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The Reference for Professional Look Creation

Livegrade Pro is the standard software for look management on set and beyond. Its complete scalability and superior integration with various camera workflows and setups have made it an integral part of TV, commercial and cinema productions. Around the globe DITs and DOPs rely on LiveGrade Pro to simplify their creative workflow and enhance on-set collaboration.


What’s New In Version 5?

Recording Interface:

  • Direct Recording: Record a slot’s live image directly from the slot UI.
  • Auto-Record: New auto-record behavior triggers record in multiple slots.
  • Naming: Better naming for recordings.

Grading Controls:

  • Contrast Slider: ASC-CDL-compatible “simple grading” (SPL) interface type with four new controls.
  • Color Wheels: New luma-neutral behavior of color wheels.
  • Master Control: New indicator for “master” level of color wheels.

MIDI Controller Support:

    • Buttons: Trigger any action in the main menu.
    • Encoders: Adjust grade controls.

ACES:

  • LMT Node: Added new node with standard LMTs for ACES mode.

Video Router Control:

  • Auto-Detection: Directly connect video routers in the local network.

More Features:

  • Column Selector: New UI for selecting columns for the shot table.
  • Non-SI Units: Imperial units for focus distance.

Optional Modules:

  • Colorfront Film Module: Support for AJA FS-HDR in “Colorfront Film” pipeline.
  • QTake Module: Support for interactive LUT and CDL integration with QTake system.
  • Cobalt Module: Support for Cobalt Digital 9904-UDX-4K systems.

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Streamlined Recording Interaction

Livegrade Pro comes with a new interface for capturing reference material. Users can now control recording directly from within the slot UI. A record/tally indicator and new overlays show if and how long a slot is recording. When using capture devices with multiple inputs users can trigger recording for all slots at once, or individually per slot. The existing auto-recording feature can now be enabled and disabled per captured channel in the device manager. Auto-record can now trigger recording in multiple slots.

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Productivity with Physical Controls

Livegrade Pro comes with support for MIDI controllers. Users can now map any software functions to physical controls for increased productivity. Buttons can be assigned to trigger actions in the software, while encoders can be mapped to various grading controls, such as the new simplified CDL controls (e.g. contrast). MIDI controllers are available in a broad range of form factor, size, and price. And it’s easy to start a DIY project for building your own MIDI controller for a dedicated layout of buttons and encoders tailored to your specific needs.

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Workflow Specific Suspensions

Livegrade can be extended with optional modules with the functionality required in specific productions using QTake, Colorfront, or Cobalt for their workflow.

The Colorfront Film Module enables support for the proprietary Colorfront Film color pipeline. Colorfront Film is chosen by productions for its out-of-the-box great image rendering, as well as the powerful HDR features. Users can use an AJA FS-HDR device for color grading live signals the same way as Colorfront’s software products render recorded clips.
QTake is the most comprehensive video assist system in the market, and with the QTake Module users now can provide interactive look metadata to QTake. This enables improved integration between video assist and DIT stations – and enables new workflows for stereo3D, 4K, and high frame rate monitoring.
Cobalt Digital 9904-UDX-4K systems are powerful signal processing units. The OpenGear form factor allows dense installations for processing lots of simultaneous streams. With the Cobalt Module Livegrade can utilize the signal processing power of the units and use them as color grading device for camera live signals.

Let Footage Look Amazing Already On Set

Use tThe Leading Software gor Look Management

Previewing and working with digital looks right at the film set is an easy way to enhance the efficiency of production workflows, and to achieve better creative control over your images. LiveGrade Pro is a powerful tool for creating, managing and sharing digital looks.

With Livegrade Pro you can easily create and manipulate looks and apply them to your live image. This allows the fast and precise review of your camera image – which leads to the desired results as early as possible in any kind of production environment.

In order to make sure that the look you apply is based on the intended camera settings, Livegrade Pro lets you monitor live metadata coming from one or multiple cameras. This feature makes the camera status available to DITs directly in Livegrade Pro.

When you are ready to prepare for post-production, Livegrade Pro’s abilities to export looks in various ways empower you to visually communicate the cinematographer’s and director’s intent. Make the digital look part of the creative production process from the beginning.

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

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
  • Intel Mac
  • 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.

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.


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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.


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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.

“Update selected Look and Replace Image” shortcut in Pomfort LiveGrade

Did you know that you can update a Look or Still in the Library and, at the very same time, replace the still image that is associated with the look? It’s like killing two birds with one stone!

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