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Prelude CC is designed specifically for ingesting, logging and transcoding your footage. It lets you create custom metadata templates, so you only have to log the information that’s important to you. You can even set up custom presets to automatically rename your files. This is a lifesaver when sifting through files later down the pipeline.

With Prelude CC, you only have to import the portions of the clip you want, again, saving time and reducing storage space. It also lets you transcode files to your preferred formats as you add them.

Additionally, Prelude CC now features the new Live Logger iPad app. The app enables you to log notes, events and other data while shooting. While the camera is rolling, you can log your footage in real time. Later, you can sync the app in the Creative Cloud and add the metadata to your footage.

Adobe Prelude CC is available as part of the Creative Cloud at $49 per month or as a standalone application at $19 per month.

Left:Red Giant’s BulletProof simplifies the importing, organizing, reviewing, refining, transcoding and exporting of files. Right: Autodesk’s Smoke 2013 contains an all-in-one workflow that allows you to edit, add effects and finish your project within the same application. Once a $25,000 program, it’s now available for $3,495.

SpeedGrade is Adobe’s color-grading app added in CS6. For some editors, SpeedGrade CC may be more than what you need. However, if you’re up for the challenge and want the ability to professionally grade your footage, SpeedGrade CC may be the right tool for you. If you go for the Creative Cloud, you’ll definitely make good use of the new Lumetri Looks that are preconfigured color presets you add to clips in Premiere. With the latest update, you now can tailor those looks within SpeedGrade CC.
SpeedGrade CC also offers dedicated camera patches. This allows users to match the color spaces even across different camera formats.

Adobe SpeedGrade CC is available as part of the Creative Cloud at $49.99 per month or as a standalone application at $19.99 per month.

RED GIANT

For some time now, Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has been providing individual tools to transcode your footage. However, in 2013, they released a dynamic new toolset to simplify the task of importing, organizing, reviewing, refining, transcoding and exporting your files with the release of BulletProof.

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BulletProof was made specifically for Canon and Nikon DSLR files, and it also handles files from GoPro cameras, as well. According to Red Giant, additional camera support will be added as free updates to BulletProof customers as they’re released.

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