Some thoughts on Premiere Pro 4.1
I’m back in the blogosphere! My absence has been punctuated by visits to the likes of HBO, CNN, FOX and many more. Broadcast is alive and well but my entries have consequently suffered.
In my absence, Premiere Pro version 4.1 has been released. It’s a terrific release and I wanted to give some thoughts, miscellaneous tidbits and point people to some resources to learn more.
There are really quite a number of features and improvements that make up Premiere Pro 4.1, but the biggest thing for me is the little fixes that are never talked about. Premiere Pro 4.1 is faster and more responsive and at the end of the day, that’s always a huge plus for myself.
I’m not sure which part of this release is the most important to me personally, so I’ll go with listing a few.
Deeper RED camera workflows – RED camera files are BIG! Really BIG! And as a result, playback and performance can be quite a challenge. However, because of the way RED writes the file, Adobe can look at a fraction of the overall image. In essence, Premiere Pro offers you a proxy workflow with the original .R3D file! In addition, we now can access the Source settings of of the RED file giving you access to things like exposure, tint, temperature, etc.
I haven’t seen anyone else offering anything close to the RED functionality that we have with a desktop piece of software. Premiere Pro will also allow you to browse the media via the Media Browser panel. This means, that you no longer have to dive into strangely named folders and then load up an R3D file amongst the quicktime proxies. Now, Premiere Pro automatically detects a folder of RED folders and allows you to browse and view all of the media without the unnecessary Quicktime files. If you’re at all interested in the RED workflows, be sure to try it with the sample RED files that are on the web. Oh, by the way, you need to get the RED stuff from them (as a perpetual beta). Check it out here – RED download for Adobe
Faster load times, bigger projects, more responsive – Who doesn’t like this? Launching and loading projects has gotten significantly faster with Premiere Pro 4.1 in all aspects. Projects load faster and timeline playback on challenging codecs like AVCHD have taken a huge step forward. While we’re mentioning AVCHD…
More AVCHD support – Premiere Pro 4.1 adds 1080p and 720p native support. Premiere Pro remains one of the only non-linear editors to provide native editing. No transcoding means no waiting which means a more efficient workflow. You like this, right?
.VOB editing – This one came out of nowhere for me and Dave Helmly has evangelized this feature quite a bit. In a nutshell, this allows you to edit non-encrypted DVDs right off the DVD. It is pretty strange when you pop in a DVD into your Mac or PC and then start marking ins and outs inside of Premiere Pro all while you’re having it look directly at the DVD. This will come in handy when the customer needs you to import or edit from some media that they have on a DVD from a year ago…
Some new presets in Adobe Media Encoder – One of them that we’re pretty excited about is the new YouTube HD preset. You can now export YouTube compatible HD material, upload it and not have YouTube destroy your video quality! As a guy who was so frustrated with YouTube quality that I moved over to Blip.tv for small blog video clips, this is fantastic.
There is certainly a bunch more, but at this point, I’ll point you to a couple of videos and resources
Dave Helmly’s TechTable – He’s put up a couple of new videos including a review of Premiere Pro 4.1. The link will take you to his Premiere Pro overview blog entry
Dave’s video – more of the same in his comfortable and educational style. 30 minutes of Premiere Pro goodness.
Download the PDF of Premiere Pro 4.1 from the Adobe website: Good read and worth the time – the link is on the bottom left.
Todd Kopriva’s got a great blog on all things After Effects and his two most recent entries focus on RED and the 9.0.2 AE update
If I were to offer another top feature it would be this – Premiere Pro 4.1 also paves the way for our hardware partners to develop better support for their current hardware offerings. Expect new releases from AJA, Matrox and BMD in the near future.
In conclusion, this is a must have release and the feedback has been very positive. So, check out Premiere Pro 4.1, After Effects 9.0.2, the links.