Thursday, January 11th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Color Intelligence releases Colourlab Ai 3

Color Intelligence has released Colourlab Ai 3, the new version of the AI color grading tool.

The update rebuilds the software’s colour engine from scratch, providing “10 times the precision” of the previous release, and makes it available for Windows as well as macOS.

Initially, only the Creator edition has been updated to version 3, with the update of the Pro edition due next month.

A ‘truly transfomative’ AI-based next-gen colour grading system
First released in 2020, Colourlab Ai is an AI-based colour grading system.

The software is capable of matching the grade of a sequence of shots to a reference shot or image to a quality described in reviews as equivalent to the first pass by a human colorist.

Co-developed by colorist Dado Valentic, founder of training provider Colour Training, the technology has been adopted in the broadcast, VFX and games markets.

Users of Colourlab Ai and its sibling tools, looks design plugin Look Designer and film grain generator Grainlab, now include Disney, Electronic Arts, HBO and Netflix.

Colourlab Ai 3: rewritten AI color engine with ’10 times’ more precision
Color Intelligence describes Colourlab Ai as a “complete reimagining” of the software, rebuilding the AI colour engine from scratch.

The updated engine “incorporates encoding, decoding, and tokenizing systems from LLM in a novel way” and is described as having “10 times the precision” of that in Colourlab Ai 2.

At the time of writing, there is no feature list for version 3 in the online documentation, but other features listed on the product webpage include Balance and Region Match.

The former automatically adjusts colors in footage to achieve a neutral, balanced look.

The latter automatically matches the color grade of selected regions of source and target footage: for example, to alter only skin tones or the sky without affecting the rest of a shot.

Now available on Windows, and syncs with DaVinci Resolve
Other changes since Colourlab Ai 2 is that the software is now available for Windows as well as macOS.

In addition, live sync of grading with DaVinci Resolve is now available in the Creator edition of the software as well as with more expensive Pro and Studio subscriptions.

In fact, at the time of writing, Resolve is the only third-party application with which Colourlab Ai 3 Creator syncs: support for After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro due later this month.

The Pro edition is due to be updated to version 3 in February 2024, which will add support for RAW camea files, SDI connections and Tangent control surfaces.

Pricing and system requirements
Colourlab Ai 3 Creator is compatible with Windows 10 and macOS 13.0+. New perpetual licenses now cost $299. Rental now costs $15/month or $150/year.

At the time of writing, Pro and Studio subscriptions have yet to be updated to version 3, and cost $39/month or $299/year and $49/month or $499/year

Read an overview of the new features in Colourlab Ai 3.0 on Color Intelligence’s website

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