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2.0 out of 5 stars It's the same book as the Kindle Edition "Adobe Speedgrade: Getting Started", 9 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Adobe SpeedGrade CC Classroom in a Book: The Official Training Workbook from Adobe Systems (Classroom in a Book (Adobe)) (Paperback)
For some reason Peachpit Press and Adobe have seen fit to publish EXACTLY the same book as Alexis Van Hurkman's Adobe SpeedGrade:Getting Started (except the new book costs 41.99 (31.49 Kindle edition)) whilst the "Getting Started" title will cost you 13.91 in Kindle format (there is no print edition). Adobe have seen fit to remove Mr Van Hurkman's name from the cover of the book just in case you don't spot that this is the same title.
As for the book itself (either version) - I can only state that it's a comprehensive but not overly complex introduction to SpeedGrade which tours you through all of the key features with clarity and lucidity - a simply superb sequence of tutorials structured and presented in a productive and efficient way. What adds value to the exercises are video footage by none other than Vincent Laforet (which have been 'adjusted' to allow you to colour correct the images - Mr.Laforet's work for those who know it is always technically exquisite) - often with tutorial video materials you'll find some sub-standard quality - here it's superb.
Throughout the text, Alexis Van Thurkman introduces some key theories, processes and techniques underpinning colour correction - I'd recommend saving some money on the 41.99 book, buying the Kindle edition: Getting Started (you simply download the tutorial video files and lessons from the same Peachpit webpage anyway) and spend the money on what would be a relevant companion text - the superb "The Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema" by Alexis Van Hurkman (10 Dec 2013).
I've given the book two stars for the simple fact that Adobe have quite simply overcharged for the CC book, whilst lazily repurposing the material from Mr.Van Thurkman's earlier volume. The quality of the tutorials and supporting materials are 5-star.
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