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Adobe gives a sneak peek at SpeedGrade CS7

The next version of the colour correction software for video makes it usable on smaller screens.

Adobe has given us a sneak peek at the next version of its SpeedGrade video editing software, alongside upgrades to After Effects, Premiere Pro, Prelude and Audition - as well as formally launching its network-based editing system Adobe Anywhere.

SpeedGrade was originally developed by Iridas, and was aimed at traditional colour grading suites with large monitors. The first release under Adobe's banner - SpeedGrade CS6 - was essentially Iridas's software rebadged with integration with Premiere Pro added. For the new version, Adobe has tidied up the interface so it's usable even on a laptop: controls and scopes can be hidden.

2-up and 3-up displays (above) allow you to match colours from scene to scene, while a new grading layer (below) allows you to apply effects and Looks across the whole timeline. SpeedGrade can also match colours to imported stills - so it should be easy, for example, to match the colour for a grade to a painting by an Old Master. Grades from scenes can be also output for editing in Photoshop.

Other new features include the ability to display just luma information in the waveform monitor.

While Adobe has released updates to tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver for free to subscribers to its Creative Cloud service, the company is talking about these new features in terms of the 'next version' of the software, leading us to believe that this will be SpeedGrade CS7 - so a paid-for upgrade available for non-Cloud members and free to those who are. We've also received information pointing to the next version of AE that was demoed at the same time is After Effects CS7.


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