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v6 Pomfort Livegrade Pro

Pomfort Livegrade Pro
 

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Unrivaled Technical Control for Creative Immediacy on Set

Get the industry-standard software for live color grading that integrates and controls your digital imaging processes on set – enabling visualization and sharing of the DP’s and Director’s artistic intent.

New in Livegrade Pro v6.0: Optimized for HDR, Sony VENICE 2 Remote Grading, and more!

What Is Pomfort Livegrade Pro?

Livegrade Pro is the most trusted software in the market that addresses all digital-imaging-related requirements of the camera department. It helps you to:

  • Achieve desired high-quality images out of every scene by giving the DP immediacy to image control and by removing all barriers to artistic image experimentation
  • React quickly on the DP’s changes to the stage floor by visualizing and adjusting to the iterations of production settings, camera systems, and lighting conditions
  • Let the team make more informed creative decisions by evaluating the scenes in a richer context with responsive real-time looks and instant access to reference material
  • Have your looks ready right during the shooting and make them instantly available for the automated dailies creation process – save time and provide better image results to the entire team.

Support Image Composition

Control live images via vectorscopes and waveform, keep a constant eye on quality, and make color adjustments on your images as necessary. Being closer to the desired final look already on set ensures that footage looks precisely the way it was intended.

Maintain Consistency

Capturing and reviewing reference material and frame grabs from camera live images helps to ensure consistency across your project from scene-to-scene. Being consistent in different production settings or from lens-to-lens increases the overall quality of the footage.

Create Camera Log

Monitor live camera metadata embedded in the HD-Signal signal and store them in the shot library together with the preview image. The visual and technical information generates objective and trusted insights about the connected cameras and their live images.

Interactive Color Grading

Tailored to the Film Set.

Color grading multiple camera live signals requires dedicated concepts for the grading application. On set, there is not much time for anything, so controls must be spot on, reduced to the necessary, and highly accessible.

Livegrade offers multiple grading “slots” to allow independent grading of multiple cameras. Each slot independently features expressive primary grading controls (e.g., ASC-CDL based) for basic color adjustments, as well as additional secondary grading controls (e.g., “versus-curves”) for special situations.

Livegrade offers a flexible color management platform with “grading modes” ranging from basic CDL-and-LUT workflows to dedicated ACES-based pipelines.

Comprehensive Shot Library

Your Automatic Camera Log.

Livegrade can record media and collect metadata from a broad range of sources – from the cameras themselves via HD-SDI, through remote network connections, or manually edited by the operator.

All this information is automatically stored in Livegrade’s shot library together with each look – creating a comprehensive shot log for the entire film project.

That information can be used to look up camera settings of previously shot scenes, display reference images for consistency of cinematography, or communicate reports to colleagues on set and beyond.

Exporting Looks and Metadata

Compatible With Every Workflow.

The looks created and adjusted on set are highly valuable directly for the camera work (e.g., when making lighting and exposure decision “through” a look preview), but they enfold their benefits especially when shared with others – for instance, for providing looks to dailies creation or VFX.

Livegrade can export stored look metadata for a broad range of workflows. ASC-CDL export allows for basic compatibility with virtually every color grading system, while more advanced formats such as AMF (ACES Metadata Format) or CFE (Colorfront Engine)* can transfer enriched pipeline information. Livegrade writes 3D LUT formats for a range of typical products and exchanges comprehensive look information directly with its sibling product Silverstack Lab.

* Only available in Livegrade Studio

Image Analysis

All the Tools Needed.

Color grading on set needs to balance the respect for the creative intent with technical requirements for maintaining visual consistency between shots and scenes. Examples of that are adjusting the digital look under different lighting situations, the compensation of exposure decisions, and the correction of different lenses’ color cast needs.

Livegrade Pro offers a range of tools that help to cover these technical tasks: Video scopes help determining levels and white balance, interactive preview controls allow to quickly switch between original (“log”) image and the graded image, and fine-grained look management (for instance for “linking” slots, and storing partial looks with “node presets”) allows for quick interaction.

Choose Your Hardware and Setup

Stay Flexible With a Wide Range of Devices.

Hardware-Based Color Grading on Set

Livegrade Pro controls image processing in dedicated hardware. Handing over processing to external devices enables robust video setups that scale very well, even for larger sets.

For unified HD, UHD/4K, and HDR workflows Livegrade supports LUT box devices such as FSI BoxIO, Teradek COLR, AJA FS-HDR, or TVLogic IS-mini, as well as cameras and monitors with processing capabilities from ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, RED, and Sony.

Grading Panel, Knobs, and Buttons

Physical controls are a huge productivity advantage. Direct access to regularly used functions builds “muscle memory” that heavily speeds up the interaction with the entire DIT system.

Livegrade Pro supports grading panel controllers from Tangent, including custom knob mappings. Livegrade also comes with a plugin for the display buttons of Elgato Stream Deck. And with support for MIDI controllers, you can use or even build your very own button and knob interface.

Capturing Still and Video References

Livegrade Pro supports AJA T-TAP, AJA Io, and AJA KONA devices, as well as Blackmagic Design Ultrastudio, Mini Recorder, and Decklink devices and cards for capturing reference images from HD-SDI live signals, extracting and displaying live camera metadata (from ANC), and for the recording of multiple cameras.

Also, other devices such as BoxIO and Alexa Mini via CAP can provide reference still images for a smaller setup where no video recording is required.

What’s new in Livegrade 6?

Output Colorspaces

Easily Manage Color Pipelines With Multiple Outputs.

Livegrade’s Output Colorspaces let you inspect and manage looks depending on their output colorspaces for streamlined processes in color pipelines with multiple outputs (such as HDR/SDR dual monitoring).

Output colorspaces are detected automatically for all built-in LUT presets and output transforms, allowing clear overviews for multi-monitoring pipelines and automated colorspace-dependent configuration of the video scopes.

Choose the appropriate output colorspace value for custom LUTs on import and benefit from automatic colorspace-tagging on LUT export for round-tripping with other Livegrade systems.

Sony VENICE 2 Remote Grading

Interactively Grade via ASC-CDL and Upload Looks as In-Camera LUT.

Livegrade integrates with the remote grading features of Sony VENICE 2 cameras.

You can configure the camera as interactive grading device to grade via ASC-CDL compliant grading nodes in real-time, or as non-interactive grading device to upload looks as User 3D LUT onto the camera. Furthermore, you can benefit from a streamlined color workflow using automatic look metadata in recorded camera files.

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Shot and Look Preset Library

Projects Manage multiple, independent projects
Shots Save and recall an unlimited number of shots with look information and camera-related metadata
Global fields for storing slate and production information
Camera specific fields for storing information about clip, exposure, lens, camera position and device
Look information including 3D LUT nodes, ASC-CDL nodes, etc.
Thumbnails for visual reference
Stored media Recorded movies and frame grabs from HD-SDI signals
Imported still images from JPG, TIFF and DPX files and extracted images from MOV files
Looks Save and recall an unlimited number of look presets
Look information including 3D LUT nodes, ASC-CDL nodes, etc.
Thumbnails for visual reference
Recursive library structure Use folders and bins to a group and order your project
Search and filter functions for fast access to shots and look presets

Color and Signal Processing

Color pipeline Node-based color pipeline, different modes for different scenarios
Grading modes CDL and LUT, CDL Advanced, Alexa looks, Amira and Alexa Mini compatible
ACES CDL, ACES CDL Advanced, Varicam Compatible, Freestyle, Freestyle ACES
“Freestyle” grade modes for custom, more complex color pipelines, e.g. multiple input and output LUTs, calibration LUTs etc.
ACES Versions and transforms for download:
v0.2.0, v0.7.0, ACEScc v1.0.1, ACEScc v1.0.2, ACEScc v1.0.3, ACEScct v1.0.3
Versions and transforms shipping with LiveGrade:
v0.7.1, ACEScc v1.0.0
Manage and download latest ACES versions
Input transforms (IDTs): ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, Sony, ACESproxy, reverse Rec.709
Output transforms (ODTs): Rec.709, Rec.2020 (inc. HDR ST2084), P3 (inc. HDR ST2048)
Grading nodes ASC-CDL, 3D LUT
3D LUT Presets for ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Panasonic, RED, and Sony cameras in 3D LUT node
Import of custom 3D LUTs in 3D LUT node
Load and save ASC-CDL files (*.cdl) directly to/from node
Multiple ASC-CDL nodes can be combined to one CDL filter e.g. for export
1D LUT import and 1D Curve editor
HHS Secondaries (hue-dependent hue and saturation controls)
Grading nodes can be enabled and disabled individually
False color modes False color mode for quick-check of exposure
Regions mode and Gradient mode
Linked Looks Control selected parts of looks simultaneously for multiple slots/devices

HD-SDI live image, metadata, and capture

Live video monitoring Full resolution image viewer for selected input
Previews for multiple video inputs simultaneously
Capturing frame grabs and video Frame grab as 16bit TIFF files, simultaneous frame grabs from all slots
QuickTime ProRes in different bit rates (ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ)
Prepared metadata entry or quick-entry panel for flexible editing of shot and look metadata
Recording modes Multi-record for triggering record for multiple attached capture devices
Ancillary (ANC) Metadata Extensive metadata support for ARRI Alexa, Sony F55, and Panasonic Varicam models
Various fields for timecode, clip name, FPS, exposure, lens, camera position, device information
Device Support AJA Io and AJA KONA devices
Blackmagic Design Ultrastudio, Mini Recorder and Decklink cards
Frame grabs supported by FSI BoxIO, FSI monitors, and IS-miniX
Handling of the original camera as well as pre-graded input signals
Auto-Record Triggering record by HD-SDI rec-flag from ARRI Alexa camera
Triggering record by clip name flags from Sony F5/F55 cameras
Triggering record from “Rec-Run” timecode
Metadata Capture time code from video stream for look creation

LUT Devices

See a list of all supported devices

Supported “LUT Boxes” Blackmagic Design HDLink
(deprecated, drivers only compatible up to OS X 10.10)
Flanders Scientific (FSI) BoxIO (single and dual channel mode)
Teradek COLR and COLR Duo
WOWOW (formerly Fujifilm) IS-mini, IS-miniX
(an additional device license is required for IS-mini devices)
Pandora Pluto
Flanders Scientific (FSI) DM250, DM240, and DM170
Supported Monitors Canon DP-V2410, DP-V3010 (single and dual input mode)
FSI CM250
(semi-interactive look control)
Supported Cameras ARRI Alexa LF, ARRI Alexa SXT, ARRI Alexa Mini, Amira, ARRI Alexa 65
Panasonic Varicam 35/Pure/LT/HS
SONY F65
Supported Camera Extension Modules OFFHOLLYWOOD OMOD for RED cameras
Multiple devices Manage multiple devices and control them independently
Group and mix multiple devices and control them combined
Use four devices in one slot for Quad HD-SDI / UHD/4K applications
HD-SDI Settings Legal/extended HD-SDI signal settings for each LUT device
Color management Import and apply ICC profiles for use of DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort and HD-SDI displays
Options Restore all looks on all devices on startup
Robustness Connection indicator warns on offline devices

 

Grading and Video Scopes

Monitoring View and color-grade live image
View and color-grade imported stills
Color processing in all LUT boxes supported monitors and supported cameras
View and color-grade captured live image (GPU-based)
View and color-grade recorded clips and frame grabs
Compatibility mode for display matching (e.g. with HD-SDI video, DaVinci Resolve)
Split view Compare different looks for look matching
Compare live image to stored clips and frame grabs for look matching
Compare live image to live image for look matching
Video Scopes Native video scopes with waveform, histogram, and vectorscope (with settings)
Various video scopes with an interface to “Scopebox” application (via ScopeLink)
In-application waveform and vectorscope with FSI devices (via ScopeStream)

 

HD-SDI Output

Device Support AJA T-Tap, KONA series and Io series
Blackmagic Design Ultrastudio, Mini Monitor and Decklink cards
Output Mirroring of Image Viewer to HD-SDI
Grade live on reference monitor
Support for split-screen reference mode

HD-SDI Routing

Video Routing Configurations

  • Create video routing configurations for selected connections
  • Automate video routing configurations on certain actions (e.g. slot changes) or menu / custom keyboard shortcuts

Interactive Video Router Control

  • Monitor and interact with router connections visually

Device Support

  • Support for AJA Kumo and Blackmagic Design Smart Videohub video routers
  • Auto-detection of video routers in local network

 

Transfer Options

Export 3D LUTs in various formats (all grading modes)
Batch export, export multiple formats at once
LUT Formats for Export Davinci Resolve, Adobe SpeedGrade, Filmlight, Autodesk Lustre, Assimilate Scratch, Digital Vision Nucoda, Blackmagic HDLink, Blackmagic Teranex Mini, AJA LUT Box, Convergent Design Odyssey, REDCINE X PRO and others
Look Exchange Import/export of CDL files (ASC-CDL and ACES grade modes)
Import/export of Alexa Look Files (Alexa look mode)
Export of Amira Look Files (CDL look mode)
Import/export of Pomfort Looks and Look Archives for seamless integration with Silverstack
Customizable, automatic schemes for file names of exported looks via metadata wildcards
Transfer of looks as ALE file for automatic look matching in Assimilate Scratch
Import of LUT file (ASC-CDL grade mode)
Still export Export stills along with looks
Convenient “on-the-fly” still export with file names based on metadata
CDL Server Provide CDL information via a network for Codex recorders and Alexa XT

Hardware Controls

Panel Devices Tangent Element (all modules), custom mappings via “Tangent Mapper”
Tangent Ripple
Tangent Wave
AVID Color Artist

User Interface

General Intuitive, easy to learn user interface
Resizable color controls, metadata controls, video scopes, and preview viewers
Appearance Dark user interface for dark studio and on-set environments
UI dim configuration

Remote App

Setup iPhone, iPod touch and iPad (iOS 7 needed)
Communication via WiFi
Interaction Switch between stored look presets
Switch between device slots
Bypass color, apply false color mode

Localization

Localized Versions English
Japanese
Chinese

System Requirements

Computer Intel Mac
Operating System Mac OS X 10.12.0 or newer

Note: LiveGrade Pro v4 can still be used on macOS versions 10.10 and 10.11, but it is not recommended and future releases of LiveGrade Pro might stop working on outdated macOS versions.

HDLink support only up to OS X 10.10:
Up to now, there is no driver for HDLink available from Blackmagic Design for OS X 10.11.
Please be aware that you are not able to use HDLink devices on OS X 10.11.


Updates

What’s new in version 4.2?

In-camera grading workflow for Panavision DXL2:

  • Upload Look: Upload currently modified look to DXL2
  • Metadata workflow: Look metadata travels in recorded files
  • Hybrid setup: Hybrid LUT-box and camera grading workflow for interactive look adjustments

New features and improvements:

  • Hardware configurations: Save and restore hardware settings in the device manager
  • ACES: Better ACES version selection behavior
  • Thumbnails: Adjust size of thumbnails in Shot Library
  • Refresh: Make frame grabs from within video scopes UI to refresh video scopes
  • Scene, Shot, Take: Menu items for increasing scene, shot, and take and new default values
  • Robustness: Improved robustness of HD-SDI capture device support

Support for Panavision DXL2
Hybrid in-camera grading workflow

LiveGrade Pro adds support for an in-camera grading workflow with the Panavision DXL2. LiveGrade Pro comes with a new feature to upload looks into the DXL2 camera. This applies the look e.g. to the viewfinder, but also adds the look metadata to recorded clips. An additional LUT box can be used for interactively adjusting the look based on the log output of the camera.

What’s new in version 4.1?

Additional metadata sources:

  • Dynamic Metadata: New metadata sources for ARRI, Panasonic, and Sony cameras
  • Metadata via LUT Box: Read camera metadata from SDI signals connected to the BoxIO and IS-miniX
  • CAP Metadata: Read metadata from connected Alexa Mini and Amira cameras via CAP
  • RCP Metadata: Read metadata from connected RED cameras via RCP
  • VENICE metadata: Read camera metadata for Sony VENICE from HD-SDI (VENICE V2 firmware)

ACES:

  • RED and ACES: Added ACES IDTs for RED cameras (log3G10)

Other Changes:

  • Framegrab: Auto-refresh framegrab feature for BoxIO
  • Still Images: Export only the still image of a shot
  • New “Metadata Only” slot view: Show metadata without preview image

macOS 10.14 or higher.

Our software products are based on the latest macOS technologies, therefore we cannot support older versions of macOS.

What’s new in Livegrade Pro 6?

  • Output Colorspaces: For streamlined handling of looks with different output colorspaces, e.g., with HDR-SDR dual monitoring setups:
    • Set your look’s output colorspace manually or automatically for pre-installed LUT presets and ODTs
    • Read and export the output colorspace of custom LUTs in the comment of the LUT file
  • Output Colorspace Attribute: Inspect the output colorspace attribute of looks in the shots table and the info tab, and include the output colorspace token in wildcards
  • Output Colorspace Smart Group: Filter your shot library using the output colorspace smart group
  • HDR/SDR Video Scopes: Set the appropriate color primaries (Rec.709/Rec.2020) for your video scopes manually or automatically based on your look’s output colorspace
  • False Color Preferences: Choose to force the false color filter to be applied on your “Graded”, “Bypass”ed or “Original” video signal for appropriate quality control of HDR video signals
  • YCbCr Color Conversion: Set the YCbCr Color Conversion Matrix (Rec.709/Rec.2020) for LUT boxes and video I/O devices and pass on the appropriate attribute in recorded QuickTime movies
  • Color Profile Tagging: Enable/disable color profile tagging for still images and apply the appropriate color profile for most common colorspaces (Rec.709/Rec.2020/Rec.2100 PQ/Rec.2100 HLG/sRGB)

ACES:

  • ACES v.1.3: Support for ACES version 1.3.0 including Reference Gamut Compress parameter for improved accuracy with extreme color ranges
  • Load CLF in LMT: Load Common LUT Format (CLF) files in LMT node for convenient round-tripping in ACES workflows
  • ACES Look Metadata: The metadata fields “ACES Input Transform”, “ACES Input TransformID”, “ACES Output Transform”, “ACES Output TransformID and “Reference Gamut Compress” allow inspecting ACES look metadata in the shot library and communicating relevant info via reports

Color Grading:

  • Knee Curve Node: Create simple “knee” and “toe” curve adjustments to quickly modify contrast range and limits of highlights and shadows

Playback Controls:

  • Jump to Thumbnail Frame: Jump to the Thumbnail Frame of your recorded movie
  • Loop Playback: Loop playback of your loaded movie in the viewer window
  • New Player HUD: Buttons for “Set Thumbnail Frame” and “Jump to Thumbnail Frame” and enable/disable “Loop” playback directly in the player HUD of the image viewer

Media Management:

  • Duplicate As Shot With Still Image: Duplicate your shots with movie recordings as a shot with still image at the thumbnail frame’s position
  • Delete Shots And Media Independently: Delete shots and their associated media files independently to avoid conflicts with shared media folders or for transforming shots with hi-res media into “look only” shots
  • Reveal Media In Finder: Reveal media files in their associated media folder directly from a contextual menu item in the shot library

Share Still Images:

  • Airdrop Stills: Instantly share graded still images via Airdrop to other Apple devices directly from your shot library

Sony VENICE 2 Integration:

  • Interactive Grading: Color grade on connected VENICE 2 cameras in real-time via ASC-CDL compliant nodes in the grading mode “CDL + LUT”
  • Look Upload from Shot Library: Upload looks from Livegrade’s shot library onto connected VENICE 2 cameras as User 3D LUT
  • Manual Look Upload: Upload the look from your current slot to connected VENICE 2 cameras as “User 3D LUT”
  • Look Exchange: Benefit from auto-generated look metadata in recorded camera files

Capture Devices:

  • Use All Connectors as Inputs: Use all SDI-connectors of half-duplex capture devices as inputs (e.g., AJA Io4K Plus)

Tetrahedral Interpolation:

  • LUT Interpolation: Choose between different interpolation methods and benefit from tetrahedral interpolation for improved color accuracy on video output and still image export

Project Preferences:

  • Project Settings: Labels and custom fields are now project-dependent
  • Custom Fields: Assign titles for Custom fields for using individual names for your custom metadata fields

Look Library:

  • PFLA Export / Import: Exchange your look library or a section of look presets with other users or Livegrade systems

Fully Native:

  • Apple Silicon M1 Support: Application runs natively on Apple Silicon M1 machines*

More Features:

  • Camera Metadata: ARRI and RED cameras connected via network can be added as a metadata-only source in all grading modes (with grading disabled)
  • H.264 Record Format: Record movies in the space-saving H.264 video codec
  • HEIC Still Images: Create still images in the highly-efficient HEIC format (8-Bit only)

* I*S-mini device support only using Rosetta

Full release notes

What’s new in Livegrade Pro v5.5?

Frame Callback on FSI BoxIO:

  • Viewing: Display a shot’s framegrab or thumbnail frame (of recording) on a BoxIO device
  • Comparing: Enable/disable frame callback to compare look from shot library with the current live signal

Metadata:

  • Auto-complete Metadata: When filling in metadata fields “Location”, “Int/Ext”, “Day/Night” and “Caption” previously used values are suggested for auto-completion
  • Recreate Clip Identifier: Update the clip identifier of selected shots based on the current shot metadata and naming scheme
  • New Smart Groups: Metadata fields “Int/Ext”, “Day/Night”, and “Custom 1” – “Custom 6” can be used in smart groups

Recording Preferences:

  • Disk Space Info: “Disk Free” column in media folders table shows remaining disk space of media folder
  • Disk Space Warning: Adjust the limit for warning before running out of disk space

More Features:

  • MIDI Controllers: Option to reverse direction of encoders
  • Commenting: Use comment field in slot metadata

What’s new in Livegrade Pro v5.4?

New Media Storage System:
  • Project-Based Media Management: Configure a record folder per project (so that changing the record folder when switching projects is no longer needed) and inspect info of your project’s media in the recording preferences
  • New Project Window: Set a project’s record folder directly on project creation in the “New Project” window
  • Project Setting: Exchange “Record Folder” project settings between machines or users with settings export/import
  • Unique Folder ID: Each record folder contains a JSON file with a UUID that allows unambiguous record folder identification (so that copied, renamed, or moved directories can be added to the project again and offline media files reconnect immediately)
Sharing Look Archives:
  • PFLA (Pomfort Look Archive) from Smart Groups: Export and import look archives from smart groups allow to exchange only relevant shots
  • PFLA with Media: Share your project (or folders/bins/smart groups), including hi-res media, with other units or transfer your work to another machine or project
  • PFLA Export Options: Export a look archive with references to the current media folder or with copies to a new media folder
  • PFLA Import Options: Import a look archive with media by copying the media into your project’s record folder, or by importing looks only (without media)
Media Status:
  • Online/Offline Media Status: Improved UI indicates the media status of shots (online/offline) in the shot library and the record folder table
  • Reconnect Media: Add a matching record folder to reconnect offline media instantly (even if the folder was renamed or moved in Finder)
  • Progress Bar: Monitor the status of running media import/export tasks in a progress bar with estimated time indication
Improved Slating:
  • Slating System: Choose a “Slating System” (Standard/American/All) to show only relevant menu items for editing the slate info
  • Scene Letter: Enable the “Scene Letter” option to append a letter on “Increase Scene” actions automatically (e.g., increment “5” to “5A”)
  • Skipped Characters: Choose characters to be skipped when incrementing the scene, shot, and take fields
  • Overflow Incrementing: Incrementing fields with letter-postfix now use the overflow system (e.g., “Z” to “AA”, etc.)
  • Additional Menu Items and Actions: More options to edit the slate info of global metadata fields from the menu or via a Stream Deck Controller (“Increase”, “Decrease”, and “Reset” entries for all slate info fields and more)
More Features:
  • LUT Presets: Updated presets with the latest official LUTs from camera manufacturers
  • Reports: “Label” column can now be included in PDF reports

A detailed list of all changes can be found in the Livegrade Pro 5 changelog.

What’s new in Livegrade Pro 5.3?

Color Grading:

  • Curves Color Picker: Auto-create curve points by picking a specific color in the viewer window for applying precise and quick color curve corrections
  • Custom Color Curve: Color picker for choosing target hue of the custom color curve allows to create scene-accurate looks in seconds
  • HSL Curves: New “Grading” preference to set curve points for six primary colors by default
  • Curves Control: Select and adjust curve points using a keyboard or grading panel

Exchange Settings:

  • Global Settings: Import and export global setup settings (video router configurations, keyboard shortcuts, column layouts, smart groups layouts, record folder, custom clip identifier, slot / device configuration, label preferences) allows to share or transfer settings between workstations conveniently
  • Project Settings: Import and export project folder structure allows to re-use an existing project structure as a template for new projects

Productivity:

  • Color Labels: Tag shots with color labels and a customizable label text for flexible categorizing of shots
  • Label On Shot Creation: Apply a default label or secondary label on shot creation automatically
  • Second Create Button: Enable a second “Create” button in the “Shot Creation” preferences in order to create shots with default label or secondary label more conveniently
  • Info Tab: Better organized metadata overview in “Info” tab with collapsable sections and search feature
  • Multi-Edit Metadata: Editing metadata fields in the “Info” tab allows to quickly and conveniently clean up metadata of multiple selected shots at once
  • Slot Metadata: Re-ordering slot metadata fields allows to create a custom slot metadata layout
  • Jump To Timecode: Go to a specific timecode or time of a recording by pasting a timecode reference or typing the desired position

Device Integration:

SmallHD Monitors: Use SmallHD 4K Production Monitors as real-time grading devices (with SmallHD firmware version 4.4.0 or higher)

 


What’s new in version 5.2?

Color Grading:

  • Color Curve Modes: “RGB-Based” and “Luma-Based” allow precise color curve adjustments with or without influencing luma and saturation of colors for creating appealing looks like bleach bypass with ease
  • RGB Curves: Apply curves to individual color channels red, green and blue
  • Custom Color Curve: Apply curve adjustment to any custom color and create appealing looks like orange & teal in seconds
  • Hue-Sat-Lum Curves: Apply secondary color corrections with curves for hue vs. hue, hue vs. saturation, hue vs. luma, luma vs. saturation and saturation vs. saturation
  • Amount Sliders: Fine-tune color grades quickly by adjusting the intensity of grading nodes
  • Printer Lights: RGB master can now be precisely adjusted using color panels
  • User LUT Folder: Watch folder to add custom user LUTs for selecting them as LUT presets

Improved ACES Workflow:

  • ACES Metadata File Export: Exchange grade settings and metadata in ACES workflows (works with ACES ver. 1.2 or higher)
  • AMF + CLF: AMF Export for looks created in the ACES CDL Advanced mode merges non-CDL nodes into a CLF (Common LUT format) file.

Look Exchange:

  • CDL + LUT Combo Export: Exporting looks split into CDL and non-CDL components (ASC-CDL and 3D LUT ) allows complete look exchange with dailies and color grading software while maintaining the exchange of CDL and saturation values

Device Integration:

  • Stream Deck Plugin: Map and trigger Livegrade actions from your Stream Deck devices
  • Video Routing from Stream Deck: Apply up to 20 video routing configurations and select up to 20 video inputs and outputs from Stream Deck devices

Pomfort ShotHub:

  • Project Upload: Upload entire project with shot information to ShotHub, including thumbnails (optional)
  • Collaboration: Parallel upload from several Livegrade clients

Productivity:

  • Smart Groups: Organize shots using an automatic outline assembled from metadata (e.g. Scene, Shot and Flagged) for comprehensive media management and improved handling of large libraries
  • Library Folder: Search entire shot library with home folder “Library”
  • Smart Group Layouts: Use predefined hierarchy layouts and create user-defined layouts with custom hierarchies for full flexibility and improved productivity
  • Shot Library: Library path displays current library folder and smart groups level for better overview
  • Set Thumbnail Frame: Set custom thumbnail frame of recorded video clips
  • Device Manager: Use a custom letter (A-Z) as slot character
  • Slot Metadata: Efficient keyboard navigation between slot metadata fields
  • Video Routing: Display index counter and change order of video routing configurations
  • Multi-Edit Rating and Flagging: Rate and flag multiple shots with designated menu items and actions for Stream Deck
  • New Functions and Shortcuts: Copy look to all slots, create shot from library slot, Increase take number after shot creation

Metadata:

  • New metadata field: “Shooting Day” metadata field to quickly organize files using shooting day metadata
  • New metadata field: “Location” metadata field to quickly organize shots using location metadata
  • New metadata field: “Day/Night” metadata field to quickly organize shots using time of day metadata
  • New metadata field: “Int/Ext” metadata field to quickly organize shots using interior/exterior metadata
  • New custom metadata fields: Three additional custom metadata fields for more flexible metadata workflows
  • Wildcards: Use TC Start and TC End in wildcards

What’s new in version 5.1?

Playback Controls:

JKL Navigation: Playback, jog, and shuttle using J, K, L keyboard shortcuts

Import:

Shot Library: Import movie files (mov, m4v, mp4)

Productivity:

Working with Looks: Copy & paste looks between slots
Library Slot: Adding a reference from another slot to the library slot

Metadata:

Global Metadata: New metadata field for “season”

Auto-Record:

AJA Capture Devices: Trigger auto-record via HANC rec-flag for ARRI, RED, and Sony cameras (works with Kona 4 or newer, and IO 4K series by AJA)

Panel Support:

Tangent Wave and Wave2: Customize the user interaction with the Tangent Mapper

ARRI Alexa Mini LF:

CAP Support: In-camera grading and camera metadata support


What’s New In Version 4.4?

Highlights:  LiveGrade Pro 4.4 with added support for AJA Kumo routers.

More Video Router Control And Automation:

  • Router Control: Now support for both AJA Kumo and Blackmagic Design Smart Videohub devices.
  • Mapping for Tangent Devices: Map your video routing configurations to buttons on Tangent control panels.
  • Multi-Slot Use of Capture Devices: Automatically move capture devices from slot to slot for frame grabs and camera metadata in multiple slots with one capture device.

Options For Displaying Reference Images:

  • New Display Options: Viewer displays the reference image left, right, top, or bottom of the current image (with splitter), or as an overlay (with opacity control).​
  • Flip and Flop: Mirror the reference image for easier comparison e.g. in left-right comparisons.

Other Changes:

  • LUT Presets: New LUT presets for Panavision Millennium DXL2 and RED IPP2.
  • ACES: LiveGrade Pro 4.4 is now shipping with a selection of common ACES 1.1 transforms.
  • Custom Keyboard Shortcuts: Keyboard mapper dialog now has a search field for easier access to actions.

Highlights of LiveGrade Pro 4.3:

  • Video router control and automation: Set up video routing configurations for Blackmagic Design Smart Videohub devices, and automate them on certain events – such as changing slots or switching to another application.
  • Advanced grade node controls: Define custom names for grade nodes. Save them and build up your library of “node presets”, e.g. for filter corrections.
  • ACES support: an Improved mechanism for downloading ACES transforms, and ACES version 1.1.

What’s new in LiveGrade Pro 4.3

Video Router Control And Automation:

  • Router Control: Support for Blackmagic Design Smart Videohub
  • Configurations: Create routing configurations for selected router connections
  • Apply: Apply routing configurations on certain actions (e.g. slot changes) or menu/custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Automation: Custom automation for in-application events and actions

New Node Presets:

  • Selected Nodes: Save selected grading nodes
  • Look Library: Build your library of “node presets”, e.g. for filter corrections
  • Apply: Only update nodes with the same name

Updated Aces Support:

  • Downloading: An Improved mechanism for downloading ACES transforms
  • ACES 1.1: New ACES 1.1 version available

More Features And Improvements:

  • Wildcards: More wildcards for file names for the look and still export
  • Still export: Export of stills without look applied (“log” still export)
  • Reference Mode: Compare in split-screen as well as overlay mode
  • LUT presets: New LUT presets for ARRI, RED, and Sony cameras
  • Non-interactive mode: New for ARRI CAP and Sony F65 cameras

Video Router Control

Control And Automate Video Routing Devices

Video routers are often used to route camera signals to the devices controlled by LiveGrade Pro. Users of LiveGrade Pro can now setup routing configurations within the application, and trigger these configurations either from the application when needed, or automate them on certain events within the application such as slot changes. With this feature, the entire video setup can now be operated from LiveGrade Pro.


What’s new in Livegrade Pro 4.2?

LiveGrade Pro 4.2 now supports an in-camera grading workflow with the Panavision DXL2: 
Looks created in LiveGrade Pro can be loaded directly into the DXL2. This way the look is instantly written into the clip metadata and can be passed on directly with the clips to post production. For interactive grading on the live image of the camera, an additional LUT box can be used.

Watch the new video by Panavision to learn more about this new feature. Follow Michael Cioni as he walks you through the new integration and its benefits – from the film set to post production.

New features and improvements:

  • Hardware configurations: Save and restore hardware settings in the device manager
  • ACES: Better ACES version selection behavior
  • Thumbnails: Adjust size of thumbnails in Shot Library
  • Refresh: Make frame grabs from within video scopes UI to refresh video scopes
  • Scene, Shot, Take: Menu items for increasing scene, shot, and take and new default values
  • Robustness: Improved robustness of HD-SDI capture device support

What’s new in LiveGrade Pro 4.1?

Dynamic Metadata: Extension of live metadata support to a broad range of setups and devices. Use your existing devices to access live camera metadata in LiveGrade Pro, including:

  • Metadata via LUT Box: Display camera metadata extracted from the HD-SDI signal by BoxIO and IS-miniX
  • ARRI and RED Metadata: Read metadata from Alexa Mini and Amira cameras via CAP, and from RED cameras via RCP
  • VENICE metadata: Read camera metadata for Sony VENICE from HD-SDI (VENICE V2)

ACES support for RED cameras: Work with ACES IDTs for RED cameras (log3G10)

Other Changes:

  • Framegrab: Auto-refresh frame grab feature for BoxIO
  • Still Images: Export only the still image of a shot
  • New “Metadata Only” slot view: Show metadata without preview image

What’s new in version 4?

New Shot Library

  • Extended Shot Library: Logging entire shooting days
  • Metadata: Lots of new fields and columns for scene and camera-related metadata
  • Look Presets: Separate library for storing look presets
  • Folder Hierarchy: Hierarchical folder structure for advanced project management
  • Metadata preparation: Metadata entry before a shot is recorded

Live Camera Metadata

  • New Slot Bar: New overview of all attached cameras with live image and metadata
  • Cameras: Display of live metadata from camera’s HD-SDI signals for ARRI Alexa, Sony F55, and Panasonic Varicam models

Video Scopes

  • Native Video Scopes: Waveform, histogram, vectorscope with settings
  • Versatile: Video scopes can be used on live image, frame grabs, and captured clips

Video Input/Output

  • Library Slot: Option for a permanent output of stored frame grabs or clips for reference
  • AJA: Full support for multi-channel capture, playout, and metadata with devices such as Io 4K
  • Ranges: Handling of legal and extended ranges in capture and recordings

Keyboard Shortcut Manager

  • Custom Keyboard Shortcuts: Define your individual shortcuts for any action in the main menu
  • New Defaults: New, refined default shortcuts for streamlined interactive work on set

User Interface

  • Modernized: Refined and cleaned-up user interface

ARRI ALEXA LF:

  • CAP Support: Grade control of ARRI Alexa LF cameras via Wifi-based CAP protocol

New Info PanelExtensive Shot Library

Logging Camera-related Information

LiveGrade Pro introduces a new Shot Library, that comes with lots of new capabilities for logging a shooting day. The Shot Library stores camera-related information as well as look metadata. It allows easy browsing of past shots with frame grabs and captured video. You can now also enter metadata in advance for an upcoming shot. Information can be grouped hierarchically into Folders and Bins as familiar from Silverstack. All information can be exported in PDF reports.


New infopanel Live metadataLive Metadata

Monitoring Camera Metadata And Live Image

With a video device from AJA or BlackmagicDesign, LiveGrade Pro can capture multiple camera signals. Professional cameras such as ARRI Alexa, Sony F55, and Panasonic Varicam embed extensive camera metadata into the HD-SDI outputs as so-called ancillary or ANC data. A new slot bar displays live metadata from cameras for each slot right beside the live image. All information gets stored in the new Shot Library.


Info panel scopesVideo Scopes

Analyzing Live Video, Frame Grabs, And Recorded Clips

Video scopes are the tool of the trade for judging exposure and white balance and help to control and adjust a broad range of camera settings. LiveGrade Pro offers three kinds of video analysis tools: Waveform, vectorscope, and a histogram. Each tool comes with settings to customize the processing and display to individual needs. The waveform also adds the display of the resulting curve of all current color transforms and thus integrates well into the look management and grading workflow.

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