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Premiere Pro CC, Prelude, SpeedGrade Get A New Interface & More

The upcoming update for Adobe CC includes a new interface and robust search capabilities

Today, Adobe announced updates to their line of pro video apps. This latest update is quite robust, and although the new UI will no doubt steal the show, there’s much more to this latest release than meets the eye.

While some people may have made vacations and leisure their priority for the summer, the team at Adobe has been working hard, talking to customers and trying to streamline and empower the apps of their Creative Cloud. Last week, HDSLR Shooter had the opportunity to get a sneak peak of some of these improvements slated for a new release of Adobe CC, and here is just some of what you can expect to see coming soon.

Adobe Prelude CC Log your metadata while the event is in front of your eyes.
Adobe Prelude CC
Log your metadata while the event is in front of your eyes.

Prelude CC

The first thing you’ll notice is the new UI. Adobe has streamlined the UI, scrapping the beveling and chrome effects for a cleaner and more minimalist look. Now you can simply right click on a clip in Prelude and select, “Create a rough cut”. A new timeline comes up where you begin adding clips in a variety of different ways. The key is there’s no need to create several sub clips, which can make things cluttered and complicated. They’ve also added the ability to add transitions to the rough cut in Prelude. You can also expect improvements to the tagging panel, making it easier than ever to tag clips by just clicking instead of typing. Once you’re done with your rough cut in Prelude you can export it into Premiere with a few simple clicks, making the timeline and all the clips available to edit in Premiere Pro.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC Automatically generate new bins based on search criteria
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Automatically generate new bins based on search criteria

Premiere Pro CC

In a demo of the upcoming release of Premiere Pro, Sr. Product Manager Al Mooney says the key emphasis for this latest version is discoverability of media through metadata. Although Premiere Pro has always had this ability, this release has improved how they handle metadata, making it more accessible to those who haven’t used the feature in the past.
You will now be able to create a “Search Bin” consisting of media that match the search criteria you set. Once you create a new search bin, a new drop down will appear allowing you to create a bin based solely on the criteria you set, by key word, by tag, by duration, etc.

Advanced Timeline Search
Advanced Timeline Search

This latest release also includes a more robust search tool for the timeline, enabling you to find specific clips or elements within the timeline. This is key for complex sequences that are jammed with a myriad of clips and other elements. You can search by effects, labels, media type and a variety of other criteria to make finding your needle in a haystack much faster.
Multi-project workflows: open media and sequences from other projects
Multi-project workflows: open media and sequences from other projects

If you’re working with projects that have similar elements, effects, clips, transitions, etc., you will now be able to open projects within a project, and extract the elements you need very fast. Using the media browser you can bring several projects at once into your current project by dragging the elements you need. So if you open a previous project in the media browser, now you can preview a sequence and drag in any elements you need into your current project. The first thing that comes to mind for me are titles, music, bugs and b-roll, but essentially you can now extract anything from the timeline of another project into your current project without having to import the entire project.
Masking with the Pen Tool in Premiere Pro
Masking with the Pen Tool in Premiere Pro

In the last update, we were given the power to create masks and track those masks within Premiere Pro. In the latest release, you can now use a pen tool to create custom masks instead of just using the ellipse or rectangle mask.
Now you can open or encode GoPro CineForm, an easily managed, cross-platform codec ideal for high resolution footage. You can now take advantage of the power of your GPU with native support for 4K, 5K, 6K and higher content, now including AJA RAW, Canon RAW, and Phantom Cine, as well as RED and Cinema DNG footage.
Open Premiere Pro projects and sequences in SpeedGrade
Open Premiere Pro projects and sequences in SpeedGrade


You will now be able to import entire Premiere Pro timelines into SpeedGrade. There is now a feature called “Hover Looks” which allows you to simply hover over one of the preset looks and see it applied in the program monitor instantly without actually having to apply the look to the clip itself.

hover to preview Looks in the main image Monitor, and click to apply
Hover to preview Looks in the main image Monitor, and click to apply

You will also be able to build groups of effects and adjust the strength of the individual parameters or the entire group itself. Additionally, the new release of SpeedGrade now has RGB Curves and ranged saturation curves.

ETA for this release

There’s no word yet on a date for this release. This announcement precedes IBC, and you can expect to see these new features demonstrated there. The last release was announced prior to NAB and then released about a month after the show, so it’s possible we’ll see this release in the October/November time frame.

Other Improvements

Adobe After Effects CC

Along with a new look, the next release of After Effects offers an enhanced Live 3D Pipeline, allowing artists to work faster with 3D elements in their compositions, enhanced Anywhere collaboration, and usability refinements that make motion graphics and visual effects work easier and more efficient.

AdobeMediaEncoder CC

Render and deliver your work in one fell swoop with Destination Publishing: Add preset options for FTP sites, or your local Creative Cloud folder. Send to multiple locations and track rendering and upload in the same panel. Automate transcoding of all of your project files at once by dragging Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro XML projects into your Watch Folder.

Adobe Story CC Plus

Customize text boxes so that notes and comments stand out and assign numbers to camera shots to align with your scene order.

Adobe Audition CC

Open virtually any video format, including RED, XDCAM, MXF, and others. Video files now load faster and play more smoothly. Minimize background noises while amplifying and leveling speech with a powerful new Target Dynamic Range parameter providing even better volume leveling for spoken content. Read and add notes to audio files with iXML metadata support.

Adobe Anywhere

Adobe Anywhere for video adds robust collaboration support for After Effects users and brings refinements to the Adobe Anywhere app for iPad, including new scrubbing gestures and sorting options. A new streaming API allows facilities and broadcasters to integrate content from Adobe Anywhere into a variety of user experiences on the web or mobile devices.
For more information about the latest release and how to get Adobe CC now, go to their website at
The press release from Adobe:

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE), the leader in creative software, today announced plans to significantly update Adobe Creative Cloud video desktop apps and Adobe Anywhere for video. These new capabilities, coming soon, build on Adobe’s industry-leading integration across video workflows enabling video professionals to create, collaborate and deliver high quality productions across multiple screens. Key updates include powerful new media and project management tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CC; a refreshed user-interface across all Adobe video desktop apps; and more streamlined production workflows empowering video professionals to edit more efficiently.

“As we continue developing our vision of taking the entire station and putting it in the cloud, we are looking at other Adobe solutions, such as Adobe Anywhere for video collaboration, Adobe Primetime for live, linear, and video-on-demand programming, and Adobe Experience Manager for content management.”

Important new updates will also be added to Adobe Anywhere, which enables large virtual teams of talent to collaborate and efficiently shoot, log, edit, share and finish video productions together. Adobe also announced new capabilities to Adobe Primetime, the industry’s most advanced TV delivery and monetization platform for programmers and pay-TV service providers (see separate blog). Adobe is previewing these major updates at IBC 2014, Europe’s largest professional broadcast show held in Amsterdam. The company will demonstrate its new solutions at the RAI Convention (Hall 7, Stand 7.G27) Sept. 12-16 and online at Adobe professional video and broadcast tools will also be presented in more than 70 partner booths throughout the IBC exhibit.
Revealing Next Wave of Innovation for Adobe Video Desktop Apps
At IBC 2014, Adobe will showcase new video technology that streamlines video workflows for video professionals, broadcasters and media companies. Key updates include:

  • Support for cutting-edge hardware and standards is accelerated via Adobe Creative Cloud, enabling the company to respond quickly to new hardware and software standards. Key updates extend native file support, with the addition of AJA RAW. Performance enhancements include accelerated Masking & Tracking; and new GPU-optimized playback that delivers better performance when viewing extremely high resolution 4K and UltraHD footage from Phantom Cine, Canon RAW and RED R3D files.
  • A refreshed user-interface across all the video applications supports HiDPI displays for both Mac Retina Displays and Windows 8.1, providing a cleaner appearance enabling video professionals to stay focused on their projects.
  • Powerful new media and project management features, including Consolidate & Transcode; Search Bins; and Multiproject workflows offer more ease and flexibility, at the project level, so Adobe Premiere Pro CC users can complete tasks more efficiently. Adobe Media Encoder now includes Destination publishing with preset options so users can render, deliver and share projects to multiple locations such as FTP sites and their Creative Cloud folder, automating the delivery process. Additionally, Extended Match Source support now includes added support for the QuickTime and DNxHD formats, simplifying the workflow for users who are transcoding or rendering content.
  • Streamlined workflows and ongoing refinements make everyday tasks easier and faster inside Adobe CC video apps, including Timeline Views in Adobe Premiere Pro CC; Curve adjustments and Look Hover previews in Adobe SpeedGrade CC; and Rough Cut Dissolves and keyboard shortcuts for tagging in Adobe Prelude CC.

Expanding Editing Solutions for Broadcasters with Adobe Anywhere for Video
Adobe today also announced important updates planned for Adobe Anywhere, the collaborative workflow platform that empowers users of Adobe professional video solutions, such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC, to work together using centralized media and assets across standard networks. Adobe Anywhere complements Creative Cloud applications and enables deep collaboration for large organizations working with video, including broadcasters, educational institutions and government agencies. Enhanced support for Adobe After Effects CC enables visual and motion graphic artists to collaborate more effectively so they can spend more time working creatively and less time searching for missing footage and collecting files. Additionally, new options in the Adobe Anywhere app for iPad are added, so users to scrub and review video footage faster.
Adobe Quote
Bill Roberts, senior director of professional video product management, Adobe
“As the video and broadcast industries continue to rapidly evolve, so too does Adobe’s video technology. With Creative Cloud, we have accelerated the rate at which we deliver the features our customers need to create compelling new experiences and transform the video industry with high-quality productions.”
Customer Quotes
After a successful run using Premiere Pro CC to edit David Fincher’s upcoming thriller Gone Girl, two-time Academy Award winner Kirk Baxter has made Premiere Pro the NLE of choice for his new company, EXILE.
• “I’m happy to see so many of the new features we asked Adobe for during Gone Girl in the upcoming release.”
“The technical integration between EVS and Adobe benefits Premiere Pro editors with direct access to the EVS Live Production Asset Management platform, IPDirector and clip structure, to create highlights packages and to play them back faster than any other workflow. The IPLink interface, with EVS XT servers and Adobe Premiere Pro CC, was used by HBS, the dedicated host broadcaster of this summer’s major sporting event in Brazil. More than 35 Premiere Pro seats, linked to EVS XStore shared storage, were used to create final edits of updates, promos and multimedia packages. This workflow will be shown at a presentation for key users and press, at the Adobe Stand 7.G27 at 5.00 pm on Friday, September 12. You can register for the presentation, “Collaborative production at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ – Close up on the Adobe/EVS integrated workflow” at
• Joop Janssen, CEO of EVS
“Red Bull Media House is a truly global production company in the sense that every day we face the challenges of editing footage coming from different countries and from a huge variety of cameras, frame rates, and compressors. We push our editing software to the limit, so we welcome new Adobe Premiere Pro CC features that make it easy for us to mix different kinds of footage on our timeline and choose the best transcode workflow to maintain the highest quality standards in our play outs.”
• Andreas (Andi) Gall, CTO, Red Bull Media House
“As we continue developing our vision of taking the entire station and putting it in the cloud, we are looking at other Adobe solutions, such as Adobe Anywhere for video collaboration, Adobe Primetime for live, linear, and video-on-demand programming, and Adobe Experience Manager for content management.”
• Bryn Balcombe, technology director, London Live

Written by Clint Milby

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