Canon may not be disrupting anything with this $16,000 4K sequel, but I’m sure it’s a solid camera. And hey, it has built-in NDs!
Resolve 12 and Adobe Premiere CC 2015
With the latest release of Premiere and the new Magic Bullet Suite 12, I am finally dropping my long-held stance that the best way to master a film project is to move it from your NLE into a finishing environment such as Adobe After Effects. This means I’m a fan of color grading in the NLE, as you can tell from my latest spate of tutorials.
Both Adobe and Blackmagic Design are supporting this idea by converging their flagship filmmaking products. Adobe added a bunch of color correction tools to their NLE, and Blackmagic is pushing very hard to make an NLE out of their color correction software.
I’m excited about both of these developments. Adobe has essentially done exactly what I recommended back in 2011 when they acquired IRIDAS SpeedGrade. Basic color control should be as intrinsic a part of a video clip as volume control is to an audio clip. Now that Adobe has done that, I’d love to see more support for real color grading workflows in Premiere — things like stillstores, tools for comparing/matching several shots in a sequence, and more advanced masking options, such as the ability to cut one mask with another, as we can in After Effects.
Am I concerned about Premiere shipping with color effects that do some of what Magic Bullet Looks, Colorista, and Film do? Quite simply: no. Red Giant’s tools provide a power and ease-of-use that’s tough to beat, and I relish the opportunity to complement Adobe’s color tools, and even to compete with them in a friendly way. Remember my tips for How to Kick the Tires on a Color Corrector? Keep holding both Red Giant and Adobe to those standards, and we filmmakers will always come out on top.
As for Resolve, my biggest complaint has always been that few working editors I know have luxurious enough schedule or client relationships to lock a cut and move their projects to a dedicated color tool. But if you could start your cut and finish it in Resolve? Now that’s interesting.