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
by Kevin Alexander | 22nd June 2015
The new Lumetri Color Panel in Premiere Pro CC 2015 is getting a lot of buzz. Here’s an in-depth look at this powerful new tool. Adobe’s release of Creative Cloud 2015 has people talking. Perhaps the most discussed feature affecting filmmakers is the new Lumetri Color Panel in Premiere Pro CC. Our friends at NoFilmSchool shared this tutorial by Alex Jordan of Learn Color Grading, and it got our attention. It’s 15 minutes long and worth watching all the way through. Alex discusses how the panel affects your clips and sequences, the order of operations, and some good basic principles on color correcting with scopes. There are a few key takeaways from this video that will help you get started with the Lumetri Color Panel. First, at the top of the panel you can choose to apply adjustments to the clip as it appears in the sequence. Basically this takes all of the adjustments and creates one Lumetri effect that can be applied to other clips in the sequence. This seems very similar to previous color workflows in Premiere, except that all of the adjustments appear in the panel and only one effect is applied. But you can also choose to apply the adjustments to the clip at the project level by clicking the “Master” tab at the top left of the Lumetri Panel. The changes are stored with the clip in the project panel, and every other sequence the clip appears in will be affected as well. You can even select the clip in the project panel and adjust the properties in the Lumetri Color Panel without having to place the clip in a sequence. This would be an efficient workflow for applying LUT’s that will then follow the clip to every sequence it appears in. It’s also important to note the order of operations. It’s quite simple: effects are applied from top to bottom; basic corrections first, then creative adjustments, and so on. It’s a great tutorial and will help you get started with the Lumetri Color Panel.Read more
by Kevin Alexander | 16th June 2015
A note, by default the update deletes your 2014 copy, and in doing so you’ll lost all plugins and personal settings! You can counter this by clicking on update, choose advanced options, deselect delete old versions. Adobe users, wait no longer. Creative Cloud 2015 is here. This update gives video editors many powerful new tools, but in-app color grading gets a significant step up. A few months ago Adobe announced the next version of Creative Cloud, and it instantly generated a lot buzz. Well, that update is here. Creative Cloud users can now download CC 2015 apps and test out the new powerful tools. So, what’s new? Perhaps the most anticipated new feature is the Lumetri Color Panel in Premiere Pro CC. This new panel allows you to make basic and advanced color corrections directly within the panel. You don’t have to individually apply effects, but rather simply select a desired clip and adjust its properties in the Lumetri panel. The controls will seem familiar to Lightroom users, allowing for both basic corrections like white balance, exposure, etc., as well as applying curves, Lumetri looks, and other advanced corrections. Another great feature isn’t new, but rather an improvement on a long-present tool in Premiere. The waveform monitor, vectorscope, and other scopes within Premiere Pro are much more responsive. In the past scopes within Premiere Pro were rather sluggish, so it’s nice to see these new scopes with realtime updates. Another new feature will be of particular interest to documentary filmmakers or news editors. The Morph Cut tool allows you to seamlessly transition between jump cuts without cutting away to b-roll. It’s found in the transitions folder, and once applied Premiere Pro analyzes the footage in the background allowing you to continue editing. It should be interesting to see how well this effect works. Premiere Pro isn’t the only video app to receive updates, however. After Effects has a new Uninterrupted Preview feature which allows you to change properties in a composition without stopping playback. And Media Encoder has a new handy feature as well. Those working in broadcast will appreciate the new Time Tuner tool which allows for quick changes in a video’s duration. To see more details about the release of Creative Cloud 2015, check out this article on Adobe’s blog.Read more
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