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Pomfort Livegrade Studio

Exceptional Performance for Multi-Camera Setups

Pomfort Livegrade Studio Highlights

  • Compliments Livegrade Pro’s powerful on-set grading functionalities with dedicated features to excel in multi-camera environments
  • Innovative router control infrastructure to interact with multiple live signals
  • Image capture and referencing
  • Professional recording capabilities
  • Advanced grading controls, including lift, gamma, gain, and printer lights interaction types
  • Professional video scopes including waveform, vectorscope, histogram
  • Custom control with affordable or DIY MIDI controllers
  • In- and ex-application automation
  • Monitoring of live metadata from one or multiple cameras
  • Custom keyboard shortcuts and column layouts

Benefit from Pomfort Livegrade Studio

Passionately Advancing The State of the Art.

In productions with multi-camera setups, the challenges of monitoring and interacting with multiple live signals are pervasive for the camera department. In particular, live feeds and corresponding looks need to be monitored, matched, recorded, and switched instantly.

Livegrade Studio is at the heart of your multi-camera setup. The software gives you advanced instruments to react quickly to immediate requests and changing situations and to keep up with the fast-paced production environment on set.

Advanced Setups

Livegrade Studio lets you handle challenging multi-camera setups intuitively, with customizable control features and powerful automation.

Experienced Dits

Leverage the power of well-known functionality of Livegrade Pro and provide a whole new level of imaging support.

Rapid Co-Operation

Advanced capabilities to interactively adjust and distribute camera live images to your team make sure that you always stay on top of everything that happens on set.

Livegrade Studio Router controlHigh-end Router Control to Optimize your DITSetup

Switch Fast Between Multiple Sources and Destinations.

The direct router control functionality in Livegrade Studio is a true game-changer, that is designed specifically for fast-paced film production environments.

Interactively change and map individual video routings directly from within the software, or apply and automate presets of your specific routing configurations. With these capabilities, the software significantly reduces setup time and simplifies complex configuration tasks that make operations run smoothly.

Livegrade Studio RecordingProfessional Recording for your Multi-camera Setup

Maximum Control, Maximum Performance, Maximum Peace of Mind.

Livegrade Studio’s recording capabilities are designed for acquiring the reference material of the entire production. By configuring multiple HD-SDI capture devices you can simultaneously record multiple video streams in high-quality Apple ProRes.

Livegrade Studio lets you easily identify the recording status of all cameras at one single glance, with convenient record indicators for all slots. Start recording single slots right the moment the action happens, or group multiple cameras together and set them to auto-record triggered by the rec-flag of the HD-SDI signals.

Livegrade Studio lets you handle challenging multi-camera setups intuitively, with customizable control features and powerful automation.

Livegrade Studio Advanced GradingPowerful Grading Controls

Create the Perfect Look on Set.

Livegrade Studio’s powerful grading controls let you create a perfect visualization of the DoP’s creative intent, even in demanding color workflows. The software comes with secondary color correction tools, such as the HHS-Node, as well as advanced, yet fully ASC CDL-compliant grading interaction types like “Lift, Gamma, Gain”, and “Printer Lights”. Professional video scopes for analyzing and adjusting images, including waveform, vectorscope, and histogram enable even more precise control of your colors.

Livegrade Studio supports HDR workflows in various ways – with intelligent HDR / SDR monitoring features, and support for ACES-based or custom HDR color pipelines.

Livegrade Studio lets you handle challenging multi-camera setups intuitively, with customizable control features and powerful automation.

Advanced Productivity for the Pros

Handle Your Tasks Even Better.

Livegrade Studio takes your productivity to the next level, with features that make working in multi-camera setups simpler, faster, and even more powerful.

Livegrade Pro Automation
Livegrade Pro midi
Livegrade Studio Metadata
Choose to automate your on-set color workflow, either with in-application automation or externally via scripts.
Operate Livegrade Studio with affordable or DIY MIDI controllers. Customize the way you control Livegrade Studio to best fit with yours and your production’s needs.
Remotely monitor camera settings and metadata directly in the software to ensure consistency across multiple cameras.

Livegrade Studio Pro Shot and Look Preset Library


Studio Only Available in Livegrade Studio

Module Only Available in add-on module

ProjectsStudioManage multiple, independent projects
ShotsSave and recall unlimited number of shots with look information and camera-related metadata
Global fields for storing slate and production information
Prepared metadata entry or quick-entry panel for flexible editing of shot and look metadata
Camera specific fields for storing information about clip, exposure, lens, camera position and device
Automatically filled metadata fields from ANC metadata
Look information including 3D LUT nodes, ASC-CDL nodes, etc.
Thumbnails in different sizes for visual reference
Stored MediaRecorded movies and framegrabs
Imported still images from JPG, TIFF and DPX files and extracted images from MOV files
LooksSave and recall unlimited number of look presets
Look information including 3D LUT nodes, ASC-CDL nodes, etc.
Thumbnails for visual reference
Use node presets for storing and applying only a selection of grading nodes
Recursive Library Structure Use folders and bins to group and order your project
Search and filter functions for fast access to shots and look presets
Choose columns to customize shot table
Option for non-SI units (e.g. imperial focus distance)

Livegrade Studio Pro Color And Signal Processing

Color Pipeline Node-based color pipeline, different modes for different scenarios
General Grading ModesCDL and LUT, CDL Advanced, ACES CDL, ACES CDL Advanced, Freestyle, Freestyle ACES
Device-Specific Grading ModesAmira and Alexa Mini compatible, Varicam Compatible
Proprietary Grading ModesModuleColorfront Film with input/output color spaces, grading color space, scene referred controls, comprehensive HDR controls (via AJA FS-HDR device)
"Freestyle" grade modes for custom, more complex color pipelines, e.g. multiple input and output LUTs, calibration LUTs etc.
ACESVersions and transforms for download: v0.2.0, v0.7.0, v0.7.1, ACEScc v1.0.0, ACEScc v1.0.1, ACEScc v1.0.2, ACEScc v1.0.3, ACEScct v1.0.3, ACEScct v1.1.0
Versions and transforms shipping with LiveGrade: ACES v1.1 cct
Manage and download latest ACES versions in Preferences and directly from grading nodes
Input transforms (IDTs): ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, RED (log3G10), Sony, ACESproxy, reverse Rec.709
LMT node with official LMTs and custom LMTs as 3D LUTs
Output transforms (ODTs): Rec.709, Rec.2020 (inc. HDR ST2084), DCDM, HDR, P3, sRGB, ACESproxy
Grading NodesASC-CDL, 3D LUT
ASC-CDL compatible interaction types: CDL/SOP, and simplified (contrast, stretch, warmer, greener controls)
StudioASC-CDL compatible interaction types: LGG (lift, gamma, gain), and printer lights
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 ModesFalse color mode for quick-check of exposure
"Regions" mode and "Gradient" mode
Linked LooksControl selected parts of looks simultaneously for multiple slots / devices

Livegrade Studio Pro LUT Devices

Hardware ConfigurationsSave and restore hardware settings for quickly switching between different hardware contexts.
Supported "LUT Boxes"Flanders Scientific (FSI) BoxIO (single and dual channel mode)
Teradek COLR and COLR Duo
TVLogic (formerly WOWOW and Fujifilm) IS-mini, IS-miniX, IS-mini 4K
(activation is required for IS-mini devices)
AJA FS-HDR: single channel and multi-channel "Dynamic LUT" transform
ModuleAJA FS-HDR: single channel and multi-channel "Colorfront Film" transform
ModuleCobalt Digital card support: 9000 Series, openGear
Supported Monitors Flanders Scientific (FSI) DM and CM series
Canon DP-V1710/V1711/V2410/V2411/V2420/V2421/V3010
(single and dual input mode)
Supported Cameras ARRI Alexa LF, ARRI Alexa SXT, ARRI Alexa Mini, Amira, ARRI Alexa 65 (interactive configuration, hybrid workflow with LUT box and upload of look metadata)
Panasonic Varicam 35/Pure/LT/HS (interactive look control)
Panavision DXL2 (hybrid workflow with LUT box and upload of look metadata)
RED DSMC2 cameras with IPP2 HD-SDI video output (hybrid workflow with LUT box and upload of look metadata)
SONY F65 (interactive configuration, hybrid workflow with LUT box and look upload)
Supported Camera Extension Modules OFFHOLLYWOOD OMOD for RED cameras
Supported Software Systems ModuleQTake video assist system
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
Frame GrabsFrame grabs supported by FSI BoxIO, FSI monitors, and IS-miniX
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
OptionsRestore all looks on all devices on startup
RobustnessConnection indicator warns on offline devices

Livegrade Studio Pro HD-SDO Live Image, Capture, and Metadata

Full resolution image viewer for selected input
Previews for multiple video inputs simultaneously
StudioCompare live signals in split view
Capturing Frame Grabs and VideoFrame 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)
Flip and/or flop options for correcting mirrored or upside-down camera setups
Recording modes Multi-record for triggering record for multiple attached capture devices
Starting record independently for individual slots
StudioArming slots for record
Device Support AJA Io and AJA KONA devices
Blackmagic Design Ultrastudio, Mini Recorder and Decklink cards
Handling of original camera as well as pre-graded input signals
Auto-RecordTriggering 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" time code
Enable auto-record trigger for multiple slots for each capture device
Extensive metadata support for ARRI Alexa (all models) and Amira, Panasonic Varicam models, Sony F55 and VENICE
Ancillary (ANC) Metadata Extensive metadata support for ARRI Alexa (all models) and Amira, Panasonic Varicam models, Sony F55 and VENICE
Direct-Access Metadata ARRI Alexa Mini and Amira via CAP (Wifi/network), RED cameras via RCP (Wifi/network), Panavision DXL2 via Wifi/network
Various fields for timecode, clip name, FPS, exposure, lens, camera position, device information
Timecode Capture time code from video stream for look creation
AutomationCapture device can follow selected slot for capturing multiple signals with one capture device (use with video routing automation)
Record events can trigger automation

Livegrade Studio Pro Grading and Video Scopes

Monitoring View and color-grade live image in software (with capture device)
View and color-grade imported stills in software
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
StudioCompare live image to live image for look matching
Video ScopesNative video scopes with waveform, histogram, and vector scope (with settings)
Various video scopes with interface to “Scopebox” application (via ScopeLink)
In-application waveform and vectorscope with FSI devices (via ScopeStream)

Livegrade Studio Pro 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 (vertical, horizontal, flipped) and overlay reference mode

Livegrade Studio Pro 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 ControlStudioMonitor and interact with router connections visually
Device SupportSupport for AJA Kumo and Blackmagic Design Smart Videohub video routers
Auto-detection of video routers in local network

Livegrade Studio Pro Hardware Controls

Grading Panel Devices Tangent Element (all modules), custom mappings via "Tangent Mapper"
Tangent Ripple
Tangent Wave
AVID Color Artist
MIDI Controllers Supports any class-compliant MIDI controller
Customizable mappings for buttons (actions) and encoders (grade controls)

Livegrade Studio Pro User Interface

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

Livegrade Studio Pro Automation and Remote App

AutomationCustom automations for in-application events and actions
Events: Slot changes, recording events, application state changes
Actions: Configuring slots, showing / hiding of user interface elements, apply video router configurations
StudioActions: Run custom scripts
Remote AppiPhone, iPod touch and iPad (iOS 7 needed), communication via WiFi
Switch between stored look presets
Switch between device slots
Bypass color, apply false color mode

Livegrade Pro and Livegrade Studio run on macOS 10.13 or higher.

Livegrade Studio to v5.3.3

With this update, the former add-on modules for the QTAKE Grading integration and the Colorfront Film pipeline are now fully included, free of charge:

  • QTAKE Integration: Benefit from a seamless collaboration between DITs and video assists by syncing look information with QTAKE.
  • Colorfront Integration: Stay inside the Colorfront Film pipeline with Livegrade Studio and an AJA FS-HDR device with this built-in grading mode.

Colorfront Integration:

All controls and options of the Colorfront Film pipeline are now available in Livegrade Studio when working with the AJA FS-HDR device:

  • Scene-referred settings for exposure and color temperature
  • Select from a range of grading color spaces
  • HDR output transforms, including SDR preview on HDR displays
  • Combine the power of look and reference management of Livegrade products with Colorfront’s color science capabilities
  • Export of look metadata from Livegrade to Colorfront products and plugins (based on CFE files) for seamless dailies workflows

QTAKE Integration:

QTAKE grading module now included in Livegrade Studio:

Look metadata (CDL and LUT) is automatically available in QTAKE
Looks are updated in real-time in QTAKE
DIT (DP, camera department) and VA operator (script, director, customer) can work together interactively
Multiple, independent slots are supported (depending on available channels in QTAKE)

 

 


What’s new in Livegrade Studio 5.3?

Dynamic Metadata:

  • Dynamic Metadata Recording: Record per-frame, dynamic slot metadata fields transmitted via HD-SDI ancillary metadata from ARRI, Panasonic, and Sony cameras together with movie recordings
    Dynamic Metadata Export: Export dynamic metadata of recordings to a separate CSV for each shot

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)

 


Livegrade Studio v5.2

Livegrade Studio v5.2 comes with great new features to make your daily tasks even faster and more precise.

Some highlights of Livegrade Studio 5.2:

  • New Curves and Grading Controls: Custom color curves, RGB curves, amount sliders
  • Smart Groups for Library Management: Organize shots with automatic metadata outline
  • ShotHub Cloud Integration: Upload and exchange your looks with Pomfort ShotHub
  • Stream Deck Plugin: Map and trigger Livegrade actions from your Stream Deck devices

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

Burning Question: How Can I Input ASC-CDL Values into After Effects?

Prolost CDL is a free preset from Stu Maschwitz at Prolost that allows users to type CDL values right into After Effects.

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