Adobe Hue CC – Get that Look!

There’s something about good old fashioned movies that I absolutely love. The storyline, the actors, and the look. Oh yes, the look. The movies of the 50’s and 60’s have a nice vintage look to them, a warm orange-brown tint that sets the mood for the entire film. Cut to the present day. The recent Hollywood blockbusters have a distinctly different look. I find them noticeably brighter and more vibrant. A look undoubtedly sets the mood for a video.

Wouldn’t it be fun if you could turn your casual video footage to look like the movie you love? The vintage look, the warm look, or just about any look that catches your fancy? Your wish has been granted!

The 2015 release of Creative Cloud introduces Adobe Hue CC – a new mobile capture app that lets you capture color and light from things that you see around you and save them as Looks to your Creative Cloud Library — all in just a few taps.

How it works

Use your iPhone or iPad to capture color and light from the world around you. Or, you can use photos that you already captured from your camera roll or stored on your Adobe Creative Cloud account.

Then let Adobe Hue work its magic. Adobe Hue lets you view color and light in three-dimensional space so you can see the structure of your Look. You can refine the Look by shifting mid-tones and adjusting intensity quickly and easily with intuitive tools.

I also love the fact that you can get a live preview of the Look by applying it to a sample image or video as you fine-tune the details. When you are happy with the Look you created, save it to your Creative Cloud Library.

If you want all the finer details about how Adobe Hue works, read this blog post.



Use with other Creative Cloud apps

The Looks you save to your Creative Cloud Libraries can be accessed across apps or shared with others. The  magic of Adobe CreativeSync lets you apply Looks created in Adobe Hue to Premiere Clip videos on your iPhone or iPad, or use them to enhance your video projects in Premiere Pro or After Effects.

Get started

Try Adobe Hue for yourself and watch the magic unfold!

Download Adobe Hue CC from the App store.

Read through these resources to help you get started:


New Adobe Media Encoder tutorials

Adobe Media Encoder has a set of shiny new tutorials that take you through the basics of using Media Encoder, as well as key techniques and the various encoding workflows. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, these tutorials are sure to inspire you!

Here are some quick links to tutorials that you may find useful:


What is  Adobe Media Encoder?

Watch this one-minute video to learn how to encode audio and video in a variety of formats to deliver video content for web, broadcast, and cinema.





How to use Adobe Media Encoder

Learn the basics of using Adobe Media Encoder:  how to add a source to the queue, apply a preset, change the output name or location, and review the encoded file.




publish-to-youtube-vimeoPublish to YouTube and Vimeo

Learn how easy it is to to render and upload content to YouTube, Vimeo, Creative Cloud, and FTP sites using Adobe Media Encoder.



More Tutorials & Help

For more video tutorials, go to Adobe Media Encoder tutorials.

For detailed Help articles, go to Adobe Media Encoder Help.



A look back at the 2014 releases of Premiere Pro CC


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








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













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


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.


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.


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.



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.


Adobe Audition CC

  • Several bug fixes
  • Fixes for several potential crash scenarios

For more information, see this blog post.


Adobe Prelude CC

  • Features enhancements and a number of fixes

For more information, see this blog post.



Adobe Story CC Plus

  • Template customizations
  • Critical bug fixes

For more information, see this Help article.

Meet Adobe Premiere Clip



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”.








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


Animated lower-thirds provide a nice touch of professional style and appeal to your videos.

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.

edit-live-text-1408x792Help article: Live Text Templates 

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

blur-face-masking-tracking_1408x792Click here for the tutorial on blurring a moving face with masking and tracking

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)

premierepro_2xThe 2014 release of Premiere Pro CC is available for download.

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


  • 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


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


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: