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what’s new and changed in the 2014 update to Adobe Media Encoder CC

As David Wadhwani has just announced, today we have released the next major update to Creative Cloud applications, including Adobe Media Encoder (AME) CC.

The Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014 update (version 8.0) is available to all Adobe Creative Cloud members. Just go to the Creative Cloud download center or open the Creative Cloud desktop application to download the new updates for After Effects and many other applications.

For information about purchasing a Creative Cloud subscription, go here. For more information about Creative Cloud, see this overview video and the Creative Cloud FAQ list.

One of the first things that you’ll notice about this version of Adobe Media Encoder is that it is available for download and installation separate from other applications—i.e., you can install Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014 on a computer without also installing After Effects or Premiere Pro or another client application on that same computer. This makes it much simpler, for example, to set up a computer to be used as a dedicated system for transcoding master output files to various final delivery formats.

For broadcast we’ve added AS-11 functionality, specifically catering to the requirements for the UK using the DPP specifications. The AS-11 workflow starts in Premiere Pro, where you can add all required metadata and add markers for segmentation. In AME, you can choose from suitable options for producing AS-11 output. AME will automatically take care of choosing the correct codec, the frame rate, and everything else that’s required to get your work ready for prime time.

The second packaging technology we’re adding is licensed from one of the leaders in Digital Cinema Package (DCP) technologies. The Wraptor DCP exporter by Quvis is a fast and easy way for taking your project to a theater at 2K with 24 fps and up to 5.1 audio.

Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014 also provides fault-tolerant rendering, which tracks issues and heals red-frame and black-frame issues without holding up your render queue.

Additionally, there are lots of other improvements like a wider range of GPU-accelerated tasks, enhancements to the overall AME user experience, and expanded features related to a number of new UltraHD and 4K standards, such as XAVC.

Patrick Palmer shows a few of these new features in Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014 in this video on Adobe TV.

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