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


  • Mercury Transmit support added support for Bluefish 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…

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:

How to do cross-processing in SpeedGrade

In our last post we told you about Alexis Van Hurkman’s new book, Adobe SpeedGrade: Getting Started. For this post we wanted to share a bit of the book with you. In this exercise, Alexis explains how to apply digital cross-processing to your images, including use of the fxLegalize effect. Please note: this exercise refers to footage that you can access when you buy the book. See the bottom of this post for a special offer from Peachpit Press.

 Cross-Processing –  by Alexis Van Hurkman

Cross-processing refers to the deliberate use of the wrong chemistry to develop film. For example, color negative film developed in a reversal film bath, or reversal film developed in a color negative bath. Typically, this produces strange and unexpected nonlinear color interactions for creating bizarre and exciting looks that are appropriate for editorial magazine shoots and music videos. Continue reading…

Adobe SpeedGrade: Getting Started – by Alexis Van Hurkman

We’re big fans of Alexis Van Hurkman and his fantastic introduction to the art of color grading - The Color Correction Handbook – has a special place on our bookshelf. So we were thrilled when we heard that Alexis would be writing a new SpeedGrade book for our favorite publisher, Peachpit Press.

Adobe SpeedGrade - Getting Started - Alexis Van Hurkman

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Super-Easy EDL Workflow in SpeedGrade

Update (October 31, 2013): With the release of SpeedGrade CC 7.1, you also have the option of using Direct Link to bring Premiere Pro projects into SpeedGrade. While that will be a preferred workflow for many scenarios, EDL workflows are still fully supported in SpeedGrade CC and SpeedGrade CS6.

We’ve written about how to get content into SpeedGrade, and have described the EDL Conform process in previous posts, but SpeedGrade has one more EDL trick up its sleeve that I think many of you will love. This one is about as easy as it gets.

Here’s how you do super-easy EDL export from Adobe Premiere Pro into SpeedGrade:

1. Render out your edited content in Premiere Pro as a single flat clip. You could use a format such as DNxHD in a QuickTime wrapper, or any another QuickTime format. Continue reading…

Using Look Presets in SpeedGrade

Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s start off 2013 by taking a look at Looks.

SpeedGrade CS6 ships with four collections of .Look file presets which you can use right out of the box (so to speak), or as a starting point for building your own looks. The four sets  are called Cinematic, Desaturation, Style, and Temperature. Each of the folders includes eight Looks, for a total of 32.

The SpeedGrade Look presets, along with any new Looks you create yourself, are displayed in the Look browser at the bottom of the Look panel. After loading content, close the Desktop (D) and click on the Look tab to open the Look panel. Continue reading…

Online Courses for SpeedGrade

Adobe SpeedGrade CS6 has been on the market for a mere seven months and the big names have already created some great online training resources. In this post I will give you an overview of the courses offered by fxphd,, and Video2Brain. All are well done, and are reasonably priced – and we are big fans of all three presenters!

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How to Conform an EDL in SpeedGrade

The Send to SpeedGrade command in Adobe Premiere Pro provided a great DPX finishing workflow with SpeedGrade CS6. We covered that in an earlier post called Four ways to load footage in SpeedGrade CS6. The DPX route is great for short projects, or if you have lots of horsepower (and lots of storage for all those DPX frames), but for some scenarios an EDL workflow will make more sense.

In this post we’re going to look at how to get an Edit Decision List (EDL) out of Premiere Pro and into SpeedGrade. Rather than creating a whole new set of files, this approach allows you to load your cuts and “conform” your source material on the SpeedGrade timeline. This is often the fastest way to get a project into SpeedGrade CS6 or SpeedGrade CC.

Update (October 31, 2013): With the release of SpeedGrade CC 7.1, you also have the option of using Direct Link to bring Premiere Pro projects into SpeedGrade. While that will be a preferred workflow for many scenarios, EDL workflows are still fully supported in SpeedGrade CC and SpeedGrade CS6.

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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…

Applying Creative Looks across Multiple Clips

The power of SpeedGrade lies in the way it allows you to build up color corrections and creative looks as grading layers. Because grading layers are non-destructively applied in SpeedGrade, you can play around to your heart’s content until you get your footage looking just right.

It gets even more interesting when you add grading tracks on the Timeline. Grading tracks allow you to add a new set of grades on top of your clip-based color corrections – and they allow you to do this across multiple clips, or a whole project.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to add a grading track. Continue reading…

SpeedGrade CS6 (6.0.4) Update

Today, the SpeedGrade CS6 (6.0.4) update was released.

The SpeedGrade 6.0.4 update includes the previous 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.03 patches. Please install this update, even if you have installed the earlier patches.

If Adobe Application Manager hasn’t already told you about this, go ahead and check for new updates by choosing Help > Updates in Adobe Bridge. The best way to check for updates is by closing all Adobe applications other than Adobe Bridge, and choosing Help > Updates in Adobe Bridge; this ensures that all processes related to Adobe video applications have been quit and can be updated safely.

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.

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