Oliver Peters at Digitalfilms has a great comparison of AVID Symphony, Adobe SpeedGrade, Davinci Resolve and Apple Color and my thoughts

Oliver Peters has posted an article with a great comparison of AVID Symphony, Adobe SpeedGrade, Davinci Resolve and Apple Color.

Personally I have been spending a lot of time with Davinci Resolve of late. With a proper video card it is really an awesome program, and is certainly my current choice for color correction. It is fast and easy to use and does a very good job.

The other interest is SpeedGrade which I am learning, mainly because of it's ability to roundtrip a grade to Premiere Pro and put it on clips as a single filter on each clip. A very cool feature, but the program needs some work before it can really compete with Resolve. First off it needs support for Black Magic cards instead of just AJA cards. If Premiere Pro can do it, Resolve needs to do it. And second it really does need curves. Curves are such a powerful color correction method that many have come to rely on, and not having them seems a huge failing. Other issues I have are it's abilities with multitrack video are limited, and I have just gotten so used to nodal vs layer based correcting, though that is certainly not going to change. SpeedGrade is powerful and does work well with Premiere, but needs to get some updates to be able to really rival Davinci even with it's ability export it's grades as color correction filters into Premiere.
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Edit Geek on Color Correction in AVID Symphony

Edit Geek has an excellent video on Color Correction in AVID Symphony, which is going to useful to a lot of people with the new $1000 AVID crossgrade offer (wish I had waited!). Worth checking out for all those only familiar with Media Composer.
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AVID Symphony Upgrade from FCP for $999

Videoguys no have a crossgrade from FCP 7 to AVID Symphony for $999! Yes not Media Composer but Symphony! And it is also $999 to upgrade from Media Composer!

Symphony adds Advanced Color Correction and Universal Mastering, which allows you to play out a timeline to any frame rate or size!
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