New features summary

Update to SpeedGrade CC available

For more information, see the New features summary.

This document describes the new and changed features in the Premiere Pro CC June 2013 release:

Video: New features overview

Watch, Patrick Palmer, Sr. Product Manager for SpeedGrade, take you on a tour of the new features of this release.

Patrick Palmer

Redesigned, customizable user interface

SpeedGrade has several user interface enhancements to help you color grade your footage quickly and more intuitively than before.

The first thing you’ll see when you launch SpeedGrade is the redesigned user interface. The user interface provides a more familiar screen layout for Adobe Premiere Pro users. The important tools and controls that you need are available for immediate access, helping you quickly accomplish your grading tasks.

The use interface contains a main toolbar and tabs on the upper right of the screen. The tabs are in the sequence of the SpeedGrade workflow: locating your media, grading, rendering, and reviewing the final output.

For more information, see SpeedGrade workspace.

Redesigned user interface

Look Management Browser

The Look tab now has a Look Management Browser to effectively organize, view, or minimize the Look presets (.look files) that you save.

The Look Management Browser provides the following three different views to display Look presets.

Look Management View Mode

Displays the Look presets as thumbnails in multiple rows. You can view several .look files at once. You also have a tree-view navigation structure to set the default Looks folder.

Look Management View mode

Quick View Mode

Displays Look presets as thumbnails in a single row

Quick View mode

Minimized Browser View

Displays the Look Management Browser in a tabbed-browser view without displaying any thumbnails. This view gives the Monitor panel more screen space for your grading work.

Video tutorial: Apply looks with Look Manager

Learn how you can easily store, manage, and apply saved looks in SpeedGrade as well as Premiere Pro.

Snapshot View and Snapshot Browser

SpeedGrade provides you a Snapshot view that lets you quickly capture and save a snapshot of your footage. You can capture still images of your grades to use as a scene reference, or to guide grading on other shots. You can view the images using the Snapshot browser.

For more information, see Snapshot View and Snapshot Browser.

Snapshot Browser

You can also import images from other applications, such as Adobe Photoshop, and view the image inside SpeedGrade using the Snapshot view. You can then use the image as a reference to grade your footage. 

For more information, see Matching a Photoshop grade.

Continuity Checker and Automatic Shot Matcher

SpeedGrade now lets you quickly compare multiple shots on the timeline using the Continuity Checker, and match the color grading as required.

The new Shot Matcher feature in SpeedGrade automates the process of matching color between different clips.

The Continuity Checker is often used in combination with the Shot Matcher feature.

For more information on using these features, see Continuity Checker and Shot Matcher.

Review sequential clips with Continuity Checker to ensure grading consistency

Video: Overview of Shot Matcher

Watch this video for an overview of using Shot Matcher.

Colin Smith

New Luma Waveform and Analysis Tools panel

SpeedGrade provides various tools, like the following, to analyze your image:

  • Histogram
  • Vectorscope
  • RGB Parade
  • Luma Waveform

The new Luma Waveform scope displays a representation of the luminance of your images, helping you achieve precise black-and-white balancing.

All the image analysis tools are now grouped together and available from a separate Analysis Tools panel.

To display the Analysis Tools panel, use the keyboard shortcut W, or click the arrow on the upper-left Monitor panel. You can adjust the size of the Analysis Tools panel using the drag handles.

For more information, see Image analysis tools.

Use different analysis tools for accurate image analysis

Flexible layout display and color precision options

You can view the analysis tools in a flexible layout display by using the Scopes Layout pop-up menu.

You can view one or more (up to four) active scopes simultaneously. Right-click (Win) or Ctrl+click (Mac) to switch to a single scope or multi-scope display.

Layout options

You can specify color precision of 8-bits, 10-bits, 16-bits, or a special color bit depth called float.

Color precision options

Support for Tangent Element

Apart from supporting hardware devices like the Tangent CP 200 panels and Tangent Wave, SpeedGrade now also supports Tangent Element.

Other changes

Mercury Transmit support for third-party video hardware

Mercury Transmit integration in SpeedGrade lets you use a second display for reference monitoring by using supported video I/O cards from AJA and Matrox. 

To use the devices with SpeedGrade, In the Preferences dialog box, select Display to view and enable the compatible devices.


To run the third-party devices with SpeedGrade, you need to separately install the hardware drivers and firmware, as required.

Support for nVidia SDI

SpeedGrade continues to support nVidia's Quadro SDI Output cards, enabling efficient SDI monitoring of the graphics-to-video output workflow.

New and changed default keyboard shortcuts

For a complete list of keyboard shortcuts, see Keyboard shortcuts in SpeedGrade CC.

Keyframe shortcuts


Windows/Mac OS

Add a keyframe


Remove a keyframe


Go to the previous keyframe


Go to the next keyframe


Look Browser and Snapshots Browser shortcuts



Mac OS

Navigate Look Browser



Toggle Looks Management Browser on/off



Navigate Snapshot Browser



Capture/toggle snapshot



Collapse the third panel in the Snapshots browser



Auto Shot Match



Other new or changed shortcuts



Mac OS

Add one or more playheads while using the Continuity Checker



Open Analysis Tools panel



Escape fullscreen view

Esc or Shift+H

Esc or Shift+H

Toggle grading on/off

0 (zero)

0 (zero)

Toggle mouse between main and SDI display



Removed shortcuts



Mac OS

Toggle alpha channel



Toggle Automirror



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