The recent uprising of Resolve as a full-fledged NLE has got Adobe on a chase, and that’s a good thing. Having two rivals trying to compete means more features and more value in the final product offered to creative professionals. That translates in a win for the user that gets more assets, better quality, and a cutting edge tech always at hand.
All in all, in human history, the competition has always driven the race further while bringing the greatest innovations. The last release of Premiere Pro CC is no exception to that rule as it brings some fantastic new features and tools. Armando Ferreira has chosen the five best ones as he will guide us through in the next video.
#1 – Reframing
That’s going to be the holy grail for a lot of small studios and independent filmmakers. Hated by Assistant Editors in bigger productions, it’s such a lifesaver we don’t even know where to begin with. Premiere Pro CC 2020 now features an auto-reframing tool that zooms, pans, and crops your footage while adapting it to other ratios.
Let’s say you’ve shot your video and edited in 16:9 but you need to export a trailer for your Instagram post or your story. Just hit the button, wait a few minutes and it’s done – the algorithm will reframe your edit while keeping the subject always at the center of the chosen aspect ratio. Plus, it will move graphic elements too. That’s magic, no other explanation is possible.
#2 – Essential Graphics
It may seem like this is old news considering that the Essential Graphics panel is part of Premiere’s interface for a few years already, but now it’s so much better and enhanced. In a nutshell, this panel allows creating animations thus skipping the use of After Effects while offering a simple slider and parameters directly editable in Premiere Pro.
The type of animations you can create is also improving – ease in and ease out, motion blur, typewriter, shapes, outlines, strokes, and the list goes on. Just dive down, it may seem confusing at first, but it’s actually quite simple.
#3 – New Codecs
The camera world runs in long strides, and every year we have codecs getting tweaked and improved to yield better results, trying to squeeze more information in less space.
The newest update of Premiere Pro CC offers support to some new cameras, including the Panasonic S1H, Canon XF705, beastly Sony Venice 6K, and Canon C500. Forget the year it took to handle Canon C200’s files, now the new codecs are supported even before the camera hits the shelves.
#4 – Audio Update
Oftentimes, we gliss over audio labeling in our minds as stuff that’s not so important. But video, after all, is exactly 50% image and 50% sound, and that’s not a small percentage.
Now, in this case, changing the top Db gain from 6dB up to 15dB in the timeline may not seem as revolutionary or groundbreaking, but we hope it’s the first of many steps for Adobe in improving Premiere Pro’s audio capabilities.
#5 – Miscellaneous
Beyond that, Premiere Pro CC 2020 comes with some minor tweaks distributed here and there, like time remapping, the addition of Mac support through the Metal rendering system on Macs, and the utility for checking hardware or software conflicts and issues.
These are all small signs showing that Adobe has not left the fight. Let’s hope they’ll all keep up to our expectations.