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What color grading software yields the best image?
  • I wanted to get some advice and opinions on what software is the best for color grading when it comes to yielding the best image. I ask because we're about to go into editing on a feature we just finished shooting, and we had planned to use Premiere/Speedgrade or Premiere/After Effects, but a lot of people really praise Resolve.

    So my question is, what color grading software is best for yielding the best image - and WHY? Please be specific with how your favorite software yields a better image. All opinions are welcome and appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  • they are all capable of delivering amazing images - what you should be concerned with is ease of use * power. And for ease of use * power - Resolve wins.

  • @shian Great advice - thank you. My editor is the type to like to grade while editing, going back and forth a lot, so perhaps Premiere/Speedgrade is the better choice for her. I will have to look into CGPro for Speedgrade.

  • I know it's got a bad rap for all of the way-too-intense looks people use, but I'm still a big fan of Magic Bullet Looks. It has Colorista built in, along with many other useful filters, gradients, etc etc. I rarely use a prefab "look", and instead use it as a relatively well-featured color grading platform. I figure I'll eventually switch to Speedgrade or Resolve (actually about to grade my first project in SG), but for everything I've shot so far MBL fit the bill perfectly.

  • @Sangye I remember when they first came out hearing the same thing about the too intense looks, but interesting to hear that MBL Colorista works well. I remember looking at a MBL Colorista overview and it looked pretty decent.

  • MBL and Colorista coupled with After Effects is a very nice way to work (especially with its tracking and layer features) It is efficient though I find it slower than Resolve which is truly dedicated to this. Resolve is the winner in power/efficiency but then you can get the same color correction with whatever software. It's just a preference, what matters for your audience is the film, they won't care much about which button/software you've pushed/used.

  • Thanks everyone for advice.

  • assimilate scratch??

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    Now I just need a nice tailor (A - B) that can make a mga LUT dress for taking her dancing and we will be forever happy... and hungry. Saludos Matt ;-)

  • I like Resolve a lot... but damn... it's SO slow and crappy on machines without a super-charged graphics card. With my RAW 2.5k BMCC files... I'm getting 2-3fps playback on Resolve 10, whereas I can actually playback and edit the native RAW files in Premiere CC in real-time. So it's an all Adobe-workflow for me right now...

  • I'm looking to get a laptop coupled with a AMD A8-5545M. I'm crossing my fingers that the the AMD will be strong enough to handle resolve.