Adobe has released a whole army of updates to its Creative Cloud platform, and because you can’t find everything important in one place, here’s a quick list:
New 3-way Lumetri Color panel for more powerful and faster color grading within Premiere Pro:
Morph Cut smooths jump cuts:
Other important features:
- Support for “Looks’ created in Adobe Hue (see below).
- New native formats are supported: JPEG 2000 MXF Op1a, Panasonic 4K 444, Canon XF-AVC Model A, DNxHD with compressed alpha, and Dolby 5.1 export.
- ProRes media performance has been improved by up to 2x on Mac
- Support for RED DEB, REDcolor4 and DRAGONcolor2 has been added
- The maximum sequence size is now 16K
- An eyedropper tool is available in the Color Matte dialog
For a full list, click here.
Uninterrupted Preview allows you to adjust a composition’s properties and even resize panels without interrupting playback. Here are the details (there’s a catch):
RAM Preview is dead, long live Preview: After Effects still caches frames in RAM for real-time playback, but starting such a preview is no longer a unique command in After Effects, so the term “RAM Preview” is no longer used. It’s just called “Preview” now.
Spacebar joins the club: Spacebar can now start a preview that optimizes frame caching for real-time playback, and that also plays audio. (Both are formerly unique features of what used to be called “RAM Preview”.)
Have it your way: You can configure the preview behaviors for each of the preview keyboard shortcuts: Spacebar, Numpad 0, and Shift + Numpad 0. If you want spacebar to start a preview with audio that also displays active layer controls, you can do that now.
Don’t interrupt me: In previous versions of After Effects, clicking anywhere during a preview stopped playback. In After Effects CC 2015 (13.5) you can now continue to work in your composition or project at the same time that you preview a composition, layer, or footage. This necessarily changes the behaviors of starting and stopping previews…
While a lot has changed, it’s important to also clarify what has not changed in After Effects CC 2015 (13.5):
Real-time playback still requires that rendered frames be cached to RAM. While simple compositions may render and cache faster than real-time, previewing always caches frames to RAM before playback regardless of the composition content.
There is no new use of the GPU during previews. The After Effects team is continuing to evaluate opportunities to optimize use of the GPU, but the changes in After Effects CC 2015 (13.5) are all related to optimizing CPU resources.
Here’s a video:
Groundbreaking new Character Animator, which tracks your movements via webcam and transposes them onto a 2D character:
Time Tuner, which lets you adjust the duration of content without painstaking micro-editing, something that has become more and more important in the age of multiple broadcast deliverables:
- Dolby Digital output
- JPEG 2000 MXF support
- Better logic for detecting when you’ve selected an image sequence for import
For a full list, click here.
Major features: None!
Editor’s note: It’s quite possible Adobe will completely integrate Speedgrade into Premiere Pro in the near future, and amp up the present tools in Premiere Pro to support 32-bit float, et al. Speedgrade as a standalone app is severely limited when compared to Resolve. The problem for me is that Premiere Pro also works in studio swing natively, and if that doesn’t change (i.e., Premiere Pro doesn’t become fully 32-bit float compliant, and linear, like other visual effects and grading tools), then it might put off those looking for high end finishing work, especially since Resolve already does that well, for free.
I was hoping for the following improvements in Speedgrade:
- Excellent noise reduction tools
- Better color/hue selection tools for secondary color correction
- Better masking and more accurate tracking tools
- Full-blown support for ACES, or at least a linear space like After Effects, with previews in various spaces.
The ability to record voice-overs onto audio tracks directly in a Rough Cut timeline. Recording voice-over tracks has been a long time request by journalist, editors, and producers in news and sports broadcast. The new streamlined workflow gives any user the ability to add production value to Adobe Prelude CC rough cuts quickly and intuitively in fast turnaround situations. Create a rough cut, add an additional audio track, and click the record button to get started.
Dynamic Link Video Streaming – when sending sequences from Premiere Pro – native resolution video streaming with no rendering required:
- Full-Screen video output – use the standard HDMI, DVI, or VGA outputs on their systems to push the video panel to an external display for ADR, review, or just enjoying a better experience editing audio to picture.
- …customize the color ranges in our level meters to reflect the different standards and requirements of various broadcast organizations.
- …Relink Media and replace assets in a session without losing any edits, automation, or effects.
For a full list, click here.
Adobe has entered the stock photo game: https://stock.adobe.com
What makes Adobe Stock so unique?
- First, Adobe Stock includes 40 million beautiful, high-impact photos, illustrations and graphics covering virtually every subject, so you can jump-start any print, web or mobile app project.
- Next, there’s the deep integration of Adobe Stock with Creative Cloud and the CC desktop apps that you rely on. You can launch Adobe Stock directly within CC desktop apps, add watermarked images to Creative Cloud Libraries and then access and work with images across multiple desktop tools such as Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, After Effects CC and Premiere Pro CC. We’ve made it incredibly simple to work with watermarked images in comps.
- Finally, when you’re ready to license an image for finished work, you can do it directly within the desktop application you’re working in. Any edits you made to the watermarked image are magically applied to the purchased full?resolution image (thank you CreativeSync) saving you loads of time going between your comp and finished design.
Adobe Stock is available starting today in 36 countries and 13 languages and stock.adobe.com is a beautiful and easy- to-use standalone web site where you can purchase, download or sell stock images. While anyone can purchase Adobe Stock, an exclusive discount for Creative Cloud members lets you save up to 40% on the “10 images per month” plan. If you’re simply looking for one perfect image, pricing begins at $9.99 and we also have plans for power stock users.
Here are the pricing details for now:
Hue is a free iOS-only app for now (what a shame – at the very least a desktop app would have been better) that lets you:
- Click a photo or select an existing image that inspires you.
- Use the colors in it to create a “Look” in Hue. Save it.
- Use that “Look” in Premiere Pro and After Effects to your footage.
I don’t have to tell you how powerful this is. Here’s a page that explains the steps in detail, or just watch the video:
You can download it here: http://www.adobe.com/go/hue_itunes/ (38.2 MB, requires iOS 7.1 or later)
What exactly is a “Look”? Is it a LUT? Here’s Adobe’s explanation:
A Look is not a filter: it does not subtract colors from your target image. Nor is it an overlay of any kind. A Look is actually a complex set of saturation adjustments that shift color and light across the whole picture…Adobe Hue CC represents the Look as a cluster of color bubbles showing the saturation, volume, and luma (light) of each color you have captured.
How do you apply the Looks in Premiere Pro and After Effects? Two simple steps:
- Right-click on the Look in the Library panel and choose Apply Look.
- Drag the Look from the Library panel to a layer (AE) or clip (Premiere Pro).
Editor’s note: By far this is the most exciting release for me. However, it is stupid not to have a desktop or Android version. Why would a colorist or editor reach for a mobile to do this when they are in front of a desktop?
It is also clear that this is not a *.cube LUT, though it could be LUT in disguise. So, if theoretically, someone comes out with an app that can pretty much do the same, but export *.cube 3D LUTs, then it will be way more useful than Hue.
For now though, I think I like this app, and it’s much more useful than the expensive and crappy LUT tools out there:
Dehaze… lets you eliminate fog and haze from images—even underwater shots. Or you can add haze for artistic effect:
Editor’s note: It will be interesting to see if this tool is useful for video, since you can grade in Photoshop. I think it will be useful for smog-filled cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Shanghai!
Important: Before you Upgrade
CC 2015 apps are completely new standalone versions of your favorite software.
CC 2015 apps can coexist with their previous versions, except for Acrobat & Muse. However- CC 2015 removes previous versions by default.
“What if I don’t want to remove previous versions?”
When clicking the Update button for the first time, you will have an chance to modify settings under Advanced Options. Simply uncheck the option “Remove old versions” to retain the previous version of an app. Don’t worry if you missed this and upgraded your apps. You can always reinstall an older version if necessary.
If you’re currently using plugins for certain Adobe apps, you may wish to retain the previous version until the plugin has been updated for CC 2015.
At this moment Adobe has not clarified on compatibility with OS X El Capitain.
Finally, here’s a quick video from Adobe on what’s new for video: