Author Archive: Eric Philpott

What’s coming next in SpeedGrade CC

A lot has changed since SpeedGrade became part of the Adobe CC family. Innovations like the Direct Link workflow with Premiere Pro, introduced at IBC 2013, have transformed the color workflow and changed the way editors and colorists collaborate to deliver unique looks and consistent color correction. With the next major update we’re introducing a number of great new features that refine the Direct Link experience. Additionally, we’re introducing new broadcast-standard scopes, answering to the fast-growing community of SpeedGrade users in broadcast and corporate production (see what’s new in this SpeedGrade overview video).

 Improved Direct Link experience

Full control over all tracks in your sequence
While we remain adamant about never changing an edit in while you are in SpeedGrade, a couple of items stood out in the user feedback we collected in the last six months. It was clear that turning adjustment layers on and off in SpeedGrade is crucial to a fast and efficient workflow between Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade. In the new release, you can do that by clicking the eye icon in front of each track. In fact, you can show or hid any type of track this way. That will be handy when titling is already integrated with your sequence, but you wanted to focus on the footage instead. It will also be helpful when multiple video tracks are present but you only wanted to see one at a time.

SpeedGrade CC continues to evolve with an improved Direct Link workflow for even easier integration with Premiere Pro

SpeedGrade CC continues to evolve with an improved Direct Link workflow for even easier integration with Premiere Pro

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SpeedGrade CC (7.2.1) Update

The SpeedGrade CC (7.2.1) update will be released today. This update focuses on bug fixes for the Direct Link workflow and extends GPU support and GPU user setting options.

SpeedGrade CC (7.2.1) will be available for download via the Creative Cloud desktop application.

As a rule, updates 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.

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Setting up Tangent Element panels in SpeedGrade CC

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.

The Tangent Element control panel series

The Tangent Element control panel series

This post explains how to set up Tangent Element panels to work with SpeedGrade CC. Continue reading…

How to set up Mercury Transmit in SpeedGrade CC

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.

Note: Matrox offers the driver and the Adobe plugin in a single installer. You can also download the Bluefish444 driver and installer for Windows.

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…

SpeedGrade CC (7.2) Update

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. Continue reading…

SpeedGrade 10th Anniversary Event – November 21 in Munich

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
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Using Direct Link with Color Presets

This week I wanted to share a video created by reTooled, showing how to work with look presets in both Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade using the new Direct Link integration.

I spoke with Josh Weiss about reTooled and the color presets they have created for Adobe Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade. Continue reading…

Getting to know Direct Link

SpeedGrade CC 7.1 introduced Direct Link, a new type of integration which connects the editing and color grading workflows. We wanted to explain what Direct Link is, how it works, and how to get the most out of this cool new feature.

Direct Link vs. Dynamic Link
With Direct Link, the whole Premiere Pro project (.pproj) can be opened in SpeedGrade. No file conversions or XML-based translations are involved; you get the complete native Premiere Pro timeline, except that it’s in SpeedGrade.

Dynamic Link works between two applications running in parallel on the same machine (and sharing the same memory). Dynamic Link is great for doing work on specific clips. You get immediate feedback and can make changes on the fly moving back and forth between After Effects and Premiere Pro while you perfect a composition within your editing project.

Color grading is rarely done this way. Although you may do several color grading passes over the course of your postproduction workflow, color work is generally done on a whole project, for example to match shots to each other or apply creative looks across scenes or an entire project. Continue reading…

SpeedGrade CC (7.1) Update

Today, the Adobe SpeedGrade CC (7.1) update was released. This new version includes Direct Link integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC (7.1).

If you are checking for updates in the Creative Cloud desktop application, and the updates don’t appear, restarting the application can force it to check for recent updates. In general, updates will appear in the Creative Cloud desktop application within 24 hours of being made available.

Ideally, you should install the updates automatically as described above, but you can also directly download the update packages from the download page for Windows or Mac OS.

If you have difficulty with this update, please bring questions and issues to the SpeedGrade forum. Don’t ask questions in the comments on this blog post, which fewer people will see.

NEW

  • Direct Link integration with Adobe Premiere Pro for smooth round tripping between editing and grading
  • New Adobe Premiere Pro timeline for projects opened via Direct Link
  • Support for multiple masks within a single .look (grading layer stack) for faster workflows and easier copying of complex looks.
  • Linked mask layers within grading layer stack for greater control and precision
  • Support for all file formats supported in Premiere Pro via Direct Link workflow (see Known Issues below for formats currently not supported)
  • New welcome screen provides option to open an existing Premiere Pro project or start a native SpeedGrade project
  • Selected SpeedLooks now included with SpeedGrade. These include camera patches for matching various high end cameras create a common starting point for grading and SpeedLooks for adding a cinematic look. Continue reading…

NEW SpeedLooks and camera patches in SpeedGrade CC

SpeedLooks and the SpeedLooks camera patches are included with the new version of SpeedGrade CC, which will be available very soon. I chatted with Jeff August, one of the colorist partners in LookLabs, the company that created SpeedLooks. LookLabs has also created an awesome behind-the-scenes video, showing how they created the camera patches. In the video, you also see our good friend Jerome Sabourin, a DP and colorist who is also one of the founders of LookLabs.

What do SpeedLooks add to the colorist toolset?
SpeedLooks provide an great entry point for any colorist to start their grading session. All SpeedLooks have a defined palette that emulates the emulsion of 35mm film and they deliver beautiful results. Continue reading…

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.

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SpeedGrade CC (7.0.1) Update

Today, the Adobe SpeedGrade CC (7.0.1) update was released.

If you are checking for updates in the Creative Cloud desktop application, and the updates don’t appear, restarting the application can force it to check for recent updates. In general, updates will appear in the Creative Cloud desktop application within 24 hours of being made available.

If you have difficulty with this update, please bring questions and issues to the SpeedGrade forum. Don’t ask questions in the comments on this blog post, which fewer people will see.

SpeedGrade CC (7.0.1) Release Notes

 New

  • Mercury Transmit support added support for Bluefish video I/O cards
  • Mercury Transmit support added for Matrox video I/O cards
  • Added support for 48KHz audio output Continue reading…

SpeedGrade CC Now Available

Adobe SpeedGrade CC is available now through Creative Cloud!

SpeedGrade CC is the newest version of the color grading and look design application. SpeedGrade CC offers a refined new interface and a host of powerful new features, including Shot Matcher, Film stock emulations, Look Manager, Mercury Transmit, Luma Waveform scope, Snapshot Browser, Continuity Checker, and support for Tangent Element control surfaces. Read an overview of the new features here.

Watch the SpeedGrade CC introductory video.

Top New Features in SpeedGrade CC

Shot Matcher
The revolutionary new Shot Matcher automatically matches the colometry of the source image to the current clip. This can dramatically speed up the process of matching clips shots across scenes. Colin Smith demonstrates this powerful new tool, only available in SpeedGrade CC. Continue reading…

Learn about the whole Adobe filmmaking workflow

One week ago, on June 13, director Richard Jobson delivered a dynamic presentation on Wayland’s Song, his sixth feature film made entirely using Adobe Creative Cloud (CS6) applications. In this special Ask a Video Pro session, Richard will describe the whole process from planning through to final delivery, including scriptwriting and production scheduling with Adobe Story, ingest and logging with Prelude, video editing in Adobe Premiere Provisual effects with After Effects, audio editing in Audition, and final color grading with our special favorite, SpeedGradeWayland’s Song premiered this year at the Cannes Film Festival.

(updated June 20)

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SpeedGrade CC – arriving in June in Adobe Creative Cloud

Yesterday we announced the launch of the next generation of our creative tools coming this June. Adobe SpeedGrade CC, along with all of the other new desktop applications will be available exclusively in Adobe Creative Cloud.

SpeedGrade CC
SpeedGrade CC brings some really cool new features, including a redesigned user interface, which puts all the tools you need right at your fingertips; Shot Matcher, for matching different clips automatically; Mercury Transmit, for external monitoring via AJA and Matrox cards; a Luma Waveform display for accurate color balancing, a Snapshot Browser for saving and loading reference images (including images imported from Photoshop CC), film stock emulations, Look Manager, and more. For an overview of the new features, check out our SpeedGrade CC preview post from last month, or the Reveal videos we did for NAB.

Adobe Creative Cloud
We think the best thing about SpeedGrade is Adobe Creative Cloud. Creative Cloud was first launched one year ago and it has already been more successful than we dared to hope. Continue reading…

What’s coming in the next version of SpeedGrade?

It’s been a little less than a year since SpeedGrade joined the family of Adobe pro video applications with the launch of CS6 in May 2012. We are so gratified with the positive response and thrilled that so many of you have been making the move into the exciting world of color grading.

So what’s next? While we can’t yet tell you when the next launch will be, we do want to share some of the exciting things coming in the next version of Adobe SpeedGrade.

Redesigned interface
The next version of SpeedGrade gets a complete UI overhaul, which accomplishes three things:

  • provides a more familiar screen layout for Adobe Premiere Pro users
  • puts all the tools you need right at your fingertips
  • Makes better use of limited screen real estate, especially important for laptop users (and we know there are a lot of you out there!)
Adobe SpeedGrade will offer a clean, new UI design which places all the tools you need in easy reach.

Adobe SpeedGrade will offer a clean, new UI design which places all the tools you need in easy reach.

Tabs on the top left of the screen reflect the sequence of the SpeedGrade workflow: locating your media, grading, rendering and reviewing final output.

Adobe Premiere Pro users will feel right at home in the new media browser. The monitor now automatically resizes to show the whole image. This is great for all the usual grading tasks. Of course you can always zoom in and out when you need to see more detail for pulling a secondary or creating a mask.

The mask pane is now located next to the Look panel, so the mask and grading tools are now side-by-side for a much faster mask workflow.

The new Look manager makes it easy to organize your .look files. You can open the Look manager to view dozens of .look files, reduce it to the size of the current Look browser, or hide everything except for a line of tabs at the bottom of the screen, saving space for grading work.

Use the new Look Manager to organize your own look library.

Use the new Look Manager to organize your own look library.

Shot Matcher
SpeedGrade will include a really powerful new tool which automates the arduous process of matching different clips, for example if they were shot on different cameras, or under different lighting conditions – which we all know happens all the time. With Shot Matcher you can match a second clip to a source clip just by clicking the Shot Matcher button. This adds an adjustment layer to your grade for that clip. You can tweak the opacity or add additional corrections on top, if necessary, but this one tool is going to save you a LOT of time.

Use Shot Matcher to quickly establish visual continuity across different shots, so that it is obvious they are part of the same scene.

Use Shot Matcher to quickly establish visual continuity across different shots, so that it is obvious they are part of the same scene.

You can also use Shot Matcher to match a clip to an image brought in from Photoshop, so if someone sends you a still and says “make it look like this,” you can – with a single click.

Mercury Transmit
With Mercury Transmit integration in SpeedGrade, you will be able to use a second display for reference monitoring via video I/O cards from AJA and Matrox. Of course, Windows users can continue to use native support for NVIDIA SDI-Out as well.

Film stock emulations
SpeedGrade will include a set of film stock emulations so you can add vibrant cinematic palettes to your shots quickly, or include a film stock emulations as a grading layer within your looks.

Add a richer, filmic look to your digital footage with film stock emulations.

Add a richer, filmic look to your digital footage with film stock emulations.

Snapshot Browser
Grab still images of your grades, to use as scene references, or to guide grading on other shots. You can also import images from other applications, such as Photoshop, so you can view inside SpeedGrade to inform you color grading decisions.

The Snapshot Browser is a great tool for saving or importing grading reference images to guide your work.

The Snapshot Browser is a great tool for saving or importing grading reference images to guide your work.

Lumetri integration in Premiere Pro
The next version of Adobe Premiere Pro will include the Lumetri Deep Color Engine, so that you can apply native SpeedGrade looks, including masks and effects, within Adobe Premiere Pro. This means you can edit to the aesthetic of your grade, knowing that what you see in Adobe Premiere Pro is exactly what you saw in SpeedGrade – call it “visual integration.”

New Luma Waveform scope
We added a whole new scope in SpeedGrade. The new Luma Waveform display gives you a handy left-to-right representation of the luminance of your images. Many of you will probably find the Luma Waveform quickly becomes your go-to tool for precise black- and white balancing.

You will have four scopes to choose from, including the new Luma Waveform display.

You will have four scopes to choose from, including the new Luma Waveform display.

Continuity Checker
Compare your shot to the one before it with a click on the 2-Up view. Or check it with the shot before and the shot following it with the 3-Up view. Continuity Checker adds playheads so you can see your shots in context and make sure your scenes look consistent from clip to clip. Use Continuity Checker together with Shot Matcher to tweak shots so they match just right.

Custom grading layer names
Add custom grading layer names to help keep complex grades organized, or to remind you how a saved .look file was built when you open it up again later on a new project.

Type in custom names for grading layers in the new version of Adobe SpeedGrade.

Type in custom names for grading layers in the new version of Adobe SpeedGrade.

Support for Tangent Elements
SpeedGrade will also add support for the popular Tangent Element control surface series. Use one, or use all four of the panels to control SpeedGrade via intuitive tactile input. We’re proud of this implementation: the immediacy of the controls and the sensitivity this provides for color adjustments is fabulous!

Use the Tangent Elements control surface series with Adobe SpeedGrade

How to get Adobe SpeedGrade Next
The release date has not been announced, but there is a great way to get yourself to the front of the line. If you join Adobe Creative Cloud now, you will immediately receive the entire stable of currently shipping Adobe CS6 applications AND you will automatically receive the new versions of SpeedGrade and all your other favorite Adobe applications as soon as they are available. From April 4 through 19, 2013, we’re offering our NAB Show Special giving you 40% off Creative Cloud for your first year – that’s only $29.99/month It’s an amazing way to keep your production costs really low and your tools up-to-date all the time.

Learn More
Discover more about what’s coming to the next versions of the Adobe pro video tools at: adobe.com/go/nab_reveal.