The SpeedGrade CC (7.2) December 2013 update will be released today. This update focuses on performance enhancements and bug fixes for the Direct Link workflow. This SpeedGrade update is just one of the pro video updates coming today, including releases of Adobe Media Encoder CC, After Effects CC, Prelude CC, and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Please make sure you install Adobe Premiere Pro CC (7.2) before using Direct Link with SpeedGrade CC (7.2).
SpeedGrade CC (7.2) will be available for download via the Creative Cloud desktop application.
As a rule, updates will appear in the Creative Cloud desktop application within 24 hours of being made available. If you are checking for updates in the Creative Cloud desktop application, and they don’t appear, restarting the application can force it to check for recent updates.
If you have any issues with this release, please bring questions and issues to the SpeedGrade forum.
SpeedGrade CC (7.2) Release Notes
1. Playback performance in Direct Link
This release offers improved playback performance in Direct Link for virtually all supported formats. Performance for XDCam, Canon MXF, H.264, ProRes 422 and 444, DNxHD, ARRI RAW, Sony MXF AVC 2K, and others now fully leverage the Mercury Playback engine.
SpeedGrade CC 7.2 also improves playback with masks applied, although there are still some dips in performance when using masks.
2. GPU acceleration for Direct Link
SpeedGrade CC 7.2 extends GPU acceleration to the Mac when using Direct Link.
Enabled: NVIDIA OpenCL (Mac) GPU acceleration is now available for OS X 10.8.5 and higher. This provides better feedback and real-time grading update when applying color adjustments.
Enabled: AMD OpenCL (Win) GPU acceleration is now supported
Note: GPU acceleration for NVIDIA CUDA and AMD OpenCL are not currently available on the Mac platform.
3. Other Direct Link fixes and enhancements
SpeedGrade CC 7.2 offers numerous performance improvements for a smoother Direct Link workflow.
Improved: SpeedLook .cubes converted to .ITX format. This reduces LUT file size for better performance.
Improved: Mercury Transmit performance with OpenCL is improved
Added: support for Sony RAW
Fixed: Issue causing crashes with XDCAM footage
Fixed: Keyframing now works correctly with trimmed clips
Fixed: Issues with displaying correct Pixel Aspect Ratio of Premiere Pro footage inside SpeedGrade
Fixed: Issue causing Mercury Transmit to crash on Mac
Fixed: Masks displayed incorrectly on Mac in .look preview mode
Fixed: applying a .look with Mask on Mac was causing crashes
Fixed: a bug which prevented user from adding a mask in .look preview mode.
Fixed: Copied .look with keyboard shortcut was not applied properly
Fixed: UI refresh issue when enabling Mercury Transmit caused image flickering in some instances
Fixed: issue causing application to crash when renaming a .look in Direct Link CPU mode
Fixed: Copying grades with keyframes now works correctly
Fixed: Save Dialog will now prompt to save grading changes when switching between sequences in Premiere Pro
Fixed: Issue whereby preview settings from a previous IRCP project session were still displayed in Direct Link
Fixed: UI bug in ColorMatch controls has been repaired
Fixed: “Save As” window opened when clicking “Save” for overriding IRCP projects