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2015 release of SpeedGrade CC available now

The Adobe SpeedGrade CC (2015) update is available as part of your Creative Cloud membership. This update includes a number of new features and enhancements.

As described in our NAB Reveal blog post, the focus in this release was on color workflows, including the new Lumetri Color in Adobe Premiere Pro and our new mobile Look capture app, Adobe Hue CC. With SpeedGrade itself, the priorities for this release were on performance and compatibility with the new Lumetri color tools in Premiere Pro.



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New Color Workflows in CC 2015

Introducing Adobe Hue CC

We’re pleased to announce that “Project Candy” is not just a project anymore. Today, Adobe Hue CC, our new Look capture app, is available on the Apple App Store. We were thrilled with response to Adobe Hue when we first revealed the technology at NAB and we’re even thrilled-er now that it’s available to everyone! We hope it opens new doors to color for you and we truly can’t wait to see what you do with it.AdobeHueCC_logotype[1]

What is Adobe Hue CC?

Let’s be clear right up front: Adobe Hue CC isn’t just a new app; it’s a new kind of app. Similar to other Adobe “capture apps” like Shape and Brush, it allows you to grab elements from the real world in a format you can use right away in your creative work. Where Shape captures the outlines of things, and Brush captures textures, Adobe Hue captures color and light which it saves as Looks– files you can use to enhance the appearance of video content.

Adobe Hue CC is a fantastic entry-point into the new color 2015 workflows. The Looks you create with Adobe Hue are automatically added to your Creative Cloud libraries and, thanks to Adobe CreativeSync, available to use within Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2015), After Effects CC (2015), and Premiere Clip.


How does Adobe Hue work?

Rather than snapping a picture, Adobe Hue creates a snapshot of just the color and light in a scene. As soon as you point it at something (or load an image from your Camera Roll or Creative Cloud folders), you will see a slowly rotating array of colored balls. This shows you the distribution of color and light available in that scene (or photo).


Horizontally, the colors are arranged around the rotating axis in the same positions you would find them on a traditional color wheel. The vertical axis shows the amount of light: Darker tones are lower down in the image, the lighter ones higher up. If you are familiar with a 3D Histogram, you will see the similarities with the Adobe Hue capture screen.

After you tap the capture button, a simple edit screen opens where you can make two decisions.

  • Accept (or change) the midtone-shift for your Look
  • Accept (or adjust) the intensity of the Look


The reference image in the top half of the screen shows how the Look impacts the image. You can tap and hold the reference image to see the “before” (without the Look) and compare that to the image with the Look applied.

Tap any color ball to make it the midtone (a small highlight ring shows you which one is selected). Changing the midtone shifts the whole Look, so the impact can be pretty significant, especially on neutral tones in the target image. The slider lets you make the whole Look stronger or more subtle.

Once you like it, tap Save and the Look is saved to your library where the magic of Adobe CreativeSync makes it available to use in Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Premiere Clip.


How do Looks work?

A Look is not a filter: it does not subtract colors from your target image. Nor is it an overlay of any kind. A Look is actually a complex set of saturation adjustments that shift color and light across the whole picture. The results are richer video images with a distinctive visual style.

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Whether you are new to working with color, or an old hand at grading, Adobe Hue CC gives you a great place to start: capture experiences from the world around you and bring those emotional qualities right into your video projects. The impact is immediate. And you don’t have to stop there: open up the new Lumetri Color panel in Premiere Pro to make additional adjustments until you have exactly the Look you want. Want to bring the whole thing into a dedicated color grading environment? You can use Direct Link to open your Premiere Pro project in SpeedGrade.

Like the other color tools being introduced in the 2015 Creative Cloud releases, Adobe Hue CC is all about opening the doors to new ways of working with color.



Ready to get started with Adobe Hue?

DOWNLOAD Adobe Hue CC from the App Store

LEARN how to capture custom Looks and apply them to your video projects

CHECK OUT the mobile and desktop workflows available with Adobe Hue CC

VISIT the Adobe Hue Help pages and Community Forum if you have questions


Adobe Hue CC is a free app that syncs with your Creative Profile through your Adobe ID. It is currently available for iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 8 and later.


Thinking Like a Colorist

Watch a replay of Robbie Carman’s Ask a Video Pro webinar to learn how you can bring creative color into your editing and postproduction workflow:

Colorist Robbie Carman began his career as an editor, so he knows both sides of the traditional divide between cutting and finishing. But he’ll be the first to tell you that the traditional divide is a thing of the past. With today’s digital workflows, powerful hardware and production tools creative work with color is much more accessible.

At NAB this year, Robbie presented a session that would have been inconceivable even just a few short years ago: “Work Like an Editor, Think Like a Colorist,” where he highlighted the new color workflows between Premiere Pro, SpeedGrade, and Project Candy. Most importantly for many filmmakers and production professionals, he showed how color can be a incorporated into everyone’s workflow – especially with the new color tools coming soon to the Creative Cloud.


Robbie kicked off his NAB presentation with a quote from Expressionist artist Vassily Kandinksy: “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” Robbie continued, “Everything I do as a colorist, I try to live by this guiding principle.” As a speaker, he has a knack to making complex content easy and engaging.

Watch the presentation below and get inspired by Robbie’s passion – as well as a nice overview of some of the great things coming to Adobe pro video.

And if you want more Robbie (and really, who wouldn’t?) you can watch a replay of Robbie’s Ask a Video Pro session – at

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…

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…

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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