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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.

Upcoming: SpeedGrade webinar for editors

Please join us for SpeedGrade for Aspiring Colorists, a special webinar on August 16, starting at 10:00 am PST.

If you are an editor, and you want to learn about color grading, this course if for you. The session will start with a review of the color tools in  Adobe Premiere Pro and then move on to provide a primer in the powerful color correction and look design capabilities of Adobe SpeedGrade CS6. Continue reading…

Extending SpeedGrade with SpeedLooks

SpeedGrade CS6 has been out for a few months now and we’re already seeing some great third-party additions. SpeedLooks, created by LookLabs, are a great example, and help to illustrate the power of color grading to dramatically transform your images.

I chatted with colorist Jeff August of LookLabs recently to learn more – quick plug: Jeff will be giving an online seminar on color grading for video editors on August 16

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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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SpeedGrade – A Little Bit of History

The origin of SpeedGrade can be traced back to a playback application called FrameCycler, which was first release by IRIDAS in 2001. FrameCycler provided uncompressed playback of frame sequences and was widely adopted in the visual effects community where artists needed an easy way to check their work.

In a recent interview on Animotion (great site, by the way), Lin Kayser, the founder of IRIDAS tells the story. As Lin points out in that interview FrameCycler employed the pixel shader technology in GPUs to provide LUT support in FrameCycler. Pixel shader technology is widely used in gaming to provide really fast screen refresh rates, but is not commonly used professional color applications. Continue reading…

Four Ways to Load Footage in SpeedGrade

Last time we looked at the SpeedGrade Desktop. This week, let’s look at how to get your content onto the Timeline where you can work on it.

Patrick Palmer, Product Manager for SpeedGrade has created a video which shows how this is done.

There are four ways to get your footage into SpeedGrade. The most automated way to do this is to use the Send to SpeedGrade command in Premiere Pro. The most flexible way is to load an Edit Decision List (EDL) and conform your clips. This allows you to update, or swap out, individual clips, for example. You can also load an existing SpeedGrade project ( an .ircp file). The most manual way, is to add individual clips to the Timeline one-by-one. Continue reading…

Meet the SpeedGrade CS6 Desktop

Over the next couple of months on this blog, we’re going to walk through the basic areas and features in Adobe SpeedGrade CS6. Today we’re taking a look at the Desktop.

Before we dive into the Desktop, I just want to mention a really cool story by DP and colorist Jerome Sabourin called Why I Use SpeedGrade. Jerome shares a bit of his own journey as a cinematographer, and describes how he uses SpeedGrade in his work. It’s a great read.

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Write Your Own SpeedGrade Review

Just a quick note to let you know that you can submit detailed feedback on your SpeedGrade experience now. Our Create your review for SpeedGrade CS6 page just went live. Continue reading…

Notes from a SpeedGrade Seminar

Recently, our friendly Adobe SpeedGrade product manager Patrick Palmer hosted a seminar introducing Adobe SpeedGrade CS6, the professional color grading application which is now part of Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, Master Collection, and Creative Cloud.

In case you missed it, we have posted a recording of the seminar.

Patrick covered a lot of ground in the seminar, both in the main presentation and in the question-and-answer segment at the end. Here’s a brief outline of what Patrick talked about, as well as some links to more information about each subject: Continue reading…

SpeedGrade CS6 (6.0.1) Update

Today, the SpeedGrade CS6 (6.0.1) update was released. Thank you to everyone for your feedback since the launch of SpeedGrade CS6 last month!

If Adobe Application Manager hasn’t already told you about this, go ahead and check for new updates by choosing Help > Updates. 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.

For information about updates for other Adobe professional video applications, see this page.

This blog post is for information purposes and not technical discussion. If you have questions or difficulties with this update, please come by the  SpeedGrade forum where we can help! Continue reading…

Introducing Adobe SpeedGrade CS6

Welcome to Moving Colors, the new SpeedGrade blog! SpeedGrade CS6 is a new addition to Adobe CS6 Production Premium and Creative Cloud Membership and gives you professional color grading tools to take your visual storytelling to the next level.

Color grading used to be the domain of a select few, in part because of the high costs of the technology. But that has changed. Now you can do sophisticated color correction and look design on a laptop if you want to.

The purpose of this blog is to help you bring high-end color grading into your production workflow. SpeedGrade CS6 allows you to do that.

The SpeedGrade UI may seem unfamiliar at first glance: Welcome to the new world of color grading! Actually SpeedGrade CS6 is pretty easy and fun to use once you get comfortable with it.

UPDATED (October 19, 2012): This article has been updated with new links to more recent posts.

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