Setting up Avid Artist Color

This device is not available any more at Avid, and the support in Livegrade is deprecated since Livegrade Pro and Livegrade Studio v5

Avid Artist Color panel

LiveGrade allows you to connect hardware grading panels, including the Avid Artist Color, to precisely and physically manipulate your grades. The Avid Artist Color offers a variety of controls, ranging from Color Balls, Soft Keys to Precision Knobs.  The controls utilized by LiveGrade are depicted below.

Euphonix Artist Color

  1. The Precision Knobs each manipulate one specific aspect of your grade, such as ‘Saturation’ or ‘Shadows Green’.
  2. The Page Change buttons allow you to cycle through different configurations of the Precision Knobs. Depending on the page, the knobs control different aspects of your grade.
  3. The Knob Display shows the meaning and value of multiple controls. It is split into two lines and six columns. The first line displays the meaning of the Color Balls and Wheels, such as ‘Midtones L’. The two left columns represent the left Color Wheel and Ball and so forth. Once you turn a Wheel or Ball, it’s value is displayed instead of its meaning. The same holds for the second line, which displays the meaning and value for the corresponding Precision Knob below.
  4. The Soft Keys perform the following commands from left to right: New Grade, Update Grade, Apply Selected Grade, Bypass Color, Show Original Signal, Enable False Color and Set To Neutral. Please read section ‘Configuring the Soft Keys’ below, on how to change the default assignment.
  5. The Color Balls manipulate the Hue and Staturation values of their respective color ranges.
  6. The Color Wheels manipulate the Level value of their respective color range.
  7. The Wheel/Ball Reset buttons reset the values of the Wheel/Ball right next to it.

Connecting the Avid Artist Color panel

Please follow these steps to get LiveGrade up and running with your Avid Artist Color panel. Please refer to the Euphonix Artist Color User Guide on how to connect your Artist Color panel to your Mac.

  1. Connect the Artist Color panel to your Mac
  2. Start the EUControl software
  3. Start the LiveGrade software
  4. Click the refresh button at the lower left of the LiveGrade main window (see below)
  5. Wait until the Artist Color panel is recognized, indicated by a blue glow.
  6. You are ready to grade!

Configuring the Soft Keys

The Avid Artist Color is equipped with nine Soft Keys (see screenshot). The commands performed by these Soft Keys can be freely assigned by you. Please follow these steps to configure the Soft Keys according to your needs:

  1. Start the LiveGrade software
  2. Start the EUControl software
  3. Switch to the ‘Soft Keys’ tab
  4. The EUControl software should show LiveGrade as the active application and should display the default Command / Soft Key mapping (see screenshot below)
  5. Select any of the Soft Keys
  6. Click the ‘Command…’ button
  7. In the command window select the command you want to assign to the selected Soft Key
  8. Close the command window
  9. Once you’re done, click the ‘Save’ button

EUControl LiveGrade Commands

Preferences for your Avid Artist Color


1. Choose “Preferences…” from the “LiveGrade” Menu Bar (see fig.5) or use the keyboard shortcut “⌘+,”
figure 5: “Preference Selection”


2. You can customize the level of sensitivity for your panel by using the slider depicted below.
figure 6: “General Preference”


figure 7: “Hardware Panels Sensitivity”