As usual for this time of the year and despite the cancelled IBC trade show in Amsterdam, Adobe has rolled out a number of updates across Creative Cloud apps primarily dealing with video.
The company’s team has been analyzing creative workflows from start to finish to identify areas that can be streamlined, always with the goal of accelerating editorial and simplifying tasks while ensuring the user retains full control over their content.
As a result, Premiere Pro’s Scene Edit Detection feature has officially moved out of beta along with other new updates including HDR for broadcasters and improved performance across Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Scene Edit Detection allows editors to quickly find cuts in previously edited video, faster and more accurately, thanks to Adobe Sensei. The feature adds cuts and markers so that users can apply effects to individual shots and re-edit previously rendered content quickly and efficiently.
Adobe has also added HDR for broadcasters which enables users to produce programming in Rec2100 HLG HDR, including automatic color conversion, HDR scope support, color space overrides for incorrect metadata, and full color management for Apple ProRes and Sony XAVC Intra formats.
Quick Export (in public Beta), on the other hand, offers easy access to the most popular and frequently used export settings, right from the header bar in Premiere Pro. Editors can use the default high-quality H.264 output with matched Source Settings or choose from a short list of H.264 presets that allow you reduce the size of your export files.
Other noteworthy enhancements include multicam performance for Apple ProRes that allows Premiere Pro to support 2x more streams. With the latest NLE’s iteration, you can stream up to 8 streams of Apple ProRes 422 UHD at 30fps using a Mac i9 with 32GB of RAM and a Radeon Pro 560x GPU.
Adobe has also added a new Auto-Adjust Multi-Camera Playback Quality preference which enables automatic playback resolution adjustments for the ProRes codec for smoother video.
There are some new exciting features and improvements in After Effects as well. 3D Transform Gizmos, for instance, helps users navigate a scene faster and more intuitively.
You can scale, position, and rotate layers with helpful guides that show how far a layer or object has been moved and how many degrees it has been rotated. Users can switch between gizmo modes to focus on a single task and make precision adjustments efficiently.
Camera navigation tools in After Effects are reimagined, giving artists an intuitive and flexible approach to navigate 3D spaces. The new default scene camera streamlines scene setup. Adding multiple cameras to a scene showcases various viewpoints and intuitively orbit, pan, and dolly around objects using customizable keyboard shortcuts.
Furthermore, OpenEXR previews are now 3x faster in After Effects and users should see a big speed improvement when scanning for VST3 and Audio Unit (AU) plugins in Audition and Premiere Pro. Adobe is claiming effects scanning is up to 15x faster on macOS and 10x faster on Windows.
Coming shortly to After Effects, GPU-accelerated Channel Effects will provide up to 1.65x faster performance. These include Minimax, Shift Channels, Set Channels, and Channel Combine.
The latest release of each software is available for download via the Creative Cloud desktop application, including both the release version and the public Beta.
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