A look back at the 2014 releases of Premiere Pro CC

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2014 is coming to an end, and I would be remiss to not post a recap of the Premiere Pro CC releases that went out this year.

As I sit down to list the features, I’m again blown away by the incredible number of features and enhancements that were packed into the Premiere Pro CC releases this year  – all of it making video editing easier, faster, and that much more integrated with Adobe’s other pro video apps.

 

 

The features that stand out for me are the new masking and tracking features and Live Text templates, providing tighter integration with After Effects; the powerful Master Clip effects; cross-platform support for the GoPro CineForm codec; powerful search enhancements including advanced Timeline search; a noticeably cleaner and modernized user interface; and several features that enhance everyday editing tasks.

I know it’s hard to pick a handful of features when there’s so much goodness packed into each release. So, I’m listing top features from each release and pointing you to resources that give you complete information.

 

 New features summary

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For more information, see the detailed New Features Summary (Oct-Dec 2014)

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For more information, see the detailed New Features Summary (June-July 2014).

 

Upgrade from an older version

If you haven’t yet upgraded to the latest version of Premiere Pro CC, you should do so today. It’s just a click away!

 

Adobe Video Apps Updated – What’s New and Changed

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A quick post before the year ends about the latest update to Adobe’s Digital Video apps. Read on for a quick overview of the top features in the 2014.2 update with links to resources offering more information.

 


Adobe Premiere Pro CC

  • GoPro CineForm codec support enhancements
  • Support for ARRI Open Gate media
  • Improved scrubbing and shuttling in long GOP MXF files
  • Ability to set transitions and still image default durations in seconds or frames
  • A large number of bug fixes

For more information, see this blog post.

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Adobe After Effects CC

  • Scripting improvements for text layers
  • New keyframe icons
  • Expression access to dynamic layer bounds, including text layers
  • Several bug fixes

For more information, see this blog post.

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Adobe Media Encoder CC

  • Destination Publishing to YouTube and Vimeo
  • Updated Vimeo presets
  • Updated GoPro CineForm presets
  • Ability to abort an encode if a decode error is detected
  • Export channels as separate WAV files
  • Important bug fixes

For more information, see this blog post.

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Adobe SpeedGrade CC

  • Improved usability of Color Wheels
  • Master Clip remains selected when the Playhead moves onto a new clip
  • Warning that alerts users when a GPU with insufficient capacity (1GB of VRAM or less) is used for high resolution footage
  • Several bug fixes

For more information, see this blog post.

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Adobe Audition CC

  • Several bug fixes
  • Fixes for several potential crash scenarios

For more information, see this blog post.

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Adobe Prelude CC

  • Features enhancements and a number of fixes

For more information, see this blog post.

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Adobe Story CC Plus

  • Template customizations
  • Critical bug fixes

For more information, see this Help article.

Meet Adobe Premiere Clip

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Adobe announced a bunch of new mobile apps at the Adobe MAX 2014 keynote. And one of the shiny new stars that made its debut is:

 Adobe Premiere Clip – a  mobile app for video editing on the go!

 

 

Premiere Clip turns your mobile video shots into amazing movies right on your iPhone or iPad. You can capture the essence of a moment and use Premiere Clip to transform your clips into a high-quality movie replete with cinema-quality color treatment and awesome audio — all in just a few taps!

And what’s even better is that the magic of Creative Cloud lets Premiere Clip automatically sync media on all of your devices.  If you’d like to do more advanced editing, you just have to export the movie to your Adobe Creative Cloud account and  work on it later in Premiere Pro CC.

Sounds magical, right? Watch Meagan Keane demo Premiere Clip, and you’ll agree with me.

Downloading Premiere Clip is quick and easy. Just head to the Apps store to download Premiere Clip. But, before you get started, I’d encourage you to check out these handy resources:

I had a lot of fun creating my first Premiere Clip video for “National Cat Day”.

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I’m sure you too will enjoy Premiere Clip! Do remember to share your videos on Twitter by including #MadeWithClip.

 

Help & Tutorial | Editing After Effects text templates in Premiere Pro

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The tighter integration of After Effects and Premiere Pro in the 2014 release of Creative Cloud makes editing text in After Effects templates easier than ever before.

The “Live Text Templates” feature lets you edit, duplicate, or modify an After Effects template right inside Premiere Pro’s timeline. The neat thing about this feature is that you can modify the text without altering the imagery or graphics surrounding the text.

Read through the detailed Help article and try the step-by-step tutorial with sample files to learn more about the feature.

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Learn to import and edit animated text motion graphics created in After Effects within Premiere Pro.

Step-by-step tutorial with sample files

The tutorial provides you sample files to try out the Live Text Templates feature for yourself.

Help & Tutorial | How to blur moving faces in a video

So you shot a really nice street video bustling with people, and you want to showcase your video on the Web. But before that, you want to blur the faces of people to protect their identity. And since you captured a moving crowd, you also want to ensure that the faces continue to remain blurred as they move from frame to frame through the video.

Sounds like a daunting task?

Not any more. The new Masking and Tracking feature in Adobe Premiere Pro CC makes it easier than ever to blur out a portion of a frame and track it across the video in just a few clicks! Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself.

Video tutorial

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In this 5-min video tutorial, learn how to apply a feathered mask to protect a person’s identity and then track that mask as it moves across the frame in a scene.

The tutorial provides you sample files to try out the feature for yourself.

 

 

Help articles

After you figure out how easy it is to draw and track an effect mask over a portion of a video frame, learn about the finer nuances like inverting mask selection, copying and pasting masks between clips, and more at: Masking and Tracking in Premiere Pro CC.

When you want to use more advanced masking features, you can  simply jump into Adobe After Effects CC. Read more about it at Using the Rigid Mask Tracker in After Effects.

 

 

What’s New and Changed in Premiere Pro CC (2014 release)

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Like with the past CC releases of Premiere Pro, the 2014 release is again filled with many block-buster features: tighter integration with After Effects, Master Clip Effects, support for fonts from Typekit, and several more useful features that make your video editing easier than ever.

 

Top new features

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  • Masking and tracking workflows from After Effects within Premiere Pro
  • Live text templates to edit text layers in After Effects compositions directly in Premiere Pro
  • Master Clip effects to automatically ripple down an effect applied to a master clip to all portions of the master clips used in sequences
  • Support for thousands of fonts from Typekit, auto-saving projects to Creative Cloud, and migration of sync settings
  • Audio-related enhancements like, voice-over recording from the Timeline, and maintaining audio pitch during recording
  • Cross-platform support for video effects and transitions
  • New delivery formats, enhanced graphic performance, native format support, and much, much more

Learn more

For a complete summary of the features, don’t miss reading the  New Features Summary. This document takes a much deeper look at the new features and provides links to detailed feature articles.

To learn more about the features through tutorials, we have a library of video tutorials and projects to try at the Premiere Pro CC Learn & Support page.

Help & Tutorial | Correct color in videos like a pro!

Does your cheerful party video look icy cold and washed out? Does your video of a bright blue sky look pink with purplish tones?

The color in your video can often make or break the overall look-and-feel of a video. Color correction is that one important step in video editing that can balance the colors in your footage, making your regular footage look distinctly professional.

Adobe SpeedGrade comes with a variety of features to help you easily correct color in your videos and give it that professional look. While professional color correction is a fine art, you don’t need to be a color-grading wizard to use SpeedGrade. Almost anyone with no prior experience with SpeedGrade can learn the basics of color grading and color-correct video clips in no time.

To help you get started with SpeedGrade, we have a neat tutorial that takes you step-by-step from understanding the basics of color correction to grading techniques and even stylizing the video with creative looks. And all this in under an hour – yes, you heard right in under an hour! This hands-on tutorial also provides you sample tutorial files that you can download to follow along and learn.

Video tutorial

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Click here for the tutorial on Getting Started with SpeedGrade

This tutorial is perfect for first-time SpeedGrade users to follow along and learn how to correct color and create stylized looks in video.

 

Help articles

Once you’re familiar with using SpeedGrade, you can see the following Help articles for more grading techniques:

Help & Tutorial | Import, Relink Media in Adobe Premiere Pro

The first step to editing a video is to bring your media into Premiere Pro. For any video that you want to edit, you will need to import assets, like video and audio, into your Premiere Pro project.

You can import files into Premiere Pro by using the Import dialog box or by using the Media Browser. The Media Browser is especially helpful in navigating through complex file structures to get to the files you need, giving you quick access to all your assets while you edit your video.

Even when you move assets between computers or hard disks, or rename your files, Premiere Pro makes it easy to locate and relink offline or missing media assets.

To get you up and running with media management in Premiere Pro, we have a hands-on video tutorial and a bunch of detailed Help articles.

Video tutorial

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Click here for the tutorial on importing and relinking media in Premiere Pro

In this short and engaging tutorial, you can download sample video assets to follow along and learn about importing files, previewing clips, finding clips, and relinking media.

 

Help articles

Once you’re familiar with importing and managing your media, you can check out the following Help articles for detailed information about:

Creative Cloud Jan 2014 release | What’s New and Changed

Last week, there was some BIG news from the Adobe world. We had a major update to Creative Cloud with several new features across our core Design tools — Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Read on for a quick introduction to the new features of this release and links to resources offering more information.

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3D Printing capabilities –  The powerful and new 3D printing features in Photoshop CC let you create, refine, preview, and print your 3D designs to a 3D printer. Watch Stephen Nielson, Photoshop Product Manager, demonstrate the 3D printing features in this video.

Linked Smart Objects - Linked Smart Objects, one of the niftiest features of this release, makes it easier than ever for designers to work on collaborative projects. Using linked smart objects, you can use and share objects across multiple Photoshop documents. This feature is  extremely useful for teams to reuse assets across designs, helping you reduce file size, time, and errors.

Watch Julieanne Kost, Principal Evangelist for Photoshop and Lightroom, gives a demo of this feature. We also have a quick tutorial that lets you try out this feature.

Perspective Warp – The Perspective Warp feature lets you easily manipulate perspective distortion in parts of your image while keeping other areas of your image intact. This feature is also useful in compositing multiple objects into a single image. Andrew Trice from Adobe explains this feature in good detail in this blog post. You can also try out Perspective Warp using this tutorial.

Learn more - Besides these key features, there are a many more enhancements and new features as described in this What’s New article.

There are also several JDI (Just Do It) features that make a big difference to your productivity in using Photoshop. Read more about the JDIs in John Nack’s blog post , and also watch this very awesome Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC video by Julieanne Kost.

You can also check out all the training videos for Photoshop CC on Creative Cloud Learn.

 

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The update to Illustrator CC brings powerful new tools and functionality including precise drawing and typography tools. Adobe’s Rufus Deuchler provides a quick tour of all the new features.

Live Corners - The new Live Corners feature lets you easily edit the corners of shapes and paths in your artwork. To know more about this feature, see this Help article. You can also get a hands-on experience of this feature by trying out this tutorial.

Using Typekit fonts –  When you sync Typekit fonts to your computer through the Creative Cloud application, you can view your Typekit fonts from within Illustrator CC.  The fonts that you have subscribed to on Typekit appear alongside locally installed fonts. Read more about using Typekit fonts in Illustrator CC.

Enhanced Pencil Tool - The Pencil Tool offers improvements in several areas, like curve-fitting, auto-closing of paths, etc., making it more intuitive to draw in Illustrator. For detailed information on this feature, see this article.

Path Segment Reshape - The Path Segment Reshape feature lets you quickly and easily modify existing objects and change the view of perspective drawings. Try out this tutorial to use the new Pencil Tool and the Path Segment Reshape feature.

Learn more - The What’s New article for Illustrator CC provides all the details of the new and changed features in this release.

You can also check out all the training videos for Illustrator CC on Creative Cloud Learn.

 

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EPUB enhancements – InDesign CC now supports for EPUB 3.0 specification including new ways to add interactivity to eBooks, like adding pop-up footnotes, greater control over EPUB export, and more.  For detailed information, watch this video.

Using Typekit fonts -  Like Illustrator CC, InDesign also lets you sync Typekit fonts to your computer through the Creative Cloud application.  This Help article provides you step-by-step details to use Typekit fonts in InDesign. You can also see this video to know more.

Simplified hyperlink creation – InDesign CC makes it incredibly easy to create and edit hyperlinks. In this video, Rufus Deuchler shows you how you can easily manage hyperlinks in InDesign CC.

Learn more – For a complete list of the new features in this release, see the What’s New article for InDesign CC.

You can also check out all the training videos for InDesign CC on Creative Cloud Learn.

Creative Cloud Dec 2013 update for Adobe Video apps

With Creative Cloud, it’s easy to download the latest available releases to Adobe’s CC apps. The Dec CC release provides updates to Adobe’s video apps including Premiere Pro, After Effects,  SpeedGrade, Adobe Media Encoder, and Prelude.

You can check for new updates from within an Adobe application by selecting Help > Updates.

To learn more about the updates for each of these products, see the following:

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After Effects CC (12.2)

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Premiere Pro CC (7.2) 

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SpeedGrade CC (7.2) 

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Adobe Media Encoder CC (7.2)