10 Years of SpeedGrade: Interview with Patrick Palmer

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.

SpeedGrade on the marquee at the famous ARRI Kino in Munich, Germany.

SpeedGrade on the marquee at the famous ARRI Kino in Munich, Germany.

The whole SpeedGrade team was there – a feat, considering we’re spread all over Europe and North America.

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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).

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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
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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…