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by on Apr 5, 2014 at 10:55:42 pm

LiveGrade Pro 2.0 integrates a new LiveGrade iPhone app for remote control and comes with ACES support, a revised user interface, and file grading capabilities.

(Munich, Germany--April 5, 2014) Pomfort, a provider of professional software for data and color management on the film set, today releases a new major upgrade to its LiveGrade Pro solution. Beside ACES support, and new file grading capabilities, LiveGrade Pro now integrates a new iPhone app, which facilitates the collaboration with producers, directors, and cinematographers in the field while being away from the computer. Connected over WiFi, the LiveGrade remote app allows to select and apply grades, to bypass color, and to switch between attached LUT devices.

The LiveGrade Pro ugrade provides further support in professional productions which utilize Academy Colour Encoding Specification (ACES). Developed by the Academy, ACES has been established as a new image interchange and processing colorspace to leverage workflow efficiencies, and to maintain color accuracy for digital production and post. The new version of LiveGrade Pro fully supports ACES workflows with IDT, ACESlog, RRT, and ODT filtering.

The new LiveGrade Pro combines the power and flexibility of manipulating live signals with the traditional approach of file-based color grading. Beside adjusting colors on the live image, LiveGrade Pro now offers file grading capabilities that let users open JPG, TIFF, and DPX files as well as QuickTime movie frames for creating and applying looks, or just for a side-byside comparison of existing grades. Furthermore, LiveGrade Pro now contains a simple and completely redesigned Device Manager for improved management of multiple LUT box devices. Film sets with multiple cameras and monitors now benefit from the possibility to group or mix up to three devices in each grading slot, which allows the application the grade in real time to these devices the same time.

“As feature movies, episodic television programs, independent films and commercials raise the bar for visually compelling content, starting to control colors and looks at an early stage on set is playing a growing role in today’s professional workflows. With our latest upgrade to LiveGrade Pro, we continue to demonstrate our support of filmmaking professionals through innovative, cost-effective features,” states Patrick Renner, Head of Product Design at Pomfort. “By listening to our customers and responding to the various ways our software is used in production world wide, we look to continually advance the capabilities and the usage of the software.”

During the past years, Pomfort has demonstrated both its ambition and capacity to provide the most advanced, highest quality and yet most intuitive software for on set live grading. Today, LiveGrade Pro is one of the world’s most distributed software for manipulating images on the HD-SDI signal.

In addition to LiveGrade Pro, the basic version of LiveGrade provides essential creative tools for adjusting colors on the live images. It supports LUT devices from Blackmagic Design’s HD-Link family, and supports the CDL and Alexa Look grading mode. It is ideally suited for users who just need basic preview and pre-grade features in a low-cost standard workflow. A major 2.0 upgrade version for LiveGrade Basic is now also available.

LiveGrade Pro 2.0 and LiveGrade Basic 2.0 are immediately available as a download on http://pomfort.com. The LiveGrade Pro Remote app for iPhone and iPod touch is available in the App Store on the 27th of March.


Key Features LiveGrade Pro 2.0
  • LiveGrade Pro Remote app for iPhone and iPod touch

  • ACES colorspace grading mode

  • File grading capabilities for JPEG, TIFF, DPX and movie frames

  • Revised and dark UI with dim settings

  • Group multiple LUT devices with the new Device Manager

  • Mix HDLink, Pluto, IS-mini in advanced hardware setups

  • Resizable grade controls

  • Comprehensive support for multiple Fujifilm IS-Mini devices

  • Automated CDL-Integration with Alexa XT / Codex Recorders


Key Features LiveGrade 2.0 Basic
  • Darker and revised User Interface

  • New Device Manager

  • Individual resizable grade controls

  • Color temperature controls in CDL grading mode


System requirements:
*Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.8 or higher


Pricing and Availability
Uprade licenses for LiveGrade Pro 2.0 are available to current LiveGrade customers at a special introductory price of $ 399,- / EUR 299,-. Existing LiveGrade Pro users can upgrade to the new 2.0 version for US$ 149,- / EUR 119,-. New customers can purchase LiveGrade Pro 2.0 at the introductory price of US$ 879 / EUR 679,- LiveGrade customers who are only interested in LiveGrade 2.0 basic version can upgrade to this new version for US$ 149,- / EUR 119,-- LiveGrade Pro is available at Pomfort’s web store http://pomfort.com/store and through Pomfort’s authorized resellers worldwide.


About Pomfort
For more than 6 years, Pomfort develops software solutions for professional film productions. Pomfort specializes in developing high-quality and cost-effective software products for filebased camera workflows. Customers in more than 70 countries work with Pomfort’s innovative products. From film set to postproduction Pomfort enables cinematographers, camera assistants, DITs and other technicians to maintain control over the organization of movie data and the creation of camera looks. Pomfort is internationally renowned for its products Silverstack, LiveGrade, and ClipHouse.

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