Adobe has updated their entire line of video editing apps. Here’s everything you need to know.
About twice a year, Adobe announces updates to their video editing software. In their latest announcement at IBC 2015, Adobe released a few new updates that should make video editor’s lives just a little bit sweeter. Here’s a rundown of the important new features and what they mean for editors and motion designers.
One of the biggest updates to come to After Effects is the introduction of a new Lumetri Color Effect. The effect works in a very similar way to the Lumetri Color Panel in Premiere Pro and it has been designed to accurately display colors shared between the software.
The ∫ effect looks to be an all-encompassing effect that includes basic color correction, curves, color wheels, and vignettes. If it renders well, this new effect could be the end of standalone curves and levels effects. Plus it should make it easier to share Lumetri looks between After Effects and Premiere. The following video gives us a quick look into the new color features.
Gesture-based editing is already important for photo editors and colorists, but up to this point, NLEs aren’t really gesture friendly. Adobe is looking to change this with a small-but-revolutionary update to After Effects, Premiere, and Character Animator. Users can now use gesture commands on a trackpad when working inside their video softwares. For example, if you were to pinch your fingers, it would zoom out. If you were to spread them apart, it would zoom in. Think of it like a smartphone. It’s a little gimmicky for now, but who knows? It may eventually become a faster way to edit and use effects.
Premiere Pro Updates
The most exciting update to come from Adobe’s announcements is the introduction of Optical Flow time remapping in Premiere Pro. The new feature works like Twixtor. You simply select how slow you want your footage to be and Premiere will use blending effects to smooth out the footage. This features is fantastic if you don’t don’t have a high frame rate camera or if you want to slow your footage just a tad. For more info on how this effect may work, check out the ‘Simulate Slow Motion Footage Using Twixtor‘ post on PremiumBeat.
Adobe Premiere is also now supporting UltraHD along with DNxHR, HEVC (H.265), Dolby Vision, and OpenEXR. This means you can directly import and edit those files without needing to transcode them. Once imported, you can apply LUTs, set your playback resolution, or simply edit as usual.
One update for that is especially exciting for PremiumBeat users is the new Remix feature inside Adobe Audition. The Feature allows users to change the duration of music clips while maintaining audio fidelity. Users can also generate speech inside Adobe Audition to time out a VO without having to record it themselves using the synthesized speech tool.
In both Audition and Premiere Pro, users will be able to set loudness levels so that the loudness matches various industry standards. This is a great tool if you’re working on a project that will be broadcasted.
While these updates aren’t monumental, they’re still a helpful reminder that Adobe will continue to be on the cutting edge of video innovation. September announcements tend to focus more on workflow features, while April announcements are almost always big-time updates. We’ll see what new features are announced once we get a little closer to NAB 2016.
What do you think of these new updates? Are you excited to use Optical Flow? Share in the comments below.