It’s been a big month for video editors. Here are some important stories you might have missed.

From NAB announcements to fun new products, let’s take a look at the biggest news in video editing.

Adobe Updates Video Software

Adobe announced their latest series of updates at NAB 2016. Notably, Adobe unveiled a new feature in Premiere Pro that allows you to automatically convert your RAW footage into proxy files for faster editing. When integrated with the Creative Cloud, this new proxy workflow means you could hypothetically edit your projects from any machine in the world.

Adobe also updated the Lumetri Color Panel in Premiere Pro. The updated panel includes HSL Secondaries and support for color grading control surfaces like the Tangent Wave, Ripple, and Elements.

One exciting thing for VR lovers is the new VR workflow in Premiere Pro. Instead of having to export your equirectangular video, you can now preview VR videos directly in Premiere before you export.

Motion designers will be excited to hear that After Effects will receive quite a few usability and playback updates to make rendering even faster. On top of this, After Effects users can now preview Cinema 4D text and shapes directly in After Effects from Cinema 4D Lite.

Audio should always be one of the most important parts of your video project. However, a lot of video producers simply aren’t versed in the art of audio editing. To help with this, Adobe has updated Audition to include an essential sound panel with all of the basic effects and presets you need to get your audio sounding great.

You can read more about these updates right here.

Free Letterbox Templates for Video Editing

Letterbox Templates

It’s amazing that there aren’t more letterbox presets on the internet. PremiumBeat has seen this problem and is giving away 352 drag-and-drop letterbox templates. The PNG letterbox templates come in black and white. If you do a lot of film editing, you should definitely download this free pack.

Editing With a Video Game Controller?

Tutorial master Casey Farris has unveiled what can only be described as the most impractical — yet awesome — use of a video game controller ever. Using a Logitech controller and keyboard shortcut mapping in Premiere, Farris set up the controller to edit video without the need to touch the mouse or keyboard. This doesn’t look like anything more than a fun gimmick, but it’s certainly cool!

SynthEyes Can Stabilize 360 Footage

If you’re not already familiar with the software, SynthEyes is a motion tracking software that allows you to intelligently track and stabilize footage. One important update that surfaced over the last few weeks is the 1605 update, which allows users to track and stabilize 360 footage.

Up to this point, it’s been impossible to stabilize 360 footage well, so this new update really opens up a world of possibilities for 360-video professionals. SynthEyes Pro will run you about $499 per license, but if you do a lot of professional VFX work, it’s certainly worth the cost.

35 Free Shape Elements 

Every month we give away one free video editing tool here on RocketStock. Most months we give away free After Effects templates, but this month we decided to create a custom pack of 35 shape elements that you can drag and drop into any video project. The elements all use ProRes footage with Alpha channels, so you don’t have to worry about keying out your footage. You can download this exclusive pack of shape elements here on RocketStock. Here’s a quick demo of Shapes in action:

SIGGRAPH Technical Papers

Like subsurface scattering? What about soft body dynamics? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then SIGGRAPH is the place for you. The team released a video demo outlining a few of the technical papers and talks that are going to be given at SIGGRAPH 2016. Here’s the video:

PremiumBeat Does a FCP X Series

If you’re a Final Cut Pro X editor, you’ll be happy to hear that PremiumBeat has created an awesome FCP X tutorial series. All of the tutorials teach you how to create something awesome, from muzzle flashes to slow motion sequences. You can read more about the series on the PremiumBeat Final Cut Pro X page. Here’s one of the tutorials:

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