The 2014, 2014.1, and 2014.2 releases of Adobe SpeedGrade CC provide tighter integration with Premiere Pro with an improved Direct Link workflow, Master Clip effects, new SpeedLooks, and several other enhancements.

Read on for a quick introduction to the new features and links to resources offering more information.

What's new and changed | December 2014

The December 2014 release of SpeedGrade CC includes several changes and bug fixes. For more details, see Adobe SpeedGrade CC (2014.2) Update

What's new and changed | October 2014

The 2014.1 release of Adobe SpeedGrade CC provides creative tools like Curve adjustments, Grading Layer Grouping, hover previews for Looks, and several other enhancements.

Read on for a quick introduction to the new features and links to resources offering more information.

Enhanced UI

Like other Creative Cloud video applications, this new release offers a refined new user interface with support for HiDPI displays, including Windows 8.1 systems.

The color scheme is more subtle and UI elements have been simplified. For example, the Effects menu has been organized to enable easy search. To view it, click the “+” icon at the bottom of the Grading Layer panel.

Effects pop-up menu is now organized into relevant groups as follows:

  • Blur and Sharpen
  • Color Match
  • Curves
  • Film
  • Misc
  • Stylize
  • Video

 

Curve adjustments

Under Curves, there are two new color tool options:

  • RGB Curves
  • Hue & Saturation Curves

You can use curve adjustments on their own, or combine them with any other grading layers, Looks, or LUTs.

For more information, see Color Adjustments.

Grouping Grading Layers

With the 2014.1 release, you can now collect parts of your grade (or Look) and group them together. This grouping helps to create organized complex Looks. In addition, you can adjust the opacity of a group of grades in just one step. With this enhancement, it is easy to combine multiple Looks and effects, and create a Look remix. For more information, see Grading layer grouping.

 

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Support for Blackmagic cards

This feature is new in this release. SpeedGrade provides support for Blackmagic cards.

User Interface enhancements

Hover to preview Looks

If you hover over a Look thumbnail, you can view how that Look impacts your image in the monitor. This feature makes it easy to test and compare Looks. For more information, see Share and Reuse Looks.

Enhanced vertical sliders for luminance control

SpeedGrade provides a bigger vertical slider in addition to the existing circular luminance dial on the Look panel. This change allows in editing and viewing the color scheme changes with much more ease. You can control luminance values in the image's shadow, midtone, and highlight regions using either the dial on the color wheels or the vertical slider.

Also, the other color control options are now muted in the grading panel except for the active color control option being used. However, when you click any of the color control option, the option appears bright and you can perform the desired action.

Improved Direct Link integration between Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade makes color grading easier and more flexible than before.

For more information on using Direct Link, see Direct Link workflow between Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade.

 

Other changes

New SpeedLooks

In this release, new SpeedLooks have been added to the SpeedLooks package to provide you more out-of-the-box creative Looks.

SpeedGrade sports four new SpeedLooks, giving you even more options for sophisticated color grading presets that perform well across different types of footage and lighting conditions. You can group this look with grading layers to instantly create new custom looks.

 SpeedLooks are available under their own tabs in the Look Manager.

Audio support for Premiere Pro projects

Audio support is available for Premiere Pro projects in SpeedGrade. This feature allows you to hear the sound with the color. This new feature helps because soundtracks or dialog often provide cues for transitions in lighting.

Performance with masks

Performance with masks is now also improved, making it easier to work with masks in general, and multiple masks in particular. Related to this enhancement, SpeedGrade’s tracking is now faster.

Improved Autosave

SpeedGrade also offers improved Autosave, both in Direct Link and in native SpeedGrade mode. This option is available in References  > AutoSave to automatically save the files. The default number of saved project files is 20.

Enhanced Mercury Transmit to support output to 4K monitors

SpeedGrade has enhanced Mercury Transmit to support output to 4K monitors.

Shared memory pool with other DVA apps

SpeedGrade shares a memory pool with other DVA apps.  

A memory balancer prevents swapping of RAM to disk by dynamically managing the memory allocated to each of the applications. Each application registers with the memory balancer with some basic information. The information constitutes of minimum memory requirements, maximum memory able to be used, current memory in use, and a priority. The priority has three settings: low, normal, and highest.

What's new and changed | 2014

Video: New features overview

Video: New features overview
Patrick Palmer gives you a walk-through of the new features in Premiere Pro CC.
Patrick Palmer

Improved Direct Link workflow

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One minute overview: Using Direct Link

One minute overview: Using Direct Link
Maxim Jago

Improved Direct Link integration between Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade makes color grading easier and more flexible than before.

Track Visibility

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.

Improved performance

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.

Master Clip effects

One-minute overview: Using Master Clip effects in SpeedGrade

One-minute overview: Using Master Clip effects in SpeedGrade
Maxim Jago

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.

Broadcast standard scopes

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L: YUV Vectorscope R: HLS Vectorscope

New YUV Vectorscope

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.  

Clamp scopes

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.

Enhanced Luma Waveform

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.

User Interface enhancements

Redesigned Look Manager

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.  

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Redesigned Look Manager

Vertical sliders for luminance control

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.

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Two ways to adjust luminance

A. Vertical slider B. Outer dial on color wheel 

Other changes

New SpeedLooks

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.

Playback keyboard shortcuts matching Premiere Pro

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.

Result Windows Mac
Shuttle Left J J
Shuttle Right L L
Shuttle Slow Left Shift+J Shift+J
Shuttle Slow Right Shift+L Shift+L
Shuttle Stop K K

You can also use the Up and Down arrow keys to move to previous and next clips in the Timeline.

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