The Adobe SpeedGrade CS6 for Mac is a color grading software featuring the GPU-accelerated Lumetri Deep Color Engine, which uses 32-bit floating-point color science and supports many formats, unlimited layer-based grading, real-time reframing and resizing, and a stereoscopic 3D workflow (you can deliver stereo 3D content for every project). Professionally designed presets will help you get started and film style filters that mimic the chemical processes formerly used in film labs will let you quickly apply celluloid-type looks, namely, bleach bypass, desaturated looks, two-strip or three-strip film processing retro looks, and day-for-night. You can go a step further and see how these filters were designed and create your own off of them. SpeedGrade also lets you add audio tracks to your timeline for grading and client presentations, and you can render the audio with your project for final delivery.
SpeedGrade's Lumetri Engine is entirely GPU accelerated and will perform best on a system with at least 1GB of VRAM and an Adobe-recommended NVIDIA Quadro 4000 graphics card. SpeedGrade only supports 64-bit operating systems in order to optimize performance, especially as regards working with HD and higher resolution video.
SpeedGrade CS6, featuring the Lumetri Deep Color Engine, allows you to work with any format and resize and reframe to output to big screens and handheld tablets.
Lumetri Deep Color Engine
The GPU-accelerated Engine offers precision grading for virtually any file-based footage, including RAW and HDR content, without clipping highlights or crushing shadows. Work with confidence, using 32-bit per channel floating-point processing and state-of-the-art color science.
Powerful Layer-Based Grading
Simplify complex color adjustments with layers. Combine and rearrange grades and effects and adjust the influence of each layer with its own opacity slider.
Primary and Secondary Color Correction
Apply primary color corrections to the whole frame in combination with secondary grades for selected color ranges within your images.
Streamlined User Experience
Get results faster through a clean, redesigned interface. Organize your grading tasks logically and efficiently in one integrated workflow.
Tool and Workflow Integration
Send sequences from Premiere Pro CS6, or import EDL files from other applications. Share .Look files in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop software for visual consistency.
Adjust footage to compensate for gamma irregularities and color shifts, including automatic color calibration for QuickTime output.
Camera and Color Space Matching
Capture Macbeth color charts to automatically match color spaces for footage created with different cameras.
Wide Format Support
Support for many formats including DPX, Alexa, RED, QuickTime, Targa, TIFF, Phantom, Weisscam, and OpenEXR. SpeedGrade is designed from the ground up for modern RAW and HDR workflows.
Broad LUT Support
Share your creative intent across the production pipeline with comprehensive lookup table (LUT) support.
Award-Winning Stereoscopic Toolset
Control depth placement within and between shots for comfortable viewing. Accelerate stereoscopic workflows with automatic geometric and colorimetric error correction.
Professionally Designed .Look Files
Explore modern and classic film styles with a range of beautiful, predesigned .Look files. Go under the hood to see how they were built, and use them to create your own .Look files.
Automatic Scene Detection
Automatically identify edits from archived projects to distinguish individual shots and make short work of restoration and remastering projects.
Crisp Display with HiDPI
Apply color adjustments, masks, and effects with pixel-level precision on the MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Create and modify mask shapes with intuitive drawing tools. Track and animate your mask, and control feathering with precision.
Support for various types of input devices, including a standard mouse and keyboard, trackball, tablet, or professional grading panel.
Real-Time Reframing and Resizing
Resize and reframe your shots, and pan and scan in real-time to deliver perfectly composed images for virtually any display, from handheld tablets to the big screen.
Film-Style Filters and Effects
Add special filters for a stylized film look such as day-for-night and bleach bypass, or apply effects such as sharpen, soften, and glow.
Streamlined Dailies Workflow
Prepare dailies and offline editorial material quickly and efficiently with robust built-in support for camera and file metadata.
Include audio tracks in your timeline for grading and client presentations. Render audio with your project for final delivery.
LUMETRI DEEP COLOR ENGINE
Lumetri Deep Color Engine, the advanced color science at the heart of SpeedGrade CS6, works in 32-bit floating-point format, giving you maximum precision for color grading RAW and high dynamic range (HDR) content. You can pull details from blacks and highlights that might otherwise be lost.
Real-Time, Layer-Based Grading
Build up your grades logically as layers of color corrections, masks, and effects, with lookup tables (LUTs) applied. Use as many layers as you need and all your adjustments will be combined into a single operation for optimal processing efficiency. (Real-time performance requires an Adobe-approved GPU, such as the NVIDIA Quadro 4000, 5000, or 6000.)
32-Bit Floating-Point Color Science
Work with multiple digital cinema camera file formats within the same project. No need to transcode. Lumetri does the math as you match your camera color spaces, apply LUTs, and perfect every shot.
Apply as many primary and secondary color corrections as you need. Combine and refine .Look files, effects, and new grading layers; nothing is "baked in" until you are ready for final rendering.
Nondestructive Color Correction
Revisit color decisions at any stage. Lumetri works nondestructively, so you can make unlimited changes without compromising your source material.
Flexible, File-Based Workflows
Lumetri allows you to work natively with digital cinema camera files, including Alexa, RED, Phantom, and Weisscam, as well as standard post-production formats, such as DPX, QuickTime, Targa, TIFF, and OpenEXR.
RAW Format Support
Load, play, and grade RAW files, the digital negatives recorded from your camera sensor, in real time. As in digital still photography, RAW formats give you the greatest latitude.
Linear and Logarithmic Color Spaces
Move easily between linear and logarithmic color spaces. Lumetri gives you the flexibility to work with a variety of source material.
Adjust footage to compensate for gamma irregularities and color shifts, including automatic color balance and color calibration for QuickTime output. You can also calibrate color spaces from different cameras automatically using Macbeth color chart test shots.
Saving .Look Files
Store all of your grades, including any combination of primary and secondary color corrections, filters, masks, and effects, as SpeedGrade .Look files. You can also modify
predesigned .Look files to create your own customized looks. Whenever you reuse an existing .Look file, Lumetri kicks in, and all of your color grading settings appear in SpeedGrade. Adjust them for new shots, scenes, and projects. Saved .Look files can also be applied in Adobe After Effects and Photoshop, helping ensure visual consistency across your project.
Grading in Stereo
Double the power of the Lumetri Deep Color Engine with full support for stereoscopic color grading workflows in SpeedGrade CS6.
SpeedGrade powerful stereoscopic toolset and the GPU-accelerated Lumetri Deep Color Engine will let you load and conform stereoscopic content on your timeline and automatically correct alignment and color balance for 3D images.
Crafting Stereoscopic Space
With your footage correctly matched and positioned, you are set to work creatively with stereoscopic material. Parallax controls will allow you to move the depth placement of your shots. Use keyframing to adjust depth interactively through shots. Enhance cuts between shots by creating "handshakes" between characters or objects within scenes. And add floating windows to hide edge violations.
Extensive Display Support
Play stereoscopic footage on single-display and dual-display setups. SpeedGrade supports a variety of active shutter glasses, passive systems using line-by-line polarization, and others such as mirror display setups and theater systems, including Xpand 3D, Dolby 3D, and RealD Z screen. (SpeedGrade CS6 requires Windows 7 and an NVIDIA Quadro SDI graphics card for some stereo 3D display technologies.)
Automatic Stereo 3D Sequence Loading
Drop a sequence onto the timeline and SpeedGrade will automatically load the corresponding sequence for the other eye. SpeedGrade can use any standard naming convention for right eye and left eye streams, or you can create your own custom stereoscopic file-naming system.
Instant Flip or Flop
Smart presets take the manual work out of flipping or flopping mirrored material, so that the right eye and left eye are always correctly oriented. SpeedGrade gives you renderless real-time flipping and flopping of your content so no additional rendering is required.
Multiple Viewing Options
Play right eye and left eye side by side with frame numbers and time codes to easily correct temporal offsets between the two streams. You can also use a split-screen view for comparisons or a difference matte to spot discrepancies. Hot keys allow you to switch on the fly between viewing modes.
Advanced Geometry Controls
Save time thanks to the SpeedGrade tracking engine, which automatically corrects geometrical alignment in your stereoscopic footage, including vertical offsets, rotation issues, and scale mismatches. All your geometric corrections are saved as metadata. Access the Stereo 3D geometry page to apply manual adjustments or to export the values for use in other applications.
SpeedGrade automatically matches the colorimetry between the right eye and left eye to help ensure color balance and correct differences that can arise from shooting with a beam splitter rig.
Grading in Stereo 3D
In SpeedGrade, color correction can be done while viewing your footage in stereo 3D space, or you can work with the right eye or the left eye view. You can deliver stereo 3D content for every project.
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Adobe SpeedGrade CS6 for Mac
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Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
(Adobe CS5, CS5.5, and CS6 applications support Mac OS X Mountain Lion v10.8 when installed on Intel based systems)
4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
1 GB of available hard-disk space for installation
1680 x 1050 display required
1920 x 1080 display and second professionally calibrated viewing display recommended
OpenGL 2.0-capable system
Dedicated GPU card with at least 1 GB of VRAM recommended
(for optimal performance: NVIDIA Quadro 4000 for Mac is best)
DVD-ROM drive for installation from DVD media
QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
Optional: Tangent CP200 family or Tangent Wave control surface
This software will not operate without activation. Broadband Internet connection and registration are required for software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services. Phone activation is not available.