As ColourSpace development progresses a range of option versions will be introduced, and in most part will mirror the available options for LightSpace CMS.
A likely breakdown of ColourSpace licensing will be something like:
||All features and options
||All features and options, excluding ICC & VCGT tools, and LUT Extraction
||All available display, LUT box and probe integration
||All available display and LUT box integration, selected probe support
||Selected display, LUT box, and probe integration
Professional LUT Management
||LUT conversion, LUT generation from colour space standards, and LUT Manipulation
||LUT conversion and LUT generation from colour space standards
Home Cinema & Pro. AV
||All home features and options
||All available home display, LUT box, and probe integration, excluding ICC & VCGT tools
||All available home display and LUT box integration, selected probes
Manual Calibration & Validation
||Verification including 3D volumetric graphs
||Standard 2D graphs verification (free)
However, the actual capabilities and options within each license version will be different to LightSpace, as new features and capabilities are being added.
The pricing structure will mirror LightSpace, although actual costs will be different, based on the new capabilities ColourSpace introduces.
Final pricing will be announced closer to the release date.
The most visually impressive abilities within ColourSpace CMS revolve around the unique graphics capabilities, combined with interactive data manipulation, with 3D CIE, XYZ, and normalised Colour Space Graphs, including Error Tangent lines and colour coded measure points.
New user defined patch colour sequences have been implemented for manual TV CMS adjustments, allowing any patch sequences to be imported for either manual or automated measurements.
New Remote Control integration will allow for the development of third-party programs to both control ColourSpace, as well as receive data from ColourSpace, enabling additional colour management processes outside the direct capabilities of ColourSpace.
But, the biggest capabilities ColourSpace will enable is future flexibility.
The new code base has been developed to allow unrestricted future development of new calibration tools, graphical layouts, direct data interactivity, and more. ColourSpace really is a totally new approach to calibration, and calibration tools.
In the above video you have a brief overview of the traditional 2D charts in ColourSpace, as well as the new 3D volumetric 3D graphs, all fully interactive, sizeable, and colour coded.
The colour coding helps quickly identify the accuracy of any given measured point.
- Green ≤ 1dE
- Orange > 1dE ≤ 2.3dE
- Red > 2.3dE
The white Tangent lines are visual plots of any given point's error.
The line starts at the actual volumetric location of the measured point, and ends where the point should be.
A very graphical way to show each and every error in any given display.
(And if you make it to the end of the video, you will also get to see what I do for fun! - Steve)
The background to ColourSpace is some 5 years old - yes, we really have been working on it that long! - with the equivalent of an unprecedented 15+ years man-hours development time dedicated to re-imagining the needs and requirements for next generation display calibration, colour management and colour workflows.
While there are similarities in some areas of the look and feel of ColourSpace when compared to the existing LightSpace CMS, only the Gen3 Colour engine is the same, with the rest of the system being totally new, built from the ground-up, with no code similarity.
ColourSpace has been developed as a ground-up new system as the age of LightSpace was beginning to show. We need a new platform to take calibration onwards, with new capabilities suitable for now, as well as for years to come.
Further, improvements in development tools, as well as the new code-base, mean we may potentially be able to offer calibration capabilities that go beyond LightSpace's Windows OS only operation. Within limitations, we 'should' be able to offer a Mac version of ColourSpace. This will not be available initially, but we presently do not see any reason a Mac version should not become available at a later date.
For any existing LightSpace CMS user there will be a very good Trade-up discount scheme available.
Discounts will be on a one-on-one basis, but will be 100% for any LightSpace license purchased in 2019.
For LightSpace licenses purchase before 2019 the discount will vary, based on the age of the license.
To discuss Trade-up discounts, please Contact Light Illusion
(Please contact us only after a release date has been announced.)
Note: When released, ColourSpace will cost more than the present equivalent LightSpace license.
This means for anyone without LightSpace, purchasing a LightSpace license now for a free Upgrade to ColourSpace when released includes an effective discount on ColourSpace pricing.
The introduction of ColourSpace will obviously have an impact on LightSpace.
As one of the major reason for the introduction of ColourSpace is to provide a platform for future colour and calibration developments, many of the new capabilities that will be introduced with ColourSpace will not be backwards compatible with LightSpace.
The new Volumetric 3D Graphs are a good example of that. They are just not compatible with the LightSpace code base.
That's not to say that compatible developments will not be added to LightSpace, as the new 'Remote Control' capabilities show, as they have been developed for ColourSpace, but have already been added to the next LightSpace release.
And bug fixes will obviously continue.
But, as time progresses, less and less ColourSpace developments will be compatible with LightSpace. And eventually it will just make no sense to continue to develop new LightSpace capabilities in parallel with ColourSpace.
Quite when that will be is really an unknown, and we will have open discussions about that as the time approaches.
But, very specifically, LightSpace is NOT being discontinued, and no users will be forced into jumping to ColourSpace, unless they choose to do so.