dialog often provide cues for transitions in lighting.
Performance with masks is now also improved, making it easier to work with masks in general, and multiple masks in particular. Related to this, SpeedGrade’s tracking, which is actually a pretty slick piece of engineering under the hood, is now significantly faster.
We also improved Autosave, both in Direct Link and in native SpeedGrade mode, so you can work with confidence.
As noted above, we have enhanced Mercury Transmit to support output to 4K monitors and adding support for Blackmagic cards.
Last but not least, SpeedGrade sports four new SpeedLooks, giving you even more options for sophisticated color grading presets that perform really well across different types of footage and lighting conditions. Did I mention that you can group this with grading layers to instantly create new custom Looks?
SpeedGrade is about three things: precision color science, efficient and flexible workflows, and the freedom to play with light and color. We’re excited about this release and we can’t what to see where you take it in your own work.
The new updates to the Creative Cloud video apps and Adobe Anywhere for video are expected to ship in the coming weeks.
Adobe will host MAX, The Creativity Conference, Oct. 4-8 in Los Angeles, to share even more amazing innovations coming to Creative Cloud across desktop, mobile, services and community. To be among the first to know when these and other Creative Cloud updates are available, follow us on Twitter @creativecloud or join us on Facebook.
Visit the Creative Cloud video page for links and news from Adobe at IBC 2014 from September 12 – 17
If you can’t make it to IBC, please join us for a special Ask a Video Pro session on Friday, September 12 at 10 am PT (7 pm CEST). Live from Amsterdam, Jason Levine will demo the new features coming to the CC video apps, including SpeedGrade
2014 release of Adobe SpeedGrade CC now available
At last we’re delighted to announce that the 2014 release of SpeedGrade CC is now available. The new version offers a more flexible Direct Link workflow with Premiere Pro, Master Clip effect, broadcast standard scopes, including a brand new YUV Vectorscope (much requested), an improved Look Manager, and more.
You can read more about the new features in our earlier blog post from NAB 2014. This SpeedGrade CC release is part of a much larger Adobe Creative Cloud release, including new 2014 versions of all of the desktop apps, new mobile apps, expanded integration, and more. Read more about the Creative Cloud release here.
Creative Cloud members can install the new 2014 release of SpeedGrade through Creative Cloud for desktop. You can also log in to your Creative Cloud account and download SpeedGrade CC from there.
SpeedGrade CC Release Notes (2014.0)
Recently Adobe TV posted a beautiful video created by Thomas Bergman of Silbersalz Film, a production company located in Stuttgart, Germany. The film is one of my all-time favorites: their production quality is stunning. Their work illustrates the impact of “creative looks” on moving images, and shows the range of a professional color grading application for shaping narrative visually.
Needless to say, I am proud that the company is an all-Creative Cloud, all-SpeedGrade post house.
This interview was recorded on set at the Silbersalz facility during production on their SpeedGrade film.
I spoke last November with Will Read, a brilliant filmmaker based in London and a keen Creative Cloud and SpeedGrade user. Will was one of the presenters at the SpeedGrade 10th anniversary event we held in Munich in November 2013.
In the interview, Will speaks about his integrated approach to filmmaking. His workflow was born from a bad experience with his first film project. Although he had taken great care to shoot that film well, the final result was spoiled by bad telecine work and even worse color grading. He vowed then and there never again to let someone else ruin his images. Will then set out to learn color grading on his own, so that he could marry that expertise with his love of cinematography. The ultimate result was an end-to-end pipeline which gives the maximum amount of artistic control to the minimum number of people.
2013 marked the 10th anniversary of SpeedGrade. Last November in Munich, the city where SpeedGrade was born, we held a special event to make the occasion. We were joined by lots of old friends and new users at the fabulous ARRI Cinema where we watched a some great technical and artistic presentations.
The whole SpeedGrade team was there – a feat, considering we’re spread all over Europe and North America.
SpeedGrade CC added support for the popular Tangent Element grading panel series (SpeedGrade already supported the Tangent CP200 grading panel series and the all-in-one Tangent Wave panel). The SpeedGrade color tools and functions are mapped to different controls in the hardware providing a more tactile and immediate grading experience.
We’re really proud of our Tangent Element implementation. We did all the mapping ourselves so the panels can really take full advantage of everything SpeedGrade has to offer. It doesn’t take long to get used to working on a grading panel and if you need to deliver lots of work quickly, grading panels are the way to go.
This post explains how to set up Tangent Element panels to work with SpeedGrade CC. Continue reading…
Mercury Transmit allows you to use an external broadcast monitor with SpeedGrade. This gives you reference quality image display so you can accurately view. Currently you can use Mercury Transmit in SpeedGrade with third-party video IO cards from AJA, Matrox, and Bluefish. In this post, we’ll show you how to set up Mercury Transmit using an AJA Kona 3G as an example.
1. Install drivers
To start the setup, download and install the AJA Kona 3G driver and the Adobe plugin installer from AJA support website.
If you already have an older AJA/Adobe plugin installed we recommend you uninstall it and replace it with the latest version. Please do that in this order: Continue reading…
Here’s an interesting fact for you: SpeedGrade was first introduced in 2003. That’s right: SpeedGrade is now ten years young this year! To mark the occasion, we are holding a special event at the ARRI theater in Munich on November 21. If you are based in, or near Munich Germany, or if you happen to be in the area next week Thursday, please join us!
Please note: most of the presentations will be in German. However, if any English-only speakers make the trek to Munich, you can sit next to me and I will do my best to give you a running translation of the presentations. In any case, we will be posting interviews with presenters and other stories about the history of SpeedGrade soon after this event.
Here is the program:
10 Jahre SpeedGrade
Modern Filmmaking and Adobe Creative Cloud
November 21, 2013 – 12:00 – 4:30 pm
ARRI Kino Türkenstraße 91, 80799 München Continue reading…