More than two months ago Adobe announced a massive update of all Creative Cloud’s desktop and mobile applications including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Adobe Media Encoder, SpeedGrade and many more that is already available for download and testing to all CC members all over the world as part of Adobe Creative Cloud 2015. The unprecedented merging of both the mobile and desktop worlds is a huge leap towards the ultimate creative freedom and productivity bringing even more powerful assets to creative individuals, seasoned professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Now everything is seamlessly connected through Adobe Creative Sync technology, so you can easily move projects and assets across your desktop and mobile devices like never before. The majority of the filmmaking community and editors in particular probably will be most excited about the impressive set of new features the upgraded versions of Premiere Pro, After Effects and Media Еncoder provide.
First things first, let’s start off with the newest enhancements of Premiere Pro CC. The team of Retooled.net provides an excellent in-depth walk-through showcasing some of the latest features that come with the current version of the Adobe’s video editing platform.
Undoubtedly, one of the significant enhancements of Premiere Pro CC is the Lumetri Colour Panel, which allows editors to manipulate colors in significantly simpler and more efficient way to any point in the editing process by eliminating the necessity of leaving the application.
The balanced hybrid mixture of new color technology based on Speed Grade with simple Lightroom-style sliders and controls that Adobe brought to the table will significantly simplify the process of manipulating parameters and achieving certain looks.
Utilising tools such as the Curves and Hue/Saturation controls and the new Lumetri 3-way Color Corrector are another great addition to the platform.
The latest version of Premiere Pro CC 2015 now supports Avid DNxHR media, the brand new Canon XF-AVC 4K codec (featured in the new XC10 and C300 Mark II), ProRes 4444XQ, and the Panasonic 4K AVC-Ultra formats that can be natively edit and play backed at any resolution without needing to transcode.
Some editing refinements were also introduced such as the new composite preview during trim, simpler keyboard-based numerical input, Source Settings showing as Master Clip Effects, better Audition integration via Dynamic link and improved AAF exports.
At last but no least, comes the revolutionary Morph Cut that will take the work of documentary filmmakers and interview editors to the next level by hiding the annoying jump cuts in their edits making them seamless and looking as they have never been there before. You can find the feature in the transitions folder, and these are the results you can expect.
The newly integrated CC Library now available in Premiere Pro and After Effects automatically synchronizes looks and various assets via Creative Cloud so you can quickly access them on both mobile and desktop devices. Moving a project from Premiere Clip installed on your smartphone, for instance, to Premiere Pro on your workstation now is just a matter of a few clicks.
The powerful new Face Tracker in Adobe After Effects is another great add-on to the set of newly introduced features. It provides a full control over the tracking process thus making it extremely accurate and efficient. Further, the Uninterrupted Preview in After Effects now allows users to make changes on the fly without the need to stop the playback of the clip they are working on.
In previous versions of After Effects, clicking anywhere during a preview stopped playback. In After Effects CC 2015 (13.5) you can now continue to work in your composition or project at the same time that you preview a composition, layer, or footage. Make sure you also check out the groundbreaking new Character Animator, which tracks your movements via webcam and transposes them onto a 2D character.
There is a useful new feature integrated into Media Encoder as well. The Time Tuner allows users to alter the duration of an export by up to 10% in either direction while maintaining quality. This will be extremely useful in situations where your required output file length needs to be altered at the last moment, by automatically adding or removing frames in areas of little activity, providing fast and high-quality results.
These are only a small fraction of all the new enhancements, features and performance improvements you can already find in your favourite video editing and compositing related Creative Cloud applications.
For more information about the biggest CC update to date, head on over to Adobe’s blog.
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