What’s New in the Oct 2013 Pro Video CC releases
by David Helmly
What’s New this month – A lot !!
Premiere Pro 7.1
Speed Grade 7.1
After Effects 12.1
Adobe Media Encoder 7.1
So many things to cover on the latest CC updates for the Pro Video apps. As you’ll see, the Pro Video team has been extremely busy to deliver user requests , bugs, and looking towards the future of our video apps. This cycle had “All Hands on Deck” or should I say, all Adobe Pro Video engineers had “All Hands on Keyboards” coding throughout the day and night.
A few of my favorite things to call out in these releases.
Premiere Pro 7.1
1. Support for Cinema DNG format for cameras like the BlackMagic Cinema Camera
2. Editable Sequence Settings
3. Rippling Sequence Markers
4. Sequence Hover Scrubbing in Media Browser and Project Bin
5. Better 4K playback performance for cameras like the Canon 1Dc and new support for the RED Dragon 6K & Phantom.
6. Improved Workflow between Premiere and SpeedGrade NEW DirectLink !!
After Effects 12.1
1. New Mask Tool – Mask Tracker
2. Anywhere support – Early Access
3. Additional GPU support – same as Premiere Pro CC (any card with 1GB can be turned on)
Adobe Media Encoder 7.1
1. Water Marking on output
2. GPU Support
I know I already said this for the 7.01 releases back in July, but again, I’ve never seen anything like this set of new updates. They are really more like new releases than updates. I’ve already seen what’s coming next and I can assure you, it’s a crowd pleaser and clearly defines the difference between where we were and where we are going. It’s all about innovation lead by user requests.
I hope our users clearly see a pattern here. Our engineering teams now have the freedom to get new features and enhancements in front of the people that need them NOW. As I said in the last blog entry, if you want to be more proactive in feedback requests, you can use the Product Improvement Program feature built in all of our applications under the Help Menu. We really do read these comments daily.
Here’s a New Video featuring working in full 4K resolution on a 4K display
The video features some new gear from HP that I’ve been testing in the lab for the past few months.
The first is the New fully redesigned ZBook workstation Laptop with THUNDERBOLT (finally) -
click any of the images to watch video
and the MOST IMPORTANT thing (& the one I’m most excited about) , a new Thunderbolt option for the HP Z820 & Z620.
This means that you can now have a Workstation with Dual Intel E5 2620 processors, 512GB RAM, Internal 4 drive raid, Blueray drive, choice of video card like the NVIDIA GeForce 690/Titan/ Quadro K6000 w/12GB RAM, Atto Raid card, RED Rocket, and THUNDERBOLT for sharing TB devices and drives. Wow !! – and all from a single desktop tower and one AC Power plug !!
The new workflow where using a Laptop that can edit 4K rough cuts on set via Thunderbolt storage like the Promise Pegasus series or the new G-Tech EV series and sharing that drive on your Thunderbolt equipped Z820 makes the workflow more like older firewire 1394 based workflows. Hint: You can format these drives to work on both Mac & Windows giving you even more flexibility with our apps (ExFAT). See further down the article on how I do this …
Premiere 7.1 Feature list
1. Direct Link to SpeedGrade: Open Premiere Pro projects within SpeedGrade for color grading work, and send them back to Premiere Pro with color corrections and looks applied for continued editing.
2. Streamlined Editing: Improving and streamlining everyday editing tasks and workflows to enable editors to work faster. New monitor overlay allows editors to see key data such as time code and camera angle overlayed onto media during playback.
3. Expanded Native 4K, Ultra HD and RAW Formats: New native file format support for Cinema DNG, Sony RAW, Phantom Cine, Canon RAW, improved MJPG from Canon 1DC, Sony XAVC Long GOP, Panasonic AVC Ultra (Long GOP), 64 bit ProRes decoding (Mac OS X 10.8 or higher only), and support for exporting XAVC up to 4K and AVCi200. Cinema DNG can be debayered on a supported GPU for better performance. Support for the RED Dragon at 6K .
4. Improved Multicam Workflows: Further improved multicam workflows now allow for viewing of composite output changes in multicam editing view. Editors can easily turn angles on and off or rearrange them. The ability to track names or clip names was also added.
5. Improved Closed Captioning: New support for captions in MXF OP1A and Quicktime media and encoding to CEA-708 captioning standards. File name extensions with dfxp files can also now be imported.
6. Improved Link and Locate: Sequence settings are now editable enabling the ability to use Link & Locate to connect back to full resolution [online] media, having initially cut with proxy versions.
Audio Monitoring : Ability to down-mix multi-channel audio to stereo for monitoring purposes.
7. Improved High-Fidelity Interchange: New XML export to Autodesk Smoke workflows.
AfterEffects 12.1 Feature list
1. Mask Tracker: Quickly create a mask and apply an effect such as color correction that travels frame by frame throughout your composite. Mask Tracker eliminates the need to adjust the mask and effect throughout time and avoids repetitive rotoscoping tasks.
2. Upscale Effect: Preserve detail and sharpness while up scaling images up to HD or digital cinema size. The new up-scaling tool retains edge detail and reduces noise and artifacts.
3. Property Links: Copy and paste an effect, mask, or other properties from one layer to another so that the pasted instance has a live link to the original. Changes that you make to the original properties are reflected in the linked instances.
4. Faster Warp Stabilizer and 3D Camera Tracker: Analyze your footage up to 80% faster with new speed enhancements added to both the Warp Stabilizer VFX and the 3D Camera Tracker.
5. GPU optimizations: Work faster with GPU optimizations. Enhancements in the ray-traced 3D renderer enable you to quickly work with extruded text and shapes. Inclusion of the NVIDIA OptiX 3.0 library improves performance and stability for the ray-traced 3D renderer.
6. Media Browser : The Media Browser allows you to easily browse, open, and composite virtually any video format. After Effects links to traditional movie, image and audio files as well as industry standard file based media, such as P2 cards, XDCAM, RED, and ARRIRAW.
7. Adobe Anywhere Integration (Early Access): Collaborate on composites and animations with team members. Use the new Media Browser in After Effects to browse and open shared productions on the Anywhere server. Easily share compositions and media, and manage historical versions of shared work.
8. Improved Snapping: Layer and mask snapping behavior makes aligning both 2D and 3D objects simple, without needing to calculate and type in values. Now snap items to individual layers in a precomposition and to lines defined by a layer’s boundaries, even outside of the layer itself, making alignment even easier.
9. HiDPI Content Viewers: When using Apple Retina displays, see every pixel in your high-definition compositions, footage, and layers in sharp, HiDPI content viewers.
SpeedGrade 7.1 Feature list
1. Direct Link: Open native Premiere Pro projects within SpeedGrade for color grading work, and send them back to Premiere Pro with color corrections and looks applied for continued editing.
2. Multiple Masks: Create and save multiple masks within a single .look file.
3. SpeedLooks: Apply camera patches to balance the colors spaces of different types of cameras and combine these with sophisticated creative looks – the result is precision and beauty.
4. Expanded File Format Support: All of the native file formats supported by Premiere Pro can now be brought into SpeedGrade for grading as part of any Premiere Pro project.
5. Enhanced Timeline: Premiere Pro sequences appear on their own Timeline in SpeedGrade, providing all the tools you need for color work and displaying key information from the editorial pipeline .
6. Linked Masks: Layer and link masks for full control over complex Looks. Easily copy and modify Looks for new shots or on new projects.
Adobe Media Encoder 7.1 Feature list
1. Automated Image Processing: Create customized output of media, including watermarks and TimeCode overlays, as well as image processing, such as LUTs when rendering out new content.
2. Sync Settings: Easily sync application preferences between multiple computers via Creative Cloud
3. GPU Rendering: GPU rendering give users the same processing as Premiere Pro and offers significant performance improvements on any process that can take advantage of GPU acceleration.
Prelude 2.1 Feature List
1. Prelude Live Logger: Begin the production and logging process sooner by logging on your iPad while you shoot footage on your professional camera anywhere. Import and combine your metadata later with others and add it to your file-based footage through Prelude CC to have it flow throughout the production process.
2. Export Clips, Subclips, and Rough Cuts: In addition to exporting rough cuts, you can export clips and subclips you create in Prelude CC through Adobe Media Encoder.
3. Export Marker List: Quickly and easily review what content is in your media with a printed out list of markers. Easily run your team through the action by looking at line items which describe the metadata in your media throughout.
4. Expanded XMP Support: With added support of new media, continue to ingest and log your preferred footage in its native file, enabling greater control over the creative process.
5. Still Image Support: Bring still images into any rough cut that you create in Prelude CC.
Adobe Anywhere for Video:
1. Early access to After Effects integration : Collaborate on composites and animations with team members with Adobe Anywhere for video. For Anywhere users who have not invested in a MAM, use the new Media Browser in After Effects to browse, open, and edit compositions stored on the Anywhere server. Compositions are easily monitored to see the latest iterations and resolve version conflicts. Compositions are rendered locally and can be saved back onto the Anywhere server.
2. Growing File Support: Save time by allowing post-production and editing work to begin even as production continues with growing file support. The ability to work with files that are growing in duration, even as they are ingested is important, especially in fast turnaround workflows such as sports and live-to-broadcast shows. Adobe Anywhere supports the same formats for growing files as Adobe Premiere Pro.
3. iPad App: View productions and play back sequences on the Anywhere server from the field or a remote location using the Adobe Anywhere iPad App. (*Available via the App Store.)
How to setup to your drives to be compatible on Mac & Windows via ExFAT.
In most cases, you can simply format your single USB 3.0 drive on the Mac as ExFAT and it will just work on both Win7/8 and OSX 10.7 and higher. It will support both Read and write. I’ve been doing this for years and had great luck. WIth Thunderbolt, ExFAT formatting Raids to be cross platform compatible takes a little more effort.
For starters, use a Windows 7 or 8 machine to set up as the key seems to be in how the first partition is set.
1. Open a command prompt by typing cmd into the Start/search box and pressing Enter
this should open up a familiar DOS like command window.
2. Type format g: /FS:exFAT and then Enter to begin formatting the G drive as exFAT
You can use what ever letter you want . I use G or P for G-tech or Promise drives.
3. Press Enter.
4. Copy a few files onto the drive to insure it works for Read & Write.
5. Unmount the Raid/drive and power it down.
6. Power up the Raid/drive and connect to your Mac running 10.7 or 10.8. When it mounts, copy a few files to it and make sure it works.