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
North America’s most eagerly anticipated film festival is now under way. For 30 years, the Sundance Festival has highlighted the work of American and international filmmakers alike. Countless attendees have reveled in the creativity and brilliance that has been displayed annually since 1985. In the year of the festival’s origin, the Coen brothers’ debut film Blood Simple was the talk of the town—3 decades later, Adobe Premiere Pro seems to be having a similar effect! Adobe has a lot to shout about with regards to this year’s Sundance festival. It seems that Premiere Pro—and the rest of the Creative Cloud platform—have been making waves this year, with a recent announcement stating that a total of 51 films that are debuting at this year’s indie-loving event. What’s more, the festival, which highlights some of the biggest and brightest emerging talent from the filmmaking industry, is set to showcase a total of 175 films which have utilized Adobe’s software. In case you enjoy the numbers game, that’s apparently a 143% increase in usage since last year’s Sundance. I’d be willing to bet that there are a few smiling faces at Adobe right now! One thing that will certainly please the folks at Adobe is the fact that it is not just the indie Sundance talent that has converted to Premiere Pro. Nope, some of Hollywood’s biggest hitters have crossed over to the Creative Cloud, too. Sundance Festival 2016’s Creative Crowd As I’ve already alluded to, there’s been a bit of traffic headed in Adobe’s direction from former Avid and Final Cut maestros—including the likes of four-time Oscar-winners the Coen brothers and Deadpool director Tim Miller. Adobe Premiere Pro has made that much of a stir that Miller, along with Deadpool’s editing consultant and workflow specialist Vashi Nedomansky, will be going into more detail as to why they’ve made the switch in Adobe’s panel—Editorial Secrets From “Hail, Caesar!” And “Deadpool”—which is scheduled for 15:30-16:30, January 23rd. Thankfully, for those of us who are unable to attend, Adobe are making a recording available at www.adobe.com/go/video. Regarding Adobe Premiere Pro, Miller said “Adobe really revamped Premiere Pro CC from the ground up. I love the interoperability with other programs like After Effects CC and the ability to do quick composites,” he then went on to add “we need an uninterrupted workflow between the idea and output. Premiere Pro CC is clean and fast, which is what I want.” Of course, it’s not just film-industry elites making the switch, plenty of Sundance Festival 2016’s indie productions used Adobe’s creative software. With everything from in-competition feature films like Christine and Swiss Army Man to documentaries and shorts such as Richard Linklater – Dream is Destiny, Adobe’s Creative Cloud video tools have impacted on plenty of the Sundance Festival filmmakers’ workflow. “Our story relies on combining decades-old archival footage with interviews from the present. We cut the film in Adobe Premiere Pro CC with incredible results,” explained Louis Black, co-director of Richard Linklater – Dream is Destiny. Adobe’s Investment in the Future of Filmmaking This year, Adobe are sponsoring the NEXT category of films—a category of outspoken works which combine digital technology with uninhibited creativity. NEXT embodies the innovative, bold spirit that is ubiquitous among indie filmmakers—it looks to revolutionize the next generation of filmmaking in a way that is truly unique. In a further move to get the word out about up-and-coming filmmakers, Adobe has also partnered with Sundance Ignite, via Project 1324—an initiative designed to provide promising young talent a chance at spotlighting their projects. The winners of this initiative will go on to receive a Sundance Ignite Fellowship, which comes with opportunities to work with—and learn from—Sundance alumni. What’s next for the Creative Cloud? So, what’s in the pipeline following Adobe’s Sundance success? Fortunately for the recent converts, as well as current users of the Creative Cloud, Adobe won’t be resting on their laurels. As impressive as the numbers are for this year’s festival, it seems that Adobe is aiming higher for next year’s outing. Some of Creative Cloud’s video tools are due an update before the end of January, and here’s a taste of what’s to come: General performance enhancements within the cloud, most noticeably to Premiere Pro 100,000 4K high-quality video assets are to be added to the video content available in Adobe Stock. Premiere Pro and After Effects CC users will have the ability to search, download, and license the assets available on Adobe Stock. This feature is already a part of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator The Cineware Live 3D pipeline is set to be enhanced with improved workflow and performance. For the first time, OpenGL rendering will be available, with vast improvements in speed over the current software rendering option Compositing will become more efficient, thanks to Live Link allowing the synchronization of the timelines between After Effects CC and Cinema 4D Specific Takes can be rendered from within a Cinema 4D project file Does the Festival’s Love of the Cloud Indicate a Lasting Trend? Whether you’re an Avid fan, a Final Cut follower, or an Adobe junkie, one thing is undeniable. An increase in Adobe CC use of 143% is certainly an impressive feat. Could this be indicative of a power shift in the world of video editing for professionals and amateurs alike? Who knows? It is certainly exciting to think of a world where Avid Media Composer has some serious competition—and maybe Adobe’s Sundance success can be what spurs them on to really take their video editing software to the next level! Either way, I am looking forward to seeing the quality that Premiere Pro has been producing lately—and thanks to Sundance Festival 2016, I’ll have 175 opportunities to find out! Do you think that Adobe could be tipping the scales of video editing in their favor? Have you tried using Premiere Pro recently and if so, how was it? Let us know in the comments!Read more
You have probably seen our extensive written guide on how to get Magic Lantern’s 24p working on the 5D Mark III, which also includes a step-by-step instruction on how to end up with usable ProRes 4444 files. Well, as it turns out, Sebastian here has found a much more straightforward way to post process the raw files from the 5D Mark III which allows us to skip the relatively cumbersome After Effects conversion process. This new process only utilizes Adobe Photoshop’s raw import module, which allows batch processing of files (which is necessary to apply the same settings onto an entire clip consisting of individual DNG files). Watch our video with a step-by-step instruction on how to end up with editable post-processed files! Software used: Adobe Photoshop Raw2DNG (free) QuickTime 7Read more
by Jared Abrams | 19th May 2010
Richard Harrington co-author of From Still to Motion: A photographer’s guide to creating video with your DSLR and Adobe are teaming up to bring you a free webinar on Adobe’s new Premiere Pro CS5. I recently got the chance to use Adobe’s new release of Premiere Pro CS5 and it has some killer effects. Here is what they had to say. The webinar is Wednesday May 26th, 2010 10am-11:30am PST “You’ll learn everything from practical shooting techniques and essential lighting to easy editing strategies and online sharing. You’ll also be introduced to the latest Dell Precision workstation and NVIDIA Quadro graphic solutions to help you make the best decision to outfit your editing needs – including taking advantage of the latest performance improving updates in CS5.” Click Here To RegisterRead more
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