The suite of video applications inside Adobe’s Creative Cloud will soon have another round of interesting new features being added. With the announcement centered around the International Broadcasting Convention, or IBC 2013, as of mid-October 2013, PreLude CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, SpeedGrade CC and Media Encoder CC will be built-out with more than 150 new features.
Only a few months ago, I wrote an elaborate post on the arrival of the next version of Adobe Pro Video Apps. With the introduction of that Next version (now known as Creative Cloud or CC), Adobe ended annual support of boxed versions (CS to CS6). There was no and will never be a CS7. Instead, as users were stimulated to migrate to a subscription-based model, Adobe promised more frequent updates. Now, for the second time in these short six months, Adobe is announcing a host of new features for the video apps.
Before we dive into a selection of the videos made available by Adobe, I would like to point out the most important points for each of the Apps, in order of a typical video production workflow:
PreLude CC – Support for GoPro footage and the ability to open still images and use them in rough cuts. Also, you can now export individual clips and subclips from the project panel. A new check-sum algorhythm ensures that clips are transferred completely.
PreLude Live Logger App – When shooting on location, production assistants can take notes on their iPad while the event happens. This way, you can easily add meaning to the recorded footage, thus speeding up the editing process.
Premiere Pro CC – The native support for multiple raw, 4K and even RED’s 6K footage is probably the most important feature, delivering on the promise that Premiere Pro accepts anything without the need for transcoding. But, even if your system does not support such high-demanding source footage, proxy editing thanks to the revamped relink feature makes it easy as well. A brand-new direct link workflow with SpeedGrade makes me want to explore the latter (finally). You can even grade transitions or cross dissolves (!)
After Effects CC – The all-new Mask tracker makes it easy to track only desired parts of the image, while the Warp Stabilizer VFX will have some dramatic performance increases on most machines. Also, Adobe is introducing the same powerful upscaling technology known from Photoshop into After Effects, allowing you to upscale footage from SD to HD. Finally, the ability to snap objects in 3D space, speeds up most VFX work.
SpeedGrade CC – As stated, SpeedGrade CC is finally growing into a genuine Adobe app, with full support for the Mercury Playback technology. The real wow-factor lies with the new round-tripping between SpeedGrade CC and Premiere Pro CC, much akin to the way it works between PPro and Ae. I’d say Red Giant has finally met it’s nemesis. For the first time, I will seriously consider switching from Looks to SpeedGrade for my color correction work, as I’m the kind of editor that likes to grade-as-I-go.
Media Encoder CC – The Mercury technology has been further integrated to speed up file encoding and tasks like de-interlacing. New output formats such as AVC-I and X-AVC have been added.
An overview of what’s new in Video inside Creative Cloud:
What’s new in PreLude CC:
A more detailed look at the all new Live Logger App:
What’s new in Premiere Pro CC:
What’s new in After Effects CC:
What’s new in Media Encoder CC: