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