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What is SpeedGrade?

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If you're watching this title, I'm willing to bet that you have some idea of what Adobe SpeedGrade is. But in this movie I want to briefly spell out what I think Adobe SpeedGrade is and where it fits in. Adobe SpeedGrade is a new application to probably almost all of you watching this title, and it's new to Adobe as well. Last year, Adobe announced that it had purchased IRIDAS SpeedGrade, a professional level color grading tool. Under the Adobe banner, SpeedGrade is now available as a stand-alone application or as part of Production Premium CS6, which is how many folks are introduced to this powerful tool.

What is SpeedGrade?

If you're watching this title, I'm willing to bet that you have some idea of what Adobe SpeedGrade is. But in this movie I want to briefly spell out what I think Adobe SpeedGrade is and where it fits in. Adobe SpeedGrade is a new application to probably almost all of you watching this title, and it's new to Adobe as well. Last year, Adobe announced that it had purchased IRIDAS SpeedGrade, a professional level color grading tool. Under the Adobe banner, SpeedGrade is now available as a stand-alone application or as part of Production Premium CS6, which is how many folks are introduced to this powerful tool.

Adobe's SpeedGrade is equally at home onset as it is in a dedicated color grading suite, making it a good match for production and postproduction workflows, and one of the cool things about SpeedGrade being in the Adobe stable, well the new version of SpeedGrade now supports a newly redesigned user interface, and it also has integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. And we'll talk more about this integration later in this title. For me, probably the two most compelling features of the Adobe SpeedGrade are in many systems, most formats and resolutions playback in real-time, and because Adobe SpeedGrade is known for its precise color science, you can be sure that your images will look their best.

So where does Adobe SpeedGrade fit in, especially with so many places in the Adobe Creative Suite to color correct and grade footage? Well in my opinion, SpeedGrade is the go-to choice for long form color correction work in the Creative Suite, and it's also a good choice when you need detailed color grading tools. What I mean is that Adobe SpeedGrade is a purpose-built application that provides advanced primary controls, detailed secondary corrections with keys and masks, and a unique feature of SpeedGrade called custom look layers, which allow you to essentially apply effects or more utilitarian things like lookup tables.

Additionally SpeedGrade is well known for its flexibility when it comes to the latest formats. From RAW and log, to stereo 3D, SpeedGrade can handle almost any image format you throw at it. Finally, SpeedGrade is cross-platform, and will work on both the Mac or a PC. It's your choice and it is just great to have that flexibility. If you've used the other layer-based correction tools like Adobe Photoshop, then you'll feel right at home with Adobe SpeedGrade. That's because SpeedGrade uses layers to color correct and grade footage.

However, just because you're working with multiple layers, that doesn't mean that they're hard to manage. Adobe SpeedGrade allows you to quickly go through hundreds and thousands of shots in a project quickly and efficiently with tools for managing grades and looks. As I mentioned before, SpeedGrade supports all the latest image formats, including RAW video from RED ARRI cameras, and LOG video formats that allow you to protect the tonal range and give you the most flexibility in your corrections. While you're grading, rest assured that you're doing everything at the utmost precision.

Corrections in Adobe SpeedGrade happen with 32-bit floating-point precision. One of the most exciting aspects of Adobe SpeedGrade is .look files and LUTs. And these files allow you to hand-off corrections in grades to other apps in the Creative Suite and other color correction and grading applications. Finally, I think it's really important to mention that Adobe is listening! When it comes to SpeedGrade, Adobe has a dedicated team committed to the product. Having spoken with members of the team, I know that they're excited about the possibilities of SpeedGrade's color science and workflows within the Creative Suite.

And just remember, as you start to learn Adobe SpeedGrade, you can always suggest improvements to the team by visiting the Adobe website. Throughout this title we'll explore the essential aspects of Adobe SpeedGrade. But Adobe SpeedGrade is a deep application and I hope that you can keep exploring to find out exactly how this powerful tool fits into your workflow.

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