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The new direct link mode in SpeedGrade is a very exciting work flow. For a decade, colorists and editors have been looking for seamless integration between a nonlinear editor and a color correction app. It wanted an integration in which the timeline is perfectly translated between the two apps and no metadata is lost as we move between editorial and color grading. Adobe's Direct-Link makes that dream come true. But in this movie I'm going to explain why Mac users may have to wait a few more weeks before that dream is fully realized.
Let me quickly demonstrate for you since I'm on a Mac and this entire training title has been recorded on a Mac. And if you're following along with the project files just sit tight for a moment because I'm going to move pretty quick and if you haven't gone through this training you may find it tough to follow along. So just feel free to watch for a moment. Now, I've created a new IRCP project, so we are working in native mode. Now, I'll add a shot to this timeline and start grading. Watch my analysis tools along with my mouse. Notice how quick and responsive my mouse's tools are to my inputs.
To me, they feel 100% responsive with literally almost no lag. Now, I'll close out this project, I'll open up a Premiere Pro project and select a timeline. Now watch my analysis tools compared to my input. See how laggy they are? I pretty much have to make a tweak, stop, wait for the update, tweak again, stop, wait. Frankly, it's annoying and almost unusable to me. What's going on? Direct Link on a Mac can't use your graphics card.
Adobe has turned off GPU support for Direct Link on the Mac while they iron out a few critical bugs. That's why it's so laggy. The CPU is doing all the heavy lifting, not the GPU, and suddenly the entire experience slows down. When will it be fixed? I have no idea, but it is quite literally Adobe's top priority. They get it. For now, the one workaround is to pull up your preferences, go to dynamic quality, and lower the resolution of the images.
Personally, I need to lower it to one to four, to get decent responsiveness, and it's still laggy. Now, the image also looks terrible. So for me right now at the time of this recording about a week after SpeedGrade CC 7.1 was released, Direct Link, I can't use it. I have to keep working in native mode. But I'm hopeful that in the very near future Adobe will work out whatever bugs they need to fix and I will be able to delete this movie from this training title. Right now for Mac users who want to use Direct Link, I've done my duty and let you know about this one significant limitation and it's a limitation that does not affect our PC using peers
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