See the highlights of the various updates in the 3-minute overview video below.
One of the biggest new features is the new color workspace in Premiere Pro, including the new Lumetri Color Panel. It brings several color correction features that photographers will appreciate to your video workspace, including a color correction panel that is very similar to Lightroom’s slider-based color correction tools. Check out a demo in the video below.
Adobe has nearly turned Speedgrade into Lightroom for video editing. A very slick and promising new tool.
Additionally, a new curve adjustment tool and hue/saturation controls brings Photoshop-like editing tools directly to Premiere Pro. See the demo video below.
Finally, the Lumetri color panel also adds a new 3-way color corrector based on Speedgrade’s color engine. This looks like a welcomed addition too since the previously-included 3-way color corrector has been loathed by video editors for years. See a demo of the new 3-way color corrector in the video below.
Have you ever watched YouTube videos featuring a talking head with jump cuts in between phrases? It looks like amateur hour, right? Well, Adobe has a fix for that problem that will fix those jump cuts.
Adobe is calling the feature Morph Cut. It uses a combination of face tracking and frame interpolation to analyze the frames around the jump cut and morph the footage into a seamless transition in the video clip. It’s voodoo, man. Check out the demo video below.
We’ve covered the new Lumetri Color Panel and Color Workspace above, but Adobe has taken that idea throughout the rest of the editing process with more thoughtful designs through task-oriented workspaces. See the quick run-through below.
Premiere Pro also gets the ability to open and edit Premiere Clip projects directly in Premiere Pro for a more seamless transition from your mobile device to the full-fledged NLE. You guessed it. Demo video below.
After Effects CC 2015 will get a big improvement to previews with a more simplified approach such as one keyboard shortcut to preview your composition. It also provides uninterrupted previews, which allows you to change elements in your composition without stopping playback. That’s quite the ‘wow’ for the dinosaur that After Effects has become. I still can’t find details on whether or not the engine has been re-written but that’s a heckuva ambitious improvement over what AE users are accustomed to.
The new After Effects also gets an enhanced face tracker that lets you start with the simple mask and then define it via a dropdown menu as a face tracking mask. AE does the heavy lifting, which should cut down the time-consuming manual rotoscoping process. Looks very slick.
AE is also getting Creative Cloud Libraries, which allows you to import graphics, color swatches and looks via your Creative Cloud library.
Adobe Prelude gets the ability to add voice-overs directly in Prelude rough cuts, which then travel to Premiere for further editing.
Adobe Audition CC will get the ability to open Dynamic Link video sequences from Premiere Pro. This allows you to edit your audio with the edited video sequence in Audition.
There are loads of other new features for Adobe video applications. These are just the big updates that Adobe is highlighting at the moment.
Premiere Pro is supporting several new video formats, including Canon’s new XF-AVC from the EOS C300 Mark II and XC10 4K cameras, Avid DNxHR, ProRes 4444XQ and Panasonic 4K_HS. Closed Captions can now be burned in to video on export. Premiere Pro is also said to have improved audio routing UI, although details are not yet available. (The track mixer effects UI has long been a pet peeve of mine.)
One other interesting tidbit is the new Time Tuner, which allows you to alter the duration of an export by up to 10% in either direction. Adobe Media Encoder and Premiere Pro will automatically add or remove frames in areas of low activity to cheat the clock. This is one of those “Say what?!?” features that makes me grin because it is so crazy. Just watch the video below.
You can read more about all of these updates on Adobe’s Creative Cloud blog, which has further links to the individual application blogs for even more details.
You can sign up for Creative Cloud here. Adobe has a 40% off 1-year subscription for new members who sign up now through May 29, 2015, which makes it only $29.99/mo for the entire suite of apps for your first year.