Adobe’s new updates have huge implications for video editors. Here’s what you need to know.

Every year at NAB, Adobe releases a few really big updates for their lines of video editing software. Last year’s big update was the Lumetri color panel in Premiere. This year, however, Adobe has diversified their video offering with a lot of interesting video updates that will likely get a lot of video professionals excited. Here’s a few updates that you should know about:

1. You Don’t Have to Make Proxies By Hand

If you’re not already familiar with the term, a proxy is a low-resolution copy of your source footage that can easily be edited on your machine. After you’ve edited your sequence with the low-res proxy, you can replace it with the original file once you’re done. Up until this point, creating low-res proxies in Premiere Pro was kind of a pain. Essentially the workflow went something like this:

  1. Import your original footage.
  2. Export copies of each clip in media encoder.
  3. Edit your proxy clips.
  4. Offline your proxy clips.
  5. Replace the proxy clips with the originals.
  6. Export your footage.

For obvious reasons, this workflow isn’t ideal. However, as high-res 4K, 6K, and even 8K footage become normalized in the industry, Adobe has created a more automated proxy workflow for video editors. Using the new proxy workflow in Premiere, editors can select a Generate Proxies on Ingest setting in Premiere that will automatically fire up Media Encoder when new clips are imported.

As soon as your new proxy clip is done exporting, it will automatically replace your full-res clip in your project. Once you’re done editing your project, Adobe promises to make replacing your proxy files “easy.” This new proxy workflow is surely going to give video editors and professional filmmakers alike more opportunities to focus on creative editing — versus waiting on their computers.

2. You Can Edit Your Projects Remotely

One lesser-known feature in the Creative Cloud is the Creative Cloud Assets feature that allows you to save files and assets online in a very similar fashion to Google Drive or Dropbox. However, the new automatic proxy creation feature really opens up a world of possibilities with Creative Cloud Assets.

Specifically, you can automatically export proxy files to your Creative Cloud Assets folder. This will allow you to open and edit your Premiere Pro project from anywhere in the world. After you get done editing your project on your laptop, you can hop back on your video editing workspace and export your full-res clips.  This is great if you enjoy editing casual projects on laptop computers.

It should be noted that this same workflow could work with Google Drive and Dropbox installed on your computer as well.

3. You Might Be Able to Skip DaVinci

Let’s get one thing straight… If you’re super-serious about color grading you need to be using DaVinci Resolve. Resolve is free and was designed to be a great tool for professional colorists. However, Premiere Pro has emphasized color over the last few years to become a very real contender as a professional color grading software.

Specifically, Premiere Pro’s Lumetri Color Panel is going to feature HSL Secondaries which allow users to easily select color ranges. Want your subject’s eyes to pop? Need to turn down the saturation of the car? You can easily do so with the updated Lumetri Color Panel. Premiere is also introducing support for color grading control surfaces like the Tangent Wave, Ripple, and Elements.

4. You Can Now Preview VR Video in Premiere

As it stands right now, the only way to preview VR footage when editing is to use a third-party application or to export your footage and preview using a third-party application. This clunky workflow is certainly not ideal. Premiere Pro will soon make it easier for VR filmmakers to preview their footage using an all new VR viewer. Using the tool, users can drag around 360 footage in a similar manner to the way viewers view 360 footage on YouTube.

However, Premiere’s VR functionality goes one step further with the ability to preview stereoscopic 3D footage using anaglyph 3D glasses in the new VR video viewer. This is very likely the first step in what will become an immersive VR workflow for filmmakers.

5. After Effects Is Faster

The team at Adobe is calling the new After Effects update an “under-the-hood” update. Instead of a new set of earth-shattering features, After Effects has a reworked architecture that increases playback and performance. In a nutshell, these updates will make working in After Effects much faster. In the case of importing image sequences, the new architecture will increase importing speeds by 10x.

6. You Can Now Live-Preview Cinema 4D Text and Shapes in After Effects

Adobe’s integration with Cinema 4D has been helpful — but it’s also plagued with insufficiencies that make it a less-than-ideal tool when working with 3D text. However, their latest update is going to feature live-previewing between Cinema 4D and After Effects.

Essentially this means that any changes you make to an imported Cinema 4D file in After Effects can automatically be seen as the file is updated in Cinema 4D Lite. Users will also be excited to hear that you can easily take text and shape layers from After Effects and import them into Cinema 4D using the Cineware plugin.

7. Even Dummies Can Edit Audio in Audition

We say it all the time here on PremiumBeat: a video is only as strong as the audio. Unfortunately, many film editors (myself included) aren’t well versed in audio editing or leveling for film. To help with this problem, Adobe Audition has a new Essential Sound panel that organizes effects together based on their usage in video projects.

For example… if you want to clean up your dialogue, you can select your dialogue tracks in your Audition timeline and apply voice-friendly effects by clicking on the Dialogue tab in the Essential Sound panel. This will be a great tool for video editors that aren’t familiar with the intricacies of audio editing.

When Will Adobe Release Their 2016 Update?

There’s been no word on the exact day when Adobe will release their 2016 Creative Cloud update. Their press release stated that the updates would be available in “the coming months.” So, it will likely be mid-to-late Summer.

Which new features are you excited about? Share your thoughts in the comments below.