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Adobe has taken the wraps off their latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro to be shown at NAB Show 2015 and like all of their releases since CS6 (when I came onboard to the Adobe product line), they are consistently getting "the little things" right. Listening to the end users and bringing to bear a lot of wonderful new toolsets but at the same time improving upon efficiency by tweaking little things throughout the interface. The tool keeps moving forward with enhancements yet doesn't completely disrupt the collaborative workflow. In fact they are continuing the path of getting the technology out of our way so we can just get to creating and creating more efficiently.

Now there are a lot of overview articles coming forth so instead of telling you everything about the new Premiere Pro, I'm zeroing in on one tool that for me changes everything about the way we'll use the tool moving forward. The Lumetri Color Tool. The SpeedGrade purchase really starts to pay dividends for editors now.

But first a minor "little thing" that sets up the "big" little thing.

This article is short on words, but big on images because after all, that's what you really want to see here.

Click any of the images for a larger version.


The new interface looks very similar to what you're used to except at the very top.




Quick workspace tabs have been added allowing us to quick change between Workspaces without having to go to the dropdown menu and the workspaces have been re-designed to make them more useful.





Assembly Workspace





Effects Workspace and you get the idea, I'm not going to show you all of them.





And yes you can save your own, they show up right there in the header and it's easy to manage your workspaces too.





So that's the little thing, nice touch to make it easy to switch workspaces which we do a lot depending on what we're doing and very easy to manage the workspaces. Which leads to the "big" little thing. The Color Workspace.





You see the Scopes on the left and the control panels on the right for Lumetri Color? It really looks like it's ready to go, right? Well that's because it is. Once you drop into the color workspace, the new Lumetri Color grading tool is active and ready to go. If you want to start color grading your clip, simply start making adjustments in the Lumetri Color panel. Premiere Pro automatically applies the effect to your clip.




Yep, no more Drag Filter, open the Effects and start grading. Now it's just start grading.

Here's the Lumetri Color control panel. It's very simple and you don't need a whole of explanation to start using it. Simply click any tab to open the sets of controls. When you click another tab, the other closes down so you're always working with one tab at a time, no more dragging up and down to see all the color tools.





Basic Correction Tab, exactly what you'd expect. Notice you can input LUTs here too.





Creative Tab. Some tinting / saturation / vibrance controls and more.





Curves, which includes a really cool Hue Saturation Curve wheel. More on that shortly.





Color Wheels. Clean and they really work, oh they work so well, thank you Adobe engineers, coders and whomever else is responsible for these.







Vignette. Can create both bright and dark vignettes with a lot of controls.






LUMETRI COLOR PANEL
The entire Lumetri Color control panel is brilliantly designed and super efficient. Many tools brought together in one place but no more twirling down triangles to see more tools and then having to scroll down to see what you're doing and then manually closing the triangles up to make more room to see what you're doing. Just the little touch of automatically closing the tabs as you switch to another tool is a huge time saver when you're color grading an entire timeline.

This is a HUGE step forward for now efficiently apply color grading and looks to your projects within Premiere Pro and without having to use third party tools. Oh and anything you create in Premiere Pro will follow over to SpeedGrade too.

Okay, enough words, here's some examples of playing with the tool.

You see we have a Pen icon right under Lumetri color so we can draw free-form masks and multiple masks on the clips.

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Mask draw on the glass of chimichurri with some feathering and then I just brightened it a bit as an example. Simple right?








Here's a nice bar shot from our original series "Fork U" shot in UHD 4k. Just boosting the shadows a bit in the Basic Correction controls.





In the Creative Panel, I'm going to play a little with the Shadow and Highlight Tints. You see the Tint Wheels have empty centers right now. That means nothing has been applied. When I click in the middle of those circles and start dragging my mouse, the circles will fill in telling me tinting has been applied. Nothing to turn on or off, it just "does."





Tint Wheels are filled in telling me I've done something and I've added some warmth to both the shadows and highlights.






NOW THE FUN REALLY STARTS
Now the fun really starts. Curves and that cool Hue Saturation Curve wheel too. I've adjusted the blue and red curves a bit to further refine the color. Honestly I'm using too many controls in this example, but just showing you what a lot of this stuff does.





And that fun little Hue Saturation Curve Wheel. Simply grabbing that white circle will increase and decrease saturation globally.









But notice the little color dots below the wheel. Click any (or multiple) color dots and mask points appear on the white circle where the color appears in the spectrum. Can you guess what I can do now?





How about isolating a color as easy as this? Stretch out the greens to maximum and pull back the rest of the color wheel to minimum. Now the sports fields on the TV are there but everything else is black and white. Yeah, pretty sweet and of course you can use this same principal to simply enhance or knock down colors.





Ok, I reset the Hue Wheel but knocked down the saturation just a touch, let's look at the Color Wheels, the REAL color wheels finally!





As before, the wheels will have a hole in the middle if no changes are made. Once you make a change, they fill in. Beautifully simple to know whether I've made any changes. Here I've raised the midtones and made an adjustment to the tint as well. Just having fun, the shadows and highlights work beautifully too.





The Vignette allows you multiple directions with dark, light and also the roundness of the mask itself. Here's a bright vignette.





The Dark Vignette and some variation on the roundness and feather. For comparison, the original shot at the bottom.











To Reset most of the parameters for Lumetri Color you do that in the traditional Effects Controls Window. And in fact, you can operate the entire tool here if you so choose, everything is here ready to go.





BEFORE AND AFTER
Here's a few more Before / After shots that I played with in Lumetri Color.





































COLOR ME HAPPY
In my testing I have found the tool very snappy and responsive. I tested on a base MacBook Air running HD footage via a USB3 drive and on a 2 year old 27" iMac again with a USB3 drive and 4k UHD footage.

I really don't like the words "Game Changer" because they are tossed around every year by just about every company at NAB. But for editors, I think does apply to PPro and the Lumetri Color tool. I've been asking for improved on-board color grading tools since I made the switch to Premiere Pro 3 years ago and have been waiting to see when the SpeedGrade purchase would pay big dividends for editors.

This is super simple for any editor to operate. Once again, Adobe nails the "little thing" of giving us a very powerful tool that is incredibly simple and efficient to operate. What good is a super powerful "new thing" if you can't figure out how to use it?

This will truly change the way we operate in editorial and color grading.

Comments

Re: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Zheng Wang
In case you haven't discovered this: You can RESET most settings right in the Lumetri Color panel, without going to the Effect Controls panel. Just doule-click on a slider (that you normally click-and-drag) to reset it to default.

Happy coloring!
Re: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Sheldon Norton
Hello, The preset "color" workspace is suddenly missing from my workspaces. Any ideas. Thanks for your time!
Re: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by walter biscardi
Since there is still interest in this article, the Lumetri Tool has been updated with the latest updates of Premiere Pro and the functionality has greatly improved. Especially where there could be some lag with certain codecs in the past, that seems to have been greatly improved.

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Re: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Jeff Smith
Is there a way to start a clip with one exposure and/or color temp and end it with another? Similar to the Position/ Scale controls in the Motion Effect.
@Jeff Smith
by walter biscardi
Yep, everything in the Lumetri Panel is keyframable just like all the other Effects Controls. I do this quite often.

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Re: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Tero Ahlfors
This would be great if there wasn't a five or so second lag after making an adjustment. It's completely unusable for me as it is now.
@Tero Ahlfor
by walter biscardi
Must be something with your setup. No lag here. All adjustments are instant, even on my little MacBook Air.

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Re: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Tom Patterson
Ha. Media Composer doesn't even have scopes that move during playback. It uses an interface that's 20 years old and rusty as hell. I don't know how anyone uses that for color.

Instead, I see Adobe copying a lot from DaVinci Resolve (including the bar for workspaces). So maybe a lot of this isn't "innovating", but since Resolve is an amazing program, copying it is a very very good thing.
Re: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by George Mutambuka
Just love the Mask Draw tool and the "isolating color" functions.
Those are effects that would require you a few more "clicks" than now; and I doubt PPro had those functions before, you would have to use a 3rd party software.
Thanks for the tips.
Re: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by R Neil Haugen
There are some things that would be nice to get in the next ish, and there ALWAYS are. That said, this is a massive shift forward. Most of what I've done via jumping over to SpeedGrade is not needed anymore. I can just do it without bothering with that whole ten-second switch to SpeedGrade via Direct Link.

And the layout of the tools is going to be something that most anyone with any familiarity of say Lightroom or Camera Raw will find "natural". You've already used this before.

Except, this has some COOL new tools. Just to pick one ... that Hues control ring? That sucker is awesome ...

Neil
Re: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Lee Warner
Is there a pivot adjustment for contrast?

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@Lee Warner
by walter biscardi
Every function of the tool is shown in the images. Both the Effects Panel and the Control Panel.

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Re: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Leo Telles
How does the Color Wheels works better than before? I'm really curious because i'm not seeing a "tonal range" selector, so maybe they is no need for it.

Thanks for all the explanation and screenshots, i agree with you that's a game changer. And i personally think it's just the beginning, they created a new space just for color grading.....to make "white balance picker" and other things like that will be very easy,
@Leo Telle
by walter biscardi
They actually work. :) The original 3 Way was just too clunky for me to use and it did some really weird wild swings in colors with minimal movement. These color wheels work more like those in Colorista only with even more fluidity in the movement.

Of course you don't even need to use them if you just want to jump into the colors. Just because you don't see something in the tool described as something in another tool, doesn't mean the feature is not there. This operates more like Resolve and Apple Color fore that than it does anything else in Premiere Pro.

So for me it's a very familiar and comfortable workspace. For those who have just relied on Adobe's internal tools in the past or external 3rd party plug-ins and have not used true color grading tools, it might take some getting used to. You just get to your end point a bit differently.

What this tool does now is give me really good incentive to finally dive into SpeedGrade since whatever I do in Lumetri Color will transfer over to SG. But for the majority of what we do, I don't really think we'll need to jump outside PPro nearly as much in the future.

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Re: @Leo Telle
by Anhtu Vu
Big set back for me was no support for hardware panel. The Tangent has improved my workflow tremendously and it has cut my grading time in half, i can't live without it, come on Adobe !!!
Re: @Leo Telle
by walter biscardi
Panel support I believe is something that will be coming in the future. First priority was to get a stable, working toolset. It's incredible the development of this tool from the ground up this software cycle. To watch the team turn this from an idea to what you are using today in the amount of time they did it, was just amazing.

As with anything else that is developed software wise, you want to get a solid, stable product out first, then start "adding on" from there. I love my Element panels to and will love the day they can be used with Lumetri, but for now, I'm flying with it just using my Wacom pen.

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Re: Article: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Herb Sevush
Sorry to be picky here, but no color picker? - No way to match colors between shots and no way to pick something white in a shot to establish basic color balance? Without that I will keep going with Colorista II and Hawaiki Auto Match.

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Re: Article: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Steve Connor
Surely there's a colour picker?
Re: Article: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Herb Sevush
[Steve Connor] "Surely there's a color picker?"

Well it's not where you would expect to find it, is it?

I would think you would agree that after all that's happened in these past few years the notion that anything is "surely" is rather naive.

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Re: Article: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by walter biscardi
No reason not to save off shots as presets and just apply to other shots just like how we save grades in Resolve. Put a wipe between the two shots to match and tweak from there. Colorista is also an excellent tool. It was our tool of choice until now since the onboard Color was so bad on PPro.

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Re: Article: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by walter biscardi
Also keep in mind that anything you do with the Lumetri tool will automatically carry over to SpeedGrade so now I finally have a really good excuse to start working that tool more into the workflow. So if you need further fine tuning of your grades, you can drop off into that tool.

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Re: Article: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Herb Sevush
[walter biscardi] "No reason not to save off shots as presets and just apply to other shots just like how we save grades in Resolve. Put a wipe between the two shots to match and tweak from there."

Sorry Walter, but there are many times that a color picker is the absolute quickest and best way to start grading a shot. Run and gun interior with mixed light, 2 uncorrected cameras - all you need is a color picker and a white reference and your 90% there in less time than it takes to describe it. That omission makes this a nice "option" for creating a look, but I will still have to employ other tools as a necessity. Too bad.

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Re: Article: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by walter biscardi
[Herb Sevush] "Sorry Walter, but there are many times that a color picker is the absolute quickest and best way to start grading a shot. Run and gun interior with mixed light, 2 uncorrected cameras - all you need is a color picker and a white reference and your 90% there in less time than it takes to describe it. That omission makes this a nice "option" for creating a look, but I will still have to employ other tools as a necessity. Too bad."

If you just need to do a quick white balance, you just use the Auto setting just like in Resolve. It's in the Basic Correction panel. Hence no picker.

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Re: Article: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Herb Sevush
[walter biscardi] "If you just need to do a quick white balance, you just use the Auto setting just like in Resolve. It's in the Basic Correction panel. Hence no picker."

I've never used Auto Correction in video since I've never used Resolve. I'll have to see how auto correct deals with matching 2 different cameras in the same location. Sounds like I should play around with this now, thanks for the tip.

Herb Sevush
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@Herb Sevush
by Cuong LeNguyen
If you absolutely must have an eyedropper...

Effects > Color Correction > 3-Way Color Corrector

(unless it's been removed from Premiere 2015)
@Cuong LeNguyen
by Herb Sevush
Presently I use both Colorista II and AutoMatch for color correcting within Ppro - the former with 1 eyedropper, the latter has 2 - so I doubt I'll have need of Ppro's 3 way CC. The question is wether I can get the same or better results with the new Lumetri tools, Time will tell.

Herb Sevush
Zebra Productions
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@Herb Sevush
by Cuong LeNguyen
If having to deal with more than 1 eyedropper is a dealbreaker...

Effects > Color Correction > Fast Color Corrector

Lumetri Color Tool is (will be) just one of several color correcting tools available in Premiere - all of which can be used in conjunction with e/o. Having Lumetri Color as an additional tool is not the same as having an "omission".

Thank you, Walter, on the the great right up on what appears to be a promising new tool.
Re: @Herb Sevush
by Joe Campanale
I couldn't' get good results in removing color casts with the native eye dropper - which is why I and a few others I know moved to Colorista to begin with.

I'm excited for the overhaul, but hope they add an effective eyedropper soon - otherwise, may be sticking with Colorista.
Re: Article: Adobe Premiere Pro CC's Lumetri Color Tool: Gamechanger
by Alex Udell
Digging the selection follows play head which is key to making a grading workflow in PPro work.

getting closer to Media Composer now.

Alex Udell
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