Adobe has recently teased some major new features in their upcoming Adobe CC platform. Can Apple’s FCPx and Avid’s Media Composer keep up with this level? “It’s not the editing platform that is important; it is the way you tell a story” was my usual motto while having discussions with various editors on which editing platform is the best. However, I can’t justify this anymore, as it is the platform that enhances our story making capabilities and it is their sole purpose to make it easier for us to accomplish this. With new technologies coming out, such as immersive Virtual Reality and 360 content, editing platforms have to rethink the way they create their products to accommodate an ever changing industry. A prime example of how far Adobe has come is the blockbuster Deadpool, which was edited with Adobe Premiere. This is where Adobe has hit the nail on the head. Virtual Reality and 360 The new Premiere CC brings new VR capabilities, in the form of a “field of view” mode. This allows editors to work with imported spherical stitched video and see what a viewer would see when looking in a given direction. The new mode will enable users to switch dynamically between monoscopic, stereoscopic and anaglyph frame layouts, freely reposition the viewing angle across 360 degrees while editing, and export video with VR tags so that video players like YouTube automatically recognize it. Proxy Workflow Premiere CC will feature a new workflow that enables editors to begin editing during “ingest” while importing video and audio in the background. The new update will also allow a proxy workflow for working with high-resolution formats including 8K, HDR and HFR media. Colouring and Other Features Adobe is expanding Premier Pro’s Lumetri color-correction toolkit, which should give editors finer control when isolating and adjusting specific colors using HSL secondaries. New navigational keyboard shortcuts, an added Twitter export option, and extra captioning and titling features are also part of the forthcoming update. Other Announcements After Effects CC: The motion graphics and special effects editor will feature a new audio and video preview engine for smoother playback for cached frames, new GPU-accelerated Gaussian Blur and Lumetri Color effects for faster rendering, and new 3D media export options. Audition CC: A new Essential Sound panel boasts simpler sound mixing and preset saving while a quick export option lets editors send video projects with finished audio directly to Adobe Media Encoder. Character Animator CC: A new puppet tag panel enables users to apply multiple motion trigger behaviors to video, track puppets in the field of view and quickly switch between facial profiles. Adobe Stock CC: Tighter integration with Adobe’s suite of apps and a new filtered and tagged search system for quick access to over 50 million images and video clips from within Premiere Pro and After Effects. Media Encoder: A clearer media browser panel is coming to Adobe’s standalone encoding app, as well as support for Audition and Character Animator apps. Adobe CC Pricing and Availability Adobe will be previewing the next major updates to Creative Cloud at NAB (at booth #SL3910, South Hall (lower) in the Las Vegas Convention Center). These updates are expected to ship in the “early summer.” The company is offering Adobe Creative Cloud for U.S. $49.99 a month.Read more
For everyone who wondered how the guys behind this Vimeo Staff Pick pulled off this beautiful aerial shot, keep reading to find out! No, you haven’t missed the announcement of the latest “superdrone”. In fact, the maneuvering around such tight spaces was done with a very cheap, very shaky 250-size mini quadcopter like this one, a GoPro Hero 4 and, of course, a very good pilot. The secret, as they say, is in the sauce. In this case, the sauce is a new plugin for After Effects called ReelSteady. Here is the before shot: ReelSteady features a very streamlined design, with some very useful tools. Apart from stabilizing your video, the plugin can correct the jello effect from your camera’s rolling shutter, as well as removing the fish-eye distortion from wide-angle lenses. This will not only make your footage look nicer, it’ll also help ReelSteady work better. Another handy feature is the ability to refine a selected portion of the already stabilized footage through a second pass of correction. This allows for fast tweaking of any part of the clip that may not have come out looking smooth the first time around. The software is still in its beta stage, but the watermarked demo is available for free. One important thing to keep in mind is that—due to a known bug in CC 2015—the software will currently only work with CS6, CC, and CC 2014. A little bit of a workaround may be necessary if you’re running the latest version of AE. The website offers a few short tutorial videos on how to deal with common problems, such as artifacts and other known issues. They also demonstrate a couple of simple techniques to improve the performance of the plugin through masking and color correction. You can also see how it compares to the ubiquitous Warp Stabilizer. V1 of ReelSteady is available for pre-order for $399, with instant access to the beta version.Read more
Adobe has released another update to its Creative Cloud service, this article will look at the changes made to the non-linear editing platform Premiere Pro. There are some great looking new features; getting right into it, I have highlighted the most significant changes to the fast becoming favorite Premiere Pro CC. Live Text Templates Live Text creates interaction with After Effects (2014 and onwards) to bring more advanced, editable text and graphics content within Premiere Pro. Taking advantage of After Effects superior features in graphical and text creation, construct your design and export as a Template. Import your Template file into Premiere Pro and you can then edit basic text information. This is a great feature for designing graphics such as nametags that are a little advanced for Premiere Pro. Rather than having to export each strap line separately from After Effects with an alpha channel, simply export the template and amend all text details in Premiere Pro. Not only will this save time, but will also save on hard drive space with reduced external assets to your project. Masking and Tracking Adobe has now included tracking features to all effects found within Premiere Pro. Watch the below video for a good walk through on this feature. Your browser does not support the video tag. Please use a modern browser. This has good potential for secondary color correction also, tracking aspects of the image to make subtle adjustments. Working similarly to power windows within Resolve, but on a simpler platform for faster application. Master Clip Effects A simple but powerful feature, you can now add any type of effect to a file in the master bin which will affect all relative clips in all timelines. Watch the below video for an explanation: Your browser does not support the video tag. Please use a modern browser. Whilst it won’t be suitable on every project, it will be a fantastic time saver on some. Typekit Integration Typekit, a vast online resource for fonts and typefaces is now integrated into Creative Cloud. Simply browse the website, and add favorite type faces to your Creative Cloud account. All downloaded typefaces will be accessible through the native drop down menus in Premiere Pro (and all CC programs). AutoSave to Cloud Another fantastic feature is the addition of cloud-based autosaves for Premiere Pro projects. Its paramount to every professional edit workflow that your autosave files are located on a different drive to your working project. This provides greater security of your project, as multiple versions of your project files are saved over different drives. Enabling cloud-based autosaves adds another level of security; you no longer have to worry about creating a third backup of projects. Maintain Pitch During Scrubbing All previous FCP 7 users will appreciate this update. Audio will now maintain the correct pitch when scrubbing faster or slower in both directions. This makes audio much easier to monitor and understand when fine-tuning. Enhanced Graphics Performance in Mercury Playback Engine Greater performance due to OpenCL workflow improvements, a GPU debayer for RED media, and new support for Intel Iris. New delivery formats Export to industry-standard AS11 for broadcast and Digital Cinema Package (DCP) for screening rooms. Both formats include associated metadata. Also, export stereo audio to Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus. New Native Format Support Extended support for editing with native camera formats. The Arri Amira has now been added to the already impressive list, as well as Sony STtP, Canon RAW and improvements to CinemaDNG. Streamlined voiceover recording Voiceover recording has now become simpler, the new feature enables recording directly to the timeline with just one click. Access to audio input settings, recording preferences, and signal monitoring is now within reach from the Timeline panel. For a look at more new features with the June update for Premiere Pro CC, check out the list here. There was much scepticism about Adobes choice to go completely subscription based with their software. One thing for sure is that they are sticking to their end of the bargain -the CC suite is maintained regularly and each update is packed full of new, useful features. As a fairly new Premiere Pro user, simple updates such as maintained audio pitch are warmly received; making everyday tasks easier. As a professional editor, larger updates such as enhanced graphics performance, in-built tracking and Live Text provide a more powerful self-standing editing platform, increasing workflow and productivity.Read more
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