The 2014 release of Adobe SpeedGrade CC provides tighter integration with Premiere Pro with an improved Direct Link workflow, Master Clip effects, and several other enhancements.
Read on for a quick introduction to the new features and links to resources offering more information.
Patrick Palmer gives you a walk-through of the new features in Premiere Pro CC.
Improved Direct Link integration between Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade makes color grading easier and more flexible than before.
You can enable/disable tracks in the Direct Link mode in SpeedGrade by clicking the eye icon on the left of each track.
Enable/Disable Lumetri Effects in SpeedGrade
Earlier, Direct Link required you to activate the Lumetri Effect in Premiere Pro before sending the project to SpeedGrade. Now, you can turn on or off Lumetri effects inside SpeedGrade without having to roundtrip back to Premiere Pro to change those settings.
For a selected clip or keyframe, you can turn on or off Lumetri Effects for an entire layer stack in the Looks panel in a single click.
Apart from these enhancements, there is an overall improvement in performance when using SpeedGrade in the Direct Link mode especially with grading and playback.
For more information on using Direct Link, see Direct Link workflow between Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade.
The new Master Clip effects feature from Premiere Pro is also available within SpeedGrade.
Using Master Clip effects, you can quickly color grade projects natively in SpeedGrade or in the Direct Link mode.
When you apply color adjustments to a master clip in SpeedGrade, the changes automatically ripple down to all portions of the master clip used in sequences.
To apply Looks to multiple clips across scenes or projects, you can apply color adjustments to a master clip instead of repeating adjustments for individual clips.
For more information on using Master Clips, see Using Master Clip Effects in SpeedGrade.
SpeedGrade now supports enhanced broadcast standard scopes that used fixed scales to present image information.
The new YUV Vectorscope in SpeedGrade uses the more familiar YUV color space including color targets to display the pixel distribution in your images more intuitively. The HLS Vectorscope (Hue, Lightness, Saturation) is still available.
The new Clamp Signal checkbox in the Analysis Tools panel limits the scope's display to the visible spectrum. Selected by default, this setting lets the scopes show values only from 0 through 100. If you want to see how much of the signal is being clipped, deselect the Clamp Signal check box.
The Luma Waveform in SpeedGrade now displays imaging information in the same way as the Luma Waveform in Premiere Pro.
For more information, see Image Analysis Tools.
The improved Look Manager makes it simpler to manage Look presets and custom Look libraries in SpeedGrade.
Look presets, including Filmstock emulations, SpeedLooks Camera Patches, SpeedLooks Cine Looks, and Style presets have been reorganized to make it easier to find them.
Now, you cannot accidentally delete any of the SpeedGrade Look presets. Custom Looks that you create are automatically saved to another folder. You can also add new tabs to save your Looks to any location on your system.
SpeedGrade provides a new vertical slider in addition to the existing circular luminance dial on the Look panel.
You can control luminance values in the image's shadow, midtone, and highlight regions using either the dial on the color wheels or the new vertical slider.
While you can use the two controls interchangeably, the slider is easier to use with tablet devices. For chroma or color adjustments, like earlier, you can move the axis point inside the color wheel.
In this release, new SpeedLooks have been added to the SpeedLooks package to provide you more out-of-the-box creative Looks.
When you use SpeedLooks along with Camera Patches, you get a consistent grading result across footage shot on different cameras.
SpeedLooks and Camera Patches are available under their own tabs in the Look Manager.
To make your editing and color grading experience more seamless, SpeedGrade now provides the same keyboard shortcuts as Premiere Pro for playback.
Similar to Premiere Pro, you can use the three shuttle keyboard shortcuts (J-K-L) to play the clips.
|Shuttle Slow Left||Shift+J||Shift+J|
|Shuttle Slow Right||Shift+L||Shift+L|