Premiere Pro CC2018 v12.1 April Release Notes (NAB2018)

by David Helmly

Created

April 6, 2018
(available for download as I write this)

Updates and new features include:


New Onboarding welcome screen


You can now learn more about Premiere Pro using the tutorials within the app. You can access learn content from two places:

New project screen
Learn workspace

 

New: Shot Comparison View


You can now split the Program Monitor display to compare the look of two different clips or the look of a single clip before and after applying an effect.

You can use this Comparison View in many ways, such as matching the colors between two shots or for adjusting the intensity of an applied effect such as a blur or film grain. Using the vertical or horizontal split allows the user to drag the splitter back and forth across the image to “onion skin” the differences.

 

New Lumetri Color panel options:

– fx bypass option – to temporarily toggle an entire effect on and off
– Reset Effect – to reset all effects for a single shot
– Custom LUT directory

 

New Auto Duck music


-you can automatically generate a volume envelope to duck music behind dialogue, sound effects, or any other audio clip.

 

New Updates to Motion Graphics Templates


-You can now browse for Motion Graphics templates easily using the Essential Graphics panel. You can search for templates that are available locally, in CC Libraries, and in Adobe Stock.

After finding the template you need, you can just drag it into your sequence – regardless of where the template is stored. The redesigned Browse tab also supports hover scrub to preview animations, favoriting Motion Graphics templates, and keywording for quick, intuitive organization, and searching.

 

New for VR/Immersive workflows

– Support for the Windows Mixed Reality platform HMDs
– VIVE HMD for OSX
– Improved performance for VR Plane to Sphere effect

 

Update for Team Projects

-Improved tracking for online collaborators
-easier project management
-ability to view read-only versions of your projects

 

New redesigned Timecode Panel

-you can now show new display options, such as In/Out, Duration, Absolute timecode, Remaining timecode, and Source timecode.

 

New Video Limiter Effect

-enables you to limit chroma and luma CHANGE TO RGB values to meet broadcast specifications. It can be used as a per shot effect while you are working with Lumetri Color, or added as an output effect to limit the entire sequence upon export.

 

New COPY and PASTE sequence markers

-You can now copy and paste full fidelity sequence markers when moving one or multiple clips, maintaining the same spacing as from where copied. All marker information such as color, notes, duration, marker type is preserved during copy and paste.

 

New Support H264 & HEVC Hardware encoding

-supports hardware-accelerated H.264 encoding on Windows 10 with 6th Generation (or later) Intel® Core™ processors and Intel Graphics enabled, and hardware-accelerated H.264 and HEVC encoding on Mac OS 10.13 systems with supported hardware. *Note* On supported systems, Hardware Encoding can be selected as an option in the Encoding Settings section of the Export Settings dialog. If the specified combination of Export Settings is not supported by the hardware, there is a fallback to Software Encoding.

 

New File Format support

– Importing Canon C200 camera formats
– Importing Sony Venice camera formats
– RED camera Image Processing Pipeline [IPP2]

 

IMPORTANT: Quicktime 7 era formats and codecs has been dropped

Adobe continuously aims to keep up with the most modern workflows and support formats and codecs broadly used across the professional film and video industry. As a result, future versions of Premiere Pro, starting with version 12.1, will no longer support legacy QuickTime 7 era formats and codecs. Professional codecs typically found in QuickTime movie files, such as ProRes, DNxHD, and Animation, are not impacted by this change. These codecs are supported natively in Premiere Pro.

To alert Premiere Pro users regarding this pending change, the most recent versions (12.0, 12.01) of Premiere Pro show a warning notification when you attempt to use a legacy QuickTime format or codec that will no longer be supported, starting with the 12.1 release.

More info here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/quicktime7-support-dropped.html

New FIXES addressed in this release of Premiere Pro CC

Stability
-Crash while toggling RED Camera Orientation checkbox for attached source footage file

– (Mac only) Crash in Opencl_runtime

– Launching Premiere projects with certain VST3’s Audio plugin leads to crash on startup

– Crash caused by Metadata cache database when opening project

– Premiere Pro crashes when track items are deleted and previewed in HMD

-Crash when relinking file if Media Browser is in Thumbnail view

– Premiere Pro crashes while importing ALE files

– Auto Save for Project on unmounted drive results in multiple unknown error dialogs and may crash

– (Mac only) Occasional crash with Media Browser when unmounting an image (and possibly a disk)

– PProHeadless crashes at first launch

– Double clicking a timeline in the project panel opens up a timeline panel with no contents. This issue sometimes causes Premiere Pro to crash

– Crash when playing some files at 1/2 resolution

– Changing to Metal Rendering when Lumetri Scopes are open can cause Premiere Pro to crash

– Loudness radar causes non-reponsiveness with AJA io4k hardware

Corrupted VOB clip causes Premiere Pro to crash on import

Using Basic 3D effect with OpenCL/Metal can cause the operating system to freeze

Playback and performance

All frames are dropped on playback of an HEVC clip when playback is set to less than Full resolution

Opening some projects results in unexpected amount of memory allocation

Change Playback Engine does not automatically update cultist/render bar

File format support

4K DPX sequence causes memory leak in Premiere Pro version 12.0.1

On first import after install, MXF decode error reported with particular ARRIRAW MXF file

Some mov files do not use the native libraries

XF-AVC file( YCC , Canon Log 2) does not show Full Range in Lumitri Scopes

GH5 HEVC files are not able to import or play back

XDCAM-HD is not recognized if the CUEUP.XML file is missing from the file structure

R3D source settings cannot be turned off in the master clip effect

Some R3D files are not flipped automatically

XOCN master clip colour space change from Rec709 to Slog 2 or 3 does not work

Captions
Parsing captions while importing sample file causes file to display Media Pending message indefinitely

Changing caption parameters has no effect on exported stl file

MOV files with closed captions from Dalet import as Media Pending and do not display captions

Styling changes to captions (STL and SRT) does not update in timeline

Changing video settings for captions does not affect the font size

If you create long captions in the timeline using the New Caption option in the
context menu, the Captions Block Inspector does not create a scroll bar
Imports and projects

Editing clips between projects hangs Premiere while project is checked for duplicates

Metadata panel is active with read-only projects

Project alias does not open project in new window when using the Alt/Option+double click keyboard shortcut

Write keyframe mode is not preserved when switching projects

Multicam does not copy to another project correctly if component clip is buried in a bin

Open Project does not open closed Project panel tab

Media Browser does not update on computer 1 when you change in/outs on computer 2

Media Browser fails to display files from Studio Network Solutions network drive when mounted using AFP

Track Item label colors do not copy over to new projects

If multiple items are selected in Bin, Metadata panel only adds two entries of information

Editing and effects

Copying a new .cube file into Lumetri Folder breaks previously set LUTs

Morph Cut only allows Center on Cut

Resize mask function using the Shift + mouse drag does not work

Toggle select track and press W has different results

Clip Timecode settings auto-reset to Alternate timecode setting

Default transition duration opens incorrect pane in Premiere Preferences

Set Default Transition Duration from the Effects flyout menu goes to the wrong Preferences dialog

Transform Anchor Point is off a pixel in the xml export

Track Matte Key effect is broken when applied above any clip with a mask

Cannot slide numbers with Wacom tablet

Interpret Footage should be enabled for merged clips so Field Order settings can be edited

Track Fader hit area is off when fader is started at the lowest setting

Relinking source footage from proxy .mov to hi-res .mxf makes sequence tracks containing referenced audio can go off-line

Scopes have serious drawing issues

Disable master clip effects does not work on bins

Alt-clicking Write Keyframes in Clip Mixer not working properly

Esc causes Source View player issues on Mac and closes player on Windows
When you add metadata to multiple selected items, the metadata does not add to last clip

Saving a copy of a project and opening that project causes the existing project tab decoration to falsely display as bin

When you save a project using Save As or Save a Copy there is a break in Filter

Bin Content and Search Bin

Export and Render

Export is truncated when using newly deployed exporter preset

Using Time Tuner on video with R.128 loudness normalization causes segmented and flickering EBU .STL sidecar file

When you export media with the same name as a previously deleted file, Premiere Pro issues a message indicating that the same file already exists in the project

Encoding error when exporting MOG files to MXF Op1a AVC-Intra 100

Low-level exception error occurs if you use the Pixel Motion Blur effect causing render failure.

Encoding error on some mp3 files

Unable to export or process Barco Escape ProRes444 with data burn to Vimeo mp4

Interoperability

When you copy/paste clips with audio from After Effects, Premiere Pro does not copy more than first second of clips

Replace with AE Comp gives a darker composition

High sample rate audio sent to Audition comes across as the wrong sample rate
Audio

Distortion or garbage in audio when exporting AAF files

Flattening multicam clips resets the audio to unity (zero dB)

Audio Track Mixer Latch/Touch automation modes sometimes fail and switch to Write mode overwriting automation keyframes

Noise artifacts are heard in stereo audio clips that are placed in Ambisonics sequences when Binauralized monitoring is used

Peak files are missing their extensions on Windows 10 with MXF files
Adobe Immersive Environment

Only one of the HMD hand controllers works with Mac systems

A low-level exception occurs if you attempt to preview an audio only clip when the Adobe Immersive Environment is enabled

Mac Premiere transmit to HMD from the Source Monitor produces a garbage frame or two when the Paused Resolution and Playback Resolution are set to different values

Loud garbage plays back if you attempt to preview Ambisonics audio, that was imported as Mono 4 channel, with binauralization enabled

Changing the color of a track item fails to automatically get reflected in the HMD timebar

The name of a sequence on the HMD timebar does not get automatically updated after you make an edit to it

The HMD Timeline’s Zoom bar, at fully zoomed in position, becomes very difficult to move. Attempts to move it usually result in changing the zoom scale instead of scrolling the view.

When the HMD Timebar has content three minutes or longer the Zoom control bar cannot zoom in enough

Unable to scroll the HMD Timebar view during playback

Clicking on an empty part of the HMD Timeline’s Zoom bar well fails to scroll the Timeline view

The HMD Timeline’s Zoom bar setting does not match the timeline display after you switch to a new clip

The HMD Timeline’s Zoom bar art gets truncated when at fully zoomed in position

The hit spot for adjusting the start or end point of the Zoom bar in the HMD Timeline is too hard to access

Premiere Pro transmit to HMD is extremely slow to initiate on Mac, and sometimes it fails to work at all, after the HMD has been in Stand-by mode

Offline track items fail to appear in the HMD Timeline as red

IN and OUT markers that are set in the Source Monitor fail to appear when viewing the HMD Source Monitor Timeline

The Track Head-Mounted Display option for the Program Monitor toggles off when you switch to a different sequence

If you move the CTI right after jogging, audio previews for a couple of seconds and then stops

Extending the Jog command swipe of the hand controller beyond a 180 degrees messes up the HUD display and haptic feedback

The HMD Timebar fails to highlight the time ruler after just an IN or OUT marker has been placed

VR properties added to a clip that is already in the Source Monitor does not enable HMD viewing

Premiere Pro cannot open .mp4 files generated by JauntVR’s tools

Other

Translation and other localization fixes

Miscellaneous UI fixes