What’s coming next to SpeedGrade and Creative Cloud? (Hint: it’s going to be colorful)
This year at NAB 2015 we’re taking the wraps off some really exciting new tools and workflows for video pros, including a new mobile Look capture technology, a brand new Color workspace in Adobe Premiere Pro, and Creative Cloud Library support for Looks, so you can share Looks between Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Premiere Clip. And we haven’t forgotten SpeedGrade: the next release of our professional color grading application includes support for Lumetri Looks created in Premiere Pro – meaning that every color manipulation made in Premiere Pro is rendered identically in SpeedGrade. You will also get more responsive scopes, new SpeedLooks, and general performance and stability improvements.
Our team of color geniuses has done some amazing work. When you see the release you’ll see their attention has been focused above all on Premiere Pro and incorporating the Creative Cloud and mobile workflows into the creative color process. This is all about re-inventing the ways we work with color – and making color tools more accessible, and more flexible than they have ever been. Let’s take a closer look at what’s coming.
The Lumetri Color panel in Premiere Pro
The new color tools in Premiere Pro extend Lumetri support in a really big way, combining the power of SpeedGrade color science with the easy accessibility of Lightroom. The Lumetri Color panel is found in a new Color Workspace, one the new customizable workspaces that allow editors and video pros to organize their tools around different postproduction tasks inside Premiere Pro.
Notice the familiar SpeedGrade scopes? SpeedGrade users will feel right at home with accurate image information as they apply adjustments.
The Lumetri Color panel reflects the basic layout used in Lightroom. Users can start at the top with Basic Correction for quick adjustments. If you’ve used Lightroom the learning curve in this panel will be zero.
The next panel down is called Creative. It looks simple but you may be surprised at how much even experienced colorists can accomplish here in terms of creating really great Looks for your video content. You can add Look presets as a starting point and then input additional adjustments to get the aesthetic you want with just a few tweaks. You can add masks, as well in the Effects section, which is lower in the Lumtri Color panel. Like what you’ve done? You can save the results as a Look, or even as a .cube files for use in other applications.
People who are less familiar with color grading will have a blast here: it’s easy to play (remember, SpeedGrade technology is non-destructive) and easy to get fantastic results fast.
Curves, Hue and Saturation, and a new 3-way color corrector
People who love curves also get some great new toys in the Lumetri Color panel. Along with a familiar curve tool, we’re introducing a new Hue Saturation control which makes it easy to boost or dial down specific colors.
Finally, the Lumetri Color panel includes a new, incredibly easy-to-use 3-way color corrector.
Taking it into SpeedGrade
Of course, everything you do in the Lumetri Color panel can be moved over to SpeedGrade for additional work within a professional color grading environment. Any Lumetri adjustments done in Premiere Pro appear as a grading layer in SpeedGrade. Since all adjustments are concatenated in SpeedGrade, all you need to do is place additional layers above the Lumetri Color layer.
Introducing Project “Candy”
Project Candy is a new mobile technology currently in development. If you know SpeedGrade then think of Project Candy as a kind of “Shot Matcher on your phone”: just point the camera at something and the app will grab a Look. Candy displays the Look for you as bubbles that show color and light in 3D space.
You can select a bubble to shift the midtone for the Look and adjust the overall intensity with a slider. As you tweak it, the Look is previewed in a reference image. You can also choose images and video from your camera roll for previewing the Look.
Once you like the Look, you hit the checkmark to save it. The Look is saved to your Creative Cloud Libraries. From there you will be able to access it in Premiere Clip (for on-the-go video editing), Premiere Pro, or After Effects. Again, if you want to bring your project (with that Look) into SpeedGrade, just use Direct Link and you’re in business.
Creative Cloud Libraries does another cool thing: it lets you create shared Libraries so you can make Looks available to others.
Re-inventing Color workflows
We’re really excited about the new possibilities that these workflows open up: easy access to powerful color tools right inside your NLE, mobile technologies for capturing inspiring Looks – or reference Looks – wherever you see them, and Creative Cloud Library integration between tools and users. Creativity really did just get a whole lot more colourful!
Learn more about the next Creative Cloud release for video pros in this video.
Read the blog post for information on what’s coming to all of the Adobe video tools: http://adobe.ly/1GPXkLl
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