Adobe boosts Creative Cloud video with 150+ features


Adobe Prelude CC

Adobe has released over 150 new features in Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, SpeedGrade CC, Prelude CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC and Story CC Plus – all immediately available via Adobe Creative Cloud. The company is also delivering a new iPad app, Prelude Live Logger, which Adobe claimed would enable faster, more efficient production workflows.

The new updates to the video tools in Creative Cloud include a new Direct Link Colour Pipeline between Premiere Pro CC and SpeedGrade CC, which provides an integrated colour pipeline workflow that allows users to share multi-track timelines seamlessly back and forth. Users will be able to open Premiere Pro CC sequences in SpeedGrade CC quickly and see the results as effects in Premiere Pro CC that are managed by the Lumetri Deep Colour Engine.


Adobe Premiere Pro CC

There’s also expanded native support for 4K and higher resolutions,high frame rates and RAW formats, so enabling editors to natively work with footage from new high-res cameras, including the 6K Red Dragon, without having to wait to transcode and re-wrap files.

After Effects CC’s new Mask Tracker allows you to create masks and apply effects that track automatically frame-by-frame throughout a composition, which Adobe claimed would save countless hours of tedious work.

The Mask Tracker in After Effects

The Mask Tracker in After Effects CC can create masks and apply effects that track automatically

A more streamlined editing environment provides editors with new definable metadata capabilities including a new monitor overlay along with enhanced multi-cam support that makes it easy to turn individual camera angles on or off as you edit. Better media management enables users to find and load video assets with the new Media Browser in After Effects, improved workflows when linking back to source content with Link and Locate in Adobe Premiere Pro and automated image processing for customised media output with Adobe Media Encoder

The Prelude CC Live Logger iPad app enables users to log notes, events, and other data on their iPad while shooting, including the ability to sync with timecode on set via supported wireless timecode systems, and then sync metadata to footage via Creative Cloud for faster editing.

Prelude CC Live Logger iPad app,

The Prelude CC Live Logger iPad app, which enables users to log notes, events, and other data on their iPad while shooting

There is scope for advanced colour grading with the new SpeedLooks feature in SpeedGrade CC. Dedicated camera patches allow users to match the colour spaces across different camera formats. New multiple masks and linked mask layers capabilities also enable SpeedGrade CC users more control over complex looks.

SpeedGrade CC shot matching

SpeedGrade CC shot matching

Important updates will also be added to Adobe Anywhere for video, to enable a range of tasks from ingest and logging to visual effects collaboration for large teams. Adobe Anywhere Support for After Effects CC enables visual effects and motion graphic artists to collaborate with other production team members, without the need to learn new software.

The collaborative workflow also gains the Adobe Anywhere iPad app, which enables editors to browse shared productions and play media and sequences from the Adobe Anywhere Server on their iPads.

SpeedGrade CC Interface

SpeedGrade CC Interface

“We’ve seen many broadcasters, filmmakers and video professionals adopt our video apps in Creative Cloud and Adobe Anywhere as they look for a toolset that allows them to thrive in the face of reduced budgets and demanding production timelines,” said Bill Roberts, director, video product management, Adobe. “The new features and services give our customers the streamlined workflow they have been asking for, while also continuing our commitment to provide significant innovations frequently for Creative Cloud members and Adobe Anywhere users.”

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