Coming Soon to SpeedGrade CC – Direct Link and more

Just last April at NAB we introduced SpeedGrade CC, including Shot Matcher, a revised UI, a new Snapshot browser and more. Many of you were excited about the new Lumetri integration in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, which allows you to apply SpeedGrade looks, including masks as effects layers. This innovation made it possible to view your content with the color grading applied in Premiere Pro and “edit to the esthetic.” It also hinted at a deeper integration between the two applications.

Direct Link
Today we are happy to announce that deeper integration will arrive very soon in the October 2013 release of SpeedGrade CC. It’s called Direct Link and allows you to open complete Premiere Pro projects inside SpeedGrade, so you see all your clips, cuts, transitions, and track color-coding in SpeedGrade CC. After applying color corrections in SpeedGrade, save the project and open it again in Premiere Pro in one smooth action – voila! Your color adjustments are all applied. Rather than Dynamic Linking, Direct Link allows you to move the whole project back and forth, as often as you need to. What a quick demo of Direct Link in action.

SpeedGrade CC now offers Direct Link integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Since we first introduced Adobe SpeedGrade, the most requested feature has been a round-trip workflow with Premiere Pro. With Direct Link, you see the whole Premiere Pro CC timeline inside SpeedGrade CC.

Expanded Format Support
Another advantage of Direct Link, is that you can now bring any format supported by Adobe Premiere Pro CC into SpeedGrade CC. Adobe Premiere Pro leads the industry with native support for virtually all of the major video, image, or audio formats, including new formats like Cinema DNG, Red Epic Dragon (6K), Sony RAW (F65, F55, F5 FS700), Phantom Cine, improved MJPG performance from Canon 1DC,  Sony XAVC Long GOP, Panasonic AVC Ultra (Long GOP), 64 bit ProRes decoding (Mac OS X 10.8 or higher only), and support for exporting XAVC up to 4K and AVCi200.

To take advantage of all this file-reading firepower, all you have to do is start of in Premiere Pro CC and the Direct Link to SpeedGrade. Once you have finished all your color work, Direct Link back to Premiere Pro CC for final output. Working with different file formts in SpeedGrade just got a lot simpler.

Multiple Masks
Another thing that our users have been asking for is the ability to create multiple masks within a single look file. Once again: your wish is granted. With the October 2013 release of SpeedGrade CC, users can now add as many masks as they need with the layer stack of their grade and even link them, making it much faster to create, save and copy complex looks. The last point (copying those looks) will be a real time saver for many users, who previously had to copy a group of looks every time they wanted to have more than one mask.

SpeedLooks
We are also delighted to announce that we have licensed a special SpeedLooks package for the next release of SpeedGrade CC. The package includes a set of 14 camera patches so that you can adjust color spaces quickly when working with different cameras on the same project. The camera patches create a “level playing field” so that any grading or looks you apply on top of them will deliver the virtually the same result – even if they are being used on shots from different cameras. Just one more tool in your color kit to make sure your shots match and look great. SpeedLooks will also include four special creative looks that add instant vibrancy to you image.

The October 2013 release of SpeedGrade CC will include a four sets of SpeedLooks, including Gold, Noir, Blue, and Neutral

The October 2013 release of SpeedGrade CC will include a four sets of SpeedLooks, including Gold, Noir, Blue, and Neutral

All of this and more will be available with the next SpeedGrade CC release, including over 150 new features across the pro video tools. Check out what’s coming to the Creative Cloud pro video apps on Adobe TV or visit our IBC 2013 page to see what’s happening at the Adobe booth at the IBC show in Amsterdam.

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