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SpeedGrade CC update (2014.1) available 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.

What’s coming in the 2014.1 release of SpeedGrade CC

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.

 

Refreshed UI

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.

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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.

Curve adjustments

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.

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With RGB Curves, the leftmost curve controls the Luma, which is like a ganged adjustment of all three (R, G, and B) channels.

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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.”

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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.

New SpeedLooks

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?

Summing up

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.

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Availability

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

 

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.

SpeedGrade Profiled at Adobe&Filmmakers Event

We had a special gathering on November 15 when a group of Soho filmmakers and postproduction pros gathered at the Covent Garden hotel in London to hear about the all-Adobe production workflow on Wayland’s Song, an independent feature which will premiere in the spring of 2013.

Director Richard Jobson gave a lively presentation on the project, and described in detail how the Adobe tools enable him to deliver high production value on modest budgets. He does it with vigorous storytelling, well-crafted scenes, and immersive soundtracks.  Those who know their music history will recognize the name: Richard was lead singer for The Skids, a popular punk rock band in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Continue reading…

Move up to Creative Cloud

Adobe is making it simpler to keep your software up-to-date. And a lot cheaper.

Adobe CS6 has been so well received by reviewers and production professionals around the world, and you now have several options for buying it. Along with boxed versions (or “shrink” as they call it here), and purchasing online, you can also subscribe. That last option is a great model. I encourage you to take a good look at Adobe’s Creative Cloud Membership.

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